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The Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Showdown 2015

Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Showdown

The Ultimate Ocean cocktail showdown event was a huge success! Six chefs, six mixologists, six non-profit organizations represented, a lot of people who attended  (I heard the count was 1,500+), delicious food, yummy cocktail, beautiful oceanside venue, marvelous sunset, fabulous entertainment, dancing, chatting with friends – the evening was so much fun!

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I took a lot of photos that night. I shared many on social media using the hashtags  #oceanshowdown and #ultimateoceancocktail.  By the time I was going to write this post over the weekend I couldn’t decide which photos to share in the post! Thankfully, Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa created a video of the event, so now I can relax and not stress on deciding which photos to use – I will just share the video at the end of this post. I also saw a photo album shared on Ocean Vodka’s Facebook Page so I am sharing those with you too.

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The cocktail recipes, the info on the chefs, the mixologists, the pairing, the non-profit team, are on my post at Wailea Realty Maui Blog so I won’t repeat here.  Hop on over there in case you want the recipe to try them at home. Go to:  Ultimate OCEAN Cocktail Showdown At The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa – Event Info and Recipes

It was so hard deciding who to vote for. All cocktails, the dishes, and the pairings are excellent.  I also support all the non-profits represented.  In the end I had to cast my vote. And the winners were:

Best Pairing – Lee Anne Wong and Daniel Vincent:

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Best Dish – Hank’s Haute Dogs:

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Best Cocktail – Ross Steidel’s Salty Poi Dog:

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More photos:

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And now, here’s the video I was talking about. Have fun watching and hope to see you on the Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Showdown next year.  Aloha!

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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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