July 1, 2024 – I Bought a One-Way Plane Ticket to Maui Five Years Ago………

July 1, 2024 – I Bought a One-Way Plane Ticket to Maui Five Years Ago………

And I’m still here. And I’m settled in and own a condo unit right on the Pacific Ocean. And I’m still officiating hoops and volleyball. And, bonus points, I’m still working and thriving as a Pool Attendant on Kaanapali Beach and have the three years of 1099s to prove it. Imagine that – a kid from Pittsburgh kicking ass and handing out towels in an out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere island chain otherwise known as America’s 50th State?! Pretty sweet. Pretty gutsy. Pretty, no…

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Vacay 2024 – Falls, Balls and Scenic Sprawls

Vacay 2024 – Falls, Balls and Scenic Sprawls

More than a few folks have asked me the same question – if you live on Maui where do YOU go on vacation?! Legit inquiry. My response has always trended toward “being creative” and “remembering that it’s a five-hour flight over nothing but water from OGG to mainland LAX so make the most of it.” This past winter I got creative a la Rick Steves and planned an East Coast driving tour that featured these Bucket-List stops for a lifelong…

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Forbidden Fast Food – No, You Cannot Take My Order!

Forbidden Fast Food – No, You Cannot Take My Order!

25 years – hold the mayo. October 10*, 2022 marked a personal milestone I believe very few can match – not eating any brand name fast food (FF) for the past 300 months. That’s right. Not since MMM Bop was the 1997 song of the summer and Jurassic Park and Titanic made their big-screen splashes have I been at any FF counter or in a drive-thru lane. None. Zero. Clean sheet. Think about all the crummy white bread not consumed….

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Teralani + Aqualani Team Up for “End of Summer Sail” Sunset Dinner Cruise

Teralani + Aqualani Team Up for “End of Summer Sail” Sunset Dinner Cruise

Who doesn’t like an “End of Summer Sail” – let’s ride?! That was the aquatic invitation tendered by Teralani Sailing Adventures to all active Aqualani Beach & Ocean Recreation employees as the 2022 calendar turned to October. Comp offer – pick a scheduled date and prepare to climb aboard the Teralani 5 for the ever-popular and tourist-favorite Sunset Dinner Cruise. Perk of the job – definitely. A chance to meet-and-greet with Aqualani team members from other Kaanapali Beach properties –…

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Whale Whale Whale – Teralani Sailing Adventures Delivered a Spectacular Early-Bird Special

Whale Whale Whale – Teralani Sailing Adventures Delivered a Spectacular Early-Bird Special

Nothing quite like an 8:15 AM barroom brawl on the briny between blubbery bulls to bring out Mother Nature’s best. On the final Tuesday in March, thanks to Teralani Sailing Adventures, I had the privilege to board the Teralani 5 for the Early Bird Whale Watch. Dang, it was early. We beach boarded the super-clean catamaran at 7:30 AM and, yes, our feet got wet and nobody flinched. It was balmy and slightly overcast on famed Kaanapali Beach but for…

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Teralani Sailing Makes Waves with Lanai Snorkel Adventure

Teralani Sailing Makes Waves with Lanai Snorkel Adventure

Bravo – that was six nautical hours extremely well spent. On fabled 2/22/22, instead of playing Wordle or making strudel, I hitched a ride with Teralani Sailing Adventures for its twice-weekly Lanai Snorkel Adventure that putters over to the Pineapple Island. The luxury catamaran was at capacity (49) and the crew was lean and mask-free. Snorkeling was the centerpiece of this sweet ride, but holy smokes, there was way way way more stunning sights and scenery ahead to soak in….

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Phil-Good Moment at the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Phil-Good Moment at the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions

“Thanks, Phil.” Two simple words. One memorable meaning. On Sunday, January 9, 2022 I was volunteering for the fourth consecutive day at the Sentry Tournament of Champions (STOC) at Kapalua. It was early morning and dew was still shining on every pristine blade of grass. My assignment was to stand at the entrance to the practice putting green and monitor players and caddies and personal coaches flowing in and out. Easy gig. Around 8:15 AM up strolled future Hall-of-Famer Phil…

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Q+A with Alex Urban (Executive Director) and Amanda Wolf (Tournament Director) of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui

Q+A with Alex Urban (Executive Director) and Amanda Wolf (Tournament Director) of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui

Happy New Year, Alex Urban and Amanda Wolf. Hope you had a chance to celebrate and maybe catch a few bowl games. But now it’s the first week of January and the PGA Golf universe is on your lanai and expects a whale of a show. Good luck. No mulligans. Hit’em straight and replace your divots. Scorecard Notes:  the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions (STOC) is taking place on January 5-9 at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui. The island…

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Q+A with Mark Manderscheid – Guest Services Manager at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Q+A with Mark Manderscheid – Guest Services Manager at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Our room AC is dripping and making strange noises. Which is the best sunset dinner cruise to take? The valet didn’t bring our car around for 20 minutes. Who’s running this show? In many ways at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Mark Manderscheid is running the show and sports a fuller-than-full dance card. Mark is the hotel’s Guest Services Manager and with that gig comes a daily dose of doing right and dealing with minor issues before they escalate…

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Q+A with Jose Silva – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer at Black Rock Scuba at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Q+A with Jose Silva – PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer at Black Rock Scuba at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

SCUBA = Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus PADI = Professional Association of Diving Instructors SCUBA diving. To me it looks like underwater ballet. Float like a jellyfish, swim like a blue marlin. Never done it, looks exhilarating. Gear up from mask to wet suit to fins. Tank up with a supply of compressed, purified air and take the plunge. Hold on. Not so fast. Newbies need to find their comfort zone when breathing air out of a compressor tank. Take it…

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