Now, as everyone expects, it will be wonderful living in "paradise". We actually had the opportunity to live there for 5 months back in early 2010, when he was retiring from the Air Force. We lived with our youngest daughter, and kept her company while her husband was deployed to Iraq for a year.
Some things we already know about Oahu:
1. It's VERY expensive to live there. Rent on an apartment or small house will be a minimum of $1500.00 a month, plus utilities.
2. There are several different military bases around the island where we can shop, etc. using our military benefits, and that will help us save a little money on many things. We have already shopped at several of these bases.
3. The island is only 44 miles long and 30 miles across. It has 227 miles of shoreline!
4. The island is home to about 953,207 permanent residents, as of 2010.
5. One of our favorite places in the world is there: Bellows Air Force Station (military resort). **See below**
6. The first year will be the "honeymoon" phase of living in Hawaii. After that, you've seen and done a lot of the tourist-y things, and you've probably found your favorite beaches, and you know where where the locals shop, eat, etc. You are considered "Kamaʻāina (pronounced ka-ma-EYE-na) the Hawaiian language word for a resident of the Hawaiian Islands."
7. We will miss our family even more. The Hubs and I have already promised ourselves that we will try and take a trip back to the mainland once a year to visit our kids and grand kids.
Right now, we are involved in the process of sorting out everything we own; purging what we don't need or want (and donating it to a local thrift shop); figuring out what to sell on craigslist, put into storage, or ship to Hawaii. This is a huge undertaking, and thankfully I've tried to be somewhat organized over the years to help us in this process.
Prayers are greatly appreciated as we take another journey in this life that Father God has blessed us with!