Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 2015 Maui Events At A Glance

July 2015 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.
More events will be added as they are discovered!

July ushers in 4th of July festivities, the annual Makawao rodeo, and other wonderful summer events. For pie lovers, the #PieTweetup should not be missed!

Wednesday, July 1, 6:30 pm. Moku’ula by Moonlight. A Hawaiian cultural experience: storytelling by descendants of the Moku’ula historic site and live music under a full moon. FREE! On the lawn next to the Hale Halawai in Kamehameha Iki Beach Park, 525 Front Street, Lahaina.

Wednesday, July 1 – Sunday, July 5. Jazz Maui presents free jazz concerts throughout Maui and also a special gala. Visit for schedule and locations.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Big South Shore Swell at Big Beach

Monday turned out to be a day with hardly anyone in the water at Makena. The ocean was too dangerous because of the south shore swell. Big Beach had several red warning flags along the path and down along the beach. The lifeguards catered to the lowest common denominator, to make sure even the dumbest among us understood how deadly the surf was today, so they tripled the number of red warning flags.

Flooding of Big Beach, Makena, as viewed from the overlook.

Red flags everywhere to show the dangerous shorebreak.
They made special announcements in case there was a redneck among us who might jump in the water saying “Hey folks, watch this!” the famous last words before a redneck does something suicidal. No one could understand what the lifeguards were saying, but it sounded important. Lifeguards get special voice coaching to talk through a microphone and make it sound like gibberish, kind of like school bus drivers.

The access path to the overlook and to Little Beach is flooded, flooding on the sand, people watching the waves.

It was a day for gawking at the ocean, not being in it. Hypnotized by the water and the sound of the waves slapping against the shore, we were like stoned hippies at a drum circle led by the ocean.  Two or three local boys with skim boards or boogie boards caught the occasional wave or jumped in the water. The rest of us watched and took endless photos. The flooding of Big Beach happens rarely, only every few years.

Watching the South Shore swell. The waves don't look big in this picture, because the picture doesn't do it justice. The waves were bigger than this, but I didn't feel patient enough to wait for the perfect big wave photo.

Big Beach was flooded with a shallow lake of water by the waves hitting the shore. Our beach blanket got flooded by a wave, all the way up to the edge of the sand, where the dirt began. Beaten, we shook out the sand and moved to a picnic table.

The river of water flooding the sand of Big Beach.

We walked up the hill to see the view from the top of the overlook, but ended up coming back down the hill immediately. The erosion, high surf, and approaching high tide during an almost full moon made the path trickier and more dangerous than usual.

Surfers go where others fear to tread.
They are coming down the hill from Little Beach which had amazing surf,
timing their dash to safety between big wave sets.

Panorama view of the water flooding Big Beach.

The ocean was telling us we were mere humans. No matter how much technology we have, how many things we’ve mastered or created, the ocean is still stronger than us all.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

June 2015 Events At A Glance On Maui

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.

June marks the beginning of Obon season on Maui, when Japanese missions and temples host obon dancing and festivities throughout the island. Obon celebrations honor those who have passed and are also gatherings for the community that are enjoyed by all ages, regardless of one’s ethnic heritage.

(Updated 6/29/15)

Monday, June 1 – June 7. Hemp History Week. Giveaways, samples and information booths at different locations on Maui. Guided tours on Sunday to the Hemp House in Kihei. FREE!

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 – 8 pm. Buddha’s Birthday at the Maui Dharma Center, Paia. Full moon gathering and donations will be accepted for the Nepal relief efforts. 

Tuesday, June 2, 5 – 7 pm. Hawaiian Plants for Liver Health. Down to Earth, Kahului FREE! 

Tuesday, June 2, 6 – 8 pm. Mahina’ai Night. Learn about the island of Kaho’olawe, take a guided walking tour, enjoy live music, look at artifacts from the island. 2780 S. Kihei Road, by the Kihei boat ramp, Kihei. FREE! 

Wednesday, June 3 – Sunday, June 7. Maui Film Festival. Screenings of select films and nightly festivities including “A Taste of Chocolate.” Various locations in Wailea and at the MACC. If you go to the Celestial Cinema, bring comfy folding chairs and a waterproof blanket! My experience at the Celestial Cinema.

Wednesday, June 3, 6 pm. Wild Food Potluck. Makawao. Contact the organizers for directions. FREE. 

Friday, June 5, 6 pm. “Talk Story” on the Land: Hawea Point Moonlit Hike. Kapalua. Suggested donation: $25. 

Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7. Wa’a Kiakahi Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Festival. An opportunity to learn about traditional Hawaiian sailing canoes. Event features a sailing canoe race, ceremony, free rides, and education about ancient navigation methods. FREE!

Friday, June 5 – A Celebration of Gemini. Concert by the Papa Mali Band, dance party, and laser entertainment at the Sacred Earth Temple, Haiku. Tickets $40+.

Saturday, June 6. 10 am – 1 pm. Japanese Cultural Society’s Quarterly Event: Free Obon Dance Workshop. Learn about bon or obon dancing, learn a few different types of dances, and learn about the significance of obon season. $8, includes lunch.  June 6 is the first obon dance this summer, in Lahaina, at the Lahaina Shingon Mission. FREE unless you want lunch.

