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Maui Sunset Afterglow in Keanae Peninsula

Keanae Maui Sunset 1

We spent out Independence Day Holiday Weekend at Keanae, Maui. We are fortunate (blessed) to have great friends (our hanai family, our ohana)  who owns a property in Keanae.  I call Keanae Peninsula a mini paradise on earth.

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On the afternoon / evening of July fourth, we were hanging out outside, chatting … and then we noticed how beautiful the sky is turning after the Maui Sun set. At first it was just pastel colors of pinkish, orange, yellowish, with a touch of greenish blueish splattered around …

Keanae Maui Sunset 3

And then it kept on transforming, creating a magnificent painting on the sky. The photos here will speak for itself. These were taken from my iPhone. No filters were used. No photoshop was done.  And yes some are a little blurry and out of focus. But these photos will give you an idea of the color transformation that happened.

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At the end of this post, there is a embedded video that you can watch.   I still can’t get over how beautiful it was.   More photos below. Enjoy …

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5 Secrets to a Blissful Maui Vacation

Step away from everyday life and experience must needed respite by incorporating these secrets to a blissful vacation into your next trip to Maui…

1. Experience the Hawaiian Culture
Taking time to absorb the Aloha spirit can leave you feeling rejuvenated even after you’ve returned home. Make time for unique Hawaiian activities like hula dancing, lei making, or learning to surf.

SwellWomen encourages all of our participants to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands lifestyle. Harmony and well-being for the mind, body, and spirit, is the focus of the Hawaiian massage at Black Rock Spa included in all SwellWomen surf vacations. Inspired by the culture and traditions of Hawaii, your massage will have you feeling nothing less than wonderful!

2. Relax at Your Resort
Most of us go on vacation as an escape from an otherwise fast-paced life. Making time to adjust to your vacation surroundings will help you get the most out of your trip. Spend your first day unwinding at the resort and adjust to the time difference.

When you come to an island paradise, the pace of life is slower. Giving yourself a day of lounging poolside will help you quickly adjust to the new rhythm. Lay out poolside at your resort or head to the beach to dig your toes into the sand. Eliminate distractions likes cell phones, laptops, and TVs as much as possible. Instead sit back and soak in the Aloha spirit.

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Maui is home to some of the top hotels in all of Hawaii. Featuring 23 acres of tropical paradise, the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa is situated along the best stretch of Ka’anapali Beach and was once the playground for Hawaii’s royalty making it a great place to feel pampered. This resort is the home of our SwellWomen Surf Vacations. With breathtaking views of the islands of Lanai and Molokai, this gorgeous property provides our guests with the ultimate in comfort and relaxation in an inspiring setting. Now doesn’t that sound blissful?

3. Tune into Your Well-Being
Once you’re adjusted to the island rhythm, the next secret to finding bliss is doing something for your overall wellbeing. Let your pre-vacation stress simply melt away as you reconnect with yourself.

Tuning into your well-being comes naturally on the magical island of Maui. Find your vacation bliss doing yoga on the beach or attending a wellness workshop. Bring out your inner child as you body surf to shore.

The yoga and wellness experience is an important element of your SwellWomen surf vacation. Guests leave our surf and wellness vacations feeling refreshed and inspired. They also feel ‘The Bliss’ of a renewed sense of enjoyment for life, family, and even their career.

4. Go on an Adventure
An active, adventurous vacation provides benefits like more energy, deeper empowerment, and renewed endorphins. From zip lining to surfing and helicopter tours to scuba diving, you’ll find bliss by trying something new in Hawaii.

Fun Hawaiian vacation activities include: swimming, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, cruises, helicopter tour, scuba lessons, Hawaiian cooking, stand up paddleboarding, golf, tennis, and more.

SwellWomen surf packages are designed for women of all ages and surfing abilities who are seeking the thrills of surfing and the rewards of accomplishment.

5 Secrets to a Blissful Maui Vacation by @SwellWomen via @amauiblog

5. Be Empowered by a Retreat Experience
A blissful Maui vacation is about striking a perfect balance between relaxation, adventure, wellness, and culture. You could spend months piecing together your vacation, or you could attend a surf and yoga retreat with SwellWomen specially design just for you!

With every detail taken care of, it’s no wonder that SwellWomen guests return year after year after year. If you are looking for one of the most exciting, fun-filled and unforgettable surf vacations of your life, then it’s time you started surfing with us and experience the ‘aloha’ of SwellWomen.

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How And Why I Blog on Maui

Blogging

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MAUI – just the mention of this place stirs a lot of emotion to many. Some longs to come back, some dreams to visit, some desires to move to, and some reminisce the wonderful memories they had on this paradise.

THANKFUL – that’s how I feel when I think of Maui. Thankful that I live here, in this beautiful place many call paradise.

SHARING – that’s what I hope to accomplish. I want to share the blessing. Through blog posts, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels, my desire to to share Maui in my own little way.

GENUINE CARE – that’s what sets this blog apart.  As you can see, this blog is not well organized and I am not as tech savy as I  hope to be.  But that’s ok.  I am here to share and that’s what I am doing.

