Getting out was fun; we had to turn the boat so the back was pointing toward the shore and then backpaddle in conjunction with a friendly wave. When we were all back on shore and the boats up above the tideline (and the paddles rinsed and returned to their racks), we had a "Mahalo" ceremony, where we thanked "the spirit," the guardian angel, the elders, the volcano (Haleakala, for watching over us), the west Maui mountains (for making the water sweet), the ocean for giving us a safe journey, and, finally, ourselves, for being strong.
This was really fun, in fact, I think, the most fun I've had all week. I would do this all the time if I lived here.
This will probably be my last formal post for this trip. We're going to get in a little swimming, come back and pack, then go to the aquarium for a bit before we head to the airport. Miss you all, mahalo for reading and interacting with me, and aloha.
PS: Saw some potato chips yesterday that reminded me of me: "Maui Kitch'n Cook'd." The label says DO NOT EXPOSE TO SUNSHINE. This made me think it was the "Goth chip." Anyway, that's me: Kitch'n Cook'd. If I start wearing this 'do rag all the time at home, you'll know I was left in the sun too long.