Monday, December 29, 2008


The Maui police sealed off Makena this morning for six hours, allowing no one in or out, including pedestrians.

I took advantage of the complete absence of traffic by walking south along our only road. We live near the edge of civilization, and two miles farther along, the road becomes one lane with cars usually speeding by in both directions. Despite the beauty of our winding coastal road, I don't generally feel safe enough to follow it south on my morning walks.

I was reminded that all of those fancy mansions have only a tenuous connection to modern life. They get their water by stringing pvc pipes along the side of the road which they hook into the end of the Maui water line.

Oh, and the road closure is standard practice when there is a traffic fatality on Maui.

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