Moving to Maui? Go West!

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The Napili - Kahana - Honokowai area is a great place to live on Maui.

The Napili – Kahana – Honokowai area is a great place to live on Maui.

I received a note from a woman that has a pretty good idea what her and her husband want when they move to the island of Maui. Her note is below, and my response is below that.

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Hi Vern! Thanks for the great info you post on moving to HI. My husband and I are considering a move for retirement but would like to purchase in the next year or so due to interest rates, etc.

We love Maui when we vacation but it gets very congested in the tourist areas. We wold like a little more quiet if possible. We’re thinking about $1-1.5M and would want great ocean views. Also we like to go to see movies. I would prefer a 20 minute or less drive to basic shopping but I would also like a little bigger lot size. We enjoy spots bars and nice casual dining. Other than that we’re pretty boring. Just hikes, walks and quiet time.

Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

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I think you are asking about quiet places on Maui, not to move to another island. If you like Maui, you likely should stay there. I also like the vibe on Maui!

It gets pretty crowded at all the tourist areas on all the islands, so that’s something that will be a constant. Better not to live there though. There are three main tourist areas on Maui – Kihei, Ka’anapali and Lahaina. Personally, I’m with you, I wouldn’t live in any of those areas either. They are too crowded.

So where to go? Way west is my preference. Past Ka’anapali is “way out west” and it’s a nice place, a great place, to live. Looking at the map, it’s actually North of Lahaina and Ka’anapali. I think you can pick something up for $1.5M with great ocean views in the Honokowai / Kahana / Napili areas. I’ll check the listings in a minute. When I lived on Maui I stayed in Honokowai. I stayed on Mahinahina Street which was a very short walk from the beach, maybe 80 meters? There are houses all along the hill, and it’s a beautiful place to get away from the tourists and nuttiness going on in say, South Kihei.

Here’s a Google Map of this section of Maui:

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Here’s a link to what might be considered a typical house in the area (Click here). This one is on a half acre. Sure there are many newer homes available, but this is the typical style in this area of Maui.

Shopping, bars, movies can all be found in Lahaina – and it’s not a far drive to get there.

Another choice for you might be upcountry Maui, at the base of Haleakala. There you would be able to get more land and you’d be more central to everything like the Costco and other shopping. Haleakala is cooler and a little windy sometimes. You may like it, you may not. It’s quite a bit different from the other area of Western Maui I’ve mentioned. Have a look at Kula and some of the other areas there on the volcano and see what you think.

Hope some of this helps you during your decision about moving to Maui. If you do end up moving, let me know how you’re getting along and where you finally chose to live.


Peter Kay


About the Author:

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.

One Comment

  1. Graham Moore 10/09/2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I am looking at an opportunity to move to Maui. I work onights Elevators and there is a job openin there. I have 2 kids 15 and 16 and we lobe the beach. I was wondering for the best place to live with kids that age. Mostly worried about public schoils and my kids adjusting to life there.

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