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36 Small Victories for Locals That Make Us Feel Lucky We Live Honolulu

How many of these have you accomplished?


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Daniel Dae Kim

Running into Daniel Dae Kim is always a plus.
Photo: Diane Lee

 

1. Moving out of your parents’ house by age 30

 

2. Filling up a full tank of gas for less than $30

 

3. Finding street parking in Chinatown

  • Or Kaimukī

  • Or on King Street

 

4. Seeing a commercial for a restaurant or special deal that actually applies here ($5 foot-long? Yeah, right)

 

5. When co-workers bring back Trader Joe’s omiyage from the Mainland

 

6. Not getting weird tan lines after a few hours in the sun

 

Tan lines

Images: Giphy

 

7. Getting to work in less than an hour

 

8. Grabbing lunch for less than $10

 

9. Making it to the top of Koko Crater

 

Koko Crater

Photo: Thinkstock

 

10. Remembering where you parked at Ala Moana Center

 

11. Finding online stores that will ship to Hawai‘i for free

  • Or ship to Hawai‘i at all

  • And not take three weeks to get here

 

12. Running into Daniel Dae Kim

 

13. Walking into a restaurant without reservations and being seated immediately

 

14. Scoring a limited-edition Acacia swimsuit before they all sell out

 

Acacia swimsuit

Photo: Courtesy of Acacia 

 

15. Finding a sunrise shell on the beach

 

16. Scoring cheap airline tickets

 

17. Dating someone none of your friends has dated

 

18. Having a good hair day (in this humidity?)

 

Rihanna hair

 

19. Makeup staying on point (in this humidity?)

 

20. Not having to stand in line for shave ice

 

21. Getting caught in a sudden downpour and actually having your umbrella with you

 

22. Wearing a skirt or dress without flashing anyone when those tradewinds pick up

 

Marilyn Monroe skirt

 

23. Not wearing the same Reyn Spooner shirt as everyone else at a work function

 

24. Remembering to ask for a kama‘āina discount on your Dole Whip

 

25. Going somewhere without running into anyone you know

 

26. Not hitting every pothole (just most of them)

 

27. When a musician you like actually comes to Hawai‘i

  • And scoring tickets before they sell out
     

Harry Potter gif

 

28. Finding your cousin at graduation

 

29. Having enough lei at graduation

 

30. Leaving a potluck without taking half of it home with you

 

31. Not getting your ‘OluKais stolen after a house party

 

32. Getting the last combo plate at Helena’s

 

33. Having cash on you at mom-and-pop shops

 

Tina Fey high five

 

34. Remembering your reusable bags for the farmers market

 

35. Spotting someone you know on TV in the crowd at a UH game

 

36. Merging eastbound on the H-1 from University Avenue

 

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