it’s not just about maui…

The Ohana Mama, local mom blog in Maui

Maui. This place will tug at your heart. It will wrap you up with love, aloha, sun, and warmth. It will take you on adventures and lift you to new heights.

But when people want to move here, it’s not just about Maui.

When people write to me about moving to Maui I often think to myself about how it is so much more than just Maui, the place, the location, the plumeria, the aloha. Yes, that is all amazing, but wherever you go, there you are. 

So, it has to be more than just a change of location.

When people write to say they want to move to Maui, and they share how it’s their desire and dream and “one day” it will happen, I often say, “you can find that happiness where you are.”  In fact, you must find that happiness where you are, or else you will take that unhappiness with you all the way to little ol’ Maui. It’s just how it is, and I tell ya, being on an island, in a foreign land, no matter how glorious, it will bring up all your demons, all your fears, it will kick you in the ass and have you questioning everything…even if only for a fleeting moment, it will.

You can’t escape you.

My challenge to those that I meet on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter who say “I dream of moving to Maui” is to first find your own paradise, wherever you are now, right this very minute. Make where you are your paradise. Carry it with you day in and day out. The aloha spirit isn’t a place, it’s a feeling, a way of life and being.

Make your dream come true. The first step is being happy right there, right now.

Explore. Dream. Discover….yourself.

You won’t regret it, I promise.


  1. Kelly Talavs says:

    Hey! My husband and I are moving to Maui summer of 2015 with our 4 daughters from Oxford, MS. We are coming this summer to check out homes and schools. What public schools do your recommend? Thanks so much! Kelly

  2. I love this! And it’s so very true. If there’s not peace in your heart, all the beautiful scenery in the world won’t help.
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  3. Great post! :)

  4. So true, Sarah! I love this post!
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  5. Beautifully said! Thanks for sharing your Maui life with us :-)

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