Friday night was Paia’s party night – every fourth Friday of the month, the town lights up, the bars and shops open their doors, musicians come to play in the streets, games are played and various street shows are put up. It was such a colorful night! In fact, it had a little bit of a carnivalesque air about it, as this is the Halloween weekend, so a lot of people were dressed up in crazy attire. Rose and Branden wore masks.
I took part in a ping pong tournament, from all things (!), and partnered up with a Spanish guy who was a good team mate. We didn’t get very far through the tournament, but we played well, and celebrated our good sportsmanship with a glass of red wine! I met quite a few people that night, mainly South Americans from Uruguay and Brazil.
Charley’s bar was absolutely packed with people dancing to the lively music of a latin dance band. There was a great ambiance about the town, and lots of very happy people. There were no ridiculously drunk loud people, or any sense of danger about the festivities. It was a great celebration, and I enjoyed the liveliness of it, as it can be very quiet in this part of town in the evenings.
Despite a lot of people telling me that I will most probably prefer Maui to Oahu, I am looking forward to discovering Honolulu and the Waikiki area. I island-hop to Oahu on November 23rd. Most Maui-ans see Honolulu like most French people not living in Paris see Paris, or how most rural Brits see London, how most mainlanders see New York. Coming from Pregnin, and only being 10 mins away from Geneva, I am used to both rural and urban scenes, and finding somewhere similar, that has that same balance is rare. I am looking forward to being in areas where there are more people, music, livelihood, not because I am bored of the quiet, but because I am used to both. Perhaps I will long for some tranquility after a few weeks in Honolulu… Who knows? Stay tuned!
Today I went to Hookipa again to play some music. Today’s winnings: 17$. One guy gave me a 10$ bill and began talking to me, as he seemed very enthused by my singing and playing. He came from Tennessee and told me his brother was in the business of making steel guitars. I also met another musician yesterday, who was on the Haiku bus with me, he had a twelve string guitar with him. He was on his way to the Paia party, and was hoping to play in a restaurant or two. I love the sound of a twelve string!
There was a windsurfing competition at Hookipa today, and seeing as it was Sunday, it was very busy. I watched the windsurfers for a bit, and was really impressed by their skills as the wind was very strong today, and that sport does not look easy.
Tomorrow I will go to Paia Bay Café and re-write an album review for Ras, publish it online, and schedule some interviews for him on radio stations. Ras is also playing a show some time next week which I will attend!