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Reactions to Hawaii no longer being dubbed 'Happiest State'UPDATED 7:52 PM HST Feb 22, 2014Video Transcript
After reigning champion for five years -- Hawaii is no longer the "happiest" state in the U-S... A recent Gallup Poll has dropped our state to 8th over-all ... KITV4's Brenton Awa has reaction from both residents and visitors... But first we go to ABC's Neil Karlinsky with the ranking... NATIONAL PKG TRACK IF YOU'RE THINKING BEAUTIFUL SAND BEACHES, PERFECT WEATHER AND A REPUTATION AS A VIRTUAL PARADISE MAKE HAWAII THE HAPPIEST STATE IN THE NATION, YOU'D BE WRONG. IT TURNS OUT NORTH DAKOTA IS THE NEW CHAMPION... " NATS "...rewind." STANDUP - BRENTON "HOLD ON NEIL, NORTH DAKOTA, OVER THIS? YOU'RE KIDDING ME." 2354 CLINT CAZIMERO "THEY GOT IT UPSIDE DOWN I THINK. YOU GOT TO FLIP IT BACK OVER THE OTHER WAY." 4119 - STAN ENGELSEN "THAT'S CRAZY." 3243 - KU'ULEI LYNCH "THAT'S WEIRD." 3549 - JASON HASKINS "THAT'S HARD TO BELIEVE." You can say that again -- where else can you lay on a beach in February? 2536 - CLAIRE HODGE "IF I WAS IN NORTH DAKOTA, I WOULD MOST CERTAINLY NOT BE DOING THAT." 3737 - KIM BUZIAK - JERSEY "I THINK THERE'S A MILLION MORE THINGS TO DO HERE. HIKES, WATERFALLS, BEACHES." 3559 - JASON HASKINS "JUST A RELAXED CHILLED OUT ATMOSPHERE." Some say the study -- is flat out wrong... 3027 - LANCE HART "YEAH THEY MISSED SOMETHING, I THINK THEY MISSED A LOT OF THINGS." But we won't lie -- Hawaii does have some drawbacks... 4002 - RHIYAN KAMAI "IN THE AFTERNOON IF YOU'RE GOING WEST, REALLY BIG TRAFFIC AND YESTERDAY IT TOOK MY LIKE 45-MINUTES JUST TO GET TO WAIPAHU." 4258 - NICOLE "BUYING A PLACE SEEMS UNREACHABLE FOR PEOPLE SO THAT DRIVES AWAY A LOT OF PEOPLE AND YOU CAN SEE THAT." But still -- North Dakota? 4140 - STAN ENGELSEN "I'VE ONLY DRIVEN THROUGH IT AND THAT'S ALL YOU NEED TO DO REALLY, THERE'S NOT MUCH THERE." KITV4 took it's own poll with people from the West Coast -- to the East Coast -- all the way to Germany ... 2358 - CLINT CAZIMERO "WOULD YOU MOVE TO NORTH DAKOTA?" "NO" 3031 - LANCE HART "DEFINITELY NOT, DEFINITELY NOT." 2600 - CLAIRE HODGE "NO ABSOLUTELY NOT." 3920 - RHIYAN KAMAI "NO I'D RATHER STAY HERE." 2402 - CLINT CAZIMERO CONTINUED "I'D MOVE TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND, THAT'S AS FAR AS I'D GO." 2744 - MATT SCHROEDER - HAWAII KAI "I WOULD NOT MOVE TO NORTH DAKOTA." 4148 - STAN ENGELSEN "NO, I WOULDN'T DRIVE THROUGH NORTH DAKOTA AGAIN." 3750 - KIM BUZIAK - JERSEY "WOULD YOU MOVE FROM HERE TO NORTH DAKOTA?" "NO, I WOULDN'T VFM NEW RSEY TO NOH DAKOTA." So what does Neil have to say? "MOVE OVER HAWAII -- NORTH DAKOTA MAY BE COLD, BUT BOY ARE THEY HAPPY OVER THERE... But in Hawaii -- the endings are just a bit more special. In case you were wondering -- here's the Gallup's list... Both Dakotas coming in at 1- 2... Nebraska -- Minnesota and Montana round out the top 5... Vermont -- Colorado -- Hawaii -- which should be number one -- Washington -- and Iowa finish in the top 10. West Virginia was dead last... More local news coming up...