Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ulupalakua on Sunday

I wanted to share one of the most beautiful drives on Maui with you!, and to top it off..a great day with artists and musicians at the Winery in Ulupalakua as well. I may just see you there..love cruisin out this road..

Sunday Drive June 3 - "Ulupalakua Inspires"

Celebrating the beauty that has captivated artists for generations.

Music at Winery Grounds Stage 11 - 4

Jeff Kashiwa; one of the most diverse, in demand sax players of contemporary jazz

•The Mitch Kepa Banch

•Fulton Tashombe with Kelly Covington

•Baldwin High School Jazz Band

• Artists

•Randy Jay Braun

Timothy Garcia

Monday, May 28, 2012

High Winds in Hawaii


Some typical Spring weather has been visiting the islands. Haleakala National Park had high winds up to 60 miles per hour today. Two sets of guests at Hale Ho'okipa Inn braved the elements up on the mountain. Yesterday morning also brought rain and even though the top of the mountain was above the clouds, they said they could hardly stand up and walk at the top. Today's guests did take a full day hike through the crater despite the high winds at the summit. A mile down the Sliding Sands trail the winds calmed down and they were rewarded with a great 11 mile hike.
I love this hike, but have not done it in awhile. I need to build up to it again..Maybe I'll go for it during the summer months. My first over night stay was during the summer several years ago, and it was truly an unforgettable experience.

Here's to hanging on to your hat....welcome to the windy and rainbow!! season in Hawaii..love that fresh air!

A hui hou,


Meals for looking and feeling Great

Aloha, Get ready for summer fun and good health.
Learn to prepare healthy meals in a beautiful setting.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Meltonia Orchids


I recently had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful orchid grower named Ivan Kamoda. Ivan took over his father's green houses and is growing beautiful orchids  known as the "Pansy Orchids." These happy flowers have really increased in their popularity due to the development of the hybrid methods of producing new color combinations. Ivan has a small lab on his property where he works his magic to create new blossoms. He purchases his mother plants from South America, where this open bloom , flat faced orchid originated.
The fragrence is his green house was intoxicating..not too overwhelming, just the right amount of "mmmmm"
These flowers prefer filted shade, and require watering twice a week in the summer.
I'm very happy to have them in the rooms of Hale Ho'okipa Inn. I know my visitors really enjoy them, and they last for a month. This is the time of year for lots of blooms,Mother's Day was flower heaven on Maui!
 Mahalo Ivan for the tour of your operation, and the best of continued success to you!
Take time and come smell the flowers. I'm happy I did.
With Aloha,

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Maui Mothers Day


Mother's Day, a joyful day.

Maui's Mother's Day weekend is all about the Seabury Hall Crafts Fair for many island residents and visitors alike. The setting for Seabury Hall is one of the most stunning on the island. It's a private school just
up te street from Hale Ho'okipa. The campus is breathtaking and it makes a perfect backdrop for this well known Mother's Day event.

Hawaii's crafters with lots of fantastic jewlery, photography, wood workers, lotions and potions and fanciful hats are only some of the fare offered at the fair.
It was quite sunny and warm ,and the lavender lemonaide was delicious and refreshing. Cooling off on the grass looking at the distant ocean, visiting with friends and enjoying some hot tunes was a great way to spend Saturday afternoon.
Did I mention shopping? Seems like all the moms were  picking out a little gift for themselves, because, hey, we all  deserve a little bling now and then. I found a beautiful pair of shell carved earings from Tahatti  They are just what I was hoping for.

Who knows what Sunday will bring..I sure wish I could spend Mother's Day with my children, but, not possible this year. I'm looking forward to a little gardening after breakfast, and a hike and a swim sound like a perfect Mother's Day afternoon.

I wanted  to write something nice about mothers to close this post, but, the truth is..it's hard to find words to describe the most rewarding and challening job of a lifetime.
How about, Happy Mother's Day to all, may it be a heart warming time for families everywhere.

With Much Aloha,

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ebb & Flow Arts Free Upcoming Music Concerts

Aloha, These folks always produce quality events, please come and support them if you are able.

North South East West Festival 2012

Ebb & Flow Arts presents North South East West Festival 2012 - a wide ranging and captivating series of six concerts from May 20 - July 28, 2012.

All concerts are free admission.

Music spans the early twentieth century to very recent work. It includes 26 works by 23 composers - 9 Hawai’i, and 3 World premieres. Four concerts take place on Maui, one in Honolulu, and one in Hilo.

Featured performers include leading musicians from San Francisco Symphony, Hawai’i Symphony, an improvising virtuoso pianist from Canada, a team of 6 pianists, and E&FA’s Multi media group - dancers, musicians, and visual and performance artists.

“We are thrilled to present our ninth annual, statewide series of concert and multi media events,” says Robert Pollock, Exec. Dir. of E&FA. “Our unswerving commitment to excellence and originality keeps us strong in these hard economic times,” he asserts.