Saturday, June 6, 8 am – 4 pm. Volunteer at the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project to weed, plant, and maintain native forest. See the hala pepe plant fruiting. Meet at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store. 

Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 7 – Maui Jim OceanFest. Competitive ocean sports sprint style event with multiple races and categories. Challengers are coming from all over the world. Kaanapali. 

Sunday, June 7, noon – 3 pm. Hemp Ohana Open House, part of Hemp History Week. Guided tours to the first house made of hemp on Maui. Kihei. FREE!

Thursday, June 11 – June 14. Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. The longest running wine and food festival in the US. Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 11, 5 pm – 6:30 pm. Sound Healing with Aromatherapy for the Chakras at the yoga room, Lumeria Maui, Makawao. 

Saturday, June 13. 9 am – 5 pm. Kamehameha Day Parade and Celebration. Parade with pa'u riders (festive Hawaiian costumes and leis on the horses), farmers market, crafts, music, and celebration. Lahaina. FREE!

Saturday, June 13. 7 – 10 pm. Swingin’ Tiki Time with Eric Gilliom. Mulligans on the Blue, Wailea. An exotic journey through Hawaii’s musical past. $20+.

Saturday, June 13 – Sunday, June 14. Maui Upcountry 4H Livestock & Ag Fair aka the Upcountry Fair. Olinda. Details TBA. This is usually a two day event, and has what you'd expect at a farm fair including rodeo events. Here's a blog post about the Upcountry Fair. FREE!

Saturday, June 13, 11 am – 2 pm. Juneteenth, a cultural day honoring African Americans. Kamaole III Beach, Kihei. Learn the history of this holiday, enjoy cultural activities, drumming, soul food, games, and more. FREE!

Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14. Writing From Your Soul – Maui. A weekend workshop to write and publish your book with Wayne Dyer and Hay House Publishing. 

Saturday, June 20, 8 am – 8 pm. Summer Solstice Love Jam. Celebrate summer solstice all day at the Maui Yoga Shala with free yoga and dance classes, live music, craft and food vendors, and fire spinning after sunset. FREE! 

Saturday, June 20, 11 am – 2 pm. Hawaiian Island Land Trust Family Picnic. Annual community and family picnic with live music by Kaniala Masoe, take guided tours around the wetlands, enjoy a picnic and watch Plein Air artists paint on the land. FREE! RSVP to (808) 244-5263 or Waihe’e.

Saturday, June 20, 10 am – 3 pm. Maui Association of Landscape Professionals present a Lawn and Garden Fair. Ask the experts your gardening questions, get soil pH testing, door prizes.

Saturday, June 20, 2 pm – 11 pm. Summer Solstice at Ahimsa Sanctuary Farm, Haiku.
Dinner and farm tour are optional. 

Saturday, June 20, 4 pm – 7 pm. Feast Hawaii presents Feast: Fire, in celebration of Father’s Day and Summer Solstice. Farm to Table Dinner and Salsa Dance Lesson. Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku. 

Thursday June 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Community Talk Story About Cane BurningHawaiian leaders, doctors and scientists discuss cane burning. Learn its history and culture on Maui and how it impacts your health, the environment, and the economy. Kihei Community Center.

Thursday, June 25. 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Hawaiian Music Series. Outdoor concert at the Baldwin Home Museum, Lahaina. FREE! 

Friday, June 26 – June 30. Maui Qi Fest. Workshops in tai chi, qi gong, massage, yoga, shaolin, and other modalities. Ke’anae. 

Sunday, June 28, 1 pm – 7 pm (Please double check the time closer to the event date.). Ki Ho’alu Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival or MACC. FREE!

Saturday, June 27, 6 pm to 6 am. American Cancer Relay for Life. War Memorial, Kahului. 

Saturday, June 27. 2 – 4 pm. Hali'imaile Community Garden potluck and open house. Potluck event is open to the public. Visit the garden and see what's growing. FREE!

Tuesday, June 30. 5- 8 pm. Social Media Day. Maui Brewing Company, Kihei.

Tuesday, June 30. 9:30am. AfricanAmerican Dedication Ceremony at Kepaniwai Park, Iao Valley, Wailuku. Dedication of an African American monument to the multicultural park in celebration with Juneteenth, an African day of freedom. 

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.

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

WOW - Wailea on Wednesday: On Wednesday nights at the Shops of Wailea, there is usually a  concert or other entertainment. 6:30 – 8 pm. FREE!

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

Hawaii Farmers Union public potluck meetings – held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, usually at the Maui Tropical Plantation and the 4th Tuesday of the month at Haiku Community Center. More info at HFUU Haleakala on Facebook, closer to the day of the meeting. FREE if you bring a dish to share!

There are many other events on Maui at Calendar Maui, Maui Time, and Meet Up.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Six Surprising Things I Learned on May Day at the Bailey House Museum

The Bailey House Museum hosted an exquisite Lei Day Heritage Festival this past May Day, which was celebrated on Friday, May 1. It wasn’t a May Day focused on entertaining tourists, though there were certainly tourists there, but a May Day that also explored the deeper meaning of Hawaii. Maybe it’s because OHA, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, sponsored it. I felt honored to attend, even for such a short time. 

