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Burn’n Love…Elvis is in the House!

There are so many things to do in Maui…golf, scuba diving, hiking, zip lining, whale watching, sailing, luaus with hula girls and fire dancers, the list goes on.  You would never guess what Trip Advisor’s Number One thing to do when it comes to tours and activities in Maui…See Burn’N Love, the Elvis show, at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina!  That is at the top of their list!

When I was little, my dad used to take us every year to Lake Tahoe for vacation.  It was a week of going to the beach, having a few water ski lessons, and being out in the beautiful evergreen forest around the lake.  Our trip always culminated with a trip to the Tahoe Southshore to the Harrah’s Hotel, to see some headliner, over a dinner show, where the prime rib and baked potato is cooked to perfection and the showgirl came around to your table and snapped your family photo.  How lucky I was to see big name entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr, Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Shirley MacLaine, and Frank Sinatra.  I’ve been a big fan of live entertainment ever since then.  There were a few entertainers that I, regrettably, somehow missed…Prince, Michael Jackson, and Elvis Presley.

Darren Lee as Elvis!

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It’s all about the light…the Maui Plein Air Invitational Event

It’s always a great time to go to Maui, but February is one of the best months to go.  It’s the time when a lot of people are escaping the harsh cold winters of the mainland, (rain, snow, hail, and freezing weather!), more than 3,000 humpback whales are visiting the islands and putting on their mating shows and birthing their babies,  and for those of you who love art, it is the time of the Annual Maui Plein Air Invitational Event.

Prior to 1840, paints were made by mixing dry pigments with linseed oil in artist’s studios.  Plein Air, a French term for painting outdoors, first came about when paints were finally made portable and could fit in tubes, which allowed the artists to go outside to capture the natural light which was so different than painting indoors in a studio.  The artists try to capture a moment in time, as if you could tell what time of day it was by the position of the sun and the length of the shadows.

A group of talented artists for Maui Plein Air

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Mama’s Fish House…a fabulous place to dine

There is no shortage of wonderful restaurants in Maui to experience the food which has come to characterize the cuisine of the Hawaiian islands.  In the early 1990’s, a group of twelve chefs developed what they came to call the Hawaiian fusion style.  It draws from the foods that are locally available, fresh seafood, beef, and tropical fruits, and is a fusion of other ethnic influences…imagine mixing pesto sauce with mangos and pineapple, or black bean sauce with papayas and coconut.  The result is  a culinary delight that is beautifully presented and fabulously delicious, and has made the Hawaiian chefs some of the most famous in the world….and there is no better place to experience this wonderful food than at Mama’s Fish House.

Mama’s Fish House

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