This past week marked my one month anniversary of moving to Maui. It’s been a crazy four weeks, full of meeting new people, spending lots of time on the beach and attempting to get settled in a new living space. Living in Hawaii is very different than living on the mainland (or anywhere else I’ve lived for that matter).After a month of living on the island, I’ve pinpointed a few of the main differences of Maui life vs. life on the main land:
1. Not all days off are created equal. Everyone loves their days off, myself included. Back home I would spend my days off “being productive”- grocery shopping, prep cooking and running errands with a little bit of fun in between. So far on my days off in Maui, I’ve gone to a luau, gone on a snorkeling trip to another island, gone zip lining through a rain forest, hiked down the side of a cliff to a gigantic tide pool right next to the ocean and spent countless hours on the beach. Now after my two days off, I feel totally refreshed and ready for another week of work. When my days are filled with so much adventure, missing a few things on my to do list doesn’t seem like such a big deal.
2. Living arrangements are more eccentric. Ask almost anyone you’ll meet here on Maui about who they live with you you’ll always be slightly surprised (and entertained) by the answer. Rent tends to be more expensive out here, so room mates are the name of the game. My living situation is different than anything I’ve ever experienced- I live with four girls, three of whom are here from Ireland for the summer and working at a local gelato shop. We don’t have a dryer at our house, so we hang dry our laundry on a clothesline. Every morning I’m woken up by the neighbors rooster and the window in my room is massive. It’s different, but I absolutely my home, my neighborhood and my room mates.3. Things move slowly. People, traffic, grocery store lines. We’re on an island, so things just take more time. It takes some getting used to, especially since the speed limit on the highway is 55MPH. I notice the difference in pace every day, particularly at the grocery store when I see tourists get fed up that the line is taking so long. Living in Maui has definitely been a testament to my patience, but I’ve realized that (at least here) there’s no need to rush; as most people are on vacation and everyone else is on island time. I’m learning that it’s okay to slow down sometimes, and it can actually be very refreshing.There are plenty of other differences – grocery shopping is significantly more expensive, there’s a lot less nightlife on the island and everyone seems to know each other. People remember you a lot more frequently and are very friendly (at the coffee shop, the grocery store, etc.). There will always be someone who’s willing to teach you how to surf, to take you scuba diving or to go explore with you. If this month is any inclination of what’s to come from my journey in Maui, it’s going to be a wild ride.