So you’ve decided to make the leap and relocate to the Big Island! It’s an excellent choice, seeing as Hawai’i is one of the most beautiful places in all the world. But for many eager new residents, the question of how to make new friends and connections can be a tricky one. Today I’d like to share a few suggestions to help ease your transition to island living and get you socializing with new friends in no time:
Hit the beach
Of course! One of the main draws to living here in paradise is the accessibility of our world-famous beaches on the Big Island, which serve as a gathering point for recreation and community throughout the island (and keep your eyes peeled for a future blog on our favorite Big Island beaches as well).
Log On with Technology
If you’re a little reticent to strike up a conversation with strangers at the beach, don’t worry—after all, there’s an app for that! Fortunate certainly favors the bold, but that doesn’t mean modern technology can’t help you with a bit of the heavy lifting.
While Tinder and Bumble are still the gold standard for those looking for a romantic connection on the island of Hawai’i, there are several platforms that can help you cultivate new friendships on the Big Island. From Bumble for Friends (BFF) to meetup.com and Facebook, there are an increasing number of digital meetup spaces for you to explore mutual interests and meet other locals. They say
Share Aloha with Your Neighbors
Once you’ve established your dream home on the Big Island, it’s time to venture out and say aloha to your new neighbors! This might actually take some doing, depending on your location—your neighbors could actually live some distance from you, depending on the area.
Our island kama’aina are renowned for their kindness, and many of them will be proud to share all their favorite spots around the island, from grocery stores to beaches. Furthermore, establishing a relationship with those in your vicinity will also increase your chances of gaining entry into an exciting world of block parties, field trips, and other excursions to take part in with your new friends.
While we’re at it, this is a good time to mention that one of the very best ways to integrate into your new surroundings is to show interest and respect to the local culture. If you give aloha, then you tend to get aloha—and it sure is nice to rely on the kindness of your neighbors should you ever be in a bind!
Give Back to the Community
To be sure, there are opportunities aplenty when it comes to making yourself a valued member of your local community. Part of forming a new island ‘ohana means helping to give back to the ‘aina and the community at-large, and acts of service through volunteering your time offer a wonderful way to both increase your social connections and to give back to the land which we are so fortunate to be able to call our home.
When it comes to Big Island living, the sky’s the limit when it comes to discovering new possibilities. I’ve been fortunate to call myself a resident for well over fifty years now and I am still discovering new activities and making new friends all the time. The Big Island is truly a magical place, and if you’re thinking about making the move then give me a call to get started on turning those island dreams into a reality.