Archive for April, 2012

suzie cooney stand up paddle fitness experience at lumeria • may 2012

Suzie Cooney and Lumeria Maui Invite All Ladies to a Luxury Experience in Upcountry Maui…

You and your guests are invited to this exclusive luxury, stand up paddling health and fitness experience on the worldwide SUP island destination of Maui. Four (4) women will enjoy tropical warm waters, personalized SUP coaching and instruction, expert fitness training, organic meals prepared by Chef Ben Diamond, massage, yoga and premium products representing the SUP lifestyle, while staying on the beautiful N. shore at Maui’s new stunning and tranquil retreat center, Lumeria Maui.


april • 2012 keiki cover model

Aloha to this month’s keiki cover model Sunny Rose Barresi! Sunny is just getting ready for her fifth birthday in June, and dad is Tom Barresi, guest services coordinator at Four Seasons Resort Maui. Mom is Krista Barresi who works at Hawaiiana as a manager.

Sunny attends preschool at Children’s Garden in Kihei and loves tumbling and art classes at school. She also loves to dance and sing and is learning to play tennis.Last spring Sunny surprised her whole family when she was brave enough to take the stage in MAPA’s (Maui Academy of Performing Arts) Spring Extravaganza at such a young age!

Mom shares, “Sunny loves people and loves meeting new people everyday! Our jobs in guest services are exactly that!”

We think Sunny may be a future concierge with that personality! Mahalo Barresi family for sharing Sunny’s smiling face with us this month.

kalaupapa guided mule tour: saddle up for an enlightening adventure

“Hep, hep, hep . . . let’s go, let’s go!” Lead mule skinner Kahe Pa Kala’s tenor voice pierces the cool morning air like a rooster’s crow. My sturdy mount, ‘Ilikea, reacts to his call by cocking one long, furry ear to the side and back; then does the same with the other. She snorts loudly and lumbers into place in a line of fourteen other mules and riders ready to begin the steep descent into the remote settlement of Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka‘i.

The Kalaupapa Peninsula is the most isolated community in the main Hawaiian Islands, which is why King Kamehameha V chose it, in 1865, as the location for the forced exile of persons afflicted by Hansen’s disease (formerly known as leprosy). Renowned mule skinner Buzzy Sproat has been taking people down the Pali Trail on the backs of mules since 1973. He and partner Roy Horner operate the Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour, providing a means for travelers to visit the settlement and glimpse the past and present of this extraordinary place.

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rolling in the deep blue: discover maui below the surface with atlantis submarines

My six-year-old Josie and I were overdue for some one-on-one quality time. She loves swimming but hasn’t gotten the hang of snorkeling yet. So the idea of venturing near a live reef in a state-of-the-art submarine at a depth of more than 130 feet sounded like a wonderful plan, a well-deserved little brother-free adventure for my young explorer.

For 25 years, Atlantis Submarines has been leading these fascinating eco-friendly deep-sea tours that has expanded to 11 sites in Hawai‘i, Guam and the Caribbean. President and founder Dennis Hurd had a vision while running Hyco, a company that operated smaller submersibles for the oil industry. He would conduct site inspections of oil rigs, taking clients 6,000 feet deep in the water. Seeing great potential in sharing the experience with the public, Hurd endeavored designing and rounding up capital for a larger vessel that could accommodate more people. In 1986, this vision became a reality with Atlantis I, which took its first passengers off the coast of West Caribbean’s Cayman Islands.

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april • 2012 coconut wireless


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will once again convene Hawai‘i’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers, April 6 and 7 during the 20th Annual Celebration of the Arts.

This year’s theme, ‘Me Ke Aloha…With Aloha To All,’ promises a nod to the education and preservation of Hawai‘i’s past, present and future. Opening ceremonies include traditional oli (chants) from Hawaiian practitioners while music and hula will be continuous throughout the weekend. Hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance will serve as the common thread to allow visitors and residents the opportunity to interact and enjoy the “#1 Rated Annual Festival” according to Modern Luxury Hawai‘i magazine. The event has also been the recipient of the coveted “Keep it Hawai‘i Kahili Award” presented by the Hawaii Tourism Association.

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