November 24, 2015

Photo credit: Thomas Huggins

MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015

Today was the day.  Today was my very last morning waking up in Maui.  It was time to gather my thoughts and belongings.  There were a few more attempts at hasty ideal packing and “dummy checks” and soon after we left.  Our Airbnb host left very specific directions on what to do for check out and we followed them.  I am almost certain that before we left, I gazed at Maalaea Bay longingly accompanied with a deep sigh.  It was time to be a grown up and understand that I was fortunate to have this opportunity but it was indeed time to go....

November 17, 2015

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015 

My eyes opened and I instinctively looked to my left towards Maalaea Bay and the ocean.  I woke up with the heavy feeling that this is our last full day in Maui. The next day we would have to leave in the afternoon to begin our journey back home.  It had been a long trip on the road and away from loved ones and the comfort of home, but I know I could have stayed longer, at least a few more days. As far as the filming was concerned, we went to all of the locations on the list and that task was successfully completed.  All that there was left to do was whatever we wan...

November 11, 2015


Random Observation: I think as drivers, we have all had the experience of an animal, whether it’s 4 legged or 2, deciding to play chicken with you and your car in the street. Most times you feel pretty confident that they will submit to the car and refrain from getting too close to your tires. However, Thomas and I noticed that this one particular species of bird was repeatedly taking its sweet time crossing the street. We decided to call it a thug bird and forgive me; I know this may not be politically correct. People have gotten in trouble for using the term “thu...

June 5, 2015

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015

The time is slowly getting away from us and we have been on the road for 10 days and have hardly put a dent in Maui. It was Friday, and today’s scheduled itinerary included the infamous road to Hana and Wai'anapanapa State Park. For the record, I only refer to the road to Hana as “infamous” because of how it is presented in the tourism guides. In plain speak, it is said to be an impressive drive with a strict list of suggestions and warnings. In Hawaii tourism website speak (for the purpose of setting dramatic background):

  • Start Early For A Smoother Ride

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June 4, 2015

I think I slept like a big fat log. I always set my alarm clock when I am away or with others because I like to sleep in and I don’t want to impede the progress of the day by waking up at noon. In my youth, I used to pride myself on how late I could sleep, but it rarely ever happens anymore. Nevertheless, I am still very aware that my early is not everyone else’s early. This different interpretation of the word “early” was something I discovered the hard way a few times with my sister. When you are used to waking up at 5:00 am I can understand why 7:00 am is early for her. However, when...

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