As I mentioned previously, I attended Awesomeness Fest this year – a grand party of learning, sunshine, hugging strangers and personal development. With speakers like Vishen Lakhiani, Lisa Nichols and Lynne Twist, it’s easy to see how the tribe couldn’t help but walk away feeling transformed.
But let’s geek out over the other awesomeness that wasn’t part of the conference – the awesomeness of Maui. And how.
I’m a pretty big sky and cloud nut, a condition I attribute to my father who was always pointing out cloud formations, sky / flying conditions and constellations to me growing up. Maui’s sky is brilliantly beautiful 24 hours of the day. It was raining when we landed, but the clouds throughout the weekend made the made for some beautiful sunrises, sunsets and starry night skies – breathtaking. Also, I love the term ‘pineapple rain‘. Perfect.
Okay, so this is clearly a ‘well duh’ addition. I’ve never considered myself a ‘beach person’ and have never really vacationed much on them. The island changed that forever. It’s a clean and friendly place, people take care of the world around them. Maui sand is the perfect stickiness (no crazy sand storms flying in your eyes, no giant pebbles to navigate) and always cool to the touch. The water is clear to the sand and the snorkeling and scuba is supposed to be lovely.
Ever spent a week in a beautiful place where everyone says ‘aloha’ to you (and means it), cars stop for you when you want to cross a busy street and every local goes out of their way to point out a particularly nice vantage point and check in on how in love you are with the island. It all feels rather Victorian, this pointing out nice views and sitting next to a perfect stranger to watch for whales on the horizon.
Poke is the best food ever for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and late night snack. Read my Hawaiian poke love post on hungrykatie here. Other island winners: fresh fish tacos and piping hot fish and chips. Nom.
It’s not mañana, it’s Maui time. The moment we landed, I got ‘Maui Brain’ as time turned into meaningless numbers on a clock and days unfolded as they wanted to – and my memory, attention span and sense of urgency melted into a beach loving, sunshiney happykatie. A true vacation. We stayed at a great condo (found on Airbnb) across the street from the beach for every night but our very last one. Then we moved into the Grand Wailea Resort to enjoy a more posh Maui experience for an evening. Decadent and beautiful, like most everything else on the island.