march • 2017 keiki cover model

keiki-cover_03-2017_img_9996We want to say Mahalo to our cute keiki cover boy, three-year-old Landon Halelu Kuloloio and his whole ‘ohana for sharing his smile with us this month.

Great-grandma Joyce Tihada entered Landon for our cover, and she has been working at Sheraton Maui Resort in the PBX department for 50 years!

Landon’s Mom is Joyce’s granddaughter Precious Naleieha, who works at Kahului Elementary School.

Mom shared, “Landon loves big trucks, getting dirty and playing in the ocean. He is always full of energy, he keeps himself and other entertained! He loves to sing, dance and is a sweetheart who can change your bad mood with his smile.”

shearwater tavern in kihei: globally inspired cuisine, neighborhood-style fun

shearwatertavernAzeka Mauka Shopping Center in Kihei is positively whirring with activity since the opening in December of Shearwater Tavern, the newest addition to acclaimed Chef D.K. Kodama’s restaurant group. Occupying a portion of the former Stella Blue’s space, Shearwater is named for the wedge-tailed bird (‘ua‘u kani) that lives at sea but comes to shore every year to nest in the same burrow, where both parents raise their new offspring. One of the three shearwater colonies on Maui is located near the restaurant, and it served as inspiration for this gastropub’s concept: Always returning to our home on Maui wherever we may wander; being a part of the land we call home; and maintaining a strong ‘ohana spirit. Continue reading ‘shearwater tavern in kihei: globally inspired cuisine, neighborhood-style fun’

maui animal farm & petting zoo: unleash the inner keiki in all of us

animalfarm_1There are some things that just naturally go together: peanut butter & jelly, macaroni & cheese, cake & ice cream. In the non-food world, there are also things that go together—like kids and animals. Who can resist the joy and wonder on the face of a child when he or she holds a baby goat, a guinea pig, or even a chicken or a tortoise? All this and more awaits visitors of all ages at Maui Animal Farm and Petting Zoo on the hill above Launiupoko, where you can take a guided tour to meet, learn about, and feed some irresistible furry and feathered friends.

The petting zoo, which was founded by Teresa Waters and originally named Lahaina Animal Farm, was acquired in September by business partners Heidi Denecke and Heather Harkness-Pastrana, and renamed Maui Animal Farm and Petting Zoo. Heidi is a leisure sales manager for Classic Resorts, and Heather is a riding instructor and horse trainer. They first met at a horse show three years ago, and discovered they both had a vision for a multipurpose equestrian center on Maui’s west side. They plan to establish the West Maui Equestrian Center, which will offer riding lessons for all ages, along with therapeutic riding programs and facilities for polo matches. An animal education center was also part of their plans, so when Teresa Waters approached them about taking over the petting zoo, Heidi and Heather jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading ‘maui animal farm & petting zoo: unleash the inner keiki in all of us’

hst windsurfing, surfing, sup & kitesurfing school

2013 Naish WS - Freeride

2013 Naish WS – Freeride

Celebrating 32 years in Maui’s world of windsurfing, surfing, stand-up-paddling and kitesurfing HST is the go-to place to learn for all levels of ocean sports enthusiasts.

HST was founded in 1985 by Alan Cadiz. Alan at that time was the World cup windsurfing Champion and he grew up on the island of Oahu surfing and sailing Hobie cats. The blending of both sports into windsurfing was a natural transition for him.


In today’s sport, windsurfing gear is finely tailored to each persons skill level, size and their goals. Even very small kids can learn to windsurf on equipment perfected for their size. For the beginner, of any height and weight, the boards are relatively wide and stable so that balance issues are minimized. As each student progresses through the skills of windsurfing the boards become smaller and the sails become larger which enables the athlete to gain more speed and maneuverability. The learning curve of windsurfing is more like learning to golf or ski – it can be a lifetime pursuit. Continue reading ‘hst windsurfing, surfing, sup & kitesurfing school’

february • 2017 keiki cover model

02-2017_keiki-cover_img_8906We would like to thank our February keiki cover model Mystic-Ann Ka ha o’kalani Matahina Kadience Shinako Ah Puck and her ‘ohana for sharing her beautiful smile with us this month.

Mom is Sherri Ah Puck of Aston Maui Banyan Guest Services, and dad is Frankie Ah Puck, a driver with The Limo Company.

The family lives in Kihei, and Mystic-Ann attends kindergarten at Kihei Elementary School where she loves going to school!

Mystic-Ann has been dancing hula for a little over a year with Halau Kekuao‘kala‘au‘iliahi.

Dad shares, “Mystic asked us to have her training wheels removed, it took her less than two hours to learn to ride the bike. That was one of my greatest moments with her!”

Mom shares, “Mystic is very friendly and full of Aloha. She’s always saying hi to everyone, and she reminds me that every day is a good day and to be happy!”



hui no‘eau visual arts center: there’s always something happening at the hui!

hui_pezzillo_huinoeau-4No visit to Makawao would be complete without driving less than five minutes down Baldwin Avenue to the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Maui’s only community-based education organization dedicated to providing programs that support lifelong learning in the arts. I discovered on a recent excursion that’s it’s a heck of a fun place to explore, and that there’s always something happening at “The Hui”! Continue reading ‘hui no‘eau visual arts center: there’s always something happening at the hui!’

luxury and exclusivity… private yacht charters aboard ‘satisfaction’

satisfaction_mauiyachtLooking for an exclusive, private adventure for your guests on the sea? Look no further than SATISFACTION, Maui Yacht Charters newest addition to their ‘ohana. SATISFACTION is a 58-foot Sunseeker Luxury Power Yacht that your guests can charter for day charters to Molokini, around the islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai and even overnight cruises.

Private cruise charters are a blank canvas in which the crew and captain take you where you want to go so you can do what you want to do — in total luxury. Here are just a few ways that guests have been enjoying time aboard SATISFACTION: Spending the day exploring the coastlines of Maui, Jetting over to Lanai for world-class snorkeling, Witnessing the lush, breathtaking sea cliffs of Molokai (the world’s highest!) and Scuba diving any one of Maui’s amazing reefs. Guests can also simply leave it up to the captain to navigate to his favorite locations. Continue reading ‘luxury and exclusivity… private yacht charters aboard ‘satisfaction’’

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