This morning I was at the blessing ceremony of a large solar array system deployed to power a water processing area for the Dowling development in Makena. It was impressive to see and hear about the plans for green building.
As we had lunch, several of us talked about why Memorial Day weekend just doesn’t feel the same on Maui. We came up with several good reasons:
- We don’t have much military presence on Maui. That isn’t a good excuse for not honoring those who have given their lives to protect our great country and what we stand for. But many Memorial Day events are often organized by the military organizations.
- While it is a good weekend for family (O’hana) to gather, it’s not like in many areas where families drive several hours to the lake or mountains or beach. We gather on the beach which is rarely farther than 45 minutes away. Memorial Day isn’t much different than other weekends!
- In most areas, Memorial Day is seen as the kickoff to summer. With our average 72 degree temps we have no reason to kick off summer!
- We are driven by the tourist industry and many people don’t get holidays off. Memorial Day weekend is NOT a big holiday here but there are definitely more people here than last week.
This week has been VERY busy and I’m looking forward to a few minutes off. I’m filling in for my friend Lee Wheeler who is off island. “Off Island” is the term used when you leave and it’s not really for a vacation. I did this last year for Lee when he went on a cruise in Europe. We have again proven that if you want lots of business, you go on vacation. One sale closed today, one is scheduled to close next week and there are several more in various phases of escrow.
One thing I do know is that it is much better to be busy than not! And I’ll take a few minutes to HONOR those who have given their lives, souls, limbs and loved ones for our country.
Aloha and have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.