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Old 09-17-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Bellingham Washington
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Hey, so what's the scoop on Wailuku? We know it's close to Kahului sprawl, but how is it otherwise, for living? We're noticing that housing is a bit less there....(usually not a great sign!)

Upcountry is also really appealing to us - what's the difference between some of the towns (we've spent time in each but you can't really tell what life's like there by just spending a day!)? Haiku, Kula, Pukulani, Makawao...?

We'll rent first - but since we'll likely sign a year lease, we'd sure like to be in the best possible place for that year!

Cheers!
L&R
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:21 AM
 
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there is nothing wrong with wailuku, it is just an extension of kahukui. in both towns there will be some run down areas. the area is local family mostly. the housing is less I think because the beaches are "better" on the west and south sides. you can get some amazing views of the west maui's from there. it would be a fast place to get to the airport for your hubby.

upcountry is lovely, you will have to go down the hill to get to the airport or to major stores. there is heavy traffic several times of days from commuters.

all you can really do is get there and go see what is available when you are ready. are you still planning on taking all 4 dogs? have you started the rabies quarantine process yet? that takes some time.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Bellingham Washington
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Mahalo hothula! We have two dogs and two cats - I think we are going to start today on the quarantine. R will either be starting the job in November, (yes, THIS November! YIKES), or in about 6 months or so. We are hoping he can convince the company to allow us more time; otherwise he will be going there alone & leaving me behind to take care of everything. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

So Wailuku isn't high-crime or anything? That I think is our biggest concern. How does a person find out about crime stats on various parts of the island?
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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congrats, let your husband go over and not to worry about the rest, you can do it, one foot in front of the other. your husband will have his hands full with a new job and looking for you a place to live. the animal regulations will take 120 days, no way around that. the entire island of maui is not a high crime area. we don't have a lot of the types of crime you find in bigger towns and cities on the mainland. we have mostly petty crimes. crimes of opportunity, beach theft and breaking into parked cars for the goodies inside. you will be able to tell by one look if you want to live in the area or not.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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p.s. I would not ask for more time with the company. not that there are a lot of pilots on island but there are plenty of them on the mainland wanting to land the job he has, so just go for it.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Grapevine,TX
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L&R,
There are a couple of different companies that will handle the pet moves for you. I don't know what they charge though. They coordinate with your vet to make sure the paperwork and vaccinations are all in order and they will make arrangements with the airline for shipping.

Island Pet Movers

AkonaPet Pet Relocation Hawaii Pet Moving Specialists

Regards,
Mike W.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Florida Suncoast
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We stayed in Pukulani at about 1,800 feet. It was cool at night, so AC wasn't needed. The homes are middle class in that area, and lots of them. The golf course uses noisy gasoline powered carts and the sprinkler heads are the old noisy impact units. So, if you are close to the golf course, you might wake up to some of that noise early in the morning. I didn't see run down areas around there. We rented a VRBO home there. There's some stores close by and its not far down the hill to Kahului, probably only 15 to 20 minutes.

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Old 09-17-2014, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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Much of Wailuku is run down, that's why it's cheap. Haiku is the jungle and pretty far from everything. Kula is far from everything in the other direction, it's not jungle, more montane forest and meadows. It looks like Montana. Makawao and Pukalani aren't too remote
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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I think it kinda depends on how much you want to drive. I also looked at Haiku, Makawao and Pukulani and loved the views and cooler weather. However...I knew I was going to be working either in Waliea or west side, and was going to be a frequent visitor of the beach. So...I landed in south maui. One of these days, I'm going to look at upcountry again, especially if I can swing a WFH scenario.

I also thought I was going to go through a shopping withdrawal, so I thought it would be better to live closer to town...well, as usual I was wrong, and cured my shopping addiction, and only go to town once or twice a month. If you like to feel a little isolated, upcountry is a good choice and living off the grid can be really cool. But if you like to be around people, we are pretty busy here in Kihei.

I have a lot of coworkers who live in Wailuku, but they live with 2-3 generations of families and have a bigger house. I've not heard of any super heavy crime in that area, however. Most of the people that I know who live there drive to Pa'ia or Kihei for beach time.
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Kula, Maui
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Hi L&R:
You asked about the differences between some of the towns. I seem to remember you saying in a previous post that a big reason why you want to leave Washington is the rain. The North Shore of Maui gets blasted by the trade winds and frequently has trade showers and rain. Haiku gets very wet and the infamous 'Maui mold' can take over. We lived in Makawao when we first moved here over 25 years ago and moved, fairly quickly, to lower Kula. A big reason was we were sick of being blasted by the trade winds. Pukalani gets a lot of wind, as well. Kula faces the leeward side and is drier and cooler. (Well, most of the time! If we get a Kona system, then we get more rain.) Just thought I'd give you a heads up on the rain situation. Hope your plans go smoothly!
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