So, Where Are You Moving?

I feel like this post has been in the making forever. So many of you have reached out asking what the latest is, where we are going and what we are doing. Thankfully, I’m here today to lay it all out!
Some of you may or may not know this, but as of this month, Dane is officially transitioned into civilian life. It was something he had been planning for a really long time, but leaving active duty is a big deal and takes a good bit of planning.
So, what is next for the Hanson family?
Cait Schlabach Photography
Because my career is flexible, I was open to anywhere, so Dane just applied to any job he thought he would be interested in. When he started getting offers, we began weighing the pros/cons of the job and city it was in. I’ll be perfectly honest — none of the places were bad! We just kept going back to one thing….that none of them were in Hawaii. 
There is just something so magical about this place that completely captures your soul. I know that sounds trite, but that’s the only way I can describe it to you. If you’ve ever been here — you get it. To be clear, we didn’t always feel this way, but it’s now a place we love calling home.
Thankfully, the job Gods feel the same way, because Dane was offered an incredible position on Oahu that he could not say no to. In fact, when he got the call, we both just said “this is it!”. No weighing pros and cons or vacillating.
He officially starts this fall and we are so eager to move into our new house (more on that later) and continue to explore the island that we has become so much a part of who we are. 
Cait Schlabach Photography
Thank you to everyone who has called, texted and e-mailed — we definitely feel the love!


  • NO WAY!! I can't believe you're staying in Hawaii! How incredible, Kait! So so so excited for you guys!

  • YAY!!!! I am so happy that you guys were able to what you wanted to do, no matter the chaos that went on around you!

  • Yay!!!! So happy for you guys! I'll need to come visit haha

  • Jen

    I am so so excited for you guys!!! 🙂 Everything worked out exactly as it was supposed to.

  • Congrats! I totally get the Hawaii love. It gets in your blood. Not everyone loves it, but for the people who do there's no going back.

  • How exciting! Congrats!!

  • YAY! I'm so excited for you!!

  • Aww yay!!

  • SOOOO excited for you guys!!! What a dream to get to stay in Hawaii. Plus, how would you ever tell the dogs no more ocean swimming. You just can't.

  • Chicken skin and tears!!! I am so happy for you all! Congratulations to the both of you! Now I have more opportunities to see you! Hooray!!!

  • AW YAY!!! How exciting!! I'm so happy for you two!!

  • Congratulations! Plus, I imagine it would be really hard to move all your stuff across the ocean. I'm totally jealous of your island life!

  • That's awesome! Congrats to the both of you and can't wait to see more of your Hawai'i adventures 🙂

  • I'm so shocked!! But congrats. Super exciting! I haven't been to Hawaii yet but I hope to make it in the next few years.

  • How exciting! Congrats!! And it always feels so good to just have things decided, right?

  • So stinking excited for y'all. I love when the plan just comes together.

  • Congratulations!! This is awesome news! So happy for you and so happy that you will still be posting those gorgeous Hawaii photos on instagram!! 🙂

  • So exciting–I can't believe you guys are getting the chance to stay! Looking forward to getting my dose of Hawaii through your blog and insta when we move. 🙂

  • Yessssss!!! It sounds weird but I got the feeling you were staying because you haven't been like sad, and I thought you would be so makes sense!!! That is awesome. And it's obvious you guys love it here so glad it worked out! I totally get that feeling though. When we left Texas last year we knew we had to go back. Things just work out don't they 😉

  • SO exciting! And SO jealous! Congratulations! 🙂


  • Awesome news!!! Congrats! Selfishly, I'm happy you're staying in Hawaii because I like to live vicariously through your pictures! 🙂

  • That's so exciting that you're staying in Hawaii! Congrats! 🙂 I'm glad it all worked out!

    xo, Keating | Keating & Co

  • Oh, wow! How exciting!!! 🙂