Ah, this will be a short list because I lived in Hawaii all my life. And within Hawaii, I’ve only lived on two islands: Oahu and Kauai.
And since this is a short list, let me go ahead and give a little detail on the two islands I lived on.
I live on the island of Kaua’i. The oldest island of the eight Hawaiian Islands.
Home to the wettest spot in the world, Mount Waialeale. The current population is 65,689.
Our wonderful islands each have their own nicknames, color, and flower.
The nickname for Kauai is The Garden Island and boasts the color Purple. Our island flower is the Mokihana, which is actually more like a berry.
Other facts about Kaua’i is that we were the only island that wasn’t conquered by King Kamehameha. The King Kaumuali’i actually conceded Kaua’i to King Kamehameha to unite the Hawaiian Islands.
Oh, and one of the laws that is kind of arcane but we residents appreciate is that the buildings on Kaua’i cannot be taller than the highest coconut tree.
When I explain Kaua’i to visitors, I tell them that Kaua’i is known for its outdoor activities. We have no nightlife whatsoever. I know many residents would disagree, but seriously, a lot of the stores close up around nine o’clock at night, you can buy liquor until 10:59 p.m., our liquor law allows bars until two o’clock in the morning, and there are only about two or three “night clubs” on Kaua’i. On the upside, we have a handful of beautiful beaches, fabulous hikes, and a bunch of waterfalls for your viewing pleasure. As I said, outdoor activities.
Some movies don’t reach us until about two to three weeks after they’re release. We don’t really have a bookstore–you can purchase some books at our local WalMart or Kmart. Other than that it’s off to Talkstory Bookstore. WalMart and/or Kmart is our default store for just about everything.
For me, it’s a bit slow-paced and I do get frustrated every now and then (so I can relate to small town living in the wonderful books I read), but it’s home. I love the camping and the fact that I can still see the mountains and the ocean.
I was born and raised on Oahu, in the largest city in Hawaii and the capital of our state–Honolulu. The current population of this bustling island is 953,207 people (as of 2010).
The Gathering Place is what it’s known as with its color as Yellow. The flower for Oahu is the Ilima.
Oahu is home to the palace–Iolani Palace, where our last raining monarchs carried out their business. There’s a lot going on Oahu so I could go on for a while, but if you’re looking for an island vacation with a real night life, this is your island. It’s busy though. I mean, I think when people think of Hawaii, they see the poster picture of Diamond Head and Waikiki, and think pristine. But Oahu is crowded. It really is. A lot of visitors that I’ve talked to when I worked in the Visitor Industry mentioned how shocked they were when they visited Hawaii.
When I lived on Oahu, it was city living. We would play tag and made up games in our three floor apartment that often extended to the back alley of our apartment–sometimes crossing the main road to the ‘other side.’ It was about a five to ten minute drive to our garden since we were pretty much surrounded by concrete. My favorite field trips were to see the Honolulu Symphony, Bishop Museum, and Ice Palace (the only indoor ice skating rink in Hawaii).
I love where I live. It isn’t perfect. Even paradise has its sore spots, but it’s home.