Honolulu, Hawaii: The ultimate happy place

Source: ABC NEWS

Why it won: Off-the-charts mental health scores.

Happiness hub: Any beach, anytime.

Few states are as racially diverse as Hawaii,

“There really is no majority group,” says Bill Haning, MD, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Hawaii. “That leads to a sense of belonging

Of course, it’s healthy, too, with low BMIs

The other reason residents here are so happy? It’s pretty close to heaven on earth, with rainbows, waterfalls,

“I literally pinch myself on my drive to work every day,” says Nancy Sidun, PsyD, president-elect of the Hawaii Psychological Association. Her fellow Honoluluans appear to feel the same. “People really cherish that beauty. Whether you walk on the beach at 5 am or 8 pm, there is always someone swimming. Five months out of the year, you can see whales spouting.”

Source: HPU

Cultural Destinations

First, let’s start with the cultural destinations.  There are lots of great destinations that frequent by tourists State of Hawaii Tourism web site.  If you are interested in exploring the top cultural destinations, there are many touring companies that offer pick up from Waikiki for free with ticket purchases, or a small transportation fee.

 

Getting around

Hawaii’s public transit, TheBus, is a great way to travel around town.  As a student you are/or will become familiar with the bus system.  The easiest way to know available bus routes to various locations is to go to the website,  Social activities

Hawaii is known for its year round warm tropical weather.  Why not take advantage social muscles, or simply get active.

Bike– Besides commuting around town with your cruiser, did you know that Oahu has a growing bike community hidden in plain sight?  They race around the isl group rides as a start!

Hike– There are too many trails on Oahu that it’s impossible to list them all.  You can also check out the  get great safety tips. Remember, always hike with a partner!

Ultimate Frisbee–  make new friends at the same time.

Camping– There are plenty of public County of Honolulu.  You can choose from reserving a lot on the camp ground for tents, to renting a cabin with minimal amenities to fully equipped facilities for a small fee.  It’s a great way to get away from the city without traveling far.

YMCA/YWCA– Both the  Windward locations.

Beaches– Living on Oahu means that you don’t necessarily have to fight for the few square feet of shttp://www.gohawaii.com/Oahu/guidebook/topics/beaches-of-Oahu

Of course, you will want to visit the famous  be aware of your surrounding at all times when you are visiting north shore beaches during EPIC waves.

 

Local Arts Night Life

There’s always something happening around the isl).

Oahu has a thriving ballroom dancing community that offers weekly dancing events classes to show off your moves, or learn to tango!

 

Family Youth Activities

Family day events such as free music concerts, interactive workshops at the Waikiki Aquarium, arts at  twilight tour of Waikiki Zoo are just a few activities that take place regularly.

Events are listed on Hawaii Public Radio Community Calendar.

school breaks; they also provide day care options.

 

Shop Local. Eat Local.

Farmer’s markets have become very popular places for locals http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/programs/pom/schedules.htm.

Finally,  decide for yourself!