Maui, Hawaii

Category: life on Maui

The bestest mangoes on Maui!

mmmmm…. Mangoes!

I had a bit of a frustrating morning today, so I decided to treat myself. After running my errands, I went to Yee’s Orchard for some of his amazing Golden Glow mangoes. Oh my goodness. They are soooooo good. At 3.99/lb they are not cheap – but if you ask me, they are worth it!

Where is Yee’s Orchard? It’s in Central Kihei. If you are driving North on South Kihei Road, it is on the right-hand side just past the Long’s Drugstore stripmall. It’s set back from the road and sometimes you will see peacocks wandering around on the property.

it’s just a little hut – but don’t let appearances fool you!
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“Hawaiian – the Legend of Eddie Aikau”

Have you heard of the Eddies, that famous Hawaiian big wave surf competition? There is a new movie about Eddie Aikau (yes, the Eddies are named after him), the life guard pioneer and big wave surfer. It will be showing opening night of the 2013 Maui Film Festival (June 12th at 8pm). Movie under the stars anyone??

The trailer looks really interesting (click here if it doesn’t load)

If you are on Maui, do check it out!

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Pineapple update

Since cutting off the slips underneath the pineapple, the pineapple has grown. The fruit is about 5 1/2 inches tall, the crown another 3 1/2 inches. Looking good!

Not to be outdone, our first crop of mangos are coming along nicely (I have no idea how much longer these will be til they ripen). I am sure enjoying watching the fruit in our yard grow!
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Fresh ahi avocado poke

A few weeks ago our neighbor friends served me my very first poke. Poke? Yes, raw marinated fish… Hawaiian style.

I must confess, the smell of poke at the grocery stores turns me off. I purposefully avoid Foodland’s meat section and take a deep breath before crossing in front of the seafood section at Safeway. It’s a bit overwhelming.

However, I’ve been told that Foodland in Kihei has some of the freshest fish in Kihei (besides Eskimo Candy). So when our neighbors served us fresh ahi (tuna) avocado poke and encouraged me to give it a try, well, it seemed rude to refuse. It’s not the most appetizing food I’ve ever seen, but looks can be deceiving and I’m glad I gave it a try! My taste buds popped and I am hooked! It’s a bit spicy, tastes absolutely wonderful. In fact, I had a real craving for it this afternoon and made a Foodland poke run for some more…

Foodland’s fresh ahi avocado poke
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A-Z Challenge about Maui?

I recently came across a Maui blogger who is doing an A-Z Challenge about Maui… 26 days of letters of the alphabet (today will be G). For an interesting read from a local perspective, check out Maui Jungalow’s blog!

So far she’s tackled A for Aloha, B for Beach, C for Coconuts, D for Dolphins, E for Elvis (!) and F for Flowers. I can’t wait to see what G will be…

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Kamaole 2 beach on a busy morning

The kids and I walked to Kamaole I beach yesterday. We enjoy this beach, usually camping out right in front of the life guard station. I personally enjoy going to life guarded beaches – always nice to have a second and third set of eyes on the kids.

Our aim was to go exploring the rocks on the south end of the beach – climbing around looking in the tide pools for animals. We saw a huge crab and various other tide pool creatures. It’s not the best place to go tide pooling, but we’d never tried this location. We ended up walking across the lawn in front of the Royal Mauian to Kamaole II beach, just to the south of Kam I. This is the beach across from Fred’s and Moose McGillicudy’s in Kihei. I was surprised the beaches weren’t busier, it being a holiday.

Kamaole II beach in South Kihei on Good Friday – compare this to beaches in Waikiki (Oahu)!
looking from Kam II beach towards West Maui



Wait a minute – was that a whale?
yes, there’s a humpback whale saying hello to the boat!

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Pidgin: The Voice of Hawaii

As part of the Heritage Film Festival, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) is showing the film ‘Pidgin: The Voice of Hawaii’ on Sunday, March 10th at 3pm. You can buy tickets at the box office or at the MACC website.

Here is what the MACC writes about the film:

‘Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘i’ profiles the language of Hawai‘i’s working people in its rise from plantation jargon to a source of island identity, pride and controversy. Born on sugar plantations and spoken by more than half of Hawai‘i’s population, Pidgin captures the heart and soul of multi-ethnic Hawai‘i. Once again under attack by educators and bloggers, will Pidgin survive? A Q&A session with producer and director, Marlene Booth, will follow the screening.

It’s always interesting to learn more about the places we love! Check it out!

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Pineapple update

Have you been waiting for updated pineapple plant pictures? Am I the only one completely fascinated with this pineapple plant growth? It can’t be… it just can’t be!

Joking aside, we planted the top of a Maui Gold pineapple (from Costco) in our flower bed in January 2012. It was an experiment, to see if we could really do it. Here’s what it looked like in February 2012 with some new growth in the center.

A year later (end of January) it developed a red bud. And yes, I’ve been checking on it every day since… you can’t take the farm out of the farm girl, it would appear.

Here’s what it looks like today! I love how the leaves around the bud have turned a beautiful pink!

 
The plant is now 2 feet tall and four feet in diameter.
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Hawksbill turtle nest

Our neighbors invited us to join them in the unearthing of a hawksbill turtle nest this afternoon. The hawksbill turtles are on the critically endangered animal list. During nesting season, volunteers comb the beaches, looking for turtle tracks that would indicate nesting. Once a nest is found, it is staked, and watched (I’m not sure on the details). Then when the turtles are due to hatch (after about 2 months), volunteers camp out by the nest, through their presence scaring away predators… This particular turtle nest on Oneloa beach (Big Beach) had hatched a number of turtles a few days ago. This afternoon they unearthed the nest, checking for any other live turtles.


carefully opening the nest

They found egg shells, dead turtles and 6 live turtles. Once everything was recorded, they took the baby turtles to the beach where they slowly crawled towards the water, eventually being swept away by one of Big Beach’s giant waves. It truly was the coolest thing to see. Reminded me of a kids movie (Turtle Tale?) I recently watched – and yet, not.


look who we found – a little guy quite eager to head towards the ocean

the live turtles waiting for their release into the Pacific Ocean. Safe swimming, little guys!
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First Entry!

Truthfully, I’m intimidated! I’ve been reading well-written blogs (okay, and some not-so-well-written blogs) for years now…. and here I am, writing my first blog! About life and things to do on Maui! I hope you enjoy it!

Yesterday was the first day back to school! Our family likes to celebrate all events, big and small, and our favorite way to celebrate is to buy tasty malasadas!

Malasadas are Hawaiian donuts, made fresh while you wait! According to Wikipedia, it was Portuguese labourers who introduced them to Hawaii in the 1870s. We buy them at the Homemaid Cafe in Azeka Shopping Center (South Kihei Road in Kihei). They do only make (and sell) them before 10am, and yes, every now and then they run out before 10, so if you can, get there early! Homemaid Cafe serves two versions – plain sprinkled with sugar or custard-filled. And they are delicious! My favorite are the custard-filled! Definitely plan to get more than one per person!

a box of delicious Hawaiian goodness – five ‘plain with sugar’ malasadas at the top, five ‘custard-filled’ on the bottom.
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