Thursday, July 25, 2013

Maui Outrigger Canoe Championships


This past weekend was the Maui island canoe championship races at Kahului Harbor Na Kai Ewalu Canoe Club hosted the 2013 MCHCA Championships.  At the end of Regatta season, all the clubs on each island have their island wide championships to compete  for the State races.  It was a hot, hot day with little wind, normally the trades blow at the harbor.
Championships are  fun times of tough competition,  and alot of Aloha spirit.  Folks gather early for morning blessings  to start the races. The lanes are set in the harbor and the canoes line up waiting for the green flag. What a rush it is!! I used to paddle for Hawaiian Canoe Club and my seat was the Stroker of the boat. The person who sits in seat #1  sets the pace for the race. Getting a 400# canoe  going from a dead stop to flying across the water takes alot of strength, team effort, and  proper technique .

My guests at Hale Ho'okipa Inn   Olivier and Jo Mischon, came to the races, helped out,and took photos. Mahalo Oli, I am happy to post these great shots.

 The Koa Canoe of Hawaiian Canoe Club is important to the ohana (family). Koa canoes are a work of love, taking many months and many hands  to complete. Sitting in a Koa canoe at the race start line always made me feel emotions way beyond race jitters... a bit awestruck and very blessed.
We were working at this race. My daughter from the Big Island brought her goods over to set up a booth . Moku Nui has beautiful parreo, t-shirts, hats and paddle gear. A sweet model showing off her new hat posed for us. Island clothing made for island life style with Polynesian print is quite popular . Moku Nui means, Big Island. Endless Summer Surf Shop in Honokahau Harbor is just opening and will be carrying Moku Nui gear. Check em out if you are in Kona. The shop is shaping up to have all sorts of great goods, and, you can look into some dives with Sunlight on Water while you are there. That will be another post  soon, as their photos and snorkel trips are amazing!

All in all, it was a great day, and wonderful to be with family and friends, enjoy the races, sell some gear and feel grateful for all the wonders, natural beauty and good folks of Hawaii.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Silversword of Haleakala

High atop Mount Haleakala a  plant grows that is unique to this moonscape environment.  The Silversword only grows on Haleakala in volcanic cinder,  subject to freezing cold and high winds.The skin and hairs are strong enough to resist the wind  and protect the plant.The succulent leaves of the Silversword are covered with silver hairs reflecting the bright sunlight on the rocky slopes . In the leaves  a gel like substance attracts and stores water for dryer seasons.
 Blooming usually occurs from July through October.. The flower stalk can reach up to 6.ft.  in height covered in  sticky hairs to prevent crawling insects from creating damage.. The life span of a Silversword ranges from five to fifteen years.  After flowering the plant will die. 
 It's summer, and I am due for a trip up to Haleakala to look for  blooming plants to photograph. This photo I took a few years ago, and it's still one of my favorite images.

 In the 1920', visitors to the summit  uprooted  silversword plants to roll down the jagged lava slopes, also picking them  as souvenirs  These practices brought the Silversword close to extinction . The shallow root structure is very delicate and can be crushed by walking  around the plant. I was once lucky enough to smell the exotic fragrance by leaning in towards the blooming stock without stepping off the trail..
 Feeding by goats also severely damaged  plants. Goats and pigs are  fenced out of the crater area and since 1992, the Silversword is legally protected from damage by humans.
The protection of our  eco system is important in so many ways. We have lost so much that was unique to the Hawaiian islands. 
Enjoy and visit the House of the Sun, and please be very sensitive when visiting the treasure that is Haleakala.

With Aloha,

Monday, July 8, 2013

Windermere Community Work Day at Maui Farm


Every year , all across the country, Windermere closes its offices for one day to make a positive difference in their local communities. Two years ago we deeply cleaned the Makawao Boys and Girls club, and last year we worked on the Kihei Youth Center. This year was the most rewarding experience for me. On June 21st Windermere Valley Isle Properties closed all three of our offices on Maui and spent a beautiful morning in upcountry Makawao working with the families at the Maui Farm gardening, pulling weeds, organizing and cleaning the nursery.  Our Windermere ohana (family) working toward a common goal of helping our community is one the yearly highlights.
I wanted to share the Mission statement of the chosen community service project this year:
"The Maui Farm provides farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living. We offer services in a safe neighborhood setting where individuals and families are nurtured to their full potential."

 Pulling weeds and talking story with resident moms and their kids was a special experience. This safe environment they call home, allowed them to open and share their stories as we worked.  Moms  receive guidance on parenting, develop a strong supportive community, and work towards personal and achievable goals. Their quality of life is greatly improved  thereby encouraging these families to grow in  independence, while at the same time forming bonds with other women of similar circumstances.  
The Maui Farm is available for volunteer opportunities, and I hope to post their contact on my site soon. Please visit their site and look for ways to share your mana ( energy) and good fortune with these deserving folks.

Mahalo for all you do for your community.

With Aloha,