I was lucky enough to do a little island hopping a few weeks back… I started with a short, nostalgia-inducing layover on Oahu (the land of my birth), I photographed a wedding on Kauai (photos coming soon, I’m sure), and I had a very relaxing layover on Maui. All within four days.
It was a bit of a lonely affair, as it was raining for a lot of my trip, and I missed my family… but just enough to snap a few frames of my weekend in the middle of the ocean.
An insert from my journal, February 6th, 2012: “Today, I had 6+ hour layover on Maui, so I opted to take a taxi to Paia for some time-killing. Had brunch at Charley’s, and tried (unsuccessfully)to hitchhike to Ho’okipa. No luck. But I tried. Instead I sat at Paia Beach, which was so beautiful that I’m not sure why I was trying so hard to get to another beach. Well, I do know… I love Ho’okipa. Such a special place to me. Now I’m waiting for my taxi back… At Paia Bay Coffee, sitting next to a German duo, across from a couple of Rastafarians, and I was served a Caffe Vitta Americano by a British guy. Oh, and I met a man named Nano, who was my hitchhiking ‘competition.’ He’s originally from Detroit; he’s half Mexican-American & half Native-American… so he said, ‘I’m always fighting myself.’
“I LOVE Maui with all of my heart.”
That’s Nano in one of the diptychs above… and needless to say I think he was the reason I never made it to Ho’okipa.
But nothing–not even a short & lonely trip with what could’ve been a miserable layover–kept me from enjoying my homeland. My Hawaii.