My Maui Story
When I was just out of high school, I moved to Maui , Hawaii, from Northern California. I had 600.00 in my pocket and no where to stay and I knew no one. A friend of mine had moved to Maui and when she returned home she encouraged me to give it a try and assured me I would meet plenty of people and find a roommate with ease. She was correct. I met my roommate on the plane ride over and she knew some people and so began my year in Maui. I got a job and it was all fairly easy. My new roommate and I got a nice place in¬†Honokowai. I loved picking up a fresh coconut off the ground outside my condo and cracking and eating it. (beware of over indulging in fresh coconut, very hard on the digestive system. I learned that the hard way.)
I would take early morning walks and pick up flowers from the ground or off wild bushes and string my own leis. The air smells so good, the weather is great. I like the sun and the rain. What I soon found with¬† most people I met who actually lived here, we did not really go into the ocean much or sun bath, even though we lived right across from a park on the beach.
As usual when you actually live somewhere, you do not seem to really take advantage of what is around you. I ended up getting some side work as an extra on some TV shows and a movie of the week the shot¬†mostly in Lahaina and the airport.¬† (Dare I say it, Buddy Epsen and Barnaby Jones! I have just dated myself there.). I also found this link to the movie he shot, which I did not know, was called “Lahaina”. Then I found this, BARNABY JONES (1973-80) QUINN-MARTIN/CBS¬† Buddy Ebsen starred in Hawaii episode filmed in Sept. 1979. Two parter entitled: “Nightmare in Hawaii” season 8, shows 2 & 3. I would love to see myself. I never did see those episodes. I spent all day walking back and forth in front of the Pioneer Inn. We got to eat lunch with the crew each day.¬† So I had a fun time while I was here. I still have my pay stub from Quinn Martin Productions! After about a year I got “island” fever and returned back to the SF Bay Area. I left knowing one thing about Maui, after that, I would be back often for visits and I have.
I like the people I have met over the years that make this island their home. They are friendly and laid back and kindhearted. I will be coming back once again and staying¬† at the Kihei Kai on Sugar Beach, and I can hardly wait. The manager has been wonderful. She has been so friendly and helpful. I look forward to meeting her.I like Kihei Kai’s easy to use reservation system and confirmation and follow up system. I really enjoy staying in Kihei. When I lived her before I used to drive my used rusted car (aren’t they all when you live here?) over to do my shopping¬† because I enjoyed the small town out of the way feeling.¬† Last time I was here in 2009 I had come over with a¬† job as the volunteer coordinator for the Maui Photo Festival at the Hyatt. My daughter and I stayed one week at the Hyatt and the 2nd week in Kihei. We got to enjoy the fancy hotel and then our down home cozy condo in Kihei. We had a wonderful time. There is truly no place like Maui in the world.
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