Saturday, September 17, 2016

My house wants to become a redneck version of Fallingwater

Fallingwater is an architectural masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright, built over a waterfall called Bear Run. 

Our house is trying to become a redneck version of Fallingwater with a waterfall flowing down from our neighbor’s property, flooding the sidewalk, and then gushing out under the house and over the recycled tire terrace on the back side. 

Ahem, this is the "redneck" version of Fallingwater, Notice there are two streams of water flowing over the recycled tire terraces - this is the backside of the house, over a gulch. I know the pic doesn't look that dramatic, but I have video too... If the video below doesn't play, this is the link:

The other side of the "waterfall," affecting the outside washer and dryer. If it doesn't play below, the video link is

The waterfall thankfully was temporary. It happened on Tuesday the 13th, one of the gnarliest days for flash flooding on Maui. Even Lahaina, the town renowned for perpetual sunlight, got drenched. Some people in West Maui were trapped in their houses by boulders that blocked their front doors when their neighborhood river overflowed. Other people in Iao Valley got flooded out of their homes, with water breaking their doors. And, the state was telling Kihei and Central Maui residents to boil their water due to possible water contamination. Crazy, huh?

In 12 years, our house has NEVER experienced that much water runoff. We’ve had heavy rain in the past, but Tuesday the 13th gave us our own Niagara Falls. The parking lot was flooded, and we had waterfalls gushing along ALL the sidewalks and concrete pathways, in addition to under our house.  Our neighbors recently cut down the panax hedge on their side of the fence, and maybe those plants helped suck up runoff water in previous heavy rainstorms. Or maybe the neighbors changed their gutters. Who knows what all the factors are?

It’s like the tale of the butterfly flapping its wings which affects the other side of the world. 
Also, it's not a good idea to go in the ocean with all the brown water

So, no damage from the double trouble hurricane threat for Labor Day weekend, but unexpected massive flooding this past Tuesday. It’s dry now. We’re praying for dry weather so we can clean up under the house, repair the areas, and get a landscaper here to look at ways to divert the water flow.

We contacted a couple of landscapers but in typical Maui fashion, they are in no hurry to look at our yard. (Ok, I heard back from one of them, and he’s about to go on vacation and doesn’t have time to consult with us.)

In the meantime, we are looking at creating a fake stream bed of concrete blocks and sandbags, mimicking nature, to channel the water along the sidewalk towards the far side of the house where there are more plants.  If that doesn’t work, the next step is to look into French drains or curtain drains, which is probably going to be a lot more expensive.

Never a dull moment at the jungalow! Isn’t there a Chinese blessing (or maybe it’s a curse?): “May you live in interesting times!" This really means, "May you have drama, lots of drama!"

Between termites, our crazy weather, last month's overheated circuit breaker box, and building my recycled tire terrace, life has been interesting in the Chinese sense of the word.  

BTW, this is so unrelated but I don’t know when I’ll be doing any social media this month: 

1)     Haliimaile Community Garden is part of the Foodland Give Aloha program. So if you shop at Foodland and want to donate money in September to HCG, code #78790, Foodland will match your contribution, dollar for dollar.  Your contribution is tax deductible. 
2)     The Hawaii Farmers Union United is having an event for anyone who is interested in becoming a farmer and wants to become go through a farm apprenticeship program, which includes business classes, farming and agriculture classes, and other workshops. It’s for people who are career minded and want to farm successfully and make a living at it. Here's the link: Do you want to be a farmer?

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

A Harrowing Week?

My husband says this has been a harrowing week. Harrowing? Because of two tropical storms, Madeline and Lester, that threatened to hit Hawaii? 

No, because of the electrical work at our jungalow. It’s an old surfer shack, and the electrical wiring finally wore out. We didn’t notice at first until the lights started flickering overhead. Every night for a couple of weeks, then a month. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

September 2016 Maui Events At A Glance

Please visit the websites to make sure the event dates, locations and times are still correct. Abbreviations: MACC stands for Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
For a list of ongoing Maui events, which are held monthly, scroll to the bottom.

Friday, September 2. 6 pm – 9 pm. Festivals of Aloha, Maui Kick Off at Wailuku First Friday.  The annual Festivals of Aloha is celebrated on all the islands, with parades, concerts and cultural activities. The opening event for Maui will be part of the Wailuku Town’s First Friday Party. 
Saturday, September 3. 10 am – 4 pm. 3rdAnnual Keokea Ho’olaulea. Crafters, music, hula, keiki tent, farmers, and local food. Keokea Marketplace.

