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Saddened by the gloomy weather in Washington state, Robert Kramer set out to find out if he and his wife could, on a fixed income, afford a perch in "paradise."
A Kona resident knows why he lives on the Big Island despite limited career options, but he is wondering if that will still make sense as he gets older.
Lava, hurricanes, invasive species and social pressures are par for the course in the fastest-growing area of the Big Island. One resident found there was a price to pay for greater affordability.
Hilton Moore spent years in and out of a homeless shelter in the capital before finding more opportunity and a lower cost of living on the mainland. He wants others to know a more rewarding life awaits.
What the Big Island’s natural-disaster discount gives, it can take away.
As a late-in-life father, Rod Todorovich feels a special responsibility to secure his young son's future. That could mean moving from an island he's lived on for nearly half a century.
A mother’s upbringing, shifting circumstances and the high cost of living make her question her social and economic identity.
Oahu’s high prices and limited jobs market are spurring a young Waimanalo local to move to the former Soviet Union in search of opportunity and a better living standard.
A lot of my friends have left the islands. I can keep working multiple jobs and hold on, or move elsewhere for a better quality of life.
Harvey Meeker longs to raise his daughter on the island where he grew up, but the price of paradise is keeping his family from returning to Hawaii.
When it comes to the cost of living in the islands, many locals play the “adjustment game.” Maybe it is a sign that the state needs to make some adjustments of its own.
Lawrence Boyd almost died and then lived in fear of the medical bills in a state with the nation's highest cost of living. He was in for a surprise.
Oahu-born Paul Arinaga enjoys the fine beer in Belgium, but he yearns to return to Hawaii. He just has to figure out how to get a handle on Hawaii's cost of living.
Stan Fichtman's entire family has left the island, relative by relative, leaving him to celebrate their half-century anniversary here alone. Why have they gone and how long can he last?
A local woman who is earning a Ph.D. in computer science on the mainland is the kind of young professional the start-up community wants to lure back to the islands. Why isn't she coming back?
Lifelong local Mark Heilbron says he has found a "New Hawaii" that is even better — and cheaper — than the real thing. It just took him a while to say where it is.
Keopu Reelitz hopes to buy a home near her ancestors, but as housing prices rise, her dream slips further away.