Don’t panic when travel opens, use best prac­tices

The Maui News - - Opinion -

I used to be a vis­i­tor, but now I am kama‘aina. Af­ter be­ing a “vis­i­tor” to Maui for over 30 years, my hus­band and I now find our­selves res­i­dents of this lovely isle. From the first year we set foot on Maui, we knew we wanted to re­tire here.

Be­com­ing kama‘aina hap­pened in an eye blink. We bought a condo, got our driver’s li­censes, paid taxes, and presto change-o . . . kama‘aina.

With vis­i­tors about to re­turn to Maui Aug. 1, I will tread lightly. I used to be a vis­i­tor. I will not tell my neigh­bors to not panic, as this just seems to make peo­ple panic. In­stead, I will rec­om­mend we be more cau­tious, that we con­tinue to so­cially dis­tance, that we con­tinue to wash our hands, that we con­tinue to wear our masks.

In ad­di­tion, I will carry an ex­tra mask in a clean baggy in my purse to hand with aloha to any­one I see who is with­out a mask. I will spread the aloha of Maui with a shaka, and not a hug. I will en­cour­age vis­i­tors to be pono, pro­tect our kupuna, wear masks. I will not panic. I will stay the course.

We’ve got this Maui! I know we can do it.

Pamela Sue Schwartau


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