I have a chance to work in Hawai for three months. I can more or less choose where I go, though it needs to be a city with a hospital. Where should I go?
Three months will seem like a very long time on a small island, so the smaller, less populated islands probably aren't the best way to go. For myself, I'd probably go to the Big Island, because I could divide my spare time between the ocean, volcano, rain forests, mountains, deserts, etc. Plenty of nature to see there.
Someone who loves cities might be happier on Oahu. What sort of things do you like?
Variety is most important I guess. Having access to a big city and nature would be ideal.
Hilo, Big Island, is a gorgeous mid-sized city surrounded by miles of tropical splendor. Although Maui has always had a much better economy than the BI.
stay in Oahu and live on the east coast near Kailua beach.
Any thoughts about Honolulu?
Hilo is too rainy, although it is cheap.
Kona-Kailua would be better.
If you need to have access to a REAL hospital, then that narrows it down to only Oahu. As R2 said, what sorts of things do you like to do?
In descending order of nightlife: Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, Kauai
In descending order of outdoor activities: Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kauai
Hawaii and Kauai are so slow-paced that most businesses close by 9pm...
Kailua-Kona is the ugliest, characterless, traffic-jammed, dried-up-looking shithole in all of Hawaii. Avoid like the plague.
I enjoyed my first trip to Hawaii, but on repeat visits, I found the islands to be almost depressing. There isn't anything to do but lay on the beach and surf. That's fine for a few days, but then I can't wait to get back to civilization.