From milk to mansions, just about everything in Hawaii is much more expensive than on the “mainland,” as those in the Aloha State refer to the continental United States.
Having spent 10 weeks on the Hawaiian island of Kauai while shooting “Dragonfly,” starring Kevin Costner, I know firsthand about the phenomenon of the island’s seemingly limitless capacity to shrink your hard-earned dollar. As I stumbled around the grocery store, dazed at the price of food, I’m sure I looked like the typical tourist.
Paradise ain’t cheap.
Of course, there’s an antidote to the extraordinarily high cost of living in Hawaii. It’s called overwhelming those costs with an even stronger income. That’s the path that Matt and Sandee Tsuruda have taken.
Their success in the Amway business is remarkable and inspiring. Among other details, which are noted in their biography on the World Wide DreamBuilders website, Matt started the business as a 21-year-old college student.
More than just about anywhere else that I know of, it’s common for people living well into their adult years to remain living at home with their parents. They cannot afford to move out on their own.
When you factor in the milk ($7 a gallon) and the multitude of other day-to-day expenses—forget about having a mansion—simply having a middle-class lifestyle in Hawaii is along the lines of being in the upper echelon in the rest of the country.
How would you like to spend $20,000 to plant about 20,000 square feet of grass (roughly a half-acre), as the Tsurudas recently did on their 2 ½-acre property? On the mainland, that would have cost around $1,000.
Behind each dollar figure are people who owe their gainful employment and continued business existence to the expenditures made by people like Matt and Sandee Tsuruda. These are not theoretical concepts and numbers floating somewhere in the ether—they represent financial rewards flowing from one party to another, who then uses the money in whatever manner he or she sees fit.
To achieve as much as they have, all while raising a growing family that now includes four children, Matt and Sandee had to work hard. Making it big in Amway isn’t easy.
But they knew they were going to work hard, anyhow, to afford Hawaii and its high cost of living. Like so many others across not only the United States, but the entire globe, they figured that they might as well work hard at something that gave them a great return for their effort.
So does the Amway business work? It sure does—and not only for Independent Business Owners, but for all of those whose products or services they purchase with the financial fruits of their success.