Running, Walking and Watching Maui Sunset

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The other day my daughter  asked me why I have not been running lately. I told her that I couldn’t find time.  Morning run I can do on the weekend but it’s hard to do it on work days.  “How about after work?”  she asked.  I told her when I come home  after work, I cook dinner for our family, then we eat as a family, and by the time we are done cleaning up it is already dark and I didn’t want to walk/run in the dark.  She said “Since I do not have work tonight, I volunteer to cook dinner for our family so you can run.” Appreciative and grateful, I accepted my daughter’s loving offer. And so that late afternoon I walked/ran.  And what a great treat that was.  Not only did I get my exercise but I got to a beautiful sunset up close that day/night.  I used to watch the sunset from our lanai and kitchen window as I was cooking, but that day I was able to see it from the beach!

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First I walked down Keonekai Road.  As I was walking and running I can see that the sun is about to set and I had a feeling it is going to be an awesome one.  Well. almost all Maui Sunsets are awesome in my opinion but there are days when it is extra ordinary, when the sky turns into a beautiful hue of green, orange, pink and purple on an afterglow. I had a feeling that was going to be the case that day. And my feeling was right.

At the end of Keonekai Road, I crossed the street and went to Kamaole Beach III to take some photos of the Maui Sunset ….

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Aside from watching the sunset, I love love watching people watch sunset.  There’s something magical about it. It’s an de-stresser in my opinion.

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I already took several shots of people watching Maui Sunset but I had to take another one when I saw this couple.  Isn’t this sweet?

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As I was watching the sunset I remembered  that my goal that day (and my agreement with my daughter) is to run and walk and get exercise. I proceeded to walk back to the sidewalk.  As I was walking back  I took more photos of people watching sunset at Kam III.

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And there are more.  At the time I was taking this photos many people were still coming in. At first I thought the poor people coming in late missed a beautiful sunset but I was wrong ….

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As I was walking on the sidewalk on the other side of the street across from Kamaole Beach III Park, I can see that a new twist is going on the Maui Sunset …

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I tried to concentrate on walking and running. As I passed by Hale Kamaole entrance I was mesmerized by the beautiful bougainvillas that I once again took photos of it. One of our Real Estate Team at Wailea Realty has many listings in that Hale Kamaole neighborhood I thought I can use this photo later for work.

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As I continue to walk I continue to see the beautiful Maui Sunset from the other side of the road.  When I looked and saw the scence above I knew I had to go back to he beach and get more Maui Sunset pics. I run towards the Mana Kai parking lot to try to capture the actual setting of the sun. Oh I had to run fast, really fast!

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Upon entering the parking lot, this is what I saw….

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And as I get closer,  this is what I saw. Oh what a beautiful sight!

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On both sides from where I am I can see people … lots of people watching the beautiful Maui Sunset.  We are so blessed to be able to see this marvelous event….

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And after the sun had set, I run again. I run back to home feeling grateful, feeling “healthy”, feeling appreciative of everything I’ve got.

 

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For The Love of Maui 5K Fun Run 2015

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In my post yesterday I mentioned that I am going to run the “For The Love Of Maui 5K Fun Run“. Well, I am embarrassed to say that I  got distracted at home, went to the race late, and therefore was able to participate in the run.  My husband said that the reason I was late was that I was facebooking too much. ha!  My excuse was I was doing house chores and didn’t notice the time.  Anyway, it could be subliminal – I knew I am not in a good shape to run a 5K and so I was probably unconsciously allowing myself to be late.  Not intentional, but subconsciously ;)

The event was very successful. I stayed to take photos.  Participants came from all over the state, and from all ages!  I will be posting some photos here but there are more on Wailea Realty Facebook Page (I know, my husband is probably right that I Facebook too much! :) )

Mahalo to the organizers, sponsors, volunteers and participants of “For The Love of Maui 5K Fun Run”. I love that it benefits the “Hospice Maui” and the “Youth Programs of the Valley Isle Road Runners”.  Truly, this is a fun run for a great cause. I am planning to run next year (no kidding, I really am :) ) – Who wants to run with me?

Here are some random photos, but like what I said – to see more, go to Wailea Realty Facebook Page.  I uploaded 200 plus photos in there.

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If I have more time I will be adding captions to the photos and will be writing a lot more about this great event. But for now I really have to run (pun intented). Yep, got to get out there and run so next year I will be ready for this 5K :)

Have a wonderful day! Aloha!

