Why I Moved To O’ahu

Why I Moved To O’ahu

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Why’d You Move To O’ahu?

That is a questions I’ve asked many people since moving here and a question I’ve answered many times.  This is why I moved to O’ahu.

In the summer of 2017, I had no interest in moving to O’ahu, but I did want to finally fulfill a desire since childhood to ride a wave.  Hindsight, I find it quite odd that it took me until my 44th year to fulfill this desire.  Since prior to O’ahu, SoCal had been home for nearly 8 years.  And much of that time had been spent on the beaches of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan.  I even owned a surfboard for 2 of those years there and had previously been to Hawai’i 4 times!

But I regress.  Whatever the reason, 2017 was the year I decided to learn to surf.  Next came the big decision – where?  I’d been to Costa Rica and knew about the great surf there.  I’d also been to Mexico and Peter Shmock, a friend and trainer has talked numerous time of surfing there.  But then there were the places I’d never been – Australia, Bali, other spots in Indonesia that are known for great surf conditions.  But eventually, after significant research, I decided to go where it all started . . . Hawai’i.  And finally in November, I decided on O’ahu.  Next, I scheduled a surf session with Sunset Suzy, and booked a VRBO for an 18 day stay in December.

Now throughout all this time, I had zero intention nor interest in moving to O’ahu.  In Seattle, I was entering the eighth year of owning a profitable business and absolutely loved where I lived.  I also enjoy hiking and consider the N.W to be one of the most beautiful spots in the world.  So with my mind set that the N.W was home, I flew off to O’ahu.

Three days later in Haleiwa, my life changed.  

One of my first rides ever

Surf Town Haleiwa . . . 

The iconic surf spot on O’ahu that I knew nothing about until 2017.  And though I had read that Waikiki is one of best spots in the world to learn to surf, Haleiwa was my spot.  

So on that fateful day, with a patient and very supportive instructor, and while I was trying to suppress my fear of shark attack, I caught my first wave.  If you’ve surfed before, you’ll know that words are incapable of describing the feeling of catching a wave.  It simply must be experienced.  A blast, I loved that first ride but in the grand scheme of things, no big deal.  If I had stopped then, most likely I would not be a Realtor in O’ahu, Hawai’i and writing this blog from a rental in Aina Haina, while sitting in shorts and a shirt and feeling a little chilly, even though thermostat reads 78 degrees. 

But this was a  2 hour lesson and I had a lot of time remaining.  So I paddled back out.  Now, I really can’t remember if it was the second or third wave, but after riding one of them, I experienced a very strong feeling to move to Hawai’i   And as I got back out to Suzy, in a joking manner, I said “This could be life changing.”  And then told her about my new found desire to move to O’ahu. She laughed and said, “I hear that from a lot of people.”   

During the remainder of that vacation, while contemplating moving to O’ahu, I took several more surf lessons, and also explored much of the island.  All the while, experiencing a peace that was rare to my life.

After flying back to Seattle, I quickly returned to my normal routine.  And after a few days I decided it was a crazy idea to move to O’ahu but told myself I’d reconsider it in a year.  

The Magic Of Hawai’i?

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And then some weird things started happening in my life – actually 9 unique events over a 6 week period.  I initially found the unusual events simply entertaining coincidences.   But so many occurred, and they all seemed to be pointing me to Hawai’i, specifically O’ahu, that I started writing them down.  Two of the incidents involved people who told me there is something magical about the Hawaiian Islands  even before I told them I was considering eventually moving to O’ahu.  Maybe it was all pure coincidence, but eventually I concluded the Universe was trying to get my attention.  Therefore, after 6 weeks being back in Seattle,  I decided to move to O’ahu.  It took a couple of months to wrap things up in Seattle, but at last, here I am.

So why did I move to O’ahu?  Until now, I would always answer “the surf.”  But as I conclude this post, I realize I really don’t know.  Definitely surfing was a huge part of it.  But the vastly beautiful and magnificent Ocean was certainly a factor.  As were the majestic remnants of the shield volcanoes, the albatross colony at Ka’ena point, seeing a sperm whale breech close offshore, watching a beautiful woman do tricks on a longboard in big surf off Makaha, and all the singing birds.  Whatever the reason, I’m very happy to call O’ahu, “The Gathering Place” home.  It truly is a magical place – just try surfing and you may discover it for yourself.  

Made the decision to move to Hawai’i? Want to buy a house or condo here? Simply call me directly at 808 354-5772 or click here. I look forward to helping you achieve your real estate goals. I’m here to serve you.  


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