Paki Maui – My Hawaiian Hale in the Heart of Honokowai

Paki Maui – My Hawaiian Hale in the Heart of Honokowai

Looking back on the morning of July 1, 2019, I had no idea what lie ahead. Twelve hours earlier I had arrived at the Kahului Airport (OGG) with four packed suitcases, Alamo rental-car reservations, and the lock-box combination to the Maui Sands Seaside condo in Honokowai that would serve as lodging for the next 40 days. This was it. All the pondering and planning was in the metaphorical rear-view mirror. I had chucked it all (or at least most of…

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Teralani’s Dinner Sunset Sail Delivers a Full-Course Menu

Teralani’s Dinner Sunset Sail Delivers a Full-Course Menu

Attention Teralani ticket holders and soon-to-arrive Maui visitors – picture this: You’re sitting on the bow of a luxury catamaran that’s cruising around the blue Pacific waters of West Maui. It’s nearing sunset time and that bright yellow fireball is setting majestically over the island of Lanai. It’s also dinner time and you have a plate of grilled goodies resting on your lap along with a mai tai or chardonnay at the ready. The aquatic ambience is darn-near perfect and…

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Teralani 3 Delivers a Memorable Whale-Watching Spree

Teralani 3 Delivers a Memorable Whale-Watching Spree

Holy humpback – that was a whale of an experience! On a balmy Tuesday morning in mid-February I was booked on the 10 AM whale-watching excursion offered by Teralani Sailing Adventures. There was more than a slight breeze to go along with the tingly anticipation of our sailing group that had gathered on Dig Me Beach in Kaanapali for a trademark Maui treat. There were humpback whales out there to be seen and we wanted to spot every massive mammal…

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I’m A Pool Attendant at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa

I’m A Pool Attendant at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa

Never ever ever in a bazillion years did I dream, especially at an age when I’m almost eligible to receive Social Security benefits, that I would become a Pool Attendant at a swank hotel in a paradise setting. Never say never. Reality took a headfirst dive on October 4, 2019 when I was hired to work the gorgeous pool deck at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, Hawaii. Right on the beach. Right next to Whalers Village. Right…

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First-Time PGA Volunteer at The Plantation Course in Kapalua

First-Time PGA Volunteer at The Plantation Course in Kapalua

Nothing like ringing in the new year volunteering as a course marshal at absolutely one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Pacific designed to fit one of the most idyllic island landscapes on the planet. This was one of those Aloha experiences where you had to see it, walk it, and engage it to believe it. I had signed up from January 2-4, 2020 to donate 15 hours to the Sentry Tournament of Champions at The Plantation Course…

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Ballet Kelowna Makes MAMBO Memorable in Autumn

Ballet Kelowna Makes MAMBO Memorable in Autumn

Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets. That sultry line from a 1956 Sarah Vaughan hit was hard to forget as wife Elaine and I left Kelowna Community Theatre on a mid-November Friday night after Ballet Kelowna launched its 16th season with a performance aptly entitled Autumn. Promoted as a multi-faceted celebration of the splendor of the fall season, Autumn featured two premieres from lauded Canadian choreographers John Alleyne (Schubert) from 2000 and Alysa Pires (In Between) in 2018. The pièce de…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Gets Wordy With Verdi

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Gets Wordy With Verdi

If I told you wife Elaine and I voluntarily spent two hours of our Friday evening listening to choral outpourings of grief, funeral marches, incendiary strings, and convulsing drums, you might think we attended one of the darkest musical dramas on the planet. On the contrary, we became engrossed in a Latin Mass for the Dead that is classically known and universally revered as Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem.” Many have called it an opera in church clothing, while others say it…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Flies High Performing the Music of Harry Potter

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Flies High Performing the Music of Harry Potter

On the last Sunday of October, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) magically transformed itself into a spellbinding 4-H Club and saluted the wondrous wizardry of Harry, Hermione, Hedwig, and Hogwarts. That was the scene, three days before Halloween 2018, as Kelowna Community Theatre had a packed cauldron for an afternoon matinee of the OSO Family Special: The Music of Harry Potter. As expected, there were bewitching costumes worn by orchestra members as well as Musical Director Rosemary Thomson channeling Professor Sybill…

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The Fastidious Fortitude to Forego Fast Food

The Fastidious Fortitude to Forego Fast Food

Can you think of anything you haven’t done for 21 years? For me, it has been THAT LONG since I’ve consumed any menu items at The Arches, The Whopper, The Colonel, The Bell, The Hoagie, The Wendy, The Carl, and The Meats. The Chick – never been inside one of your establishments. Based on marketing expenditures and deliciousness, these are The Big Kahunas (TBK) of fast food. They are powerful. They are prevalent. They are dominators in an on-demand, have-it-your-way…

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Brings its A-Game for the Three B’s

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Brings its A-Game for the Three B’s

On the last full day of Summer 2018, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) kicked off its 59th season with a splendid triple-threat rendition of “Bach to the Future” at Kelowna Community Theatre. Actually, Bach was just the first German composer out of the barn on this rainy Friday evening. His works were followed by those of Beethoven and Brahms and culminated in the concert’s marquee banner, OSO: The Chase Wines Masterworks I – the Three B’s! These Three B’s were…

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