I’ve never really been a typical person. I’ve never had any desire to be like everyone else. I’ve never been the type to accept things that I disagree with just because “that’s the way it is”. I’ve never been the type of person who wanted to sit at a desk all day just to make somebody else rich. And I’ve never been the type of person to be able to sit still for too long.
I tend to get bored quite easily and am always looking for ways to challenge myself. I had this idea when I was younger that I didn’t want to live in one place for too long because the world is too big and life is too short to stay put for more than a couple years. Then reality set it when I realized that I also needed to have some sort of stability in my life.
After five years of living in Kona, it was time for a change. I’m lucky enough to have a job that allows me to work on any island in the State of Hawaii. I put in the paperwork to transfer to Maui some time back and was finally able to make the move more recently. A job promotion and a pay raise were nice too.
I managed to get a nice place with a view close to work in Wailuku. Since the cost of living on Maui is very high, my friend Barry was kind enough to let me move into his apartment and split the rent.
Though I’ve been to Maui before, it was to visit and photograph the landscape. After relocating, I spent a great deal of time exploring the island as it pertains to what it offers the people who live there.
Though there is very little that I don’t like to eat, I am a bit of a pizza junkie. There is no shortage of pizzerias on Maui. My favorite so far is Flatbread Company in Paia. I’ve been to a few other pizza places on the island, such as PI Artisan Pizzeria in Lahaina, but I have very complex tastes in food, and Flatbread Company is more creative in it’s choices.
Though I love pizza, I like other things too. My new friend Romel invited me one evening to a graduation party of one of his friends at Kitchen & Tap in Wailea. The food was delicious. There were plenty of options for someone like me who doesn’t eat meat.
Another good place to eat is Beach Bums BBQ & Grill at Ma’alaea Bay. They have a tasty veggie wrap on the menu that didn’t make me feel like I was giving anything up by not having any meat in it.
All of the Hawaiian Islands are a little bit different. No two islands are exactly the same. One noticeable difference between Maui and the Big Island is that Maui beaches tend to be longer, sandier, and more suitable for running on….though I rarely run on the beach. I haven’t been playing much tennis either since moving to Maui. Instead I play volleyball at a court that we have at work. It’s fun and good exercise.
On a disappointing note, one afternoon when I drove to Hana, I lost my drone after I accidentally flew it into a tree while trying to get an aerial video of a waterfall. Since there are no shoulders along the road to Hana, and since the road is built into the steep edge of the mountain, I couldn’t get out and retrieve my drone without putting myself at risk of tumbling down. While my red DJI Mavic Air is not the first piece of equipment I have completely trashed, I was very irritated with myself and was cursing almost the whole way back to Wailuku. A short time later, I made a trip to Target in Kahului and bought another Mavic Air. This time a black one. I’ve been more careful flying this second one and as of this writing, I haven’t inadvertently flown it into anything.
While at it, I bought a new laptop that is more capable of playing and editing 4K videos. I downloaded the free version of DaVinci Resolve for video editing. It works great. Definitely better than my older and slower computer that I was previously using.
One evening I was invited to a luau at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali in West Maui. A luau is basically a party with lots of food and added entertainment such as singing and dancing and can be had to celebrate someone’s birthday, wedding, graduation, etc. There were plenty of food options for people like myself who are vegetarian.
I found myself chasing rainbows the night of the luau because it was drizzly that night. In the pictures below, the rainbows are not photo shopped or superimposed. They were every bit as bright and vibrant in person as they are in the pictures.
Romel also took me on a hike in the West Maui Mountains known as Thirteen Crossings. It is called that because the hiking trail goes along a stream that you have to cross thirteen times before arriving at a waterfall. From there, you have to use an available rope to climb up a cliff to get to two more waterfalls. It’s a fun hike. I’ll have to do it again some time.
Maui is a nice change from Kona. It is not as crowded as Oahu and it is not as slow as the Big Island. But since I get bored and restless faster than most people, I can almost guarantee that Maui won’t be my final stop in life, or even my career.