I'm a 43 year old mermaid living on the Mendocino Coast in California. I am a lifelong animal lover, and I have owned and operated my own dog grooming business for the past three years. I also moonlight as a writer, reporting mostly on music festivals and other fun events. Hawaii holds my heart! I've never been to Maui, but have spent extensive months on both Kauai and the Big Isle. Leaving is always the hardest part, but I keep feeling like I have more to learn on the mainland before I make the big move. I love to swim, and have taught swimming to the local children for the past twenty years. My dad has arranged for all of us to have a family reunion on Maui, but one week is simply not enough Hawaii time for me, so I'm arriving a week early. His reservations don't actually start until the 21st, but it looks like that night is already booked, so I'll be looking for a night's accommodations elsewhere, in case you've got any hot tips!