Campus Comment: What's it like living in Hawaii compared to the mainland?

Written by: 
Gosuke Kawano

Lindsey Beames, a freshman from Alaska majoring in hospitality and tourism management

“Here in Hawaii, everything is super warm. All the trees and everything are so different. It’s more like a tropical type of climate. I love that so much. I love being near the ocean. I love actually being able to get into the ocean instead of being so cold that you can’t just get into it without a wetsuit on. I also like playing in the beach and that kind of stuff. Plus, Hawaii is so beautiful with all the hikes that you can do. There are places where you can get up and oversee the whole island. That’s incredible. That’s something that you can’t do in Alaska.

“Everything in Alaska is big. All the mountains, rivers, valleys, everything is bigger than anywhere else in the world. So people are like, ‘Oh, my gosh, look at those mountains here.’ And I’m kind of like, ‘Oh, it’s just a hill,’ because everything is so much grandeur and majestic in Alaska. I miss a lot of the colors in summer time.”

Andrew Miller, a freshman from Nevada majoring in business management

“You can get to Walmart 10 minutes from anywhere, whereas, here you have to take like an hour. I feel like in the mainland I have the freedom to go anywhere, whereas in Hawaii, we are kind of stuck in the island.”

Robert Shoop, a freshman from New Mexico majoring in marine biology

“In New Mexico, we have Sand Dunes, and that’s what I like about it. … In Hawaii, we have beaches, and oceans. We go surfing. I go hiking both in New Mexico and Hawaii.”

Mimi Menendez, a senior from Chicago, Illinois majoring in exercise sports science

“I love that Hawaii has so many hikes to go and beaches. The thing that I love about Chicago is snow. I love fall and the weather change. Hawaii is the same year round. I think I like the different seasons, and I like experiencing spring, summer, and fall.”

Kenzie Howells, a senior from Utah majoring in TESOL

“I really like the humidity and rain in Hawaii. The rain is warm and the air is soothing. I also really like the diversity of people, especially on our campus. In Utah, although it might sound funny I actually kind of like driving with crazy Utah drivers. It's exciting to actually get up to the speed limit on the freeway and take the express lane.”

Date Published: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Last Edited: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018