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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

For The Love of Maui 5K

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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Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge and Ululani’s Shave Ice Grand Opening in Maui Lani

Hawaiian Airlines and Ululani Shave Ice

And just as I thought I will be slowing down on posting here at A Maui Blog, things start happening that made me want to post. Funny how that happens :)

Yesterday I attended the Blessing and Re-opening of the Hawaiian Airlines Kahului Premier Club Lounge. I had a wonderful time.  I will blog more about it on Wailea Realty’s Maui Blog and will link it up here later.  For now I wanted to give you a link to the Premier Club information. Visit http://at.hwnair.com/IfjHM to learn how you can join Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club and relax before your next flight out of OGG.

Today I am going to the Blessing and  Grand Opening of the Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice’s Maui Lani location! And Maui Manapua will open there too! The opening celebration with the public is today, Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Go there and have the best Shave Ice and Tasty Manapuas on Maui!

Ululani's Grand Opening Maui Lani

 

 

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Mother Daughter Bonding Time at Travaasa Hana

 

Mother and Daughter at Travaasa Hana

Hana, Maui, often called “Heavenly Hana” is one place on earth where I can find serenity and pure bliss. Maui is such a beautiful place to start with. You can find peaceful places here, there and everywhere.  However …

…. if you want to experience the ultimate serene old town feeling, in a tropical setting, Hana is for you, as it is for me.

…. if you want to experience peace in a luxurious setting, not the bling bling kind, but more of a luxury that is in touch with nature, then Travaasa Hana is for you, as it is for me.

On Labor Day weekend, my daughter and I decided to go for a “Mother-Daughter Get Away Weekend”.  Hana was our choice.  Staying at Travaasa Hana was an added treat.  Travaasa Hana is a  “mesh of simplicity with luxury” – the combination of those words somewhat sounds like an oxymoron but it is not.  We experienced luxury at Travaasa in it’s simple form. Organic living at its best.

This is my 3rd year to stay at Hana for a retreat. The first two I went by myself. I enjoyed it. A lot.  This time, I took my daughter with me. I wanted her to experience the slow and unplugged living and truly enjoy it as much as I do.

Each of my three visits at Travaasa Hana is unique and magical. I always come home refreshed and renewed.  This recent retreat was extra special because Noelle, my daughter, is with me.

**** put a looong pause ***

Below is an outline of what I wanted to share with you.  It’s been two months and I still have this post on draft so tonight I am going to upload this as is … then I’d just update this post whenever I can …. section by section … memories by memories …. adding photos here and there.

1) It’s The Journey, Not Just The Destination.

The pick up

The Rainbow

Singing Our Hearts Out

Fell In Love With Travaasa – Sea Cottage, People, Welcome

2) Don’t Be Afraid, Go Give It A Try

Yoga, Slept in, Breakfast

Wainapanapa, Cave

3) The Food

4) The Massage

5) The Horseback Riding

To be updated …. :)

 

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