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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by surf_squan1219 View Post
    thanks guys, i know my friend and i are about 95% sure going. just a huge step being from the east coast and family and friends here but like ive said and people have said on here, if i dont do it now, i wont do it at all. i have a friend on oahu who is dating a guy from Kauai and that spot seems right up our alley, outdoor life, surfing, not mainstream to tourists.

    like i said before, really appreciate all the inside info since ive only been to diamond head.

    keep the info coming! any particular spots in Kauai we should look at for apts that are close to towns (jobs)?
    Don't wait for your friend-go solo. Its eassier to make friends if you are on your own + nobody wants to invite 2 people to their favorite secret spot unless you're a hot couple of girls. That's just reality. Go first, make friends, get a job and setup, then have your friend join. I move to Hawaii solo and it was and remains one of the smartest things I ever did for myself. Go now. Safe travels.

  2. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by wavehog1 View Post
    Hawaii is part of the United States. It's not a third world! You can get a job and place to live fairly easily but it is expensive to live there. Not just housing but food, gas, clothes, etc.... Just like anywhere else though they have their rich areas and also the hood! Lots of crackheads, so if they can do it you should have no problem!

    Check out Kauai, little less expensive and little more off the minds of tourists. Plenty of surf! My cousin lived in a little bungalow on a farm there pretty cheap!
    Start off in Oahu, there is a lot to do with more opportunity. Kauai is beautiful and all but if your going from NYC to Kauai the boredom factor is real high.

  3. #23
    Wow. A thread on swollen info that hasn't had a bunch of lame internet turds spewing hate and dumb inside jokes! Nice! I have been all over the world but haven't made it to Hawaii yet but just go homie! It will be a blast!

  4. #24
    Haven't been but have a very good friend who pulled up stakes and moved there +10 years ago. She lived in Honolulu for a couple years and hated Oahu, nothing but meth heads/crime/tourists/18 yr old enlistees and natives who hate everyone who's not... Was going to bail and move back to the states then went for a weekend to Maui, fell in love with it, went back, packed up and moved there the next weekend and has been ever since. According to her this is what she imagined HI to be like. Might want to give Maui a look...FB pics all the time of surfing, SUPing, fishing, hiking, camping on the beach, etc...

  5. #25
    Go Waianae young man..West side Oahu, bring your tent and portable Coleman. Live like all the others that planned to drop everything and move to Hawaii.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stinkbug View Post
    Go Waianae young man..West side Oahu, bring your tent and portable Coleman. Live like all the others that planned to drop everything and move to Hawaii.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ha!

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by stinkbug View Post
    Go Waianae young man..West side Oahu, bring your tent and portable Coleman. Live like all the others that planned to drop everything and move to Hawaii.
    what did the OP ever did to you, stinkbug? LMAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeItStop View Post
    Honolulu is a pretty sweet city. Its no PHL, but SO MANY HOT ASIAN CHICS. Halloween block party was amazing, it was like a giant slut contest, and they all won!
    "do it do it" -ben stiller in starsky & hutch.
    Last edited by Doug; Oct 31, 2013 at 10:38 PM.

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    Sister went to University of Oahu for 3 years I visited 3 times for 2 weeks. 1) expensive 2) locals hate white people(exception if pretty girl) 3) Very localized and intense surf spots, even the "beginner" spots get dangerous when going off. On the other hand if your a very good surfer there was always waves when I was there. Flat on south shore, 7-10 on north shore, 3-6 on east side, 5-6 on west you get the point. Also there are many spots that A east coaster would surf that someone from Hawaii wouldn't even look at. I found a reef no one out with 3-4 (faces) and it was one of the best times I ever had. Just go for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocsurf32 View Post
    Sister went to University of Oahu for 3 years I visited 3 times for 2 weeks. 1) expensive 2) locals hate white people(exception if pretty girl) 3) Very localized and intense surf spots, even the "beginner" spots get dangerous when going off. On the other hand if your a very good surfer there was always waves when I was there. Flat on south shore, 7-10 on north shore, 3-6 on east side, 5-6 on west you get the point. Also there are many spots that A east coaster would surf that someone from Hawaii wouldn't even look at. I found a reef no one out with 3-4 (faces) and it was one of the best times I ever had. Just go for it
    I actually met a few super cool locals in the water (Oahu) but at the same time dudes were hating for sure. I was solo, respectful as possible, and picked through the scraps, occasionally weasiling some "good ones" by being ready at ALL times. Hawaiian scraps are comparable to NJ's best days. That place blew my mind despite the understandably disgruntled locals.

    Side note: I felt localism in California was worse.