I have been busy with many projects and juggling many roles I have: wife, mom, employee, consultant, volunteer, friend, etc. so this blog is a bit neglected.  One solution I found is to seek the help of like minded individuals and so glad I found some, one of them is Jennifer.  The couple of posts will be from my friend  Jennifer of Island Gypsy Hawaii.  She will be “talking story” about  where to find great and yummy burgers and delicious pizzas  on Maui.  The posts are ready and will be live later tomorrow (Tuesday) and (Wednesday). I am so excited to share them with you!

It’s Presidents Day today – it’s a Holiday in the US. I am enjoying my day and I hope you are too!

 

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Wailuku First Friday 2014 starts this Friday!

Wailuku First Friday January 2014

Are you ready for the first Friday Town Party of 2014?  If you are still undecided, I encourage you to make the decision to come. Wailuku First Friday is on January 3rd and the organizers have put together a great program for the community to enjoy! As with all the previous #WailukuFF town parties, this Friday is filled with lots of family fun activities, ono grinds and top notch entertainment for all ages!

Wailuku First Friday is a free community street party, held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with Market Street closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30 p.m.  The event is held on the Main to Vineyard block of Market Street and all are welcome.   GPS address: Maui Thing, 7 North Market Street, which takes you to the heart of the event.

What’s on for this month’s celebration?

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Island Rock Hoppin’ Tour-Maui kicks off  peace in collaboration with the World Peace Plan project and a performance by the Push-O-Verse at the Maui Thing Stage on January 3 at Wailuku First Friday. To support peace and to help others, Donovan Yonamine of the Push-O-Verse also has coordinated a clothing drive for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Maui County and also invited the kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui to sing their hearts out for this peace effort.  Also performing is the Freedom’s Progress band to open the event.  If The Shoe Fits also continues to collect shoes for this worthy cause.

Here is the  outline of this Friday’s program:

Push-O-Verse Maui Thing Stage, 7:30  pm

Freedom’s Progress , Maui Thing Stage, 6:15  pm

Boys and Girls Club kids,  Maui Thing Stage 7:15 pm

Joel Katz Wailuku First Friday

Joel Katz, Hawaiian Steel Guitar, 33 N. Market St. 6:00 pm

I Want Candy

I Want Candy, Wailuku Banyan Tree Park, 7:30  pm

Brenton Keith

Brenton Keith and His Bag of Tricks, Street Magic 6:00 pm

Hawaiian Music live music at Beer and Wine Garden, 5:30 pm

More activities during the party to check out:

Gently used clothes and good, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Drive courtesy of Push-O-Verse at If the Shoe Fits

WiFi Wailuku, Small Town Big WiFi Project, kick off, #WailukuFirst

“The Apartment” starring Jack Lemon and Shirley MacClaine, Iao Theater, Maui On Stage performance, Free, 8:00 pm

Free costume hat from  Honey A Sweet Boutique or First Friday, purchases over $75

Free yoga followed by free refreshments, Body Alive Yoga, Main Street 4:45

12,000 pairs of shoes for Big Brothers Big Sisters, donations accepted at If the Shoe Fits

View First Friday live on WWW.WAILUKUCAM.COM courtesy of Kamaaina Loans

Wailuku First Friday 2014

More about Wailuku First Fridays:

Vendors, merchants and entertainers are reminded that Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m. For the safety of all participants, everyone’s kokua is appreciated. Signage will remind the public that no cars will be allowed on Market Street during the event: Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Maui Medical Group offers free parking during Wailuku First Friday at the facility’s lot, located near the Main/High Street intersection. The Vineyard Street parking exit will close at 9 p.m.; patrons can exit the lot onto Main Street after 9 p.m.

The Wailuku First Friday event showcases Maui’s artisans, handmade crafters and food vendors. A fee of $100 for food vendors with State health permit will be assessed each accepted vendor; fee is $50 for table space for non-food vendors and $25 for informational non-profits. For vendor information and reservations, contact vendor coordinator Alan Takitani at 281-2801. A copy of vendor’s General Excise Tax license, health permit (for food vendors) and additional insured will be required.

Wailuku First Friday is a Community Street Party and is generously sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui, Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc., Sae Design, Maui Thing, Maui Redevelopment Agency, KPOA 93.5 FM, KAOI Group, KONI, First Hawaiian Bank, American Savings Bank, Kama‘aina Properties, Inc., Wailuku Community Association, Maui Time, IBEW Local 1186, Hawaii Carpenters Union-Maui, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, If the Shoe Fits, Connec, LLC.

Also check out Maui Friday Town Parties at www.MauiFridays.com for information on the County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development program. Friday Town Parties are celebrated every week, every month!

For more information on Wailuku First Friday, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura via email at yukilei.sugimura@gmail.com. Become a fan on Facebook at “Wailuku First Friday” to keep up with what’s happening!

If you are visiting Maui and is not familiar with Wailuku First Friday, here is a video for you to watch to know more about it:

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