When we think about the perfect paradise to retire to, a huge number of people will think of Hawaii. They will imagine the "Aloha" greeting on arrival, hula dancers and friendly people. There will be pictures of palm-fringed beaches, dense jungles, volcanoes and snow-capped mountains. Hawaii is one of the most diverse landscapes on earth, and its close proximity to the United States main land, makes it one of the most popular tourist and retirement destinations. Hawaii was the last state to join the United States, and it is the only state to be made up of entirely of islands.
A Quick Glance at Hawaii
Hawaii is an island state that makes up the northernmost tip of the Polynesian Islands. The state covers hundreds of islands, but there are eight main islands. The largest and most popular of these 8 islands is the Island of Hawaii. The economy in Hawaii is stable, and unemployment sits at around 6.9%. The main contributor to the economy today is tourism, but over the years there have been a variety of economic influences such as whaling and sugarcane and pineapple production. Hawaii ranks fourth for the highest millionaires per capita in the United States.
While the diversity and beauty of the nature on the island and the warm tropical climate are the main attractions for golden agers to retire in Hawaii, one of the factors that limit the amount of retirees settling here is the high prices. As you would expect from an idyllic island that is often thought of as paradise, the cost of living and owning property is extremely high. You can expect to have a higher cost of living than all other states in the US except for New York City and San Francisco. The prices of real estate are also the highest out of all the states in the country. However, you are getting what you pay for with the options of pristine beaches, humid forests, tall mountains and year round warm weather. The prices alone are not worth scratching Hawaii off your retirement list for.
Senior Living In Hawaii
While the overall cost of living and real estate in Hawaii is high, especially in Honolulu, there are some places that have lower prices and that also boast active and engaging senior community living spaces. The first of these is Hilo, which is found on the main island of Hawaii but that is often overlooked in favor of Honolulu. The town has an olden day feel to it that encompasses the Honolulu of days past, before the hordes of tourists and infrastructure. The town is located just between Hilo Bay and two volcanoes. Hilo makes a perfect destinations for more active retirees, and particularly those interested in astrology or geology.
Paiai, located on the northeastern side of Maui Island, is one of the quietest places to retire in Hawaii. With a population of just over 2,000 people, Paia is a friendly and colorful little town that is one of the best places to set up your retirement home. The cost of living is lower than the average in the US, and if you get tired of spending hours on the beach, you can head on back into town, which is predominantly made up off old plantation-style, wooden houses.
Medical Facilities in Hawaii
Hawaii boasts over 20 hospitals and medical centers throughout its islands, and these include the high-quality, well known hospitals such as the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, the Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, the Castle Medical Center and the Hale Ho'ola Hamakua hospital. Therefore, as a retiree you have a lot of medical options should something go wrong with you or your loved ones.
Things to Do
Hawaii is an active person's paradise with a plethora of options from hiking and climbing, to biking and wind surfing always available. However, this doesn't mean that the island has nothing to offer on the cultural front. Hawaii has a rich cultural heritage with a variety of different historical influences shaping the state into what it is today. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Pearl Harbor Museum and Tour that takes place in the exact place where America was first engaged into World War II.
Hawaii is one of the most diverse states in the world, and there is something on offer for every kind of retiree that settles on its islands. Its unique combination of nature, cultural significance, history and high quality medical centers, means that it is a place that everyone wanting to retire should put on their map.