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Why Robert Dunn left Hawaii

“I lived and worked in Hawaii from 1980 to 2016. I’m originally from Texas, but joined the Navy in 1978 and was assigned to a submarine at Pearl Harbor. I spent 13 years in the Navy. I worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard after the Navy until I retired in

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Why Josi-Kona Hahn left Hawaii

“I was born in 1944 and graduated from James B. Castle High School in Kaneohe in 1962. “After graduating, I spent a year living in San Francisco with my dad. In 1975, I met and married my current husband. We lived in Vancouver, Corvallis, and Salem, Oregon. In 2003, we

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Why Michael Hernandez left Hawaii

“Born in 1979, I lived on Oahu for 28 years before I decided to move to the mainland in 2007. “I decided to move to Texas for a couple of reasons, one being that my future wife was already residing there. Another was that the cost of living is so

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Why Reg Baker left Hawaii

“I moved to Hawaii from Florida in 1973 when I was 18. I left for Vietnam in December 1973 to serve in the Navy, for a little over 18 months. I was in Vietnam during the summer of 1975 for the evacuation of Saigon. After returning from Vietnam, I attended

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Why Chelsea Wright left Hawaii

“I am Native Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu. Being stuck at an 8-to-5 desk job for two years with no room to move up the corporate ladder, high-cost living expenses, living paycheck to paycheck and seeing people I loved being dragged down were the reasons I moved to Tacoma,

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Why Kimberlyn Racoma left Hawaii

“I was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. In high school I met my husband, and we have been together ever since. We were engaged in 2006, but didn’t marry until 2012 because we wanted to finish college. We both got our degrees, and while in our early 20s move

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Why Cynthia Wafer left Hawaii

“Born in Queen’s Hospital, lived with my family lived in Palolo Valley. Our family had land but my mother sold it when dad left. We then moved to Waianae, where my mom worked seven days a week all her life to buy a home on leased land. “I moved to

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Why Natasha Luciano left Hawaii

“I was born and raised in Wai‘anae on the island of O‘ahu. I knew that Hawai‘i was expensive all my life — it’s hard to forget when you see your family struggle. I moved to Honolulu when I was 20 in hopes I’d land a nice office job in the

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Why Bob Haber left Hawaii

“We moved to Hawaii in 1966 when I had finished sixth-grade. I lived there until my second year of college, then went to the mainland for school. After I graduated, I realized the cost of living is lower on mainland and the pay scale is higher. “When I retired in

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Why Jen Snow left Hawaii

“I wasn’t born or raised in Hawaii, but when I visited for my best friend’s wedding and felt the aloha spirit, I knew it was where I belonged. I packed and sold my belongings, quit my high-powered career, said my goodbyes to Texas and was on my way to paradise

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Why Robert Dunn left Hawaii

“I lived and worked in Hawaii from 1980 to 2016. I’m originally from Texas, but joined the Navy in 1978 and was assigned to a submarine at Pearl Harbor. I spent 13 years in the Navy. I worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard after the Navy until I retired in

Read More →

Why Josi-Kona Hahn left Hawaii

“I was born in 1944 and graduated from James B. Castle High School in Kaneohe in 1962. “After graduating, I spent a year living in San Francisco with my dad. In 1975, I met and married my current husband. We lived in Vancouver, Corvallis, and Salem, Oregon. In 2003, we

Read More →

Why Michael Hernandez left Hawaii

“Born in 1979, I lived on Oahu for 28 years before I decided to move to the mainland in 2007. “I decided to move to Texas for a couple of reasons, one being that my future wife was already residing there. Another was that the cost of living is so

Read More →

Why Reg Baker left Hawaii

“I moved to Hawaii from Florida in 1973 when I was 18. I left for Vietnam in December 1973 to serve in the Navy, for a little over 18 months. I was in Vietnam during the summer of 1975 for the evacuation of Saigon. After returning from Vietnam, I attended

Read More →

Why Chelsea Wright left Hawaii

“I am Native Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu. Being stuck at an 8-to-5 desk job for two years with no room to move up the corporate ladder, high-cost living expenses, living paycheck to paycheck and seeing people I loved being dragged down were the reasons I moved to Tacoma,

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Why Kimberlyn Racoma left Hawaii

“I was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. In high school I met my husband, and we have been together ever since. We were engaged in 2006, but didn’t marry until 2012 because we wanted to finish college. We both got our degrees, and while in our early 20s move

Read More →

Why Cynthia Wafer left Hawaii

“Born in Queen’s Hospital, lived with my family lived in Palolo Valley. Our family had land but my mother sold it when dad left. We then moved to Waianae, where my mom worked seven days a week all her life to buy a home on leased land. “I moved to

Read More →

Why Natasha Luciano left Hawaii

“I was born and raised in Wai‘anae on the island of O‘ahu. I knew that Hawai‘i was expensive all my life — it’s hard to forget when you see your family struggle. I moved to Honolulu when I was 20 in hopes I’d land a nice office job in the

Read More →

Why Bob Haber left Hawaii

“We moved to Hawaii in 1966 when I had finished sixth-grade. I lived there until my second year of college, then went to the mainland for school. After I graduated, I realized the cost of living is lower on mainland and the pay scale is higher. “When I retired in

Read More →

Why Jen Snow left Hawaii

“I wasn’t born or raised in Hawaii, but when I visited for my best friend’s wedding and felt the aloha spirit, I knew it was where I belonged. I packed and sold my belongings, quit my high-powered career, said my goodbyes to Texas and was on my way to paradise

Read More →