Haiku, Maui

Did you know there’s a town on the north shore of Maui called Haiku? In the Hawaiian language, Haʻikū means to “talk abruptly” or “sharp break.” So thats very different from haiku poetry, but it’s interesting to know the town shares the same word, and wouldnt it be fun, if you’re a haiku poet, to say you live in Haiku? For decades it was home to former United States poet laureate W. S. Merwin, and his Merwin Conservancy is still located there. The conservancy maintains a palm forest with hundreds of rare species of trees. As Merwin once wrote, “On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree.” Surely haiku poets share this attitude. He also wrote that reading a lot of haiku was like being pecked to death by doves! Haiku was also home to the haiku poet James W. Hackett in his last years. I have not visited Haiku myself, but hope to do so whenever I’m able to make it to Maui. It would be fun to check out the Haiku Library and even do a ride-along with the Haiku Police, but I don’t think it’s that big a town. But maybe there’s a Haiku Hotel—and you can drive down Haiku Road, visit the Haiku Reservoir, the Haiku Mill, get stamps at the Haiku Post Office, shop for food at the Haiku Grocery Store, clean up at the Haiku Laundromat, fix what ails you at the Haiku Medical Clinic, fill your prescriptions at the Haiku Pharmacy, get your hair done at the Haiku Salon, visit the Haiku Marketplace shopping center, and get everything your poetry requires at Haiku True Value Hardware. And maybe write some haiku about your Haiku experiences. + +

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The question is, do they sell haiku books at any of these stores?!?

These last three photos are by Jacquie Pearce, from 2018.