I'm off getting married and honeymooning and all that so, in my absence, some good friends are filling in. Today's look at Honolulu comes from Casey Ishitani .
In the 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, Honolulu was ranked as the top American city. The findings were based on factors such as transportation, ecological development and medical services. However, the city provides paradoxes to the generalized perception of "Paradise." Honolulu is second only to San Francisco in average apartment rental prices ($1255 for one-bedroom apartments, with an average of $1693). Adding to the high-priced rent is high-priced food, even with local farms and markets. Not to mention the often-conflicting reports on the violent crime rate, which is either climbing or falling depending on which newspaper you are reading.