Aloha! I cannot believe it’s been almost a week since I came to Maui! I am still in awe of it’s beauty. Every where I look I find something new and spectacular! Pennsylvania’s got a lot of competition right now, it might not see me come back!
This first week has been full of exciting new experiences! For one, I started my clinical rotation at Kihei Physical Therapy. I have only been there 3 days thus far, but I cant not even begin to describe the amount of information I learned thus far! Now I’m anxious to see what else I’ll continue to learn over the next few weeks!
I spend the majority of my time at the outpatient clinic in town, though one day a week I head up country to Kula Hospital, one of the two hospitals here on the island. It has been quite interesting learning about the healthcare differences here compared to the main land.
One of the things I love about the clinic I am working in is each patient is seen for 45 minutes individually with the physical therapist. Having the one on one time with your patient is one of , if not the most important factor in the patient’s recovery.
On my prior clinical rotation, also at an outpatient clinic, my clinical instructor, CI, would see 4,5,6 patients at a time. Granted he was an incredible PT to learn from. His patient population consisted of mostly high school and college athletes. Though, no matter the population or how skilled you are as a PT it is damn near impossible to give each patient the attention and care they deserve for an optimal recovery.
Here at Kihei, I have a wonderful CI, Pamela. Her specialty is Pilates and uses this technique in many of her treatments! I had little to no prior knowledge on Pilates, so it has been a great opportunity to learn more on this technique, hopefully bringing my knowledge to share back to Pennsylvania!
Of course a majority of my time is spent in the clinic, but any chance I have to go and explore the island I take it!
Everything is truly incredible here from the scenery, to the food, to the people. It’s all just breathtaking!
Each weekend I hope to explore a different beach and town around the island.
This weekend I stayed in south Maui, exploring Maluaka and Keawakapu. Maluaka beach is part of Mekena State Park. This beach is a part of the island called “Turtle Town” named for its phenominal snorkling spots and its high population of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Maluaka is a quaint and quiet beach. This is the perfect beach if you’re trying to avoid the tourist population!
Keawakapu beach was the total opposite of Maluaka! This is highly populated tourist beach! Though, if you enjoy taking long walks along the beach this is the spot for you. This beach is one of the longer one on the island. May of the beaches on the island are little coves, where you can see each end on either side of you blockaded by jetty’s of lava rock.
The one thing I found the most remarkable about the beaches here on Maui is the water. The beautiful crystal clear water glistens in the hot island sun. I was mesmerized when I first laid eyes on it. Its amazing how clear and shiny the water is here!
These are just a few of the many adventures to come here on Maui! I can not wait to see where the island takes me next!
If there is something you’d like to hear more about while on my adventure here in Maui comment below and I’d be happy to create a post!