If you live Maui you drive by (or on) a giant mountain everyday, Hale’akala. We stop periodically to admire the auspicious presence and feel the mana cascade from it’s slopes. Visitors make the drive up everyday in the dark and cold mornings to watch the sunrise -something I have never done. Sunsets however, from the summit of Haleakala, yes, I have enjoyed many.

With the new year here I took my family on a Sunday afternoon drive up the mountain to the summit. We planned to have a small picnic and enjoy the sunset while contemplating our future. We were rewarded with beautiful vistas -that seem to be better then the last time you where on that same spot, no?
As we watched the sun set I couldn’t help but feel so lucky to be here on Maui (especially during this time of change in the world), where we can escape the confusion for moments of pure clarity, soak in nature and culture and remind ourselves of the big picture.

I’m so stoked to take on 2009, really, I am. Mahalo to all my friends and clients for making it possible to live the dream. Happy new year and godspeed!

PS: here is a short video that my son Ian shot and edited on his own. I think he did a great job, enjoy!