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What Maui is Talking About Today

My husband Sig enjoys listening to talk radio. This morning at 7:05 a.m. (yes, on the clock radio) Maui’s mayor Alan Arakawa was on for his weekly interview.

I did not listen to the entire interview – it was time to get up. But here are the first three topics discussed:

1. The Big Swell – it was supposed to peak overnight. Traffic around the North Shore has been crazy as people have gone to watch. The ‘super swell’ is caused by an intense storm currently North of Hawaii. Do an internet search for Peahi/Jaws (Maui’s famous surfing beach) for pictures and video of the swell (they were expected to peak between 50-60 ft).

photo courtesy of the Jaws Peahi facebook page

2. The ‘chilly’ weather. Both the mayor and interviewer were laughing about it, but they did discuss the ‘cold’ weather for a few minutes. On Maui, chilly weather means being faced with the decision of whether to wear shorts or long pants. (They did agree our chilly weather is nothing compared to winter on the mainland, just for the record). So how ‘chilly’ is it? This morning my thermometer was showing 65F (but no worries, it will warm up to the low 80s).

3. Proposed legislation banning smoking on all Hawaiian beaches. Are Maui beaches a giant ash tray? I’ve never noticed it, but certain areas are probably worse than others. The City of Honolulu (on Oahu) recently implemented a smoking ban on their beaches, it’s probably just a matter of time until we get it here too. Do use common sense when at the beach – watch your step, though (coral, bees, people, cigarette butts apparently too). And if you must smoke, please dispose of your butts safely.