Six Surprising Things I Learned On May Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Last Minute Maui Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is around the corner. It sneaks up and pounces, right after taxes are paid and the A to Z Challenge is finished.

Here are a few gift ideas for Mother’s Day from some Maui-based businesses – in no particular order. Don’t live on Maui? Some of these places also ship! This is a shamelessly commercial post, but I am not getting paid by anyone to promote it. Darn!

Pearl Butik – A feast for the eyes in Paia with home accessories, jewelry, and some clothing. Great selection of natural fiber, artisan woven bed linens and towels. Also has an online store. Paia.

Native Intelligence – Exquisite island art and crafts. This boutique specializes in authentic Hawaiiana, not imports from overseas. Some online shopping available. Wailuku.

Hue – Interior design store with lovely offerings. Custom upholstery orders and home furnishings. Small but well-chosen interior decorating and DIY books. Read Maui Shop Girl’s review or Maui Made Blog’s review. Kahului. 

Driftwood – New retail boutique that just opened in Makawao. I missed the Grand Opening, but you can read Maui Shop Girl’s pre-Grand Opening Review. Makawao. When a cool new shop opens on Maui, it is a BIG deal. Just updated: Maui Made Blog attended the Grand Opening.

Toby Neal Books – For book lovers who also love Hawaii. I always wish I had met Toby Neal while my mother was still alive, because she would have devoured all of Toby’s books, especially the Lei Crime Series. You can get e-books and hard copies. 

Maui Hands – This popular art gallery and boutique only carries items made on Maui. Four retail locations at last count. 

Seyana Jewelry – Handmade jewelry featuring Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. Also 20% off through May 10th using code: mum20

Seabury Hall Craft Fair –  This is the place to go the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Island residents love to bring their moms up here to ooh and ah over handmade items, bid on the silent auction (probably one of the biggest on the island), eat gourmet and homemade desserts, and select flower bouquets. The bouquet selection is huge – because Seabury recruits parents and anyone they can to make flower bouquets using donated vases and containers. $5 admission, free parking.

Sacred Garden of Maliko - a beautiful place to shop, with meditation labyrinths (pathways for reflection and introspection), a flower nursery, and an intimate gift shop. I've spent many special moments here. Makawao.

Sweet Betty Confections (website offline)– Really yummy butter toffee, candied ginger, and macadamia brittle made on Maui. Often can be found at Upcountry Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. You could go early to Upcountry Farmers Market with mom and then hop over to Seabury Hall. If you look at the pic below, I included her phone number. 

Maui Water Lily Farm – Ah, beautiful. Take mom here during Mother’s Day week and breathe in the scent of flowering water lilies. Let Nico make you a custom bouquet. Haiku.

Still not finding anything you like? Paia, Makawao, Kihei, and Lahaina have several boutiques and gift stores. You could also go to the mall. For most Mauians, this means Queen K (Queen Ka’ahumanu) Shopping Center, but it could also mean the Shops of Wailea, the Outlets of Lahaina, or Whaler’s Village. Maui does not have a Mall of America, thank goodness.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 4, 2015

A-Z Reflections Post: Maui Hype, Being A "Minion," And Random Thoughts

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This is my third year of doing the A to Z challenge in April. If you’ve missed it, it’s a worldwide blogathon (marathon blogging event) in which bloggers blog Monday through Saturday in April, to correspond with the 26 letters of the alphabet. We take Sundays off for good behavior, though some bloggers (harummmph, overachievers) post on Sundays too. The A to Z challenge is also a blog hop, in which bloggers visit other blogs and leave supportive comments.

Lately, I’ve been getting emails from people who want to move to Maui. As the “#1 island in the world,” Maui gets a ton of hype. Most media and blogs show only the vacation side of Maui, the beautiful side of the coin. I’ve tried to show the flip side of the coin, including the grittier aspects of living here. Yes, the grass is greener here, and it’s also browner.

Maui gets a lot of hype. Tourism is a gateway drug.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Updated! WOW! May 2015 Events on Maui (and TONS Just For May Day)

Please visit the websites to make sure the event dates, locations and times are still correct. Ongoing events include Maui Friday town parties on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays of the month.

If you're stopping by from the A to Z Challenge, my "Y" post is here: A Year on Maui: How Maui Changes Through the Seasons.

May 1st is May Day in Hawaii. Unlike past May Days on Maui, May 1 falls on a Friday and there are "choke" (local slang for "a lot") of May Day activities! Last year, I wondered “Whatever Happened to May Day?”

Friday, May 1, 6pm – Baldwin High School Ho’ike – A May Day event on Maui. Baldwin Auditorium, Wailuku. Baldwin High Schoolʻs Hawaiian language and dance classes present "E Kū! E ʻAlu! E Kuilima" - an evening of hula, Hawaiian culture, language and performing arts. Come celebrate May Day with these talented young men and women. FREE!