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Maui Sunset Afterglow in Keanae Peninsula

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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 …

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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 …

Keanae Maui Sunset 5

 

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Full Moon on Maui in June – and It’s Friday the 13th!

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walking on Maui

 

I usually walk and run for exercise in the morning. However, the other day the morning got a bit hectic and I had extra time in the evening and so I went.  As I walked out our house the sun had just set and there are some beautiful afterglow reflection in the sky. That’s when I took the photo above.

 

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As I continue walking I realized that it’s the start of a full moon! Depending on on who who talk to, some says full moon happened on Maui on Thursday night and others say it’s on Friday, and it’s the 13th!. Yep, some are making a big deal of a full moon on Friday the 13th.

 

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I had with me my iPhone and that’s the one I used to take photos. Sorry it’s a bit grainy when I try to focus and get a closer pic of the moon – I wish I have our DSL “big camera” with me at that time.  But then again, I really wouldn’t want to be walking and running with a big camera, would I?

 

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It got dark pretty fast. I was in Wailea area when I took the photo above and below.  I wish you could have seen the moon with me in person. It’s really bright and beautiful. How do you like the silhouette of the palms trees around. Kinda cool I think ….

 

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And so I kept on walking and running in the dark. One thing I am thankful for living on Maui, especially in Kihei and Wailea area, is that I feel safe walking and even at night…

 

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I usually post photos of sunsets and sunrises. It’s a nice change to post a photo of a moonrise.  The last photo above is a bit creepy, but in reality, it was stunning to see a big bright moon amidst the silhouette of the trees below it.

Aloha and have a wonderful weekend!

P.S.

After I uploaded and shared this post, one of my friends told me about the article in Hawaii Now regarding the “honey moon”. Here is the link  for you – it is quite an interesting read http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25770050/rare-honey-moon-occurs-for-first-time-since-1919

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Maui Sunset To Break The Silence

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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