For some moving away from Hawaii means abandoning family, friends and a warm way of life unique to the islands. Many are lured away by the prospect of better economic opportunity elsewhere. For others who’ve lost jobs or face financial ruin due to the fickle nature of island economies, leaving means admitting defeat.
A dear friend, who’s lived in Hawaii for more than five years and owns a furniture business, just told me that his business is on the brink of bankruptcy due to the rapidly collapsing housing and credit markets. He is moving to Texas where he hopes times are better, and he can make a fresh start. It’s never easy to see loved ones move away, and I am going to miss him terribly.
The state has seen positive growth in its population over the past five years, even making the AARP’s Top 100 Places to Retire list. Now I am wondering how many people like my friend are leaving Hawaii and what this means to the local economy that relies heavily on lifestyle dollars.
Do you know of anyone moving away from Hawaii in 2008 or 2009? If so, please share their story by replying to this post.