Friday, June 29, 2007

 

I think it's fascinating that...


the first vacation outside of jail for Paris Hilton is Maui! I know we're all that, but really! Check out this photo of her in a dark brown wig and hat arriving on Maui. I can't think of a better place than Maui for her to kick back and heal for Maui is well-known to be a 'healing', rejuvenating island.

I also think it's fascinating that the French Restaurant Chez Paul didn't burn down in the recent (and still ongoing) fire, even though the flames jumped the Honopiilani Highway right in this very area and crisped a van.

More of what I find fascinating:

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

 

Fire On Maui Makes Me Reflect



Artwork courtesy of Love Peace Happiness

Yesterday there was a BIG fire on Maui started by a firebug so the authorities think. This fire was started somewhere near Olowalu, not far from the petroglyphs I photographed and posted on several blogs not too long ago. People were evacuated, and homes and land were destroyed. The road was closed (and then opened and then closed) and the backed-up traffic was a nightmare.

I know that Mama Maui will kick the a** of the ones who started that fire! This is something I feel sure of: this person(s)will get their KARMA because The Land Has Eyes! "The Land Has Eyes" was the name of a movie I saw several years ago, and I love this phrase and what it implies. Even though this was a successful Fijian movie and set in that area, Mama Maui also has EYES, and I've observed how fast karma blows around here on Maui.

Yesterday's blaze was not nearly as disastrous as the recent blaze in Lake Tahoe (which is still happening and not yet contained), most likely also started by a twisted human. What makes people want to destroy through starting fires? And what makes one home untouched by the flames and still stand while the neighbor's home is reduced to charred rubble?

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

 

To Watch Paris Or Not

We don't watch very much tv in our home primarily because there's nothing on to watch, at least that we're interested in. If there is something we want to see, we usually DVR it, and then whizz by the commericals using the triple fast forward button.

Tonight I've DVR'd a few shows of interest, but I'm having misgivings about watching one of them. Part of me is curious, and part of me says, "Enough is enough already!" And if you're half-awake in the world, you probably know what show I'm referencing: The Larry King show with guest Paris Hilton.

I don't have any negative thoughts about Paris Hilton, and I feel she got a bum deal spending so much time in jail when she could have learned more and shared more had she received the sentencing of community service. She was used--to distract us, to revolt us, to trigger us for what purpose I'm not exactly sure. Surely there are more important subjects for the media to give air time!

What has horrified me and made me more aware than ever of the climate of despair in our country is the hostile reaction to Paris from the public. I've read so much hateful stuff online that it's scary. Most people don't even know her, and yet they've judged her by her public image which is always distorted by the media. Don't people get that? She is a young girl growing up making mistakes like most people do in their youth, only hers is on public display.

Many people believe that the gap between the rich and the poor is expanding. After reading all the vitriol against Paris, I'm beginning to believe that the 'have-not's' are totally fed-up. Paris is simply the poster child for the 'have's', and thus, she is hated beyond reason simply because of what she represents.

Your thoughts?

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

 

Summer of Love Rolls Around Again

I've read many articles which feel that the 40th year reunion of the Summer of Love is going to be more powerful than it was the first time around. Certainly, there are lots of BIG concerts planned such as the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Concert (actually taking place in September) and the multi-city Live Earth Concert on July 7th. Thank God we can watch and listen at our computers at home for both will be broadcast over the net. Since I'm not a 'crowd' person, this is perfect for me.

Have you noticed the hippie-look in clothes is making another comeback? It seems to make a come-back every couple of years, but this year the 60's 'look' is strong with bandanas, scarves, long dresses AND mini skirts, an arm-full of chunky bracelets and beads, vests, boots, and peasant shirts.

Does this 'flower-power' trend match your current style of dressing?

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Monday, June 25, 2007

 

Colorful Characters of Maui

Yesterday my partner called me very excited. He had talked to a man we have seen hitchhiking around Maui for many, many years. We've nicknamed him "The Stovepipe Man" because he wears a tall black stovepipe hat. He has become our Maui mystery-man, and this serendipitous meeting has answered some, not all, of our questions.

