Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hello there, baby pineapple!

Look what I have - another ripe pineapple! This is the second pineapple to have ripened on my original pineapple plant (one last year, now this one 14 months later). By comparison, it is TINY, the fruit itself measuring 3 inches tall. However, it smells delicious. And there is another slightly larger pineapple still ripening.

As for my other pineapple plants, none of them have even gotten a bud. This pineapple plant was the first Maui Gold pineapple I planted from Costco. The others were later purchases from Costco and while they grew, they have not gotten as large nor had a bud. I wonder if they are GMO with an automatic kill-gene in them as some plants are nowadays. Ah well, it's been fun experimenting.

To read more about my experimental pineapple plantings - click the 'Cara's pineapple' link under 'labels' on the right side of the blog.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fantastic Hawaiian Ocean Safety Video

Little known fact: "drowning is the leading cause of death for visitors in the State of Hawaii, and the activity in which we have the most fatalities in the ocean is snorkeling" - Jim Howe, Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Safety

Everyone who goes into the ocean in Hawaii should watch this short ocean safety video by Malika Dudley, Maui meteorologist. Please take the time to watch and don't become a statistic. Click here if the video doesn't load.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Our First Tropical Storm of the Season

It's that time of year - hurricane season! Although here in the Pacific they are referred to as cyclones. Just to confuse everyone.

The first named storm of the season for the Central Pacific (Tropical Storm Wali) is expected to come blowing past the Hawaiian Islands starting Saturday late afternoon. Note, it is currently classified as a tropical storm, not a hurricane or cyclone. However, that could change - so please listen to the news. There is a flood watch from 6pm Saturday til 6pm Monday for Maui County. Be aware of heavy rains and high humidity, and even if it doesn't rain where you are, rain water may come running down the mountain - stay safe.

County of Maui warns: "Unstable conditions from an upper trough and deep tropical moisture will bring the threat of heavy showers and thunderstorms. Localized intense rainfall is likely to occur with the potential for flash flooding. The greatest chance of flooding will occur over windward slopes, with a lesser chance over leeward locations."

For more information, check with the County of Maui or the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

If the ocean is murky - stay out! What animals hang out in murky water? That's right - sharks come closer to shore to see what the rain has washed into the ocean. So make sure you stay out.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Finally some news on one of the Maui missing women's cases!

Back in January/February of this year, two Maui women went missing, both reportedly last seen by their ex-boyfriends. These are cases that have gripped the Maui community with hundreds of volunteers spending countless hours searching for these two women.

Today breaking news - the ex-boyfriend in the second case has been indicted on a murder charge in the case of the 5 months pregnant missing Carly (aka Charli) Scott.

Of course, innocent until proven guilty, but this is welcome news for the family.

Sadly there is still no news on what happened to Moreira Monsalve.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Airplane food

Airplane food is, well, not the best. So many airlines have completely eliminated complimentary airplane meals now. You can still buy meals on longer flights, but they're not great. Why is that? I found an article on Alaskan Airlines' blog, Busting the Myth of Bad Airline Food. Have a read! I'm not sure if I buy it entirely, but it's interesting.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How about a Mick Fleetwood concert?

photo from MACC website
Rock and blues legend Mick Fleetwood, the founder of the Fleetwood Mac band, will be performing at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center TOMORROW (yes, that's Thursday July 10th). For more info and tickets, check out the MACC website.

Not able to make the concert? You can still check out Mick's restaurant, Fleetwood' on Front Street (ocean side) in Lahaina. You never know who you might see!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

What is a Cal King bed?

I'm mattress shopping today. Our Sugar Beach condo is getting a new mattress! All four of our condos have California (Cal) king beds, and quite frankly, I didn't know what that meant specifically. I assumed a Cal king bed was larger than a regular king bed, and I did know not to buy regular king sheets for my Cal king beds.

The super comfy BeautyRest Cal King at our Palms at Wailea condo
Today I learned a little trivia.

A regular ('Eastern') king bed is 16 inches wider than a queen bed. It is the same length as a queen bed (dimensions 76x80 inches). A Cal King bed is only 12 inches wider than a queen bed, but instead it is 4 inches longer than a queen bed (dimensions 72x84 inches). I personally like the longer mattress, as my feet hang off the end of a regular king/queen mattress (but not with a Cal king). Here is a handy chart with all North American mattress sizes.

we get many compliments on our comfy Cal king bed at our Kihei Surfside condo

My friendly sales man had more trivia for me (I'm not sure about the accuracy, but it's a good story). In the '70s water beds were quite popular. However, they weren't popular with landlords who started forbidding water beds (I imagine because of water leaks). So, according to my sales man, the water bed manufacturers got together with the mattress manufacturers and asked if they would consider making a mattress to fit in a water bed frame. The mattress companies did, and the end result was a new mattress size with the Cal king dimensions, and water bed owners didn't have to replace their bed frames but could just buy the new mattress. Again, as per my sales man, they sold a lot of these Cal king mattresses in California, and so that's how the name was born.

So now you know!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Wishing everyone a very happy Fourth of July! Sorry - no fruit flags this morning. We are back on Maui from a family vacation (yes sometimes we go on vacation from Hawaii), so I don't have access to raspberries anymore. I do have bananas, mangoes and strawberries.... but no, no fruit flags this morning.

Instead, how about a list of this weekend's activities on Maui? Courtesy of Malika Dudley at MauiWatch

What: 59th Annual Makawao Rodeo
Where: Oskie Rice Arena on Olinda Road at the Kaanaolo Ranch
When: Today, July 3 - Sunday, July 6 
Detailed event timeline for each day click link below.

What: Wailuku First Friday 
Where: Wailuku - Market Street
When: Friday, July 4 - Street closed at 5:30pm / Event 6:00pm - 9:00pm

What: Fourth of July Celebration
Where: Outlets of Maui - 900 Front St. Lahaina 96761
When: Friday, July 4 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Details on event click link below.

What: Lahaina Fireworks Show
Where: Front Street
When: Friday July 4 - 8:00pm 
Details on entertainment, event timeline and fireworks cruises at link below. 

What: Makawao Fourth of July Parade
Where: Makawao & Baldwin Avenue 
When: Saturday, July 5 at 9:00am
Limited parking, details on timing and shuttle click on link below.

What: Pineapple Festival
Where: Lanai, Dole Park
When: July 4 & 5
Click link below for details on special 10:00 pm ferry service and even a fireworks show on the 5th! 

What: Peggy Sue's Maui Veterans Fundraiser - Car Show!
Where: Kihei
When: Saturday, July 5 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Details at Maui Classic Cruisers FB page 

Check here for details on parking, price, timing and general event details for all of the above.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

To all our Canadian friends and family - We wish you a Happy Canada Day!

Did you know, about 50% of our vacation rental guests are Canadian? We really do appreciate you! I heard in the news yesterday, the Canadian dollar has gained on the US dollar again. It may be a good time to get some US dollars for your upcoming Maui trip!

Saturday, June 28, 2014