UNBOXING HAWAII: What It's Like Living in HAWAII



Is everyone leaving Hawaii because it’s way too expensive?
Is everyone in Hawaii a surfer?
Does Hawaii have an actual place to ski?

We’ll answer those questions and a lot more. So let’s unbox the state of Hawaii!

Aloha! That means hello (and goodbye). Welcome! We’re in Hawaii now so we have to speak the native language. Hoa. That means friend. Hoaloha Hello friend. Neat right? Looks like you’re here because you’re thinking about buying some property in Hawaii and making this your permanent home. Well it’s a good choice – I mean look at the place. And this is the world surfing championships here at the North Shore in Oahu. Look at those waves and the ocean and all around you. Ahh.

Surfing was invented was in Polynesia and the art was brought to Hawaii where it became a worldwide sensation. Here on the north shore, waves average 16 feet high in the winter, and at their peak they can get 50 feet high. Some Hawaiian waves have even been 100 feet high! Can you imagine that? Surfing a 100 foot wave? I can’t.

7 million people come to this state every year to see sights like this. But odds are if you moved here you wouldn’t surf – I mean it looks pretty hard. And you wouldn’t want to know where the tourist spots are, either. No, you need to know where you can LIVE. Right now, a lot of the middle class is being squeezed out and the ones who can afford to are leaving the island in droves, and a lot of rich people are moving here in big numbers. Currently in Hawaii, there’s a lot of back and forth from the mainland. If you’re one of the people coming here, you gotta know where to go.

This is Hawaii. Now I know you can’t see much from a higher level, but don’t worry we’ll zoom in to each region. Hawaii has all sorts of different areas where you can live, just like the state where YOU are has different regions. Hawaii is made up of more than 130 islands, but there are 8 MAIN islands in the chain. And each one has its own culture, way of life and cost.

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Hawaii surf By Mandolin Davis – https://www.flickr.com/photos/mandolinn/373088839/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10540688

Hula Hooping https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uFTX76qZXQ
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33 comments

  1. Mr. Johnson, at 14:22 you made reference to the word "haole", and mispronounced and wrongly defined it. Haole is one word, pronounced "howlay". It is not broken into two words, as you did, and many have done.

    Also, as so many have wrongly defined the word, haole means – foreigner; foreign, introduced, of foreign origin. What you did was create a word, ha'ole, that is non-existent in the Hawaiian language.

    For example, the word "ha" means to – breathe, exhale, to breathe upon. The word "ole" meaning – not, without, lacking; to deny; zero, nothing.

    If you'd like to talk about breath, let's look at the word "aloha". The "alo" in aloha meaning front, face, presence. When Hawaiians would greet each other, they get forehead to forehead and exhale their breath to the one another. This is when you greet someone and exclaim your "Aloha", whereas "ha" is your breath.

    And to address white, the Hawaiian word would be "ke'o"(kay-oh), or "ke'o ke'o"(kay-oh kay-oh)

    I do not care what definition is out there currently, on Google or other, "haole" means foreigner; foreign, introduced, of foreign origin. It does not mean white, or Caucasian, although unfortunately, most foreigners to Hawai'i were white. Furthermore, as a native to the islands, when I travel, or move, I become the haole to the land for where I visit or am a guest to.

  2. Locals in Hawaii are a bunch of idiots.. locals in Hawaii are also a bunch of wannabes , they think they own the land ..when in reality tourists and mainlanders are the reason Hawaii is up afloat. Writing this as I’m in Maui vacationing. Pshhh locals 😂😂😂

  3. Loving this one thanks for sharing very information blessed love to all knowledge is power hopefully everyone pays attention keep up the good work 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲

  4. Honestly…. Haole just means foreigner, F**** Haole is the insult.
    The whole whites get bullied and discriminated against in Hawaii thing just makes me laugh.
    Don't get me wrong – Nobody be hurt or harassed but honestly some people's children don't know how to respect others.
    Those people who get tend to called F** Haoles moniker are usually entitled jerks who really kind of deserve it.

    For most others, that low level feeling you get that you don't belong, that you are an outsider that will never be fully accepted is what is feels like to be a POC in America a 100% of the time.
    (i.e. Being asked no where do you reallllly come? On repeat. California or Texas is somehow never good enough when you are a POC.)
    Hawaii is just one of few places inside America that whites gets to experience for themselves.
    That's what it feels like to not be the default for everything (i.e. average straight white guy).
    That you are not the standard upon which everything is based and everyone else ranked in comparison to you.
    I think if white people realized that then they have more empathy for POCs and other minorities.
    I think that one thing Hawaii teach rest of America.

  5. You are funny but sorry dude – at 1:05 mark that is the South Shore. Diamond is on South East Corner of Oahu. Honolulu is south side of Oahu, that's why waves are so small.

  6. Yup born and raised and I said I’m OUT!!… 5 yrs later and I have MORE $$$ in my account then I’ve ever had and live in a gated community and see Lamborghini or Ferrari’s more then stolen Honda’s 💯🤣🤙🏽

  7. I used to want to live in Hawaii but then I realized how expensive it is to live there and I would have to work all the time to afford it. Not happening. Beautiful climate though and I like an occasional visit, but I believe those who mentioned island fever.

  8. I was stationed there 3 years back in the mid 90's and just took a week vacation 2 weeks ago back on Oahu. It's a great place to visit albeit expensive as hell. But living there . I was a young single man back then and I loved it but at the same time I was happy when I left. If I was born there and lived there my whole life my perspective would definitely be different then living somewhere else.and moving there.

  9. I lived on Oahu from 1980 to 1994. I regret that I left and came back to the mainland, yet at the same time, a part of me doesn't missed it at all. (Back in the day my condo in Hawaii Kai was $700 a month. Now it's $5000 A MONTH!. .. and I hear the cost of food is ridiculous! My biggest peave is that I have no desire to pay to accommodate for the Japanese tourists! They don't deserve to be accommodated to! They've made it that us who used to call the island home can no longer afford it, forcing us to leave!- The Japanese have their own island. The property mgmt is so out of control in Hong Kong, that they have fled to Honolulu. It's just wrong! To think that Japan bombed Hawaii back in the 40's and now they've taken over the island claiming it's their territory?? WRONG ANSWER! I'm not willing to struggle for them, thus I will NEVER return to the islands. It's bad enough that every Tom, Dick and Harry is moving there and inundating the place. It's fueled animosity and crime. The "Aloha" is gone, if not fading. The ONLY way I might consider to go back is IF I was to winner $50 million dollars. – I could buy a house cash outright, and then "relax" and live frugally away from it all somewhere out and away from the city.

  10. Do you know or are you picking on “The Macintosh Librarian” ? “Mappy”…”Maccy”…

    She’s so cute. Don’t be mean. I’m one of those Florida folk in Florida Man country. Sigh…lol.
    On that note, you need to do a redo on Florida, more detail on cities, mention Downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa. So tired of being in a RED state.

  11. Mahalo for advising tourists to respect the land, ocean and culture! As a former resident, I found ENTITLED tourists to be our biggest pet peeve. Just because you have the money to visit, remember Hawaii is our home and behave as a well- behaved guest should.!

  12. Nick needs to expand his "UNBOXING" series to the rest of the world, like Mexico, Canada, Netherlands, France, Australia, Iran, Spain, Russia, Italy, Brazil, Philippines, Germany, Cuba, Sweden, Turkey, Colombia, Afghanistan . . . He'd get a billion subscribers.

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