11 things from Hawaii you could be grateful for in 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!

This is our last blog post of 2019 and we just want to express some serious gratitude for the simplicity and abundance that Hawaii offers those lucky enough to be here:

Warm (fill in the blank)

Being warm is #1 for us on this list. Hawaii beats any other state in the US for comfortable year-round temperatures.

Warm nights…
Warm ocean…
Warm winter
Warm people…

Being barefoot

In Hawaii, we get the privilege of sand between the toes, not worrying about socks or sweaty feet, and kicking off our slippers (aka “flip flops”) whenever we want.

Spend time out of shoes and you’ll have happy feet, too!


If it weren’t for my colleagues on the mainland who tell me how much they love hearing birds singing in the background when we’re in meetings, I would’ve forgotten they were there!

Now, I just listen and smile 🙂

Roosters don’t count!

Wearing less clothes

I wear a t-shirt and shorts 365 days of the year here. When I surf or run on the beach, I just wear shorts.

2 pieces of clothes max — that’s all it takes to be comfortable in Hawaii!

A constant view of the ocean

There is something deeply comforting and soothing to the soul when you gaze out to sea.

In Hawaii, no matter where you live, you see the sea on most days.

Sometimes you can see other islands, too, where other people are gazing out to sea and looking back at you 😉


Hawaii can get very warm at times, but thankfully the Islands are blessed with its own cooling system called tradewinds.

Tradewinds are “curved” winds that flow east to west and form when moist warm air from around the equator rises, dries and cools…then sinks back down near the tropics.


Our great sea mammal friends — aka Humpback whales — have been making yearly journeys between Alaska and Hawaii for eons.

There is nothing more graceful and majestic as seeing (and hearing) whales right offshore. We humans are lucky to witness their peaceful presence around Hawaii during the winter months.

Farmers markets

exotic fruits at a Hawaii farmers market

Imagine eating fresh, delicious food that’s grown around you — any day of the year.

Thanks to Hawaii’s ideal growing climate, we get to enjoy a combination of leafy greens, and exotic tropical fruits all the time!

Can’t make it to the farmers market? Simply pick your fruit straight from the tree!

A slower pace of life

Okay, living the slow pace of “island time” isn’t always great, but think of it this way:

  • Would you rather live in a constant relaxing environment and occasionally access the fast life?
  • …Or would you rather live in constant entropy and occasionally get to relax?

It’s a personal decision, I know…but choose wisely.

Local coffee

"Hawaiian coffee roasted here"

If we lose the lifeline of ships that deliver our consumable products, one problem Hawaii will never have is a coffee shortage.

Coffee grows on all major islands, and it actually excellent stuff!

Nicer drivers

To truly appreciate the drivers in Hawaii, you have to have driven on the Mainland at least once.

On the Mainland, it’s “every man for himself” on the road, with people constantly speeding, cutting you off and honking like crazy. Where are they trying to get to so quickly?

Meanwhile, drivers in Hawaii seems to take care of each other by slowing things down, letting others go, and barely ever using the horn.

Now it’s your turn…will you come experience Hawaii in 2020?

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Need a hand with your next Maui vacation? Please contact the Sunny Maui Vacations team at info@sunnymauivacations.com or call 808-240-1311, ext. 21. We’ll find you the best vacation rental condo or rental home in South Maui and help you with any and all recommendations and activities across Maui.