Tow-in Surf Spot, “Hold Downs”

Here’s relatively new tow-in surf spot called, Hold Downs.  It’s on the way to Jaws on the North Shore. The wave is so thick that if you wipe out, you are held down for a long time.

First Friday, November 4, 2011

Every first Friday of the month, from 6 PM to 9 PM, on Market St., Wailuku.  Check it out for shopping, delicious food, wine, beer, and three or four stages of music and movies at the historic Iao Theater. In one year, it has grown into a large and festive but clean and orderly place to enjoy the first Friday of every month.

And starting on Nov 5, two movements which are separate yet specific to this time and place: Occupy Maui and Plant a Native Tree.

“Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.”

Benefit for the Tohoku Disaster

On April 3, 2011 Malcolm and Junko held a benefit to aid the Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster in Waikapu, Maui. Malcolm cooked his Natural Beauty & Long Life Curry for friends and we raised over $2041 with more checks coming in the mail (at least that’s what they said!). Everyone was surprised at how good both the regular and vegetarian curry tasted.

As you can see from the image, 180,000 JPY (exchange rate on April 7: $1.00 = 85) was deposited into the account of the Nihon Sekijuji-sha Tohoku Kanto Daishinsai Gien Kin. In English, that’s literally: Japan Red Cross Tohoku Kanto Big Earthquake Charity.

A big thanks to Jo-Ann Aki who generously provided the use of her lovely house for this event. Also thanks to Staci & John, and Alice for their assistance cooking and keeping a record of the contributions. And Imelda for the use of her pot!

Again, Mahalo and much Aloha to the people that came! Thank you very much!

We hope that people will continue to keep the people affected by this disaster in their thoughts and prayers. This disaster is far from over. Late last night, April 6, there was a 7.1 quake off the coast that rock and rolled us out of our jet-lagged sleep (we had returned to Tokyo the previous evening) and knocked the power out in Sendai and killed two people. This after shock was centered 41 miles east of Sendai, 72 miles from Fukushima and 205 miles from Tokyo, about 30 miles below the ocean floor, about 10 miles deeper than the March 11 quake. Hundreds of aftershocks have followed the initial quake, but Thursday’s was the strongest, according to the United States Geological Survey.

There was no tsunami warning but people on the coast evacuated in the middle of the night to higher ground, anyway. Of about 3.6 million households initially affected by the power outage, 950,000 were still without power Friday afternoon, April 7. There will most probably be more aftershocks and with the buildings of the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plants weakened, it’s making the risks even greater.

Images around the Maui Sunset

Just a few of the things you can see from the grounds of the Maui Sunset.

30 Minutes of Sunsets on March 23

Myriad views of the setting sun in thirty minutes.

The weather is great in March, too!

It has been a hard winter just about everywhere in the world.  But on Maui, because it has rained a lot in the mountains, you see a lot of green.  But in Kihei, from the lanai of B221, you get the best of both worlds — lots of sunshine and the green of well-watered mountains.

Hawaii (note the resemblance to the British flag) and US flags over the slopes of Haleakala.

Windmills on the slopes of West Maui just before sunset.

Impromptu Hula Performance at Maui Sunset

We were lucky enough to see Arisa perform on her last day on Maui after training with Junko and Kau’i.

Pool Fun for Kids

You can’t beat the pool at Maui Sunset. It’s in the sun all day long. Great for relaxing with the family.

Stand-up Paddling off Makena

Jan 30, 2011

Stand-up paddle boarding from Makena Landing on the way to Molokini (it was green and that is very rare) we saw many whales. But photographing whales with a waterproof camera while balancing on a board is not that easy, especially since this was my first time on a stand-up paddle board. But we caught the weather as it was changing from Tradewinds to Kona weather and the sea was calm and glassy.

The whales were there, believe me! Just a bit hard to see in the photos.

Observing a whale off Makena. See insert for whale!

The whale is there, just hard to see…

Approaching Molokini.

Getting closer!

Turned back towards Makena.

Red Hill. Just behind is Little Beach, the unofficial nude beach of Maui and beyond that, Big Beach, which you must check out.

Hoping to make standup paddling part of my marine sporting life!

Whales and Surfers at Hookipa

Hard to catch the whale out of the water without a motor drive on your camera. I didn’t know I got anything until I checked.

Most of the time, you will be too slow. Like this time. Just a fin if you look close.

Looks like a bit of an exhale there.

Missed this breach.

But there’s a tail!

Paddling out.

Caught a pretty good one!

Dropping in.

Boogie boarder.