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Santa at Sugar Beach

If you ever stay at Sugar Beach Resort at Christmas, keep an eye out for Santa’s arrival! We sure enjoy this annual tradition – cookies, Santa, sunshine and the pool… sounds about right, doesn’t it?

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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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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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Our good friend and former banker (back from our dairy farming days) Steve Saccomano organizes an annual charity golf-tournament and auction for Autism Speaks Canada. For the past three years we’ve been happy to support this charity by donating a week’s stay at one of our condos.

The annual golf-tournament and auction was held last week, and they live-auctioned a one week stay at our Sugar Beach condo. We are especially pleased that our guests-to-be paid close to full price – money going to a great cause!

As in past years, a big thank you for supporting this special charity. We hope you enjoy your stay at our condo!

Sig & Cara

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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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Kite boarding

Have you tried kite boarding (aka kite surfing)? The other day we were sitting with a number of other people in the oceanfront hot tub at our Sugar Beach condo. A teenager and his dad had been watching one of them kite board and they were full of questions. Turns out the kite boarder has been doing it for about 16 years and is an instructor. While I admit most of the conversation went in one ear and out the other (for me at least), a few things stuck. Take a few lessons to begin with so you know what to do, and learn how to self-rescue. Self-rescue? Ok, I’ll admit, I’m a little intrigued…

I watched this guy kite boarding off Sugar Beach yesterday!
We’ve had several kite boarding guests stay at our Sugar Beach condo. The resort has storage facilities you can rent to store your gear while here on vacation. According to what I’m seeing online, the kite boarding season is mainly May-September. There are apparently a few kite boarding schools on Maui’s North Shore (in or near Kahului) you can take lessons at, if you’re interested.
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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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