Ridin’ the Storm Out

Aloha Flossie.

Welcome to Maui.

We have been expecting you.

Since this is not your first time to Hawaii I hope I do not have to explain the agricultural declaration form to you.  If you have any fruit or plants that are not allowed, please place them in the amnesty bins located next to the baggage carousels at our airport.

Your visit has caught us at an odd time.  Normally the weather in July is sunny with slight trade winds keeping us at a comfortable 86 degrees Fahrenheit.  I’m afraid while you are visiting our forecast calls for heavy rain and high winds.  I don’t want this to ruin your stay on Maui, so I  put together a list of fun things you can do out here that don’t require sunshine or calm surf:

Go to a Luau (indoors preferably).

Volunteer on vacation (Pitch in a few hours and make a difference on behalf of Maui’s environment).

Visit Haleakala National Park (maybe you’ll be fortunate enough to see a nene or silversword).

Windsurf (anywhere would be your best bet).

Go see a movie (Current appropriate features include; Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., The To Do List and Now You See Me).

Have a meal at Mama’s Fish House (Watch the surf roll in at Ho’okipa and the money flow out of your wallet).

Read a book (Maui County has several great libraries, one bookstore and The Maui Friends of the Library to cover your reading needs).

Visit the Maui Ocean Center (a fun aquarium to spend an afternoon).

Fly a kite.

Drink a pint at Mulligan’s on the Blue (with a roll down the hill to end the night).

See the many waterfalls on Maui (The road to Hana will be your best bet for seeing these beauties).

I hope this list of activities helps you enjoy your brief time with us on Maui.

Aloha, and A hui hou.

 

Preparing for the worst storm...or best first date ever.
Preparing for the worst storm…or best first date ever.

Tropical storm “Flossie” made its way towards Hawaii, just as millions of other visitors do every year.  Coming from Mexico, Flossie began showing up in daily conversations before this weekend.  The coconut wireless here in Hawaii has a great way of letting you know what’s going on without having to turn on the television, and it’s usually more accurate than most news sources.

As the weekend approached, Flossie was downgraded from tropical storm, to tropical depression.  I kinda felt bad for Flossie.  Here the media is starting to pay attention to her and she choked under the pressure…the low pressure (ba dum dum).

Reports said Monday afternoon/evening Maui would get hit with high winds and heavy rainfall, so over the weekend we prepared ourselves, our families and the guests in our care of the possibilities of heavy rains, flash flooding, loss of power and dangerous surf conditions.

I’m not sure how Flossie was covered on the mainland news, but I’m assuming it was casually mentioned and was a non-issue during their nightly broadcasts.  The reason I say this with some confidence is the fact that my Mom called Monday morning to make sure I was alright.  Normally, she would have called days ahead of time if she was better informed.

Social media out here came alive Monday.  First, when the weather was pleasant and seemed like a typical Maui day, the posts taunting Flossie began.  Posts began asking why she had forsaken Maui county…there was some name calling…and a general feeling that we, the human race were victorious over a completely faceless and non-existant enemy.  When the high winds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning came, the posts began flooding facebook(similar to the way South Kihei road flooded) by people who were shocked to see a storm rear its ugly head.  I’m not sure what they expected.

Mother nature doesn’t need a social media page to post updates on her current activities.  She speaks through her actions.  We were very fortunate today that she whispered her aloha to Hawaii when she visited us.

Until the next natural disaster.  Stay safe and make good choices people.

Vincent Lorusso Written by:

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. - Jackie Robinson

4 Comments

  1. July 29, 2013
    Reply

    Thanks for making me smile … then laugh … then smile some more. :)

  2. July 30, 2013
    Reply

    well written! Thanks for a good read over my morning coffee! Thankful it wasn’t worse :)

  3. kate
    July 31, 2013
    Reply

    Once again you’ve managed to take a scary possibility and turn it into something witty. All the while downplaying the risk and making your audience feel comforted, though they were never in any real danger. Well done. As always, glad you and the rest of the island, are safe.

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