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Kokua … Aloha In Action


I love the Hawaiian word ALOHA, especially after learning about  the deeper meaning of Aloha.  Next to aloha, there is another Hawaiian word that I truly like, and that is KOKUA.  To me, Kokua means  “aloha in action” . And here’s what the dictionary says about it:


Help, aid, assistance, relief, assistant, associate, deputy,helper; co-operation; to help, assist, support, accommodate.

I have been very busy lately (actually not just lately but almost always).  There are many events, projects and activities on Maui that I want to write about to show my KOKUA.  The thing is I can’t find the time to focus and write a full post for each of them (this busy working mama’s plate is full).

However, these events, projects and activities are all with a good cause  and I will feel bad if I neglect to share them with you. So I am just going to lump them all together here on this post and hope that you will be able to attend and support at least one, better yet all these.


Buy Back The Beach


Go Red Island PIn Up Party


Paia Town Maui


Aloha Logo courtesy of Project Aloha. Find out more about Project Aloha


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The First Paia North Shore Ukulele Festival – Free Entrance!

 Enjoy an afternoon of Award Winning Ukulele Music, Live on Paia’s Oceanfront Stage, directly behind Johnny B’s Burgers at 65 Hana Hwy. (Paia). The Festival is set for Saturday November 24th, 2012 from noon to 5pm. One of the great part? This is a FREE EVENT! Free Hawaiian Ukulele Music from Hawaii’s most talented ukulele artists. Free Ukulele Workshops and Craft Booths.

Aside from the Ukulele Music, you can also take a test ride on a Segway, from Segway of Maui.  There are also food booths – and as of ths posting I am yet to confirm  food will be available. I am hoping there are some Food Trucks but not sure yet. I will let you now later.  Overall, this is  a great time for the entire Ohana!!

The artist line up is fabulous! Listen to the sounds of Paula Fuga, Richard Ho’opi’i, CJ Helekahi, Wilson Kanaka’ole, Benny Uyetake, Deason Kaohelo, The Hula Honeys, Robbie Ray Lopaka, The Zenshin Daiko Taiko Drummers and The Kalama School Ukulele Band.


P.S. I will be updating this post as I get more info.  In the meantime, share this post with your family and friends. This is a fun local gathering and event. Let’s support!

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10 Alternative Things To Do On Maui

This list is geared to people who are not typical tourists, and want to see or experience things that may be a bit more alternative.
  1. Do nothing. Ignore the glossy activity brochures. Sit on the beach and vegetate. Stare at the ocean. Have lots of time to be, without needing to be anywhere in particular.
  1. Go to Mana Foods in Pa’ia. This is the best health food store on the island, and often has better prices than the regular grocery store. Explore the wall of specialty chocolate bars near the entrance to the store.  Aisles are narrow, and you’ll overhear interesting bits of conversation while bumping into people. Linger outside the store and read the bulletin board next to hippies who are playing guitar or drumming.
Mana Food Paia
  1. Discover an unusual fruit or vegetable at a local farmer’s market.  Taste it.  Visit Perlita at the Makawao Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm (on Baldwin Avenue ) and try some moringa pods.  Taste a fresh lilikoi or passion fruit.
  1. Go somewhere remote and gaze at the stars. It’s hard to do in Kihei or Lahaina, but if you go up to Kula, up the mountain, you may be blessed with clear skies.
  1. Watch geckos and other lizards. Rent a place where you’ll hear them chirp at night, and see them running around during the day.
  1. Visit Hana, and stay overnight or for a few days. If you can afford it, stay in a nicer cottage. If you have a budget, then Wai’anapanapa State Park has some cabins and plenty of tent spaces.  Lodging is rustic, but the black sand beach and rock formations are spectacular.
  1. Go on Kahekili Highway from Wailuku around the north end of the island to Lahaina.  It’s like a mini version of the road to Hana, with a narrow winding road and beautiful views.  There’s also a beautiful outdoor labyrinth in Ka’anapali.
  1. Go on a guided hike at Waikamoi Nature Preserve on Haleakala Crater . You’ll see rare native plants and forest.  If you’re lucky, you may see native birds flying overhead. Link to Waikamoi Nature Preserve.
  1. Take a yoga or meditation class, or meditate on a labyrinth walk.  There are yoga studios all over the island, as well as meditation centers in Paia and Ulupalakua (links for Paia: www.mauidharma.org and Ulupalakua www.vipassanametta.org) There is a labyrinth walk at the Sacred Garden of Maliko where you can also meditate while walking. (linkwww.sacredgardensmaui.com)
  1. If you’re more daring, go to the Sunday drum circle at Little Beach – around sunset. It’s not mentioned in most of the guidebooks, and ahem, many people do not wear clothes (of any kind) although many others will be dressed. There are fire dancers who twirl sticks around sunset, hula hoopers and people doing yoga in the trees. It is like going back to the 60s.  If you go, keep an eye on your valuables. Don’t lock them in your trunk either, since cars often get broken into on Sunday nights. Sometimes it can be a bit rowdy, if there are people who have been drinking too much, even though alcohol is illegal at the beach. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Special thanks to our guest blogger  Courtney Turner for this wonderful post!   Courtney is a Maui resident who blogs about Maui at Maui Jungalow At Maui Jungalow,  she offers perspectives on authentic rural and upcountry Maui life, living in a jungalow, tips and hints for dealing with termites, Maui issues, lizards, bugs, gardening, art, weeds, and tropical life by local residents.
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Where Locals Eat on Maui: In Paia Town


