If you are planning on moving to Hawaii there are some things that you are going to need to consider. The first thing you should think about is your reason for moving to Hawaii. Are you moving simply because the idea of living on one of these beautiful Islands is appealing? Do you have relatives there you want to be closer to? Or are you moving there because of a job?
Regardless of your reason for moving to Hawaii you should try and visit the island you will be living on prior to the move. Get an idea of the lifestyle of the island, cost of living and if you don't already have a job, what job opportunities are available.
Keep in mind that even though the cost of living in Hawaii is higher than in the continental United States, the wages are lower. In fact, it is difficult to rent even a small efficiency apartment on what you can earn from a job. So be aware that you may need to have some sort of nest egg built up before moving to the island and that you may also need to work more than one job if you want to be able to afford housing and food.
If you are moving because of a job that has been offered to you. Check and see if the wages are high enough for you to afford a place to live. However, keep in mind that the housing you can afford may not be what you are used to. It will most likely be much smaller.
When making the actual move to Hawaii, packing won't be much of a problem. Most homes for rent there come completely furnished right down to the plates, silverware, pots and pans. Just pack your clothing and personal items and important papers.
If you are planning on moving to Hawaii with a pet, you need to know that Hawaii has strict rules and regulations for bringing pets on the Island. You need to contact the Animal Guarantee section 4-6 months before your move and find out what you need to do in order for your pet to move with you.
The best times to move to the Islands is between January and May and September and November as there are fewer tourists traveling at these times and air fare and short-term accommodations are cheaper than during the summer months.
Keep in mind that although Hawaii in some ways is a paradise in other ways living on one of these Islands can be as challenging as living anywhere else and in some ways more so. By being prepared for the cost of living, the lower income standard, and the opportunities that may or may not be available will make your adjustment to living on the Island much easier for you.