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.

WHAT DO WHALES AND COOKIE CUTTERS HAVE IN COMMON: 30 Days of Whale Tales

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.)

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WHALES TODAY.

Renowned scientists, photographers, filmmakers and conservationists are coming together for presentations, whale watches, two films, a live auction and an education/art expo at the 11th annual Whale Tales event.

The sponsor is Whale Trust Maui, the leading research organization studying whales in Maui and throughout the world. Since 2006 attendees have contributed more than $500,000 to conduct research around Hawaii.

On hand will be three leading National Geographic whale photographer Flip Nicklin (shown above), whale untangling specialist Ed Lyman and researcher Jim Darling, all profiled in my new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. profiled in my new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. One, Ed Lyman, will do a session on untangling whales..

It is not too late to partake of these talks being offered at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua Saturday afternoon Feb. 25 as well as Sunday the 26h.

This year’s presenters include Baird of the Cascadia Research Collective; Rachel Cartwright of The Keiki Kohola Project; Denise Herzing of the Wild Dolphin Project; Anke Kuegler of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Ed Lyman of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary; Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films; Ralph Pace, freelance underwater photographer; Daniel Palacios of the Marine Mammal Institute; Robert Pitman of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service; and Whitehead, joining Dr. Jim Darling, Dr. Meagan Jones Gray, Flip Nicklin and Jason Sturgis of Whale Trust Maui.

Some of the leading researchers will be on hand next week to provide insights into whale behavior on board whale excursions.

Whale Tales is hosted annually by Whale Trust Maui, a nonprofit dedicated to whale research and education.

Whale Trust is the premier organization promoting whale research, exceeding by far other organization that looks into the habits of whales.

SLIDE SHOW: What could you find on Maui’s Canoe Beach today?

From http://voicesalohamagicalmaui.org: Artists painting plein aire (in the open air) in annual event in which they get two hours to complete a painting start to finish on a picturesque site. Paintings done over past week to be unveiled at Royal Lahaina Resort this weekend.

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