Living: Maui: America's Magic Isle

For malihinis and faithful whales, a last paradise in the sun

Long, long ago, legend has it, the demigod Maui became incensed with the sun. It passed too swiftly over his Hawaiian island, leaving little time for fruits to ripen or womenfolk to dry their tapa cloth. So, with a web of 16 ropes, Maui lassoed the sun. "Give me my life," pleaded Sol. "I will," replied the demigod, "if you promise to move more slowly across our sky." The sun consented, and to this day, islanders swear, its arc is longer, its rays more...

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