Here’s a few interesting things we find in everyday life that are unique to Hawaii/Maui:
- We’ve all seen hula. Last night on TV was the finale of the Merrie Monarch Festival — 6 hours of it on ABC pre-empted everything else. The winners were headline news. This is “The Hula Competition”. It is wonderful to see so many taking the art and history of it so seriously. Here are a few hawaiian translations if you decide to look at the site. Halau: School that teaches hula. Kahiko: the ancient version of the hula. ‘Auana: the modern version of hula. Wahine:Woman Kane:Man. For the festival, the hawaiians use their full names – we thought humuhumunuku-nukuapua’a (previously was the state fish of Hawaii but someone forgot to renew its designation) was long. The overall winner of the Merri Monarch was Maile Emily Kau’ilanionapuaehi’ipoiokeanuenueokeola Francisco.
- The Maui Weekly is a short newspaper we get every week. My favorite section is the Crime Watch and Police Scanner. Day by day, hour by hour listings of the police reports in Maui. Here is a snapshot (they are almost all this funny).
- 7:46am Hali’imaile A 76-year-old 911 caller says he is being harassed again “by a redneck from Washington.” According to him, racist attempted bullying has been going on for days.
- 7:48am Kahululi Shattered glass in the roadway at Lono and Wakea. A tow truck was pulling the vehicle when its windshield exploded. Cleaners for the county notified.
- 9:50 am Pukalani Neighbor’s dog bit an elderly woman. Police go. (I love this terminology…now when I hear a siren, I say there the “Police Go” again.
- 10:43 am Kihei Changs Beach. A 911 caller stongly objects. There are two people laying out there sunbathing in the nude.
- 1:46pm Kahului A 911 caller spilled a container full of hot soup onto his own child. Now, blames the restaurant. Wants police to come there. (Police did not go!)
- Tradewinds – we hear the term in the weather forcasts here and it typically means great weather. Tradewinds is a weather pattern that dominates 70% of Hawaii’s weather and keeps Hawaii comfortable. In Hawaii, tradewinds blow from the Northeast to the Southwest. The name came because it was the tradewinds that brought merchant ships to Hawaii. Hawaii’s large mountains get in the way causing wind wakes where there are areas of little wind (Lahaina who’s name means “cruel sun”) and or lots of wind (island channels). We live in Kihei that sees the classic pattern of very calm mornings and windy afternoons usually that die down by sunset.