• Sunday, May 20, 5pm - CHAMBER MUSIC FROM SAN FRANCISCO, works by Ravel, Kodaly, Oliver, and Pollock, leading musicians from San Francisco Symphony - Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, violins, David Kim, viola, Peter Wyrick, 'cello. Seabury Hall Performing Arts Studio, 480 Olinda Rd., Makawao, Maui

• Saturday, June 2, 7:30pm - EBB & FLOW ENSEMBLE, works by Schoenberg, Koston, Kurtag, Sydeman, and Pollock - Rachel Schutz, soprano, Iggy Jang and Helen Liu, violins, Ethan Pernela, viola, Joanna Morrison-Pernela, 'cello, The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nu’uanu Ave., Honolulu, Oahu

• Saturday, June 16, 7:30 - LEE MICHAEL WALCZUK & FRIENDS, multi media performance - music, dance, film, visual art, area artists including Tomas Belsky, works by Cone, Walker, Cowell, East Hawai'i Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo, Hawai’i

• Saturday, June 23, 7:30 - LEE PUI MING, an evening of improvisation by renowned Canadian pianist. Keawala'i Congregational Church, 5300 Makena Rd., Makena, Maui

• Saturday, July 14, 7:30 - PIANO SYNERGY - works for 4 pianos by Cage, Feldman, Busby, Milhaud, Osborne (world premiere), Debussy, Ravel, others - pianists Beatrice Scorby, Peiling Lin, Lotus Dancer, Anne Ku, Ruth Murata, Robert Pollock, Maui Music Conservatory, Queen Ka’ahumanu Mall, 2nd floor, Kahului, Maui

• Saturday, July 28, 7:30 - MULTI MEDIA ORIGINALS - captivating stage compositions by Peter Swanzy, Tony Walholm, others, area performance artists including Paul Marchetti, Danny M., John Zangrando, musicians, Lisa Buell, dancer, Francis Kane, master puppeteer, Todd van Amburgh, actor and set design, Michael Takemoto, artist, Robert Wehrman, composer.
Seabury Hall Performing Arts Studio, Makawao, Maui

For further information, contact E&FA, Box 1081, Kula HI 96790; reach our website: www.ebbandflowarts.org, or call: (808) 876 1854.

These events are part of E&FA’s annual, multi day, multi site, international
They are produced with support from Aaron Copland Fund for Music, AHS Foundation, Makana Aloha Foundation, Hawai’i Tourism Authority/Maui County OED/CPEP, John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture & Arts, Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, Edward T. Cone Foundation, BMI Foundation, Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation, and private contributions.
 Ebb & Flow Arts, Inc. (E&FA) is a non profit presenter of modern music and multi media events. It is the only such presenter in Hawai'i, and was founded in 1999, by composer/pianist Robert Pollock. It aims to build bridges between the arts and connect artistic expressions and cultures. E&FA creates a global sound board and mirror for music and art in Hawai’i. We also teach Maui's children how to read and write music with "Scaling Haleakala," an award winning curriculum.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Maui Real Estate Hot Picks


April Showers have brought out the May flowers..... The trade winds are scattering  blossoms of the beautiful purple Jacaranda trees and mango flowers are preparing for their winter fruit.
This is the time of year people visit Maui and fall in love. The air is perfumed with Jasmine and Mock Orange flowers, the skies are brilliant blue,   and great entertainment abounds with music and plays island wide. Folks come to experience island life and want to stay.

  If you're  thinking about retirement and are seriously considering calling Maui home, or are day dreaming about  future possibilites,  check out these Maui May Hot Picks  

I'd be  more than happy to answer questions, or make arrangements to visit properties during your next visist to Maui. Cruise Maui listings on my real estate site http://www.homesalesmaui.com/ to see what's new .Let's find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

It's almost Mother's Day, a special time of year. To all the mothers and aunties out there, may this coming week be a week filled with the love of your family.

Sending Aloha, far and wide. A hui hou, until later.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Nature's Colors and Textures


Today I decided it was time to get off my okole and get hiking again. I was sitting at my computer and my little dog Annie jumped up and started batting at my hand with her skinny little legs and cute paws. She would not let up..I got the message, grabbed my shoes and we headed up to the forest.

I chose the watershed forest hike and it was spectacular. Blue sky and bright green colors still moist from the morning rain. The  soft red earth filled with puddles were just starting to dry from the mid-day sun. It was quiet and I was drinking in all the colors and textures of the forest. Annie was following her nose as usual, keeping an eye on me, but really enjoying sniffing here and there, up and down each trail we chose. Sometimes I like to cross country it and cruise off the paths into the deeper forest.
One of the sights that  captivates me is the bark of the multi colored Euculyptis trees. My heart sings when I see these miracles of Nature.
Ahh, the end of a very sweet day...Mahalo ke Akua.
May the rest of the weekend be just as wonderful for one and all.

With Aloha,

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Great Upcoming Hike, You're Invited

If you are on Maui for this, mark your calendar..a fantastic hike with some great folks. Please click for larger version.