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A Nose for the Tropics

If there was one thing that was immediately noticeable upon arriving to Maui, it had to be the subtle fragrance in the air. Although the scent may be intensified by the humidity in the air, you know you’ve arrived in paradise (or at least my version of it).


A Bloomin’ Hibiscus

According to wikipedia, there’s only two seasons here. If I had to guess, they are called “lots of flowers spring” and “still lots of flowers summer.” I’m not joking. If I were to draw a correlation to what I know from back home, it’s that this feels like summer and a representative amount of floral foliage. And yet my folks (who’ve been here a number of times) tell me that back in March, there were tonnes and tonnes of flowers – I can’t being to imagine what the the air would have smelled like.


A Shrub – with a “rooster” bloom (I’ll share more later)

If anything, it reminds me of my first job. I worked for Harris Nurseryland & Florist in Tsawwassen and there wasn’t a better morning than having just watered all the plants in the spring and having the opportunity to take in that deep breath of vibrantly pure fragrance. The difference from then is that this is paradise, while Harris was that first job. I’m sure you can connect the dots from there.

Aloha from Kihei, HI


I’m typing this while sitting poolside in Kiehi, Hi on the island of Maui. Suffice to say, the post alone has taken about 20 minutes to even start because I’m too busy enjoying the heat, humidity, and sunshine.

Another Maui Sunset from Makena

A Maui Sunset – courtesy of Tavis Jacobs

I haven’t pulled out my camera yet, but it seems that with every step I take I want to take a shot. It’s just unbelievable! And the humidity is nothing like I have ever experienced – it’s like permanently living in the Bloedel Conservatory, especially with the constant call of various tropical birds.

Anywho, the pool beckons my participation so I’m going to bug out. I’ll try to post each day to share with you my adventures (albeit somewhat boring due to the fact we’re here with my folks) as I know how much y’all are enjoying the monsoon back at home.


Destination Maui

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My Eventual Destination – courtesy of Stephen Walli

Having never been to Hawaii, I’m pretty darn excited to be heading to Maui in just over two months time. Maybe it was seeing episodes of “Hawaii 5-0” on TV when I was young or catching “Saved By The Bell: Hawaiian Style,” but I’ve always wanted to go – just never had the wherewithal to make it happen.

But dream no more.

Marnie and I fly out at the end of October (on the wings of WestJet – who I might add is quite conversational on twitter @WestJet) and will be staying with my parents at the Kamaole Sands. My folks have been here twice in recent times and say the place is quite nice. The fact they also picked up the tab for us makes it even better – we just needed to pay for our flights. They’ve also arranged for a rental car, making us quite a bit more mobile.

But what do we do when we get there? I know there are tonnes of places to visit, but reading out of a guidebook is one thing – I’d rather hear from y’all because word of mouth is that much better. Suggestions?


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