How I came to Maui and found a place to live

The journey to the beautiful island of Maui is a long and arduous one.

The first time I visited the island was a three-week stopover on a round-the-world business trip in Autumn 1999. I was so inspired by a sunset followed by a moon rise, that I wrote a piano solo called “Full Moon on Maui” and later recorded it on my piano solo CD.

The second visit took much longer to orchestrate. That’s when I realised that the shortest time to travel from Europe to Maui was 24 hours, crossing two oceans, and a continent. It required the same amount of time going back. A round-trip ticket means a whopping 2 days just to travel to and from the island. Add jet-lag and transit time (so far, no direct flights from anywhere in Europe to Kahului, Maui), you’d want to stay for at least a week to justify the time and cost of traveling.

For this third visit, I decided to take the scenic route: five weeks of concert touring from coast to coast, traveling out of suitcases for 2 months and staying in 15 locations, and eventually planning to stay in Maui for at least 5 months. In short, I bought a one-way ticket to Maui.


  1. round-the-world ticket with a stopover in Maui
  2. round-trip (also known as a return) ticket from Amsterdam to Maui (with a stopover in Houston)
  3. one way ticket to Maui from Amsterdam

The picture you see on top of this blog is the view from my one-bedroom apartment in Wailuku. We’re lucky that it’s a renter’s market and rental properties are easy to find. In other words, we can afford to rent.

Here is the story of how we got here.


About BLOGmaiden

As one of the earliest bloggers (since 1999), I enjoy meeting people who embrace "out-of-the-box" thinking and fear not the unknown. I believe in collaboration for sustainability because it increases stakeholder value.
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