Feeling smug for having left work early I decided to get a head start on my Christmas food shopping. I only needed a few things at Costco (a foolish notion at best as they don’t encourage ‘ 9 items or less’). However, having battled downtown traffic & finding even the overflow parking lot was full I realized (not so smugly) the rest of Maui had the same idea. Chuntering “there are way too many people on this Island” I moved to plan B…Puk-Sup-a kinder, gentler non bulky shopping experience. Here the natives are friendly and the veggies locally grown.
Puk-Sup led me to Foodland for the few items they didn’t have and as I was warning the local cashier about the horrors of the downtown population explosion I had to stop myself from saying “where did all these people come from”?, as I am clearly one of “those people”!
Upon opening the passenger door of my truck, the Puk-Sup potatoes & onions dove onto the concrete like lemmings off a cliff. Given that I had parked on a slight incline, they started rolling under the car next to me and were only stopped from gathering great speed by a concrete parking lot divider! As I bent over picking up my escaped verdure I must have looked like a bizarre well dressed bag lady who’d won the vegetable lottery!
Which reminds me, as my vegetable cup runneth over & there are too many mouths on the Island, I must give to the Maui food bank.
PS: Hawai'i's population grew by more than 12,000 people from July 2005 to July 2006 and is now home to 1.285 million people.