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Facts About Retiring in Hawaii

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 07:34 PM

Ready to retire in Hawaii? Turn your dream of paradise into reality by planning for life on the islands. Here are some key facts to note about retiring to the tropics of Hawaii:

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  1. Cost of living is high, so you’ll need to adjust. It’s simple supply and demand. The climate is superb, the beaches are gorgeous, and the lifestyle is laid back. When coupled with low development, that means housing, food, cars, gasoline and most everything else is expensive. The excise tax is 4 percent on most islands, and even groceries are taxed. Learn more from the State of Hawaii’s Department of Taxation, then start with a solid retirement portfolio and plan on living simply with less.
  2. Diversity is a way of life. You’ll be sure to experience different cultures when living in Hawaii, with the state being one of the most ethnically diverse in the country. In fact, a former governor once declared it the most diverse population on Earth, according to Civil Beat. Learn and respect the many different cultures around you, and you’ll be richer for it.
  3. Amazing natural beauty includes low pollution levels. With a lack of air and light pollution, stars are especially beautiful in Hawaii. In fact, scientists are building the world’s largest telescope on the Big Island, a project to be completed in 2018, according to the Associated Press.
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  5. Moving there is really getting away from it all. Expedia.com shows that flights from Los Angeles take about five and a half hours, so the islands truly are remote. That can be a challenge for some new residents, a blessing for others.
  6. Cultural sites will keep you busy. No need to worry about ways to spend your time during retirement. Hawaii boasts some amazing cultural sites to visit, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a World Heritage Site, and Hawaii is home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. You can find a complete list of Hawaii’s heritage sites at gohawaii.com.
  7. There is more to Hawaii than just surfing. Big wave surfing may be a little too much for retirees moving to Hawaii, but that’s not all there is to do! Try stand-up paddleboarding, a low-impact workout that is fun for all ages.  World-class golf courses can be found not far from the beaches. The Big Island is, after all, also known as the “Golf Capital of the World,” according to Hawaiilife.com.
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