Thursday, August 21, 2014

September deals

gorgeous plumeria blooms
Now that I've flown with Alaska Air  (good experience), they figure they need to send me all sorts of specials emails. This morning's is advertising as low as $398 return flights from San Jose to Kahului in September (Portland prices just a little more for similar dates). That price is of course only for certain dates. But I thought hey - maybe someone is planning a Maui trip!

September is traditionally a slow month on Maui as people enjoy the last days of summer, the beginning of the school year etc back home. From a traveler's perspective, this is the perfect time of year to check out Maui! Few lineups, no crowds, dinners without reservations, deals on flights and condos... I also still have some availability at our Sugar Beach, Maui Kamaole and Palms at Wailea condos (and sales). Check it out!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Maui Comedy Festival coming Halloween Weekend!

You wouldn't believe how popular 'Halloween on Maui' vacations are! We have had numerous guests who arrive with full costume and head up to Lahaina for the annual Halloween street party. Maui County organizes shuttle buses that bring revelers back to Kihei so you don't have to do that drive once you've enjoyed a few drinks.

This year, Lahaina is stepping it up a notch. Introducing the very first Maui Comedy Festival! It runs from October 30th - November 2nd, 3 nights - 20+ shows! Tickets are on sale now (all shows are for adults only, 21 and up). So, if you're here for Halloween, check it out!

Closer to the date, check out the Hawaiian Halloween in Lahaina website for specifics on this year's Halloween events.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A few cool non-Maui pictures

Yesterday I flew back to Maui after a short trip to Edmonton (Canada) for a family wedding! Yes, it was kind of nuts to fly to Edmonton for 4 nights, but (apart from the mosquitoes) it was a great trip!

Coming home I flew AlaskaAir (operated by Horizon) from Edmonton to Seattle. I must admit I wasn't quite sure about the Bombardier with its twin propellers, one right next to my window, but it was a great flight and we arrived safely. As an added bonus, I took a few great pictures with my cell phone!

our ride to and from Edmonton

propeller spinning next to my window - the blades invisible to the naked eye, yet picked up by the camera

don't the mountains peaking out from the clouds look like dinosaur fossils?

aloha Seattle!

flying over the Centurylink Stadium - home to the Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Maui's Ocean Vodka in Edmonton Canada

I've been in Edmonton Alberta Canada for a family wedding this weekend. Look what we found at the Liquor Depot... Maui's own Ocean Vodka!

And it was on sale... the 1 liter bottle clocked in at 39.99. not bad. Our Edmonton family was pretty excited about some Ocean Vodka!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I survived...

Look what we found at Kahului airport today... I am sure you can find these fine shirts on Lahaina's front street as well. Had to smile.... and buy one!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Westjet airfare sale - for our Canadian guests!!

After months of waiting, Westjet finally has a seat sale to Maui. Book by August 14, 2014 for dates between Sept 3, 2014 to February 12, 2015. 

Promo code: WJP49
Coupon code: BGKSBWD

I just ran some dates from Vancouver to Maui in September and came up with $510CAD round trip taxes included. Wow.

For more information and to book, go to the Westjet site!

Monday, August 11, 2014

What is the best US airline to fly?

Airfarewatchdog has come out with their 2014 rankings of US legacy carriers. Apparently for 2014 the winner is..... Delta Airlines! For 2014 they beat Virgin America and Alaska Airlines for top spot.

Airlines are ranked on various categories, such as fewest cancelled flights, on-time arrivals, mishandled bags, denied boardings and customer satisfaction.

I have never flown Delta. What has been your experience? I am taking my very first Alaska Airlines flight in the next few weeks. I have heard good things, I am curious how this flight will measure up to expectations.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

It's Silversword blooming season!

Have you ever seen a silversword? No, not a sword... this is a rare plant that grows only near and in Maui's volcano valley on Haleakala. Its Hawai'ian name is 'ahinahina. According to the Pacific Islands Park website 'long term residents and park staff say this year is one of the best years they've seen for flowers up here.'

While you are looking, please be very careful not to step near these endangered plants. Instead, please stay on marked trails, so you don't accidentally crush their fragile root systems or new seedlings.

Silverswords bloom once and then die. They aren't the most beautiful plants, but to be growing at 10,023 ft elevation, beauty isn't everything!

You will need to enter Haleakala National Park ($10 vehicle fee). From Kihei it will take you approximately 2 hours to reach the summit.

Hurricane Iselle and Julio update

I am very pleased to tell you that in Kihei Iselle was a non-event. We had .3 inches of rain, no wind. However, other parts of Maui had significant rain and wind with power outages. Big Island definitely took the brunt of the storm as Iselle stalled there and began to fall apart. This morning's announcement is that Iselle is no longer a tropical storm.

radar image of Iselle Aug 8 5:30pm from MauiWatch
Now we have Hurricane Julio approaching, scheduled to pass by us Sunday morning. Currently the forecast path takes Julio nicely to the north of Hawai'i. Hopefully that forecast stays correct, which we're told would mean mainly rain and humidity for us. This is just a forecast though, so please check the news as we get closer.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center Aug 9 5am image

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Enjoying a beautiful pre-hurricane Iselle evening

Are you tired of the hurricane related posts yet? I am! Hurricane Iselle is scheduled to hit Maui in about an hour's time. To date we aren't sure what Hurricane Julio will do Sunday, but I'm sure we'll find out soon.

This evening we spent some time with friends on the beautiful lawn in front of our oceanfront Kihei Surfside condo. Truly the most beautiful place in Kihei! Here are some pictures from this peaceful pre-hurricane evening. Enjoy!

looking across the lava rocks towards Molokini and Ka'aholawe. Keawakapu beach starts just to the left of this picture