Ron Paul goes Hawaiian
Maui Wowie! Who would have thought that going on vacation to Hawaii would turn out to be a political adventure? Of course there was golf, beach time, a helicopter ride over a lava spewing volcano, a luau with Mai Tai’s and other adventures. I read FreedomsPhoenix.com every day and get my fix of Ron Paul regularly. I should state that I don’t vote, but I do support Ron Paul both financially and via information giving to others. I really wasn’t expecting to find any reference to Ron Paul in this detached State thousands of miles from home, nor was I looking for it.
It started with a 38 mile bike ride down the Haleakala Volcano (fortunately this one was not spewing lava). I first did the ride two years ago, and I would highly recommend this for anybody visiting Maui. They pick you up at your hotel or condo before dawn, cart you up the road to the top in time to see the sunrise, and then you go down at pretty incredible speeds for 38 miles. You stop at various places along the way, to not only take pictures but also to shed the layers of clothing that you need at the top, since it’s cold up there. About halfway down there were Ron Paul signs on the road! Quite a pleasant surprise and pictures were taken.
That evening we were out to dinner and right next door to the restaurant was a little gift shop called Cool Maui Stuff. In the window was prominently displayed a poster with Ron Paul’s picture on it. We had to go in! In the back of the store they had a TV going with a constant loop of Ron Paul videos. We ended up chatting with the owner, who recently started a meetup group in Maui, bought some cool Maui stuff, and suggested he check out FreedomsPhoenix.com While we were shopping, we heard people asking, who is Ron Paul, and saw a couple of kids watching the videos. The owner told us there is a lot of interest in Ron Paul by Hawaiians.
A few days later we went to the Big Island of Hawaii and were sitting on the beach when we were approached by a young man selling drinks to the resort guests. Fortunately it was Pina Colada time. I was reading a novel at the time and the drinks guy asked me what I was reading, I guess just making conversation. I told him I was reading a political thriller and unlike reality, it had a fictional vice-president and a senator that were crooked and evil. I know, it’s hard to believe, but sometimes politicians are bad. He said to me, “Speaking of politics, what do you think about this candidate for President….I can’t think of his name…?”
I had my Ron Paul Revolution t-shirt crumpled up on my chair, which I then displayed, and sure enough he said to me, “That’s who I was going to ask you about, Ron Paul.” In the next ten minutes I educated him about Ron and his ideas and gave him a few libertarian websites to check out. The next day my kids heard him chatting up other guests about Ron Paul. I saw him later and he wants to put up Ron Paul Revolution signs all over the Big Island.
As they say in Hawaii, “Aloha”, “Mahalo”, and now, let’s add “Let the Ron Paul Revolution begin”.