Compare and Contrast

Candace M. Whitney Professor Lynn McClelland English 101 22 February 2013 Living in Arizona vs. Living in Hawaii I was born and raised in Hawaii on the tiny island of Kauai where the misty rains fall daily, the grass is green all year around and the culture is rich in the spirit of aloha.

Although living a life in Hawaii may seem wonderful and made in paradise, many locals make the tough decision to move away and Arizona has become the popular place to go. Arizona, with all its history and massive landmarks is by far the greatest place to reside and I would encourage anyone to make this beautiful state their home instead of making the mistake of believing that Hawaii is paradise. The cost of living should be enough in itself to convince anyone that it is far better to reside in Arizona than in Hawaii.

The simple pleasures such as purchasing a gallon of milk for $1.56 and filling a fuel tank for a mere $3.56 per gallon should be more appealing than the cost of these same items in Hawaii. Additionally, Arizona offers a better home for your dollar. The median cost for a 2400 square foot, five-bedroom and three-bath home with a pool in the Cave Creek area is currently listed for $1500.00 per month. In drastic contrast, a gallon of milk at Safeway in Hawaii is on a published sale price of $7.99 per gallon but can be purchased for a

Whitney 2 lesser price of $6.99 at Costco. The cheapest gas prices can also be found at Costco for $4.85 per gallon but if passed up, anyone can expect to pay upwards of $4.99 per gallon at any other service station such as Chevron or Shell. More painful is the average cost to rent a simple 1000 square foot, two-bedroom and one-bath home with no air conditioning in a decent area of the island for the same cost of $1500.00 per month. Arizona’s economy definitely goes easier on a family’s bank account than Hawaii does.

One of the greatest achievements that Arizona pride themselves on is their education and according the AIMS scores for testing conducted in 2011, the students of Arizona’s public school system are excelling in ways that the students in Hawaii are not. In 2012 The Paradise Valley Unified School District released the test results which showed an average 95% of children excelling or meeting above the average requirements. Moreover, according to

the Department of Education 80% of Arizonans that attend a four-year high school graduate with the minimum credit requirements. Now compare this to the disappointing Hawaii Standardized Assessment score of 45% for Kapa’a Elementary School that is not part of a unified district and is the only elementary school in a 35 mile radius and educates more than one-fourth of the islands elementary aged population.

Furthermore, the Department of Education reported that only 65% of students that attend a four-year high school in Hawaii ever complete the minimum requirements needed to graduate. Education is important and the Hawaii Department of Education lacks the tools required to prepare our children for college and a career. Temperatures in Arizona are pretty extreme to say the least but the Arizonans are used to it. Although the summer heat in Arizona can be questionable to our health, it truly is a “dry” heat

Whitney 3 and very tolerable if air conditioning is a benefit in a home. During the Fall months, don’t allow the monsoons to lessen the beauty of this state because in reality, it is one of a very few natural disasters that occur in Arizona and has a survival rate of 99%. In addition, Arizona experiences some of the most beautiful winters during the months of November through March and once in a while mother nature will display her beauty by snowing in places one would never expect. If appreciated, the cold air mixed with the rays of sun can offer breath taking views of the endless blue skies above our desert landscapes or deep within the Grand Canyon groves.

Opposite of this are Hawaii’s green, plush, fertile mountains and plains but deep beneath that beauty also lie’s constant rain, humidity and unpredictable hurricanes, floods and tsunami that offer a lower 94% survival rate. Hawaii averages approximately seventy to eighty-five degrees’ year around with a constant humidity level of a torturous 80%. Summers have been known to reach 90% humidity which makes for a very uncomfortable day, especially considering there are no air-conditioned homes in Hawaii. Furthermore, insects thrive on humidity throughout Hawaii and on any given day you may encounter a centipede, cane spider, cockroaches and many other bugs that are unpleasant.

As if that isn’t enough, when the tides are high due to changes in the weather pattern’s jelly fish become the enemy in the ocean and if encountered it can be detrimental to human health and safety. Whether anyone enjoys the dry land or the waters in either state, I still believe Arizona is the safer place to live. In conclusion, although Hawaii is paradise and a splendid place to visit, the cost of living, the level of education and whether conditions should have anyone reconsidering a move to Hawaii any time soon. One should take advantage of the outstanding education offered to our future

Whitney 4 generations and appreciate the cheap gallon of milk, gas, groceries and homes offered in Arizona. Finally, I would never discourage anyone from visiting Hawaii because there is so much beauty to absorb. Nonetheless, I would equally advise anyone to return to Arizona after three weeks of vacation in Hawaii because by then you’ll either be financially broke or exhausted from the humidity.