She was absolutely right. I was still in high productive mode, having not settled into any routine of sorts while here in Maui. It just felt normal to bring my gear to the beach and post a little of this or that.
So, I’ve let the productivity slip a little… in order to better engage where I presently am.
But something strange happened on the way to that blissful stage. I felt like I was plucked, and lifted away from my old life… like it wasn’t part of me any longer. I tried to make peace with the feeling, but I felt ‘homesick’.
Homesick for a little familiararity.
It wasn’t until I started tweaking these photos for this post, that I felt myself slipping into a slice of that familiar joy again.
There is absoutely nothing wrong with taking a full break from what you normally do. I get that. But I’m very blessed to do a job I absolutely adore. It’s really my play. Taking part of my play away removed part of me.
But 2 weeks haven’t yet passed. I’m patiently waiting for that stage where it flips around. But… it isn’t here yet. So. A post it is! And it’s a topic that I think you’ll really enjoy!
One thing that one can never miss when visiting Maui is the Maui Swap Meet!
But it’s not quite what you may expect by the name alone.
I found 3 tables in total that housed long lost trinkets from home. And one of them was all about high priced antiques. So if you’re looking for an authentic piece of cheap Hawaii from Grandpa’s attic, it will be very hit and miss.
I went in with this knowledge, as I came here last summer as well.
And I’m not sorry I returned. I had a blast!
How can you even resist a food cart like this? I asked Auntie Lia’s opinion on what I should get, and they guided me to the mango bread. They bake it either well done or light. Light it was. And WOW! It’s like banana bread with a slightly different flavour. Amazing. MUST GET.
BUT… the very best part of this is engaging in conversation with the locals. It’s one thing to buy and leave, but you’d be missing a huge chunk of fun if you didn’t take advantage of the kindness and generosity here.
Another delightful find were these locally made popsicles called Shaka Pops. The Maui Coffee was my chosen flavour and it did not disappoint. It was smooth, mild, and melted nearly as soon as I started it… which means it’s the real deal. They were incredible.
But I gotta tell ya… these two were my heros, from Simply Sweets Bakery.
A Malasada is a baked cream puff or donut of sorts, that is punctured and stuffed with delicious fillings of choice. And they are pretty much to die for.
When I noticed the lineup never went away, I took my place, patiently waiting to see what all the comotion was about.
These two were priceless. They even pulled out a lawn chair for me to enjoy mine on the grass behind their booth. Who gets that?
See, this is what I mean about getting involved. It’s like going to a business meeting. You can either choose to sit and listen, then leave, or become engaged, and really learn something special.
These wind chimes were so unique. Each one had a moving component to it, and naturally, sounded heavenly.
Isn’t this shell wall hanging beautiful? If ‘beach’ was my style, I would have snatched this up in an instant.
I’m sorry to say, I forgot to capture a business card of this business. But they carried all sorts of imported wooden objects and other unique things. I brought a big bundle of pencils home. How fun to include them for photo shoots!
This booth offered cocoanuts to eat, drink, AND to plant! If I lived here, you bet I’d be scooping these guys up.
I also came home with a sock monkey… surf board style! These little guys are mass produced, but decorated and dressed locally. If you caught my Snapchat (under funkyjunkdonna), I even interviewed the artist. If you look closely, the pants have little sock monkey figures on them.
Maui Succulent Designs is also locally owned, and each creation was one of a kind.
I fell in love with this ‘spanish moss’, but it’s really known as Pele’s Hair.
But when I rounded the corner and found this booth, I knew I’d be bringing something home.
This booth had a little of everything… and many things labelled Hawaiian. Which spelled ‘authentic original souvenir’ in my eyes!
Until I had second thoughts. I went back as the gent was packing up, and asked if more of the bottles were still available. They were. So I picked up two more.
And that’s when we started chatting. It appears he was there every weekend through donations of friends, to sell for a local sick little girl. I’m so glad he told me the story. I also then happily plunked down $25 more for the brown Hawaiian license plate from 1980.
So glad I asked. So glad.
I also came across these Japanese floats. It’s said that you can find the odd one on a Hawaiian beach if you’re in the right place at the right time, but I have never found one myself. I came home with 2 of these regardless, but admit to being a little nervous. I just hope they make it home intact! Perhaps I’ll stuff them into a shoe… 🙂
After the swap meet, I drove 10 minutes to the quaint town of Wailuku, to make a quick stop at one of my beloved places to eat… The Farmacy. It’s a heathy eating place that I found last year when visiting the Iao Valley. And I’ll never forget one of their specialities… it was called The Roaster.
Oh my goodness… all the way home I could still taste the roasted eggplant wishing I had picked up another! This sandwich is AMAZING.
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