This past week a guy from Berkeley died while snorkeling off the Southern coast of Maui. The ninth such tragedy in two weeks. It happened off Maluaka Beach, which is in front of the (former) Maui Prince Hotel, which became the (former) Makena Beach Hotel, and is now condos or something. Back when I was traveling to Hawaii for work, I stayed at the Maui Prince many times. I've snorkeled off Maluaka Beach many, many times. In fact, it was off Maluaka Beach where I learned to SCUBA dive.
It's one of my favorite beaches on earth...
Needless to say, hearing about people dying someplace you've been to many times gets you thinking.
The Boston Marathon bombing was on a street I've walked down many times.
9/11 happened in a building I've been up many times.
The Vegas shooting was in an area I've been through many times.
The list goes on and on. Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, terrorism... it's all happening somewhere, and sometimes it happens in places you know. Having to reconcile happy memories with tragic events is a struggle.
As is life, I suppose.
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Wow…that’s the beach we snorkel off of all the time when we are in Maui. In fact, I’ll be there next month. It’s interesting that it sounds like the common denominator is a full face snorkel mask (which we have never used). How tragic for the victims and their families.
That article you linked is nuts. Not in the sense that it’s wrong, just… wow. Full face masks are the culprit? I didn’t even know they were a thing until last week when I saw them advertised by Groupon. Now this. Yikes.