The Second Look

I was fortunate last night to arrive in Maui late. Although my first look at the island was shrouded in the dark of night, I was able to make the time switch without any issues. Asleep by midnight, I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 7am. And what a glorious morning it was. We're in Upcountry with only a fan to stave off the melting heat when it arrives, so we sleep with all the windows open. Let me tell you about the air here. The air is marvelous. The whole island smells like flowers. It smells fresh. Clean. The trade winds carry the sea air straight to the soul. It's invigorating. I was excited to get out of bed even before I opened my eyes.

 View from Hana Highway

View from Hana Highway

We took our time getting the day started. Being back with my boys is indescribable. I missed them dearly, to say the least. After a little breakfast, we left Haiku for Kihei. The drive alone was breathtaking. It doesn't even look real. The cornfields and strip malls of my birthplace have been replaced with lush vegetation and stunning coastline.

 View from Hana Highway

View from Hana Highway

"I live here. I can't believe I live here. I really live here?"

I repeated these phrases countless times during the 30-minute drive to the south part of the island. Flowers gave way to sugar cane fields and much drier land. But the magic remained. We were doing normal things. Grabbing some staple supplies. Shopping for groceries. Having a nice lunch. Stopping by the post office. I was doing all of this for the first time here and it somehow felt like I'd been doing it all my life. It's only day two, but this paradise feels like home. Going back for the remaining several weeks is going to be really difficult. I mean, look at this!

 Kihei

Kihei

Tomorrow we have plans to venture to the west side of the island. I'm curious to see the renowned Ka'anapali and Lahaina. Upcountry has captured my heart, as has Kihei. Is there any part of this island that isn't magical? I suspect not.

On a side note, watching the GOP debate at 3pm instead of 9pm kicked back on the lanai with a beer was nothing short of glorious. This is the way life should be lived. Here are a few more pictures of the drive to Kihei.

 On the drive from Haiku to Kihei

On the drive from Haiku to Kihei

 View from Hana Highway

View from Hana Highway

 View from Hana Highway

View from Hana Highway

 View from Hana Highway

View from Hana Highway

 Mountain tops in the clouds

Mountain tops in the clouds

 Kihei

Kihei