Living in Hawaii was so fun. While we are settling into our new Colorado life, it is nice to look back on our time in the 50th state. Reflecting on our bucket list, I am so happy that we were able to check off every single thing. We were in Hawaii for 3 years and that was a very long time to knock out the things we wanted to do. Since we made a plan from the beginning to make the most of our time, we had a lot to look forward to. So many people we know in Hawaii hate it there or talk about how they hated their time there and I really think it’s because they just didn’t do anything.
Get out and see your state.
This was easy on Oahu because it’s small. Seeing ALL of Texas for example would be tricky but picking a few events in different parts of the state will help you explore. We updated and changed our bucket list all the time as we discovered new things. There is still plenty we didn’t do in Hawaii but I still feel like our time was nice and full.
Find a new hobby.
I never really hiked before living in Hawaii but we had more hiking days than beach days. To be honest, it’s easy to do on Oahu. There’s a ton of hikes and we barely scratched the surface of them. Now that we’re a “hiking family,” we have some things to try at our new place. Finding something new to do can create a lifelong passion and if you never go explore, you may miss out.
Do what the locals do.
When you move to a new place, do what the people who live there do. Do they BBQ every weekend? You should do it at least once too. I mean, locals live in your town, they have longer than you. Don’t you think their hobbies would be fun ones? Even though it’s just another state in America, you can learn a lot from what your local neighbors do. In Kentucky, we would always see people play cornhole and now, it’s one of our favorite backyard games. Eat local grindz. Hawaii gave us SO many delicious recipes and I am so glad we experienced the local flavors.
What’s something you started doing or eating a duty station that you kept up after you left?