Living in Hawaii- Maui?

Old 06-12-2011, 09:16 AM
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There is alot to consider with regards to the area you will be living. Rooms for rent for 400 a month are going to be in very undesirable areas on the west side or way up north, and will be very meager accommodations. Oahu is gridlocked in traffic constantly, plan on at least 2 hour commutes into town from the west or north. You will have to research living aboard a boat, however 400 a month isn't going to get you anywhere in Hawaii, the fees and costs of living there are extremely high. All public beaches and parks are packed with homeless people living in tents and out of their vehicles. Its a rough place to make a living if you can't afford it.
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Originally Posted by willzora View Post
Hey Kevin,

I lived on Maui for 14 months back in 2003/2004. I grew up fishing on Barnegat Bay, so when a job opportunity with a military contractor opened up on Maui, I jumped at the chance to go someplace tropical. For the most part, it was awesome, but there are some things to consider before moving there permanently and buying a place to live is the Cost of living in hawaii.

About the fishing... I spent lots of money going out on boats hoping to catch a billfish but it never happened. I had trips where I didn't catch a thing and the most I ever caught were a couple of Mahi Mahi and a Blue fin trevally. There's really no consistency to the fishery and some people told me it's overfished. It was too expensive to bring my boat over there and too expensive to slip it or store it. Maui doesn't have any inshore fishing - best you can do is fish from the surf which is pretty hard, even on the South side of the island. I ended up hiring a guide in Oahu to fish for bonefish and caught one fish over 2 hard days of wading on rocky bottom.

What Hooper said is right about the locals. Most don't like you, especially the younger crowd. I had a few run ins with some locals that appeared to be high. I was just minding my own business but they tried to engage me in a fight for some reason. There is a lot of drug use and a fair amount of petty thefts (my car got broken into twice).

I would say go try it. If you don't like it, you can always move back. Rent an ohana or a condo on the south or west side (Kihei or Lahaina) Go see the other islands too- they're all unique and have something special to offer. Whether you stay or come back, you won't have any regrets for living your life to the fullest. Do it while you're young and unattached.

Couldn't agree more!

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