As a new resident, I don't have to right to claim these lands like someone who has loved them for years or was born here. In our short time here, however, this has truly become our "aina" and we have fallen in love with every part of it.
I do realize the jobs are crucial to those families involved. But the effects of mono-cropping cane and pineapple are well-known to anyone who has a house on lands turned suburban after those agricultural practices have played out.
TEDx Maui is nonprofit in the truest sense. No salaries are paid, and nobody is squirreling away bank from the process. Ticket prices go to paying for the MACC venue and to lunch and coffee along the way.
This frenetic, fun film, produced by Beth Aaia, features some reenactments, vintage photographs, docu footage, testimonials, interviews with such close friends as Michael Douglas and Sly Stallone, and Myers' own commentary.
Maui is still a very large island that is worthy of spirited exploration. Besides -- there is much more to Maui than sandy shorelines, and there are hidden waterfalls, rugged coastlines, rural farm stands, and historic hiking trails which are all just a short drive from the beach.
When the mountains give you cocoa, make cocoa-based treatments. That's what the spa at Palacio del Inka does, filling its menu with indigenous indulgences like quinoa exfoliation, a 24-karat-gold body wrap, and Chocolate Temptation.
Wise travelers learn about local customs before they go and a little Mahalo magic can go a long way. The last thing you want to do is scream you are a tourist. To avoid tourist traps and car break-ins, keep these key things in mind.
If Maui is a paradise, it is first and foremost because of its people, and I will always be eternally grateful for what Maui gave to my daughter, a much cherished childhood of racial acceptance, a childhood in paradise.