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It seems that Hawaii has one of the highest life expectancy ratings out of the United States. So, why are people who live in Hawaii so fortunate? Hawaii has a high cost of living like many other states such as New York.

Logic would dictate that a high cost of living would equate to a high-stress lifestyle due to working harder and trying to make more money just to keep up with the cost of living. So, what’s different about Hawaii?

There could be several factors that contribute to Hawaii’s high life expectancy rate.

Free Vitamin D – Courtesy of the Sun – In other states such as New York, there is something known as Seasonal Affective Disorder due to lack of sunshine and lack of Vitamin D; Hawaii does not suffer from this, however. There is always plenty of Vitamin D courtesy of an ever present sun.

Inhale and Exhale – In Hawaii, when you breathe in and out, you get the benefit of fresh air and plenty of aromatic scents from the exotic flowers there. This could have a direct impact on how you are feeling and the thoughts you are thinking. Hawaii has built-in aromatherapy.

The Right Foods – Vegetables, the freshest of fruits and plenty of fish make up the bulk of the Hawaiian diet. It’s no wonder that people living there, live longer.

Water, Water, Everywhere – Everywhere you look, you see water in Hawaii. Going for a swim in the ocean is not a difficult undertaking. Swimming is a natural choice for exercise in Hawaii even if it is just for a lunch-break swim.

A Zen State of Mind – Anyone who is in the field of personal development or even just a follower of matters of the mind knows that the state of your mind can have a major impact on your day, your week and most importantly your health.

If you start out your morning in a foul mood, chances are that this will spiral into an even worse day. There is a lot to be said about the attitude of Hawaiians in that there seems to be a happy-go-lucky foundation underneath it all. Research is beginning to show that thinking positive thoughts and being happy are some of the reasons to better health and longevity.

Strong Ties – A strong sense of community along with holding on to values and traditions makes a contribution to the Hawaiian lifestyle. This fostering of relationships with others makes for a sense of support, and promotes longer life, healthy living, and longevity just to name a few bonuses.

Fresh air, loads of sunshine, the scent of exotic flowers wafting under your nose and being surrounded by easy-going, happy-go-lucky people sounds like a recipe for longevity after all. Hawaii seems to have all the right ingredients.

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Fun Hawaii Facts

 

When you think about Hawaii, the first things that probably come to mind are paradise, hula dancers, luaus, and leis, right? That does pretty much sum up the basics about Hawaii. As if these things weren’t enough, there is more to Hawaii than meets the eye.

Hawaii is filled with legend and steeped in tradition, as well. Here is a sampling of some interesting things you really don’t need to know about Hawaii, but are fun just the same.

 

It’s all relative

If you have moved to Hawaii from elsewhere and even lived there for a decade or two, you don’t get to hold the title of true Hawaiian. You see, it doesn’t matter how long you have lived there, it matters, however, if you have ancestry that dates back to your roots in order to be known as an authentic Hawaiian.

 

Kona and coffee go together like a hand and glove

If you love coffee, you can thank Hawaii for its contribution. The United States gets its coffee from its own country – right from Hawaii – as compared to the numerous other countries from which the United States must also depend on for its coffee supply.

Kona is one of the more expensive coffees and rightfully so – with benefit-rich soil to grow in thanks to the volcanoes, this coffee is a contribution on two levels – first in its taste and second that the United States has privy to it.

 

Hawaii pays homage to royalty every year

Although part of the United States, Hawaii is steeped in tradition and holds true to its beliefs. Every year, Hawaii pays homage to King Kamehameha, their king.

 

The Hula is not for women only

If you think about hula dancers, chances are that you envision women in grass skirts. However, men are and have been hula dancers, as well. Numerous legends report that both men and women performed the hula from the beginning in order to pay homage to the volcanic goddess Pele.

Regardless of who started it, you can still find both men and women performing the hula for spiritual reasons, for entertainment and for tourism.

 

Life expectancy is longer

While Disney may be the happiest place, Hawaii may be the place for longevity. Studies are showing that the life expectancy in Hawaii is longer and for good reasons:

  1. Fresh local fish
  2. Plenty of exotic fruits
  3. Fresh air and plenty of sunshine
  4. And a happy easygoing way of life and an equally cheerful attitude to go along with it

 

If you thought visiting Hawaii was a good idea before, now you have a list of more interesting and fun facts to be more charmed by all that Hawaii is.

 

Legends of Hawaii

 

Every culture has its own traditions and most of them have some interesting legends, as well. Hawaii is no different, but you might think Hawaiian legends are more intriguing, interesting and even downright spookier than most.

Were you even aware of Hawaii’s many legends and, better yet, do you know why you should know them? Here are some of those legends and what could happen if you encounter them.

