Re: Hawaii HELP
Will share some of my experiences based on working on the 4 primary island off and on for the last 23 years. Will ask some questions of you first.
- Where are you from?
- Have you ever been to HI? If so, where?
- Are you Caucasian?
- What kind of work are you looking for?
Ok, based on skill level of 3 out of 10 (10 = pro), the Winter North Shore is going to be too big for you. No offense, it'll always be too big for me no matter how long I live.
The few towns along the North Shore are small, with a minor exception. The small town size means a) work will be hard to come by, and b) there will be no night life. If it were me, I'd give up the idea of night life in order to a) live closer to good surf, b) save money,and c) not waste time. I'm an old guy now, but eons ago I was 18 years old. I spent about 2 years at the NJ shore - mostly to work unskilled to semi-skilled jobs and spend lots of time in the clubs having live bands. I loved live rock and roll. But, know what? Spending too much time there kept me up late too often, introduced me to girls that were not very desirable (but I was too dumb to know), and kept me away from studies and developing other skills / talents. You don't have to make these mistakes.
The minor exception is the town of Laie. That's where Brigham Young Uni (BYU) and its Polynesian Cultural Center are so it's a reasonably-sized town. But #1, because it is BYU, there will be very little night life. But #2, you may be able to get a job there working in grounds keeping or sanitation. But, #3, in order to get a job under the BYU organization, you're going to have to be a clean cut young stewart (and for all I know, you are).
I'm with duyechi, you're probably best off in Honolulu. You need to be aware of several things: 1) crack and other drug use in rampant, 2) cost of living is high, and 3) if you are Caucasian, you are a Haole. A "haole" is a white devil from the mainland. You will experience discrimination if you fit this description. So, you better have a thick skin and bring your patience. If you have never experienced discrimination, you are going to get a huge life lesson. Remember, be patient. Don't bring many things of value. Given your age and the employment you will be eligible for, you're not going to be able to live in really nice places.
On to some more positive things. If you have visited the Hawaiian Islands, then you know the water is beautiful and warm. Many Hawaiians spend part of every day in or on the water. You'll find surf that is "good enough" around Honolulu. The longer you live there, the more places you will find out about. You will probably want a car. Salt is in the air all around all islands. This rusts cars out pretty rapidly. One of the easiest ways to get a decent car in decent shape is to buy one from a car rental agency like (National, Avis, Hertz, Dollar). These cars are usually 2 to 3 years old and because there is a minimum of paved road and minimal speed limits, they are not usually torn up like on the mainland. These cars usually come with a warranty, too. The down side at present is that because the tourist industry has been hit hard by the global down turn in economy, there are less of these types of cars to buy. However, be patient and get to know the guys and women at the car rental place and you'll prevail.
don't hesitate to ask additional questions