Fun on the Way to the Top – Upcountry Maui

Last week we chatted about the remarkable area of Maui known as Upcountry; an area far from town, with a varied and rich history. We told a tale of cowboys, ranching, and an improbable winery, MauiWine located in ‘Ulupalakua. This week’s blog, we go off the beaten path, to some more of Maui’s unknown gems… Read more »

Fun on the Way to the Top – Upcountry Maui’s Winery

Upcountry Maui.   Maui’s very own description for a way of life. Many upcountry folks on the island of Maui refer to themselves as mountain people. This term usually comes up when being asked about going to the beach. “Oh, no, I’m a mountain person. Why go to the beach when I can see the ocean… Read more »

The Sound of the Past, Bringing in the Future

For countless generations, the sound of the pū* would broadcast the arrival of Ali’i*, the beginning of protocols, the coming of canoes, and the setting or rising of the sun. It was even used to call Ke Akua*! In more modern times, it calls a gathering to attention at the beginning of an event, blesses… Read more »

Unique Fashion With Rare and Unusual History – The Aloha Shirt

Like so many traditions in Hawai’i, The Aloha Shirt is deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture and history. Seeing an Aloha Shirt will make most people feel the irresistible pull towards Hawai’i. Everyone has a dream to someday visit or return to these magical islands.   The Aloha Shirt was initially called The Hawaiian Shirt. It was… Read more »

Top 5 Favorite Hawai’i Subscription Boxes for 2020

Subscription Box Companies began in 2004. One of the earliest examples of these companies was called The Sampler. It offered samples of products from independent web-based artists, crafters, zines, and specialty shops. The early subscription box business model worked like this: The company sent you a package every month or 3 (depending on your subscription) … Read more »

Canoe Plants of Hawai’i – 3 Useful Varieties

Before coming to Hawaii, ancient Polynesians had to be very observant to learn and understand the intrinsic value of the items they would carry with them on their long voyage.  Through trial and error, they learned which plants to bring. Plants that could provide what they needed to create and sustain their new life. How… Read more »

Canoe Plants of Hawai’i – What are They?

Plants make life possible on Earth.  They capture the sun’s energy and transform it, like a giant Photovoltaic Solar Panel, into a battery of stored energy we call food. We eat the food and convert it back into energy – to work, play, move, and even to think and feel.  Every culture has its favorite… Read more »

2 Myths of Maui – Legends of The House of the Sun

What is a legend?  It is a story rooted in a historical person, event, or place. Usually, a traditional tale, often regarded as factual, but unauthenticated. A legend is somewhere between history and myth. Like, the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur, the sword King Arthur withdrew from the stone. Hawaiian Legends Ancient Hawaiian legends,… Read more »