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No Way To Go But Up. Yes, This Is My Aloha Friday Post.

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Are you ready for the new year 2012? I am!  Like what I posted on my Facebook wall the other day, I like new year because it gives us a clean slate.  And clean slate means new opportunities, a chance to grow and succeed.

The year 2011 has been a challenging one for many of us, especially in the area of finances.  Among my friends I have seen foreclosure of homes, bankruptcy, short sales, and move to the mainland because they can’t find a job here on the island.   Around the world, there are famine, calamities, disasters, wars and turmoil. But you know what? It’s not the end of the world. Not yet.  In 2011, they were also some blessings and some things we were thankful for in spite of the general hardship many of us experienced. And we want to see more blessing on 2012.

This week my friend Tricia Morris forwarded to me a link to a YouTube video of  her husband Duffy singing his original composition No Way To Go But Up.  To be honest, I didn’t find  the song/video spectacular at first, but I thought it was good – it’s encouraging and uplifting and has a nice little countryish beat to it.  The interesting thing is that I went back and watched it several times, and it grew on me. I started liking it more and more.

Duffy originally e-mailed the link of this video to about 30 of his friends.  He just wanted to be an encouragement to them through this song.  As of this writing, the video already has 230 hits on YouTube and it’s still growing.  What does that tell me? People are sharing it around.  People were being encouraged by it.  The chorus actually got stuck in my head yesterday and I found myself humming the song. Want to see the video and here the song for yourself? Here it is:

Been hard getting through these last few years
And I’m starting to get bummed out
The strain and the pain with maybe nothing to gain
And asking God just what it’s all about

There’s so many pieces to keep in place
And everyone want to get paid
The Government talks and the Big Guys get walks
While the rest of us stay afraid

(Chorus)
There’s no place to go but up
I can see it from inside out
When I stop the sighs and lift my eyes
There’s no place to go but up
There’s no place to go but up
I can see it from inside out
When I stop the sighs and lift my eyes
There’s no place to go but up

Housing’s still broke and folks out of work
The weather seems out of control
The Mid East is shaking, Japan is quacking
Big business is still on a roll

Finally now we’re starting to see
How the oil fiasco can end
With wind and fuel cells, geo and sun shells
We’ll make energy our best friend

(Musical Break)

Maybe, just maybe countries will see
That cooperation is key
And then we can focus with no hocus pocus
To fulfill our Destiny

(Chorus – 1st time and 2nd time instrumental solo and fade)
There’s no place to go but up
I can see it from inside out
When I stop the sighs and lift my eyes
There’s no place to go but up
There’s no place to go but up
I can see it from inside out
When I stop the sighs and lift my eyes
There’s no place to go but up

So there you go folks, let us look up this coming 2012.  Up is where we’re heading, right?  Are setting goals or doing a bucket list for the coming year? What is that one thing that you hope to accomplish next year?  I know you may have several, but please share at least on on the comment section of this Aloha Friday Post.  My one thing? I will “run” regularly – at least once a week but would aim to do more.  I know it’s not a financial goal, but believe me, it’ll help: less stress, more healthy, more room for creativity.  Now it’s your turn to share. Aloha!

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Halloween Celebrations on Maui – Lahaina, Paia & Kihei

I had been wanting to write a post on Halloween on Maui since last week but I had been very busy all week I did not get a chance to write it.   Today it struck me that Halloween is on Monday (as in this coming Monday)  so I better get on my okole today  and upload a post or else it will be too late.

With the return of  Halloween celebration in Front Street Lahaina,  Maui’s Halloween celebration has gotten a boost and as a result there are so many fun events to choose from. 

Paia – The New Mastersounds, Freeradicals Projekt, and DJ Boomshot at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon. Starts 9 p.m. Sell-Out Expected – Buy Tickets In Advance; Howl 1031 at Moana Bakery & Cafe. Starts 9 p.m. $20 cover. Costume and all-night DJ dance party. Cash prizes will be offered to the best dressed.

Paia Trick or  Treat starts at 5:00 pm and ends at 7:00pm.  All of Paia’s businesses are offering candy and treats for trick or treating. Costume Contest is  at 5 pm.  There will be a Keiki Costume Contest at Flatbread.  Win Prizes!

 Kihei – Sexy & Scary at Ambrosia. Starts 10 p.m. DJ CIA, $4 “brain hemorrhage shots” and “spooky juice drinks” in house; Halloween Night With DJ Slackin’ at the Tiki Lounge. Starts 10 p.m. will drink specials all night; Halloween With MOTHxp at Three’s Bar & Grill. Starts 8 p.m. for all ages and at 10 p.m. for 21 & over.

Piilani Village Shopping Center in Kihei is also having a Maui’s Family Friendly Halloween on Monday,  October 31 from 6p-8p. Live Music by DÄjê vu DJ by Next Level Entertainment, Magic w/ Timothy Wenk, Brenton Keith and his Bag of Tricks, Trunk O Treat, Maui Classic Cruisers, Candy Treats, County of Maui & HandsOn Maui Face Painting,  Kihei Youth Center, games with prizes. with Yuki Lei Sugimura and Maui’s MorningShow.

Lahaina - As we all know, Lahaina is where the big “party” is going to be.  Below are copies of the posters that will tell you about the event’s activities, the Maui Bus route and Halloween schedule  and more.

Click on these images to enlarge it so you can read better.

So who’s going to Lahaina on Halloween?  I invite you to post some of your pics on our A Maui Blog Facebook Page. But remember, this blog is rated PG ;)  And in case you are interested to find out where I will be, we will be staying here in Kihei :)  Happy trick-o-treating!

IMPORTANT REMINDER FROM OUR READER: *   In light of the sensitivities of the Host Culture (Hawaiian), please be respectful of the people and respect the places you  go. Insensitivity and offensiveness will cause harm and is unnecessary. Malama Pono. (*I received this comment via contact email right after I uploaded this post.  I thought it will bw good to add it here. Malama Pono.)

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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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Kiteboarding on Maui

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