Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Maui Kamaole lower pool remodel

Another project that we had on the go this summer was the lower pool remodel at Maui Kamaole. Okay, so we weren't personally involved, but the pool is quite close to our condo so it did affect the rentability of our condo this summer.

I am most pleased to show the re-done pool off! They did some concrete work and laid a beautiful porcelain tile around the pool, the gazebo and the front desk area. It turned out stunning.

Here are a few early morning cell phone pictures.

The lower pool early this morning.

This is the entry to Maui Kamaole - newly tiled stairs, new railings, fencing. As before, there is a ramp for people with mobility challenges through the C Building parking lot.

The beautiful front desk area - the wood and desk were re-done last year, the tile this summer.

Monday, October 5, 2015


A few funny conversations yesterday...

It all started out with my hair dresser Jenna announcing yesterday that it was officially fall and cold out. Which apparently explained her wearing jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and moccasins. She also said she was looking forward to pulling her boots out and wearing them again.

Cold? Long sleeves weather? Moccasins and Uggs? Well..... Truth is, we've had an unusually warm summer, as have a lot of you. While we are normally able to open the windows and enjoy 80F breezes on summer evenings (yes, this is still pretty warm for some), this summer we couldn't. It was just too humid and often times there was no breeze. Thank goodness for the photovoltaic panels on our roof, because we sure have used the A/C this year. This past week it's been cooling off in the evenings. But is it cold? No.

My kids overheard my conversation with Jenna, and I laughingly said - it was definitely not cold yet, that we really don't have seasons here on Maui. To which my youngest piped up - yes we do, we have spring, summer, fall and winter. Ah yes.

I find it funny that the kids learn about the seasons in school. They should, I guess, Hawaii being part of the United States and all. In school kids learn what differentiates the seasons - colored and falling leaves in fall, snow in winter, new green growth and blooms in spring.... It's head knowledge for them, they read books about the seasons and make crafts, but most kids here have never experienced it. In fact, I was talking with a friend in his late 20s who has never seen snow. When he was a teen it 'snowed' on Haleakala, so he and his buddy drove to the top to have a snowball fight - turns out it was hail and really hurt!

Seasons here are hot, really hot, hot and a little less hot. At least to me - but then, I am always hot.

But I do have to agree with Jenna on one point... it is nice to pull out some other-season clothes and wear them on Maui. So when it started pouring rain yesterday afternoon (thanks to Tropical Storm Oho passing by), I put on my jeans, grabbed an umbrella and went grocery shopping. Was it really cool enough to wear jeans? Not really, still warm and humid. But it was fun to pretend. And Safeway can be kinda cold...

Friday, October 2, 2015

Jake Shimabukuro at the MACC Dec 11th!!

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) just announced a special concert by Hawaii's very own ukulele whiz Jake Shimabukuro. I was at his concert in February 2015 - he is amazing!

Mark your calendar - Friday, December 11th at 7:30pm in the Castle Theater. The concert will also be featuring guests from the Maui Songwriters Festival (December 8-13).

REVISED SALE DATES: Tickets go on sale October 9th only to MACC members, starting Oct 23rd for the general public.

If you are on island and enjoy ukulele music, you will not want to miss this! His new album Travels is being released October 9th.

Here's a live video clip by Jake Shimabukuro at last month's Ukulele Festival on Oahu. The song starts at about the 3rd minute, a tribute to the Jackson Five.

10th Annual Ukulele Festival on October 11th!

Coming up next week is the 10th annual Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. This is a FREE outdoor afternoon (1-6pm) event.

Bring a beach chair, bring your ukulele (optional) and prepare to relax, visit and listen as great Island musicians serenade you with ukulele music! There will be food trucks for you to buy snacks and drinks, and ukulele door prizes!

Also, there will be a free ukulele workshop the day before (Saturday Oct 10th), registration begins at 9am, workshop runs from 10-12pm. This is for kids and adults, beginner to intermediate. Must be able to play the C, F and G7 chords, bring paper and pencil. You will perform at the Ukulele Festival, and there will be a draw for a new ukulele among participants.

Check it out - don't forget the sunscreen!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kihei Surfside before and almost-after

Most of the scaffolding at Kihei Surfside has come down, just the two end stacks remaining. Kate Steinberg, the general manager at Kihei Surfside, sent me these pictures yesterday.

Before construction begin - work included spalling (concrete crack) repairs, panel removal, railing replacement, waterproofing and painting.

