Myself and a few of my friends are spending summer 2007 in Maui, Hawaii. We will be working there for 3 months and I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on a nice area to stay where there is a lot of part-time employment? Also, does anyone have tips on finding employment in Maui?
I tried looking this up on google but I colud only find websites designed for short vacations and cruises.
Thanks in advance,
Do you have or plan to get, the appropriate visa? Usually to work in the US your prospective employer must file paperwork for you indicating that the job is already here.
Yes we will have a 90 day J1 visa!
Just about anywhere on Maui is nice but most tourists go to the Lahiana side of the island which is where the majority of hotels, etc. are located. People love the island and you will find all kinds of people there from all over, many of whom have university degrees and are working as waiters, shopkeepers or other low paying jobs just so they can earn enough to get by on the island. 30 years ago it was a lot nicer without all the huge hotel chains and the fast food chains. I was there last in 2002 and was shocked at the way the place had been "developed". It will still be great if you have never been before but for me Hawaii is just not that great any longer. Work may be difficult to come by since there are a lot of people willing to work for very little just for the opportunity to live there. Last time we were there I got to know a guy that had his doctorate from Ohio State University but was renting out kayaks and selling shave ice on the side so he could live the island life. Good luck on finding work, you should have a great time and meet lots of unique people if you stay for 3 months. It is an expensive place to live so budget accordingly.
im from ireland too,and have the exact same questions as cat,also cat how much did your J1 cost,have you made any progress with job/housing??
Kahului is probably the best area. The rest of the island is very expensive, and mainly for tourists. Keep in mind, Maui is the most expensive island in the chain. If you aren't dead set on Maui, I would suggest Kauai instead. FWIW, I live on Oahu.
i just posted this elsewhere but for flights you might want to look at www.airtech.com which offers flexibility with dates starting at $129 each way