I love finding out how others moved to Maui and made their dreams a reality. I get emails from people all the time with questions about moving here. Some want to move here for just a few months while others are wanting to sell all of their stuff and turn Maui into their permanent home.
They always want to know, “How did you move to Maui?!”
I’ve shared my story here and thought it would be fabulous to share other’s. I feel blessed to have made some pretty amazing friends here on Maui. I’ve asked them to share their stories and offer inspiration, tips.
Today is the first in a series of “How did you move to Maui” posts. It’s from Jake a.k.a. @DJSmook on twitter. If you follow Jake on Twitter you’ll soon see he’s a positive force online and always offers an “Aloha!” What I love about his story is that it’s told from his perspective of being a child whose parents one day said, “were moving to Maui!” Pretty cool.
“Hey @DJSmook, how did you get to Maui?”
It was back in October 25, 1995 at around 430 p.m. My sister and I just got home from school in Oak Park Illinois. My Mom was on the phone at the time we stepped into the house. She looked pretty happy about something. She must have been on the phone for about 30 minutes or so after we got home. I also noticed that my Dad was busy packing up his office and den when I went into the basement to find out what was going on. He said it was for something very big that was going to happen to our family.
At around 5 PM, my Mom and Dad called all of us back to the dining room and said they had an announcement to make to the family. Upon settling down she asked us how school was and so on and so forth. There was a very long pause after that. I then read my Mother’s mind and blurted out, “We’re moving to Maui Hawaii aren’t we!?” Both my parents were speechless. We were told that were flying out on the very early morning on Halloween day. Both of my parents had accepted jobs and were starting in November 1995.
My Dad quickly went to sleep because he had to drive our van cross-country to Oakland to have our van shipped out to Maui so it could be there at or around the same time we were to arrive. I went to school the very next day and then talked to my third grade teacher and principal on the big changes that were happening. The days ahead before jumping on the big silver bird to fly out here, everyone at school was saddened to hear about me leaving. Parties and special days were among the festivities a school. On my last day of school, I was in tears and so were my friends and we put learning aside cause it was my last day. It was unknown if we would ever see each other again. I told them that I would remain in touch with them.
On Halloween of 1995 Mom woke us up at some ungodly hour in the morning. I think it was around 3 or 4 AM. We then left the house and then made the hour taxi ride to Chicago Ohare International Airport for our flight to Honolulu. We made it to the gate with good time left to eat before the long 10 hour flight. I took my last look around the airport and then at 11:30 AM we departed for Honolulu.
Tears were coming out of my eyes like crazy. I even wanted the plane to turn around so I could say goodbye to my friends there one last time, but per the pilot, we were already over the City of Los Angeles at the time.
At around 11 AM we landed in Honolulu and waited for maybe 2 hours until our continuing flight to Maui. My Dad was already in Honolulu and then in no time we took off for our new home on Maui. Upon Landing at Kahului Airport at around 230 PM, we were greeted by my parent’s new managers and employers. We were given a flower necklace known as a lei. That made my neck tickle, hehe.
We were then driven to our temporary condo in Kihei. We stayed at the Maui Banyan. We moved around Kihei quite a bit in the months to follow. Then we made the move to Lahaina where we lived for a little while. (Our family has lived practically every where on this island except Hana.)
Even since then I’ve gone to school here on Maui. I continued my third grade studies at Kula Elementary School. Transferred out during my 5th Grade year to Horizons Academy in Haiku, then on to Baldwin High School where I graduated in 2005.
Since graduation I’ve become so involved with community relations. Being involved in Maui’s radio scene helped out quite a bit too. To this very day I work as a public responder and first responder for the State of Hawaii. I’ve met and made friends with quite a lot of people. I became actively involved with social media and have grown to be a pretty high success rate in bringing people online and helping them along the road.
Living on Maui has been wonderful so far. For one thing the discrimination is far less here then when I lived on the mainland. Here I’ve met some great people including the people I work with to this very day. I love living here in paradise.
If anyone has any questions on moving here, feel free to ask us and we will be glad to help you with making Maui your new home.
You can check out Jake’s blog at http://www.djsmook.com
Have any questions for Jake? Interested in how it is to be a kid growing up on Maui coming from another state? Leave comments or questions below!
Stay tuned for more stories of “how did I get to Maui” in the months ahead!