April 1 1980 - Maui here I come, no fooling around

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Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

April 1 1980 - Moving to Maui Georgie Hunter

Today is the 29th anniversary of our move to Maui.  It seems like a long time ago, yet only a few years.  What a long fun trip it's been.

Back then we were so young and foolish, and impulsive.  We just left everything behind back in Vancouver, Canada and took the plunge.  I think we had about $9,000. in cash and a whole lot of good intentions to get us started.  Maybe we were fooling ourselves?

We rented a cottage upcountry off Kauhikoa Road, a cute little place.  Paid the first and last month's rent and unpacked our bags.  Life in Haiku Maui was going to be great!  We bought a brand new dirt bike for wheels and we were all set to begin a new life.

Well that first month in Haiku it rained every evening.  We'd be gone all day and come home in the rain, getting soaking wet on the bike.  OK this isn't working, we thought, let's move to Kihei where it's always sunny!  So we gave our notice and moved out after only 2 months.

Kihei was fun for a few more months.  The Kihei beaches are great, and so many of them.  The days were sunny and the nights were warm, and the air was scented with plumeria.  We could walk to Foodland and get ice cream at night.  It was kind of romantic.  It was also so friggin hot and dusty that it got old fast.  Time for a new plan.

To make a long story short, we ended up on the north shore, in Kuau, just on the edge of Paia.  Ah, the north shore... big waves, tradewinds, friendly people, and the natural beauty of Maui all around.  This was home.  This is home.  We still love Maui's north shore and have settled right in. 

Maui's rugged north shore

That was 29 years ago!  Where does the time go?  We had our ups and downs in those first years and I won't say it's all been easy because it wasn't.  But we made a lot of good friends and have some incredible stories to tell.  I hope the next 29 years will be just as exciting. ( I hope I'm still alive then! )

We bought our first Maui home in Paia/Kuau.  You can too... PAIA HOMES FOR SALE

For more info about buying on Maui, please contact me...

Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro ~ 808 283-0635

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Pray tell, Georgina, your story is so fascinating you can make it much longer, like a series, do tell more! I am intrigued and pulled into your story. Of course, I just came to your blog to see your gorgeous Maui photos but was pleasantly surprised with your wonderful journey to and around Maui.

Apr 01, 2009 06:29 PM #1
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You were going to Maui as I was leaving Hawaii in the same year. How interesting.

Apr 01, 2009 06:30 PM #2
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I absolutely love this story. That sense of abandon and jumping off into an adventure into the unknown! What a long and wonderful trip it's been!

Apr 01, 2009 11:29 PM #3
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Georgina, great story and you are such a veteran and expert on Maui. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 02, 2009 03:53 AM #4
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Kathy Kooyman
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Georgina,  I have to read your posts every once in a while just to get the feel of Hawaii.  I moved to Hawaii in 1983, St. Patrick's day to be exact.  I wanted so badly to stay there the rest of my life but the call to be home with my family was greater.  As much as I miss the sun and the ocean I won't ever regret my children having the opportunity to grow up around their grandparents.  Thanks for sharing your story.

Apr 02, 2009 06:59 AM #5
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Beth Thoma Robinson
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Georgina, this is really funny!  My broker, Elaine Christianson, is also a transplanted Canadian.  Yesterday on April 1st we celebrated the 9th anniversary of her starting her own real estate company, Hawaii Palm Properties in Hawi.  Hope you had as much fun with your anniversary as our office had with ours!

Aloha

Beth

 

Apr 02, 2009 10:39 AM #6
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Katerina - I could go on and on but won't bore everyone with the sordid details.  At least if I ever run out of blog ideas, I have some material!

Russell - you don't know the half of it!  This is the nutshell, for-public-consumption version.

Gary - just a little peek into the past

Kathy - I have the wandering gene, so the family understands... I got it from them.

Beth - that's a great story too - happy anniversary to your office in Hawi - such a cute little town!

 

Apr 02, 2009 12:49 PM #7
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Liz Moras Migic
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Oh Georgina - gave me goosebumps.........here you were in Vancouver......and then Hawaii - what a way out dream.......how many of us have dreamt it|?  and you've lived it! sigh....:-)

Apr 02, 2009 05:41 PM #8
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just curious - what did you do for work when you got there?  Were you Canadian?

Apr 02, 2009 05:47 PM #9
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Georgina- You would not be boring me! And that photo of you 20 years ago- looks just like you look today!

Apr 03, 2009 04:53 PM #10
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Liz - We were able to find work, Maui generally has a very low unemployment rate.

Katerina - you're too kind!

Apr 06, 2009 01:02 PM #11
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You looked just as beautiful in that 20 yr old pic as you do today!  Wow!  Your story was great.  You are a really good story teller!

Kathy

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