Happy 51st day of Quarantine! Let’s see, what’s new on Maui? Today the Mayor announced he’s hiring more staff to go around and spy on businesses that are allowed to open as of Monday to make sure they are being sanitary and report back to him. Some State Parks (including Makena State Park) was said to open, however it’s still closed. I have no clue if we are allowed to be in a car with someone outside our household yet, and no word on if you still have to hike 20 feet away from anyone else. (sigh) Oh ya, about 40% of our unemployment hasn’t been processed, another 20% that were processed were denied and 100% of self-employed remain both unprocessed and unpaid. Good times.
In other news, I woke up this morning bright and early to the increasingly annoying resident rooster and peeked out the window to find the palm fronts blowing in the wind. I held hopes maybe it was my imagination so I drug myself to my living room and stuck my head outside to check out the ocean conditions from the backyard. More bad news – even at 6am the current was obviously raging out there and the surf report forecasters clearly are dirty liars. Just about the only thing I figured I’d get if I tried to paddle would be either a free trip to Tahiti via the Pacific Ocean or a nice introduction to the US Coast guard as they hauled my wet rat looking self and my board onto their boat after I drifted out to sea. I can’t lie, the option to travel right now is extremely enticing, but getting a military escort to shore I’d likely never live down.
So instead of exploring underwater as has been the case so often these days I decided to take a walk and rock hop along some of our local beaches with my camera to kill three birds with one stone. Enjoy the nearly empty beaches, get some exercise, and send a little piece of my backyard electronically to your backyard (or living room) until y’all can come enjoy it yourself.
I started in central Kihei walking Charlie Young Beach down Kamaole 1 up and across the Royal Mauian and Kamaole Nalu’s grassy oceanfront public access until I reached Kamaole 2. The lifeguard’s were on duty which was a bit unexpected, but I’m glad to see that they’re able to continue to work right now. The beaches were basically empty aside from a few snorkelers swimming through the wind chop and south swell and a few locals walking the beach to get some exercise. The clouds came in quickly and by the time I reached the end of Kamaole 1 the ocean became dark and the beach a bit dreary but further south I could see the sun shining like a beacon on Red Sand Hill and Makena State Park.
I hustled back to the car to chase the sun and took an unexpected wild hair of a detour to take a peek at Maluaka Beach which was pristinely empty aside from two spear fishermen at the far south end of the cove. I found there has been some serious progress on building very high end ocean view condos and the old Makena Golf & Beach Resort since the last time I have been there. Fingers crossed that the foot traffic doesn’t overwhelm the beach when these places start opening and filling to capacity again. It’s always been such a quiet, peaceful off the beaten path kind of beach.
Once again the clouds came rolling in so I took my little tail south as fast as I could go to shoot what I consider to be one of the most beautiful coves around. Aside from days when I’ve arrived there shortly after dawn today was the first day I’ve ever seen it completely empty and as the sun came and went per usual it didn’t disappoint. I spent quite a bit of time climbing all over the rocks getting every angle I could think of before hopping in the car to head home all of 2 minutes before a downpour hit with full force and zero warning.
I’m super grateful for all the beautiful distractions this island has to offer during these “interesting” times and hopefully they’ll bring you some nice daily distractions as well.
With aloha until the next time…..