Sunday, September 27, 2009
The island-style party included live music, great food and a variety of arts & crafts beginning at 5pm and didn't stop until after 10:30pm! Over 20 bands jammed and had folks of all ages movin'-and-a-groovin!
Local radio station KWXX is the mastermind behind this popular event. This year the lineup included Grammy award winner John Cruz Jr, local favorites Ho'okoa, Bruddah Waltah, Mixjah, Rebel Souljahs, Island Harmony, and Natural Vibrations. This year, we were also graced with the Air Force Band of the Pacific!
There was a lot of great local-style food available too! Chili bowl, shave ice, bruddah pops, poi balls, kalua, musubi, and loco moco to name a few!! I had already eaten dinner before heading down, but couldn't resist enjoying a spam musubi as a snack! We'll write about this local yummy favorite soon!!
Even though there was a brief rain shower - well actually it was quite a downpour! - a good time was definitely had by all!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I had the opportunity to stay at gorgeous Kihei Surfside in Steve & Linda’s lovely Kihei Surfside 513. The unit was immaculate and that sweet ocean view across the bright green grass knocked our (proverbial) socks off the moment we entered the condo. 513 is very comfortably furnished and had everything we could have needed or wanted for our stay. We cooked in on 2 nights and found everything we could have needed for meal preparation in the well-appointed kitchen. Gregg made good use of Surfside’s oceanfront BBQs while I prepared the veggies & extras. Couldn’t have been easier in my own kitchen - and certainly wouldn’t have been cleaner! Cindy sure does a great job keeping the place sparkling.
While we were there, I had the opportunity to meet Cynthia and Larry, 2 of the newest owners to come onboard with Hawaii Holiday, and get a personal tour of their Kihei Surfside 405. They were sweet as can be and the enthusiasm they have for Maui, Surfside and their unit are contagious! I really enjoyed having the chance to meet them and look forward to working with them in the future! Also had the chance to meet and chat with Rebecca who was working just down the hall on her Kihei Surfside 510! It’s always such a pleasure to meet the owners of the units we represent, and finally get to put faces together with names.
We had a bunch of big plans for our off days this trip, but the weather was SO gorgeous and beautiful Keawakapu Beach - right next to Surfside – was so fantastically inviting that we ended up spending much of our free time just “beaching it!” The surf was fairly high the first couple of days (which meant swells of up to 2 whole feet at Keawakapu!) and we were quite pleased to find a boogie board at the condo, so we had a lot of fun playing in the waves. I didn’t even wipe out once (new record for me!). The sunsets on Keawakapu were stunning - mother nature gave us a beautiful and different show every night!
We also spent a day at Makena Beach (aka Big Beach and Little Beach), which we just love. I may be the queen of making and then tossing out detailed vacation itineraries, there was one activity that did not get vetoed in favor of a beach day: a snorkel/snuba cruise to Molokini!! I’ll be posting about that just as soon as we get our underwater pictures back!
Up next time: Restaurant Reviews (unless I get my underwater photos back first!)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos. While the exotic, brightly attractive reptiles are slowly expanding their territory on the islands, it is all too easy to forget about the importance of the original, little lively lizards. They are modest representatives of the great magical lizard, the powerful mo'o. They are guardians, not just against bugs. The mo'o is an ancient mythological being which appears in legends throughout Polynesia. For the Polynesians, geckos were perfect mirror images of this dragon-like monster. It was believed that the great mo'o could simply use the body of the gecko for one of its many manifestations. Naturally the gentle, little geckos were deeply respected. They were sacred. The vigilant geckos, with their ability to change colors and to drop wiggling tails when threatened, resembled the mo'o and filled a crucial role in Hawaiian religion.
The mo'o was part of an intricate communication system with the gods. The Hawaiians, like many cultures, depended on sorcery as a means of mediation between divine and human worlds. They needed symbols which showed the effectiveness of their prayers and their rituals. They needed images to which they could adhere magical powers.
Magical powers or not, these guys sure are cute!! Here's some of their antics that can be seen daily while visiting the Big Island or Maui!! We even show our ALOHA to these little guys and are happy to share our homes and condos with them!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here are Su and Tara......dreaming of macadamia nut pancakes with maple syrup!
Mahalo nui Michele!