After a lifetime dreaming of visiting the Hawaiian Islands, that dream finally came true. Or so I thought.
Unfortunately, skepticism arose soon after leaving the airport in Kahului. On Maui, my wife and I found speeding is the norm and you instantly become the target of road rage if you don't join in. Once in Kihei, we couldn't help but also notice that scooters ride on bike paths with impunity while cyclists and skateboarders take to the dimly lit sidewalks. Pedestrians be damned.
According to an online trip adviser, one dining establishment in Kihei is supposedly quite famous. Not for its food, but its brawls.
By now growing quite disillusioned, I spoke to a local shop owner, who told me that there's a lot of violent crime here. Trouble is, no one wants to talk about it because it's bad for business. She was right. Who in their right mind would want to vacation on an expensive Hawaiian island known for its apathetic view on crime? So let's keep that a secret.
If there is law enforcement in Kihei, or on this island for that matter, there is little evidence. Oddly enough though, situated directly behind the way too busy Kihei police station, the parking lot is constantly full of parked patrol cars.
No matter. My wife and I, thoroughly disappointed, will never return to Maui, much less Kihei.