Sundog –noun 1. parhelion. 2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

First Pictures From Maui!

A few photos to show we really are in Maui! I have many more I will work on uploading over the next several days.

First up – we have gecko lizards who hang out on our windows, especially the bathroom window. They have learned light attracts moths and moths are a good meal. It is interesting to watch them hunting at night. They mostly stay on the outside of the window, but this guy decided to go for a walk around our apartment before scurrying back to the bathroom window after I took his picture.

It seems to rain at least a little every day here in Haiku, Hawaii. Our first day here was a beautiful sunny day and then it rained the next 6 in a row! This picture was taken a couple nights ago off our front porch. Fantastic to see a double rainbow out our windows!

Next is a few from our big day out today. I met Kimberly through an MCS forum, The Canary Report, and she lives here on Maui too. She offered to take me and Jeremy around to the farmer’s market in Makaweo for some fresh produce then into Paia to Mana Foods for the rest of our grocery shopping as we still don’t have a car.

Kimberly brought her daughter Emily today and it was a blast meeting them. This is the first time in a huge number of years I have had a friend I could actually walk up to and give a hug.

A hug was the first thing I did too!

I forgot I had the camera for the first half of our day and will post pictures of the Farmer’s Market next time I go. It was a very small one compared to others I have been to, but the produce looked really nice. Good prices too – we picked up two cabbages probably close to 5 pounds each and they were only $3 a piece! It looks like the market will be a good spot to order organic, free range chicken once we get a car and can pick it up after it grows from a young bird.

We also stopped at a small produce stand on the outskirts of Paia. It did not have much variety, but the proceeds go to help the disabled people who are being retrained to grow and sell their food through the stand. It gives them good jobs and is nice to know I’m helping to support them.

Paia itself is a cute little community right on the Northshore. Kimberly had offered to treat us to lunch at one of her favorite places here – The Flatbread Company. It turned out we were early and so to kill time Emily drove us all to Baby Beach.

Finally after 9 days on Maui, Jeremy and I met the ocean. The sand was warm, but not to hot. As the water lapped at my calves it was refreshingly cool. The wind was a bit strong today and a constant force to stand upright against.

I washed sea water over my face and head, wishing I could find a deep area to jump into full body. As nobody had brought a towel and much of the trip was still ahead of me, I opted to keep everything but my legs dry. Thank goodness Jeremy and I bought shorts before coming here!

I manged to come home with only a few pieces of coral in my pockets, Jeremy had a few shells to share from his. It was with great effort I resisted the temptation to fill every pocket I had with bits of wonder found in the sand.

Next stop was for lunch. Did I mention The Flatbread Company is a pizza joint? Fantastic, fire oven pizzas on the only gluten free pizza crust I have actually enjoyed immensely. I’m not usually a fan of thin crust pizza, but I was aiming for the crust on this one!

I had thought the pizzas were small personal ones and so Jeremy and I ordered one each. It was a surprise to see they were approximately a foot in diameter each. While we were there, Kimberly had another daughter join us and she brought a friend so the extra food worked out well. Kimberly even let us take the leftovers home – yay! I must say, this pizza is worth stopping for if ever you find yourself in Maui. The pepperoni and mushroom is killer – all organic and super yummy!

Our final stop was at Mana Foods to finish off our grocery shopping. One thing we forgot to pack had been our toothbrushes, they were left behind in our rush to make the plane. We did pick up a pair from the local store in Haiku last week, but they were lousy ones. I am thankful Mana Foods carried everything we needed today from MCS friendly laundry soap to toothbrushes and canning jars – along with a huge assortment of produce for rounding out our next couple weeks of eating.

At the end of the journey we had a bag for Kimberly of fresh limes, guavas, and a couple bananas we picked ourselves yesterday. It felt really good to be able to share some of the fruits growing here around our apartment in thanks for the trip today.

Another hug and plans to meet up again next week, this time likely for snorkeling, saw Kimberly and Emily on their way.

The wind made for an interesting picture, maybe more luck next time!

For those who have been long time Sundog readers or browsed back a ways, you’ll know how much I have longed to be free to hug those around me. It has been a bane with my MCS to be unable to do so all these years other than the rare occasion I was in my ‘town clothes’ and could come in contact with whatever toxic products were on the other person. I don’t know what has happened here in Maui, but from the moment I set foot off the plane my MCS has been considerably improved.

Today I hugged a friend for the first time in years and I am sure it won’t be the last.


18 responses

  1. Oh yeah. πŸ™‚

    Ohhhh, yeah. πŸ™‚

    Dream come true. πŸ™‚ Hey, how do you like living inside?