The great reveal - scaffolding has been removed from all but the two ends.
Where's the ocean you ask? Just to the right in the picture! Keawakapu beach is just behind this building.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sneak preview of Kihei Surfside #405

After five months of being closed for rehabilitation Kihei Surfside is on its way... the scaffolding on the lower floors for the 2-13 stacks (the whole building except the ends) is coming down, the scaffolding for the 1 and 14 stacks will still remain until the work there has been completed.

We've been busy inside our condo also.... the painter has been busy putting a fresh coat on the walls and trim, new carpets were installed yesterday, today the new windows were measured for new blinds, the new couch is being delivered next week. We've been busy, slowly ticking off items on that to-do list.

After five years I still can't get over this view. The new windows allow us to enjoy it even more!

One more month until Kihei Surfside opens up to guests again! I can't wait!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Psychic Migrations - free Volcom (surfing) movie!

I just received an email from the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC)....

This Thursday, October 1 at 7:30pm at the Castle Theater at the MACC they will be showing Volcom's new surfing movie - Psychic Migrations. Here's the official trailer.

Seating is first come first serve, no tickets required - admission is free. Three's Bar and Grill will be serving a pre-movie dinner, check here for the menu.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Wailea grocery store now open!

The Island Gourmet Market at the Shops at Wailea has finally opened! So we went and checked it out. As grocery stores go, it will not take the place of conventional grocery stores (in Kihei we have three, Safeway, Times and Foodland). But, for the Wailea crowd, this is definitely more convenient.

When we walked in, it felt like going into an ABC store, probably because they have all the touristy things an ABC store carries. When I checked out their website I saw, it's an ABC store affiliate, so there you go, that explains that.

However, they have several fridges and a small grocery department, I'd say you can get the basics, everything from cereals to meat to a small fresh produce section. They have my favorite jam there (Bonne Maman), so not bad at all. The real winner here is the deli section. They have pre-made sandwiches, salads, sushi etc, but you can also get things made to order. I think this will be a real win for Wailea guests, particularly those staying in hotel rooms with no kitchen who don't want to pay resort prices for lunch. The salads looked good.

The prices? Well, I'd say they are more or less comparable to what you'd pay at the grocery stores. More or less.

Remember, Shops at Wailea starts charging for parking October 1st, however, the first hour is complimentary and as long as you spend $25 or more at any store, you will get two additional hours of parking validated.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Updated directions from Kahului Airport to the Highway to Kihei

As you may know, we've had a lot of road construction on Maui this past year. Dairy Road has become a bit more complicated with the opening of the first phase of Airport Access Road. 

For now, I would advise to avoid Airport Access road when leaving the airport. It is currently difficult to turn onto the Hana Hwy (by Kmart) because the turning lane is too short. It's easier and less frustrating to just stay on Dairy Road. Apparently the second stretch of Airport Road is scheduled to open in January 2016. That remains to be seen.

When leaving the Kahului Airport, you are on the #380 Highway (aka Dairy Road). Stay in the left lane until you have passed the Krispy Kreme intersection (do not turn onto #36A).

Continue on Dairy Road and follow it through Kahului.

Due to some new road construction past the fire hall the road will veer left to intersect with the new but not complete Airport Access Road. Stay on Dairy Road which becomes Pakaula Street it takes you to Home Depot, Walmart and Target. TURN RIGHT after Home Depot onto Ho'okele Street. Drive past Target and take your SECOND LEFT where it connects with #311 (Mokulele Hwy) and head towards Kihei.

To take the traditional Kihei turnoff at Kings Cathedral: Where Dairy Road veers left to intersect with the new but not complete Airport Access Road, TURN RIGHT onto Airport Access Road and then prepare to TURN LEFT at the next set of lights (#311 Mokulele Hwy or Pu’unene Ave). A large church (Kings Cathedral) will be on the left corner. The signs will direct you to turn left to go to Kihei.

Hope this helps!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Paid Parking to begin at the Shops at Wailea

After talking about it and a false start in May, the Shops at Wailea will be charging for parking starting October 1st.

However, MauiWatch is reporting that there are a few changes from the initial announcement. Purchase something worth $25 or more at any of the stores, and that will get you a two hour parking validation. Additionally, the first hour of parking is free (if you run in and out). Parking is $3/half hour up to a maximum of $40/day.

There are 5 pay stations within the Shops at Wailea. Once you have paid there is (supposedly) a 20 minute grace period to get to your car and leave.

What's your favorite store at the Shops at Wailea?