Welcome to Hawaii

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Welcome to Hawaii

Why do people spend a fortune to live on a pack of volcanoes in the middle of the sea? Because it’s paradise on earth.

Hawaii residents are laid back and nice, the nature is unparalleled, and there are more jobs than you may expect. There are enough outdoor activities in Hawaii to last you a lifetime. Honolulu is a bustling, economic powerhouse that links the Western hemisphere to the East. It’s easy to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting any number of the hundreds of public beaches the state has to offer.

People looking to slow their pace and constantly be surrounded by natural beauty will find the perfect home in Hawaii. Does that sound like you?

Hawaii Self-Storage Facts

Hawaii's self-storage industry is unique in that the number of suitable sites are fairly limited. This creates great demand for storage facilities created by new residents, in-state movers, and part-timers. Hawaii has one of the lowest ratios of square feet of storage space per capita in the nation–2.86 square feet per resident. Compare that to the national average of 5.4 square feet per capita and it's easy to see why storage prices in Hawaii tend to trend higher. A nationwide surge in self-storage development has led to some recently built storage facilities in Hawaii, which could potentially have a cooling effect on prices in this greatly undersupplied market.

Below are some statistics that provide an overview of the self-storage industry in Hawaii:

85

Hawaii is home to an estimated 85 self-storage facilities.

4,036,700

Hawaii self-storage facilities cover 4,036,700 square feet of storage space.

2.86

Hawaii storage facilities offer 2.86 square feet of storage per person, which is lower than the national average of 5.4 square feet per person.

Reasons to Move to Hawaii

1

Amazing Weather. If you plan on moving to Hawaii, you will be able to get rid of your bulky winter wardrobe once and for all. Winter highs in the Islands of Aloha usually hover around 83°F, and overnight winter lows are typically in the mid 60s. The city of Honolulu receives around 270 days of sunshine a year and a rainbow is almost guaranteed after a rain shower. That is something to think about while you are shoveling the snow off your driveway.

2

Best beaches. Hawaii has over 750 miles of coastline, giving it the title of the 4th longest coastline in the U.S. There are hundreds of pristine beaches where visitors can take part in all types of water activities including: swimming, surfing, snorkeling, volleyball, parasailing and people watching. All beaches in The Aloha State are public, so you don’t need anybody’s permission to enter. It is recommended to get to the beach early, before the east to west trade winds pick up.

3

Spirit of Aloha. Aloha is generally understood to be the Hawaiian word for hello and goodbye, but the meaning actually goes deeper. The word aloha roughly translates to “the breath of life”, and represents the general attitude of locals. That attitude is one of kindness, generosity, understanding, harmony with nature, respect, admiration and an overall easy going, chill vibe.

4

Ecological exposure. The Hawaiian islands are one of a kind when it comes to the biodiversity of its plants and animals. The islands are a bird watchers paradise and a botanists heaven. Over 150 different types of environment exist in Hawaii, each with their own type of ecosystem and unique flora and fauna.

5

Everything is tasty. Food lovers in Hawaii will have plenty of flavor stimulators to pick from. From pineapples and tropical fruits, macadamia nuts, coffee and amazingly fresh seafood, residents of the island nation get the pick of the litter. Hawaii produces one-third of the world’s supply of pineapples, and it is the only state in the nation that grows coffee. The volcanic soil on the islands is said to impart an intense depth of flavor to anything grown in it.

6

Hermit or social butterfly. There’s a wide range of population density in Hawaii. You could easily seclude yourself on an isolated island, only going into public once every few months to pick up supplies. Alternatively, you could go out every-night in Honolulu or Waikiki, spreading the aloha spirit and crushing Mai Tais like Don Draper on a sabbatical.

7

Abundant beauty. Living on a volcano in the middle of the sea can certainly change your outlook on life. Being constantly surrounded by picturesque beaches, lush mountains and exotic plants can make you take a step back and really be thankful for the existence of such a paradise.

