We made it back to Hawaii for a short multi-island tour. Last month we focussed on Oahu. This issue's focus is on Maui.
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VOLUME XXI Issue 4: Sunday, May 29, 2022 (249th Issue)
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...Opening Comments from Bob
This Issue: This issue is the second segment of our three-part series on Hawaii, We enjoyed six days on our favorite island, Maui. The two poems are Island Questions and Thoughts on a Birthday Eve. A Walk in Upcountry, the bonus poem, talks about one of my favorite locations, Thompson Road. The first poem discusses island sensations. The second was written as today is my birthday. There are several excellent recommendations. Enjoy!
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When on Maui, we always travel Upcountry to buy freshly picked strawberries at Kula Country Farms. Since our last visit,
they have expanded the small children's area. Far below is the Pacific.
Two Poems this Month + Bonus
Comments: Today is my birthday and hence the poem.
Bonus Poem: On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram I have been running a daily series of my poems accompanied with an appropriate picture. I will show a favorite in this section each month. This poem first appeared in VOLUME XIII – Issue 3: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Vignette this Month: Familiarity
Sometimes when you visit somewhere many times, you choose a different approach. I have visited Maui over 20 times since the early 80s. Thus, the usual tourist venues don't hold the same draw as they did on the earlier visits. Hence, this time we focused on the familiar we truly enjoyed including the pleasures of driving Upcountry to the strawberry farm, pastries at Grandma's, and walking Thompson Road. Every time we return to the Islands, that is our approach. I find that approach has also become more common in our approach to daily life.
The Saturday farmers market in Pukalani, Maui, has replaced our once favorite the Maui Swap Meet.
Though we could recommend over a dozen places, we will focus on two this month.
Over four years had passed since we last visited Cafe Mambo in the community of Paia.
It remains on our favorite list. We were not disappointed!
Grandma’s Coffee House is a famous little Maui restaurant in Keoke.
Wonderful pastries and coffee. We visit every time we are on the Island.
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A leisurely walk on Thompson Road in Upcountry.
"You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter
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A Bit of Humor
A bit of laughter is healthy for the soul
My elderly mother was rushed to the hospital following a serious tumble. There the staff placed a band around her wrist with large letters warning: Fall Risk.
Unimpressed, Mom said to me, “I’ll have them know I’m a winter, spring, and summer risk too!”
Compliment of A Joke A Day
One of the many wall painting in the small town of Wailuku
Tai Chi Corner
Enjoying tai chi a few steps from our Maui rental townhouse. Contact
Bob for a name of an instructor near you. Shown beginning a kick.
However, that is in a more advanced form. (Posture less than perfect.)
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"Bob, loved your insights on Hawaii. Made me wish I was there again. I did two training missions there in the 90s. I remember Waikiki as being smaller than I imagined. Sorry to hear about the international market. I bought my wife a muumuu there. There are so many places to enjoy on Oahu. Have you been to Lai? The Polynesian Cultural Center is there. When I was there, we visited each village and sampled various Polynesian cuisine. My buddies couldn't believe I felt at home in each village. Here's poem I wrote about my experiences while working as a litter bearer at the Clark AB hospital, CAB, Philippines." - John from Heber City, UT (Ed.: Thanks John for sharing and for the poem. John is a poet and writer and has led a fascinating life. He has published many books.)
"Ah, Bob, the magical land of Hawaii. Once it gets to you, it never lets you loose. Our trips now are in books, and in our minds. As we look around us, we find some rather incredible things where we are planted. I wrote a little poem just a couple days ago, that I will send separately. Keep the magic going!" - Jim and Bonnie from Yellow Springs, OH (Ed.: Always good to hear from you. Jim also sent an incredible poem.)
Priscilla of Maui sent a lovely email of her earlier Oahu experiences.
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