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The Merry Month Of May On Maui

Can you believe it’s already May and we are almost in the middle of year 2012?  Sometimes I can’t.  I can’t believe that next month I’d be turning 46. FORTY SIX!  Let’s change the subject, shall we?

This month of May is packed with many wonderful events on Maui. It is such as merry month, starting with Lei Day on the first of May.  Many schools are celebrating by having a Hoolaulea.  I still remember when my kids were at Kamalii School, I always loved going to their Hoolaulea.

I was planning to do a round up of events on this post that is why I titled it “The Merry Month of May”.  However,  as I was writing the draft, it seems so boring I decided to change it.  Instead of a round up, I will just post about each of them as it comes near (time permitting).  I think posting about the events one at a time is better than me doing the round up. Round ups can get overwhelming. For those of you who like to plan ahead, I will also post about the events ahead of time on A Maui Blog Facebook Page.

OK, this post is just a quickie but I already have other posts in line for the week.  Planning to upload a post at least 3 times a week for the month of May – does that sound good to you?

One last quickie reminder, Mother’s Day is next week – have you already planned a wonderful day for you mom? If not, better start planning! She deserves a special day, you know :)

Aloha Oi!

Photo: taken by me yesterday  at Changs Beach in Makena.


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Living on Maui …

What is it like living on Maui?  Though I have not been asked this question directly, I had been asked questions similar to this, as well as comments pertaining to living on Maui.  ”What is it like living on paradise?” “Lucky you (me) you live in paradise” …

As I sit here in front of the computer thinking about “living on Maui” and how to describe it, a phrase kept popping in my head “Maui: It’s All About Lifestyle“.   This tagline is now being used by one of the FB Pages of a realtor who previously hired me to jump-start their social media presence.  I worked with them the for only a couple months, but this tag seemed to have stayed with me forever.  It’s true – Maui is all about lifestyle – we can live here as bare-bones as can be or as luxurious as can be.  Maui is conducive to many different lifestyles, although I would say that if you’re one who likes “city life and all that goes with it“, Maui is not for you.

Let’s explore some of the lifestyles I am talking about:

  1. The Surfers
  2. The Rich and Famous
  3. The Nature Lovers
  4. The Foodies
  5. The Laid Back Family
  6. The Retirees
  7. The Adventurers
  8. The Seekers
  9. The Locals – “Born Not Flown”
  10. The Locals – “Transplanted/Hanai’d”

If you are living on Maui, can you identify with any of the above? What are your thoughts on these? Any other lifestyle I need to add?

Can you guess which category I fall?

I will come back to this post and  ”talk story some more”.  Will add my thoughts in each of the lifestyles I listed.  I will upload this now to see if any of you have comments that maybe I can incorporate on this post later on.

Please chime in in the comment section.  If it does not print right away, don’t worry, It probably went to the “moderation” area – I will “review and publish” as quickly as I can.

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The Lavender Farm Summer Festival


Photo by Peter Liu ( @Peterliu47 )

Ali`i Kula Lavender building stronger communities through their Sustainable Aloha Summer Fest!

Kula, Maui -  Ali`i Kula Lavender (AKL) will hold its first Sustainable Aloha Summer Fest, a day of activities in sustainability, education and culture, to be held on July 9th, Saturday from 9a to 2pm at the Lavender Farm in Kula.

There will be a showcase of Hawaii’s most talented entertainers headlining this event, with Hawaii’s Song Bird Emma Veary,  soulful vocalist Paula Fuga, Grammy Award winner, George Kahumoku and Song Legend, Brother Noland.  There will also be a performance by halau, Wehiwehi o Leilehua directed by Kumu Hula,  Gordean Bailey and a spirited performance by Isle of Maui Pipe Band.

