It's not easy, by any means. It's exceptionally lonely-feeling, pretty much constantly, at least for me. Sure I have friends...even friends that can fulfill certain familial roles. But it's just not the same. It feels very unnatural to raise a family far far away from people who are and feel like family. Even having lived in Hawaii on the Big Island almost 4 years, it's hard on me. This is a very transient place, so I've had dozens of close friends (even ones who I thought would settle down here) move away, scatter, across the globe. Very few people stay here longer then a year. Confession: I don't entirely feel at home here either.
I'm having a very lonely night here in paradise.