As a vacation destination, just about anywhere in Hawaii is a good place to be. However, temporarily visiting a place and permanently living there are in two completely different ballparks. Sure, any Hawaiian island may seem like an ideal home after a week of vacationing there, but after you’ve done all the tourist activities, seen all of the sights and enjoyed the nightlife, what else does the place have to offer? The last thing you want is to not have long list to answer that question, so consider these islands if you’re planning to move to the Aloha State.

Providing a happy medium between city life and outdoor recreation, Maui offers something for anyone. Live to surf? Well, the island boasts some of the largest surfing waves in the world. Have a knack for adventure? Take a dive through the various snorkeling coves scattered across the land. Love wildlife? Then sit back on the sand and keep an eye out for whales. The only downside is the influx of tourists during the winter months and the high cost of living. However, the island has a relatively low unemployment rate, so finding a job that’ll pay the bills shouldn’t be an issue.

Although it’s only the third largest island in terms of square mileage, Oahu has the highest population with about 880,000 people calling it home. For those used to a more urban lifestyle, but want a tropical touch, this is the location for you. As the home of Honolulu, the University of Hawaii and the Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States, this island has the tall buildings, busy streets and lively nightlife every city slicker craves. Also, there are still great options for outdoor activity as Oahu features state parks, beaches and the state’s most popular surfing and windsurfing spots. The downside is that the cost of living is high, but it offers the jobs with the highest salaries, so it balances out.

If you’re moving to Hawaii, why not choose the most Hawaiian island? Over 50 percent of Moloka’I’s residents have indigenous ancestry, so they are devoted to preserving the land and culture. The locals are laid back and friendly if you respect their home and traditions. On top of the authentic Hawaiian lifestyle, you’ll also be in close proximity to Kalaupapa National Historical Park, a place where you can enjoy nature, indulge in scientific research and learn more about history and culture. You’ll also be near Halawa Valley where guides will show and teach you about ancient landmarks of the island.

In the end, choosing the right island all depends on the type of lifestyle you lead. Do you need to have a high-paying job to support your family? Are you looking to lead a more active lifestyle and want to live in a place with tons of outdoor activity options? Is living in a quiet, sparsely-populated location at the top of your list? These are all questions you should ask before coming to a decision. 

Once you make your choice, call upon the help of Mont-Rose Moving Systems to get you to your island in a quick and efficient manner. If you’re planning on moving from San Jose to Hawaii, give us a ring or fill out our online quote form for a free estimate today!

Moving From San Jose to Hawaii