I am composing the blog post …. but thought I’d share some photos ahead….
The photo above was taken at Kanaha Beach yesterday, during the Maui Race Series. My husband has been volunteering on this event for many years now, (26 years I think). This is one of the many events Hi-Tech Surf Shop organizes for the community of Maui.
Life has been pretty busy for me here on Maui. I know it sounds oxymoron – busy and Maui just do not seem to go well together. Let’s just say, I am relatively busy. Compared to the life in the big city, you’d probably say my life is n a slow pace, but here I feel like it’s busy. I started a full time job, working in an office from 8am to 5pm. I am the new Agent Services Coordinator at Keller Williams Realty Maui. My kids starts school on Monday. Summer vacation is “over” for them. They are on a year round school calendar so they get less summer vacation but have many breaks throughout the year (longer Spring Break, etc.).
So many things to talk story about on Maui. I wish I have more time to attend various events and more time to blog. However, I won’t whine and complain. I figure I just have to blog whenever I can and attend events whenever I can. No need to stress about it. It’s much more enjoyable that way. My priority right now is spending more time with my teenagers. Thank you for allowing me do that )
You guys are awesome! All of you who had been supporting A Maui Blog by reading and sharing this little blog of mine, and especially to all of you who voted for this blog. We made it again: A Maui Blog had been voted the Best Local Blog on Maui for 2013. Hey, that’s our 4th win in a row!
The night prior to the announcement of MauiTime’s Best of Maui winners, Erik Blair and I were at Starbucks meeting about social media stuff. That night I told him that I didn’t think A Maui Blog will win the Best Local Blog on Maui for 2013 because I had been very inconsistent with my blogging this year. I was so busy that I even forgot to mail my Maui Time Best of Maui ballot so I didn’t even get to vote for myself. Some of you are probably thinking, “why didn’t you vote online?”. I know I can do it online but for those of you who voted, you know that it’s not easy to decide who to vote for each categories. That’s why I like looking at it in print. I like filling out the paper ballot. Anyway, as I was saying before, I just wasn’t confident that A Maui Blog will win. But it did, and it’s all because of you! Thank you all so much! And thank you Malia of Mamala O Maui for taking a photo of the write up (as you can see, I used it here too ).
Now it’s time for me to end this post and say aloha for now. Next post should be my #GoLanai experience. I had been wanting to share that with you for a while now but still hasn’t. I have all my photos lined up, just have to type the talk story that’s in my head. In the meantime, let me know how you are all doing. You can always use the comment section of this post to share something about you and how life is treating you these days. I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s a confession: I can’t remember anymore why I titled my previous post on “Just Because I Love Maui” with a “Part 1″ … I think at that time there were so many things that I wanted to share and when I had to end the post I thought I should continue my thoughts on the next one. I still have many things to talk about Maui but somehow it’s really not a Part 2. Oh well… let’s move forward.
So…. here is the Part 2. Not exactly what i was thinking before, but it’s about the love of Maui just the same. This Part 2 is about Jen Varner and the ILoveMaui Facebook Page.
Have you heard about the ILoveMaui Facebook Page yet? If not, you are missing out. If yes, then I am guessing you’ve liked it already. The name of the page says it all. Jen started ILoveMaui Facebook Page because she simply loves Maui. The neat thing about following Jen’s posts is that you get the sense of excitement and gratitude about living on Maui. Jen and her family moved here from North Carolina about a year ago and they are loving it here.
I first “met” Jen via internet when her staff “introduced” me to her. I was blown away by her story of courage and resilience. I wrote about her and her business on my blog Liza’s Eyeview. Then we connected via Facebook and became “early bird buddies”. Both of us wake up early and our paths crosses on Facebook every now and then. We became “friends” in the true sense of the word, even though we still have not met each other personally. Oh yes we planned to meet … but we are two busy moms with crazy schedules so it still hasn’t happened.
Jen is a kindred spirit when it comes to being a mom, and also when it comes to loving Maui. She inspires me.
Jen has a beautiful family. Her husband is not on the family photo above because i think he’s the one who took the pic . I love reading Jen’s insights she shares on her posts, like these:
Living in Maui often feels like I am living a dream within a dream. Even on my worst day things are ok here. We take pleasure from the beauty of nature and simple natural events like watching the sunset, or walking on the ocean. Life here is slow, simple and beautiful. I may not feel happy every single day but no one can be happy 24/7. But no matter what I always feel content In my contentment I have found total peace. Maui has given that to me.
I was thinking last night that if one is going to Move to Maui you need to be ready to give. Maui, its’ land, the people, will give to you so much! What will you give back? How can you make Maui a better place? The experience of living there has changed me so much and blessed my families life over and over. I hope I am always in a position to continue to give back but you can also give back by being respectful of the land, learning the culture and listening…really listening..
It was Jen’s birthday a couple days ago. That’s when I started this post and planned to make it live on her birthday. Needless to say, it didn’t happen. Nevertheless, this post says “Belated Happy Birthday Jen!”
Have you noticed it’s been almost a month since my last post. And that was not even a valid post because I just posted a poster about Maui to make myself better about posting a new content and let you know I am still alive . In reality it’s been a couple of months since I am MIA (missing in action).
So today, let’s reboot this blog! Enough of me trying to come up with a post worthy of being published on a reputable travel magazine. That wasn’t really the intent of this blog. Now back to talking story, the way it should be.
Time for me to just post about the everyday happenings in my life. For example, our walks at Keawakapu with the best Italian Dog on Maui, our @SonnyIggy.
Another example is our trip to the Ululani Shave Ice place in Kihei as a family. That was fun and so local. The shave ice were so ono, truly the best shave ice on Maui!
And the other day, I went gaga taking photos of this Pink Hibiscus plant in front of NAPA auto parts store in Kihei. The plant was blooming with vivacious pretty pink flowers, it got me so excited! By the way, I should mention here that they buy at NAPA store was super helpful to me. I bought an automatic transmission fluid for my squeaky Maui Cruizer and the guy even helped me pour it in the place where it should be poured. He didn’t have to buy he went to help me anyway! That’s Maui local style
Oh I am so excited I got this post done. Ready, set, post! Looking forward to your comments and I am planning on replying too. Let’s get re-connected shall we?
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