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A wedding at Kula Botanical Gardens

Kula Botanical Gardens

A few weeks ago a friend asked me to provide the piano accompaniment at a wedding at Kula Botanical Gardens. In fact, my very first wedding on Maui. You know how you go through ‘wedding-periods’ where everyone you know or their kids are getting married? We’ve been in a wedding drought,[…]

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Beautiful Makawao Forest Reserve Hike

We’ve been meaning to go hiking in the Makawao Forest Reserve. This past weekend we finally made it there. Compared to the Olinda hike, this is quite an extensive trail system and is actually set up for mountain bikers. Some of the trails are strictly for bikers, so do pay[…]

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It never rains in Kihei!

If you’ve been watching the weather forecast, you’ll have noticed that we’re having cooler than normal weather here in Hawaii, and winter storms and flash flood watches. And if you’ve been here this past week…. well, you know how I say ‘it never rains in Kihei?’ We’ve had four rainy[…]

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Active Volcano Tour on Big Island

active volcano

I know, this is a Maui blog, but sometimes people ask – where do you go on vacation? This weekend I took my kids to Big Island (the Island of Hawai’i) to see its active volcano Kilauea from a helicopter! What an adventure! Hawaii’s volcanic history The Hawaiian Islands have[…]

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Maui’s Pau Vodka and Beach Bar Rum

beach bar rum

This morning we checked out the Hali’imaile Distilling Company in Hali’imaile, upcountry Maui. They are the makers of several great products – Pau Vodka, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, Paniolo Whiskey and Maui Moon (flavored) Vodka. When driving up Haleakala Hwy, this is the first town on the left hand side, also[…]

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What to do on a rainy day in Kihei?

This morning we woke up to an unusual weather phenomenon in Kihei! It’s raining! Do you know how unusual a rainy day is in Kihei? Kihei and Wailea lie in the rain shadow of Haleakala. Most of our rain clouds come from the other side of Haleakala (the green rainforesty[…]

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This weekend check out Maui’s premier craft fair!

Maui's premier craft fair

The Seabury Hall Craft Fair is arguably Maui’s premier craft fair. It is set on the beautiful private prep school campus high above Makawao with beautiful bi-coastal views. This time of year is particularly beautiful with upcountry’s signature purple-blooming jacaranda trees in full bloom! The best part is – it’s[…]

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It’s the last year of sugar cane harvesting on Maui

Maui sugar cane harvesting

We’re into the final year of sugar cane harvesting on Maui. Yes, this is huge news. HC&S is the last remaining sugar cane farm in the Hawaiian islands with 36,000 acres of sugar cane. Maui boasts the last operational sugar cane factory and also (though not as boast worthy) the last place in[…]

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Party time at Kihei Surfside!

Valentine's at Kihei Surfside

How was your Valentine’s? Do you celebrate this holiday, or is it a non-event for you? It can be tricky to go on a romantic date when you have kids, and so for the past number of years we’ve joined other owners and guests on the oceanfront Kihei Surfside lawn for their[…]

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What is vog and why is it so hazy on Maui?

Kamaole I beach park to molokini

What is vog? If you are on Maui right now, you know it is really hazy. In fact, it’s been quite hazy for a while now. It is so hazy, we can barely see Kaho’olawe from Kihei. The island of Lana’i is missing entirely (well, visually). What is this haze?[…]

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