So we get into a cab at the airport on Maui, and it looks a bit like a traveling circus wagon. The driver nods a lot and laughs a lot, as there is a language barrier.
But she certainly understands the local way in Hawaii, according to a worn, printed sticker on the passenger door:
It says (in pidgin)
8 am Supposed to start work
8:14 We come dragging in
9 to 10 am COFFEE BREAK
10:30 to 11 am We “talk story”
12 noon KAU KAU…time for eat
1 to 3 pm Rest up from lunch
3 to 4 o’clock Coffee Break
4 to 4:30 Shoot da bull on da phone
5 pm. PAU HANA!! Time for quit work
When you move to Hawaii, one of the adjustments is the sssllllooow pace. Things get done when they get done, regardless of your schedule.
But maybe the rest of the country has caught on. Between checking email, surfing the web, and surreptitiously shopping online while at work, -(okay, admit it…are you reading this at work? 😁) how many mainland workers have their own version of that sticker in the taxi?
The world is becoming homogenous. Now workers can pretend that they, too, are on “Hawaii time.” Now all they need is a palm tree outside their window…
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In December of 2012, while visiting Tobago, I was picking up some groceries in a tiny little convenience store. The woman behind the counter moved aside to help me, and that’s when I spotted the book she was reading: Fifty Shades of Grey! For better and for worse, our world is beating with the same heartbeat now! Aloha and mahalo as always! 🙂
Thank you for sharing that very funny story!
How was your trip to the islands? Did you enjoy Oahu?
Yep, I can say things are slower and outdated on the islands.
And that’s what makes it Maui. Same in all hot countries it seems.
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I totally agree!