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Maui Sunset To Break The Silence

Maui Sunset Keawakapu Beach

 

Aloha A Maui Blog friends. It’s been a while, i know….  But I am back and I am glad to be back blogging.  Well, I am challenging myself to start blogging regularly again. I truly miss doing it. I also miss the interaction I have with you.  This post is a mini-post. I  thought it’s good to break my silence with a mini post and go from there. And what better topic to post about than Maui Sunset, simply because it’s one of my favorite thing to do on Maui: watch the Maui Sunset.

The photo above and the video below were taken at Keawakapu Beach on Friday, October 18, 2013.  We did see the greeflash but my  IPhone 4 did not capture it :)

Do you like watching Maui Sunset too?  If not, what is your favorite thing to do on Maui?

 

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Visiting Upcountry Maui

Island Gypsy Hawaii - Upcountry Maui

Photo: Island Gypsy Hawaii

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” – ZenMama

It’s no secret that for most visitors to Maui the beaches are the reason for their trek across the seas. I certainly don’t blame them, either, with the gorgeous turquoise waters, rolling waves and perfect temperatures, the beaches are a must! However, the wonder that is the  ”Magic Isle” materializes in the diverse landscape of this tiny island. Part of that diverse landscape includes the beautiful “Upcountry“. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve heard people say they visited Maui but never visited the Upcountry. Folks, this simply cannot be…and I’m here to give you five reasons to make Upcountry Maui a must-see on your next trip to Maui.

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Upcountry Maui:

1.  The views.

Seriously, it’s gorgeous up here. I say “here” because it’s where I live. Take the drive from Hana Highway and turn right onto Haleakala Highway, where you’ll be welcomed by the towns of Pukalani, Makawao, Olinda and Kula.

Island Gypsy Hawaii_Pukalani, HI

Photo: Island Gypsy Hawaii

The views will astound you, with the bi-coastal views, mountain views, once in a lifetime sunsets and lush fields growing all around. You must make the drive…it’ll be totally worth it!

2. The food.

When I say “the food” I mean real food, as in farm fresh produce. There are multiple farmer’s markets in the Upcountry, where you can fill your basket full of organic fruits and veggies for your next beach picnic or your drive on the Road to Hana. My two favorite farmer’s markets are in Kula, one is on Thursday/Sunday and the other one is a large market, with many vendors, held on Saturdays near Long’s.

Island Gypsy Hawaii_Farm Fresh

Photo: Island Gypsy Hawaii

If you’re into restaurants there are some great ones here as well.  Casannova’s is an excellent spot for a slice of pizza, located in Makawao, Hawaii.

3. The shops.

You may be like, “the shops, really?” And I’m all, yeah, there are some amazingly cute shops in Upcountry. Makawao Town is a must if you’re into art, beach decor and unique island pieces. Last year I bought a fun burlap coffee sack (from Maui Coffee in Lahaina) at Volcano Spice, which wasn’t too pricey and adds a great Maui touch to my home. A lot of folks like to shop at Designing Wahine, too, where you’ll find all kinds of coastal and exotic home decor/gifts!

4. The weather.

Maui is pretty much perfect, temperature-wise. But sometimes it gets hot down at the beach so why not cool down in Upcountry? The mornings and evenings are brisk, offering refreshment from the harsh sun at times. A place to visit where you’ll typically find cooler temperatures and bicoastal views is the Alii Kula Lavender  Farm. I was blessed to take photos for my friends’ engagement at the farm last year…it couldn’t have been more romantic for them!

Island Gypsy Hawaii_Kula

Photo: Island Gypsy Hawaii

If you’re looking to get engaged or married in Maui the Lavender Farm is a wonderful venue!

5. The people.

The people of Upcountry Maui represent every corner of the earth. Such a tiny island, such a diverse people! I’ve met folks from New York to New Zealand who now call Maui “home” and one thing rings true: they are a people who crave community. Life lived together, whether sharing a picnic at the park or a soccer game in the cul-de-sac, people in Upcountry Maui want to include you in their lives.

Island Gypsy Hawaii_Makawao

Photo: Island Gypsy Hawaii

You’ve traveled this far…and you’ll be all the more rich if you don’t miss that turn to Upcountry Maui.

Hope to see you here!

Aloha,
Jennifer Poppy (a.k.a. Gypsy)

 

Jennifer PoppyAbout the Guest Blogger:  Jennifer Poppy was born & raised in Texas but has always been an island girl at heart. After moving to Maui last year her lifelong dream of living in Hawaii came true. She sees beauty in the ordinary and has a passion for turning trash into treasure. Follow her island adventures and upcycling projects at islandgypsyhawaii.com.

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Rebooting A Maui Blog – Maui Local Likes To Talk Story Once Again

Best Maui Beach

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.

Italian Greyhound on Maui

 

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!

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 :)

Pink Hibiscus on Maui

 

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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Hibiscus Flowers On Maui – So Colorful!

huge pink hibiscus maui

 

 

Peach hibiscus

 

 

red hibiscus maui

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