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Is everyday like this in Maui?

Is everyday like this in Maui?

Here is a note from Janice, she is considering moving to the Big Island of Hawaii from Los Angeles.

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Hello Vern,

I just found your site while doing one of my many searches about moving to Hawaii. Your website is great! I recently went to the Big Island-Puna – Pahoa and I have not been the same since I’ve been back to LA. I’ve been doing nonstop research on moving there and I just applied for a job with Hawaiian Airlines.

Can I ask you why you moved from Maui to Honolulu? I’ve never been to Maui but heard it was a bit stuffy with wealthy people and very expensive.

I’ve been to Hawaii 3 times. I worked on “Baywatch Hawaii” for 6 weeks in 2000 on Oahu. I went to Kona for a weekend during that time, Oahu for a week in 2009, then recently went to Big Island again, and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to live there since I left. Have looked at property online, have a realtor friend of a friend to contact (Haven’t yet because I guess it’s better to rent) and now I’m crossing fingers I get this job.

Opening lines of communication as I need all the support I can get. I’m not happy living in LA and haven’t been for some time. I want to start over somewhere else with quality of life, caring people and beauty of nature. I did have island fever when I was there in 2000 but I’m in a different place in my life right now.

Again, please I stumbled upon your site. Thanks for sharing.



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Hi Janice,

Hawaii really grabs some of us when we first visit. You sound star-struck. lol. The islands did that to me as well. We’ll likely be heading back in a couple of years.

I was originally on Oahu for over 4 years. I returned in 2002 and stayed on Oahu and then moved to Maui. So, I never moved from Maui to Oahu.

I really enjoyed Maui. My wife at the time, and myself, had combined income that made it quite a nice place to be. I think it is probably true that there are many people with money on the island of Maui, and yet there were few that I’d call snobby. Someone who has a few, or tens of millions of dollars in the bank, act differently than those that are living paycheck to paycheck. I think those with a lot of money tend to spend time with others that are similar to them. In general I found Maui to be really a pleasant place to live. I had no problem with racism, localism, or island fever. There is a lot to do if you like the outdoors, and there are many lovely people on the island. We’re looking forward to returning.

Ok, best of life and luck to you. I do hope you are able to get a suitable job and move to the islands.


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I’ve lived Hawaii since the mid ‘80s when I moved here at the age of 21. I arrived site-unseen in Honolulu with zero contacts and about $5k in savings. I worked from nearly zero and today Hawaii has given me the greatest gifts in the world in all aspects: spiritually, financially, romantically (married since early ‘90s w/ 2 children), and most important, peace. My goal with this site is to share the magic of this Land of Aloha and help others who are on a similar quest.


  1. Paula 01/25/2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hello and Aloha!

    My husband and I just came back from 7 days in Kauai. My daughter moved to Kauai camping with very little funds and others supporting her. After one week she was told about a job in the medical field. She was hired the next week and 2 weeks later
    shes has work full-time. My grandson also went for a visit the next week and ran into a friend he grew up with. His friend’s father gave him a full-time job in the solar business. My husband and I loved being in Kauai and we are seriously thinking of moving there. We are semi retired with one pension and two s.s. checks as our main income (which is not much). He drives a taxi cab driver and I’m recently retired from full-time. We have no savings but if God has a plan for us to move there, I have faith that we will go. Planning is good for us as we are older now and limited. I am interested in creating art in Hawaii and working part-time anywhere. My husband would like a job in caretaking as he was working in the medical field for the Airforce years ago, and has good skills in that area.

    Anyway thank you for your reports on Hawaii. This is my first search online and wanted to share that anything is possible with prayer and Gods’ plan for your life. I’d be interested in your feedback or comments.


    • Vern 01/25/2013 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Paula,

      Sounds like some great luck for your family in finding jobs and being able to live in the islands. It isn’t like that for everyone, that much is sure!

      I think to move to Hawaii without significant savings is a mistake. I do hope you hold-off until you put something like $10,000 in the bank first. As lucky as your family was, Hawaii can be a very unforgiving place. It is very easy to have one or two bad events sway your chances against making it. What will you do then? If you go anyway, do have a Plan B!



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