Been to Hawaii twice (big island & Oahu). My brother goes to the unversity of Hawaii and is a good source of information about Oahu etc. Anyhow, I was considering living there with my family and working there as a nurse after I get out of school. I've been researching about Hawaii etc. I found this book called "So you Want to Live in Hawaii?" by Toni Polancy and has some good stuff in there. It gives you the pros and cons and everything you need to know about housing & cost of living to the culture etc. For those of us who are in LALALA land about Hawaii its a bit of a bum kill but hey you need to know the truth before making that big of a move esp if your moving your kids. Like someone said it's like a third world country well I don't know if I'd go that far (been to Italy) but it is pretty darn close and lets just say Honolulu is the least American city I've ever lived/been to. Even if your an American there is some big adjustments to be made because it really isn't like a typical American city/culture. I don't know about Maui though but I hope to vacation there this comeing December 2006 and find out.