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Ponograms:

1-24  The First Twenty-Four
25-48  The Second Twenty-Four
49-72  The Third Twenty-Four
73-96  The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120  The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-on  The Sixth Set


121  TV Shows That Never Were - 3
122  Genealogy Kicks - 2
123  TV Shows That Never Were - 4
124  From Land to Lindbergh
125  Pono In Dreamland - I
126  Pono In Dreamland - II
127  Licensed to Drive
128  TV Shows That Never Were - 5
129  Colon Cancer Surgery
130  CC Reattachment
131  CC Chemotherapy
132  CC Personal Review
133  A Trip to Maine - 1
134  A Trip to Maine - 2
135  TV Shows That Never Were - 6
136  Lucky I Live South Maui
137  The Rest of South Maui
138  TBD

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THE REST OF SOUTH MAUI

After receiving a few comments on Ponogram #136 – “Lucky I Live South Maui” and rereading it myself, I realize that I started the story and then skipped all the way to the hurricanes of 2018.  I will attempt to fill in some of the middle years.

I covered my TDY transfer to Maui in 1996, my 4 week rental, my 4 month rental, and the beginning of my more permanent lease, all in the same general South Maui area. 

A “few days later” (it seems like) I reached the magic retirement age.  Approaching that juncture I considered my options.   The world was my oyster.  I was divorced, my company probably owed me a move, I had a son in CA, one in MI, and one in ME.  I was familiar with life in places in all those three states as well as HI, I was judged to be quite healthy by my doctors – so what to do?

My retirement plans were to bowl and play golf, communicate, work my genealogy, keep moving physically and globally and enjoy.  These plans could be pursued from most anywhere.

I elected to stay right where I was in South Maui!

I enjoyed six years of reasonably trouble free retirement.  I did “A Month in Michigan” trip visiting every town in MI I had spent time in during my early years.  I didn’t do near as much global travel as planned.  Somehow traveling alone just didn’t appeal to me.  I bowled until the alley became a storage outfit, I golfed and exercised regularly, I made great progress on my genealogy, I kept in touch by publishing regular email contacts, and generally had a good time.

Then in November of 2004 I came down with an abdominal distress.  On Thanksgiving Eve, I called 911.  On Thanksgiving Day I had exploratory surgery resulting in removal of a colon cancer.  If you didn’t memorize the details of the two related operations and the subsequent chemotherapy, reread Ponograms #129 Colon Cancer Surgery, #130 CC Reattachment, #131 CC Chemotherapy, and #132 CC Personal Review.

The condo I had leased before retiring was owned by the builders of the complex.  They had kept a few units that didn’t sell and rented them out.  At a very untimely point in my life they decided to sell my unit and terminated my lease.  I was recovering from the operations and chemotherapy.  I had little energy and no incentive to move, but I was required to.

I dropped my problem on the manager of the condo complex and bless her, she quickly got back to me with a potential solution.  Another unit in the same complex with the same floor plan was about to become available.  It was on the first floor and needed serious cleaning, but with the non-resident owner, we worked out a plan for cleaning, painting, and moving.  The plan included painting by maintenance personnel (they made some extra dough working on their own time), cleaning by friends, and moving by my son and ex-coworkers.  All these people managed to get me successfully transferred to the new unit while my recovery continued.

I missed the ocean and golf course view in the new ground floor unit, but the lack of stairs was much easier for me since the cancer.  I’ve been here some 13 years at this writing.

So – 20 years after my temporary assignment to Maui, with a few moves, I remain in South Maui, within a mile or so of where I started - temporarily!

 

Another topic I gave short shrift to was the uniqueness of the South Maui area I live in.  Here is a rainfall map of Maui.  My area is near the ocean between Kihei and Wailea.  As you can see, rainfall is minimal.  In the red zone irrigation is required to maintain the lush Hawaiian ambiance.

Maui rainfall chart

If you follow a horizontal path to the right between Kihei and Wailea, you cross Piilani Highway (red line close to beach on map) and go upcountry.  Rainfall increases slowly, but irrigation stops in non-developed areas.  Maui Research & Technology Park (where our offices were), Maui Nui Golf Club, and Maui Meadows are exceptions of developed areas upcountry of the Highway and look like the ocean front areas makai (toward the ocean) of Piilani Highway.  The non-developed mauka (toward the mountain) areas look like this.  Note that vegetation near the road gets a little water from road cleaning and drainage from the pavement during the minimal rains.

 Dry Maui forests

Common to areas of Hawaii subject to sufficient rainfall and areas adequately irrigated are lush vegetation with flowers, colors, and beauty.  Just two examples below are the puamelia (plumeria) tree across the street from my patio and the landscaping along a nearby street.

   Puamelia tree   Lush shrubbery


The last subject I failed to cover was Olivia.  Olivia weakened to a Tropical Storm before it made landfall on West Maui.  Although not trivial, it didn’t compare with Florence which was devastating the South-East states at the time so I didn’t give it much space.  Here you can see it was a direct hit, actually on the North side of West Maui.  South Maui was minimally impacted.

 Tropical Storm Olivia

 

AFTERWORD

OK, I have filled in some holes in Ponogram #136 – Lucky I Live South Maui.  I’m still open to questions, comments, or other attention needed to #136 and/or #137.

However, South Maui defined by Kihei and Wailea remains my favorite!

 

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