Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Jim Freeheart Mural in Kihei!

Have you seen part-time Maui resident Jim Freeheart's latest mural? It's public art located at Kihei's Kamalii Elementary School.

Jim Freeheart is an artist from Boulder Colorado who spends a fair chunk of his time on Maui. While here, he often volunteers his time at local schools, teaching art classes and, most recently, painting a mural.

Jim Freeheart working on his mural at Kamalii Elementary School (March 2015)
The kids have been so excited to watch Mr Freeheart as he painted this beautiful mural on the side of one of the buildings, taking time to check out the latest progress or talk with him as he painted.

Completed Jim Freeheart mural at Kamalii Elementary School (April 2015)
So..... can you go see it? You can actually see it from the school's parking lot. However, please go into the office and sign in with the office staff. It is a school and there are security measures that need to be followed to keep the kids safe. Mahalo.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Best airlines to fly in the US?

Another day, another report on air travel. I love to travel, but there is one airline we've decided we will no longer fly on.

Here's an interesting article with stats on US airlines. Our favorite, Hawaiian, ranks highly.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Starry Night Cinema - Penguins of Madagascar!

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Check out the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Starry Night Cinema this coming Friday, April 17th. They will be showing the Penguins of Madagascar. Admission is free.

Gates open at 6pm (arrive early for good seats). There are snacks available for purchase (see menu). The movie will begin at 7:30pm.

Note, this is an outdoor event! You bring towels or low-back beach chairs to sit (like those Tommy Bahama chairs we have in the condos). No outside food or drinks allowed.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Maui Memories in Lahaina!

For numerous years my Austrian friend Dany had a beautiful store (Maui Memories) at the Wailea Gateway Center, directly below the Monkeypod Restaurant in Wailea.

This past December she moved her store to Lahaina! This is a bummer for me, because I loved stopping into her store, picking up Maui-designed greeting cards, local art, Maui-made jewelry and even Desigual dresses (no, those are not local, but Dany and I both like them!) There are locally made Christmas ornaments, doggy treats, original art, t-shirts, ukuleles.... something for everyone, perfect for a family shopping for souvenirs!

Dany in her new Lahaina store location!
I am happy for her! Her new store is located at the Pioneer Inn (the historic Best Western at Lahaina Harbor), right across the street from Lahaina's famous Banyan Tree. The store is slightly larger and the location is awesome!

The new Maui memories store front in the Pioneer Inn
Today Sig and I played tourists in Lahaina and visited Dany's new location! If you're in Lahaina - check it out! Who knows what you will find!

Maui Memories is full of treasures - check them out!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Virgin America announces flights to Maui and Oahu this fall!

Virgin America website
Have you always wanted to fly Virgin America?

They have just announced that they will be starting flights from San Francisco to Kahului (December 3) and Honolulu (November 2) this fall! Check this Maui Now article for more information. Additionally, there is a seat sale until tonight 11:59pm CST.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Beautiful plumeria blooms at the Lahaina Arts Society

For the next month, the Lahaina Arts Society is featuring local artist Jerry Sullivan at their Old Jail Gallery (in the old Court House behind Lahaina's banyan tree). Do check it out! She paints the most beautiful blooms.

I love the Lahaina Arts Society's two galleries! They feature all local artists and the galleries are run by those artists themselves. Wouldn't you love to buy art from the artist him/herself? A portion of the proceeds go to support local art education. As mentioned in a previous post, they also organize fine art fairs under the Banyan Tree, the next one being the first weekend of May.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Free Ukulele Group Lesson this Wednesday Evening!

As you may know the Shops at Wailea hosts weekly Wednesday evening events. This Wednesday (April 8th) from 6-8pm come to the lower courtyard first for free entertainment by Ukulele Mixed Plate (a husband-wife professional musician duo) and then a free ukulele group lesson. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one (first come first serve). Check here for more information.

Apparently the Shops at Wailea will be charging for parking starting this week sometime. I just heard about this today from the Wailea Resort Association but have yet to confirm. I'll keep you posted. There may be parking validation available.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Save the Date! The Annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair!

42nd Annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair
Have you heard of the Seabury Hall Craft Fair? Oh wow.... this is a treat for the whole family.

The craft fair takes place on Mother's Day weekend, Saturday May 9th from 9am - 4pm at Makawao's beautiful private school, Seabury Hall.

What to expect? Artists/crafters, a silent auction, bakery sale, food aisles, live entertainment, bouncy castles and slip and slides for the kids, plants/flowers etc. Set upcountry, the weather is a little cooler and you have beautiful views of the valley and ocean. Never mind the purple jacaranda trees on campus - my personal favorite!

Admission is $5/person, kids 12 and under are free. The event is a fundraiser for the school's scholarship program.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter services this weekend

It's Easter weekend!
Easter floral cross
(Keawalai Church' website)

Here are some of the Easter services available in South Maui

Hope Chapel Maui
6:30 am Sunrise service (outdoors, bring a chair)
8:00 am
9:30 am
11:00 am

Kihei Baptist Church
10:30 am service

Calvary Chapel South Maui
8:00 am service
10:30 am baptismal service (Kamaole III beach)

Keawalai Church
7:30 am Sunrise service (outdoors)
10:30 am service

Keolahou Hawaiian Congregational Church
9:30 am service

St Theresa's Catholic Church
7:00 am mass
9:00 am mass

Friday, April 3, 2015

Another perspective

This morning I turned left instead of right for my walk around the neighborhood. I loved noticing different things just by walking 'backwards' from my usual routine. Loved these plumeria blooms this morning.