Mystery man is very frail with legs like pipe cleaners. How he managed to get around without getting pounded-on or in trouble seemed like a miracle to us. And now we know: my partner found out that indeed he does get beat-up, and he's had all his teeth knocked out on one ocassion plus other not-so-pleasant encounters.

Second, he GETS around. We've seen him hitchhiking all over the island, not just in one area. He shared that not only does he get around Maui, but that once every year, he travels to hitchhike all the Hawaiian Islands.

Third, I decided to write him into my book, and thus in my book, he's the black sheep nephew of a famous fashion designer and an 'agent provacateur' always appearing at the right moment. He told my partner that the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq is his uncle, and that's why he didn't like to reveal his real name--just like my character.

The mysterious hat is NOT a stovepipe hat according to him, but his Abraham Lincoln hat.

He had his bag with him as he was leaving Maui because Maui is too hot in the summer for him. Will he return in the fall with the whales and resume hitchhiking like my character-- showing up at the perfect surreal moment?

Checking out the spelling for hitchhiker, I see that it's spelled two ways: hitchiker and hitchhiker. I guess both are correct. If you know more about the spelling, let me know.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

 

A Day of Golf in Wailea, Maui


Yesterday I accompanied my partner on the Wailea Gold Course, a world class golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. It was one of those perfect days--not too hot, a nice breeze, and no crowding from the guys golfing behind us. My partner is a very good golfer, even though he doesn't like to admit it for some reason. Others who golf with him are usually the ones to comment on his golf skills.

He played a very good game yesterday with one birdie out of six opportunities!

If you'd like to see more photos from this golf course, I'll be posting more on my other blog, Wailea Daily Photo.

Here is what Wailea Golf writes about this awesome golf course:

"The home course of The Champions Skins Game, the 7,078-yard Wailea Gold is the most challenging of Wailea’s trio, with a rugged and masterful design that takes advantage of the terrain’s natural undulations. But four to six tee boxes on every hole also make it a suitable track for virtually every player.

Created by architect Robert Trent Jones II, the Gold was honored by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the country’s ten best new resort courses when it opened in 1994. It has also been recognized by the Maui Historical Society for its preservation of prehistoric lava rock walls during construction, and hailed as one of the world’s best designed courses by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler in the magazine’s first golf resorts poll.

Called a “thinking player’s course,” the Gold offers a true test of one’s golf skills. But the most difficult hazards on it are the distracting island views. In one round, you can enjoy spectacular vistas of the ocean, Molokini islet, ancient lava rock walls, coconut trees and sparkling white bunkers."

The Molokini islet mentioned in this last paragraph is the photo above.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

 

I've Been Tagged!



Homespun Honolulu tagged me for a meme in which I REVEAL things about myself. Then I have to tag five others.

The Instructions: Remove the blog from the top, move all blogs up one, and then add yourself to the bottom. So here goes:

The Mommy's Getaway Blog, Life With Heathens, What Floats My Boat, Homespun Honolulu, and Who's Yo Mama? (which is me, even though my addie is www.mamamaui.blogspot.com)

What were you doing 10 years ago (5 Things)

1. Taking people on dolphin swims
2. Putting on presentations about the dolphins and whales
3. Writing another book
4. Traveling to exotic locations
5. Swimming, lots of swimming!

What were you doing 1 year ago (5 Things)

1. Beginning a bad blogging habit (adding many more blogs to the list)
2. Still pinching myself after an audience with the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharmasala, India
3. Writing another book
4. Creating art
5. Researching cheaper places to live than Maui

Five Snacks You Enjoy:

1. organic green apples
2. homemade guacamole and chips
3. ice cream bars from the health food store
4. cold green tea with fresh squeezed lemon juice
5. cold, juicy, ripe mangoes

Five Songs That You Know The Lyrics To:

1. Absolutely none! I don't sing lyrics by others-- I make up my own songs and chants.

Five Things You Would Do If You Were A Millionaire:

