Somewhere we’ve written about our charismatic mega-fauna the Humpback Whales, stopping traffic in Maui. We’ve seen that on more than one occasion. Maui traffic is somewhat of an oxymoron. Yes, there are many times when it takes you MUCH longer to get somewhere than you expected. But no matter where you are drivers are courteous, as if no one had any place to go and be at a specified time. Oh, there is the occasional new arrival tourist who hasn’t transitioned to “Maui Time”.
Last Saturday morning, I was on my way to the Maui Swap Meet (i.e. farmer’s market, craft fair and flea market all in one). I was driving down the Mokulele Highway when I noticed the beginning of a rainbow. The speed limit is 45mph along this stretch but often people go 60+. Well Hawaii has a lot of rainbows, so I didn’t think much of it. The rainbow is running parallel to the highway and it looks like you can see right to where that pot of gold would be sitting. Then it expands… creating a full semi-circle and it is really beautiful. Suddenly traffic slows. I slow down. 3 cars pull off the side of the road. I look in my rear view mirror for emergency vehicles. Nothing. What is up? Then I see everyone pulling out their cameras — to get a picture of the rainbow!
I guess I take Maui for granted. It was beautiful though and I did notice!
Lesson of the day from Maui: No matter where you are, where you are going or how late you are…take time to enjoy beauty.