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Eddie Borgo, Maui
My family and I had been planning a trip to Maui for years. My younger and only brother, John, has lived on the island since 2006. His phone never works because he drops it in the ocean all the time, so I was really looking forward to catching up with him.
We arrived at his house on Christmas Day. It’s all concrete and glass, opens up at every angle like a magic box, and has an unbeatable outdoor shower-garden. It’s right on the beach off of Front Street, the main strip in the Lahaina area.
After we settled, we drove to Haleakala, a volcano in east Maui. The clouds were too low for good visibility from the top, so we went to the Twin Falls instead. There, we drank from coconuts and hiked through the forest to get to the falls. They were beautiful — we swung on a rope swing through the water and dropped into a natural pool below.
Another day, our friend Loree Rodkin invited [my boyfriend] Keegan and I out on a sailboat that she had chartered to go whale watching with Alice Cooper’s wife and children. We had lunch on the way out and started to spot the whales right away. The captain was originally from New York and did not seem to miss the city at all.
My brother also took me to a swimming spot between Honokohau and Honolua Bay. I can’t say too much because it is a favorite local spot, and I am sworn to secrecy. But we had to scale a 300-foot cliff to get there, hanging from a rope and descending ladders. Scary, but so worth it.
We also went zip lining over the valleys of Mount Kahalawai, above streams and waterfalls; attended a traditional luau; ate incredible seafood at Mama’s Fish House, and met the coolest people here. I will definitely be coming back soon.
See you in N.Y.!
Editor’s Note: Jewelry designer Eddie Borgo returns to New York from Maui this week.