Living on Maui …

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What is it like living on Maui?  Though I have not been asked this question directly, I had been asked questions similar to this, as well as comments pertaining to living on Maui.  “What is it like living on paradise?” “Lucky you (me) you live in paradise” …

As I sit here in front of the computer thinking about “living on Maui” and how to describe it, a phrase kept popping in my head “Maui: It’s All About Lifestyle“.   This tagline is now being used by one of the FB Pages of a realtor who previously hired me to jump-start their social media presence.  I worked with them the for only a couple months, but this tag seemed to have stayed with me forever.  It’s true – Maui is all about lifestyle – we can live here as bare-bones as can be or as luxurious as can be.  Maui is conducive to many different lifestyles, although I would say that if you’re one who likes “city life and all that goes with it“, Maui is not for you.

Let’s explore some of the lifestyles I am talking about:

  1. The Surfers
  2. The Rich and Famous
  3. The Nature Lovers
  4. The Foodies
  5. The Laid Back Family
  6. The Retirees
  7. The Adventurers
  8. The Seekers
  9. The Locals – “Born Not Flown”
  10. The Locals – “Transplanted/Hanai’d”

If you are living on Maui, can you identify with any of the above? What are your thoughts on these? Any other lifestyle I need to add?

Can you guess which category I fall?

I will come back to this post and  “talk story some more”.  Will add my thoughts in each of the lifestyles I listed.  I will upload this now to see if any of you have comments that maybe I can incorporate on this post later on.

Please chime in in the comment section.  If it does not print right away, don’t worry, It probably went to the “moderation” area – I will “review and publish” as quickly as I can.

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6 Responses to Living on Maui …

  1. Erik Blair August 7, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I like your list. I get a lot of the same questions where I work (major south Maui resort). Most people want to know “What brought you here?” because I’m most likely not born here by looking at my noticeably Northern California look :)
    I came here seeking positive change and left high traffic, crime and pollution for the highlife on Maui. Yes, it is about lifestyle and I fit #’s 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 10 – Aloha

  2. Larissa August 9, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    This seems like such an amazing place….I wish I could live there as well…
    thanks,
    Larissa from How to Look Natural MakeUp Tips

  3. Sylvia Kikuyama August 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi,
    I always describe the slower pace of Maui living when mainland friends ask me what it’s like. Slower pace and aloha spirit…
    Here is an article that talks about what it’s like living in Maui:
    http://mauiislandactivities.com/blog/2011/01/maui-living/

  4. noel August 15, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    aloha from a sister island,

    i like this post and your thoughts, here are a few others that may apply

    the aggie people or greeners that live off the land
    the we love hawaii regular visitors (very hawaii centric)
    the escapist – they want to hide from everything and everyone for one reason or another

  5. Kevin August 21, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Although I’m not living on Maui at the moment, I’d say I’d identify with being a surfing, nature loving, foodie, who’s laid back and loves adventure. :)

    Aloha!

  6. Jen March 15, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    My husband and I are thinking of moving to Maui. We actually just recently visited the island and are completely in love with the way of living, weather and it’s beauty. However, we have noticed that every time we visit, we get mean and uncomfortable looks from the locals. I am asian (filipino) to be exact and my husband is Caucasian and we are both in our 30’s. I was speaking to a local and I was informed that it was looked down poorly by the locals (HI born) to see a Caucasian man with a Filipino or (islander looking) girl. I have never had that issue in California. Although I love the islands, is this something I should be concerned about. The last thing I would want to deal with is racism and would not want our children to have to deal with this type of hate. Please advise…