1. Build the retreat center I've been planning for a long time
2. Swim with dolphins and whales all over the world and make a film of this experience
3. Travel the world with friends and family and visit friends
4. Get a massage every day
5. Hire a ghost writer to finish the book I'm still writing

Five Bad Habits:

1. Spend too much time on the computer
2. Eat while I'm working at the computer (sometimes!)
3. Don't exercise enough because I'm on the computer
4. Keep creating more blogs
5. Don't finish what I begin writing

Five Things You Like To Do:

1. Read and research
2. Take photos
3. Post on my blogs
4. Laugh
5. Swim, dance, and sing

Five Things You Would Never Wear Again:

1. Shoes that hurt my feet
2. Really large sunglasses, even though they're popular
3. This one strange dress! Whatever was I thinking!
5. Bright lip gloss
6. Too tight fitting jeans

Five Favorite Toys:

1. My new Flip video camera
2. My computer(s)
3. My digital cameras
4. My Chi machine
5. My new car

Five Things You Hate To Do:

1. Finish books (obviously!)
2. Go to the doctor or dentist
3. Return phone calls from certain people
4. Return emails from certain people
5. Deal with certain people

Now I'm passing this meme on to others. Play along if you want, and if not, hey, that's cool!

Maui Girl's Meanderings
Suldog-O-Rama
Life In The Fast Lane
Tom's Hideaway

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

 

The Sweetest Version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

Photo: Charles Pfeil

As you know or have at least heard, Hawaii has lots of rainbows. Here's a video to remember forever by Connie, a 6 year old girl singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".

Dream of Maui's rainbows as Connie sings.

Here's the YouTube video.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

 

Summertime Reading

I've been taking a break from the computer and catching up on reading-- books which have piled up this year since I've been doing most of my reading on the net, especially blogs. I'm a total blog addict, and now I'm attempting to come to terms with this addiction by backing off of blogs and reading a REAL book!

The books I've been reading lately:

The New York Times Bestseller: "1,000 Places To See Before You Die'' which is satiating my wanderlust as I'm a very happy armchair traveler. This method of travel has a lot of benefits for I save money, save time, and save airport frustration. All I have to do is dial up my imagination....and I'm gone!

"Angels and Fairies" is a compilation of "The World's Greatest Art" inspired by angels and fairies. The text and art reproductions are delicious!

Another #1 New York Times Bestselling Author's book, "The Weight Loss Cure", is a wake-up call. Kevin Trudeau has compiled the most inclusive list of things to do to loose weight, and he really gives the the lowdown about the AMA, the food industry, and the pharmaceutical companies. This book is an eye-opener which has refreshed my zeal to be aware of everything I put in and on my body.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

 

Spring Cleaning---Late!

Today we awoke not knowing that we were going to immerse ourselves in spring cleaning. I know it's already summer, but we missed Spring because of playing with our house guests. And did our home ever need our cleaning and attention!

It was the area behind our massive computer desk where the dust was the worst. But as one thing led to another, we ended up moving the desk and changing the direction we sit at the computer. Now we have a wall behind us instead of huge windows, and we look in the Northwest direction, both very auspicious feng-shui elements for us. The moving of the desk is something I've wanted to change for a long time, so I'm really happy.

My partner is slow and thorough, and I left it to him to figure out to remember which cord went were--a nightmare for me! He got everything back up and working again except for several cords which don't seem to fit anywhere, but at this point--six hours later--we don't care.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

 

Films and First Video

This is the week of the Maui Film Festival, and thus we've been watching lots of great new films. The Maui Film Festival ends this Sunday.

Last night we viewed another two films at the McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Both films were extraordinary documentaries: "Light of the Himalaya" and "Truth In Terms of Beauty".

The amount of work, skill and artistry which went into these films blew me away! "Light of the Himalaya" captured some great mountain climbing and eye surgery shots, and "Truth In Terms of Beauty" showed some extremely clever shots which were new to me!

I, on the other hand, have been trying to do something so simple that probably most tech-savy kids in grade school could do it--upload my first home 'short' to YouTube. When I say 'short', I'm not kidding!

