Although we stayed up pretty late the night before, we both were up around five o’clock in the morning. We had a scheduled tour of the island that would last eleven hours and the bus would be outside to pick us up shortly.
The tour bus was driven by a guy with feathers and a warming disposition. Nothing overboard like on the television shows, but you knew he was representing an aspect of the Maui and Hawaiian culture, in general. We spent the majority of the morning picking up other passengers for the tour. We drove around to the foot of the major mountain and had a continental breakfast at one of the outfits apparently reserved for tour companies to host tourists.
Much of what the trip around the entire island of Maui and an excursion into its higher peaks taught me was the rich history of the set of islands. Prior to the statehood, the islands where a rich culture that hosted a population of over one million inhabitants without need for large amounts of imports. Two capitalists, the two whom which the museum we discussed earlier was named after, captured much of the island’s industry and appealed to United States’s political interests. Much of the story of the powerful attraction of the people of Maui and Hawaii, in general, is written in the trees and foliage that weave their own tales of survival and conquest in the rain forest.