I have to say that I love food and I love Paia. Besides those listed below, Paia is home to some of Maui’s most well known establishments like Charlie’s and Mama’s Fish House, as well as several other great eateries and coffee houses.  I could probably write a book on all of the places and meals that I love in this town, but for the sake of time- and attention spans- I’ll try to keep it brief.

Paia Fish Market
2 Baldwin Ave 579-8030
My friends and I have made the drive to Paia just for an Ahi Burger on many, many occasions. From upcountry, Kihei, it doesn’t matter- it’s that good. Paia Fish Market is located on the bustling corner of Hana Hwy and Baldwin Ave in the heart of Paia. The casual vibe, communal bench seating and amazing food are all reasons that the line to order at the counter usually stretches to the door. It’s a great place to run into friends or meet new and interesting people sitting next to you. Come hungry, order anything, say hello and smile- you’re guaranteed to have a great experience.
Anthony’s Coffee Co.
90 Hana Hwy Unit C 579-8340
This local favorite serves up amazing coffee, tea and goodies. Step up to the counter, order your goods and take a seat to check out the day’s paper or the selection of gorgeous accessories for sale on the shelves. This specialty coffee house has high quality food, beverages and ambiance, making it a perfect place to start your Maui morning or recharge in the afternoon.

CafeMamb o&  Picnics
30 Baldwin Ave 579-8021
Cafe Mambo has a special place in my heart since it was a regular stop for dinner before Salsa dancing in Haiku. The great food and mix of people was always the perfect start to the evening. Boasting an excellent selection of food at a fantastic price, this place always satisfies. There are plenty of delicious items to choose from for yourself or to share with a friend. Or pick up a boxed lunch and take it on the road for an afternoon at the beach or on the road to Hana- then come on back and enjoy happy hour or dinner.
Cafe Des Amis
42 Baldwin Ave 579-6323
This glorious cafe style restaurant used to hold just a few tables so you had to wait very patiently for your turn- and it was always worth it. A lovely al fresco seating area now joins the cozy dining room and the value is amazing at this place. Sweet and savory crepes, curry wraps, salads- all at prices you wouldn’t expect on Maui for such fresh and tasty food. An evening spent with good friends over great crepes under the soft light at Cafe Des Amis is pure magic.
Moana Bakery & Cafe
71 Baldwin Ave 579-8607
Regularly praised for great service, amazing food and a cool casual atmosphere, Moana Bakery & Cafe is a favorite with locals and visitors. Everything, yes everything, is good. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, pastries, sushi, indian, they do it all well. Moana also hosts live music on some evenings so you can really get it all here.
Mana Foods
49 Baldwin Ave 579-8607
Just like they say: Great foods with honest prices. Yes, Mana is a great place to get all of your groceries and household needs, but just in case you’ve missed it they also have an amazingly delicious selection of fresh made wraps, sandwiches, meats and pastries as well as an impressive salad and hot food bar. If you don’t want to deal with the time and cost of a sit down restaurant but are in need of some tasty nourishment then head to Mana Foods.
Milagros Food Company
3 Baldwin Ave 579-8755
Did somebody say margaritas? Across the street from Paia Fish Market in the Paia Town Center building, Milagros serves up amazing fish tacos, burritos and margaritas. Order up some chips and salsa, any one of their delicious meals and an icy beverage and take in the sights of Paia town from Milagros’ street front patio.
Flatbread Company
89 Hana Hwy 579-8989
Fresh, local, organic ingredients. Wood fired cauldron and hand built wood burning earthen oven. Local brews on tap. Community oriented and supportive. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. These are just a few of the things that make Flatbread Company the place to go time and time again. Heart, enthusiasm and dedication to honest good food and the community shines in the quality and is reflected in customer loyalty. Don’t miss it.
Ono Gelato Company
115 Hana Hwy 579-9021 m
And for dessert… Oh my, how do I describe how much I love Ono Gelato? Fresh made daily using local and organic ingredients whenever possible, Ono Gelato has a myriad of near addiction-inducing sorbettos and gelatos from which to choose. From fruits to chocolates, they are all heavenly. While you savor your cup of deliciousness check out the selection of local coffees, teas, jams and salts to take home as a reminder of the taste bud bliss that is Ono Gelato and all of Paia town.
This post is written by our guest blogger: Justine Volk.  Justine is a good friend of mine. I think she’s a very talented writer and a natural blogger.  I keep on telling her that she should start her own blog.  In the meantime, I am lucky to have her guest post regularly here on A Maui Blog. If you are in need of a writer and would like to contact Justine, please let me know (click the contact button up top).
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