8

Volcanoes. Hawaii is home to five active volcanoes. Kilauea is the world’s most active volcano, and it is located on Hawaii’s big island. Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Hualalai are all active volcanoes on the big island. Loihi is currently erupting underwater, and one day the cooled magma will help form a new Hawaiian island. The islands are home to dozens of dormant and extinct volcanoes that offer up great exploration opportunities for professionals and amateur volcano enthusiasts alike.

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No venomous snakes! People with ophidiophobia will be happy to know that the island contains no species of venomous snakes. Hawaii takes its snake population very seriously. Authorities recently imported four sterile male brown tree snakes solely for the purpose of training a team of dogs how to accurately sniff them out. If the invasive brown tree snake ever made it to Hawaii accidentally by way of shipped goods, it could create devastating effects on the island’s native bird population

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Minimalist lifestyle. Hawaii’s cost of living is higher than the national average because it is a literal paradise and everything you might want to buy has to travel extremely far to get there. In response to the high cost of living, many residents create a minimalist lifestyle. Downsizing your life, and spending more time outdoors is the general par for the course for new residents. You don’t need to live in a big, fancy house if you spend most of your time outside. Trade in your gym membership for a surfboard, eat inexpensive, local foods, and trade in your car for a scooter. Minimizing your life if the first step on the path of achieving the Aloha spirit.

Moving to Hawaii

The population in Hawaii as of 2019 is 1,416,589, giving it the population rank of 41st in the nation. Hawaii is home to many diverse cultures including Pacific Islanders, Japanese, and Chinese peoples–and of course Hawaiians, which is a demonym that belongs to the aboriginal Polynesian people that originally inhabited the island and their descendants. Hawaii resident is the preferred term used to refer to anyone that lives in the state.

Hawaii Economic Outlook

In 2018, Hawaii’s Real Gross Domestic Product was $80.8 billion, ranking it the 33rd best GDP in the nation. In the past 10 years, Hawaii has increased its Real GDP by $9 billion. Tourism is a major contributor to the state’s economy. Tourists will find themselves paying duty tax and hotel tax to the state. Hawaii is a major trade hub between the east and west. It lies 2390 miles southwest of California, and 3850 miles east of Japan. As of September 2019, Hawaii’s unemployment rate is at 2.7 percent.

Below is a breakdown of Hawaii’s Real GDP by sector:

$16.5 billion
Real Estate / Rental and Leasing
$15.9 billion
Federal Government (civilian)
$7.4 billion
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
$6.5 billion
Accommodations (Hotels, Resorts, etc)
$5.9 billion
Retail

Georgia is expected to move towards a slow recovery with a decrease in unemployment and an increase in annual GDP through 2020. Georgia has a cost of living score of 100.3, meaning it's somewhat more expensive than the US as a whole, although not by much. However, that doesn't mean Georgia can't offer affordable living. Cities like Duluth, Newnan, Gainesville, Warner Robins, and Smyrna are all affordable cities in Georgia.

Who are Hawaii's Largest Employers?

EMPLOYER
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
The Queen’s Medical Center
7,499
Hawaii Pacific Health
6,621
Hawaiian Airlines
6,356
Hawaii State Teachers Association
4,667
State of Hawaii
4,160

Places to live in Hawaii

Located 2,000 southwest of the mainland United States, the Hawaiian archipelago is the only state in the US that is comprised totally of islands. The eight main islands contain 10,931 square miles of total area, and 41% of that total area is water. The average elevation on the islands is 3,030 ft, and the highest point is 13,976 feet at Mauna Kea, a volcano on the Big Island.

Honolulu

Honolulu is the most populated city in Hawaii with 395,397 residents. Located on the island of O’ahu, it has been the capital of Hawaii since 1845. It is the second safest city in the United States.

Cost of living
88% higher than national average
Median home price
$661,300
Average rent
$1,734
Average apartment size
561 square feet

Pearl City

Pearl City is the second largest city in Hawaii with 47,700 residents. It is located along the north shore of Pearl Harbor.

Cost of living
75% higher than national average
Median home price
$718,900

Hilo

Hilo is the third largest city in Hawaii with 43,200 permanent residents. On the big island, the name means to twist in Polynesian, because the cove twists back from the rest of the island.

Cost of living
46% higher than national average
Median home price
$348,200
Average rent
$1,466

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