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The Outlets of Maui Tweet-Up

The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina Maui

We had a fun tweet-up at The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina yesterday.  I have to be honest, I am a “South Maui” girl and so I don’t often make it to the West side of Maui.  As many locals would say “it’s such a long drive”.  Yep, we locals on the South Side  think Westside is so far away when it is actually not that far.  We’re just spoiled here on Maui :) Anyway, far or not, when I got a message from @Melissa808 saying that she and @Parkrat are coming to Maui and are hosting a tweet-up, I told them I would be going.  Both @Melissa808 and @Parkrat are longtime friends in social media (way back when Twitter was just starting in Hawaii).  Funny thing is that in all these years that we’ve been “friends” online, I still haven’t met @Parkrat live IRL (until yesterday).  Here’s what Melissa posted on her FB Page about us:

The Outlet of Maui with Jody and ParkRat

“We’ve been on social media so long that @Parkrat thought he’d already met @amauiblog IRL! Here with @JodyYoshida @theoutletsmaui!” – @Melissa808

As expected, it was fun meeting Russ.  I just wish I had the presence of mind to clobber @Parkrat while he was here, because I think that’s how ladies express their love and appreciation of @Parkrat -LOL!. @RachelWatroba did the honor of doing it. Yep, best shot of the night!

Best shot of the night! @rachelwatroba clobbered @parkrat so naturally @theoutletsmaui! #TOOMHunt

Best shot of the night! @rachelwatroba clobbered @parkrat so naturally @theoutletsmaui! #TOOMHunt (Photo From @Melissa808’s Instagram :)

The food served at Pi Artisan Pizzaria was so yummy. Ohh I love hot stuff and this pizza with jalopenos  is the bomb! Yum yum yum!

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We played “Instagram Photo Hunt” and used the hashtag #TOOMHunt.  When they first told me about the hashtag to use, my reaction was “huh?” (I was wondering where that came from. Sounds like Indiana Jones Tomb Hunt).  Turns out it stands for “The Outlet Of Maui Hunt”  Ah, #TOOMHunt – now that makes sense – lol!   So to see all the photos we took during the tweet up just search for that hashtag #TOOMHunt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Lots of fun photos – you really should check it out.

It was very nice seeing friends at the tweet-up – that’s the best part. But it’s also nice seeing all the shops (I am planning on coming back to shop), eating pizza at Pi Artisan Pizzaria, watching the Lahaina Sunset, and for finale stopping by the Fudge Hawaii Fudge Company before we head home :)

Here are some more photos from last night. Enjoy! (I will add caption later but for now I need to log off for an errand so no captions for these, just photos for now)

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Michael Kors

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Tweet Up at The Outlets of Maui

The Hawaii Fudge Company

It was indeed a fun, fun night! Yep it was worth the drive to the Westside :)

SNEAK PREVIEW OF TOMORROW’s POST – I will be attending the ULTIMATE OCEAN COCKTAIL SHOWDOWN tonight. I will be posting live too so follow along. Aloha and A hui hou!

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Musings on Maui

Calm after the storm

KULA  “Calm After The Storm” Photo via @ErikBlair of www.erikeverywhere.com

Musing on the storm before, during and after.

It was interesting the amount of preparation people on Maui did for these hurricane Iselle and Julio.  It was quite entertaining seeing so many photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter about long lines at Costco and empty shelves at Safeway. Even my boss who usually does not post on social media channels posted about it. What a hoot!   There was a bit of a panic buying, but then again, everyone wants to be prepared.

The school were cancelled.  Many of the offices sent their employees home early as well.

Then we waited, and waited.  It did not even rain in Kihei till the day after Iselle was supposed to hit Maui. Later we found out that Upcountry had a lot of rain and crazy wind that night, and there were some damages in Ulupakalua area. Considering what the Big Island Hawaii had experienced, Maui’s storm experience was mild. For that we are thankful. Now praying for quick recovery of the Big Island.

So was the 2 days cancellation of school a fail? Was the storing up of food ad water a fail?  In my book, it’s absolutely not.  Storms and hurricanes are have a mind of their own. It’s hard to precisely predict what is going to happen.  I remember one year when DOE did not cancel school, then it rained hard in the middle of the day, and then there were power outages, and there were chaos among parents trying to pick up their kids from school. That was a disaster.  So canceling  the school due to a weather forecast saying that a hurricane is hitting Maui is good in my opinion.

Musing on my new job.

Well, it’s not so new anymore. I have been with Wailea Realty for 3 months now.  Sometimes I still can’t believe that his hobby/passion of mine turned into a career/job. Friends always ask, how’s your new job? Are you still liking it? The answer is yes. My new job is great and yes I am still liking it. Who wouldn’t want to get paid  cruising Facebook and the Internet? ha ha.  OK, this job is not for everyone, and not everyone will enjoy what I am doing.  For me it’s great to be able to talk about Maui as part of my job. Of course I do more than cruise the internet, but it’s a fun part of the job. It is quite fulfilling too. Check out the comments on this Facebook Post when you get a chance and see how friends on the internet appreciates what I do :)

Musing on my kids and family.

When I started blogging, my kids were little  and  young. Now they are tall and teenagers.  Will I still be blogging when they turn into adults and then have a kids of their own? Ha! I would be a grandma blogger.  The question is, would blogging still be existing by then?  I wonder what other technology with come up.

Musing on Blogging.

Speaking of blogging, did any of you noticed that there was no “Best Local Blog on Maui” category in the recent Best Of Maui 2014?  I initially wanted to ask why, but then the more I thought about it, the more I feel I shouldn’t ask why.  I decided to apply the wisdom of Yoda as in this scene:

Luke: But tell me why I can’t… Yoda: No, no, there is no why. Nothing more will I teach you today. Clear your mind of questions.

 

Well, there goes the musings. Thank you for reading along. Hopefully this will jumpstart the blog and I will regularly blogging again.  However, if at any point in time I become MIA again, know that you will find me at Wailea Realty’s Maui Blog.

A hui hou!

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