Yesterday started off with a ride down past Little Beach into Ahihi-Kinau Natural Preserve. We rode past the Big Beach/Little Beach parking lot, past Wedding Beach and on to the lava field that comprises part of the Preserve. (I wrote about this area a couple of years ago. For more pictures of the area, go here.)
|The lava field with the slopes of Haleakala in the distance.|
|It was a beautiful morning for a ride along the ocean. The lava mound above Little Beach is visible in the distance.|
After our ride, we got ready and headed in Kihei to visit the marriage license agent. I guess because of the island geography of the entire state as well as each island, the state has elected to use licensed marriage agents instead of a centralized county clerk office.
The agent in Kihei (there are a half-dozen others scattered across the island) has a tiny office adjacent to her house (pictured below). As I looked around the office at the bride and groom teddy bears and the pictures on the walls, I wondered how long it would be before this agent decided it is time to put up at least one token picture of a gay wedding and another of a lesbian wedding. As it happened, a lesbian couple arrived at the same time we did. Interesting.