Blog: A taste of what you may find on Maui

Upcountry Farmer’s Market and hot sauce

I’ve been meaning to check out the upcountry farmer’s market for a while now. It’s a Saturday morning event, I’m not sure what time it starts, but do know that it ends around 11AM. My mission – to replenish my stock of HI Spice hot sauce. Yes, HI (the abbreviation[…]

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Kihei Surfside review and recommendations

This past week we had repeat guests who had previously stayed at our Palms at Wailea condo with their family stay at our oceanfront Kihei Surfside condo. They wrote us a lovely Kihei Surfside review in our guestbook, together with some of their experiences while on Maui: Cara & Sig,[…]

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A few pre-Christmas happenings on Maui

I still remember my first Christmas here on Maui. Having lived with seasons all my life, I admit it was strange not having cold weather and snow in December. But eventually you get used to ‘no snow’, poinsettias growing in flower beds, fresh tree-ripened fruit year-round and year-round beach weather.[…]

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Monthly warning siren testing

If you’ve been here around the first of the month, you should be familiar with the monthly warning siren testing that takes place. Loud sirens sound at 11:45AM on the first day of every month. This checks that the sirens are operational and is meant to be a reminder to[…]

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Imu roasted turkey – Hawaiian style!

Thanksgiving really snuck up on us this year. Last week I realized Thanksgiving was just around the corner and thought – the last thing I want to do is babysit a turkey in the oven. Then a friend posted about her school’s Hawaiian studies fundraiser – an opportunity to have[…]

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Three money-saving tips when booking a vacation rental

We all know that Maui isn’t the cheapest vacation destination. And yet it seems many of those who come are bitten by the Maui-bug. Here are some tips on how you can save money booking a vacation rental.   Book directly with the owner and avoid the middle-man. I really[…]

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sugar cane factory

The Final Days of Maui’s Sugar Cane

For Maui it’s been a week of lasts. The last of Maui’s sugar cane harvested. The last time the smoke stacks burn. The last sugar cane shipment departing Kahului Harbor. For many this has been an emotional week. Here is a video of the ‘last harvest’ ceremony, followed by the[…]

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sunburn

How to treat a sunburn

We recently returned from a family vacation off-Maui. After several weeks away, we had lost most of our suntan! You know what that means when you get back to Maui! Yup – a sunburn! On our first beach day back I burned horribly. The kids were wearing water shirts and were just fine.[…]

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What is lilikoi and how do you eat it?

Have you seen lilikoi at a local farmer’s market? They come in different colors, yellow, red and purple, and are a type of passion fruit. They grow on a vine. You want to select lilikoi that look shriveled and have some give when you squeeze them. In fact, the more shriveled[…]

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sugar cane

Goodbye to Maui sugar cane!

The Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company announced today that they will be shutting down commercial sugar cane operations on Maui by the end of 2016. This is huge news for Maui. A&B (Alexander and Baldwin) operates the State’s largest farm (HC&S) with 36,000 acres under cultivation. They also operate the last remaining sugar cane[…]

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Thinking of moving to Maui?

Liza Pierce, one of the social media gurus here on Maui, wrote the following article on her popular ‘A Maui Blog’ yesterday: Living on Maui – the Ups and Downs. Ups and Downs? Sure there are. People move to Maui all the time. Many of those we met and befriended[…]

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