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december • 2019 keiki cover models

Aloha and Happy Holiday season to the Ulep ‘ohana, and our sincere thanks for sharing your keikis’ smiles with us this month.

Melina Mahinalani Ulep is six years old, and is in kindergarten; Triton Keao‘okalani Fujiyama Ulep is three years old, and attends preschool in Wailuku.

Mom is Tara Ulep, pre-arrival concierge for all three Westin properties on Maui, and dad is Melbert Ulep, station technician with Hawaiian Telcom.

Tara shared, “My favorite family memory is our annual Christmas vacation to O’ahu. Melina and Triton always look forward to visiting family and looking at all of the Christmas lights. Christmas is a big thing in our family! My children inspire me every day at work. I love that I can provide unique experiences for them. I love that my position as a concierge provides my family the opportunity for travel and trying new things all the time.”

november • 2019 keiki cover model

Our keiki cover photo shoots are a highlight for me as Publisher of The Maui Concierge. In the past 19 years we have shot over 250 covers and just about 400 Maui keiki.

Taking the time to stop everything and document a specific moment in a child’s life is a priceless gift for the parents and families years later when they look back. This really hits home for me when I look back to 2008. The top photo was taken by Randy Jay Braun when my daughter Maile Elizabeth Maka‘alohilohi Freeland was just 18 months old. Back then she was ripping off the haku lei and running around the park. This time (lower photo) she behaved just a little bit better as she approaches 13 years old. This is a wonderful reminder to cherish every day with all of our keiki!

 

 

 

october • 2019 keiki cover model

Sending out a big Aloha and Mahalo to the family of Hunter Ray Takeo Benson for sharing him with us for this keiki cover!

Mom is Christie Yamashiro, front desk agent at Four Seasons Resort Maui, and dad is Jay Benson, IT at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui.

Hunter is five years old, and recently started kindergarten where his favorite subject is science.

Mom shares, “Hunter is a very lovable, energetic little boy. He is always generous with sharing his hugs and kisses with us. His smile is a daily reminder that kindness is key in everything that we do!”

Hunter’s grandmother, Nancy Benson, also works in guest services–at Maui Hill in Kihei.

Mahalo to his ‘ohana for sharing Hunter with us for this issue!

september • 2019 keiki cover model

Aloha and Mahalo to the family of Tytan Kamahele O‘Kala‘akea Castillo for sharing our keiki cover model this month.

Mom is Nisha Santana, supervisor at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, and dad is Curtis Castillo.

Tytan just started Kindergarten in Kahului and loves music. He enjoys swim class, and plans to play rugby next season. He also loves hanging out with his cousins.

Mom shares, “Tytan has such a great sense of humor. His facial expressions and ‘words of wisdom’ will catch you off guard, and you can’t help but laugh! He is our baby of six children, and is the only boy. He definitely inspires me to share the Aloha spirit with our guests and to be humble with any challenges we may encounter.”

august • 2019 keiki cover models

We want to thank the Jarrett family for sharing their keiki Kaizenkoa & Kailea for this month’s cover photo!

Mom is Megan Jarrett, concierge at Grand Wailea Resort & Spa. Kaizenkoa is a year old; big sister Kailea is seven years old, and attends Doris Todd Christian School, where she just finished first grade.

Kailea enjoys ballet, swim team, going to the beach with her family to surf, and she also loves art.

Mom shares, “My kids inspire me to always have fun, be grateful, and to make the most out of life! I love my job—there is so much beauty everywhere I look, and I feel extremely blessed. My children bring me so much joy, and I want to do everything I can to make sure they have an amazing life. I love how my job as a concierge helps keep me aware of how many fun things for keiki Maui has to offer!”

july • 2019 keiki cover models

Mahalo to Lena and John Devlin for sharing their daughters this month for our beautiful keiki cover.

Kealohikanoelehua Sophia is heading into 6th grade, and enjoys participating on a Maui dance team. Kaliaonalani Kalilinoe is beginning 4th grade in the fall, and loves playing soccer and archery.

Mom is Lena Devlin, concierge specialist for Westin Maui Resort & Spa, and dad John Devlin is a firefighter at the Lahaina station.

Mom shares, “One of my favorite memories with my girls was last year they went on their first plane ride to Seattle; they were so excited to see snow! My work is about helping guests take on new experiences and living. My children try everything; this inspires me daily!”

june • 2019 keiki cover model

Aloha and Mahalo to the family of Roni Surae Kauanoe Naea for sharing her sweet smile with us this month!

Roni is four years old, and attends preschool in Kahului. Mom is Kaleiopuaonalani Uweko’olani, cultural specialist in the recreation department at Grand Wailea Resort & Spa.

Roni enjoys gymnastics at Jumping Bean Gymnastics in Kahului, and loves going to the park, swimming, reading, playing, and singing.

Mom shared, “Roni loves going to school and making new friends. She loves learning and expressing herself through her vivid imagination. Roni reminds me that life is a lei halia’a, a lei of memories. When your flowers or memories have filled on one side, you can simply create more on the other side.”