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  • OahuGirl
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    Hello,


    I signed up with career builder from the link in the Honolulu advertiser and receive matches daily. Now, I just have to wait to get there. I wish you the best as I know the quest for a job can be exhausting.

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  • knikkitty
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    Just know who you are and be that person and friends will follow:-)

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  • Queenolu
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    Take it from someone that has been here for only 2 weeks..... the people are are the nicest people I have ever met. I have been all over the world...so I know the difference.

    I have met nothing but good hearted people and everyone is willing to help me and direct me in the right direction. I meet people everywhere I go and several things have happened to me in the last few weeks that made me question...wow... is this for real... because the actions of kindness of people here are just unreal.

    And the best part is this.... this place makes you a better person... at least for me... I am of course always willing to talk with anyone and everyone... not shy in that matter.

    Come on over... just make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into before making the jump. I moved here with lots of planning and preparation.

    Aloha!

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  • rhscare
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    Well the answer if fairly hard to answer because alot depends on personality. I think if you come here with a cocky attitude then you may have a hard time making friends. In my experience, the people here are much more open and friendly then anywhere else I have lived. Its easy to talk to basically anyone, and the people here trully do care about each other. Seems you are a pretty easy going person so yes, maybe you were in the wrong area. Were you in Waikiki during these trips? If so, keep in mind, thats like staying on the Strip in Vegas. Its not the real deal. You are mainly meeting people who dont live there, and the ones that do, deal with tourists all day, so may not be as enthused to make friends with everyone.

    With that said, I think its important to follow your heart. Its usually right. If for nothing else the simple fact that if you go somewhere with a preconcieved notion of what to expect, thats what you will find. If you come here thinking noone wants to talk to you or become friends, than that is probably what you will find. Either way, good luck on your move, but hey, I dont think you have to worry about friendly people in Hawaii.

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  • Queenolu
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    I just relocated to HI just yesterday. ITS WONDERFUL HERE!!!

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  • cheryllynn
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    im kinda in the same situation as you are....im trying to move to hawaii....first time i went was 3 years ago and have been there every year now....i go during different seasons just to see how each is...maybe we can chat?

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  • derekjp4
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    Well, I will be going to Oahu to look for a job and visit in 5 days! I will try to view and experience Hawaii in a different way this time and not so much as a tourist.

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  • Discotish
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    I'm from Florida, so here are my thoughts...

    I moved to the Central East Coast of Florida about 6 years ago after having lived a good portion of my adult life in Atlanta. I knew I needed a change, so I packed up and moved here to Brevard County without a job. My mom had just recently moved to the area, so I had a place to crash until I got settled, but it was a major life transition for me. I lived in Hawaii for a few years when I was younger and I remember being SO HAPPY when we finally moved back to the mainland. My whole family was sick of the isolation and I was just way to young to appreicate the life we had there...Nowadays, I would sell my left breast to live there...Unfortunately, I know it's not the most practical of ideas, as I have a family and our jobs, family and home are here in Florida.

    Like some of the other posters have said, whether it's Hawaii or South Florida, you are going to get what you put into it. It took me a few months to make friends, but you're young with no attachments so you have your whole life open ahead of you. Taking a few classes at one of the local colleges is a great way to meet people (even if they are non credit). If you already went to college, maybe you could find an alumni group if you were in a fraternity (a great way to meet new friends with similar interests). If you're religious, maybe a church singles group...Don't expect people to just come up to you and want to be your friend. You have to be willing to give a smile here, a freindly wave or nod there, present yourself in a manner that INVITES others to talk to you.

