Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Westjet sale for our Canadian guests

I just got an email from Westjet announcing their 7 days of Black Friday flight deals....

Black Friday Sale

As per their announcement, over 500,000 seats on sale from $99-$399

Book by:        Nov 30, 2015
Travel from:  Now to April 30, 2016

For example, fly Vancouver - Kahului (Maui) December 9-19, 2015 for $384 (Canadian dollars) all taxes in! You know we have that sale at our Palms at Wailea condo, right?

Planning a Maui trip? Check it out!

Monday, November 23, 2015

My breakfast candy...

Our mango tree has been blessing us with about one ripe mango a week since July. Why is it still producing fruit four months after it started? I have no idea. It's not like we've had that many mangoes to begin with, maybe 30 in all (the tree is just 5 years old). But we have been enjoying every single one (okay, we shared a few, but not many).

This afternoon I picked about 7 of them as they seem to be ripening more rapidly now. I am very curious to see if the tree will bloom again in February like it did this year. I know Sig has big plans for pruning it... I am dead-set against it. These mangoes have been amazing.

our home grown mangoes
Where is the best place to get mangoes? I would go to a farmers market and carefully sniff your way through them til you find some that smell mango-ey. That's my rule of thumb with most fruit - if it doesn't smell like the fruit should smell, why bother? Yee's Mangoes on South Kihei Road (just a little North of Longs) has amazing mangoes - and you will pay accordingly, but they are the best.

How to cut a mango? I wrote about that a few months ago - check it out (with pictures). It's super easy!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Last minute Special at our Palms at Wailea condo!!

I can't believe Dec 9-19, 2015 has not booked yet at our newly renovated 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Palms at Wailea condo.

Stay 7 nights at $199/night plus cleaning and tax ($1750), or if you prefer a shorter stay (5 or 6 nights are $239/night plus cleaning and tax). Considering Christmas season ($400/night) begins Dec 16th, you could be saving up to $900 on your stay!

Book now for an early family Christmas present :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Our flowerbed poinsettia is turning color again!

One of our guests gave us a poinsettia a few years back - so very sweet! I notoriously do not have a green thumb. I managed to keep it somewhat alive during Christmas (amazing what keeping it watered will do for a plant, huh?). After Christmas I planted it in the flower bed just outside our front door. This flower bed is also the recipient for random pineapple heads, orchids and most recently a pumpkin patch (one of the kids came home with pumpkin seeds during Halloween and wanted to plant them).

the poinsettia started turning color two weeks ago

our flowerbed - newly planted pumpkins in the back, potted ti and orchids, pineapple hiding behind the palm tree, poinsettia
While I don't have a green thumb indoors, my flower bed orchids and poinsettia have thrived - probably because they are regularly watered by the irrigation. Thankfully Sig has a green thumb! The poinsettia has quadrupled in size, my orchids do splendidly, we have three pumpkin plants on the go.... And we did harvest three pineapples from the first pineapple head we planted (click Cara's pineapple link for amazing pictures). While the others have all grown, we have not been able to grow any more pineapples since that first plant. I don't know why. Maybe all the subsequent pineapples were GMOs.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Maui Rum and Ocean Vodka

Tonight I picked up a few groceries at our local grocery store, Safeway. Maui Rum (one of my favorites) is currently on sale for $18.99/bottle. Their dark rum is very good, as is the gold, but tonight I found a new to me Maui rum - a Pineapple Flavored Rum. Normally I don't like flavored liquors, the ones I've tried have tasted fake. But this bottle proclaimed it to be flavored with Maui Gold Pineapple.... so I had to try it! It is really quite nice.

At the end of the aisle was a display of Ocean Vodka, locally produced vodka made from organic sugar cane and deep ocean mineral water. If you haven't toured their farm and facility, do. It is really quite interesting.

Now check out this lei! Rather than a traditional flower, kukui nut or shell lei, you could buy an Ocean Vodka lei :) It has two mini bottles of vodka and two shot glasses, together with some plastic orchids. I can think of several of our friends who would prefer this to a flower lei :) I couldn't find a price-tag on it. I suspect the ABC store or Whaler's Village probably have these in stock too.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

New book in Toby Neal's Lei Crime series

Maui author (and therapist) Toby Neal has just published her latest book in her Lei Crime series. I really enjoy this crime series, set right here in the Hawaiian islands, talking about life in the islands, writing about local problems. If you enjoy mysteries, check out this series!

