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Old 11-08-2004, 10:45 PM
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Just wondering from those who know, what sort of requirements are necessary to have happy, successful retirement in the 50th state? I have visited only Maui 5 times and like it pretty well, but wonder what great differences might exist between islands for a retiree. I realize the real estate is running about 25% above current prices here in No Ca. so I would probably have to downsize a little. Condo? pro con? 3 br house? or should I just plan to visit once a year and stay where I am?
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Old 11-09-2004, 06:19 AM
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From what I have been told by Family members that lived there ... you best have a Large sum of money if you don't
already have property paid for and every thing but fish are imported with very little anymore exported so the cost are only getting higher!!!


Good luck but I would simply visit every so often!!!


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Old 11-09-2004, 10:27 AM
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we just back from Maui. I can definately see why you would want to live there. Personally, I would just visit once a year. I heard there are always specials running on flights between Cal. and Hawaii.

Even over estimating costs for the week, we did not estimate enough and found ourselves dipping into savings by the end of the week.

seemed like everyone there wanted a tip even the girls at subway. I guess if you go enough you will learn how to stay out of the tourism loop to keep costs down.

Also, there seems to be a very large crystal meth problem there. It was a major topic in local elections. We had two experiences with locals that were obviously high and VERY confrontational.

good luck in your decision. I wish I had the choice to make.
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Old 11-09-2004, 11:03 AM
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seemed like everyone there wanted a tip even the girls at subway.
What did the girls at subway do to expect a tip, make a sandwich? If it was a topless subway I could understand, but otherwise.....
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Old 11-09-2004, 11:54 AM
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I went to Oahu to build a house a few years ago (not my house!) I was supposed to be there 3 mo. ended up staying for almost a year. I loved it. You quickly learn where to go and where not to go. You will always be the haolie but most folks will accept you. Things are plenty spendy but there is no need for heat or air conditioning and clothing costs go way down
I wouldn't jump into it until you've visited some of the other islands. Try staying in some bed and breakfasts so you meet some different people than the tourist trade folks.
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Old 11-09-2004, 04:51 PM
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seemed like everyone there wanted a tip even the girls at subway.
What did the girls at subway do to expect a tip, make a sandwich? If it was a topless subway I could understand, but otherwise.....
yep, the same here as there....they took our order and asked us what we wanted and then made the sandwich. unfortunately it was not a topless Subway. I may have to keep my eye out for one though.
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Old 11-09-2004, 09:17 PM
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Thats pretty much what I expected hear. I think just like any place, you have to want to live there. At least thats what I tell people from Minn when they visit me here in Northern Ca. I thnk I should look into a house swap for a few months a year as an alternative. If I get the right people it would be a good compromise. Now how do I get my boat over there?
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Old 11-10-2004, 07:23 PM
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you put your boat in a cargo container and have it shipped ...
very common but you will have rigging issues after you get there ...
as the boat most likely will have to be put in at an angle so you will
need to pull the outboard ..creat it and secure it in the container!!!

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Old 11-10-2004, 10:54 PM
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I was hoping maybe for a little less I could have them drag it behind the ship. Probably go back to an inflatable if I do go. Although I ran across to Lanai and back in a 28' inflatable and we hit 6-8ft waves coming REAL close together. It got so bad the skipper shut off the motors and threw his hands up in disgust. Pucker time. Nice warm water though.
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Old 11-11-2004, 07:01 AM
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Why not Cabo????

heck you could drive there !!!


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Old 11-11-2004, 10:36 AM
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I lived in Hawaii for 5 years (Oahu). The newness wore off after a few years. You start to get "Island Fever". Unless you look like a local, dark tan you will always be consider a haole.
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Old 11-11-2004, 08:50 PM
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jtburf - 11/11/2004 5:01 AM

Why not Cabo????

heck you could drive there !!!


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You know, I've never been there. Although I did look into some real estate just south of Ensenada. They have colonies down there for boomers sprouting up all over the place. MIght have to re-visit that.
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