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Weekly Winners – Winners at the Keawakapu Sand Sculpting Contest

These photos were supposed to be posted on last week’s weekly winners. I was trying to find out who won the contest so I can announce it with the post but to this date I still do not know. I looked at the newspapers everyday since the contest but there was not announcement (or maybe I missed it). So this week I decided to call them all winners! These are my Weekly Winners entries. Let me know in the comment section which one is your favorite:

Sand mermaid with a coconut boobs

Sand mermaid with coconut boobs

Turtle and Dolphin Sand Sculpture

Dolphin and Honu Playing Together

Mother and Baby Whale Sand Sculptue

Mother and Baby Whale Princess Having Fun

Dolphin Sand Sculpture

Dolphin Playing In the Bubbly Ocean

dolphin with shades sand sculpture 2

Cool Dolphin with the Shades

Tako Sand Sculpture

Huge Tako - Poke Anyone?

The Whale, The Honu And the Mairman

The Whale, The Honu and the Mairman?

It would be interesting to see which one will be picked as A Maui Blog winner on this post. Please let me know in the comment section below which one is your favorite. Mahalo! Also, when you are done voting, I invite you go to Lotus’ blog to visit the participants of the Weekly Winners Meme.  Lots of beautiful photos you’ll find there.

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Maui’s Best Helicopter Tour

Aerial - Road To Iao Valley

So here is my Aloha Friday question to you – have you been on a helicopter?  Here’s a more specific question for those of you who live on Maui or has visited Maui – have you seen Maui by air?  OK, I haven’t and haven’t  been.  However, looking at the photos here on this post, I am definitely saving some money to ride one!

My friend Kris (a.k.a. @webnelly and @mauibyphoto) has been on a helicopter to enjoy the Maui view.  He highly recommends it. He is from Chicago but this guy has a heart for Maui and has been here many times.  I would definitely listen to his recommendation.  He says do it – see Maui by Air.  Here’s why:  “Maui By Air” at Flckr are absolutely spectacular!

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Now,  as I have told you, I have not been on a helicopter ride but I am hoping to get in one soon.  One helicopter tour operator that came highly recommended is Air Maui. Another friend, Chris, knows it well, and I asked him to write more about it so I can post it here, Here is what he says:

The obvious question is why and how is Air Maui a different Maui helicopter tour? They have more than a decade of a perfect safety record and their pilots are experienced and friendly. While other companies might boast the same thing, Air Maui’s story is truly unique. Young warrant officer Steve Egger returned from Vietnam where he had flown Huey helicopters in combat. He was planning on working his way up from civilian to helicopter pilot working for Air Kauai. But then came September 11, 1992, a significant date for the Hawaiian islands, the day Hurricane Iniki caused devastation and ruin to the island of Kauai. It took time for Kauai’s tourism to recover so Steve’s adaptability and resolve led him to form his own company on a different island, Air Maui.

aerial - valley waterfalls

Whether you live in Maui or you’re a visitor, they have tours on which you’ll see Maui and Molokai through a perspective unlike the one you know or which you have read about in guidebooks. It’s mystical from this perspective— verdant valleys dripping with waterfalls, jagged coastlines and the myriad of ocean blues and greens. You’ll take these visual postcards with you well beyond the time you’re in the air. They’re the only carrier offering a 45-minute experience of West Maui/Molokai, giving you a glimpse of the inaccessible. They share with you the Valley Isle, proud of the 500 inches of rain that give the greenery life.

Ok, so Chris has a lot to say about Air Maui, but I think you get what we mean. And just for added reference, even Oprah flew with it – and we know that Oprah chooses the best.

Maybe on my next post about Maui by Air, I’d be blogging my own experience.  Aloha!

Speaking of Aloha, this is my Aloha Friday post, and many of you knows what that means.  Please do not forget to leave a comment on this post and then visit other participants whose links are found at An Island Life.

* Thanks @webnelly of Kaanapali Dreamin and Maui By Photo for letting me use your photos :)

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