Ouch. Yes. I know the feeling all too well. In fact, I’ve kind of been avoiding the topic for a few reasons.
One being, while editing these pictures, I had to swallow a few lumps in my throat. It’s like I broke up with this place, and I’m trying to get over ‘it’.
I’m still trying to define what ‘it’ is. So before all this runs away on me, morphing into some rambling, off topic deep hearted wanderlust rant I don’t even understand myself yet, I wanted to take you for a tour of Makawao, Maui’s cowboy themed town.
That’s safer anyway. 🙂
And I just couldn’t go home without taking in a little tropical country and western.
You drive and drive down these (easy) twisty, residential and highway type roads, until finally, civilization. It feels like a little oasis in the middle of nowhere.
Quiet, quaint, casual, heavy with humidity, and muffled with tropical growth… everything I had hoped for.
With inspiration everywhere you looked.
You couldn’t mix up that glaze if you tried.
Now, before you think, ‘What in blazes is this picture of…” I asked myself the same thing while snapping. Then quickly diverted my attention back to mindless, normal wandering once onlookers appeared in my path.
I felt like a newborn, discovering everything for the very first time. Smitten with lush colour, growth… SO much growth, and symmetry, their ‘normal’ building along some road was beautiful in my eyes.
Bear in mind, on this particular day, my son wanted to chill at the condo, while I was BURSTING for adventure. So I had all the time in the world to take pics of whatever.
I fell in love with this metal clad roofed building. The sideboards were very distressed.
And for the repurposers, wait until you see the inside of Homme By Nature…
The kind folks at Homme By Nature allowed me to take a few shots for you.
Homme is an upscale men and boy’s clothing store. (there’s another division for women) And the pallet wood wall and front counter sent me through the roof!
Look closely… the fitting room doors were pallet wood ends.
And see the branch shelf hanger on the right?
I felt so at home here… 🙂
Another store I fell positively in love with was Driftwood.
Please do not ask me why I didn’t bring one home. I don’t even have an answer.
Driftwood was absolutely fascinating, and once again, allowed me to play total tourist and snap away. Thanks so much guys!
And before we put this one to rest, there’s one more thing to put on your “I MUST” list should you ever venture Makawao’s way…
I only bought one for on the way home. This proved to be a VERY BAD MOVE.
Buy a DOZEN. IF NOT TWO. You won’t be sorry!
Mahalo, Makawao. I love and miss you. Until next time….
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