Not In MY Backyard

Over the past 4 years, the activists on Maui have been trying to convince the population that agriculture on the island is poisoning the world. They can’t show any evidence of this, but the suggestion is powerful and gets people’s undies in a bunch about what they imagine MIGHT be happening. SHAKA has been a leader in this speculation effort. They helped drive out sugar … Continue reading Not In MY Backyard

Maui A to Z: Zipline

There are several options on the island of Maui for Zipline fun, but there is only one company I trust. Skyline Eco Adventures It’s possible I’m biased, but Skyline has a top notch safety record in an industry where safety is rather important. Skyline has constructed zipline courses on several islands, with two located on Maui. When they opened the new Zip n’ Dip on the Lahaina side … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Zipline

People running in XTERRA Maui 5K

Maui A to Z: XTERRA Triathlon

Serious exercise. Marathon training.  It’s not my thing.  I wish it was my thing.  I love a good walk, even a fast walk, but I can’t imagine a world where I would willingly participate in a 5K.  My brother tried to coerce me into running while I spent a summer break with him during college.  It didn’t stick.  As a young person, I took the lead … Continue reading Maui A to Z: XTERRA Triathlon

Ulupalakua Winery Cover

Maui A to Z: Ulupalakua Ranch

Ulupalakua Ranch [oo-loo-pah-lah-KOO-ah] Ulupalakua Ranch has a long and varied history, from plantation to ranch to Maui Wine.  Visited by kings, queens, paniolos, and arm stealing vandals, it is never short on stories.  If you’re lucky, you may hear about the man buried in whiskey below his beloved sugar mill.  Not a bad way to spend eternity! Maui Wine The vines of Maui Wine (formerly … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Ulupalakua Ranch

Maui A to Z: Tropical Plantation

Maui Tropical Plantation is a beautiful space with a little bit of everything, and something for everyone.  I’ve only been here once to officially tour the space.  The kids had a field trip, and we road the train, fed the ducks, and somewhere along the line, someone managed to catch a tiny little fish in a sandwich bag.  Bob has been a great pet ever since. … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Tropical Plantation

Maui A to Z on Plumeria

Maui A to Z: Restaurants

We are spoiled.  Maui has some of the world’s best chefs and chefs in training.  It’s hard to throw a rock and not hit a great place to eat.  Among our favorites are, in no particular order: Fat Daddy’s (already mentioned on the letter F) Gannon’s  Coconut’s Fish Cafe Roy’s Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Teddy’s Bigger Burger Gerard’s Bridgit and Bernard’s The list could go on forever, but … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Restaurants

Watching the Eddie Aikau

Maui A to Z: Quicksilver

Need a good t-shirt?  Want to watch an amazing big wave surf competition?  Quicksilver is the answer. First, Quicksilver makes a great t-shirt.  They are high quality, comfortable, and last forever.  They come in a size for anyone in the family, and most of them have fun designs.  They also make the ‘Eddie Would Go’ and ‘Eddie Went’ t-shirts that are incredibly popular around the islands. … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Quicksilver

Maui Obon

Maui A to Z: Obon

Maui has a strong Japanese influence, so it is no surprise that we are given multiple opportunities to observe Obon on our island.  Obon is a Japanese custom to honor relatives that have passed away. Bon odori (dances) are performed during the events and lanterns are lit to celebrate the lives and sacrifices of departed relatives.  It’s a beautiful way to remember loved ones that are … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Obon