Friday, August 29, 2014

Another outdoor movie showing of Frozen next week!

If you can't make this Sunday's showing of Frozen at the MACC in Kahului (or just don't want to drive), you can also catch it at the local Montessori school's fundraiser showing this coming Friday (September 6th) at Hotel Wailea. Bring cash - lots of cash for pizza, popcorn, donuts, candy and kid-friendly drinks (it is a fundraiser after all). Also bring your low-back Tommy Bahama-style beach chairs or towels/blankets to sit. We've been to a few of these - they are fun, relaxed and easy-going!

And added bonus for parents - if the movie doesn't grab you entirely, you get to watch the sun setting over the ocean in the distance. Perfect!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Rotary Clubs of Maui are sponsoring a special fundraiser for Hawai'i Island, parts of which suffered significant damage from Hurricane Iselle earlier this month.

This fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Maui Tropical Plantation. This is a special culinary event featuring some of Maui's finest chefs and live entertainment.

Tickets are $50. You can pick them up at any Da Kitchen location, a Rotary Club of Maui or by calling 808-989-4733.

Proceeds go towards supporting the communities of Hawai'i Island affected by hurricane Iselle.

Here is more information off the HawaiiNewsNow website:

"Project Kōkua for Hawai’i Island will give guests a delicious sampling of dishes by top chefs and restaurants from across the island of Maui. The evening will also feature entertainment and a silent auction. Guests will be able to bid on gift certificates from favorite Maui restaurants and specialty items.
Tropical Storm Iselle left the Puna district and other areas of Hawai’i Island in devastation, destroying homes, forests and farms. Thousands of people were left without power and water for days, even weeks. Farmers of coffee, macadamia nuts, flowers and plants suffered huge losses of crops, building and equipment. Papaya farmers suffered the most, with estimated losses of $53 million. Although Iselle has passed, many families and businesses are in need of financial assistance in order to begin the process of recovery and rebuilding.
The event organizers and participants hope to raise more than $20,000. Tickets are $50 per person (includes food and beverages) and are available for purchase at both Da Kitchen restaurant locations in Kīhei and Kahului. Event parking is free."

Shower trees

I am fortunate to live close to a number of shower trees. I can't get enough of the blooms, cascading down from the trees. They remind me of weddings and brides.

Here is what I got to see this morning - what a reward for getting up early and walking!




Outdoor movie night - Frozen - at the MACC!


FOLLOW UP: according to a friend who attended there were approximately 3000 people in attendance. Wow! Talk about a popular movie!

This Sunday at 7:30pm (gates open at 6pm) on the lawn of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center - come watch the kids' Disney movie, Frozen!

Bring low-back chair or blankets. The movie is free (sponsored by Bank of Hawaii), there will be food and drinks for sale (no coolers please).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wednesday at the Shops at Wailea - live jazz and artists

King Kekaulike's Na Ali'i Big Band and
Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra
Have you ever been to one of the WOW events at the Shops at Wailea? WOW stands for Wailea on Wednesdays and features live music/performances, special deals at restaurants and shops, art gallery receptions and special artist appearances.

Guess what - tomorrow is Wednesday! Go check it out! Tomorrow features a big band and jazz orchestra! Could be fun! Hey - you have to eat anyway, right?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A few turtles pics for you


turtle riding the wave, coming in to land

oops, can the turtle overcome the lava rock barrier?

nope, I think this was a failed landing attempt. Back into the water he went for another approach

resting on land after a hard day's swim

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hooray our Sugar Beach condo is back in business!

We are so excited! After some work these past few months our Sugar Beach condo is ready for our next guests! Besides some unglamorous landlord stuff, we have also added a beautiful new cal king bed frame and as an added bonus, a brand new Serta Perfect Sleeper Highfield Plush mattress! It's not super-plush, but more a middle-of-the-road firmness. I must admit, I really enjoyed test-sleeping it in the mattress store!

We hope you enjoy your stay!

sweet dreams!
a picture of the mattress before encasing it in the mattress protector

Riding in the back of the pick-up

Yes, you will on occasion see people riding in the back of a pick-up on Maui. Is it legal? Welllll..... technically yes, but as I'm told, the rule is that all seats in the truck cab have to be occupied (by humans), and then you can sit on the truck bed (not on a chair/bench), holding on, and only if you are over the age of 13 (I think that's the age limit). Would I do it? Nope.

Look what I saw yesterday driving down the Piilani Hwy in Kihei.


This takes riding in the truck bed to a whole new level. He was balancing his bike (which was not secured), holding onto the rail in front of him, and on his phone. Seriously people.

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.