There is a lot to consider when moving to Hawaii which is why it is important to gather as much information as possible and blogs are a great way to do that. Prior to us moving to Hawaii we found a lot of great resources and thought we would pass along our favorites.
The best blogs we found that are the most helpful when moving to Hawaii include CallingKonaHome.com, AimForAwesome.com, HowToLiveInHawaii.com, 365Kona.com, AlohaTony.com, and HawaiiLiving.com. But each has their own unique perspective, personality and reason to check them out.
Alright, time for a shameless plug for our own site…the one you’re reading right now. Hey, you ended up here reading this post, didn’t you?
Well, that must mean there is some pretty good info about moving to Hawaii which is why we believe our site belongs at the top of the list of blogs about moving to Hawaii.
Why We Created Calling Kona Home
You can read the full story about our journey of moving to Hawaii and why we created Calling Kona Home here.
But the short story is that we wanted to help you! People just like us. Those considering a move to Hawaii and everything that goes into that decision.
- Is Hawaii a safe place to live?
- What about hurricanes in Hawaii?
- And those bugs…
- Are there things to do in Kona?
- How do you pick the right house?
- Which island is best for you?
- What’s the cost of living?
- Is moving to Hawaii a bad idea?
- Logistics of moving to Hawaii.
- Was moving to Hawaii worth it?
- What to know before moving to Hawaii.
The other motivation outside of sharing information about picking up and moving to Hawaii was to help you check out real estate when you are visiting. When we visited it was incredibly challenging to find open houses where we could see homes for sale.
We would look online and couldn’t find any to visit. It was almost like the real; estate agents in the area didn’t want us to find them. Really, the only way to find the open houses was by driving or walking around town and stumbling upon an open house sign.
We wanted to change that which is why we work with Kona area (and West Hawaii) real estate professionals to share their upcoming open houses on our site. You can find all the open houses here.
Peter Kay is the author of AimForAwesome.com who moved to Hawaii in the 80’s at the age of 21.
That time on the islands provides some great insight based on his experience in Hawaii.
Why I Like AimForAwesome.com
Aim for awesome has a ton of history with close to 500 posts with his first post written in 2017.
Whether you are looking for info on moving to Hawaii, living in Hawaii, finding jobs in Hawaii, adjusting to life in Hawaii or even taking vacations to Hawaii Peter has written about it.
Another great thing about AimForAwesome.com is that he has a YouTube channel too! His first video about Hawaii was in January of 2018 and is up to about 40 videos as I write this post.
One of his most popular videos with over 100,000 views is about helping those considering a move to Hawaii to determine which island is best. You might want to check it out.
One of the first things you’ll notice about HowToLiveInHawaii.com are the illustrations on the site. I love them! Simple line drawings with a green highlights really pop and make the site fun and interesting to browse.
After visiting Oahu, Hawaii as a teenager she fell in love with the islands eventually moving to Hawaii from California…with her cat Amy.
Why I Like HowToLiveInHawaii.com
She covers a wide array of topics about Hawaii including cost of living, employment, entertainment and lifestyle which is helpful to anyone considering living in Hawaii.
What I like most is her casual tone in her writing. That’s exactly how I like to right blog posts. She writes, like I do, as if we are in a casually conversation having a cup of coffee. The posts are easy to read, funny, and relatable.
If you are looking for a fun and easy blog to read I encourage you to check it out.
Another fellow Big Island blogger is Julie Ziemelis with her site 365Kona.com. Her and her family moved to Hawaii for a year in 2005. Their plan was to buy and renovate a condo and then move back to the mainland. That’s exactly what they did and ended up renting their condo when they headed back to the mainland. They headed back to California but the draw of Hawaii brought them back permanently in 2010.
Why I Like 365Kona.com
It is impossible to talk about 365Kona.com without talking about her enormously popular Facebook Page 365 Things to do in Kona, HI. She has grown her page to over 20,000 members and is a great resource for all things Kona.
Being a resident of the Kona area we have found her blog and Facebook page to be very helpful for learning more about the Kona area, things to do and upcoming events we may want to attend.
Another real estate based website is AlohaTony.com who lives and works on Oahu as an active real estate agent.
Why I Like AlohaTony.com
Unlike HawaiiLiving.com (below) where there are a variety of authors and seems a bit more “corporate”, AlohaTony.com is written in a more casually and friendly tone as if you are talking to an individual rather than a business.
Although the primary focus on the blog is less about the Hawaii lifestyle and more about Hawaii real estate there are some great posts about what it is like to buy a home in Hawaii. And how it is different than buying a home on the mainland.
HawaiiLiving.com is a real estate website with a blog that covers mainly the island of Oahu.
Why I Like HawaiiLiving.com
If you are considering a move to Hawaii, particularly Oahu this website has a ton of great info. Of course, their focus in on real estate and so that’s what you’ll find on their site.
If you are looking for real estate statistics, property tax information, condos based on particular needs or wants, or the different areas of Oahu this is the place to go.
One of the things I like is checking out their luxury real estate postings which features some incredible homes on Oahu that are (just a bit) out of my price range. But, hey, they’re still fun to check out…and dream!
Do you have a favorite Hawaii blog? If so, let me know about it in the comments below.