Her latest book, #10 in the series, is Bone Hook. This book picks up five years after the previous one (Rip Tides), and sadly Lei's marriage is in trouble. I was so disappointed about that, I've been routing for Lei and Michael, and while they've had their problems, I was so hoping they would work it out.

Disappointment about the fictional characters' relationship aside (really Cara!), this is one of Toby's best yet! And don't worry about that cliff-hanger ending.... the next book, Red Rain, is scheduled for release just after Christmas! I can't wait!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hansen Road reopening!

Hansen Road (the road by the Sugar Mill which allows you to bypass Kahului to Hana Hwy) has been closed for the past 10 months for widening and repaving). Our family called this road 'bumpy road', we used to enjoy riding down it while singing 'ahhhh' and listening to eachothers' voices warble (okay, is it just our family that does this?).

This Saturday it reopened! The County had a blessing ceremony and then allowed those who wanted to ride bikes, run and walk along the walk. I look forward to driving the new road!!

from the County of Maui facebook page

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Kihei Surfside pictures!!

I am excited to show off our new pictures! They are now uploaded to our VRBO listing but not to our website at this time.

The entire Kihei Surfside building was shut down from May 4-October 31, 2015 for an extensive exterior renovation. This past month we also gave Kihei Surfside #405 a facelift - fresh paint, new carpet, new window coverings, a new sofa and fridge. And now - new professional pictures, special thanks to our friend and photographer Steve Strand (and his drone!!). If you are looking for professional family portraits or real estate photography, do give him a call. He is great!

Enjoy the pictures!! We hope to welcome you to our condo soon!

Welcome to the Kihei Surfside #405

You can admire the stunning ocean view from the living/dining and kitchen area

Our kitchen was remodeled in 2012. We've painted and replaced the carpet this fall

I love the art in this condo - the two paintings in the center are by one of our long-standing repeat guests

How about this view (and some whale watching) while eating breakfast?

Guests regularly comment on this comfortable Cal-king sized bed

Another shot of the bedroom with a peak into the adjacent ensuite

Your ensuite

Two shared bbqs for Kihei Surfside guests to enjoy

The large lawn next to the Surfside is leased and maintained by the Surfside. Take a chair to your favorite ocean front spot!

Floor to ceiling windows and new glass lanais update the look of the Kihei Surfside!

Aerial view of the Kihei Surfside! Keawakapu beach begins just to the right of the parking lot.
Aerial view of Keawakapu beach - the first of several Wailea beaches that connect via the Wailea beach walk.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Richard Sabado art rug

For the past few months I have been searching for the perfect area rug for our Palms at Wailea condo living room area. There are many area rugs out there, but I wanted one that was tropical, colorful and at the same time would hide stains.

In my search I wandered into the Pictures Plus/Plus Interiors store on Dairy Road in Kahului. There in the front of the store was a stunning display of area rugs. Absolutely stunning! One of the sales people started telling me about the carpets. Turns out, they are one of a kind - made from a local artist's paintings. The artist is Richard Sabado, a Wailuku artist.

Here is the new carpet in our condo. I love it!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Made in Maui County Festival - this Saturday!

This Saturday the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is holding its second ever Made in Maui County Festival! There will be over 130 different vendors represented, all of which have their headquarters on Maui County (Maui, Molokai and Lanai). A minimum of 51% of their products' value must have been added in Hawaii. This makes it sound like these are 'big business'. Actually, a lot of these are mom and pop operations, and so cool!

I went to this event last year. What a great place to do some Christmas shopping! I love buying local when possible, and what an event to showcase locally made products!

The public is invited Saturday, November 7th from 8-4:30pm on the lawn (outdoors) at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Admission is $5/person, children 12 and under get in free. There will be vendor demonstrations, a fashion show, food trucks, prize drawings etc.

If you're on Maui - check it out! Last year it rained (I picked up an umbrella at the Foodland nearby). Despite the rain, there were over 9400 people in attendance. It was awesome!

For more information - check their website.