Moving to Hawaii? Maui welcomes new residents
Moving to Hawaii’s famous island of Maui? You’re probably already looking forward to spending your days with your toes in the sand. What you may not know is that there’s much more to Maui’s 728 square miles than gorgeous beaches and outdoor activities. In addition to welcoming 2.4 million visitors a year, the island has a great cultural and social scene that you’ll want to explore and become a part of. Here’s our new residents’ guide to living on Maui.
Find a job and make some friends
After you’ve settled in, use Meetup to get to know some of the 165,000+ people in Maui. Just type in your location, and you’ll find groups that meet up for everything from networking (perfect if you need to find a job) to social activities like hiking or playing board games. Joining a group can help you get involved in the community and make friends through shared interests.
If you’re into reading, join the West Maui Book Club. It isn’t your ordinary book club – they currently have about 60 members, and they’ve been going strong for more than a decade. The club meets at restaurants every six to eight weeks for book discussions.
Check out the cultural scene
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului has indoor and outdoor theaters, studios, and community spaces that host a variety of events. Famous mainland performers in music, theater, and comedy do shows at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center when they come to Hawaii, so you won’t miss out on concerts and performances that you’re used to seeing on the mainland. It’s also a good place to soak up local culture – the center’s Celebrate Hawai’i program will give you a chance to learn about Hawaiian values and history through performances by local artists, and you can catch a Maui Pops concert there. The center is also home to the Schaefer International Gallery, a museum space where you can see rotating exhibits, with no admission fee.
Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra are just a couple of the famous acts that have performed at Wailuku’s Historic Iao Theater, which first opened in 1928. Today, Maui OnStage puts on productions of popular plays there – this year’s lineup includes A Few Good Men and 9 to 5 The Musical. The Maui Chamber Orchestra also plays at the Historic Iao Theater. This spring, they’re performing West Side Story in concert.
Whether you like action films, romantic comedies, or sci-fi flicks, thanks to Kahului’s Regal Maui Mall Megaplex 12 you won’t miss out on any new releases. On particularly warm days, you’ll relish the chance to spend a few hours in an air-conditioned theater with popcorn and a soda.
Visit nearby islands
There’s no reason to feel like you’re stuck on Maui! Explore all of Hawaii with weekend getaways or even day trips to other islands. Maui has three airports: Kahului is Maui’s largest airport, with flights to other islands as well as the mainland. Hana and Kapalua are small airports used for interisland travel. Flights between islands are just 20 to 50 minutes! Experience city life in Oahu or head to Kauai for hiking and kayaking adventures.
If you want to take a trip to the mainland, it’s easy to do that as well. Kahului Airport has direct flights to several major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, and more.
Ready to move to Maui?
Becoming a resident of Maui is exciting, and you have a lot to look forward to! However, making the move is a big undertaking, whether you’re moving from another island or from the mainland. Royal Hawaiian Movers has the skills, equipment, and expertise to make your move to Maui easy and affordable. Our personalized moving services, including packing, unpacking, and storage, simplify the moving process so you can focus on looking forward to your new life in Maui. Visit our website to learn more and request a quote today.