The Night Marchers

The tale of the Night Marchers is as real to the people of Hawaii as their culture. These stories are not just simply tales, but part of what makes up Hawaii’s steep history of legends.

The Night Marchers are said to be a group of warriors marching or hovering through the night while chanting chants and carrying torches. These supernatural marchers are said to have been seen in many areas in Hawaii and come out mostly at night. Legend has it these warriors are seeking vengeance in battle while others say they are seeking their eternal resting place.

Many Hawaiian’s will attest to having seen these ghostly warriors. If you are not into running into warrior apparitions at night then consider staying away from places such as the Kamehameha Battle Site and the town of Kaunakakai where the site of a sacred temple lies. Knowing where these sightings are is half the battle. Not looking at them if you do see them, is the other half. You may just find yourself as “one of them,” marching alongside them if you do make eye contact.

The Black Sand Beach

There are many exquisite black sand beaches in Hawaii and they really are a sight to see. Many tourists are tempted to – and do – take home black sand from Hawaii’s black sand beaches every year. Did you know, however, that this is breaking the number one rule of legends in Hawaii?

Legend has it that if you take any of the black sand, that Pele will wreak revenge on you and put a curse on you until all the black sand is returned. So, if you have taken black sand and lady luck has not been on your side ever since, consider taking a trip back to Hawaii as soon as possible.

Pele – the goddess of Fire

The saying about hell hath no fury certainly could apply to this legendary goddess. Pele, the goddess of fire does not care for those who take lava rocks or any remnants from her Hawaii home with them. She wreaks revenge, it is said, with those who steal from her by letting loose on her powerful use of fire.

Legend has said that those who have taken lava rocks or remnants from Hawaii home have experienced disaster such as fire.

If you visit Hawaii, then it might be in your best interest not to take any black sand or volcanic rocks or anything for that matter. It is said that hundreds of packages arrive in Hawaii each year containing…you guessed it – black sand and lava rocks.

There are many more legends from sharks who morph into men at will and gods and goddesses, but these are some of the main legends you should, at the very least, be aware of if visiting Hawaii any time soon. After all, you want the gods and goddesses on your side.

 

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Hawaii Auto Show

 When you think of Hawaii, chances are you think about beautiful hula dancers, exotic blooms and weather you can only find in paradise. However, have you ever considered the exhilarating combination of Hawaii and the latest cars, trucks and SUVs? Exhilarating is the perfect word to use when it comes to the 2015 Hawaiian Auto Show.

Exotic Vehicles in a Hawaiian Backdrop

The First 2015 Hawaiian Auto Show was held in the Hawaii Convention Center located in Honolulu and sets the backdrop for the event. The venue itself lends an exotic air that is perfectly suited for the auto show. The Hawaii Convention Center has a setting that incorporates the pristine beauty and nature of Hawaii with modern engineering and technology. What better combination than this to host the 2015 Hawaiian Auto Show?

With open airy outdoor architecture combined with modern technology, the Hawaiian Convention Center sets the stage.

A Little Lamborghini Goes a Long Way

If you are going to dream, might as well dream big with these exotic vehicles. The Lamborghini LP700 made its presentation to viewers and dreamers alike. With 700 Horsepower and the ability to go from zero to 60 in 3.0 seconds, it’s no wonder why. The unique green color also gives this vehicle an even more, “sit up and notice” attention-commanding vibe.

Falling for the Ferrari

One of the hottest cars showcased was the Ferrari California T which boasts the ability to go from zero to 60 in 3.3 seconds. As if that were not enough, it’s also a convertible. What better way to make your way around the exquisite curvy roads of Hawaii than to do so while surrounded by the curves of a convertible Ferrari.

Whether you are mad for a Ferrari or the new Maserati Ghibli, you may wish to sport a new look while seated in this sporty luxury vehicle.

Exotic vehicles were not all that was available at the First 2015 Hawaiian Auto Show. There were 350 vehicles to check out:

  • Suvs
  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Crossovers

From Beetles to Bentleys as well as a plethora of options, the Hawaiian First 2015 Auto Show was a spectacle in and of itself.

If you want to get your motor running and get into gear, take a trip to Hawaii and take in some of Hawaii’s alluring qualities while setting your sights on some exotic cars.

Hawaii adventure

 

Are you ready to go big and go to Hawaii? Maybe you’ve been to Hawaii before or are making your way there as a first-time visitor. Either way, you will want to do it up big – either on the Big Island of Hawaii or on one of the other islands.

Of course, there is so much to see and do as far as the traditional sights and sounds go. However, if you dig a little deeper, you may discover you can match your desire for adventure with opportunities just waiting for you to explore in Hawaii.

