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“Is Hawaii Worth It?,” April 2012
Writer Tiffany Hill examined the question of whether Hawaii’s great weather and rich culture outweigh its high cost of living.
I moved away from Hawaii about two years ago, because I wanted to see how life would be on the Mainland. Since I’ve moved away from my beautiful paradise, especially my family, it’s been hard, sometimes, to adjust to the Northwest. It’s beautiful here, too, experiencing the four seasons. For the most part, the people are nice, too. However, I do miss the aloha spirit that only someone who calls Hawaii home would understand. Thank God I found The Pacific Islanders Association here in Spokane, where I can enjoy the comforts of home away from home. The cost of things is a little cheaper here, but I plan to return home to Hawaii, because my ohana and the aloha spirit are priceless.
—MELODY DEUZ; SPOKANE, WASH.
It’s interesting how many people do think it’s worth it, yet aren’t living here. They’re living in Dallas or New York, where you can earn a living without having to rely on your grandparents, etc. I work for the County of Maui as a GIS technician and my salary is $36,500. I take home about $1,000 per paycheck. And this is a union-represented, government job. No, Hawaii is not worth it if you can’t even make enough money to get by. In Texas, I can make $50,000 to $60,000, enough to do things like pay off my student loans, fix my car, even go on vacations. There’s a big difference between living modestly, like the people in this article, and being poor.
—JOHANN LALL; KIHEI, HAWAII
We just moved to Dallas for some of these very reasons! Too much traffic, too expensive, etc. It’s the first time ever for me, as I was born and raised on Oahu. So far, I am loving the wide-open spaces and the low prices.
—KATHY TUGMAN PHILLIPS; FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS
“A Good Egg,” April 2012
Writer Jennifer Meleana Hee recounted her experiences as a six-time egg donor.
You’re my hero—I was totally crying by the end. I don’t know how you do it, but you have a knack for making even the most depressing things seem funny. You have a gift, Ms. Hee, making someone laugh and cry in a few paragraphs. Hope all is well.
—KELLY NORGARD; SEATTLE, WASH.
Unsolicited Advice: Taken!
In our March 2012 Unsolicited Advice, we suggested that KPOI bring back DJs to introduce its well-curated collection of ’80s and ’90s hits. Turns out, KPOI was working on that very thing. Last month, it debuted Fernando the Love Machine with a show called “The Walk of Shame,” 6 to 10 a.m., featuring news, banter and online interaction with listeners; O-Dogg (10 a.m to 3 p.m.), with a more music-intensive, entertainment show; and Haz-Matt (3 to 7 p.m.), with “The Matt-Cave,” offering “mostly weird news, nerdy tidbits and online interaction.”
Thanks, KPOI, and good luck!
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