Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Upcoming O' Summer Sale


  Summer Travel brings a bit of a lull to the Visitor Industry. The Snowbirds have flown back to their nests, and Residents are tightening their belts a notch after the winter months, but happy about the ease of parking availability.

This year, our spring with it's late start, promises to roll into a green and vibrant Summer.  There are still nightly trade showers, and the trails are a little muddier than usual. With the rains, all the rivers and streams on the island can  quickly change into roaring waterfalls not to be crossed.  It's the wild and wonderful world of nature that will awe and inspire all those who take the time to explore.  After our wet winter and all the Mainland summer heat, I believe Hawaii will be a welcome change to folks looking for a summer vacation.

  It's time to offer my Seasonal Savings. Whenever I offer the O' Summer Sale: $10 Off Per Night, I like to highlight local eateries, shops and events where the savings can be applied to round out vacation fun and support local small businesses.

June 1-30
August 1-31
Sept 1-30

Savings are fun...check these out:
Here is a FRESH new item available to my guests. R.I.P.E. Juice Maui will deliver to Hale Ho'okipa Inn, fresh, cold pressed organic greens juice for   $20 a quart, with a 48 hour request time. Personally, this is my new all time favorite healthy thrive food. I drink four quarts a week, and feel sooo great. Stay healthy while traveling.

Poli's Mexican Restaurant in Makawao will gladly offer you two Margaritas at $4 each with chips and salsa at Happy Hour. With chips and tip, a bit over your $10 nightly savings, but, after two Margaritas whose counting change?

Haiku Style a colorful little gift shop in the Haiku Marketplace, has many wonderful gifts of all things made in Haiku. Claire displays Maui made soaps, key chains, cards, bamboo whistles, bracelets, a wide variety of fun things locally made for $10 and under. GREAT place to spend your savings and more, supporting many local small businesses while finding unique gifts to take home.

Makawao Garden Cafe , located next door to the wonderful Sherrie Reeve Gallery, has got to be one of the mellowest,  friendliest and most affordable place for lunch in upcountry. Kathi makes onolicious salads and sandwiches. Take a load off, enjoy your lemonade and lunch, and watch the local wildlife. A Hawaii outdoor cafe would not be complete without the occasional hen and chicks cruising around looking for handouts.

I could go on and on about what to do with your savings,

La Provence melt in your mouth fresh French pasteries in Kula

It obvious to see that people in Hawaii like to eat, and I haven't even covered local plate lunch grinds!
So, book your Summer Fun, stay at Hale Ho'okipa Inn Makawao, save some kala (money) spend some kala (money). 
But, remember the most beautiful things on Maui are free. All you have to do is respect the aina ( land)  and enjoy the kai (ocean) and a memorable vacation is yours.

Aloha and See you soon,


Monday, May 5, 2014

Makawao Maui


Today the quirkiness of Makawao made me laugh right out loud. Standing in line at my local post office listening to 4 crowing roosters, being mailed to the Big Island, I was reminded of the saying "Only in Hawaii."  At first, I thought it was somebody's very loud cell phone ring until I saw the "Live Bird" stamped boxes lining the back wall.  A sweet little girl  waiting with her dad, would  throw her head back and crow along with the confused birds. The whole PO was in stitches while the Portuguese Bird Man was nonchalantly filling out his required paper work.

For many years, I have described Makawao as "The New Age Meets Local Paniolo Cowboy Town". I still think this is a good description of my little town.
From the  post office, my next stop was Rodeo General Store for  an afternoon treat. Out on the sidewalk there was a table set up with a Live Food taster tray artfully arranged.   Raw Food Sprouted Seed Burgers topped with locally made raw mustard was being offered to passerby's.
Rodeo General Store remodeled their establishment a few years back, vastly improving the menu, quality, selection and interior of the shop. Their salads are great, and the hot bar boasts delicious pasta take outs. The folks are friendly and they also offer an amazing wine selection in the back room.

On the opposite side of the street is a cream filled doughnut lover's magic Cream Puff heaven. Kamoda's Bakery has been famous for their baked goods for many, many, many years. Early mornings find sleepy locals and excited visitors standing in line waiting for the doughnut doors to open. My guests sometimes grab coffee and go to town to pick up fresh pastries to bring back to the breakfast table to share.

For women who like to shop, Collections is one of my favorites, as well Holiday , Altitudes, Mercantile, and Hurricane really do have wonderful and unique clothes for all, budget conscious and spendy.  

Hale Ho'okipa Inn also reflects the diversity found in town. We have our gluten -free- sprouted- no- wheat bread , tea sipping breakfast folks. While also at the table are guests reveling in gooey sugar puffed pastries from town, guzzling coffee to kick start their day. I like to eat very healthy, so I make sure that I offer and serve food that makes sense to me. But, hey, the whole point is, there is something for everybody.

Rather than judging our differences, I try to remember to Embrace our Differences. Humor goes a long ways in acceptance of all of us. The diversity we find in a 20 mile radius to Makawao is rather remarkable. If you want to live in a humble hale with roosters running through the yard, or a gracious older plantation home, or newer digs appointed with pool, Makawao has it all. 

Whether  you are in town for a yoga class or a rodeo, it's All Good.
See ya in Makawao, our unique and fun little town with "A Sense of Humor and Place", and a whole lot of history.

Aloha for now,