There are three great ways to be an explorer on your Hawaiian adventure; by land, by sea and by air.

Airtime Adventures in Hawaii

 Mighty volcanoes and tiny planes - While most of the tourists are heading over to visit the Diamondhead volcanic crater, you can hop aboard a vintage biplane and grab an aerial view over Kauai.

Picture yourself in an open-air cockpit with the wind in your hair and a majestic view all around you. You will get the sense that you are transported back into time as you sport an old-time helmet and goggles. With camera in hand, get ready to take in the spectacular views and even more spectacular photographs. Pristine waterfalls, volcanic craters, and the legendary sleeping giant are waiting for you to fly high.

A Little Luxury Goes a Long Way – While most vacationers are taking standard helicopter tours, think outside the box a little and consider chartering your own private helicopter. If you want to see a little glimpse of the unseen and do so in private, consider a private tour. Imagine being able to create your own itinerary in addition, and you have created an outstanding airtime adventure in Hawaii.

By Land

Take an Extreme Hike – If you enjoy hiking in general, then you will love going on an extreme hike in Hawaii – an extreme lava hike, that is. Consider taking a tour in Kalapana. The community of Kalapana saw a devastating change when the Hawaiian fire goddess known as Pele spewed lava all over its town. Take a hike and have the opportunity to view active lava from a safe viewing point. Imagine the nighttime pictures you will capture on your hiking lava tour.

Go for a Volcanic Bike Ride – Talk about extreme – while getting up in the wee hours of the night to go for a tour and take a bike ride might sound like anything but fun, you will get to experience the most exquisite sunset. You’ll also create the memory of a lifetime. Consider taking a tour to visit the Haleakala Volcano. When was the last time you can say that you saw the sunrise 10,000 feet above sea level?

By Sea

Explore Kona - If you’ve ever been snorkeling, you know it’s an adventure. Why not take that adventure up a notch and visit the coast of Kona. Go on an exhilarating adventure and take a trip to a secluded spot where you can explore underwater sea caves. Follow along as your guide leads you through a snorkel adventure of lava tubes and archways, stopping along the way to marvel at the rainbow of colored fish. Enjoy and be exhilarated by all the Kona coast has to offer.

Go Backcountry – Want to avoid the tourists and do something more unique? Visit the backcountry and go tubing through an old sugar plantation. Local guides will lead you as you meander down the water pathway while taking part in learning about lots of Hawaiian culture. Definitely something different.

Land, sea and air are the three top ways to become an adventurous explorer in Hawaii.

 

 

The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Hawaii in May and June

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 Have you dreamed of a trip to the tropical isle of Hawaii, but wonder when the prime time to go is? Let’s face it, there really is no terrible time to visit the Isles of Hawaii; however, there are some times that will reap greater rewards than others.

For example, the months of May and June will find you enjoying all that is Hawaii with the added bonus of feeling like you are on an adventure all your own. Here are the top five advantages of visiting Hawaii in May and June.

Getting Acquainted with Hawaii’s Culture

 The Month of May – Just about everyone knows that the first thing that happens when you land on the isle of Hawaii is being greeted by a local who places a wreath of exquisite blossoms around your neck. These blossom that are true to native soil are strung together and are known worldwide as a lei. Well, in the month of May, Hawaii celebrates the creation of the lei and the exquisite flowers that are native to it, as well.

Young children take part in celebratory activities while the rest of the state celebrate their May Day with parades and other festivities, as well.

June – King Kamehameha Day – What better way to celebrate the heritage of Hawaii then to be present and accounted for on King Kamehameha Day. On this day of festivities, the king that unified the Hawaiian Islands is honored with a multitude of leis adorning his commemorative statue, music and dance, traditional Hawaiian food and, of course, Hula dancing.

If you ever wanted to tackle the Hula, June would be the perfect time to get your groove going.

Crowds are not a Big Issue

For some reason, August seems to be the hot season in Hawaii – not only weather-wise, but for larger crowds, as well. This may be due in part to traditional weddings taking place in August and plenty of honeymooners there for a visit.

May and June, however, are not as crowded which leaves you feeling as though you almost have the whole place to yourself in comparison to other months.

Weather is near Perfection

 If temperatures in the upper 70s to mid-80s appeals to you, then May and June may be the optimal times for your next Hawaiian vacation. If nice warm weather is on the top of your must-have list, for travel, then Hawaii is the perfect locale for your May or June vacation.

Minimal Rainfall

 For the most part, you can expect an occasional shower, but the good news is it will typically only last a few minutes. Afterward, you may even be invited to enjoy one of Hawaii’s beloved, raved about, and most photographed rainbows.

