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I survived 27 miles of choppy seas, gusty tradewinds and mid-day tropical sun!  It was physically taxing and mentally tiring, and I wasn’t even racing!  I was a support person aboard one of the escort boats.  (click on any of the below images to view them a bit larger – sorry they are not the best, taken with iPhone on a bumpy boat ride!)

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The boat in the mirror is much larger than it appears…

Let me explain.  We have a boat.  It’s day job is a fishing vessel, but it moonlights with a much more exciting profession – escorting big wave surfers to Jaws during the winter months, and long-distance paddlers for channel crossings in the summer.  Normally I am “at home with the kids” or “working” but when an opportunity came up to crew on the boat, escorting several time World Champion and neighbor Kai Lenny on the M2M2014 (Maui to Molokai Stand Up Paddle Race), on a day when the grandparents (MAHALO) could watch the kids, I jumped at the chance.

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Getting Focused before the race

Now, I’ve been neighbors with Kai and the Lennys for years, and even lived next door to the family when the boys were little bitty kids, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from a kid guy (man?) that has traveled the world, is a champion in many water sports, and has recently been spotted around the island with celebrities ranging from the cast of Pretty Little Liars to rockers fromThird Eye Blind.  What I discovered Kai is friendly, humble, and the only thing deeper than his amazing work ethic and dedication is his love for his family.

What wouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed Kai’s amazing story is that his most loyal fans, his parents, were on board, but the amount of mutual love and respect that I was able to witness close up (it’s a pretty small boat, especially on the trip home) was just palpable, and as a mom of two young kids, inspiring.

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Kai gets a hug from Dad at the start of the race!

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Mom looks on with binos at the start of the race!

The original intent of this trip was to be able to report back about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the race, and the duties of the escort boat, but the emotional journey that I took, picturing my own son, now three, spreading his wings and going on his own adventures, and hopefully being able to experience just a part of it with him, was just so much more exciting!

I will say – the repairs at Mala Ramp were definitely appreciated, Honolua Bay is just gorgeous, the start of the race is very exciting, and  – if you are going to be an escort boat – being with one of the top finishers is the way to go!

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Just before the Start

I have actually never been to Molokai before, so to journey almost the whole southern length of the island and step just a few feet (enough to find a bathroom!) at Kaunakakai Harbor was a great adventure, and I would love to venture back to the island some day!

The race between the top four finishers, Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny, Dave Kalama and Travis Grant, was quite intense, it was almost like two separate races – the top four and then everyone else!  At one point in the middle of the Pailolo Channel, we could see the top four, all pretty close, and literally no one behind us. Not even the escort boats.

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Three of the Top Four finishers sharing one swell after the start.

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The Top Four – Kai, Travis, Conner and Dave (click to view much larger!)

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EPiC Aerial Pro – Justin preps the drone

As our sweet boat, actually named Sweet Alexandra, is accustomed, especially when at Jaws, there was a photographer on board.  This time was a new twist, a new, locally based drone-photography company, EPiC Aerial Productions joined the crew.  Justin and Nana, who started EPiC earlier this year, dreaming of one day filming Kai paddling the open ocean, and in a typical, yet magical Maui moment, they just so happened upon Kai’s backyard one day, and the rest is history.   Click HERE to see EPiC’s YouTube Video of the race!

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Justin flys the drone as he and Paula watch what the camera sees in special googles!

The boat captain, Matt (my husband) is an amazing multi-tasker and thrives on adrenaline, always performing best under pressure.  While this might not be quite as anxiety-ridden as driving a boat next to 60-foot breaking waves, while the photographer is demanding you ‘get closer!’ and the boat is loaded down with thousands of dollars of not only surfing gear, but camera equipment, escorting a paddle race has numerous challenges.

