Maui Kissed by Hurricane Douglas
What a wonderful opportunity to remember our loved ones, our homes, and community as Hurricane Douglas bared down on the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend. It was just a gentle passing by. The closest it came to the coast was 50 miles and it brought some rain and unique cloud formations and patterns that revitalized our “chi” and gratitude, and invited a pause to reflect on community unity. It was exciting to watch the clouds getting sucked into the hurricane swirl from Lahaina. Albeit slow and subtle, the patterns were evident. My Pomer-alien, Kolohe, and I couldn’t wait to get up Sunday morning to walk 1/10 of a mile to Lahaina’s Baby Beach and observe the weather and surf conditions.
Hurricane Doug’s Hug – Lahaina’s Baby Beach, Maui 7-26-2020
Hurricane Doug Sunday 5:30 AM
Hurricane Doug Sunday 10:30 AM
There was minimal flooding on the north shore, Kahului Beach Road was a bit washed out, but nothing to write home about. Doug hugged the islands but did not make landfall. Big Island had a 4.4 earthquake at 5AM on Monday morning after Doug departed, leaving Hawaii spared again, no damage, no tsunami to follow.
On the west side it was not even an impressive rain day lol. It was a day with AMAZINGLY clear, calm waters by day, and COLORFUL sunsets by night. Lahaina, “Land of Persistent Sun,” proved its name and stayed partially sunny most of the day! Gentle breezes and light raindrops sprinkling about validated my choice in places in the world to live to be the right one for me!
Growing up in the brutal winters of Chicago a few decades ago when it was still 50 degrees below zero with wind-chill for most of the month of February, motivated my living in the most temperate climate in the world, where clothes are simple and minimal, and life is easy and breezy. And just when you think you might be lulled into taking it for granted, and forgetting to consciously appreciate it all, a surreal double or triple rainbow appears, a baby whale practices its first breach a few hundred yards out, a key west style sunset spills over neighboring Jurassic park looking islands, or, …. a hurricane leaving sunshine and gentle breezes, and gorgeous sunsets, reminds me just how grateful I am that I live here … just on my workdays, days off and holidays, that is.