I experimented on my cat Anela. She wasn't too happy to have my new Flip Video camera pointed at her, but she didn't run away either! Filming her was the easy part. Then I had to figure out how to upload to YouTube.

My first assumption was that once I downloaded the video, it would immediately get uploaded to YouTube. No such luck! Then it dawned on me (duh!) that first I would need to go into my YouTube account and download it from my saved file. And if you want to see my first masterpiece (hah!) and hear me sweet-talk my reluctant cat, you can see it on my latest posting on my Art of Living and Dying blog. I posted it there because every Tuesday I participate in a cat meme called Cats On Tuesday. This is the funniest group of cat writers on the net, and I ROFL every Tuesday when I read their posts and their comments.

And so it's really a Happy Friday for me as now I have begun my YouTube video posts! Like the very accomlished filmakers whose films I watched this week, I have aspirations! Now that I know how to upload to YouTube, I plan to post my Maui videos right here...so stay tuned!

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

 

Thursday Thirteen--My To Do On Maui List

Even though I've lived on Maui sixteen years, there are so many things on my "To Do On Maui" list I've never done. Like the bumper sticker which reads, "Slow Down. This Ain't the Mainland.", I have slowed down on scratching off my To Do list. And then there are the newly opened places which I would like to experience which are making the list even longer. So much to do and so little time!

Here's my PARTIAL list:

1. Receive a Kate Somerville facial at the Four Seasons Resort.
2. Capture a photo of a crested honeycreeper at the Waikamoi Preserve.
3. Paddle-surf. It looks like a work-out.
4. Join Willie K & Eric Gilliom on stage and sing!
5. Sample Spam--Hawaii's popular food--maybe Spam sushi.
6. Attend the July 4th Makawao Rodeo.
7. Ride on the back of a Harley behind someone who knows what they're doing.
8. Dive or jump off Black Rock.
9. Zip line through Kula trees.
10. Take a ceramics course at Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.
11. Learn how to dance the hula.
12. Exhibit my paintings.
13. Build my dream home.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

 

Summertime Memories

As I was watering the plants on my deck this morning, I suddenly felt 'Summer' sweep over me, and I got the first whiff of a summertime vibe. It felt good! I have happy memories of summers past, and when these memories return (as they did this morning), I feel almost giddy with expectation of good times ahead.

Here are some of my favorite summertime memories:

Running through a lawn sprinkler getting soaked on a hot summer day

Endless games of hide 'n seek which went on as late as our neighborhood group could get away with and the parents called us home

Campfire Girl summer camp with the bugle wake-up call every morning

Hot dogs from the grill with lots of mustard

Cicadas singing all night long... the next morning their empty shells on the tree

A cold, sweet snow cone..with the inevitable dribbles on the chin

Swimming holes, creeks, and lakes--anything wet

Chiggers and fireflies lighting up the night

What are some of your favorite memories of summer?

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

 

Petroglyph Pleasure


Today is normally my beach day with my daughter, but our plans changed. We went hiking to sacred power spots on Maui instead. One of the places we hiked to was the ancient rock carvings, petroglyphs, which are located maka-side Olowalu.

My daughter had never been there before, and she loved the mana of this isolated place. Even though these petroglyphs are mentioned in some guide books, not many people hike to them. There was only one family from Chandler, Arizona and us.

It felt so good to get away from the city energy and to be in Nature again, something I haven't been doing as much these days because I've been tied to the computer with my writing projects.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

 

Las Vegas Memories

Last evening my partner and I went to see the just-released film "Ocean's Thirteen" which has been dubbed by some film critics as 'Unlucky Thirteen'. My partner intensely disliked it as did many movie critics on Rotten Tomatoes. As for me, any film with so many phenomenal actors can't be all that bad!

A touching moment in the film was a scene where the characters played by Brad Pitt and George Clooney were reminiscing about their 'good old days' in Las Vegas. My partner began whispering in my ear the names of casinos long gone from the Vegas strip. He has a great fondness for the former Las Vegas too.