    June 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    • Loving most of it! Getting used to some of the new noises is odd, like the bathroom door squeaking in the wind sometimes at night. Everything inside seems louder and outside seems quieter. I don’t miss the constant hum of the interstate though. πŸ™‚


      June 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

  2. Snez

    Fabulous, absolutely wonderful! πŸ˜€

    A great joy for me to read and share your happiness and excitement of your experiences- beach, pizza, shopping, geckos and the best of all…. HUGS…. One day I hope to give you some real ones too πŸ™‚

    I am so thrilled and so happy for you that your MCS has decreased since living on Maui. I so look forward to many more happy days ahead for you and Jeremy.

    Oh, and such cute pictures of you and Jeremy, had to look twice at the stranger with you πŸ˜€ …it certainly changes his appearance with the beard off! πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and many hugs of course πŸ™‚

    June 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    • hehe, Jeremy’s like a secret agent with how much his look changes based on beard growth. Looking forward to getting those hugs Snez!! πŸ˜€


      June 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

  3. Ron

    Looks like paradise. You two are looking really well. It all sounds wonderful.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    • Hey Ron!! Awesome to see you here. πŸ˜€

      I think you’re right that we are already looking better than we have for a long while. I’m sure some of it was having one of the best days we’ve seen in years, but we are also taking daily walks and eating better than ever!

      hugs and love to ya Ron! πŸ˜€

      June 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

  4. Isabelle Mackenzie

    I am so happy for both of you! What a dream come true…see, Lisa, good things do in deed come to those who wait!!! A hug? You shared a hug??? That is totally awesome!!!!! You ‘re living inside a house again, on one of the world’s most beautiful islands, are feeling better, went out for lunch, went shopping at the market, went in a car AND shared hug? WOW….definitely sounds like a dream come true and answer to prayer….I’m not sure if life can get much better than that. What more can I say?

    Loving the updates and the photos…enjoy that ocean breeze for me too, ok? Stay well and enjoy every minute!

    lots and lots of ((HUGS)) coming your way!!

    June 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    • Will do Isabelle! πŸ˜€ I’ll make sure to send some of the ocean feelings your way next time I’m there. πŸ˜€

      Big hugs to you too! lisa

      June 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

  5. hi,

    this is one of the very first blogs i found when my kids and i acquired mcs in january. i’ve been following you whenever i have time, and i HAD to comment on this entry. because it’s inspirational and happy and full of hope and excitement. the past three hawaii entries have been like a tv show, where i can’t wait for the next segment.
    you are in natures clinic; the ocean. and you both will only get better and better. if there was a way for my kids and i to be in hawaii, we’d be there in a heartbeat. i’ve ALWAYS wanted to live there. sigh

    wishing you all the best. i’m so happy for you guys!

    June 23, 2011 at 1:20 am

    • Nice to meet you Denise! πŸ™‚ It warmed my heart to hear how much you’ve been enjoying reading my blog and Jeremy had a great big smile on his face when I read him your comment. Thank you! πŸ™‚

      Don’t give up hope on someday moving to a healing place, just keep thinking of it one day happening and you might be happily surprised.

      big hugs, Lisa

      June 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

  6. This is SO EXCITING!! I love the photos. The ocean is so typically Hawaiian with the lava and gradated colors that it takes me back in time to when I lived there. What a wonderful wonderful thing for you both!!!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

    • Thanks Pris! I’m glad my pictures were able to revive those happy memories. πŸ˜€


      June 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

  7. victoriaaphotography


    Everythng sounds so exciting on Maui. I just had this feeling a warmer, climate with lots of open ground & fresh air would help your MCS. Love the sound of the market, pizza & shopping expedition. Can’t wait to hear more tales.

    The sun & sand looks heavenly (especially in light of a cold, rainy day here).

    Lots of Love

    June 23, 2011 at 3:46 am

    • I had the same feeling too Vicki. πŸ™‚

      Love back at ya! lisa

      June 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

  8. PenguinTheif

    Looks so beautiful down there. I’m so glad you two got this chance. I’ll pretend I’m not envious by reminding you of how I swim like a rock and my life would be in constant peril, would I live there too. But man, lookin good! πŸ™‚

    June 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

    • Silly, you should try to emulate swimming at least like a piece of driftwood if it must be an inanimate object! At least you’d make a good distract for the sharks while I swam to shore. πŸ˜€


      June 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  9. Marian Smartt

    You guys look so happy…so glad that Kimberly is helping you. She sounds awesome. And to think the MCS might stay improved….HURRAY

    I am so incredibly happy formboth of you….you guys are amazing!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    • Thanks Marian! You’re pretty darn amazing too! πŸ˜€


      June 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

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