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WordPress Camp, Whale Day, Valentines Day, Maui Brewing Company, and Other Stuff That Went On This Weekend


Amigas

This is a long weekend. How is your weekend going so far? Today is Sunday, tomorrow being Presidents Day is a holiday, and I am stoked to have an extra day of “no work”! So here’s how my weekend went so far and what I plan to do on the rest of it …

FRIDAY

I took some time off from work in the morning to attend WordCamp Maui. I am so glad I did. Aside from learning from the speakers, the highlight of this event is just seeing and spending some time with friends. I have not been around many of our social media gatherings lately and so I kinda felt out of the loop – this WordCamp Maui event kind brought me back in the loop.

It was very nice to see Jon of Maui Information, Nancy Newman, Dania of Hawaiian Edible, Tania of Maui Shop Girl, and many more … It was also great hanging out with Jen of Island Gypsy Hawaii and Bridget of Bridget Loves Maui most of the time I was there – we had so much fun! Kudos to the organizers of WordCamp Maui, it was truly a well run event. I hope they make this an annual event, I look forward to the next one.

When I came home, hubby dear too me out to a nice pre-Valentine dinner at Thailand Cuisine. Yum yum! We were both so full when we came out of that restaurant. When you come visit Maui and for some reason you had a craving for Thai Food – go to Thailand Cuisine at Kukui Mall.

SATURDAY

Saturday is Whale Day. Unfortunately it was also a rainy day on Maui. I initially planned to going to see the parade and going to check out the event in the morning but didn’t get a chance. I cooked breakfast for my family, drove and picked up my daughter to an appointment she had, and by then I went to the 2nd day or WordCamp to catch a couple of sessions I didn’t want to miss. Once again it was great hanging out with Jen and Bridget, great to see many friends, and learned a lot from the sessions. We posted lots of pics on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

My husband and I planned to go out for Happy Hour and Dinner at Monkeypod but when we arrived there, the place was packed. There was no room for us so we decided to drive to Maui Brewing Company in Kihei. That placed was packed too but we were able to squeeze in. We sat next to a couple from Canada here on a Honeymoon. After a nice chat with them and several glasses of Bikini Blond for Bard and Root Beer for me – we decided to order Evil Prince from Thai Cuisine. Yep, Thai food two nights in a row – yum!

I almost forgot to mention that hubby got me a nice bouquet of Tropical Flowers for Valentines Day. I absolutely love it. And of course I absolutely love my husband too :)

My kids (teens) have their own gigs on V-day. Our son hanged out with his buddies. They just played computer games, talked stories and then went to a movie. We are thankful that my son hangs out with this nice groups of teens – you know how important that is to have good friends in teen years. My daughter was invited to a Military Ball that night – yep that was her “Valentine Date” and the ball was held at that nice ballroom at Kamehameha Golf Club. Our daughter has a nice group of friends she hangs out with. We couldn’t be more thankful. Thankful for great friends our kids have.

SUNDAY

Today, Sunday, is a rest day. However, later in the afternoon I will be running on the “For The Love of Maui” 5k Fun Run. I am so NOT ready! I am afraid I’d be the last one to finish the course but whatever … I am doing it for Hospice Maui and also for my health.

MONDAY

Not sure yet what I am going to do on Monday but I’d make sure it is something fun, and then I’d share :)

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P.S.

Usually I would be adding more photos and linking up too. But for today I just will post this as is. I also usually will proof read before I hit the publish button, but now I won’t.  I am just easing my way back to blogging here … I woke up so early this morning, and now I am ready to go back to bed and sleep some more, just because it is Sunday and it is a day of rest :)  Have a nice Sunday everyone!

 

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Top 10 Made-on-Maui Valentine’s Gift Idea

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Yes! The holiday rush is finally over.  No more racking your brain deciding what to get your loved ones for Christmas. No more late night online searching for the best deals. No more dragging yourself up-and-down the isles of the store searching for just the right gift.

