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Meet local Maui artists in their studios!

It’s that time of year again – time for the annual Maui Open Studio art crawl!

An art crawl? Well, I don’t know if that’s the official term for it, but that’s essentially what it is. Four weekends of checking out, celebrating and supporting local Maui artists.

The event starts with a gala on Saturday February 1st at the Maui Tropical Plantation, and is then followed by three weekends where local artists open their studios to the public. Go see their studio, watch them paint, sculpt, carve, blow glass etc., talk story with them and if you like what you see – buy some original art directly from the artist! I’ve picked up a few water colors at our Palms at Wailea condo at one of these Maui Open Studio art crawls.

Pick up one of these free guidebooks, or check out the schedule online for more information.

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What are your Christmas 2014 plans?

Is that a typo? Nope! I have just booked two of our condos for Christmas 2014 – both our Maui Kamaole and Palms at Wailea condos are already snapped up. Talk about planning in advance!

So do you need to book your condo a year in advance? It really depends on when you are traveling. Christmas often books a year in advance. Some of you planners out there book your high-season (winter) trip a year a year out, too. Especially if you have your heart set on a certain condo and you know your dates, it’s best to get the condo booked as soon as possible (I accept bookings up to one year in advance). Having said that, I still have some dates in March and April available at a few of our condos. I am sure they will fill.

For low season (mid-April to mid-December) most people book two or three months in advance. However, the early bird does get the worm. The earlier you book, the better your selection of condos will be.

A friend asked me the other day – there are so many condos on Maui, for people who are coming to Maui the first time, how do they choose? I honestly don’t know. For us, ten years ago a friend had a friend with a condo to rent. That was how we determined where on Maui to stay. Nowadays there is so much more information readily available on the internet. But it can still be overwhelming.

How do you choose where to stay?

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Beautiful unseasonably cool weather

We’ve lived on Maui for almost 3 1/2 years now. Funny the questions people ask. The first is, ‘do you get rock fever?’ The second is, ‘do you miss the seasons?’

Do I get rock fever – no, I don’t. I find with living, working and raising a family here, we are too busy to get rock fever. At least that’s the way it is for me.

But do I miss the seasons? Oh boy… yes I do! Do you know how boring it is to always wear summer clothes? (I know, cry me a river, what a problem to have, right?) Yes, it’s a lot cheaper than buying new winter clothes for growing kids, but after a while you miss wearing long pants and sweaters. I went window shopping at the Shops at Wailea the other day and walked into my sister’s favorite clothing store. They had some great outfits there – but when am I going to wear long sleeves or even three quarter length sleeves here in Kihei? By the way, yes, our stores carry winter-ish clothes.

later afternoon view from the hot tub at our Palms at Wailea condo

We had a storm system pass through Kihei early Sunday morning and have enjoyed some cooler weather since! I’ve been loving it! On Sunday I don’t think it even hit 80F in Kihei (down from 87F just days before). Monday and Tuesday were cool (80ish) and windy (lovely!), today is still cooler than normal, but the winds have died down and it’s humid again. I’ve enjoyed our little reprieve from the heat. It’s been perfect hot tub weather! But no worries, I’m sure it will warm up again soon!

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Updates at our Palms at Wailea condo

September can be slow on Maui. Kids are back in school, the weather is typically still decent ‘back home’, so September often becomes our default project month. This year’s project at our Palms at Wailea #503 condo involved replacing our three sliding glass doors that open out onto the spacious (450 sq ft) lanai. Unfortunately for us the original doors had wood frames that had started to rot (and they are our responsibility, not the homeowner association’s).

The new sliding doors are beautiful and lightly tinted for heat abatement. The tinting also gives you a little extra privacy. Additionally, we did some plastering, paint touch-ups, restored the two glass shower doors and fixtures (I love it when they polish all the watermarks off them!), steam cleaned carpets, replaced a door knob, did some blind repairs, inventoried everything (oddly the potato masher had gone missing – I wonder where it went off to), bought some replacement items and did some thorough cleaning (I got to deep clean the propane bbq – always lots of fun!). I also bought new bedding for the master bedroom.

new quilt set in the master bedroom is bright and cheery

Yesterday our first guests post-project arrived. I’m glad these September projects are done!

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Discount cards and coupons

One of the advantages to renting a condo vs staying in a hotel is having a full kitchen and the ability to prepare your own meals. Many of our guests stop at grocery store on the way from the airport to the condo – however, you may want to consider waiting until you get to the condo.

Discount cards at our Maui Kamaole condo

Did you know… we have discount cards for two of the local grocery stores (Foodland and Safeway) in each of our four condos for you to use? We also have Pueo (Hawaiian for owl) discount cards, purchased by us for you, our guests, to use while staying in our condos. These provide discounts for a variety of restaurants and stores, such as… 5 Palms Restaurant, Buzz’ Wharf, Dina’s Sandwitch (Sugar Beach), Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods, Java Cafe (Azeka), Mama’s Ribs and Rotisserie, Pizza Madness, Round Table Pizza, Ruth Chris Steak House (Shops at Wailea), Spago (Four Seasons), Subway, Three’s Bar & Grill (Kalama Park) and Tutti Frutti Yogurt (to name a few).

We hope you can use them! Please just remember to leave them for our next guests to enjoy. Mahalo!

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Great flight deals for September and October right now!!

I still have availability and deals at two of our condos (Sugar Beach and Palms at Wailea) this September and Maui Kamaole for October…

Out of curiosity, I ‘kayaked‘ flights (searching flights on Kayak) from Vancouver to Maui… I had just had an alert come through Tripadvisor that United had flights from Vancouver for $421 (of course, those involve a layover in LAX if you don’t mind taking the scenic route)… Imagine my surprise when I found DIRECT flights for $428!! With Westjet! That is an unbelievably great rate! Makes me almost wish we were booking a family trip back to Canada for next month – I don’t think we’ve ever flown directly into Canada that cheap (I’m usually thrilled with $600/person).

So, if you’ve been holding off…. now’s a great time to fly! Check your flights and check our dates!

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Summer holiday give-away – going once, going twice…!

I have two tickets for a luxury van tour of the Road to Hana with Valley Isle Excursions… You will be travelling the Road to Hana in an air-conditioned 12 passenger van with large, individually reclining captain seats with plenty of stops, food and drinks and a local guide. Please check out Valley Isle Excursion’s website for more details. This is an 11 hour round-trip event (yes, you do the full loop around the backside of the volcano – where rental car companies don’t want you to go!)

I will give them to the next person who books a new one-week (or more) full-priced stay at one of our Maui condos (valid for stays between July-September 2013).

Please be sure to mention the tickets when you inquire. First person to book (which means I have payment in full and rental agreement in hand) gets them!

Fine print:
In the unfortunate event you should need to cancel your stay at our condo, the tickets go back to me. Mahalo!

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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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