Who’d have thought this dry looking valley would be hiding a gorgeous, rushing IMG_20150510_105934954white-water stream and lush valley?

We’ve been having lots of rain lately, so rather than cancel our hike, we went blue sky chasing … just on the way to Lahaina.  Maui’s very own Red Rock landscape!

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IMAG00052 A few days ago, I stopped in at the Santos Flower & Fruit stand to grab some fresh papayas and apple bananas.  These girls couldn’t BELIEVE the size of our flowers and asked me to snap their photo.

Yes, that yellow heliconia is taller than any of them.  They told me they were ‘florists from Florida’, and a single stem like this would cost close to $50 on the Mainland!  Wow!  My back yard, therefore, is full of treasures!

There are hundreds of different species of heliconia – this is one of the largest.  You can pop one in a tall floor vase and it will stay looking gorgeous for two weeks!

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orchid bananasBeing from tropical Australia originally, I’ve always lived with bananas growing in my back yard.  But I had to come all the way to Maui to discover this little jewel.  It looks just like a small bunch of RED bananas, but has a GORGEOUS orchid pink banana ‘flower’ on it.  It looks totally spectacular in flower arrangements and people are always fascinated by it.  And no, you can’t EAT these!!!

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Celebrating Maui! and welcoming some rain after a DRY three weeks!

January 25, 2015

When I saw the purple beach & dancing lady, I just had to smile!  Doesn’t it just say “MAUI”?  An extra celebration, too, today with the return of the rain after three VERY dry weeks and Kona vog.  My garden gives thanks!  It’s a soft Kona rain, perfect for snuggling up and relaxing with your […]

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An appreciation for where we ARE …

January 17, 2015

Jeff and I were sitting outside having coffee this morning – our morning ritual – really appreciating the beauty that is surrounding us.  We have a “day off” today.  Where to go?  What to do?  Why not Twin Falls, which is literally one mile down the road from us – just a little towards Pa’ia.  […]

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A crystal day at Wailua … the beginning of Hawaii ‘winter’!

December 9, 2014

What an amazing day for our Aussie guests to take a trip up to Wailua valley & magic waterfalls … after calling in to Kaenae first of course, for some wild ocean! Maui no ka oi!  Whales have been sighted on the west side, so soon we’ll be hearing them under our north shore cliffs! […]

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“La Provence” in Maui? a well kept secret! Don’t miss it!

November 23, 2014

My birthday today! And what better way to celebrate than with my sweetie up in Kula, at “La Provence”? Light as air crepes filled with goat cheese & veggies, drizzled with fresh pesto … plus a salad with delicious lilikoi/balsamic dressing … great cappuccino … and apricot ‘tarte’ … all done with Provencal flair! Don’t […]

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Hiking with Jungle John – my favorite!

November 11, 2014

              If you stay with us, be sure to let Jungle John take you for a walk on the wild side!! Amongst other things, John is not only a great guide (he knows the island like the back of his hand) but he’s also a fabulous photographer! These are […]

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Summer butterflies in our Ocean Lookout bathroom

October 31, 2014

Who can resist a bathroom with butterflies flying up the walls? 

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Gorgeous sea caves, Maka’iwa tide pooling with Jungle John

October 21, 2014

                        What an amazing Sunday morning hike with Jungle John!  Down the peninsula towards the coastline, we could see a waterfall plunging from the cliffs in the far distance.  And then, when we finally reached the shoreline – the breathtaking milky color of the […]

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