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Jacaranda Trees, UpCountry Maui

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I had been wanting to go Upcountry to see these lovely purple trees in person. As of this posting, I still haven’t. Life on paradise can be so busy sometimes.  Thankfully, Darren was able to do it. When I saw his photos on his Facebook Page I asked his permission to re-post them here on A Maui Blog. All photos are credited to Darren McDaniel. He took a lot of beautiful shots! Hopefully I can go Upcountry before the end of Jacaranda season. In the meantime, sharing Darren’s post and photos for us to enjoy:

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The Maui Darren’s First Post:

Fortunate to spend some time over the weekend on the north shore of Maui and upcountry; taking full advantage of Jacaranda season and the amazing blooms along the upper Kula Highway and into Ulupalukua. It is speculated that the trees likely originated from Portugese Ranchers working upcountry during the mid 1900’s, as the trees originated in Brazil, however the state did proactively plant trees along the upcountry highway’s in the later 1950’s. Certainly worth a day trip upcountry if you’re fortunate to be here during the season!

Darren’s Follow-up Post – The Back Story – Love This!

1.) Darren goes upcountry and takes picture
2.) Couple sees Darren and pulls over, takes pictures, cordial ‘hello’s’ ensue.
3.) Waves occur at second crossing at Winery
4.) Darren searches the hashtag ‪#‎D810‬ several days later…and surprisingly comes across a great picture of upcountry Maui:
5.) Darren likes photo and of course comments on it
6.) Photo turns out to be from Hubert, of the couple that pulled over and took pictures!
7.) Darren and Hubert now hooking up in a few weeks when he returns from Kauai to shoot the blooming lavender farm.

I know there’s good reason we spend a lot of time focused on the marketing, changes, and possibilities of social media; however thought I’d share this fun little story as a great reminder of the real joy of social media… as a means to enriching our real lives! 

Follow Darren McDaniel at THE MAUI DARREN on Facebook (don’t forget to like his page).

Want to see these beautiful photos bigger with higher resolutions?  Click here and click each photos in there :)UPCOUNTRY MAUI JACARANDA TREES

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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:

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“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!


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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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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