Chapter 23 – Brady Spangler
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m married. I have a 6 month old and three dogs. We’ve been here for a little over two years and it’s absolutely paradise. I’m a branch manager for a home loan business here in Wailea. You can surf, golf, swim, every day of the year. Don’t know how you’d find that anywhere else.
How did you decide to move to Maui?
My wife and I got married in Costa Rica. We got back to Chicago and said, this is not good. We didn’t have kids. So we basically called my buddy who’d been begging us to move. We quit our jobs, sold the condo, took a road trip, shipped our car from Long Beach, and the rest is history. Everyone says, you are so crazy for doing that. A lot of people don’t have guts to do that. A lot of people will be living in their home town and will never see a new place.
How did you choose where on Maui to live?
Our buddy lived in Kihei. It was a nightmare finding a place that would take dogs. We ended up finding a place in Maui Meadows, which is just above Wailea and just south of Kihei. As it turned out, it’s a mile from my office. It couldn’t have worked any better. It’s golden.
What’s Maui Meadows like as a community?
It’s a little elevated so it’s a lot cooler than Kihei. You get more breeze. You have older houses mixed with nice houses. It’s a magical place. I love it. You are a little bit above everyone. You’ve got some views. Kihei is very hot. We get a little breeze. We don’t have air conditioning and we haven’t needed it.
If you were pick to pick a place to live on Maui, where would you pick and why?
I’d be exactly where I’m at. I wouldn’t change that. I don’t like the west side because it’s touristy and there are so many hotels The south side is laid back. There is not a lot going on. I don’t need things to do. I moved out of Chicago for a reason.
Is Maui Meadows family friendly?
My wife doesn’t work and she says it can be challenging to meet people. She’s met some great friends, we have an amazing nanny. We go to the beach quite a bit. We take a walk every night on the beach for sunset with the dogs with the baby. You can’t beat that.
Was it hard to meet people when you moved to Maui?
In my business I’m meeting people every day. It was a bit more challenging for my wife. I moved out here to simplify my life. My wife and I are super low key. We just chill and cruise. She gets a bit bummed out because she’s far from family. But she goes home 3-4 times a year to get that family time.
What’s your favorite time of year in Maui?
365 days. What’s great about Maui is where we live I never have to look at the weather and I wear the same clothes year round. Maybe I need a sweatshirt and jeans at night. The temperature is anywhere from 80-88 on a real hot day. But when you have trade winds it cools things off pretty well.
What surprised you most about moving to and living in Maui?
How happy and how beautiful it is every single day of the year. I anticipated it but not to this magnitude. We take it for grated because we live here. You see whales breaching just when you are driving down the street, and our friends from mainland are like, are you serious?
What would you say is the one “can’t miss” event or place that a family living in Maui and Hawaii should be sure to experience?
There’s a lot. In Hana, the Sacred Pools is a great one. We love doing the crater hike, which takes 3 days. Hana is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s magical. If you camp overnight and wake up at 6 in the morning you have waterfall after waterfall to see, and it goes on and on.
How do you feel about cost of living?
Coming from Chicago, there wasn’t a huge change. I just buy what I need. I know my friends who moved here from a smaller town and they only made it a year. It was a huge shock for them, but for us it was so similar. There’s a local discount called Kama’aina. Some restaurants do 50% off for locals with the Kama’aina.
Do you have a favorite restaurant in Maui or in other parts of Hawaii?
Monkey Pod. They’ve got everything I love. I’m a vegan so I go there because they have options for me.
Is there anything that you don’t like about living in Maui or living in Hawaii?
Nothing. There’s not one thing that I don’t like. My wife would say the same. There’s nothing I would change. I’m living the dream one day at a time. I don’t lie when I say that.
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