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May 26-June 1 is Wailea Restaurant Week

Do you enjoy fine dining? Then this is for you! Twice a year a number of Wailea’s restaurants get together for a week dining deals – Wailea Restaurant Week.

This month 19 restaurants (some are award-winning restaurants with celebrity chefs) have teamed up to provide you with prix-fixe menu deals, either $29, $39 or $49/three course dinner. You don’t need tickets or special passes, but reservations are strongly recommended.

Go try a new restaurant – or re-visit a favorite!

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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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Rain day in Kihei – you’re kidding!

It rained a bit yesterday late afternoon in South Kihei – our family got so excited! No, we don’t miss the rain from when we used to live in BC’s Fraser Valley, but sometimes it’s nice get a bit of rain. Kihei averages about 12 inches of rain a year, but for the past three years or so there’s been a real drought in Kihei (and a lot of Maui, for that matter). I think last year we had about 5 inches of rain in Kihei. It’s been really dry.

Anyway, yesterday after dinner we went for a walk around the neighborhood in the refreshing ‘just rained’ air. Our youngest brought along an umbrella, it’s a novelty for him to be able to use an umbrella. Guess what – we got caught in rain and he actually got to use it (he also discovered that the pavement can be slippery when wet). It started pouring for a few minutes and we sure got wet. It was lovely!

Imagine my surprise that it’s raining this morning again! Our kids are hoping that school is cancelled today! Really? Yes, sometimes when it rains, school is cancelled because of danger from flash flooding. Even when they don’t cancel school, you can count on half the kids not showing up to school. But like I said, with 12 inches of rain a year, it almost never happens!

So what to do on a rain day in Kihei? Here are a few ideas for you…

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Coming up – a partial solar eclipse on May 9th

There will be a partial solar eclipse on Thursday, May 9th, visible on Maui between 2:24pm and 5:01pm.

photo courtesy of the Maui Astronomy Club website

How best to see a solar eclipse? Do not stare directly at the sun with your naked eye as it can melt your eyeball. The Maui Astronomy Club has said that someone will be at Kamaole III beach park at the southern-most lawn area. They hope to have some eclipse glasses for sale for $2. Just in case they don’t, here’s an article with some other methods

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A beautiful morning for a new coffee

The trade winds are back – this is cause for celebration! Yesterday morning when I woke up it was still 79F in the house even though we left windows open… that’s too warm for me. Now that the trade winds are back, the house cools off again in the evening. It’s nice to start the day cooler than we finished it off the previous evening.

I spent yesterday morning in Lahaina watching the ‘Ulalena production. As I had driven myself (as opposed to riding the school bus with my son), I enjoyed stopping for a cup of coffee at the Mauigrown Coffee Company Store in Lahaina, right next to the smoke stack (and a Shell gas station). Although I’ve driven past it several times, this is the first time I’ve gone in. I sure enjoyed browsing through their little store area, checking out all the different coffees and choosing a bag of coffee to bring home. I ended up with their Estate Blend, a medium roast of their Typica and Yellow Caturra varieties. It’s a nice mellow coffee – I sure am enjoying it this morning.

As I’ve been told Mauigrown Coffee Company gets their beans at Kaanapali Coffee Farms. If you are driving along the Sugar Cane Train line, turn right where their Kaanapali station is, but instead of turning left into the parking lot, keep driving up that road and you get to a new subdivision (5-7 acre lots with big homes, each growing a share of the co-op’s beans on their acreage).

When in Lahaina – go check the store out! This family business is open Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday).

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‘Ulalena

Today I attended a special matinee performance of the ‘Ulalena show together with an audience of Maui’s school kids.

‘Ulalena is a show offering a glimpse into Maui’s history and mythology, using drama and dance, Hawaiian songs and chants. Most is sung in Hawaiian, but we had a flyer (probably the ‘school version’ of the program) describing what takes place in each scene (definitely look over that before the show starts for better understanding). The performance was very well done! 
Here is a one minute video to give you a taste of ‘Ulalena (click here if it doesn’t load).
The show takes place indoors at the Maui Theater in Lahaina (just off Front Street, close to Bubba Gump’s). As a mom, I’d say the show is quite family-friendly.
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Aboard the Atlantis Submarine

The grade 4 classes at our elementary school were treated to a field trip aboard the Atlantis Submarine last week!

The Atlantis Submarine (photo courtesy Pride of Maui)

My son LOVED the adventure. The highlights of the tour were:
– feeling the change in altitude when sinking to a depth of 116 ft below sea level
– seeing the spotted eagle ray in nature (as opposed to the aquarium)
– checking out the ‘shipwreck’ (a boat anchored to the ocean floor in 1995 to create an artificial reef)
– learning how things look with diminished light when you are so far under the surface (did you know the edges of your teeth look orange?)
– seeing goat fish and learning about corral
– watching the Atlantis’ tug boat

imaginations run wild when you get to see an old sunken ship!

For him, the best part was experiencing the submarine shooting out from the water, it was a huge thrill.

The Atlantis Submarine is anchored off-shore at Lahaina Harbor. You take a shuttle-boat from dock and board the submarine using a ramp.

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The Maui Classical Music Festival is coming up!

historic Kawala’i Congregational Church in Makena

Last year I attended my first classical music concert on Maui (I am a pianist, no, it wasn’t my first ever classical concert!). It was part of the Maui Classical Music Festival and was held at the historic Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena. What a fabulous setting for truly beautiful music!

This year’s Maui Classical Music Festival is coming up!

Friday, May 3 – Makawao Union Church
Monday, May 6 – Keawala’i Congregational Church (Makena)
Wednesday, May 8 – Wananalua Congregational Church (Hana)
Friday, May 10 – Keawala’i Congregational Church (Makena)

Check the festival website for concert details and tickets!

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Tour Ocean Vodka’s Distillery!

Did you know we have a vodka distillery on Maui? Did you know that it is organic and self-sustaining?

Ocean Vodka is celebrating their new facility’s Grand Opening on April 27th between 10am-4pm. Then starting April 29th they will be offering five tours a day, seven days a week. Tours will include the distillery, martini garden and gift shop. Unfortunately there will be no sampling, as Maui County doesn’t allow it (wineries yes, distilleries no).

Tours are $10/person or $25 including lunch. Children 11 years old or younger get in free.

Ocean Vodka’s distillery is located at 4051 Omoapio Road in Kula (just below the Surfing Goat Dairy).

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