    As for comparing S. Florida to Hawaii...dude, there is NO COMPARISON. I didn't encounter a single unfriendly person on Oahu. Even people stuck in traffic were nice. Maybe I had my "Hawaii Vacation" blinders on, but even my husband commented on how nice everyone was and that he felt like we were in a foreign country compared to people here in Florida. Florida has a very mixed bag of population...rude racist locals, friendly locals, yankees from up north who don't know how to drive, 80+ year old people who shouldn't be driving... South Florida has a heavy Latino flavor and might be very inticing to someone in their mid-20's. Honestly though, (and this is just my opinion) S. FL is very superficial. People may be friendly, but if you aren't making the $$ and don't look the part, the party doesn't last very long. We deal with hurricanes every year. If you want to buy a home, prepare for ASTRONOMICAL (and I'm not joking) homeowners insurance and purchase costs (my premiums went up 110% last year and I'm NOT in South Florida where it costs even more to insure). We don't have state taxes, but for the most part the pay is lousy compared to other parts of the country. I took a $12K paycut when I moved here from Atlanta. Then there is the crime and drug problem of Florida.

    If I didn't have family here, I would be moving to North Carolina in a heartbeat, since I can't afford Hawaii until I'm retired!

    I just wanted to give my perspective from the Florida angle...

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  • surfphotog
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    I visited the islands a few years back, as a surfer it was like finding nirvana, I ask myself daily why am I not there for good, guess I need to keep it as a dream place to keep me sane....

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  • derekjp4
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    Originally posted by Fat Jeff View Post
    I feel qualified to answer this query since I lived in South Florida before moving to Hawaii. What I found funny was how your experience with Florida vs. Hawaii was the exact opposite of mine. I found Florida to be more redneck than my tastes could stand. And I also didn't care for the very transient lifestyle most young people there lived. Then there was the drug culture...yuck, not my bag at all. Just like any where else I met friendly and un-friendly people there as well as Hawaii. In Florida there was much more issues with drugs & race, the ugly kind of problems. For me Hawaii was the land of instant karma, you get back exactly what you put out. Assimilate and you'll discover the most wonder place in the world to live. Compromises will need to be made in lifestyle, but the new opportunities and the community offer so much more back...I happily made the trade. After 20 years of working my butt off I've even managed to close the gap on a lot of those lifestyle compromises.

    For me, S. Florida was not a fit, Hawaii is like a favorite old pair of shorts...fits just right.
    Thanks for the reply. South Florida does have a lot of messed up people, but when I was there it seemed like everyone was from somewhere else and they were looking to make new friends. In Hawaii, I have got the feeling (maybe I'm wrong) that most people have a close knit group of friends (more so than other places) that they seem to probably have known thier whole life. It seems like in Hawaii it would be harder to "break in" to these groups if you weren't from there compaired to many other cities I have been to. Maybe I am thinking too hard on this. I just want to make the right move. I will be coming to Honolulu this January to look for a job.

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  • Fat Jeff
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    I feel qualified to answer this query since I lived in South Florida before moving to Hawaii. What I found funny was how your experience with Florida vs. Hawaii was the exact opposite of mine. I found Florida to be more redneck than my tastes could stand. And I also didn't care for the very transient lifestyle most young people there lived. Then there was the drug culture...yuck, not my bag at all. Just like any where else I met friendly and un-friendly people there as well as Hawaii. In Florida there was much more issues with drugs & race, the ugly kind of problems. For me Hawaii was the land of instant karma, you get back exactly what you put out. Assimilate and you'll discover the most wonder place in the world to live. Compromises will need to be made in lifestyle, but the new opportunities and the community offer so much more back...I happily made the trade. After 20 years of working my butt off I've even managed to close the gap on a lot of those lifestyle compromises.

    For me, S. Florida was not a fit, Hawaii is like a favorite old pair of shorts...fits just right.

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  • kumukulanui
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    Heh - buying a round never hurts eh?

    Peter

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  • WindwardOahuRN
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    Originally posted by kumukulanui View Post
    Making friends shouldn't be a problem. I managed it and I only get there once a year or so. It's mainly down to what you are like.

    Peter Forster
    And how often you are open to buying a round for the house.

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  • kumukulanui
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    Making friends shouldn't be a problem. I managed it and I only get there once a year or so. It's mainly down to what you are like.

    Peter Forster

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  • vivG
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    Hawaii doesn't have the same kind of "southern hospitality" that N.C. has -- but neither does South Florida. You'll make friends wherever you are, it just takes some time. Think about other quality of life concerns. Example: we don't have nearly as many hurricanes :-)

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