Maui, Hawaii

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High Surf Warning in Kihei

Did you read that right? High surf in Kihei? That’s right! The Maui News is reporting that we’ve had 4-8 foot waves at the Kamaole beaches in Kihei yesterday. That’s unusual – usually these Kihei beaches are pretty quiet, you may see 2 footers, but nothing bigger.

These conditions are forecast to stick around until Wednesday.

So what to do? Please be careful. Watch the waves roll in for a while before you decide to go out (always a good idea). Never turn your back to the ocean (a wave could easily cause some spinal damage if it catches you off guard). And I’d probably stick to beaches with life guards (such as the Kamaole I, II and III beaches).

Here’s a link posted by the Pacific Whale Foundation – standup paddle board SURFING near Makena!

at the edge of Kamaole II  beach in Kihei
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Our school’s Ho’olaule’a (May Day celebration assembly)

Today was our local elementary school’s annual May Day assembly – called the Ho’olaule’a (which is Hawaiian for festival or celebration). Since our school is in South Maui where it rarely to never rains, we don’t have school gyms or assembly halls. Instead we use the school’s grassy sports field.

Our school’s Ho’olaule’a involves a royal court. The royal court isn’t made up of royalty, but rather of fifth grade students who write essays as part of a competition to be a part of this year’s royal court. They are dressed in beautiful traditional outfits, with a ‘prince’ and ‘princess’ representing each Hawaiian Island (dressed in each of the islands’ official colors – Maui’s official color is pink). We also have a representative ‘king’ and ‘queen’.

this year’s Royal Court at our school’s Ho’olaule’a (May Day) celebration

The ‘ladies of the court’ practiced a special hula for the Ho’olaule’a – this year they danced it to ‘White Sandy Beach‘, sung by Hawaii’s famous singer Iz.

Here is a short clip of the girls’ hula… how does this compare to your school’s assemblies?

After the girls’ hula, the various grade levels got up and gave their own dance presentation (they were decidedly non-traditional, but the kids had fun!). The assembly lasted for about 75 minutes.

The kids (hopefully) all wore sunscreen (it had to be applied at home as our teachers aren’t allowed to sunscreen the students), most had hats, sunglasses and water bottles. The teachers walked around with spray bottles and sprayed water at the kids to keep them cool. It was a hot morning in the sun!

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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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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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