Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bohemians and Hippies on the Beach and other Hangouts

Yes, on certain beaches, you can find a hippie or bohemian element. 
A lot of people are attracted to Maui: trust fund babies, rich retirees, windsurfers from South America, anyone from anywhere friggin' cold, like Canadians - ay!, Woofers on organic farms, escapees from the career ladder,  massage therapists and yoga teachers, artists, and of course, hippies,
bohemians, and New Age folks.

Different people are attracted to different beaches too. Certain beaches are more classically "tourist-y" and conventional (or just have great snorkeling) and other beaches tend to attract a more alternative group.

A classic (in an alternative way) Maui moment. 

Of the beaches I know, three stand out as attracting the more hippie and alternative crowds: Baldwin Beach (not all of it, just the cove all the way to the right), Pa'ia Beach (sometimes, all the way to the left) and Little Beach at Makena.

Of course, for those of us who know Maui well, Little Beach is not surprising. It's like going back in time to a counter-culture.  

This trio reminds me of  the Three Graces of Greek mythology,
in a Maui free spirit kind of way. 

Of course there are hippies up and down the North Shore: Pa'ia, Ha'iku, Huelo and up through Hana. I have friends in Huelo who do a superman switch from hippie garb to mundane attire, clothing that no one would raise an eyebrow at. 
Paia's classic sign: "Do not feed the hippies." which has been scratched out  and rewritten many times, and underneath, "Only hippies peel off stickers."

I'm using hippie in a casual way - anyone who looks alternative, with flowing garments, maybe dreadlocks, unusual jewelry and adornments, who might eat granola, and has that flower child inner and outer glow.  There are so MANY pics I have wanted to take of hippies, hitchhikers, and beach folks, but have been too shy to ask. 
These folks are glowing with organic radiance. 

The beautiful Bohemians in the picture above were already taking pics and said it would be okay for me to take some too (and post them even), so what the heck?  We did warn them that technically, it's illegal to sell stuff on the beach, although people do it all the time at Makena. It's illegal in the way that jaywalking is - it's not a major crime, but the cops could enforce it if they wanted to. 

Here's to hippie-dom, bohemian free spirits, organic love, crunchy granola, and good health!


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