Why are these The Ultimate Maui Visitors?

Featured: One of 60 tales of remarkable people who visit or live on beautiful Maui from page 43,  Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui:

THEY HANG OUT at the Tiki Bar, often after a summer of sailing around the San Juan Islands in the Northwest. Meet them and the realization comes quickly that they perfectly represent the passion so many have for Maui.

Frequent visitors Gary Bodine and Chris Marcotte, often listen to some 300 Hawaiian songs Gary  on their iPod on their boat back home in Washington State. (continued below).

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The couple, dividing their time between Maui and Buckley, Washington, regularly cruising the San Juan Islands. Other boaters think they are nuts playing Iz and Grammy winner George Kahumoku on their boat, but they just smile and pretend they are back on Maui. In their own words, this is their story:

 

Gary:

Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui moon come up over the water. It was absolutely beautiful.”

“We loved it so much the rst time we came I wanted to cry when we left. We came for nine days and extended for three more. Normally, we come for a minimum of three weeks and then we extend for a week and then another week.

“And the kids say, ‘Are you ever coming home?’ And we say, ‘Only if we have to.’”

“We have been coming here for 12 years. It isn’t for the pools, and it isn’t for activities. We take ourselves on trips around the island to Hana, to Haleakala, and learn as much as we can. After a day or so, we literally drift into tropical paralysis—we are so glad to be here.

“When we went to the Big Island, there was a woman who taught Hawaiian language. She had Hawaiian letters on a Scrabble board. You had to make a Hawaiian word you knew.

“When you are listening to a song, you don’t know what they are singing about. Today, we can look at a street name and know what it means and how to pronounce it. We still don’t know much of the language, but what we did learn was that if you look at a word, you know how to pronounce it.”

“Our favorite things are snorkeling at Black Rock (Pu‘u Keka‘a, where royalty once dove to prove their valor), Honolua Bay, the 14-mile marker, and at Napili (a resort built by Canadians). We go to the hula shows. I don’t care how many times I’ve seen them.”

“(At home,) I will go on the computer and look at the Napili Kai and Sheraton webcams every day. ( at way) I come here every day.”

Chris:

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Chris isn’t here full-time yet, because she also loves the San Juan Islands in the summer. But someday, she will be. She movingly sums up her passion this way: “I could live here without a doubt. My heart is here. I want my ashes to be spread here—this is where my soul is.”

Knowing Maui More: Where there is no smoke…


there is no fire. The iconic Pioneer Mill smokestack, refurnished after the close of West side sugar operations, stands as a sentinel marking the location of the historic town of Lahaina. Stories about the three people most influential in preserving the history of Lahaina appear in my new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. 

Click link to knowi Maui more: Pig-out

Visitors watch as a pig is removed from emu at the Sheraton Maui luau. The porker cooked all day in the traditional Hawaiian way, dropped in a pit, covered with leaves and hot stones.

 


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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:

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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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