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Maui Sunset Afterglow in Keanae Peninsula

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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 …

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

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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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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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#PeaceLoveHaiku – The 21st Annual Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival – April 12, 2014

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With a hashtag like #PeaceLoveHaiku you just know that the 21st Annual Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival is going to be amazing! You may be asking yourself, is this just a place for flower lovers? Is this like the Rose Bowl with a bunch of floats covered in flowers? The short answer: Nope! The long answer: This free festival is for everyone, local residents and tourists alike. The added bonus: this event helps the keiki of Haiku with the proceeds going to Haiku Elementary School, the Haiku Boys & Girls Club, and the Haiku Community Association.

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If you’re planning on being in Maui on Saturday, April 12, 2014, take the drive to Haiku, Hawaii, on the North Shore of Maui, for an event you are sure to never forget!

10 Reasons to Go to the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival:

Note: This list is in no particular order…I find them all equally amazing!

1. Yummy Food. This festival is a spot for foodies, no doubt. “Restaurant Row” features local Maui restaurants, caterers & food trucks, so you can try some of the best cuisine Maui has to offer, all in one location! Just to name a few of this year’s restaurant row businesses: Mana Foods, Flatbread in Paia and Life Foods Inc., all 100% donors to the festival (i.e. all funds will go back to the keiki in Haiku). In addition, Haiku School PTA provides ono grinds in Kau Kau Row. And there are plenty of delicious baked goods in the Famous Haiku School Bake Sale!

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2. Fun People. With over 7,000 attendees each year, you are sure to meet some fun, interesting people from all over the world!

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3. Live Entertainment. From live music to dance and acrobatic performers, you are sure to enjoy the great entertainment lineup including Divino and the Maui Ohana Band, Maui Underground and more!

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4. Help Keiki. As mentioned before, the proceeds for the festival go to help the kids of Haiku Elementary, Haiku Boys & Girls Club, as well as the Haiku Community Association. It doesn’t get much better than helping keiki.

5. Maui Farmers. Love farm fresh veggies? Flowers? Plants? Then come shake a Maui farmer’s hand and take home some Hawaii-grown produce for yourself.

6. Keiki Zone. This festival is fun for the whole family! The kids will have a blast playing carnival games, jumping in the bounce houses, face painting, getting their hair done in our Haiku hair booth, playing Mauisaurus Mini Golf, and kids’ entertainment at the Keiki Stage, just to name a few activities. And don’t forget to bring the swimsuits and towels – there will be water bouncers and a dunk tank, too!

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7. Unique Auction. From local artists’ pieces to amazing baskets filled with items to upcycled art like a surfboard turned mosaic outdoor shower, this silent auction is one of the most unique ones on the island. Come see what you can find!

8. Green Awareness. The festival continues to make a concerted effort in being greener. In fact, you are encouraged to bring your own water bottle for refills, plates and utensils for food, and your own shopping bag to eliminate even more waste. Living on a tiny island, being green is key.

 

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9. Book Swap. Get a head start on your Spring cleaning by decluttering some of your unwanted books. The Haiku Elementary Library hosts a Book Swap where you get one book buck for every ten books donated. Stock up on new-to-you books and support the school library. While you’re at it, you’ll get to meet Holly Gates, the school librarian. Read more here.

10. Made in Hawaii. Meet local artists, crafters and vendors in the Crafters Marketplace, then take home a unique Made in Hawaii craft for yourself!

I’ll be taking photos at the festival this year and would love to see you there as well! If you live on Maui and would like to volunteer for the festival, you may sign up online here. If you are a Made in Hawaii crafter, local business or non-profit, farmer, restaurant, etc. to get in the festival brochure please apply online by March 12 (sorry, I uploaded this past the deadline :( – Liza). You may register a booth after the deadline, however, your name won’t make the brochure. For more information on this fun, free event contact Co-Chair Jennifer Oberg at haikuhoolaulea@gmail.com or visit http://haikuhoolaulea.org/. #PeaceLoveHaiku

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer Poppy

Note: A special “mahalo” to the 2013 festival photographers: Sean M. Hower, Peter Liu and Joyce Chin.

Jennifer of Island Gypsy HawaiiAbout the Guest Blogger: Jennifer Poppy was born & raised in Texas but has always been an island girl at heart. After moving to Maui in 2012 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 Hawaii adventures, upcycling projects and lifestyle photography at islandgypsyhawaii.com.

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