Why No Use Room Service

When staying at a Maui resort you'll notice that all of the guests visit the restaurants or leave the property for their meals, and it's rare you see room service delivering food to a room. Here's why, in a short video. Even if Auntie Marialani isn't on the switchboard, one of her cousins will be. [...]
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Captain Cook Discovers Hawaii in 1778

On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to travel to the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu. Two days later, he landed at Waimea on the island of Kauai and named the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, who was [...]
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An Hawaiian Blessing

May there always be trade winds behind you, rainbows above you, and Aloha all around you.

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Which Hawaii Island is the Best to Live On?

Join Peter Kay, a longtime Hawaii resident, on a beautiful drive around Oahu as he discusses the pros and cons of living on each of the islands. We don't agree with him on all points. For example, he thinks the surfing is best on Oahu when everybody knows it's much better on Maui. Even so, [...]
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Fagogo – An Extra-Ordinary Story, Aue!

Jody Jackson-Becerra TedxTalks A gifted story-teller, Jody Jackson-Becerra weaves her magic using Fagogo, a traditional Pacific Island technique of story-telling. With much laughter and imagination Jody demonstrates how you can connect with and teach valuable life lessons to children in a format that promotes true human interaction. Jody left her large family and Samoan island [...]
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A Maui Sunset Photo Collection

For your quarantine viewing pleasure, here's a collection of Maui sunset photos.
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Tattoo and Tapa: Reclaiming Pacific Symbols

Frances C. Koya Vaka'uta | TEDxTalks Frances Cresantia Koya Vaka’uta is Associate Dean of Research & Internationalization at the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education at The University of the South Pacific. She teaches curriculum studies and education in small island developing states, with a particular interest in Education for Sustainable Development and Rethinking Pacific [...]
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An Introduction to Hawaiian Pidgin

If you're hanging with Hawaiian locals you'll hear over a dozen different languages. There's English, Hawaiian and the native ethnic tongues of the Chinese, Japanese, Philippinos, Samoans, etc. But if it's not English, what you're most likely to be hearing is Plantation Pidgin. Plantation Pidgin was created out of necessity when the sugar cane plantations [...]
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Lessons From a Thousand Years of Hawaii Sustainability – Sam ‘Ohu Gon III, PhD

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Biologist and cultural practitioner Sam Ohu Gon III reveals the true Hawaii, a place much more than beaches and mai tais. In these islands, there is a message for the world. Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor at The Nature Conservancy [...]
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Taimane Gardner, Ukulele Virtuoso

Captivating ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner shares two performances: One, a frenetic, dazzling medley of recognizable classical tunes, and the second, a haunting and powerful composition of her own entitled "Neptune Storm." Dazzling and innovative ukulele virtuoso and songwriter Taimane Gardner picked up her first ukulele at the age of five, and it was love at [...]
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The Real Story of Moana and Maui

When the Disney movie of Moana was at its peak last year, I would hear the songs playing on TV in any neighborhood I walked through, any night of the week. Here's what Disney got right and wrong in Moana. The movie Moana was a huge hit here on Maui, for both keiki and adults. [...]
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Hawaii’s Gradual Reopening

Last Monday the State of Hawaii allowed low-contact businesses like golf courses and automated car washes to reopen. Next Monday, May 11, retail stores will be allowed to reopen, with mandatory masks for all employees and customers. Here's the report from KHON-2 TV Honolulu, and a report from the Lt. Governor. When is Maui going [...]
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Maui Lockdown: Police Adopt Zero Tolerance & Residents Hunker Down

For all the talk about reopening Maui, the beaches are still only open for exercise. Stop and sit on a bench, and you'll get a ticket. Sit down anywhere, and you'll get a ticket. The Maui PD has adopted a zero-tolerance policy and if you're not actively exercising on the beach, you're getting a ticket. [...]
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Maui Unemployment Skyrockets, Economy Crumbles; Dr. Jim’s Predictions

For the past decade Maui has enjoyed one record year of tourism after another. Up until March visitor spending had reached record levels of $500 Million. Per Month! Since the Covid-19 panic it's plummeted to zero. The mayor has already announced a 20% wage cut for all county employees, and lots more budget cuts are [...]
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What Maui Looks Like During Lockdown

Here are some videos of what Maui's been like for the past few weeks. Lahaina Front Street during the lockdown Map of the Lahaina area Whaler's Village Whaler's Village area map. Some great aerial video of the same area. A tour of Kihei and Wailea during lockdown. A map of the Kihei and Wailea area. [...]
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