So many things have been happening in my life, I don't even know where to begin. Beyond photography, I was working as a receptionist for the Central Maui Animal Clinic where I got to adore animals and their pet lovin' owners all day long, (my kind of gig!). After four months of an extreme passion for what I do, I got transferred with a promotion as the Customer Service Manager for our new clinic on the West side in Lahaina, www.westmauianimalclinic.com. With that honor came an hour commute around a road far worse than the famously dangerous Hana Highway. A few days of that trip and I realized it was time to make a move... A move that comes at a vital point in my life with all that has been happening... A move that has shown me not to judge a book by it's cover.
I had actually verbally declared numerous times that Lahaina was a place I could NEVER live with it's touristy facade and traffic jams on the Pali. I only came to Lahaina to bring guests and family to see the art galleries, the banyan tree, and the Maui Brewing Company. Now, after being here for over a month, I realize that the West side has so much more to offer than what I had seen on the surface.
It actually feels "country" with it's consistency of honks, waves, shakas, hugs, kisses, and the friendliness of the local community. It's a place where small world stories happen everyday and if you've lived here for even just a short few months, you know someone who knows someone you know, (if you know what I mean). =]
My biggest fear was missing out on my passions and beliefs for farming and sustainability... To find a place with a garden that would take Lono I thought would be near impossible, but now I have my place and beyond that, I see the fisherman, the gardeners, the farmers markets, and even a agricultural learning center in the making and because of all this I know I'll make it here. My landlord was even excited to let me bring "The Fuster Cluck" and chickens to boot, (but I know they'll be happier on the mountainside).
Here are some pictures of a group of amazing local friends I've had the pleasure of getting to know. I got a lesson watching them fillet and cook the fish with the Mahi, Opakapaka, and Onaga (sp?) that Captain Dexter and Wyatt caught on Dexter's boat, "Popolo". These guys were the definition of team work making a completely ONO dinner.
I am excited to see what else the West side has to offer, what doors may open, what farmers, gardeners, and fishermen I'll meet and learn from... and of course, I'm excited to be at our new vet clinic with its amazing staff and to be able to spend my day around the purest, most loving creatures on earth.
With Love and Aloha,