All of the Hawaiian Islands are different.  They each have their pros and cons, which we will briefly talk about at the end of this article.

Maui offers modern living conditions and all the amenities you could need.  It is not quite the hustle and bustle that Oahu is but you’ll never have to worry about being isolated on the island of Maui.  In fact, in many regards, it is a more popular vacation spot than Oahu.

I’ve come to realize that many first time visitors to Hawaii like to vacation on Oahu for Waikiki and all the attractions.  Those that either come often or learn a little more about the Islands seem to choose to vacation on Maui.

Regardless of the Hawaiian Island you decide to live on you need to do some research on each island so that you ensure you’re happy there.

Population: 154,834 according to the 2010

Population of Lahaina:  11,704

Climate:  Maui has a mild, year round climate.  The average temperature in December is 67 to 81 degrees while in August the average temperate is 74 to 88 degrees.  As with the other Hawaiian Islands, Maui has several micro-climates.  You can have hot weather on the beach and cold weather when hiking Haleakala in the same day if you’d like.

Housing Prices:  Median price of houses that sold were 441,000 according to

Rental Prices: In Kihei, Maui the average price for a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath is around $2,200.  For a one bedroom, one bath in Maui you’re looking at no less than $1,500.

Hospitals: Maui Memorial Medical Center and Kula Hospital

Grocery Average Prices: As with the other Islands, you’re looking at somewhere between 30% and 40% more on groceries in Maui than on the mainland. Read our “How to Save Money Living in Hawaii” post!

Languages: English and Hawaiian.  Slang Pidgin is spoken widely and there are circles of Japanese speaking areas in customer service.

Best Neighborhoods:  Crime is very low in Maui (Hawaii by the numbers).  The island can separated into the areas that are more “regions” than neighborhoods.  South Maui has Wailea and Makena while West Maui has Kapalua and Lahaina.

Main Attractions:

  • Haleakala:  A dormant volcano that rises more than 10, 000 feet.maui3
  • The Road to Hana:  Gorgeous views that you will never forget.
  • Ho’Okipa Beach Park:  Awesome surfing and windsurfing.
  • Ohe’o Gulch Pools:  “The Seven Sacred Pools” are a string of natural pools with gorgeous views and waterfalls.
  • Business Center:  Lahaina and Wailea

Move to Maui Pros and Cons:


  • Gorgeous views
  • Less congested than Oahu
  • Live with the Stars
  • Less developed than Oahu


  • Less development means less amenities
  • Touristy and congested in some spots
  • Secluded from family and friends on mainland
  • Limited restaurants in comparison to Oahu