My third week is in motion here on Maui, and despite my best efforts, I find myself longing for Kauai’s shores. The atmosphere here in Maui, is more cosmopolitan yet less commercial than I’d expected it to be. And despite the efforts of strangers and my gratitude having arrived upon their doorsteps needy and unfamiliar with the Maui way of doing things, I’m still trying to grasp a sense of Aloha that seemed almost instantaneous when I first stepped foot in Kauai; another comparison? Sure, but I’ve decided not to fight it anymore.
I’ve also noticed that every other few blocks yields a church. In Kauai, every other few blocks yields a Hongwangi Buddhist temple or at least a street side vendor selling lau-lau - two for $6 – a steal, for something so ono, convenient and nutritious.
Having only just arrived, I’m unprepared to draw a completely honest picture of this island having started at its roughest. But if this is roughing it, then I think it’s worth following through with the idea that everything will get better.
It’s a lovely island, of course. But I’m among those that are more impressed by the easy side of good living, and this usually leaves the fancy and smancy on the side-lines. So no good or bad here, just perception – right?