It has been a very wet and windy winter and spring this year on Maui. The mountain grasses are taller than I have seen in many years. My yard and fruit trees are flowering and getting ready for a bumper yield. All the avocado trees Upcountry are completely covered in blossoms and my mangoes are growing larger by the week.
We are so fortunate that our reservoirs are now full to the top. Regardless of the extra work and hassles of rain and mud, there is something very reassuring about the abundance of water. I keep envisioning the aquafir increasing the fresh water level as all this sweet rain filters through the porous lava rock.
I don't know if there is a more beautiful time of year to visit Hawaii. The glorious Jacaranda trees are starting to bloom. The harbinger of Spring, one very large purple blossom covered tree, is now in it's full glory. This particular tree on the Lower Kula Highway, is larger than most, blooms earlier than all, and stays in bloom longer as well. The purple highway is still a few weeks away from wowing all those who are lucky enough to drive our beautiful stretch of upcountry Maui. Before long, the road will be lined with blooming Jacaranda. Even our local residents like to roll Upcountry this time of year for a view of the emerald green pastures dotted with bright purple trees.
This weekend was one of my favorite events in Haiku, the 21st Annual Haiku Ho'olaule'a Flower Festival.This is a very well attended event with visitors and kama'aina happy to spend a day with ohana and friends sharing some good outdoor fun.
Despite the occasional showers, everyone was enjoying the Keiki performances and foot stomping local bands. Home style nurseries, flower and vegies growers displayed their wares in attractive booths. Today I purchased a few unusual Antherium blossoms, hand painted greeting cards, and some unique, affordable locally made jewelery