Aloha and welcome to Moving to Maui HQ. This site is designed to explore and unravel the complexities of moving to paradise, to bring you some really helpful solutions and to give some solid local advice.
Aloha to everyone who finds themselves here on my blog about Moving to Maui. I had the wonderful experience of owning a beautiful condominium with lanai and garden in Wailea, in southwest Maui about 15 years ago. It was a great time in my life with plenty of money and a business that could be operated from any place with a phone. It was a breeze to fly out and spend a month or two several times each year! But a holiday condo was not quite relocation to Maui… it was more of extended vacationing. Still, selling that condo was one of the worst mistakes I ever made! Since then I have been working in the back of my mind toward the goal of moving back to Maui. Now that time has finally arrived, and my blog will share the details and learning of this big adventure.
Each post on this site explores one aspect of moving to Maui. It is easy to believe that all you have to do is call a mover, buy a plane ticket, have a bon voyage party and go, but it is not that simple, at least not for most. The critical information in these posts will hopefully smooth your path and help you to learn from my experience.
There are so many parts to making your move to Maui simple and stress free. All it takes is a little planning and some insider advice so you don’t work against yourself. There are secrets on renting a car, finding a short term place to stay, transitioning to a longer term home, and how to just plain enjoy this wonderful paradise. Everything you need to know is right here on Moving to Maui HQ.
If you have been to Maui then you know how the air smells sweet and caresses you from the moment you get off of the plane. There in the airport environment the aloha spirit envelops you, and you may not even realize it. If you have not been there, then you are in for a lovely welcome.
One of the first differences you will notice upon arrival at the Kahului Airport (OGG) is that you exit the plane into a normal looking airport waiting room and follow the line of people heading to baggage claim… and 30 steps from the plane you are outside! It seems very strange the first time you arrive that the airport is open air, but you will soon realize that hotels and restaurants are all open air too. It is part of the Maui magic. All year around you will hear the myna birds and smell the plumeria’s sweet fragrance, but it is still amazing to me that you are greeted by these things moments from exiting the plane!
So here on this website I will share with you some of my own experiences, advice from locals, advice from natives, and a whole lot more. My years of exploring the island were just a taste of what there is to see, and some things have changed over time. As I reconnect, I will bring you some stories that will enlighten you about Maui, Hawaii.