About Me

Aloha! My name is Liza and I am the blogger behind A Maui Blog. I am glad you are here visiting. Since you came to this ABOUT page, you must want to know a little bit more about me.

I am what they call a “Kama’aina”. I have been living on Maui since 1994 and consider Maui as my “home”. I am 40ish. I am married to a wonderful man we will call Haole Hubby. We have two tweens who we will call Hapa Boy (11 yr old) and Hapa Girl (10 yr old). I will talk more about them later, but for now this section is about me.

I started blogging in 2006 at Liza’s Eyeview. I enjoy it tremendously – I am actually addicted to it. I see as lot of wonderful benefits of blogging both serious and fun. It’s like talking story online!

I do not have a journalism degree. English is my second language. If you are looking for an eloquent writer, you are in the wrong blog. But if you want to read the ramblings of a Kama’aina (and local kine mom) talking story online, you’re on the right blog. To Maui visitors checking out this blog, it’s good to get the inside scoop, yah?

I still post at Liza’s Eyeview but I decided to start this blog for a reason. The reason? You will just have to find out when upload my “About The Blog” post :)

Coming up next … ABOUT THE BLOG (A Maui Blog)

If you want to or need to, you may contact me at lizamaui (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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Thursday Thirteen: Love and Wedding Sentiments in Hawaiian

Ways to express love or wedding sentiments in Hawaiian
1. Aloha – Love
2. Aloha au ia ‘oe – I love you
3. E komo mai – Welcome
4. Ku’uipo – Sweetheart
5. Ohana – Family
6. Male’ana – Wedding
7. Kahu lio – Groom
8. Wahine male hou – Bride
9. Ho’omaika’i’ana – Our wedding day
10. Hele mai ‘oe i ko maua male ‘ – Come to our wedding
11. E ho’omau maua kealoha – May our love last forever
12. Mahalo – Thank you
13. Hau’oli la ho’omana’o – Happy anniversary

For more Thursday 13 posts, go to T13 Hub here.

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Obama Won! Congratulations Mr. President.

It’s a historic win. Congratulations President Barack Obama

From Yahoo news:
WASHINGTON : Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation’s first black president Tuesday night in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. “Change has come,” he told a jubilant hometown Chicago crowd.The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, the Democratic senator from Illinois sealed his historic triumph by defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in a string of wins in hard-fought battleground statesOhio, Florida, Iowa and more. He captured Virginia and Indiana, too, the first candidate of his party in 44 years to win either.

Obama’s election capped a meteoric rise : from mere state senator to president-elect in four years.

Spontaneous celebrations erupted from Atlanta to New York and Philadelphia as word of Obama’s victory spread. Supporters filled Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

In his first speech as victor, to well over 100,000 people in Grant Park in Chicago, Obama catalogued the challenges ahead. “The greatest of a lifetime,” he said, “two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.”

He added, “There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face.”

McCain called his former rival to concede defeat” and the end of his own 10-year quest for the White House. “The American people have spoken, and spoken clearly,” McCain told disappointed supporters in Arizona.

President Bush added his congratulations from the White House, where his tenure runs out on Jan. 20. “May God bless whoever wins tonight,” he had told dinner guests earlier.

Obama, in his speech, invoked the words of Lincoln, recalled Martin Luther King Jr., and seemed to echo John F. Kennedy.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder,” he said.

Continued here at Yahoo News…


One of the many thoughts I had when I read that Mr. Barack Obama won was that “I wished his grandmother is still here to see this”. But then again, like what my friend said, she knew … she already knew in her heart that her grandson would win the election. President Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States of America.

Interestingly, this event prompted me to pull out from the shelf a DVD that I had bought several months back but never got around to watching it. I bought it because I didn’t get a chance to watch it in the movie theater either (busy working mom, you know…) . What is the DVD? Amazing Grace. I watched it tonight and was inspired by it. I just hope and pray that Pres. Obama will have the same encounter with God like that of William Wilberforce. Nothing is impossible with God.

William Wilberforce’s passion reminds me of the passion president Barack Obama has. I know he is not perfect, and there are many issues that I am concern about on where he stands. But for the most part, I think he will be a good president, and my prayers are with him.

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Works For Me Wednesday: Toys Edition

Works For Me Wednesday is about “toys” this week. The themed edition of Works-For-Me Wednesday is titled: The Toys Worth Buying Edition. With Christmas around the corner, we are posting our family’s favorite toys–the ones that won’t end up in the garage sale pile in a month! Let me suggest a few from our past:

Ceramic Tea Party Set – We got a set for our daughter when she was three and now that she’s 10 she still occasionally plays with it. Sometimes she uses real food, sometimes pretend – like a pie made out of play dough. Speaking of play dough…. that leads me to the next suggestion…

Wooden Clay Play Set – This playset encouraged creativity and gave my kids lots and lots of hours of fun.

Lego – It’s a classic. My son started building it when he was 3, he is now 11 and still enjoys it. Of course the designs he builds gets more complicated. We buy Legos every year and we had accumulated tons of pieces. But it’s all worth it.

and for a classic free toy: BOXES – like these:

For more suggestions, go to Rocks In My Dryer.

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