Hawaii sucks

I’ve been avoiding this topic since I started this blog but I’m finally breaking down to gripe. And I’m sure I’ll get a lot of flames in the comments about this or any future posts I may have on the subject.

I hate Hawaii. I’ve lived here for over 2 1/2 years and I can’t wait to leave. Sure, the weather is nice but it really does get old after a while; I really miss having all four seasons. But apart from that, I can’t really find a lot of redeeming qualities about Hawaii.

Most of the people I’ve met in the past who enjoy Hawaii only came for a week or two to visit. If you never get out of the tourist areas, I’m sure it’s quite nice. Waikiki is clean (at least where the tourists go) and the beaches are nice over there. But once you leave the tourist areas, Honolulu is more like a ghetto. Many of the buildings are decrepit, there’s trash and graffiti all over, there’s a lot of homeless people, etc. Behind the facade of paradise is the gutter of real Hawaii.

The local government could care less about doing its job and corruption is rampant across the islands. Last year, 48 million gallons of raw sewage were dumped into the Ala Wai Canal (the demarcation between Waikiki and Honolulu proper). This canal goes straight into the beach area of Waikiki. In the 2+ years I’ve been here, there’s probably been more than eight sewage spills around Oahu, most of them into the canal.

The city waited three days or so before they posted signs after one of the spills and only did it after public outcry. The reason is because they didn’t want to scare the tourists. However, after the big Ala Wai spill, one man died from acquiring a flesh-eating bacteria infection after falling into the contaminated water. The city claims there was no connection between the infection and the release of sewage.

The latest problem is between go! airlines and Hawaiian. Hawaiian is trying to sue to have go! shutdown due to predatory pricing. go! currently charges ~$20 for a one-way trip to a neighbor island. Hawaiian feels it has to charge the same but, since Hawaiian has a larger infrastructure due to also supplying intercontinental flights, they simply can’t afford to compete locally. They also claim that go! used Hawaiian’s financial information illegally after gaining access to it during Hawaiian’s bankruptcy filings. So rather than competing on service or other things that may justify a higher price, Hawaiian is following the route of the music companies and trying to use the courts to prop up an outdated business model, or so it appears. Hawaiian has admitted that they will raise prices immediately to “market level” if go! is shut down.

There is a distinct racial bias against white people and, to an similar extent, black people too. But if you look “local”, you’re okay. I have friend who is Hispanic and was treated like a local when he went to a bar, even having people buy him drinks. But his white friends were given the cold shoulder, or at least not treated nearly as well. And Zeus forbid if you’re military.

The term “haolie” is used to distinguish white people from all others here. According to a dictionary I looked at, haolie means “foreigner”. But it’s definitely not used for all non-locals, only the white ones. And I’ve talked to several native Hawaiians who have stated that it actually means “soulless one”, implying that white people have no soul.

Speaking of language, since when is pidgin English considered a bona-fide language? It’s considered an unofficial language of Hawaii; they have dictionaries, books, and even classes on how to speak it. To me, I just think the speaker is a completely illiterate imbecile when I hear it. Seriously, it makes a person sound like a complete moron when he can’t speak in complete sentences. It’s worse than hearing people who have English as a second language; at least you know they’re trying to learn English.

I have a lot more to complain about but I’ll save it for later. But I know that I’m not alone in my distaste for Hawaii. Nearly every single military person I’ve met hates it here and can’t wait for orders out of here. As a matter of fact, there was one guy who cut his shore duty short and went back to sea because he couldn’t stand it.

Update: Since everyone seems to love commenting about this article (probably because of the title), I thought I’d make sure readers realize that there are other, related articles to this. Apparently relying on people to look at the sidebar for similar stories isn’t enough.

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2,355 Responses to Hawaii sucks

  1. joe says:

    You people just voted in the same people that believe that high home prices, shitty roads and schools are good. You dumb fucking democrats jeep fucking up your state and you will never really understand why your poliscites are the reason why. Enjoy your kids liVing with you until they are thirty and your 8 dollar boxes of cereal retards. You are so fucking smart… nope… you are fucking stupid!!!

  2. Betty says:

    Amazing how people down-play the anti-local, haole sentiment which exists here when questioning whether to move their family across thousands of miles of ocean to this small isolated state which the tourism bureau calls “Paradise”. To those considering a move of that magnitude….please read this thread. I’ve been fortunate to secure a decent job and have been here for quite a while….and while there are delightful aspects of life in Hawaii, quite frankly the cons outweigh the pros. While most dream with rose-colored glasses on of living and retiring here…..I look forward to retiring and moving back to the mainland……away from this backward, corrupt, expensive state.

  3. Zombie Capt. Cook says:

    My Truth,
    I have here, for your(and all of us as well) viewing pleasure, a video that so encapsulating the Hawaii experience. I can’t do it justice, but know all of the elements are there. It is basically this entire blog, and all of its posts, encapsulated in 2 and a half minutes of pinheaded local-kine neanderthalism.

    • jeri says:

      your opening paragraph is soooo funny. hmm, you nailed it. why so much anger here, i don’t know, but it’s real. don’t forget 5 local guys jumping one man. these wanna be gang bangers. im so glad im NOT born & raised hee’a..lol. jeri rasulo at facebook. wb if you like, we can blow off some steam venting and complaining about this beautiful ghetto land.

