Friday, May 22, 2015

Today is the Friday Night Town Party in Kihei!

On the fourth Friday of every month - check out Kihei's Town Party from 6-9pm at Azeka Mauka (mauka means mountain side, makai is ocean-side) tonight! Live entertainment, food truck alley, vendors, kids activities.... this is a fun family friendly event!

For more information and to see pictures of what to expect, check out their Facebook page.

This month, the island of Lana'i is hosting their very own Friday party, on the fifth Friday - May 29th. Check here for more information!! What a great excuse to go to Lana'i.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Looking for a little dinner entertainment?

Our favorite Irish pub Mulligans on the Blue posted their nightly entertainment schedule for this week. Besides having the screens for NHL viewing, here's what is on this week's agenda:

Mon, May 18th  6:30-8:30pm  Stay Eazy
Tues, May 19th  6:30-8pm  Mulligan's Magic Show
Wed, May 20th  6-7pm  Joel Katz - Hawaiian Steel Guitar
                           7-9pm  Beatles Tribute
Thurs, May 21st 6:30-8:30pm  Makai Jazz Group Classic Jazz
                           10pm  Mulligan's Pub Quiz SuperFreakout (Friends theme)
Fri, May 22nd    6:30-8:30pm  Soul Kitchen Maui
                           9pm - midnight  Scarlet Roads - FUNdraiser
Sat, May 23rd,   2pm  UFC Fight $15 cover

With exception of the UFC fight, all these events are free (well, with your favorite drink and/or meal). Do check it out - it's a lovely view and great food!

We've been to their magic show several times - it is very well done and family friendly. I've also heard their jazz group (Thurs) which is great. The pub quiz trivia session is lots of fun.

Mulligans is located on the Wailea Blue Course, across the road from the Fairmont Kea Lani (near Polo beach).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

June 3-7 Maui Film Festival

Do you love movies? The Maui Film Festival is coming up June 3-7, 2015. What a great place to check out new movies, catch a sneak peak of some movie stars, awards ceremonies and just in general have a lot of fun! I have never been to it, but we have friends who regularly attend.

Check out the website for more information (movies, locations, ticket info etc). Right now tickets are 13-20% discounted.

Some movies are 'under the stars', others will be shown at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. More information to follow on the Maui Film Festival website.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A few more purple pictures for you

The Seabury Hall craft fair was fun as always, though this year we had some drizzling rain. Here are a few pictures from the day before - I just love the purple blooms.

jacaranda bloom up close
agapanthus blooms
agapanthus, jacaranda and the white craft fair tents

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Restaurant Week Wailea May 24-30

It's almost that time of the year again when 19 of Wailea's restaurants, many high-end, offer a prix-fixe menu - Restaurant Week Wailea!

Dinner prices are either $29, $39 or $49 for a three course prix-fixe menu. You don't need a coupon, just make reservations either on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly.

This is a great opportunity to try out a new restaurant. If you check out the restaurants' websites, you'll see this prix-fixe menu is a good deal! I see the newly reopened Joe's Nuevo Latino restaurant (at the Wailea tennis court) on the list - as you may have heard, the Bev Gannon restaurants are being managed by a new partnership involving the owners of Cow Pig Bun. If the food at Cow Pig Bun is any indication, the new menus should be amazing!

Here is the prix fixe menu with phone numbers for the various restaurants... Bon appetit!

Monday, May 11, 2015

June opening at Maui Kamaole!!

We have a June opening at our spacious Maui Kamaole condo! This is a beautiful ground floor condo with an ocean view in the distance. It has a large bedroom (Cal King bed) with separate ensuite, and a queen Murphy bed in the over-sized living room. It has two lanais, both very private, one with an ocean view.

The condo has a fully stocked kitchen with dishes, cutlery, small appliances etc. We provide high quality linens and towels, beach equipment (boogie boards, beach chairs, beach towels, coolers).

Our guests consistently give us great reviews, with many comments on how clean the condo is. We have a wonderful cleaning lady!

Check out our listing and book online call for more information. The condo is available June 3 - 21. The rate is discounted to $159/night plus cleaning and tax (weekly rate is $1415.44, savings of $130/week).

The over-sized living room with the Murphy bed in down-position. It can be folded into the wall when not in use.

Yummy mangoes!

It's mango season on Maui. Yummy delicious sweet mangoes.

My friends emailed the other day - their huge mango tree is full of fruit, do I want some? Ah... yes!

Here's a word to the wise.... do NOT buy your mangoes at Costco or any of the other grocery stores. You will be disappointed. They are not tree-ripened and not nearly as sweet and juicy as these.

Instead, get them at a farmer's market. There are daily farmer's market (Mon-Sat) at Aloha Market Place (across from Starbucks on S Kihei Road) - Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri is an organic vendor, Wed and Sat is a different (cheaper non-organic) vendor. Another farmers market in North Kihei next to the ABC store is open Mon-Fri. Saturday morning there is also an organic market on Lipoa (by Fabiani's). Yee's Orchard across the street from McDonald's has amazing mangoes (it is a grass shack with the occasional peacock strolling through). And of course, Saturday mornings is also the swap meet in Kahului on the university campus.

I learned a new trick: how to cut a mango. I find them so finicky and messy, this makes it easier!

First, slice right next to the thin oblong pit.

Repeat on other side of the pit. Then score the fruit. From experience, you want small sections (rather than large).

Next you invert the fruit, gently pushing up the bottom, pulling the edges down.

But it is quick and easy to eat! You can either cut the juicy mango right off the peel, or just eat it like that (not the peel obviously).


Friday, May 8, 2015

Brushstrokes and Brews

I'm honestly more of a wine drinker, but there just are a lot of beer events going on this month!

On Wednesday May 12th the Maui Brewing Company (Kihei) is hosting an art party with Island Art Party. The fun goes from 6-8:30pm. Sip craft beer while painting a beautiful moonlit ocean scene (with help from the Partista)! Check here for more information and to book your spot. This includes all your supplies and your first beer.

What a unique memory/souvenir of your Maui vacation!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Free Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Concert on Mother's Day!

Treat your mom to a free classical concert! Or bring your kids to inspire them in their music lessons!

The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to invite you to their spring concert this Sunday (Mother's Day) from 3-5pm at the HP Baldwin (Kahului high school) auditorium.

The orchestra is comprised of 30 youth in grades 3-12 on strings, woodwind. brass, piano and percussion. The program includes some well-known works, such as Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Monti's Czardas etc. For more details check here.

beautiful plumeria blooms

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Classical Music at Historic Makena Church

I almost missed it! A few years ago we attended one of the Maui Classical Music Festival concerts at Keawala'i Church in Makena. The concert was beautiful - the musicians, the setting, just amazing. I was just thinking about it, that I must have missed it.

But no! There is one concert left in this year's 2015 series: this Friday, at 7pm at the beautiful historic Keawala'i church in Makena.

A Leisner sonata for violin and guitar, a Debussy piano trio and a Dvorak piano quintet. Check their website for more information.

These concerts are put on in partnership with Hawai'i Public Radio.

If you've never been to Keawala'i Congregational Church - do come! It is a beautiful church with thick walls of coral, set along the water in Makena. Do come early - the church is not air-conditioned - and grab a seat under one of the ceiling fans.

Keawala'i Congregational Church in Makena