Locals Weigh in On Tourists

Aloha!

First, I would like to thank all of our loyal mauidailyescape readers. We know there are lots of reading options out there, so we appreciate your hanging out here!

That said, we know that a lot of people are trying to limit their time spent online, which makes your readership that much more special. I am not an online junkie, and so things float into my airspace at a slower rate than some. For instance, I had never heard of reddit.com, and just found out it is in the top 20 of all social media sites. So for giggles, I plugged in Maui to see what came up. A couple posted that they would soon be traveling to Maui, but didn’t want to be annoying tourist-types, and asked what they could do. Here are some answers from reddit.com:

QUESTION: “Aloha Maui locals! What do the tourists do that drive you crazy?”
ANSWERS:
“If you’re at the beach and you see people body – surfing in the Shorebreak, even though you might want to try it, do not go directly to the exact spot they are – – something annoying tourists do – – go somewhere else down the beach. You can get hurt if they are in the wrong spot and it can piss people off if you invade their space or get in the way.”

Another person posted: “This has happened to me more than once, body – boarding at the beach. Watching the waves come in, go to catch it and have to bail because a tourist is standing directly in front of me. I had to give up for the day one time because an entire family spread out in the area I was riding.”

(Author’s note: BE EXTREMELY MINDFUL when skim boarding, particularly at Big
Beach. Our friend’s 20-something son is now a quadriplegic from skim-boarding at Big Beach.)

And then onto posted speed limits: “Annoying: tourists going the actual speed limit. 25 mph is for scooters in 1981, not a car in 2014.”

Another person followed up: “Pull over. Some people drive like psychos on the mainland ’cause they’re in a rush and get frustrated if someone is going slow. Locals do get angry if you’re not paying attention. The speed limits on Maui are very unrealistic.” (I concur!)

And another: “Making illegal U–turns to save driving one extra mile to the next intersection.”

More next post…!

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Aloha, Jamaica

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The Sustainability Issue

Aloha!

We are dealing with frustrating renewable energy/sustainability issues here at our house. In trying to reduce our carbon footprint and help save the planet, we plunked down a very large sum for photovoltaic panels on our roof (much of which eventually comes back as tax credits) and in true Hawaiian style, we now have panels on the roof, BUT no electricity to them. (Panels are below the tree branches in photo.)

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And along with the panels, we got all these new boxes on our house, for MECO (Maui Electric Company) to keep track of how much energy we are generating:

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First, MECO lost our application. After weeks of that and about 27 emails, the company finally installed our panels. (We used Cliff Ryden at Blue Pacific Energy and were impressed with his services.) So now the sun is shining and we are good to go, except the County of Maui won’t issue the permit, because they are so back-logged! Any idea how frustrating it is to have the capability to save almost $400 on our electric bill, and nothing is happening?? Aaaarrrghh!!!

On the subject of sustainability, a new magazine is coming to Maui in December, called “Living Aloha”, which will also be distributed throughout the United States, including Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, L.A. and New York City. If you live in these places, you can watch for it.

The magazine aims to serve residents and visitors alike, who are looking to promote health, community, culture and sustainabilty. It will provide information on healthy living and green products, offering a broad range of solutions to help reduce our carbon footprint. It will cover yoga and teacher training retreats, massage and massage schools, Reiki, Pilates, tai chi, chi gong, acupuncture, local/organic food, renewable energy, and activism.

To see a sample issue/media kit, go here: http://livingaloha.net/img/demo-2.pdf

This past week I interviewed Maui resident Mark Sheehan for my current screenplay. Mark is a member of “Maui Tomorrow”, and was highly instrumental in saving Big Beach (in Makena) from development. If you have been to, and enjoyed Big Beach (part of which is a nude beach) you can thank Mark for its very existence.

So imagine my surprise when I opened the link to “Living Aloha” magazine, and there was an article by Mark Sheehan. Every day you live here, you realize…

It’s a small island…

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Aloha, Jamaica