You need to stay near your paddler, but not too close.  You need to monitor the race course and recommend a track (unless there’s a coach and navigator on board). You need to watch out for other paddlers, boats, debris, etc in the water.  You need to make sure everyone on board is staying safe, with arms, legs and heads inside the boat. (this is amazingly difficult, we witnessed another boat with a passenger fall off, and I just read a report of someone falling into the same boat when boarding after the race). You need to make sure there is ample cold Coors Light to reward of-age racers at the finish line.  (ok, the crew is responsible for this- but someone needs to pack the cooler and ice)

Speaking of the end of the race: to read a recap and view the race results, CLICK HERE.  And here are some end of the race images for your enjoyment as well… 

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Watching the launch of the drone from the flybridge

Back to the multi-tasking captain – as if all this isn’t enough, add in a photographer, looking to get the perfect shot.  Then, to add another level, the photographer is flying a drone, which needs to be launched from and landed on the boat – which is bobbing and swaying in the rough ocean – oh, and the drone is NOT WATER PROOF!

I once asked my husband, as we were driving up the hill in the middle of the night in yet another tsunami evacation, with one sleeping kids and one almost 9 months along in my belly, “Isn’t your adrenaline pumping?” His reply “Not unless I’m in mortal danger.”

All in all, Justin and Nana of EPiC Aerial were able to successfully launch and land the drone THREE times!  I can’t wait to see the footage.  I hope to add it to the post in the future, but make sure to follow Maui Made on Facebook for notifications.

Justin and Nana wisely chose to ride the Molokai Ferry back to Maui, as Sweet Alexandra was loaded down with two very long SUPS, Kai and his parents, Jerry Bess, Captain Matt and yours truly, for a bumpy ride, all huddled inside the snug and dry cabin, all the way back to Mala.  Everyone returned with enthusiasm for the next Hawaiian adventure – Molokai to Oahu, which takes Captain Matt three days all told.

I’ll pass.

Want to see more pictures from the day? Here’s some more highlights:

Dazoo Restaurant is Maui’s best kept secret for hand-crafted cocktails, but with bloggers like ‘EZdrinking’ discovering this Paia restaurant and spreading the word, the secret is soon to be out.

Dazoo is gaining attention for their creative cocktails using fresh squeezed, locally sourced juices and Maui made liquors. This month, they are launching Pau Vodka Night, on Wednesday, July 16, from 5-7pm.

On the third Wednesday of each month, Dazoo’s talented team of bartenders, lead by Jimmy Shoemaker, will create four new cocktails featuring Pau Vodka (crafted using Maui pineapples just up the road in Haliimaile) and other local ingredients.

Pau Vodka’s master distiller Mark Nigbur will also be at the event, to answer questions and entertain the crowds!

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Jimmy Shoemaker, Dazoo’s bartender, and Mark Nigbur, Pau Vodka’s master distiller, will be serving up great drinks and lots of laughs the third Wednesday of every month

I was invited to sample and photograph the cocktails (its a rough job, but someone has to do it!) to help promote the upcoming event, and all I can say is I’ve already made my reservations (and you should too!).

In July, the featured cocktails will be:

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“Everything in this cocktail is either roasted, grilled, dried, or infused with heat in some way!”  

Pau Vodka, pickled pineapple with Hawaiian chili peppers by Maui Preserved, grilled oranges, roasted and creamed coconut (courtesy of the bakers at Moana Bakery), dried nutmeg

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“Enjoy the flavors of the summer, just like you are back in Grandpa’s rocking chair” 

Pau Vodka, house made strawberry shrub, thai basil, lime juice, rhubarb bitters

 

 

Maui Best cocktail paia mauiDa Suzie Experience

“Suzie is a little bit sweet, a little tangy…” 

Pau Vodka, Lillet (a floral fortified wine), Cava sparkling wine, Upcountry grapefruit juice, lime juice, celery bitters

 

 

 

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“The path to relaxation” 

Pau Vodka, St. Germain, fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint garnish

 

 

 

Will you be attending the event?  Take photographs of your favorite drink and post it on social media using #PauVodkaNight to enter to win special prizes!

