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I Got the Job and We’re Moving to Oahu

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I had a thread about my last trip to Molokai and I put a post on there about applying for a job on Oahu that had opened up at the company I work for. The thread was getting very long and since I’ll be making this change I thought I would start a new thread.

So, I got the call today and we settled on a number I had in my head for a long time that I thought was reasonable. I’m taking the job and we are moving to Oahu.

They want me there on 08-05-19 but I don’t know if my current operating company will let me go that soon. I’ll be meeting with my current company President on Thursday to go over everything.

The adventure begins. :thumbup:
 

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What exciting news! Congratulations!
 

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Congratulations. The winters in HI are so much nicer than WI. The only downside is that Real Estate prices are really outrageous as well as basic supplies such as groceries and gasoline (just to name a few).

I'd move there in a heartbeat also regardless of the high cost of living.




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Congratulations. The winters in HI are so much nicer than WI. The only downside is that Real Estate prices are really outrageous as well as basic supplies such as groceries and gasoline (just to name a few).

I'd move there in a heartbeat also regardless of the high cost of living.




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There are four Costco's on Oahu. Groceries and gas there are comparable to Mainland pricing. :thumbup:

Consider, too, that while you might spend more for some things there, (in some cases a LOT more), you don't have to heat your house, buy Winter clothes, snow tires, deal with extremes in climate, and so on. It trades off.

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There are four Costco's on Oahu. Groceries and gas there are comparable to Mainland pricing. :thumbup:

Consider, too, that while you might spend more for some things there, (in some cases a LOT more), you don't have to heat your house, buy Winter clothes, snow tires, deal with extremes in climate, and so on. It trades off.

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Definitely true on the trade offs.

We are Costco members and now we will be able to use it more often than here.
 

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Definitely true on the trade offs.

We are Costco members and now we will be able to use it more often than here.
The Iwilei Costco in Honolulu is close to where you'll be working. (Iwilei is pronounced "Evee-lay.")

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I am so excited for you! You’ve had a great attitude through this whole application/interview process and it sounds like it really paid off! Glad that the numbers worked, too. Congrats!


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The Iwilei Costco in Honolulu is close to where you'll be working. (Iwilei is pronounced "Evee-lay.")

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Just when I thought I was fair at the Hawaiian Street names, you had to throw this one out there. :)

I actually saw a few places up by the Kamehameha shopping center on your map.
 

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Just when I thought I was fair at the Hawaiian Street names, you had to throw this one out there. :)

I actually saw a few places up by the Kamehameha shopping center on your map.
Thats a snip from Google maps. If you tell it to show you "Iwilei Costco" you can see that, and a whole lot more.

Another place you'll be close to, is "Nico's Pier 39" restaurant. It is an awesome place to eat super fresh seafood, taken right from the fishermen's boats. Not a fancy place, but the food is great. Beverages are good, too. We eat there every time we go to Oahu. (Hint: Go during Happy Hour, like around 5:00PM. You can order the dinner entree at Happy Hour pricing.)

Hawaiian language is pretty easy, but you have to learn the rules. Only 12 letters in the alphabet: Five vowels A,E,I,O,U, and seven consonants H,K,L,M,N,P,W. Every letter is pronounced, (technically), until you get to the colloquial pronunciations, which screws things up. Every word ends in a vowel, and there are never two consonants together. They are always separated by at least one vowel. Vowels are pronounced: A as in "aah." E is "Aay." I is "ee." O is "oh." and U is "ooh." The consonants are the same as you've ever heard them.

EXCEPT for W. When the word starts with a W, it is pronounced as a classic "double U" letter sound. When W is contained within the word, especially the next to last letter, it is often pronounced as a V. "Ewa Beach" is a V-sound word, because the W is the next to last letter. "Waikiki" is a W-sound word because the word starts with a W. So in the case above, "Iwilei" has a W not as the first letter, so is one of those V-sound words.

But just when it seems simple to understand, there are places like Wahiawa. By the rules, it should be pronounced "Wa-hee-ahV-a." But it's "Wa-hee-a-Wah." And of course, there are words where both W pronunciations are valid: Hawaii can be "Ha-Wah-ee" or "Ha-Vah-ee." So there it is. Easy as pie. Except when it's not. LOL!

You'll get used to it, and how Hawaiian words are sprinkled into non-Hawaiian phrases. "Junior! Get your okole in the house!" or on the golf course: "You putt the ball into the puka." And we all know what a "pupu platter" is. It's fun, and I know you'll enjoy yourself. And don't get me started on how Pidgin fits in. That's a whole different story.

Hele on, bruddah Jeff. You got this. :thumbup:

Dave, aka Kawika. (With a V sound...)
 
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Thats a snip from Google maps. If you tell it to show you "Iwilei Costco" you can see that, and a whole lot more.

Another place you'll be close to, is "Nico's Pier 39" restaurant. It is an awesome place to eat super fresh seafood, taken right from the fishermen's boats. Not a fancy place, but the food is great. Beverages are good, too. We eat there every time we go to Oahu. (Hint: Go during Happy Hour, like around 5:00PM. You can order the dinner entree at Happy Hour pricing.)

