Getting to know Maui: 57 countries buy this Maui product

From http://voicesalohamagicalmaui.com

Kaanapali. The company began selling product on a little beach path kiosk at the Hyatt Maui. It grew and grew and grew and is now sold in 57 countries.  More than a thousand of its worldwide distributors gathered recently to celebrate is continuing success just a few steps from where it all began. The company: Maui Jim.

Knowing Maui More: What do Donald Trump , football’s John Madden and Dustin Hoffman have in common

Trump, Madden and Hoffman all visited Maui and bought paintings from Jim Kingwell whose art appears on the cover of Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui, the only book on the lives of contemporary people of aloha.


Jim’s story:

ARTIST

Jim Kingwell
Painting the Town Red, Green, and Blue

FOR YEARS, FRIDAY NIGHT HAS BEEN ART NIGHT. Every Friday, prolific artist and good soul Jim Kingwell has set up his easel alongside Lahaina sidewalks to lure in crowds.

By his estimate, he has easily painted 3,000 original works of art, many featuring Lahaina Town landmarks.

ough born in Oakland, California, this oil painter and watercolorist has given hundreds of visitors a piece of Maui to take back home—scenes like crowds in front of Cheeseburger in Paradise or ocean view landscapes.

Celebrities like TV sports legend John Madden, Dustin Ho man, Donald Trump, Olympian Dorothy Hamill, Ar  Schwarzenegger, and art officionados around the world display his work, often created en plein air (painted outdoors) in Hawaii, Finland, Switzerland, Chile, and even Easter Island. continued…

The complete tale appears in the section Entertainers/Artists in Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui

Knowing the Maui you love better: Where did all of these people come from?

 Another great photo from Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui

They came from  dozens of countries to celebrate another successful year by Maui Jim whose sunglasses were first sold at a small kiosk on Kaanapali Beach and now are sold on four continents. These distributors enjoying themselves at the Hyatt Residences lawn market the product worldwide.  

Who says reading is passe?

From http://voicesofalohamagicalmaui.com

No iPhone, iPad for her. The beaching is a perfect backdrop for a good read on Kaanapali. Those who love Maui and want to know more will enjoy my new book.

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Getting to know Maui: Why this is the month for showers?

From the author of Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui 

No April showers for Maui (this is not the rainy season) . Instead you can enjoy  the blossoms of shower trees, making in this case a sea of yellow on  the  lawn of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel recently. You can see em, but you do not have to rake em.  

ENJOY THE MAUI YOU LOVE: Get my book and see what to do, where to go

For visitors and residents, the new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui offers daily words and provocative photos on the latest happenings on Maui from an award-winning journalist/author. What makes Maui, Maui are remarkable people of aloha who appear in my fourth book (available for purchase through the link above. at Maui Friends of the Library bookstores and other local stores.

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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

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For visitors and residents, the new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui offers  daily words and provocative photos  on the latest happenings on Maui from an award-winning journalist/author. What makes Maui, Maui are remarkable people of aloha who appear in my fourth book (available for purchase through the link above. at Maui Friends of the Library bookstores and other local stores.  

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 My fourth Book  is one of the few that showcases remarkable people who are part of the visitor experience. It also includes fascinating tales of  kings, queens, warriors and missionaries and how they transformed thee islands to  set the stage for today’s modern Maui.

Described by Maui Time Weekly as a hand guide for anyone who has been on the island 24 hours, Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui provides insights into  one of most popular tourist destinations in the world.  Maui Time Weekly says the author writings “are intriguing and illuminating.”

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.

FB fans: Click link. What do whales and women’s hemlines have in common?

If you could guess you would be half right. Women’s hemlines go up and down.  The sounds whales make in the form of songs is getting lower and lower.  Coming soon: full reports on the culture of whales and worldwide efforts to untangle whales.  whale-tales-1-1Part three in a week-long series based on talks at this weekends Whales Tales sponsored by Hawaii’s premier whale research organization: Whale Trust.

What do Whales and Smiley Faces Have in Common: Seven Days of Whale Tales


Researchers who look closely at whales see white spots in photographs that look like smiley faces. The circles actually are shark bites. On a given whale there may be 30 or more in various stages of healing. The sharks get a bit of dinner. The whales, unharmed by the bites over time, have one more feature that makes them unique on earth (or rather in the sea).

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.

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