It’s that time of year when I am back in Hawaii.
I am fortunate to work for an aerospace and defense company that shutdowns during the last week of every year. It’s a nice benefit that allows us to spend time with people that matter most.
A friend asked if I wanted to look at homes while I am back on the islands. I jumped on the opportunity since as Financial Samurai puts it, it’s always good to dream about living the dream.
I have to admit that I did look at homes way above my price range. When I was younger, I would drive through Kahala Avenue in awe wondering what the people living in these homes did for a living.
Well, it turns out that a lot of these homes are vacant, investment homes to the wealthy living outside of Hawaii.
Anyway, I finally had a chance to take a peak inside a few of these magnificent homes. And wow. It did not disappoint.
My favorite dream home from the tour is 4411 Aukai Avenue, which is listed for a cool $5.3 million.
A Transplant’s Dilemma
One of the things common among people who move to the mainland US from Hawaii is the dream of moving back.
The stories shared among those brave enough to move away from the islands are similar: seeking to find better job opportunities on the mainland with hopes of saving enough to one day move back to the islands.
Unfortunately, for most, the equation of moving back to Hawaii rarely pencils out. The lower cost of living on the mainland coupled with higher wages is hard to give up.
And for me, I’m a Hawaii tech exile. The opportunities in tech in Seattle is hard to give up.
So for now, I will continue to dream.