VILLA MONTEZ, Hawaii — An Australian couple is staying in their home for the first time in four months after their boat capsized on the island of Maui.
Maui is home to some of the world’s most spectacular sights, including the island’s iconic spire, the famed Big Horn volcano, and the stunning white sand beaches of the Grand Banks.
They’re staying at the Villas Montez villas, a luxury resort built on the site of the former U.S. military base, the Villa Maka’aluna.
The couple, who are from Australia, said they’ve never been to the island before.
“It’s been so hard for us to be here,” said the husband, John.
Mauian locals have been trying to get the couple settled in, but they said the couple’s experience so far is pretty good.
More than 200 people gathered at the resort for a welcome home party on Wednesday night.
It was a rare event at the island, where the population is about 4,000.
For the first month, the couple will be staying at a small hotel, which is about 15 minutes from the main island, and will be receiving some basic necessities.
But for now, they’ll be able to take their dogs on walks.
As the resort prepares for the arrival of tourists, some Mauians are taking a cautious approach to their new lives.
“We’re trying to figure out what’s gonna be going on with our own life,” said a man who gave his name only as John.
He said he’s looking forward to his day at home.
Others are hoping the new life can help ease some of their fears about returning to the U.K. after the Brexit vote, which led to the closure of the U:i:a:a U.k. entry into the European Union.
A British government spokesperson told ABC News the U.:i:s departure from the bloc will not have any significant impact on the U;i:n:i;a;l economy.
Even though it was not part of the Brexit deal, it was widely considered a potential source of friction with the U.;i:l relationship with Britain.
There have been a few other island residents to make the same journey.
After being separated from their Australian wife and three children in Australia last year, they were reunited on Maui, which has an immigration policy that allows visitors from other countries to stay.
In September, a U.ks. court ruled in favor of the couple, finding they had a valid immigration visa.
And on Tuesday, a judge in Hawaii ruled that they should be allowed to remain in Hawaii, where they live, pending the outcome of their legal dispute with the government.
That decision came in the wake of a ruling from a lower court that said the pair was not entitled to any protection in Hawaii.