Michiko asked me to write a little about Maui so….
Although the land mass of the island of Maui is larger than O’ahu, there are only approximately 110,000 people who live here. Most of the local residents are either related to each other or know each other. I can rarely go anywhere without running into familiar people. In the 4 years that I’ve lived here, there are already so many changes. There are many new housing developments. Most average homes cost approximately $600,000…basic 3 Bdr, 2 bath. Gas prices are $3.52 for regular unleaded. A few other interesting facts are: Wal-Mart closes at 11:00 p.m. and Kinko’s closes at 10 p.m. on weekdays, 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Can you imagine that? Still, it is a beautiful island and not nearly as congested as O’ahu! Many people are bypassing O’ahu and spending time on Maui instead…especially with the current condition of the beaches.