Let's list why.
1. It's Hawaii. There could be worse places to be. It's neither too hot nor too cold. There's always a breeze. The weather is perfect and the place is a melting pot. You want authentic roast duck? Got it. You want some seriously high class gopply-goop? It's got that, too (in spades). You need High Tea at a fancy pants hotel? Check. You need just a barren and deserted beach where it's just you, a kayak, blue-green waters and a paddle? You can have it. In other words, peeps, I shouldn't complain. There are places in this world that are far worse.
2. If you're in Government, Hawaii is a major player. For Hubs, he'll be returning to a great department with peeps he knows. On top of that, the department is at the Regional level (a level of command higher than where he is now). For myself, there are opportunities with higher commands, as well as numerous govt agencies that all call Hawaii home. I'm lucky I have a network of peeps here. We could have gone somewhere where I knew no one professionally. & then what?
3. We are fortunate that Hubs' job still allows us to live pretty well. In other words, if we have to pay for private school, we'll still be able to do it. I may not be making multiple J.Crew orders and I'll definitely have to make some sacrifices, but we can still keep a similar lifestyle even while I'm job-seeking. We are very, very lucky this way. Especially in Hawaii where a gallon of milk is close to $7. (Ridiculous!)
4. This is a new adventure! Even though we've lived in Hawaii most of our lives, we get to see the place and the people with new eyes. Since we've sold our home there a few years ago, we've got the opportunity to choose a new place to live and create an entirely new life. We're young, we've got a good, solid network of individuals around us - and family & friends - and we're ready to get out there! This is a positive thing!
Everything happens for a reason. I definitely believe that even though I know how corny it sounds. If we had the opportunity to stay in Japan longer, we would have taken it and been very happy and comfortable. But maybe this is the kick in the tush we needed to get ourselves motivated again!