Moves can seem both exhilarating and dreadful. You’re excited for the new adventures you’ll have in your new city. But you’re also stressed about the details of your move. When you add moving across an ocean to the mix, your feelings may regularly flip-flop from joy and enthusiasm to worry and anxiety. If you’re planning a move to Hawaii, you have more things to worry about than someone moving on the Mainland. You have to find the best way to ship your possessions across the Pacific Ocean. You need to have housing set up before you get to Hawaii. And if you have children, you need to find the right school for them to attend.
You may wonder which cities provide the best scenery, job opportunities, neighborhoods, and housing prices. But with so many locations to choose from, you may feel overwhelmed. In the blog below, we list some of the best cities to move to in Hawaii so you can breathe a little easier as you prepare for this transition.
Aiea is a small, census-designated town located in Honolulu. The town contains about 1.6 square miles of
land and 0.2 square miles of water. Aiea also rests near the shores of Pearl Harbor, though Kamehameha
Highway separates the two.
Here, you’ll find the Pearlridge Center mall, as well as dozens of restaurants and storefronts.
Additionally, the area boasts spectacular scenery you can explore year-round. Consider the Aiea Loop Trail,
for example. On this relatively easy hike, you’ll see the beautiful landscape and even pass by a waterfall!
If you think Honolulu is the right city for you, consider moving to East Honolulu. This census-designated
place (CDP) connects to Honolulu (just like Aiea does), but it provides residents with a more rustic feel
than a large city does.
You’ll find upscale, luxurious neighborhoods in this area. The population includes a range of cultures and
ethnicities, from Native Hawaiian and American to Asian and African American. The area also provides amazing
educational and business opportunities for people considering the area.
Another CDP area, Haleiwa is graciously tucked near Waialua Bay. This place also has a boat harbor near
the bay, so you can take some time to explore the region on the water if you choose. Other areas of interest
- Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park
- Haleiwa Beach Park
- Kaiaka Bay
- Kaiaka Point
- Laniakea Beach
- Sunset Beach Park
- Waimea Valley
The temperatures stay in the mid-70s to mid-80s most of the time, so you won’t have to worry about poor weather
interfering with any activities you plan.
If you prefer a more classic style of architecture and a rustic feel to your neighborhood, Hilo is the
perfect place for you. This small town doesn’t see much tourist action, which allows the town to preserve its
pre-World War II look.
Hilo sees a lot of rain each year, so you’ll enjoy this area if you prefer wetter, tropical
weather. You’ll also find several impressive locales to visit, including:
- ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo also hosts the Merrie Monarch Festival, a celebration that takes place just after Easter and revels
in modern and ancient hula. The festival lasts for about a week and can introduce you and your family members
to the heart of Hawaiian culture.
Most, if not all, towns in Hawaii are family friendly and embrace a spirit of honor and enthusiasm. But if
you want a town that’s even more appealing to families, consider Mililani. This area features a great
housing market, so you’re sure to find a home that suits your family’s needs perfectly.
Additionally, Mililani has a relatively low crime rate, so you don’t have to worry much about venturing around
This ethnically diverse area runs along the northern shore of Pearl Harbor. The town was originally surrounded by rice paddies, and it was even the last stop on the Oahu Railway. Today, Pearl City boasts a large population (about 47,000 residents) and offers incredible outdoor sites to venture
Visit the Oahu Urban Garden Center if you’d like to plant a garden on your property. Want to explore the
area? The Waimano Pool Trail and Waimano Ridge Trail hikes take you deep within the Hawaiian forests to a
small waterfall and swimming hole.
If you want to brighten up the inside of your home, stop by some of the floral shops to find unique arrangements you can’t live without.
As you prepare to move to Hawaii, consider living in the places mentioned in the list above. Choose an
area that’s close to your place of work, but also select an area that provides you with amazing
Don’t forget to hire professional movers to help you make this transition as smooth as possible. For more
moving tips and information about Hawaii, check out the rest of our blog!