Hawaiian language is pretty easy, but you have to learn the rules. Only 12 letters in the alphabet: Five vowels A,E,I,O,U, and seven consonants H,K,L,M,N,P,W. Every letter is pronounced, (technically), until you get to the colloquial pronunciations, which screws things up. Every word ends in a vowel, and the are never two consonants together. They are always separated by at least one vowel. Vowels are pronounced: A as in "aah." E is "Aay." I is "eye." O is "oh." and U is "ooh." The consonants are the same as you've ever heard them.

EXCEPT for W. When the word starts with a W, it is pronounced as a classic "double U" letter sound. When W is contained within the word, especially the next to last letter, it is often pronounced as a V. So in the case above, "Iwilei" is one of those V-sound words. But just when it seems simple to understand, there are places like Wahiawa. By the rules, it should be pronounced "Wa-hee-ahV-a." But it's "Wa-hee-a-Wah." And of course, there are words where both W pronunciation are valid: Hawaii can be "Ha-Wah-ee" or "Ha-Vah-ee." So there it is. Easy as pie. except when it's not. LOL!

You'll get used to it, and how Hawaiian words are sprinkled into non-Hawaiian phrases. "Junior! Get your oriole in the house!" or on the golf course: "You putt the ball into the puka." And we all know what a "pupu platter" is. It's fun, and I know you'll enjoy yourself.

Hele on, Jeff. You've got this. :thumbup:

Dave, aka Kawika.
I have nothing but time now and it will take a while. :)
 
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I have nothing but time now and it will take a while. :)
It's not nearly as hard as it might seem. Just look at the word, consider the spelling, and know that a lot of combinations of letters have colloquial sounds to them, For example, "au" together isn't always "ah-ooh", but is often pronounced as "ow," like you stubbed your toe. So "Hanauma Bay" sounds like "Hah-now-mah." (Although colloquial pronunciation drops the U sound, and it's spoken as "Hah-nom-ma." Even common words like Honolulu should be pronounced as "Hoh-noh-loo-loo," and not "Hah-nah-lu-lu."

Multiple vowels together are usually all pronounced. So "Kaaawa" (a community on the Windward side of Oahu) is pronounced "Kah-ah-ah-Va." Before you know it, you'll be ripping through some real tongue twisters, like Ke'eaumoku Street, Kalanianaole Highway, Piikoi, Ko'Olina, and Kapolei.

Now you're an expert. :)

Dave
 

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It's not nearly as hard as it might seem. Just look at the word, consider the spelling, and know that a lot of combinations of letters have colloquial sounds to them, For example, "au" together isn't always "ah-ooh", but is often pronounced as "ow," like you stubbed your toe. So "Hanauma Bay" sounds like "Hah-now-mah." (Although colloquial pronunciation drops the U sound, and it's spoken as "Hah-nom-ma." Even common words like Honolulu should be pronounced as "Hoh-noh-loo-loo," and not "Hah-nah-lu-lu."

Multiple vowels together are usually all pronounced. So "Kaaawa" (a community on the Windward side of Oahu) is pronounced "Kah-ah-ah-Va." Before you know it, you'll be ripping through some real tongue twisters, like Ke'eaumoku Street, Kalanianaole Highway, Piikoi, Ko'Olina, and Kapolei.

Now you're an expert. :)

Dave
Heck, with my Chicago accent I can barely speak English. :)

I always do a little better and I’m there hearing them being pronounced too so that will help. All in time. :thumbup:
 

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I have a cousin who moved there years ago. He Took some course that would help with the anxiety of being on an island. It’s not vacation and you won’t be going “home” next week
He took it and was fine. His wife didn’t and was a mess
They moved back to the Mainland

Maybe something to look in to

I’ve often thought of moving there as well
 
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I have a cousin who moved there years ago. He Scorpio some course that would help with the anxiety of being on an island. It’s not vacation and you won’t be going “home” next week
He took it and was fine. His wife didn’t and was a mess
They moved back to the States

Maybe something to look in to

I’ve often thought of moving there as well

Sorry, personal pet peeve: Hawaii IS a state, and has been since 1959. :D

"They moved back to the Mainland" is a better way to say it.

"Island fever" can happen, but it depends a lot on how integrated into the local world people let themselves become. If you embrace the culture, and try to become part of the experience, it's much easier. People who maintain a "just visiting" attitude rarely adapt well.

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I have a cousin who moved there years ago. He Scorpio some course that would help with the anxiety of being on an island. It’s not vacation and you won’t be going “home” next week
He took it and was fine. His wife didn’t and was a mess
They moved back to the States

Maybe something to look in to

I’ve often thought of moving there as well
Definitely something we have heard and thought about. I can’t say it won’t happen to me or my wife but when we are here we don’t go too far besides taking a few trips. We will still be able to take trips if we want to so I really don’t think it will be an issue but we won’t know unless we try.
 

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Yay for you! I’m looking forward to following your move!
 

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Congratulations on the new job. I cannot imagine a better place to live.
 
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