Hi, I am not sure if you answer these types of questions, but if you do. Thank you in advance!
My fiance spent his teen years in Kihei and has always wanted to move back. He works in North Dakota in the oil fields, so he has a job that he can keep til he finds one on the island. He would fly in every month for 14 days. I have never been there, and I have some wonderful things about Maui and some not-so-wonderful things. I have two children, my son is 15 and quite white and has flaming red hair, and my daughter is 13 and is half Mexican and looks full. I have heard that the locals give “haole” kids a super hard time. Is this true there is racism in Maui? Is there anything we can do or learn about or avoid so this doesn’t happen? Also, do you have any suggestions on how to get a decent apartment or house to rent before we get there? I know there are a lot of scams out there. Do you know of any condos or hotels that rent by the week or month? I was wondering if there might be a good route to go so we could make sure that the rentals are legit. Any suggestions or insight you could give us would be wonderful! I really enjoy your page. Thanks! Amber
Those are all good questions. To be honest, we don’t have haole children of that age, so it’s hard for us to share the experience. From what we hear, it can be difficult, depending on what school they go to. The racism sucks, but as a haole adult, it isn’t a daily issue (more like a yearly, minor issue here and there.) The more you embrace the culture, history, and people, the more it will embrace you. That being said, there are always bad apples with bad histories.
Moving here is kind of a catch-22. It’s hard to find a job when you’re new to the island, and difficult to find a rental without a job on the island. Many look for the job first, either from the mainland or coming for a few weeks, and do some serious looking/interviewing for anything possible. Weekly/monthly rentals don’t really exist (legally) unless you’re paying vacation rates.
Moving to the island of Maui is not an easy thing to do. But, if you can make it work, it’ll change your life. Those that do make it often don’t last more than two years. Those that make it past the 2-year mark usually make it to the end. The good things about Maui outweigh the bad.
Please keep us updated on your progress. Thanks for sharing your story and questions. And thanks for liking our page! It takes a lot of work getting these photos each day, but it’s also a pleasure seeing everyone’s responses!