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In response to 140584: Moving, posted by Jim L3 on Friday, 17 February 2017, at 7:44 a.m.
We moved to Hawaii in 2010 when we retired from our jobs in Colorado. At that time I was 63 and my husband was 67. We did not have millions of dollars but we both had decent retirement incomes -- he was a teacher and I was a government employee. Cost of living here is higher than most places on the mainland, so you have to budget accordingly.
Do you have any idea where on the Big Island you would like to live? There are places outside of Kona and the Kohala Coast that are a lot more affordable. We live in a subdivision near South Point where you can get a nice house in your price range, but the trade off is that we have to drive for an hour and a half to get to either Kona or Hilo. I suggest that you and your wife visit at least once (for several weeks) to see if living here is what you really want. That way you can check out all the different areas.
The biggest hurdles that we see our friends and neighbors deal with here are (1) missing their grandchildren, (2) serious health issues that require a higher level of care than found on the BI, (3) aging parents that need our help back on the mainland. Any one of these are reasons that most of our friends have moved back to the mainland.
Cost to ship cars runs around $1,100 from the west coast. Cost to ship household goods depends on how much you plan to bring and whether you will need a container or POD. Check Matson and Pasha for quotes.
Do lots of reading and ask lots of questions. Konaweb was very helpful to us when we were in our planning phase.
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