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Living in Hawaii - What you need to know

Weather.  One of Hawaii's best assets is its mild and temperate climate. Tropical storms are rare. The highest official temperature ever recorded in Honolulu was 95 degrees; the lowest temperature was 53 degrees. August through October are the hottest months of the year. The average rainfall for Honolulu is 22.02 inches, with November through March the wettest months. Lightweight clothing is worn year-round.

Beachfront - Crozier Drive Hawaii's longest and shortest days are about 13.5 and 11 hours, respectively, as compared with 14.5 and 10 hours for Southern California and 15.5 and 8.5 hours for Maine.

Air Quality.  With the almost constant gentle tradewind breezes air quality on Oahu is some of the best in the world.

Housing.  Because of the higher land values and more outdoor living, the average family moving to Hawaii lives in a smaller house or apartment than they are accustomed to on the mainland.

Taxes. The state of Hawaii has a personal income tax that generally follows the national trend. Personal net income tax rates graduate from 2% to 10% on incomes in excess of $20,500.  The state levies a 4% general excise tax on retail goods and services and there are taxes on gasoline, liquor, tobacco, insurance premiums, public utilities, financial corporations, corporate income and estate taxes.

Newspapers. There are two daily papers published in Hawaii, The Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin.

Moving to Hawaii.  Matson Navigation Company or CSX Lines will ship all of your household goods.  To inquire about the costs of shipping vehicles or container goods, contact Matson Navigation Company at (800) 462-8766 or CSX Lines at (800) 321-8807.

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Transportation.  Hawaii at this time has no rapid transit facilities. For those who do not own a vehicle, Oahu's bus system offers more than 70 routes and 4,000 bus stops. The fees are $1.00 for adults and $.50 for students.  There are a number of Trolley companies operating service to the greater metropolitan area of Honolulu.  Aloha and Hawaiian Airlines are the two scheduled air carriers providing service to the neighbor islands.

Communities.  North Shore of Oahu is renowned for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A quick 45-minute drive from Honolulu International Airport takes you to the quaint historic town of Haleiwa, the center of the North Shore community.  This is the playground for surfers, windsurfers, hikers, bikers, scuba divers and fishermen.

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Tranquil garden
Many condos offer you a beautiful view of the ocean from one window and look out into a tranquil garden from another -- a special treat courtesy of our beautiful tropical climate!
D'Arcy's Smart Tip:

Before looking at properties, I provide Buyers a copy of "Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract and Receipt for Deposit."  I also provide a copy to Sellers so that they can study formal contract provisions before they receive an offer to buy their property.


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D'Arcy serves Oahu's North Shore including Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and Pupukea.  D'Arcy serves other areas on the island as well: East Honolulu, Hawaii Kai, Central Honolulu and valley communities, including Pacific Heights, Nuuanu, Kailua Town, Manoa, Diamond Head, Kahala, Hawaii Kai and Kapolei on the Leeward Coast.

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