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“I was born and raised on Oahu. The primary reason for my leaving was the cost of living and living from paycheck to paycheck. I retired from my employment after 24-plus years and now have a pension to help with Social Security.

“I occasionally go back to Hawaii because I still have family there. I still believe Hawaii is a great place, but it’s easier to visit than to live there. I would go back if I could sell my residence (in Vancouver) and purchase a place with no mortgage that’s comparable to the home I’m in now.

“The biggest thing I miss is the food! Can’t find food like that on the mainland. Many restaurants have come close, but the real deal is in Hawaii.”

Kenneth Malubay
Vancouver, Washington
Former Honolulu resident