 

Reservations are now available by phone 579-9999 or through opentable.com

 

Blogging Disclaimer: I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo, but the opinions are my own! 

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It seems like at least a monthly occurrence, the invitation arrives in your email inbox for a baby shower, baby luau or child’s birthday party.  Time to head out again to shop around for the perfect present, but what kind of toys do they like?  Do they already have this book?  What is something every child can use and every parent can appreciate? Clothes - especially ones with eye-catching designs, inspired by the culture of Hawai`i.  Working mom and budding entrepreneur Rondy answered a few of our questions about her brand new children’s clothing line, Pilialoha Keiki. Rondy, a teacher, started the line along with her husband, a registered nurse.

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Le`ale`a means Joy and Fun in Hawaiian. The ‘i’iwi bird, or native Hawaiian honeycreeper, is also on the Pilialoha Keiki logo.

Maui Made: Where did the idea come from? 

Rondy: About 3 years ago my husband wanted to start a food based business so I decided to take a class put on by the Maui Economic Development board to learn how to start a business.  The food idea didn’t stick but I had to come up with a business idea quick so that I could write a business plan in the class.  At the time I had a young daughter at home and couldn’t find any clothes that reflected positive, local values and images.  I decided to write a business plan based on this idea and called the company “Pilialoha Keiki”. Pilialoha is my husband’s middle name and it means “My Beloved”.  I finished the business plan and the class, but after the class we didn’t pursue starting the company.  We were busy with work and we also had another addition to our family so we just dropped the idea.

On New Years Day 2014, my husband and I decided that we needed to do something for ourselves and we revisited the idea. I started drawing up designs and my husband worked on finding venues to sell the clothing.  So far we have met some obstacles but we love the opportunities that this business has given us.  My husband and I are introverted but by creating this business we go places we would normally wouldn’t go to, we meet so many great people, and we feel like we have grown so much by putting ourselves out there.  I hope that the meanings behind the clothing will transcend the Hawaiian culture and will be meaningful to all parents and their beloved keiki.

little opihi baby shirt onesie hawaii MM: Any items that are more popular so far? 

Rondy: So far our biggest seller is our “Little Opihi” onesies.  I think that term is so endearing in Hawaii and people are so proud to say that they have an opihi.

MM: Where are the shirts silk screened?

Rondy: When I was thinking about starting the business, a former student walked into my class and said that he just got a job at a silk screening company named All Island Printworks.  It was like fate, so we went with them.  They are located in Kahului by Ace Hardware.

mahalo greeting cardMM: You’ve also made a line of greeting cards, where are they printed? 

Rondy: At first I went with a mainland company because I thought it would be the cheapest and easiest.  After my first batch, I wasn’t too impressed so I searched around and found Ace Printing Services here in Wailuku.  They are so nice and have great prices!

hawaii onesieMM: Are you the artist behind all these designs?  

Rondy: Yes, I design all the artwork.  It’s so fun to do art again that I’ve been trying lots of techniques like drawing, linoleum printing, and computer generated art. I think I’m trying to be an artist again after about 10 years of not doing any art.

hawaii onesieMM: Where can people buy your products? 

Rondy: We have an Etsy shop, and right now we have been going to different craft fairs and events.  We keep people updated on where we will be at through Instagram (@pilialoha_keiki) and Facebook.  People also contact us to buy from us directly.

MM: What’s next for you company? 

Rondy: We’re so excited to be accepted to the Made in Hawaii Festival in August as well as the Made in Maui County Festival in November.  So far this experience has been amazing and we are just letting the business grow slowly and see where it takes us.

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Pilialoha Keiki Booth at their First Event: Merrie Monarch

Mahalo to Randy for sharing her story!  

 

Living in Paia provides a frequent dilemma: where to eat.  We have friends that live on other parts of the island and they mention that they come to Paia all the time: again – to eat. We are blessed with a bevy of outstanding restaurants, and the best news?  Most of them are very reasonably priced.

