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Sleepover at our Palms at Wailea condo

We have an opening at our Palms at Wailea condo right now, and since the kids are out of school, we decided to have a stay-cation at our own condo! We had actually never stayed in this condo before, so the kids thought it was about time!

the Palms at Wailea complex (our condo is center right, ground floor)

This is a two-bedroom condo in the beautiful Palms at Wailea complex in Maui’s only master-planned town. Master planned, meaning it has its own community fee structure, its own security, building code guidelines etc. You need permission for everything – from choosing the paint color of your exterior walls to planting trees. It’s not for all homeowners, but it does create a beautiful community!

Our condo is a ground-floor two bedroom two bathroom 1200 sq ft condo with a huge wrap-around lanai and an ocean-view in the distance. You are about a 7 minute walk from Keawakapu beach. Most guests drive to the beach, especially if they decide they want to take our condo’s beach chairs, boogie boards, beach towels and the cooler for their beach day. Parking at beaches on Maui is free.

our Palms at Wailea condo’s living area

What were the results of our research-trip? We discovered one of the electrical outlets in the kitchen wasn’t working – Sig’s taken care of that. Someone had re-programmed the master bedroom TV (again a project for Sig). The once-fluffy towels have become a little scratchy, so I’m picking up new ones today. The air mattress we offer our guests with small children (who might roll off beds) has a slow leak, so we’ll pick up a new one (I wish the last guest who used it had let us known!).

It was a really nice stay! The master bed (2 years new) is unbelievably comfortable. I loved eating our meals on the lanai and bbqing steak on our private bbq. The way our condo is situated gives guests a lot of privacy – I loved that! The kids enjoyed spending time in the salt-water pool, and going to the pool after dinner (in the dark) was a novelty for them. We also met a couple from Abbotsford (a half hour drive away from where we used to live in Canada) at the pool! Small world.

the gorgeous whale-shaped salt-water pool at Palms at Wailea

And here’s another random thing – I loved how uncluttered the condo is. We have very few knick-knacks so our guests have lots of space to spread out their own things. It’s time to de-clutter our own house too…

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Spring Special on Maui!

Are you looking for a last-minute get away? I still have some openings at our condos… (check the listings for available dates)

for new bookings for stays in May/June 2013

Maui Kamaole……………………..$150/night ($1310/week all in)
Palms at Wailea…………………..$190/night ($1679/week all in)
Sugar Beach……………………….$135/night ($1225/week all in)

How about a quick Maui trip?

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April is Tsunami Awareness Month

April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii. The likelihood of there being a tsunami while you are on holiday is very slim, and yet, it’s a good idea to know what to expect.

Tsunamis are caused by displacement of ocean water, usually by earthquakes. There are two types of tsunamis – those caused by a local earthquake and those caused by earthquakes far away.

If it is a local earthquake and you are at the beach, there will be little time for warning. Here are the signs to look for:

  • sudden pulling back of the water
  • earth moving for at least 20 seconds, possibly knocking people to the ground
  • hearing the ocean roar

If you experience any of these while at the beach, you should move away from the beach to at least 100 feet above sea level (one mile inland or in a pinch at least to the fourth floor of an apartment building). If it is a local earthquake, the tsunami waves could arrive within minutes.

If it is a far away earthquake, there will be more warning time. The NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks all earthquakes and monitors their DART buoys for possible tsunamis. Should there be a tsunami headed our way, they issue alerts via local media (radio, local TV stations etc). You can find warnings on facebook and twitter (try hashtag #hitsunami).

The most obvious warning will come from the tsunami sirens located wherever there is danger of flooding (if you are in a remote location, there may not be a siren). When there is a tsunami warning, these will start wailing (steady three minute tone), fortunately not non-stop but at regular intervals (note: there is a monthly emergency systems test the first day of every month at 11:45 – don’t panic!) If the sirens start wailing, listen to the local news and follow their directions. Warnings will always tell you when the first tidal wave is expected to arrive. Please listen to these warnings and obey them.

How do you know if you are in an evacuation area? Here are two evacuation maps for Kihei/Wailea, you can also look on the County of Maui website in the phone book (we have them in all our condos). If you are staying in our Kihei Surfside and Sugar Beach condos, you are in the evacuation area. If you are staying at our Maui Kamaole or Palms at Wailea condo, you are NOT in the evacuation zone (you do not need to evacuate).

If you need to evacuate:

  • pack your valuables and documents.
  • pack food and drink, a flashlight and blanket. Bring some beach chairs along too, evacuations can take a while.
  • close windows and lock the condo behind you.
  • head out of the evacuation zone. There are churches (Kihei Lutheran and Hope Chapel) along the Piilani Hwy that open their parking lots to those who need to evacuate. I’ve also been told the Safeway parking lot becomes a town party. County shelters don’t open until after a tsunami has occurred.
  • do not return into the evacuation area until officials give the go-ahead. Remember, it isn’t just one tidal wave, they come in sets for several hours. If there is damage, it may not be safe to go back – so please wait.

If you are not in the evacuation zone:

  • avoid unnecessary driving (the roads get really clogged).
  • make sure you have working flash lights (there is always the possibility of a power outage).
  • make sure you have lots of drinking water and also water to wash (clean and fill the bathtub for non-drinking water purposes).
  • listen to the local news – before the tsunami wave is expected to arrive, the County shuts down the sanitary sewer system. Avoid using the toilet once that happens – when the sanitary sewer is shut down, all sewer will go directly into the ocean.

It will be very difficult to find local Maui specific tsunami information. Most of the news will be about Oahu (this is frustrating).

Please do not put your life and that of others (who may have to save you) at risk by going to the beach to watch!

Here is a great list of frequently asked questions from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Here is a cute and yet informational video from San Diego County explaining about tsunamis (use this link if it doesn’t load).

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