Pros & Cons about living in Kailua Kona, Hawaii


Aloha I am Stephen Proski with Real Estate Kailua Kona and Corcoran Pacific Properties.  Today I am going to discuss some of the Pros and Cons of Living here. 

Pros and Cons of Living in Kailua Kona

Let’s start with some of the Cons.

1.  We live on an active Volcano Island and Kilauea has been erupting for the past 35 years. In 2018 we had a major volcano eruption that cracked opened 22 fissures and destroying over 700 homes. So, deciding on where you want to live on the island could have an impact on home-owners insurance, car insurance etc.   The island is sectioned off into 9 lava zones and the area with the most concern are lava zone’s 1 & 2. 

2.   Goods and Services.   Yes, living on an island definitely has its setback.  Just about everything needs to arrive by ship to get to the island, like food, cars, building materials, gasoline. With that being said our cost of goods and services are higher here than most places on the mainland.  That does not mean living here isn’t affordable, but you will pay more money here for just about everything you purchase in comparison to the mainland.

3.  Isolation   If you don’t have family living on the island when you arrive you may feel somewhat isolated and alone.   We are over 3000 miles from the nearest US city and you could get a little homesick and develop island fever. Not to mention, the cost of going back and forth to visit family and friend could get a bit pricy making living here more of a challenge.

Let’s talk about some of the Pros on living in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

1.    If you are a fresh fruit lover, then you are going to love living here.  There are farmers markets everywhere as well and pop up fruit stands.  With our great climate and soil, fruit is plentiful.  You can walk go just about anywhere and find banana trees, guava, mango, limes and lemon trees. It’s not unusual to find people leaving fresh picked fruit out in front of their homes to pick up for free since it grows so rapidly here.  Nothing like fresh fruit off the trees here to put a smile on your face

2.  Outdoor activities.   Since are weather is ideal year-round, there are more outdoor activities to get involved with than indoor.  Swimming, surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, boating, hiking, golf, tennis, pickleball are activities that brought me here to start a new life.    Sometimes its difficult to decide what to do, but the good news is you get to do 365 days year and don’t feel like you have to do it all while on a vacation.   We live the vacation lifestyle each and every day.3    The Culture


3.  Culture When you move to Kailua Kona, you will be moving to a whole new life outside of the mainland. The Hawaiian culture is front and center as soon as you arrive at the airport. Leis greet guests. The Hawaiian language and words are interlaced into the everyday life. You’ll be saying “Aloha” “Mahalo” “Keiki” “Aunty” “Uncle” and “Kapuna”. Then before you know it you will understand the deeper meaning of the Aloha spirit that is everywhere on the island.  Who knows you may find yourself curious enough to learn about Hula.   Like most places on the mainland there are many events year-round on the island to immerse yourself into the Hawaiian culture

4. Yes. we live and work in Paradise.   When I was deciding on moving from Arizona several years ago, I wanted live by an ocean that I could enjoy year-round and not just seasonally, I wanted a climate that was not too hot or cold and was consistent year-round.  I wanted to live in a place where there were little to no bugs like in Florida. I wanted to move to a slower pace of life with less people.   There were several other factors in my decision making and after visiting all of the Hawaiian islands for years, I decided that Kailua Kona was Paradise and I have enjoyed the aloha lifestyle ever since.  If you want more information about moving to Kailua Kona, click here for my free Relocation Guide FREE Relocation Guide

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