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Why Rosemary Garrido left Hawaii

“I am not a native of Hawaii, but I am a Chamorro descendant. I relocated to Hawaii from my island Guam because I had just gotten a divorce, wanted to start fresh elsewhere, didn’t want to give up tropical island lifestyle altogether, and loved island community culture. “I was influenced

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Why Guy Monahan left Hawaii

“I came to Oahu from Colorado on April 1, 1980, and moved away on August 31, 2016. I lived there longer than anywhere else. It is a special place and I miss it, my family, my friends, and its people. “On April Fools Day of 1980, I was appropriately foolish

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Why Karen Nutt left Hawaii

“Lived in Maui for seven years. It kept getting more expensive but our salaries never changed. It was hard to get ahead, even though my husband and I worked in the hospitality and food and beverage industries. The job market is very competitive. We miss island life but Maui has

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Why Barney Pickard left Hawaii

“We moved to O‘ahu in 2003. I worked for Windward Dodge in the auto sales business and my wife went to work for the Navy on Ford Island. When the economy went south in 2008, sales were few and far in between. Finally, I was laid off in early 2009.

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Why Eliaza Holokahi left Hawaii

“I lived in Hawaii for 18 years. I have two sisters and a brother who still live there. But for me it was too expensive. “Now that I live on the mainland, when I think of Hawaii I think, ‘I don’t ever wanna stress about money and rent like people

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Why Kenneth Malubay left Hawaii

“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

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Why Courtney Dang left Hawaii

“I was born and raised on Oahu, lived in Portland off and on for seven years. I decided to go back home to Hawaii with my husband after having our first child. I wanted her to grow up with the same memories and lifestyle I had. But rent was just

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Why Chanson Rego left Hawaii

“I was born and raised in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. I had to move with my family away from our roots due to the high cost of living. Everyone who rents (out their homes) wants you to pay their mortgage plus a paycheck each month. It’s sad to

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Why Warren Rodrigues left Hawaii

“I was born in Wailuku, Maui, not long after the original Maui Memorial Hospital was built. I had a great childhood being raised in Upcountry Maui. My move away from Hawaii was 100 percent financial; I was laid off from my job at 52 years of age and unable to

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Why Jan Farmer left Hawaii

“I moved to Oahu in 1986, and moved to Maui a couple months later because I found a job at a new Longs Drugs in Lahaina. My husband I were able to purchase a home and live nicely for the first several years. We raised our daughter on Maui, but

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Why Rosemary Garrido left Hawaii

“I am not a native of Hawaii, but I am a Chamorro descendant. I relocated to Hawaii from my island Guam because I had just gotten a divorce, wanted to start fresh elsewhere, didn’t want to give up tropical island lifestyle altogether, and loved island community culture. “I was influenced

Read More →

Why Guy Monahan left Hawaii

“I came to Oahu from Colorado on April 1, 1980, and moved away on August 31, 2016. I lived there longer than anywhere else. It is a special place and I miss it, my family, my friends, and its people. “On April Fools Day of 1980, I was appropriately foolish

Read More →

Why Karen Nutt left Hawaii

“Lived in Maui for seven years. It kept getting more expensive but our salaries never changed. It was hard to get ahead, even though my husband and I worked in the hospitality and food and beverage industries. The job market is very competitive. We miss island life but Maui has

Read More →

Why Barney Pickard left Hawaii

“We moved to O‘ahu in 2003. I worked for Windward Dodge in the auto sales business and my wife went to work for the Navy on Ford Island. When the economy went south in 2008, sales were few and far in between. Finally, I was laid off in early 2009.

Read More →

Why Eliaza Holokahi left Hawaii

“I lived in Hawaii for 18 years. I have two sisters and a brother who still live there. But for me it was too expensive. “Now that I live on the mainland, when I think of Hawaii I think, ‘I don’t ever wanna stress about money and rent like people

Read More →

Why Kenneth Malubay left Hawaii

“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

Read More →

Why Courtney Dang left Hawaii

“I was born and raised on Oahu, lived in Portland off and on for seven years. I decided to go back home to Hawaii with my husband after having our first child. I wanted her to grow up with the same memories and lifestyle I had. But rent was just

Read More →

Why Chanson Rego left Hawaii

“I was born and raised in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. I had to move with my family away from our roots due to the high cost of living. Everyone who rents (out their homes) wants you to pay their mortgage plus a paycheck each month. It’s sad to

Read More →

Why Warren Rodrigues left Hawaii

“I was born in Wailuku, Maui, not long after the original Maui Memorial Hospital was built. I had a great childhood being raised in Upcountry Maui. My move away from Hawaii was 100 percent financial; I was laid off from my job at 52 years of age and unable to

Read More →

Why Jan Farmer left Hawaii

“I moved to Oahu in 1986, and moved to Maui a couple months later because I found a job at a new Longs Drugs in Lahaina. My husband I were able to purchase a home and live nicely for the first several years. We raised our daughter on Maui, but

Read More →