Saturday, September 3. 10 am – 1 pm. Japanese Cultural Society of Maui Kite Festival. Make a kite or bring your own, learn to fly it better, decorate it. Bring a picnic lunch. Free or $5 to buy a kite making kit. Keopuolani Park, Wailuku.  

Sunday, September 4. 7:30 am – 9 am. Maui Electric Company’s Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament. For keiki 2 – 18 years old. Royal Kaanapali Golf Course. $20.

Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 11. 6th Annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival at various locations across Maui.

Friday, September 9. 5 pm. Blessing & Opening of Malama Wao Akua Juried Art Show. This annual art show highlights the native species of Maui, from mountain to sea. Worth seeing. Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center.

Saturday, September 10, 1 pm. Ku Mai Ka Hula 11th Annual Hula Competition. Award winning halau (hula troupes) compete in group and solo competitions. MACC, Kahului. $25

Saturday, September 10, 8 am – 12 noon. Provisions Workshop: Whole Hog Butchery with Malama Farms. Provisions chef Gary Johnson, trained butcher Morgan Maki and farmer Dave Fitch will provide a whole hog butchery workshop and lunch. Hana Ranch Provisions, Paia. $85.

Saturday, September 10, 5 pm – 9 pm. Kokua for Kupuna, A Benefit for Hale Makua Health Services. Traditional luau feast under the stars with entertainment by the Makaha Sons and Halemanu. Silent auction. Sheraton Maui, Kaanapali. $140.

Saturday, September 10. 5:30 am – all day. Hana Relay. One of the most popular runs of Maui – teams relay race from Kahului to Hana, often wearing colorful themed costumes. A lot of fun to watch along Hana Highway, even if you don’t participate.  Online registration is closed, but you may find last minute teams on the Facebook group.

Saturday, September 10. 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Olive Oil: Tapping the Tree Cooking Class. Make some wonderful dishes with Chef Lee: infused olive oils, olive oil poached shrimp, caprese salad, sun dried tomatoes with pasta, classic roasted chicken, grilled steak, lemon olive oil cake, chocolate mousse. Sugar Beach Events, Kihei. $95. 

Tuesday, September 13. 6 pm – 9 pm. Wooden Crate Cabaret at Lumeria with Joe Louis Walker. The Wooden Crate Cabaret and the Maui Jazz and Blues Festival hosts Joe Louis Walker for an intimate evening of blues music.  Wooden Crate’s Chef, Ben Diamond, will serve a three course organic garden to table meal with ingredients foraged from the Lumeria garden and neighboring farms.  Makawao. $125 Per Person, BYOB. 

Friday, September 16. 6 pm – 8 pm. Festivals of Aloha, Aloha Friday Night at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Festivities continue on Maui. FREE!

Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 10 am – 7 pm. The Chinese Moon Festival celebrates Maui’s agricultural harvest during this traditional Chinese Moon Festival. Chinese tea and moon cakes will be served, erhu performance, fan dance and lantern dance both evenings. Farmers Corner Market, craft activities like seed planting and lantern making, feng shui talk, and Chinese cuisine for sale. Wo Hing Museum, Lahaina. FREE! 

Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18. 9 am – 5 pm. Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style – Ho’olaulea. A day filled with Hawaiian music, hula, crafters and artisans. Historic Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina. FREE! 

Saturday, September 17. 8 am. Pailolo Challenge. This 26 mile downwind canoe race from D.T. Fleming Beach on Maui to Molokai is considered the “The World’s Funnest Canoe Race.” Participants travel from all over the world to compete. Free to watch. DT Fleming Beach, West Maui.

Sunday, September 18. 5 am shotgun start. JTB Maui Marathon & Half Marathon. This marathon is considered one of the 10 most scenic marathons in the US and goes from Kahului to Ka’anapali. Shorter races this day include the Slappy Cakes 10k, Maui Tacos 5k, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Front Street Mile. Kahului to Ka’anapali. 

Saturday, September 23. 6 pm – 9 pm. Richard Ho’opi’i Leo Ki’eki’e Falsetto Competition showcases Maui’s premier amateur male falsetto singers. The male falsetto art form developed when Hawaiian women were forbidden to sang publicly. Part of the Festivals of Aloha for Maui. King Kamehameha Club House, Wailuku. 
Saturday, September 24, 10 am – 3 pm. Maui Okinawan Festival. Details TBA. Maui Mall, Kahului. 

