Aloha! It is so good to be back on the beautiful island of Maui and to have the chance to connect, via Trip Advisor, to dear friends once again. I say that this trip report is semi-live because while I am still here, I am already several days behind. And the reason is simple.
You see, after having returned to this beautiful place for the fifth time, I may have finally mastered the true rhythm of the islands. Maui no longer just seeps into my bones… on this trip, it seems to have stolen those bones completely away.
DH and I have been here since Wednesday and today is Sunday, and here is the basic itinerary we have followed each day. I will write about the variations later.
4:30 AM. Wake up, wander out to the lanai. Watch and listen to the pounding surf. Appreciate the sound of the wind rattling the palm fronds. Marvel at the sheer number of variations of the color indigo. The soft, velvety indigo of the sky. The deep, inky indigo of the water. The muted indigo along the horizon. Even in the still darkness of the night, there is color variation. There is texture. There is the smell of flowers floating in the breeze.
6:00 AM. Watch as the sky floods with color, and another day begins in paradise. Eat some fruit out on the lanai. Sweet golden pineapple. Ripe rich papaya, bursting with flavor and color. These taste so nasty back on the mainland, but here, having been grown locally, they are fresh and tasty and one of my favorite fruits. Brew some Maui coffee and inhale the heavenly aroma.
8:00 AM. Break out the binoculars. Watch the whales dancing in the channel. It is whale soup. They are everywhere. Do you watch the mama teaching her baby how to breach? Or the one that has tail-slapped 27 times before you grew tired of counting and decided just to enjoy the show? There’s three to the left. There’s a few more off to the right. And straight ahead, there’s two breaching several consecutive times, barely moments apart. Are they competing? Or just enjoying this beautiful warm sunny day?
10:00 AM. Take a nap on the lounge chair out on the lanai. Watching whales is, evidently, tiring work.
12:00 noon. Wake up and think about lunch. Decide you are not hungry. Watch the whales some more. You can say whatever you want about whale behavior. We can debate for hours over what is mating behavior, what is competitive behavior, and what purpose any of their other behaviors serve. But watching them? Watching them, it is easy to believe that the reason for these amazing acrobatics is that they, too, are unable to contain their joy over having returned to the island of Maui.
2:00 PM. Decide that you are still not hungry for lunch, but that another nap sounds good. It’s hot on the lanai though. Move inside and nap on the bed, looking out over the ocean as you drift off to sleep.
4:00 PM. Back out on the lanai watching more whales. I know that this sounds incredibly boring, but trust me. It is not.
6:00 PM. Think about dinner. Decide that you are not truly interested. One way or another, dinner would be an effort. Either you would need to cook, or you would need to put on more than a bathing suit and drive somewhere in search of it. Eat some more fruit instead.
Think about making a drink. Decide that this is too much effort as well. Watch as the last rays of the sun drain from the evening sky. Marvel at the last colors of the day. The dazzling glow of gold along the horizon. The pink and purple and blue that wash up from there, like soft water colors, feathering out across the sky. Allow the sound of the conch shells being blown to seep inside whatever bones you have left…it’s call hauntingly primitive. I suspect it is just tourist hype, but somehow, it never fails to touch me on some deep instinctive level.
7:00 PM. Take another nap on the lanai.
8:30 PM. Head off to bed. Relaxed. Content. As happy as the whales.