Oh wait! Isn’t Valentine’s Day fast approaching?! Here we go again…more shopping. They’ve already got what they’d asked for at Christmas and you’ve done all the typical Valentine’s gifts in the years past. Now you want something other then store bought chocolate boxes or flower arrangements. Well, search no more. Here are 10 Maui-made gift ideas you may never have thought of:

1. Surprise! Have your (cup)cake and free delivery too.

Have you ever had someone send you a gift? Remember that excited feeling of surprise. Imagine your loved ones delight when you send them a box of cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. That’s right, Maui has cupcake delivery from Cupcake Ladies Catering Co. Get their Valentine’s Special of half a dozen red velvet cupcakes for $22.50 or two boxes for $43. Best of all…they are offering FREE delivery for this holiday. www.cupcakesmaui.com/valentines-special

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2. Custom made and totally cute.

Does your Valentine love things that are tiny and totally cute? Order custom cakepops on Maui from Cakepops By Liz. Think of a favorite movie or something that represents your Valentine and make a request. Having a gift custom made can really make a person feel special. Prices start at $20 per dozen and vary depending on size and packaging selection. Contact the talented and creative Liz at www.cakepopsbyliz.com.

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3. No more store bought boxes of chocolate!

 I know, I know. I said no more store bought boxes of chocolate, but this is different. These chocolates are made on Maui by Master Chocolatier Melanie Boudar. Her chocolates are award winning and feature flavors like the Lava Sea Salt Caramels. Boxes of chocolates range from $5 for a two-piece box to $175 for their largest box. Visit her boutique at the Wailea Gateway Center or online at www.sweetparadisechocolatier.com.

 4. Are you coco-nutty for your buddy?

 Maui Macaroons are the islands most amazing coconut cookies. Is your Valentine a coconut lover? Whether or not they love coconut, you must try this Maui-made cookie. I’ll bet you didn’t even know they have a shop in central Wailuku. They range from $7 for a quarter pound to $21 for a full pound. The cool thing about the Maui Macaroons & Artisan Market is that they are a treasure trove of other various Maui made products. Visit them to see what you may discover.

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5. Is that bacon on my cookie?!

If you got a bacon lover for a lover, they will squeal over the Bacon-nator Cookies from The Maui Cookie Lady. The best part is they are so huge you may only need one to satisfy any sweet tooth. Since they are $4 dollars each, you won’t be breaking the piggy bank either.

Various flavors are also available at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop. Open 9am-5pm daily, Aquarium admission not required to shop.

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6. Enough with the sweets already!

 Something that looks sweet but is not to eat, is Moko Pua Soap Factory’s Tropical Sachets. These fragrance beads last for a year or longer. They come in nine tropical scents and colors. Combine them any way you like. A combination of red, yellow, green for your hunny’s gym bag perhaps. At $7 a bag you could get one for your Valentine’s bedrooms, car, closets, desk, nightstand, and underwear drawer too. Visit their soap factory at the Maui Tropical Plantation or order online at www.mokupua.com.

7. Valentine’s for the kiddos

Wrapped in a sweet story of love for his daughter, this local Dad began Maui Dad Apparel – a small family business offering infant and toddler apparel. Each item features his own drawings inspired by his baby and life here. They are screen-printed by hand on Maui. Also, they are guaranteed sweatshop and child-labor free. They range from $26-$28. Visit www.mauidad.myshopify.com and various stores listed on their website.

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8. For the Fashionista

Does your Valentine express themselves through fashion? Love, love, love Kealopiko’s clutch purses. Thoughtful, local, and inspiring. They are made of light canvas and upcycled scraps from their other projects. The material is hand dyed and printed on Molokai making each bag a unique and one of a kind creation. They won’t hurt your wallet either at around $30 each.  www.kealopiko.com

9. Bangle’s are her best friend

This list would not be complete without jewelry. Inspired by our ocean and her travels, Kammi’s designs are hand-crafted into beautiful jewelry right here on Maui. Please your Valentine’s inner girly-girl with the Honi Honi Bangle. It is a delicate piece with two hearts and a cone shell in sterling sliver for $80 or in 14k goldfill for $90. www.kamerajewelry.com

10. Our dogs deserve some love too don’t they?

Maui Dog Treats creates healthy treats for our canine ‘ohana. They’re sold at various places throughout the island. Love that they offer free shipping so we can send some to our friends and family in the mainland too. If your Valentine loves their pup (maybe more than you) they will howl in excitement for the Pup Treat Lei. It’s such a unique gift and only $9 for the small and $14 for the large. www.dogtreatsmaui.com

 

Please feel free to share this post to your loved ones, family and friends.  

Share aloha, live aloha! A hui hou!

 

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