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Maui Snares the Sun

Posted by: Kim Steutermann Rogers
Destination: Maui
Jun 22, 2011

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice. Yippee. Hooray. Amen. In Hawaii, that means about two-and-a-half hours of additional daylight. That’s like winning the lottery. What will you do with your bonus light bonanza?

Someone asked me last year what my preferred super powers would be if a trail of smoke spiraled up from a bottle and materialized into a genie. And my answer, my super hero of choice: Maui.

Maui is a Hawaiian demi-god who is credited with many feats. Using his magic hook, he fished up the Hawaiian Islands out of the sea. He carried the sky on his back up all 10,023 feet of Haleakala on the island that bears his name and pushed the sky higher. He discovered the secret of fire making from a bird. Well, he stole it from the bird, maybe even tortured the bird for it. And he lassoed the sun to slow its travels around the globe. The result was more daylight, so his mother could pound her kapa, cloth, and let it dry in the sun.

I’d like to call upon Maui to slow down our spinning globe. Maybe add another eight hours to the day, a day to the week, a week to the month, a month to the year.

In the mean time, I’ll take the summer solstice and enjoy the additional two-and-a-half hours of daylight to:

1. Walk the dogs on the beach at Hanalei Bay at sunset.
2. Enjoy the sounds of music at the annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival.
3. Take in the Brothers Cazimero concert at the Waikiki Aquarium.
4. Attend the Breadfruit Festival and tour the Amy B.H. Greenwell Garden in Captain Cook on Big Island.
5.  And maybe, finally, watch the sun rise from the summit of Haleakala in honor of Maui himself.

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