The girlie and I are currently working on a deal to buyout a real estate/litigation firm on the Big Island (no more midden snowstorms for me, thanks). And, the deal has to be consummated by 12/31/2009. Culturally, it seems a huge jump...much akin to moving to a foreign nation, and becoming an ex-pat. Anything I should know? Does each island have its own vibe? Is the cost of living (milk, gas, etc) really as bad as we've been led to believe? Any advice before we lay out my life's savings would be greatly appreciated...either about becoming a quasi-expat or the Island would be very helpful.