Culture & Community

Living in Hawai쁦

AV의 is located in the city of Honolulu on the island of O쁝hu. Hawai쁦 has a population of 1.4 million (of which approximately 1 million are in Honolulu) and over 8 million visitors annually. Being somewhat centrally located in the Pacific Ocean and densely populated lends to Hawai쁦셲 rich and unique, ethnically diverse atmosphere. People share their rich history, culture, and food making Hawai쁦 a beautiful mosaic of experiences. Is there anywhere else that has various Asian, American, French, Himalayan, Italian and Hispanic restaurants within a 1-2 block walking distance of each other?

We know moving can seem daunting, which is why we have compiled general information to support your move and help you get settled with more ease. View more information on the list below at for help.

Transportation is a major concern for anyone moving to a new place, even if that place is an island. Read up on Hawai쁦셲 traffic safety/driving laws and find information about its bus systems and airports and set your mind at ease.

We understand that everyone is at a different stage in life when pursuing their residency. That being the case, you may have children and are concerned about continuing their education as you continue yours. Explore the variety of educational opportunities available for your children on the island.

Here is some extra information that we feel might be helpful and will benefit you as you join us here at AV의!

O쁝hu Neighborhoods

The Gathering Place

O쁝hu, meaning “The Gathering Place,” is the third largest Hawaiian island and home to a diverse population of just over one million people. Professionals and tourists alike briskly go about their day in Honolulu, the capital of Hawai쁦 located on O쁝hu. With a perimeter of just 111 miles and only spanning 65 miles across, O쁝hu is home to vibrant communities with unique attributes.

Six areas or districts comprise O쁝hu with more than 80% of Residents & Fellows living in Metropolitan O쁝hu.


Makiki M흲쁦li쁦li Kaka쁝ko Kalihi – M훮noa Pauoa Downtown Kaimuk카 Waik카k카

Area Hospitals

Resident Comments

Pros: Close proximity to work and town, convenient location for needs, central, most within walking distance to needs/beaches, abundance of restaurants

Cons: Relatively expensive, noisy, crowded, inadequate parking, homeless population, touristy, hard to find pet-friendly locations, small size for price, lots of sirens, construction

Points of Interest

  • Waik카k카 district for shopping and beach
  • Ala Moana Beach Park
  • Diamond Head
  • Ala Wai Golf Course
  • Convention Center
  • Bishop Museum
  • Iolani Palace
  • Art museums


軻ina Haina K훮hala

Area Hospitals

Resident Comments

Pros: Close to hospitals, clean, safe, quiet, gated communities, close to beaches and shopping

Cons: Expensive, traffic can get long at peak timess of sirens, construction

Points of Interest

  • Hanauma Bay
  • Sandy Beach Park
  • Makapu쁴 Lighthouse
  • Sea Life Park
  • Hiking


K훮ne쁮he Kahalu쁴 Kailua Waim훮nalo

Area Hospitals

  • Castle Medical Center
  • Hawaii State Hospital

Resident Comments

Pros: Beautiful countryside, family-friendly, quiet, good vibe in Kailua, easy access to beaches and golf courses, hiking, great restaurants

Cons: Commute to town is about 30 minutes

Points of Interest

  • Waim훮nalo Beach Park
  • Kailua Beach Park
  • Sea Life Park
  • Valley of the Temples
  • Kualoa Ranch


Wahiawa Pearl City 쁀iea Salt Lake Waipahu

Area Hospitals

  • Wahiawa General Hospital
  • Pali Momi Medical Center

Resident Comments

Pros: Quiet, not crowded, residential clean streets and air, gated communities

Cons: Commute to town is about 30-45 minutes, heavy traffic in peak times, far from beaches

Points of Interest

  • Wahiawa Botanical Gardens
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Aloha Stadium
  • Dole Plantation
  • Hawai쁦 Plantation Village


Kapolei Wai쁝nae N훮n훮kuli Makakilo Waikele 쁄wa Beach

Area Hospitals

  • The Queen’s Medical Center West

Resident Comments

Pros: Quiet neighborhoods, dry climate, rural areas, lots of beaches, hiking

Cons: Long commute, heavy traffic, about 45 minutes to town

Points of Interest

  • N훮n훮kuli Beach Park
  • P흲ka軻카 Bay
  • M훮kaha Beach
  • Yokohama Bay
  • Aulani Resort
  • Wet 쁭 Wild Water Park
  • Ka軻ena Park


L훮쁦e Kahuku Hau쁴la Hale쁦wa Waialua

Area Hospitals

  • Kahuku Medical Center

Resident Comments

Pros: Community-oriented, not crowded, country-side, surf competitions, hiking

Cons: About 1 hour commute to town, flooding during stormsg commute, heavy traffic, about 45 minutes to town

Points of Interest

  • Mokul휆軻ia Beach Park

  • Hale軻iwa Beach

  • Waimea Bay

  • Sunset Beach

  • Polynesian Cultural Center

  • Shrimp Farms

  • Temple

Emergency Preparedness

A potential reason one might consider our program is for Hawai쁦셲 well deserved reputation for tropical temperatures ranging in 80 degrees fahrenheit. We enjoy a majority of sunny days and tradewinds, as well as days with some light rainfall on the windward and mauka sides (windward and mountain areas) of the island. However, like any place, Hawai쁦 does have more severe weather concerns. The most common being  tropical storms and flooding or flash flooding. Hawai쁦 also occasionally experiences natural disasters. These include hurricanes (June to November), tsunamis (tidal waves) and earthquakes. It is best to be prepared for these events to ensure your safety.

The state셲 emergency sirens are tested on the 1st WORKDAY of every month at 11:45am. When the emergency sirens are sounded, tune in to a local radio or TV station for emergency information and further instructions.

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