Everyone’s living for the weekend in Hawaii! Locals love to set up tents and camp by the beaches, often for the entire weekend. Plus, there is even a song dedicated to this day…”It’s Aloha Friday, no work ’til Monday…”. Look it up, it will get stuck in your head. 😉 Saying “happy Aloha Friday!” to someone is absolutely a thing, and I love it!
Oh my goodness…Kalua pig, sticky rice, mac salad, haupia, lomi lomi salmon, poke, taro-flavored desserts, malasadas (it’s actually a Portuguese donut but you have to try them hot from Leonards Bakery…mmm).
If you dont like the outdoors and beautiful mountains, sparkling ocean, sandy beaches, jungles to explore, waterfalls to swim in and spotting rainbows almost weekly
…Hawaii is not for you.
The Culture and Language
I love the beauty of the Hawaiian culture. I feel privileged when I get to watch the men and women perform the hula and sing in their musical language. The simplicity of the native Hawaiian life is fascinating, especially in today’s fast-paced way of living. “Ohana” is a word you won’t be able to forget when you leave the islands. It means ‘family’, yet at the same time, so much more than that. You dont truly understand it until you’ve lived here and then have to leave. I will miss Hawaii so much.
So Much to Do!
Like to shop? Oahu has you covered on that one. World’s largest outdoor mall (the Ala Moana) or downtown Waikiki is a good place to start. 😉 And for flea market-type shopping, check out the Aloha Swap meet. Like to lay out on the beach? Well…you picked a good place to visit/live then. Like to hike? There is no end to trails and amazing views. Sea turtles? Whale watching? Discovery? Adventure? Nothing about Hawaii is boring so long as you get outdoors and explore!
Keepin’ it Casual
It’s a more relaxed and casual lifestyle in Hawaii. You can dress up for a night on the town in Waikiki but mostly people dress casually during the week, in athleisure, shorts and tee shirt or cool and comfy dresses. And nobody goes anywhere without their ‘slippers’, aka flip-flops. 😉
Pearl Harbor, Ford Island, Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, Battery Cooper at Kuoloa Ranch, the WW2 pill boxes all over the island… The island is rich in history and it’s fascinating to learn about!
Hawaii has been my first overseas (OCONUS) duty station and it has been a fantastic experience. If Hawaii is your next duty station or in the possible future, congrats! I hope you have as wonderful a couple years as I have. Aloha and happy PCSing!