Saturday, September 24. 7 am. Maui Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This 3.2 mile walk raises funds for Alzheimer’s support, care and research. Boys and Girls Club – Central Clubhouse, Kahului. 

Saturday, September 24. 8 am. Hale Kau Kau 1st Annual Walk to Stomp Out Hunger 5K & 1K Walk. This walk raises funds for Hale Kau Kau’s programs. St. Theresa Church, Kihei. 

Saturday, September 24. 5:30 pm – 10 pm. Fur Ball 2016: Paws Vegas by the Maui Humane Society. Prime rib buffet (vegetarian options available), Vegas style “casino,” silent auction, dancing and music. King Kamehameha Golf Club, Wailuku. $125.

Saturday, September 24, 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Whale Trust Maui Benefit Dinner with local talents Paula Fuga and Ron Artist. Farm to Table Dinner, silent auction, live music hosted by Lumeria Maui.  $125

Saturday, September 24. 5:30 pm. American Cancer Society – Hope Fest Neon Ball. This event will help raise funds to build the Hope Lodge Maui, a home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers.  Features live music, dinner, dancing, silent auction, live auction, and other fun. Andaz Maui, Wailea. $195. 

Friday, September 30. 6 pm– 8 pm. One Starry Night in Kula – part of the St. John’s Kula Festival. A fun evening event with live and silent auctions, wine tasting, generous appetizers, and entertainment under the stars. $45. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kula. 

Saturday, October 1, 10 am. Ukulele Workshop for children and adults. MACC. Free! 

Saturday, October 1. 9 am – 4 pm. St. John’s Kula Festival. This popular upcountry festival includes entertainment, food, plant sale, craft sale, quilt show, silent auction, and fun for the kids. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kula. $1 entry.

Sunday, October 2, 1 -6 pm. Maui Ukulele Festival. Enjoy listening to some of Hawaii’s finest ukulele players at this annual festival. MACC, Wailuku.  FREE!

Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 9. 94th Annual Maui Fair. The premier family and cultural event of September with rides, first-rate entertainment, games, competitions, art and photo exhibits, horticulture and livestock shows, plant sale, chili cook-off, and opening parade. War Memorial Complex, Wailuku.  Tickets: $3 for children 5 – 11, $5 - $7 for 12 and older. Prices subject to change.

Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. These dates are for the Maui portion of the festival which takes place on multiple islands. The festival features celebrity chefs, golf events, wine tastings, cooking demos, excursions and special dinners.  Ka’anapali. 


1st Sunday of the month, 2 pm. Upcountry Sundays Acoustic Style by Manao Radio at Casanova, Makawao $7.
Every Sunday at Queen Kaahumanu Center (FREE):
9:15 pm – 5 pm. Maui Made Craft Fair
9:15 am – Hawaiian Music and Keiki Hula
11 am – Live ukulele music
1 pm – 4pm. Jazzy Sunday - live jazz music

Last Sunday of the month, 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Maui Improv. Live, improvised theater. Tickets are first come, first serve. Pro Arts Play House, Kihei. $5.

2nd Monday of the month, 6:30 pm. Barefoot Essential Theater (BET) and One Night Only – ONO performance: play readings, comedy nights, poetry readings. Iao Theater, Wailuku. FREE.
Mondays, 12:30 pm – 2 pm. Polynesian Crafting. Learn the traditional art of Polynesian crafting, including coconut weaving. Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center, Kahului. Free!

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays of the month: Maui Friday parties, held in a different town each week. More info at

Wednesdays, 4 pm – 7:30 pm. Outlets Outdoor Market. Farmers market and crafts. Outlets of Lahaina.

Third Wednesday of the month, 6:00 pm: Wailea Lea – Concert or event with festivities and art galleries. Visit their Facebook page for updates.

Last Thursday of the month: Hawaiian Music Series. Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina. 6 – 7:30 pm. FREE!

Labyrinth walks, on or near the full moon each month and on Thursday afternoons at the Sacred Garden of Maui, Makawao.

Hawaii Farmers Union public potluck meetings
1st Thursday of the month – HFUU Hana, locations vary
2nd Tuesday of the month – HFUU Mauna Kahalawai, Maui Tropical Plantation
4th Tuesday of the month – HFUU Haleakala, Haiku Community Center
More info:

There are many other events on Maui:

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