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Having the Hawaiian Homesick Blues? Here's What You Can Do

Having the Hawaiian Homesick Blues? Here's What You Can Do

Whether you used to live here or have only vacationed here, once you leave Hawaii be prepared to miss it. The feeling can hit you as you’re shoveling snow, eating what passes for poke bowl, or as you see your friends and family on Instagram hanging out at the beach without you. So, what can you do if hopping on the next flight to Honolulu isn’t possible? Check out our 7 tips.

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1. Have a Hawaii day! Start off with a cup of Kona coffee and bust out your secret stash of chocolate covered macadamia nuts.

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2. Listen to Hawaiian music. Spotify streams Braddah Iz, Mana’o Company and Makaha Sons! Sing along and “kanikapila in the old Hawaiian way.”

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3. Cook your favorite local dishes. Kalua Pork or Chicken Adobo are easy to make no matter where you live on the mainland. And if cooking is not your thing, make a Li Hing Mui Margarita!

4. Buy an orchid or fern. Simply having greenery around will help you relax, improve the air quality in your home, and bring a touch of tropical paradise indoors.

5. Watch a movie set in Hawaii. Blue Crush, 50 First Dates, Jumanji – there’s lots of titles to choose from. And we know the acting can be atrocious, especially when someone not from Hawaii tries to play a “local,” but there’s always a rush of excitement when you see Adam Sandler or the Rock standing somewhere you’ve been before.

6. If you don’t have friends and family who send you regular care packages, order some Hawaiian goodies for yourself. Li Hing Mui, Cuttlefish, or Arare can cure your cravings and tide you over until your next trip to the snack aisle at Longs.

7. Join a Hawaii club. You might be surprised to find out how many former Hawaii residents live in your area. If you’ve moved to California, Las Vegas, or Washington, Hawaiians are everywhere! And if you can’t find any locals nearby, join a Facebook group. There are a ton out there filled with people who can reminisce with you about the manapua man, Liliha Bakery coco puffs, and the best place to get cone sushi.

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Ryann - February 23, 2023

Born and raised on Maui, moved to Texas when I was 15. I used to hate being stuck on that island but now all I want to do is go back to it <3 Maui forever has my heart

Aubree - October 10, 2022

I went to Kauai for 2 weeks and I got to stay in a resort with a large and unique pool with 2 water slides. I rode a helicopter too. My mom didn’t like they trip,so I’ll never see it again

Rich Didur - November 11, 2021

I lived in Hawaii for 13 years. I made a huge mistake by moving to California that I deeply regret. I miss everything about Oahu. I was in Waikiki the majority of my time there. I miss it so much

Jeaneen - July 7, 2021

We visited Oahu and Kauai for three weeks. We’ve been home almost a week and I miss it so much! I’d move there in a heartbeat, if it were feasible.

Gordon - June 30, 2020

Lived on Oahu in Kaneohe and Ewa. Been exiled, (as I had no choice as I got very sick and couldn’t work) to the mainland for almost three years now, hate, hate, hate it here. I miss the island and my Ohana so very, very much. There is not a minute of everyday that goes by that I don’t miss home!!! Sometimes I dream I’m back home and then I wake up to find that I’m still trapped in this horrible place and so far away from the place and people I love. I will get home someday, but unfortunately when that day comes it will be in a box,

anya - November 28, 2019

i have family in Hawaii and i always visit, i visited last week and i miss it so much ): i might want to move there someday because i feel like a piece is missing of me when im not there

Sue - August 16, 2019

I grew up in Kaneohe with my two sisters had a wonderful childhood with the. Parents cousins , aunties and. Ohana. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss the mountains and ocean

Kathy Dousay - June 14, 2018

I grew up on Oahu in pearl city wonderful memories I loved li hing mui picking coconuts and mango fights with neighbor kids at the playground till someone threw a green one lol

Samee Jones - April 6, 2018

LIved in Waianae for 11 years. Worked at the Arizona Memorial book store . Also lived in Kehi, Maui for 3yrs. It took me 18 months of grieving when I left the islands in 1995. Once you have the sand in your shoes and heart, it will be home forever.

Hawaii Lover - March 1, 2018

Oops I meant to say Aloha!!!!!! ???

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