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  5. john says:

    Wow This place has been quiet…. Unlike my upstairs neighbour who learned to walk from Hitler’s troops of goose steeping stomping nazis. She doesn’t seem to understand one can close a cupboard, drawer, closet, with out using the force needed to slam the door on an industrial meat locker. Also I’m not sure exactly what she does on her toilet, but she has broken her wax seal yet again allowing it to leak into my apt through my bathroom light, and down my wall under the molding through the paint destroying the cheap particle board cupboard, leaving brown streaks in several spots running down my wall ?
    Good Times

  6. john says:

    By the way… Happy Winter Solstice / Yuletide One and All, May the new Season be Wondrous & Joyful Time.

    • My Truth says:

      Hey John,

      Good hearing from you, and yes, this place has been kind of quiet lately – but I think that’s kind of how it goes. Starts and stops, hot times and cooler times, and then holidays where folks just don’t have the time. But don’t worry, we’re still out here ready to debate the subject! I know that every time someone posts, I get an email – and I like it that way. I like to be ready to send a rapid response to any lame-ass local who needs to be slammed and put in their place. Just say the word:)

      On your neighbor situation, I’d confront her head-on, and I wouldn’t be sugarcoating anything. Knock on her door. Let her have the truth, and also how you feel about it. If she gives you an attitude, channel it up with her landlord – and if it really gets bad, small claims court. I did that twice, and won. They cannot infringe on your space like that and cause damage. Oh, I’m remembering that you’re renting? You can also give your landlord the same advice I’m giving you. It’ll still work :)



      Merry Christmas, Buddy. Take care and we’ll chat soon.


      Truth :)

      • john says:

        I have complained to the landlord, I have also taken her a copy of the house rule she just came down and went of on this crazy aresed japanese rant about how it was all my fault that she was noisy & how it was the land lord’s fault for not remodeling her apt for fifteen minutes til I told her to F- off I had recorded her shte for the past six months and so had more than enough proof of her behavior … but she hasn’t changed and the landlord don’t care so long as he gets his check, every time My ceiling leaks he comes and tears my ceiling open and leaves it like that smelling of crap instead of opening her floor or her wall to fix her shower or what ever the problem because he doesn’t want cause her any inconvenience.

      • My Truth says:

        Maybe get a lawyer or move…sounds like a shit situation…sorry John…

      • john says:

        I gave notice but in the mean time going to make the upstairs neighbours life hell, going to write her a little summary of the Japanese history with the USA in Hawaii ti help with her superiority complex. Photos of the camps and the bombings and the fact that she is only her by the grace of whities good will … making it clear no asian country has ever ruled Hawaii. Hitting home the point that while she is here enjoying all the amenities and benefits the USA has to offer calling all of us lazy, she herself has been to lazy and disrespectful to bother to learn the english language.
        I need to down size, find a quite place to paint and study looking forward to a great new year filled possibilities… and finely a good nights sleep LMDFAO

      • My Truth says:

        Yup, I’d probably move, too. Just be careful that her sensibilities aren’t THAT damaged…I’m just saying it’s probably not worth the hassle of doing all of that if she perceives it as overly negative. Some people, John, you just can’t work with. Sounds like a zoo over there anyway. I’d want out, too!



      • john says:

        There is no working with her .. she is a complete NUTBAG she blamed her yelling, slamming doors, & domestic violence on the Landlord, then Me, then her Daughter … because we are lazy and she has to do everything… LOL if her daughter has someone over the crazy bitch puts on this fake personality so loud it’s like he is in my place I feel so sorry for the daughter having to put up with it she doesn’t get that any guy she brings home is gonna think that in gonna be her in twenty years …LOL trust me if thought for one minute it would work I would go draw a dotted line and drive her to a bridge and show her where to jump

      • My Truth says:

        HAHAHAHA John, really funny.

        I guess there is dense, and then I guess there is DENSER THAN DENSE!!!

        Truth :)

  7. Ralph says:

    Just found this blog. Interesting. A couple of comments: I love how those who claim to despise racism proceed to engage in it… gotta love the local hypocrisy. Also, if they ever did succeed In kicking out the evil haoles, HI would be a Chinese colony the next day (or maybe Russian… MR Putin would love to grab it).
    From what I can tell “haole” has two meanings, one is just descriptive… the other is no better than the n word. Just need to know how to read the context. There is the open outright detest kind of racism and the more passive “you will always be an outsider” kind. A passive, cutting, “you are the butt of the jokes and the cause of our problems” kind of attitude.
    Jury still out on whether I want to stay or get the hell out.

    • Whiners of Hate says:

      You are correct..and I find it funny that these hypocritical idiots are systematically shut out by the Japanese as they hold many key positions in this corrupt government of Hawaii, and the idiots don’t even know it. They don’t even know who to be mad at, but boy they sure like the freebie handouts from their neighbors, the taxpayer. The hate is incredibly irrational, considering none of us were around all those “horrible” years ago. Ah, the victim card is alive and well.

  8. terrii says:

    Fuck you Hawaii! I have to register my legally owned firearms here or face a misdermeanor. What the fuck is that?! The local mokes beat their old ladies and families to I clue stabbings as well. Fuck this place, it is so corrupt. I am so glad that I am moving. Have a good time paying your electricity bills and water bills. Food is do cheap here. Car parts are even cheaper. Home prices are affordable. Nope, that was all bulls hit because living here is shit. Fuck you Hawaii.

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