Thursday, May 08, 2014

Hawaiian History Lessons

We managed to sleep in a polite amount for two women who both are used to getting up at close to four in the morning. I think we managed to roll out of bed around nine a.m. without too much trouble. I do love waking up next to that woman.

Our morning was lazy and defined by making ourselves plates of cheese and breakfast, and plotting what sort of groceries we should pick up in town. Darque was off to school in the afternoon, so we mostly just hung out and talked with our hosts until she was ready to give us a drive. We spent a lot of time learning about Maui.

As an island there were places that were always sunny and places that were more prone to rain. We were staying in a slightly more rainy district of the island. Getting around required a car and most people rented something when they landed. Hitchhiking was an option, but the public bus system ran on island time so it was not really convenient. Nor were there many buses around where we were staying. The weather was always pleasant, the island was lush and beautiful, and we were coming at the beginning of spring so it was wetter and rainier in Haiku than usual. There were a few places to shop nearby and get fish and food, and buy groceries, as that was on our list of things to do.

It is not unusual to buy land in a set. In this particular instance the house we were staying in came with a downstairs apartment and a cottage next door. The downstairs was occupied by mother, and next door was being rented by Code’s brother. The area was also zoned as part of an agricultural district, so they had to figure out what they were going to grow and sell to show that they were in fact agricultural. There was some talk of potential avocado trees as that would be easy enough to work with.

Code’s brother hunted deer, which were plentiful and abundant on the island of Maui. They were not supposed to be there, of course, but at some point someone thought that deer hunting would be great and released a few breeding pairs on the island. The result was deer everywhere. Unlike deer on the mainland that were confined to specific breeding seasons by the weather, deer on Maui were a nuisance more like rabbits, with a never-ending breeding cycle. Of course, Code’s brother had a number of different things he did for work, including collecting coconuts. Part of his work was to head around the neighborhoods and cut ripe coconuts off of trees overhanging driveways before the they could fall out of the tree and smash the cars underneath. He then sold them at local farmers' markets.

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