I just landed in Honolulu this afternoon and as I was driving along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki I noticed that nothing has changed, really. For a reference point, Kalakaua Avenue is like Market Street in San Francisco or any street running through Union Square; very expensive to set up shop on and a hot mess in rush hour traffic.
Honolulu – the vibrant economic hub of the state of Hawaii remains the same with the congenial atmosphere of easygoing people, old and tired buildings (e.g. Waikiki), and pretty blue skies. I must admit that the familiar warm weather is a nice change from the perpetually cool layering system of San Francisco. In fact, this is the first time that I bared my arms outdoors completely in a sleeveless top! [see pic below]
Honolulu is a very unique American city because it is a blend of a resort, government, financial and education sectors. The beach, the University of Hawaii (a big employer and the main upper educational institution) and Downtown Honolulu (Central Business District) are/were all within ten minutes of my childhood home. Yeah, that’s my data point for you just in case you were thinking about buying some real estate here.
I think green is the new blue….