A dream come true for couples around the world, deciding to host your wedding on one of the most beautiful islands in the world is a true gift to yourself and your guests! While getting Maui’d comes with its fair share of obvious perks, many couples underestimate the amount of work it takes, especially when planning from thousands of miles away. Photos from successful Maui weddings by Natalie Brown.
We’re not sure about you, but the Summer Olympics are one of our favorite things to watch! And as much as we support all of our U.S. teams and athletes, we can’t deny our excitement for the Aloha Olympics, open only to Hawaii residents.
So without further ado, we present the Aloha Olympics.
This Aloha Olympics team sport begins with a qualifier round on flat ground to see who will be given the advantage of the higher elevation side of the net once the official games begin on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano. The two teams of 6 will be challenged not only by the intensely sloping ground, which must be played at elevation levels of no less than 8,000 feet, but the added challenges of occasional fly-by clouds or Nene goose visitors.
Reflecting on what I’ve learned from a friendship with Roger.
Captain Roger Gildersleeve gave me the support and confidence to live the life I lead. He was my first marketing client on Maui, where I help promote his beautiful vessel the Kai Kanani. He gave me a shot, and his confidence in me was priceless. I now have 70 clients, support a family of four, and am positively growing every day thanks to his inspiration.
His loss is being felt throughout the islands, but his absence is not what this article is about. It’s important we share what he left behind.
I’ll never forget my first meeting with Roger. He’d seemed to have figured things out. Having had been through a life threatening illness (physically evident from a scar on his head.) He admitted to looking at the future with a positive nature and love for life. He was taking advantage of the gift of second chance.
For those not on Maui, it would seem that running a successful luxury catamaran in paradise would leave very little room for negativity. Those that live on Maui know that life’s challenges follow anywhere you go. But for Roger, even during a particularly stressful time in his life, he remained positive, celebrating each small success he managed during the turmoil. At least to me, he always seemed to be living with that 2nd lease on life mentality. Each additional breath was a blessing. Can you imagine our world if we all had that gift?
Over the near decade that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him, he’s increased his dependency on his Kai Kanani ohana. He treated his captains and crew like family–he’s given his trust to great people like Captains Cary and Anthony–in order to spend his valuable time doing what he loved (even more than being on the water): time with his kids and grand kids. He’d also spent countless patient hours taking the most beautiful photos of birds I’ve ever seen. He dove into photography like a boy in love. His passion was infectious. Read More
Forget Hang Loose t-shirts and shell necklaces: While both are well and good—and while both have a certain tropical charm—Maui also offers a cornucopia of rare and wonderful souvenirs.
Maui Chefs Invitational: BBQ
What happens when you pair eight prominent chefs with a perfect Maui Sunday and live music by the inimitable Marty Dread—and set it all among the exquisite grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation?
Nothing less than pure exuberance, fantastic eats, and a celebration that’ll appeal to the whole family.
The 1st Annual Maui Chefs Invitational—a three-day fête showcasing some of the most visionary culinary masters in the U.S.—will culminate in a barbecue and celebration on Sunday, November 13th. Held in gorgeous Waikapu, this five-hour shindig will highlight Maui’s marvelous bounty and give kama’aina and keiki the chance to come together to enjoy what these star chefs have to offer.
Intrigued? Here’s the deets:
Sunday, November 13th, 2016