Even though Hawaii is a State, of the United States, it could just as well be a different country in many ways. Island life is laid back, enjoying life is prioritized over being an extremely successful workaholic, and the population is not only diverse but uses different languages in ways you may not expect. Of course, people speak American English and the stores are the same (well almost), and you can still shop at Safeway or Ross Dress-for-Less. But you can really benefit from learning about the islands, the history, and what is important to locals.
The great news is that the Hawaii lifestyle will probably make you happier, healthier, and will help you live longer too.
A Beautiful Place to Live
So what’s so great about Hawaii? Some of the biggest benefits of living on the islands have to do with the natural surroundings. Hawaii has some of the most beautifully stunning hikes, where you can see multiple layers of waterfalls and crystal clear pools as well as gorgeous sea views. There are an incredible number of endemic species in Hawaii, which means that these plants and animals are only found on the islands, and sometimes only on one of the islands.
Having access to such beautiful surroundings makes people more likely to get outside and enjoy what they’ve got. Add to that weather that never dips below about 60 degrees Fahrenheit and you have a population of people who do a lot of physical, outdoor activities. Surfing is very popular, of course, but so are hiking, horseback riding, bicycle riding, yoga, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and walking. Residents of Hawaii get out and get physical more than people in any other state except for Alaska.
This leads to a lot of health benefits, of course, and is correlated with a high satisfaction with life. Hawaiians are happy. If you live in the islands, you probably get boosts every day from seeing some beautiful view, being greeted by a gecko, or eating something truly fresh, delicious, and healthy.
Hawaiian Residents Eat Better
Another factor which helps people to live longer, be happier, and enjoy great health is the typical diet of Hawaii. There is a large range of international foods available and not all of it is super healthy. But Hawaiians tend to eat more fresh fruits, thanks to local abundance, as well as vegetables. Fresh seafood is also a main staple, more so than red meat.
Being Healthy and Staying Healthy
Of course, when you do get sick, it’s nice to know that there’s a great doctor around to get you better. It turns out that Hawaii has a great health care system. It’s already the law that employers provide healthcare for any employee working over 20 hours per week, so you can imagine that that includes just about everyone. The high coverage has lead to great services and more competitive health care providers.
What is the “Aloha Spirit”?
It’ll be hard to understand how important and meaningful the Aloha Spirit is until you’ve experienced it for yourself. But for the uninitiated, it’s a kind of combination between a strong sense of community and the prioritization of a slow, low-stress lifestyle. Hawaiian time is at a very different pace, one that can be a bit shocking if you’re used to busy, fast-paced life. But people tend to get used to it pretty quickly.
The sense of community is also important. If you live on the islands, you are one of many people who are in it together. This is a small set of rocks out in a vast ocean. You’ll be far away from the rest of the country – and most of your friends and family. But as a result, people stick together and rely on one another.
Hawaii is pretty isolated. And it’s expensive. Milk can cost between $5.90 and $10.75 per gallon. Housing costs are significantly higher than in the rest of the US. It can be a bit of an adjustment. But the good news is that right now Hawaii’s real estate prices are lower than they’ve been in the past. It’s the perfect time to buy and to get in on the many benefits of living the Hawaiian lifestyle.
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