Originally Posted by 2door
Welcome to the forum.
There are a number of successful aluminum bikes here. The Schwinn Point Beach is a good example. Many builders have had very good luck with the aluminum frames so don't be scared off by hearsay regarding their quality and strength. They might not take the abuse that a steel frame will but if you use common sense in your riding you'll be okay.
I concur with Tom.....my bike is an aluminum frame...solid as a rock and also bear in mind they resist corrosion ( you live in Maui ). And like Tom says just don't be doing anything on it that might cause issues with you or the bike.