A range of interactive activities to educate while encouraging more sustainable living will be offered.  Slow Foods Maui will share how to bake using locally sourced ingredients, Maui Electric will have energy saving tips, Maui Humane Society will raise our awareness on taking care of our pets during a disaster, Community Work Day will demonstrate how easy and creative it is to recycle our trash with their rendition of the “Art of Trash, “and finally AKl will offer “build your own terrarium” that will have a contained eco-system that waters itself.  Fun, easy and a beautiful take home gift!

Noho`ana farms in Waikapu, will offer their knowledge of how to pound your own poi.  Maui Cultural Lands will also be on hand to share creative ways to restore nature while creating balance in our everyday lives with useful items, such as bookmarks made from native plants and seeds.

Is it time to replace some of those water thirsty plants with drought loving lavender? The Lavender Farm will have its first plant sale of various lavender varieties grown on the farm, along with colorful succulents and other plants.  Pots & plants will all be on sale for 20% off.  Garden enthusiasts are encouraged to go early for best selection.

Nothing tastes better than eating local favorites in the great outdoors. Favorites such as spam musubi’s , Kalua pork,, Teri chicken and Stir fry vegetable bentos and hot dogs , fresh fruit smoothies, delicious lavender lemon tarts, onolicious kettlecorn, cotton candy, refreshing shave ice and ice cold beverages all day long.

Sustainable Aloha is a grassroots movement of socially and culturally responsible people who choose to take action (big & small) to sustain and nurture themselves, their family, their community and the planet, through act of Aloha.  AKL’s movement is driven by a deep belief that Aloha connects all living things and when acting within its value center, the result is a sustainable and beneficial way of life that creates possibilities and opportunities for everyone.  Ali`i Kula Lavender believes that Sustainable Aloha is a lifestyle that builds stronger communities through collaboration and cultural values.  The entire days activities will be dedicated to Alii Chang, founder, farmer, and visionary who passed on April 13, 2011.  This celebration will be a tribute to his legacy.

Admission will be $3 per person with children 5 years and younger at no charge.  Directions to the farm can be found at  www.aklmaui.com or by calling 808-878-3004.


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Wailuku First Friday July 1, 2011 – Willie K. At Maui Thing And More!

Willie K at Maui Thing

Today, July 1st, 2011 – is Friday. Do you know what that means? It’s Wailuku First Friday Day today!  It’s a special WFF as Maui Thing celebrates its 3rd anniversary.  As we all know, Maui Thing is instrumental in the success of Wailuku First Friday, as they always bring in best entertainer on WFF.  This month, its none other than Uncle Will K.!  Talk about great music, jammin’ and fun! Don’t miss Willie K’s live performance at Maui Thing, along with a great fashion show.  Sounds like fun!

Wailuku First Friday starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes up to 8:30 p.m. Market Street closes from 5 p.m. with plenty of fun available on Vineyard and Main Streets as well. Wailuku First Friday organizers  thanks Maui Medical Group for opening its parking area to event-goers. Enter from Main Street and parking is free. With Wailuku First Friday growing, these additional parking are so helpful!

Maui Thing Fashion Show

Other entertainers and guests are  Olimon, live reggae music, at 6 p.m. Then at 6:30 p.m., Seabury Hall’s Ryan Glavor, Conner Snow and Jon Toda will perform at Wailuku Banyan Tree Park. Joel Katz will provide Hawaiian steel guitar music at the Maui Time stage on Market Street. Gene and Shea Argel will serve up live music at Café O Lei.

Teri Garrison and Friends and The Usual Suspects perform at 3:30 p.m. at the Main Street Bistro. Beer garden will be open as usual. Proceeds benefit Na Leo Kako‘o, Hawaiian Immersion Kula Kaiapuni.

Sign up for summer “Glam and Bling” shoe decorating classes at If the Shoe Fits, and don’t forget to check out the Masumoto Retrospective Exhibit at Gallerie Ha.

All are welcome to a night under the Maui moon for a night of music and friends. This free event is open to the community. See you there!

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