By Fredrica Syren
Last week we spent one week of vacation in Paia, Maui and, boy, did we have a relaxing time. We’re rented a house on the beach, so our days were all about playing in the sand and swimming. I was very pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to live green here because most grocery stores offer lots of local foods: vegetables, fruits, sea asparagus, coffee, bread and fish all come from the island. Here you can go to a local farm and buy milk for about $3/gallon, or you can go to Costco and buy the same milk for about $4/gallon. Even in restaurants, local products are favored. What a difference that is from San Diego where, when I have asked if they buy from local producers, they always tell me it’s too expensive.
The owners of the house we rented live next door with their three kids. One thing I’ve noticed since arriving is how simple a life they seem to live here. Not surprisingly, the beach and ocean are the main focus, so kids spend a lot of time fishing, swimming, collecting sea shells for art projects, and looking at all the little critters living on the beach or in the ocean. They seem to know so much. I don’t see them with tons of toys; rather, they use their imaginations to make up their own games.
It makes me so happy to see that green living is such big deal here and something the locals seem to be proud of and to cherish. And why shouldn’t they?