Things People in Hawaii Generally Don’t Have to Worry About


Sometimes I’m reminded just how lucky I am to live on a beautiful tropical rock in the middle of the ocean. That time is now.

#1 Snow

snow in Hawaii

Yes, there is snow in Hawaii. The summit of a couple of Hawaii’s tallest volcanoes receive snow, some of which you can actually ski on (how killer is that?!), but no one lives up there, so it’s not like you have to shovel your way off a volcano to get to work every morning. In Hawaii, snow = no.

#2 Socks

socks at pool

Unless you’re working out, have an unsightly foot disease, are following a strict work dress code or are en route to the cold summit of one of the aforementioned volcanoes, socks are a fairly ridiculous thing to wear in Hawaii. It’s hot, it’s humid, and there are a billion grains of sand begging to become a new part of your anatomy. Leave those nonsense foot prisons at home.

#3 An Insane Amount of Sweat

Perhaps spending the first 25 years of my life in Texas makes me appreciate this more, but the highest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii is 100 degrees. That is hot, I agree. However, I once spent a horrid summer in Austin with 90 days of 100+ degree weather, and let me tell you, your body becomes a living, breathing, miserable, inescapable sweat machine. No thank you.

sweaty in Maui Hawaii

And I know what you’re going to say – the humidity in Hawaii makes it way worse. Again, I agree. Does Hawaii have mosquitoes? Absolutely. However, the great thing about 100 degrees in Hawaii is that there is a ginormous, refreshing ocean surrounding you at all times! 86’ing the sweat has never been so simple. Also, on Maui, there is a glorious thing called Upcountry, where low-elevation residents can flock upwards to enjoy wondrous things like cool breezes at any given time.

#4 Super Formal Wear


The occasional wedding, party, night on the town in Waikiki, or benefit may call for some type of formal wear, but all in all, super formal wear – I’m talking tuxedos and ball gowns – are an utter waste of closet space. I’ve never spent so much time being barefoot in my life as I have living on Maui. I take off my shoes everywhere – as soon as I step in my apartment, my office, even my dentist’s office. Okay, one of those is a lie. I hate the dentist. But the point is, there is rarely an occasion that requires formality beyond a snazzy button-down aloha shirt.

#5 Deadly Animals & Insects

Sure, the occasional shark gets confused and mistakenly bites into a disappointing-tasting human every now and then. However, your chances of getting bitten by a shark are still extremely slim. Sharks are the most dangerous animals in all oceans. It’s the falling coconuts and sunscreen tornadoes you really need to worry about.

sharks maui

To put it in perspective, Hawaii has no bears, crocodiles, hippos, leopards, komodo dragons, hyenas, lions, tigers, poisonous dart frogs, rhinos, etc. Does Hawaii have snakes? Nope! That doesn’t mean we’re traipsing around wearing invisible nature armor, but it generally means that the most painful thing we’re likely to encounter on a daily basis is a kiawe thorn.

As always, mahalo for reading, and happy freezing/sock-wearing/sweating/formal-wearing/animal-avoiding!

12 thoughts on “Things People in Hawaii Generally Don’t Have to Worry About”

  1. Looking forward to living on Maui in retirement which is coming soon! ( Daughter already lives there! ). Other things Hawaiian residents don’t need are: big tractors with snow plows for driveway clearing, winter coats, hats, boots, or mittens, snow tires, tons of jeans or flannel shirts and heavy pj’s, no flannel sheets or heavy comforters, mega amount of Christmas decor, excessive insulation, fireplaces or back breaking pellets or woodpiles for heat, large heating bills, salt and deicing products or equipment, snowmobiles or 4-wheelers or ice skates for entertainment, no ice fishing equipment or licenses, and no snow shovels! Winter on the mainland takes up so much energy, time, and money! Scrap it all and live in warmth and happiness! It’s our plan!

    • Did you move there yet .. I want to move there with my son but are both are on disability .. would we be able to make it there if we don’t spend a lot of money .. I just want the warmth and the the sand and ocean .. my son is easy to please he has downsyndrome and is the sweetest boy in the world… I can’t handle these winters anymore being alone in Minn.

  2. I take off to Maui about once a year and always love it and hope to make it my home one day. Always beautiful!

  3. Yes! Totally agree with the Texas thang. Lived in Arlington and left for Oregon after three months of 100+ continuous temps. Help, I’m melting!!

  4. I went to Maui 5 years ago on my birthday in April and I loved it. I hope to be able to go again sometime in the future. What a beautiful state!

  5. Yes!!! I agree!! And I’m originally from Austin (now a resident of Maui), so I concur to all of the above!! Haha! Mahalo for sharing and making me grateful (again) for the place where I now call home! 🙂


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