Las Vegas is one of his favorite destinations as it is for many Hawaiians. In fact, many have migrated from the 50th state for the more affordable homes in the Las Vegas suburbs. You can buy a grand home there for what you buy a shack on Maui! The new Las Vegas residents also find better jobs and easier lives. Actually, Las Vegas could be called the most Hawaiian city on the Mainland because of the huge amount of Hawaiian tourists coupled with the Hawaiian migrants.

We have traveled to Las Vegas like the rest of Hawaiians and sampled the resorts. Every time we go, we try another new resort. There's so many opulent resorts it boggles the mind. My partner has gotten some great comps in the past at some of the better resorts when they first opened like the Mandalay, Paris, The Palms, Hard Rock, etc. Our next reservation is for the Wynn.

Will we win at the Wynn? The alliteration certainly sounds promising.









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Thursday, June 07, 2007

 

Thursday Thirteen--Favorite Quotes



I'm a collector of inspirational quotes, and every time I read a great quote online, I copy and paste it into my quote file. The wisdom of these inspirational quotes fortifies me on days when I'm down or in doubt. Today I am going to share some of my favorite quotes:

1. "It matters not Who you love, Where you love, Why you love, When you love, Or
how you love, It matters only that you love." John Lennon

2. "Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?" Frank Scully

3. "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply
gives you courage." Lao Tzu

4. "Many people think that by hoarding money they are gaining safety for
themselves. If money is your ONLY hope for independence, you will never have it.
The only real security that a person can have in this world is a reserve of
knowledge, experience, and ability. Without these qualities, money is
practically useless." Henry Ford

5. "One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to court doubt and darkness
as the cost of knowing." Morris L. West

6. "One thing we can do is make the choice to view the world in a healthy way. We
can choose to see the world as safe with only moments of danger rather than
seeing the world as dangerous with only moments of safety." Deepak Chopra

7. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

8. "Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." Ronald E. Osborn

9. "It’s best not to get too excited or too depressed by the ups and downs of
life." Dalai Lama

10. "He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment." Meister Eckhart

11. "The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp." John Berry

12. "Mastery does not come from dabbling. We have to be prepared to pay the price.
We need to have the sustained enthusiasm that motivates us to give our best." Eknath Easwaran

13. Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts." Elbert Hubbard

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

 

It's Maui Film Festival Time Again

Photo: terragalleria

Every summer for many years we've attended the Maui Film Festival. We've been looking over the films offered for this season's festival, and we've decided on several which spark us:

We've attended the Taste of Wailea and the Celestial Cinema, but last year we decided not to attend, and we're passing again this year for two excellent reasons: the 'Taste' brings out our gluttony, and the 'Cinema' is too crowded.

This year there will be a Festival thingamajig, Seaside Village on Wailea Beach, open during the time period of the festival from June 13-17 which sounds way more enticing!

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

 

Keep Maui's Honeybees Healthy


While running around doing errands today, I picked up a copy of the free Maui Time Weekly, "Maui's Only Locally Owned Independent Newspaper". The articles in this tabloid-sized newspaper are always excellent plus I get a kick out of the sassy, funny columnist Samantha Campos who writes "Holoholo Girl".

The cover of the May 31st issue is titled, "To Be or Not to Bee" by Cherly Ambrozic, and the subtitle is very troubling, "A mite infestation is laying waste to bee colonies on Oahu. There's a good chance they'll soon be on Maui. If that happens, much of the island's agriculture may disappear, too."

The inspectors who inspect the inter-island vessels will have to be on their toes! It's bad enough that Oahu's honeybee colonies have been ravaged, but we can't let the same thing happen to Maui.

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Monday, June 04, 2007

 

I'm in Love with NmG!

You probably don't know what NmG stands for, nor did I until I chanced upon a photo of one on this site: Ecogeek which then led me to this site: Myers Motors.

That's how it goes....one thing leads to another!

My first reaction to the NmG was "whooaaa...that's truly weird!" However, I'm rather fond of weird, and the facts about the NmG were tantalizing.

These were just a few of the benefits which made me fall in love with the NmG! Thus far, I haven't seen one on Maui, but hey, this island absolutely SHOULD fall in love with these cars!

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