We went to Hawaii this year for vacation. I had lived there as a child at Barbers Point, a navy base that has since closed. My sister was born there. My oldest child wants very much to go to the Univeristy of Hawaii and has begged me to move there. Love to, but the cost of moving and the housing is prohibitive. However I did look at nursing job opening,(I always do wherever I am, just curious)and to me it looked like there were many job openings. If you get there you will never want to leave! I didn't as a child and I didn't want to go home from vacation. The pace of life is slower I think, and people are frieldly. If you get the chance to go, then go. You'll love swimming in the ocean, you'll love the way it smells after it rains. You'll have the oportunity to try and enjoy foods you may never have seen before. You'll experience a rich culture of many different people. av8rnurse, how do you like the international marketplace? The street performances at night on Waikiki? leannenw the North Shore is awesome, and come November the Surf comes up and international surfing competitions are held, if you get a chnace to see it besides on TV, it is really something. Because of volcano ash you'll see rainbows nearly everyday in the mountains that ring Honolulu. Sometimes it will rain really hard and you will see tourists running for the inside and people who live there will just keep strolling. Quick, hard rain comes and goes in sometimes a matter of minutes, and afterwards the air smells fresh and sometimes the smell of various flowers will be left in the air. It's wonderful. Any place has downsides, and Hawaii has some, but if I could go and stay I would do it in a heartbeat. pjh, keep looking! You will give your child an experience that he/she will never forget. For myself, as a child, it gave me the ability to enjoy other cultures and to appreciate the wonderful diversity this country can have. The only downside to that, if you can call it a downside, is that I have little, if any patience with people that are prejudiced. By the way, McDonald's serves pineapple with their meals, no one thinks a thing about walking into a store in a bathing suit, or going into one barefoot when you are near a beach. I went to the school on base, and we always took our shoes off at the door. We put them on for recess. I smile just remembering all the things that brought me joy as a child, and returning as an adult was like going home. To anybody I say reach for it and go,go,go. Even if you cannot end up staying it is an experience you will remember for the est of your days, and I don't think you will ever regret it.