Cost Effective

Since May and June are not in high demand as far as travel goes, you will be able to soak up more than just sun – you may find reasonable rates to absorb during your pre-season vacation in Hawaii.

You never know, once you travel to Hawaii, you may fall in love and want to return time and again. Better yet, you may even find yourself wanting to do a complete relocation there. If that’s the case, you can always pack up your things, have your car shipped from just about anywhere to Maui or even Honolulu. With auto transport that is easy, reliable and effortless, your auto, truck or even motorcycle shipping will be clear sailing all the way. Contact a  Hawaii Car Transport shipping specialist today at (808) 445-6695  for a free quote.

Make sure to visit Hawaii and explore each Island before you make the big move.

Each island is unique and has something different to offer.

Oahu

This Island is the most populated of the Hawaiian island. World Famous Honolulu and Waikiki are both located in Oahu. Many movers choose Oahu since it has the most job opportunities that offer higher salaries. With high rises and busy highways it is considered the most urban island in Hawaii.  Oahu offers opportunities for employment in the fields of tourism, construction, agriculture, retail sales and healthcare.

 Maui

Maui is larger than Oahu but much less crowded.  There is also less job availability on this island. The two main industries are tourism and agriculture. Maui is less urban like and more relaxed.  Main areas that are the most populated on the island are Kahului, Lahaina and Kihei.

 Big Island of Hawaii

This is the largest of all island in Hawaii. Similar to Maui, tourism is the island’s main industry. Most job opportunities are located on the Kona Coast. Other main industries include agriculture such as macadamia nuts, orchids and Kona coffee and cattle ranching.

 Kauai, Molokai & Lanai

Kaui is one of Hawaii less populated islands. The economy revolves around tourism which is the islands main source for job employment. The islands of Molokai and Lanai are smaller as well and the most difficult islands to locate work. Fortunate locals work at the three main luxury hotels located on the island. Aside from the hotels the opportunities are scarce.  The unemployment rate is very high on these islands. Most locals commute to Maui for work. These areas are great for those who are retired and want solitude and peace. The island offers beautiful scenery and serenity for those looking for a more quiet and relaxed way of life.

 

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Artist Calley O’Neill has created a fine art piece specifically for Hawaii Car Transport! Calley is a well known artist specializing in Public Art, Painting and landscape design on the big island of Hawaii. Be sure to check out her website at CalleyONeill.com!

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Here’s some advice and steps to take before your move.

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Research where to  live

Hawaii consists of 8 main islands decide where you want to live before you make the big move. The largest island is called Hawaii or the “Big Island.” The Big Island is the only island with active volcanoes so real estate is lower and there are less tourists. Oahu is the most popular island. Oahu’s economy is based on tourism and agriculture. Honolulu the state capital and is the center for trade and finance.  Real estate prices are very high in Oahu. Maui attracts the most tourists most of which are from the United States.

 Ship your belongings

Shipping to Hawaii from the main land United States can be expensive and difficult. Don’t focus on shipping furniture most homes and apartments are furnished.  There are companies that specialize in shipping to and from Hawaii. If you’re bringing a pet make sure to research airlines restrictions/ requirements. Don’t forget to bring your car with you, it’s easier and more affordable then buying a new one in Hawaii. Click here for a free quote to transport your vehicle http://goo.gl/Dy6NkO.

 Budget for a new home

Apartments and houses in Hawaii are more expensive compared to many areas on the mainland. The Big Island has the most affordable real estate whereas Honolulu has much higher prices. Many realtors in Hawaii specialize in relocation, and will work with you as much as possible before your move.

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Here’s our list of hot spots for New Years Eve 2015!

 

 Waikiki New Year’sFireworks: The midnight show sponsored by the Waikiki Improvement Association is choreographed to songs playing on local radio channel Hawaiian 105 KINE FM.

New Year’s Eve Party at Kakaako Waterfront: Every hour starting at 9pm until midnight.

The Kahala Hotel and Resort: The show starts at midnight and is viewable from nearby public spaces like Waialae or Wailupe Beach Parks.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Celebration: Starts at midnight hosted by Mauna Beach Hotel, festivities start with a New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing celebration.

Wailea Beach Fireworks: located in Maui the show begins at midnight and takes place along the Wailea Beach Park.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Poipu Beach Park:  In Kauai, the fireworks show starts at 8:45 pm. If your around early stop in to view the family friendly film “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” at 645pm

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay Hulopoe Beach Fireworks: This show starts at midnight located in Lanai.

Enjoy your night and be safe! Hawaii Car Transport wishes you a very happy and healthy new year!! 

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