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POST OF THE DAY: How do hula dancers learn hula

They go to school. A full report on the learning experience appears n my new book. Here Kalei dances at sunset at the Sheraton.kalei-beach-1


Some 10,000 visitors this month are frolicking in the ocean. Humpback whales are the target of sharks called cookie cutters whose bites are to whales as cookie cutters are to dough.whale-tales-1-1

THIS IS THE FIRST OF DAILY REPORTS, SOME FULL LENGTH STORIES, BASED ON TALKS AT THE FEB.25-26, BASED ON TALKS BY THE WORLD’S LEADING RESEARCHERS GATHERED TOGETHER BY WHALE TRUST MAUI, the premier group supporting whale research in the Hawaiian Islands. Three researchers are the subject of a profile in my new book.

WHY 30 DAYS OF WHALES?  For 30 years or more, the waters of Maui have been a paradise for researchers. Not enough has been reported at least here on what has been discovered about these magnificent creatures, the source of so much attention by visitors.  This is this site’s small contribution to closing this gap.  And the whales are just one more example of why Maui is such a magical place, the theme of Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. Remarkable whales and remarkable people of aloha that make this the greatest place on earth.–Norm Bezane

(There is no longer my Voices of Maui Beyond the Beach column in Lahaina News. Here, in the new digital age, you will now be able to find more on what makes Maui, Maui.)

GET IT NOW ON LINE: My Fourth Book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui: Remarkable people who are part of the visitor experience plus kings, queens, warriors missionaries and how they transformed Maui and set the stage for today’s modern Maui.

MY NEW BOOK DEBUTS: Maui revealed for travelers and those who love Maui, including many who return year after year, a Maui guide “Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui” that showcases Kaanapali and Maui one of most popular tourist destinations in the world (2.5 million visitors annually), and the remarkable people of aloha who have built modern Maui.


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Maui Time Weekly says the author writings “are intriguing and illuminating and provides a handy guide for anyone who has been on the island 24 hours.”

Chicago Tribune Rick Kogan in a radio interview said to the author: “you are the voice of Maui and have the same spirit as (Pulitzer Prize winner) Mike Royko. Your writing reminds me of what he used to write”.

The focus is short tales of a bartender who has made 400,000 mai tais, the surfer/hostess who once posed for Playboy, musicians, artists and colorful characters, the king who united the islands, the queen who lost a kingdom, missionaries, sugar and tourists kings who shaped modern Maui.

Readers will also to know and understand Hawaiians, what they do and what they think about the transformation of this wonderful place from monarcjy, to U.S. territory to state. and what they think say for those who want to understand their cultural experience while here.

Norm Bezane, awarded top two recognition for writing one of the top best feature newspaper columns in the State of Hawaii as well as one of the best independent journalists by the the Society of Professional Journalist’ s Honolulu chapter has included the best of 250 short profiles from his popular Maui newspaper column that debuted in 2006.

The unique accounts loved by visitors and “locals” alike are among the few that tell the story of contemporary remarkable people who have made Maui Maui, the greatest place on earth.

Maui Revealed: At last a guide for visitors and all those who love Maui of 60 remarkable people of aloha including Hawaiians and those who make up the visitor experience. Watch Joys travel slideshow / Get travel tips.

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Welcome to the world of Magical Maui, especially the many followers of my Joys of Kaanapali site redirected here. You as well as na malihini (newcomers), visitors or residents are encouraged to become a follower, to continue to see provocative photos you can find     nowhere else of the many events, holiday and other happenings week after week on the greatest place on earth. 

Check out WEEKLY TIPS FOR TRAVELERS (and residents) based on the author’s own preferences and nothing else.

DON’T FORGET THE BOOK TOO.. People tell me they love the book too. Check out the details in the links above. You can make a direct purchase on or click the link on each page.

Mahalo and aloha to all.

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