I would rather live one day in Maui than one month in New York.
The Best Thing About Lahaina?
The Ocean Vibe
Whether you’re trying to catch a glimpse of the sunset or attempting to explore the local culture of Maui, Lahaina is the place to be. The town is located right alongside the oceanfront and has easy access to historic Hawaiian sites (including the infamous Banyan tree), Front Street shopping, and great fresh seafood. It’s one of the few places where you can actually be standing on the beach with the sand between your toes and turn around to see colossal mountains behind you. Lahiana has something to offer each family member, and aside from being formally known as Lele, which the locals joke about referring to the “relentless sun,” it's not a bad place to spend the evening (or better yet, your year).
Note from a transplanter who lived here:
I lived there for two different periods of my late twenties and early thirties. I love the vibe of the island. I love the water and the varied microclimates on the island. The locals are nice if you ever get to make a true connection with them.
The Worst Thing About Lahaina?
It Ain't Cheap
You can probably guess that living in a popular seaside town in Hawaii isn’t cheap - and you’re right. Most of the locals complain about the rising prices and the expensive cost of purchasing daily necessities. However, if you’re choosing to relocate to Hawaii, Lahaina is a cheaper option compared to other oceanfront neighborhoods. It can also feel kind of touristy at times, with lots of visors and Nikon cameras attached to tacky floral shirts of those passing by. This should be expected of Hawaii though. You are choosing to live in one of the most popular and talked about vacation spots in the country.
Here's a really smart note from a local about the often unforeseen costs of living here:
The worst thing as many people have said is cost. It is extremely expensive here. There is another “cost” that I see very often as well. Many people are transplants and living on Maui you are very far from family and former friends. People often leave to take care of aging parents, to be closer to kids and grandkids or because they simply miss the folks they love back on the mainland. Being far from loved ones is another cost to consider when considering living on any of the Hawaiian islands.
Lifestyle of Lahaina
In an old, historic remodeled house. Most streets are quiet, with either old couples or small families living and commuting to work on foot. There aren’t a ton of ranges in style, as most houses have just been touched up from their original farmhouse or Victorian style structure. Happening neighborhoods include Olowalu, Launiupoko, Napili, and Crater Village. Almost all of these are within walking distance from Front Street dining and shopping. The houses are cute, quaint, and simple. There isn’t a lot of space for expansion, but who needs a backyard when you have the ocean practically at your doorstep.
If you're curious what everyone does on the island when they aren't in the ocean check out the calendar of events:
Why You Should Move Here Now?
It's Maui for God's Sake
C’mon, it’s Maui for god sake. There’s not a lot of disgruntled homeowners living and working on a beautiful island. With great seafood, exquisite scenery (beach AND Mountain views) and a friendly local culture, Lahaina is a great spot to relax, kick your feet up, and start sipping that Mai Tai. If you’re searching for a (mostly) affordable Hawaiian escape, Lahaina is the right choice.