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Living in Hawai‘i

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The Queen’s Health System’s mission extends to four hospitals
and 70 health care centers and labs throughout Hawai‘i.

On O‘ahu

The Queen’s Medical Center-Punchbowl
1301 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

The Queen’s Medical Center-West O‘ahu
31-2141 Fort Weaver Rd.
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

On Hawai‘i Island
(also known as the Big Island)

Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital
67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743

On Molokai

Molokai General Hospital
280 Home Olu Pl.
Kaunakakai, Hawaii 96748

Moving to Hawai‘i

Whether you’re a nurse, physician, hospital administrator, or professional for any of the hundreds of available jobs—welcome.

Most mainlanders we meet have questions about moving to Hawai‘i. You’ve probably heard that the weather around here is pretty fantastic. Yes, it’s true! Hawai‘i has only two seasons: summer (kau) from May to October, when the average daily temperature is 85° F, and winter (hoolio) from November to April, when the average daily temperature is 78° F. So, the climate is great. But what about everything else? We’ve got some helpful answers!

Living in Hawai‘i: What Island is Best for You?

The first question to answer is which island you’ll live on. Queen’s is spread across three islands:  O‘ahu, Molokai, and the Big Island (known more formally as the Hawai‘i Island).

Queen’s main facilities—The Queen’s Medical Center at Punchbowl (so-called because it is near the Punchbowl Crater) and The Medical Center at West O‘ahu —are located on the island of O‘ahu.

O‘ahu has, by far, the most residents of any other island. Close to a million people (or 70% of Hawaiians) live on O‘ahu. Many people choose to move to O‘ahu because of its variety of entertainment and shopping options. 

With beaches as lovely as Kauai and Maui, O‘ahu is the preferred location for most Hawaiians and geographic transplants. Notably, O‘ahu is also where you’ll find Hawaii’s capital of Honolulu.

Among Queen’s two locations on O‘ahu, one is near Honolulu (Punchbowl), while the other is at ‘Ewa Beach on the western side of the island.

The Difference Between Living in Punchbowl and ‘Ewa Beach

Punchbowl is considered living in town. As part of greater Honolulu, Punchbowl is a hub of activity in Hawai‘i and is populated with many residents and tourists.

‘Ewa Beach, which is located to the west of Pearl Harbor, is quieter than Punchbowl but still populated by quite a few mainland transplants. 

Nearby Kapolei and Makakilo are large residential areas with newer constructions. ‘Ewa, Kapolei, and Makakilo are within an hour’s drive of the town. This fact combined with their more affordable housing options make them great relocation destinations for many new residents. 

Queen’s Molokai General Hospital serves the island’s 7,000+ inhabitants. If nightlife and shopping are your thing, Molokai is probably not the right location for you. On the other hand, for those that love nature, Molokai is home to a great number of endemic plant and animal species.

Queen’s also has facilities on the Island of Hawai‘i (referred to locally as “The Big Island” because it is the largest of the five islands). The Island of Hawai‘i has active volcanoes, world-class fishing, and diverse landscapes to explore. The population of Hawaii’s “Big Island” is around 150k, but due to its size, people are quite a bit more spread out than on O’ahu.

Traveling Between the Islands

The easiest and fastest way to island hop is by plane. Flights from island to island are readily available and generally cost $100-$200 (depending on your location and destination). Some limited ferry travel options also exist between Maui and Lanai if that idea floats your boat.

Life in Hawai‘i: It’s More Than Beaches and Sunshine

Weather, beautiful scenery, and endless beaches are what most people associate with Hawai‘i, but these images merely scratch the surface of what our islands have to offer.

Below is a list of resources we’ve compiled about what you can do and experience while living in Hawai‘i.

Arts and Entertainment

Experience Hawaii’s thriving local arts and entertainment scene.


When almost every day is the perfect summer day, the possibilities are endless.

Hawaiian Culture

Experience Hawaiin culture, history, and diversity.

The Cuisine of Hawai‘i

Are you a certified foodie? Explore the diverse dining options at your disposal.

What are you waiting for? Check out our Career Openings today, and join our ’ohana in paradise.

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