Not all life is pain and injury. Sometimes you get to take advantage of your hard work and dedication. Or as the Bible states in Psalm 128:2, " You will eat the fruit of your labor, blessings and prosperity will be yours." As a member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) I was invited to a conference in Maui, HI. This being my fifth year as a plaintiffs’ lawyer I felt the time was good for a little vacation and working conference.
The lineup is always amazing for the AAJ Conference and the talented, experienced, and world renown lawyers that were on hand helped motivate this younger, yet driven attorney. Its always good to draw on the passion I have to fight against the evil insurance companies, ie (Allstate, Selective, Sentry, Progressive, State Farm, and many more) and to see that passion in practicing attorneys of 30 years or more is energizing. As an evil insurance hater in Anderson, South Carolina you can sometimes feel like an island but when you rekindle that hatred for wrong doers amongst other successful lawyers around the country you are reminded that you are on the right path.
If you ever get to Maui for a vacation to relax, rejuvenate, and/or reflect here are things I recommend from a nonworking perspective:
- Old Lahaina Luau– A great look into Maui’s history and to the Hawaiian way of life in general. Not as commercialized as other advertised luaus and the food was amazing. Plus if you like to drink the price includes all you can eat and drink. The location is right on the ocean and reservation are a plus.
- Sail Triology– Both the book I bought and friends that went before us recommended this tour for snorkeling. On the day we went we actually had the founder on the boat, got to see the sun rise, saw a twin whale breach, heard whales underwater while snorkeling, had fantastic food, and smooth sailing. A must do excursion.
- Road to Hana– this was made more delightful by not driving personally and not having to return back on the same day by car. It has been named the "Divorce Highway" by locals because of the toll the winding roads and one way bridges take on a couple. Simply beautiful, historic, and breathtaking. So hard to describe but is a must do. We drove there and took a helicopter ride back touring the waterfalls and the volcano, Haleakala.
- Old Lahaina Grill-not sure how we found this on the first night but it was great. Others bragged about Mama’s Fish House but we felt it was overrated and overpriced. You can’t beat the location of Mama’s Fish House but I think you can beat the food. A runner up in the food area was the Waterfront Restaurant– simple, affordable, and good.
I have been blessed to travel to many places in my short life of 32 years and I encourage others to do the same because you never know what life has in store for you. As a 14 year leukemia survivor I dont wait on my retirement to visit the places I want to see. I see them as soon as possible and check them off the list I made shortly after cancer.
Visit Hawaii. Check.