People have asked me many times what is meant by the former title of this column, "Kayak Talkin'."
"Kayak talk" is an expression that my friends sometimes use when we need to have a very private conversation that "stays in Vegas," or, in this case, stays on the high seas of Maui as we paddle out about three-quarters-of-a-mile from shore and talk story, share secrets and maybe have a beer or two.
There is something very special about the serenity, the stillness and the privacy that surrounds you when you're so far out from da kine.
and Another Thing…
But the longer I used that title, "Kayak Talkin,'" the clearer it became that most people didn't interpret the two words in the way I meant (some even thought I owned a boat shop!).
Some of my more humorous friends think most of my stuff is more Andy Rooney than kayak "spiritual" and say this new name works better for most of the subject matter.
This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui for over 11 years. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as the morning-drive host of a show called "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio here on-island. Email firstname.lastname@example.org