3 Amazing Reasons for Living the Hawaiian Life
For over a decade, I lived in Hawaii. After graduating, my wanderlust started to take hold, and I moved away from the islands. Over the years, I continue to reminisce about life there. I know what it feels like to sit on the beaches and listen to the ocean gently lapping the sands on the shore. It is a sound that puts you in a wonderful frame of mind. There is no doubt that the weather, the sights, and the food are major parts of living the Hawaiian way of life.
1. Beautiful Weather
When you think of Hawaii, you think of the beautiful weather. During the summer months, it lives up to its reputation with daytime temperatures between 85–90˚F (29–32˚C). When you consider the relative humidity of 65% during the summer months, the heat can feel intense. But Hawaii has a natural occurrence to cool you off—the trade winds. This breeze provides a steady flow of coolness from the northeast to refresh you during those hot days.
The weather during the summer months is pretty consistent. You can count on morning showers in the mountains and an odd shower or two somewhere in the islands. These showers do produce the natural phenomenon of rainbows. They are frequently seen throughout the islands.
Even though Hawaii is the home to a tropical rainforest, it has a diversity of climates. Depending on where you are on one of the islands, you could be in the climate of a desert, the tropical rainforest, a tundra climate, or a temperate climate. You need to be prepared depending on where you are visiting.
2. Breathtaking Sights
For the majority of the population, a beach is just 15–20 minutes away. The ocean temperatures during the summer can reach 80˚F (26.6˚C), and even the winter ocean temperatures are not bad at 73˚F (22.7˚C). Many families in Hawaii gather in the parks of these beach playgrounds to barbecue and spend time with their families. The younger generations enjoy the surf and the sun.
If you come to Hawaii to see the big waves, you need to come during the winter months. The weather is cooler, but it can still be nice. During the summer months on the north shore of Oahu, where many surf competitions take place, the ocean is relatively flat. Only during the winter months does the tide change to produce larger waves.
The mountain areas on the islands provide spectacular scenic views. The two largest mountains are Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their heights reach close to 14,000 feet. Then you have Haleakala on Maui, which is just over 10,000 feet. Those are the three tallest mountains on the island chain.
On the island of Oahu, you can hike up to the top of Diamond Head Crater to overlook the ocean and Waikiki. The Nu’uanu Pali Lookout on the Ko’olau mountain overlooks the ocean and the town of Kaneohe.
One sight on the island of Kauai that can only be seen by helicopter is known as the “Grand Canyon of Hawaii.” Officially, it is known as Waimea Canyon. It is 14 miles long (16k) and 3,000 feet (900) meters deep in places. It is really something to be seen.
Those are just a few of the many amazing sights that can be seen when living or visiting the islands.
3. Delicious Food
The Hawaiian Islands is a melting pot of people and cultures. All of them have left their mark on the food of Hawaii. The food alone is something I would go back to Hawaii to indulge in.
There are individual restaurants for each of the ethnic groups. There are traditional Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, and more depending on your taste for the day. Hawaii also offers eating establishments that offer a combination of cultural foods. Some of these eateries put together what the locals call “plate lunch.” These meals come standard with two scoops of white rice, a Hawaiian favorite of macaroni salad, and the main entrée of your choice.
Hawaii is a beautiful tropical island experience. The weather, the sights, and the food all play their part in creating a pleasant life for the people of Hawaii. After visiting the islands, people rarely leave disappointed, and some decide to move there because of their positive experience. Living the Hawaiian life presents many moments of enjoyment while living there or just visiting. It could steal your heart and become your favorite travel destination too.
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