I’m not a food writer, I naturally stay away from words like ‘piquant’ and ‘scrumptious’, which is why its taken me so long to write this post. I try to stick with the facts, so here it is: I’ve picked my favorite entrees at each of the main restaurants in Paia, and will attempt to explain why without too many fluffy adjectives.

Charley’s

Here’s a fun game.  When you have a big, strong, manly-man type house guest (this is the guest that comes when you ‘conveniently’ decide to rearrange all your heavy furniture), bring him to Charley’s for breakfast and explain to him that there’s no way that he can eat an entire PANCAKE.  He will promptly order two.  About half-way through the top pancake, he will finally admit that you were right, and order a box to take the rest of the pancake home.  These pancakes aren’t just large, they are enormous. In fact, they are so big that the servers best meal paia maui charleys pancakes breakfastrecommend that you cut out a hole in the middle for the syrup, otherwise it spills over the plate and on to the table.  But beyond the size, they are delicious.  They have some fluffy texture that is impossible to recreate at home, and come in flavors such as buttermilk, blueberry, macadamia nut, whole wheat and chocolate chip.  They are served with real butter, coconut and maple syrup.

Also don’t miss: Looking for live entertainment in the evenings or possibly some dancing?  Hit this place up.

Milagro’s

tacos.paia.mexican.milagrosThis is another great restaurant when you are hungry – the portions are huge.  The outdoor patio is prime for people watching, and Paia is one of the greatest towns in the world for watching the world go by.  In such a tiny little place, your chances of seeing a celebrity and a naked person in head to toe body paint in the same day are pretty high.  Back to the food.  Order a margarita, chips and salsa, and one of their numerous Southwest Meets Maui specialties – the TACOS always hit the spot.  Make sure you have plenty of gum ready – their food is delicious, possibly because of the amount of fresh garlic they use.  It will become aromatically obvious the next morning.

Also don’t miss: The li hing mui margarita…

Dazoo

korean asian food paia maui best meal Up the road from Milagros is a relative newcomer to the Paia foodie scene, Dazoo, serving up some creative farm to table fare, highlighted with Korean classics.  One of these Korean dishes, the Bibimbap, is gaining some well-deserved attention.  Served in a sizzling hot stone bowl, the dish combines rice, seasonal vegetables, house made kimchi, a sunny egg, spicy chojang sauce, and your choice of protein. The hot bowl gets the rice nice and crispy on the bottom, and the chojang sauce, also made in house, is definitely addictive (but seriously – MSG free!).  A hot tip? This dish is served on the lunch and happy hour menus,

Also don’t miss: Dazoo is also getting attention for its creative cocktails and entertaining bartenders!

Cafe Des Amis

cafe des amis paia maui best meal Cafe Des Amis knows what they are doing, and they do it well.  The simple menu – same for lunch and dinner (they also serve breakfast) specializes in Mediterranean and Indian foods, namely crepes and curries.  You can order anything on their menu and not go wrong.  I am a huge fan of their Shrimp Curry Wraps, but I also love every single one of their CREPES.  The Chicken Caesar Crepe is a sure winner.

Also Don’t Miss: Two words – Nutella Crepe

Cafe Mambo

crispy.duck.fajitasIf you’ve been on Maui a long time, you still think of this place as ‘the place that used to be Picnics’.  But several years ago, Cafe Mambo opened up as a fun, open-air restaurant with a great atmosphere and another opportunity for good people watching.  I’ll admit its been a while since I’ve been to Mambo, but I still crave those CRISPY DUCK FAJITAS.  First of all, the duck alone is delicious, but they come with a wide variety of awesome toppings so you can make each fajita a little different, and explore all your options!  I would recommend splitting the fajitas for two.

Also don’t miss: Maui Brewing Co on draft

Paia Fish Market

best meal paia fish market where to eat For a place called the Fish Market, you should expect well cooked fish.  They deliver.  The Fish Market isn’t fancy, you wait in line to order and sit family-style at a shared table, but it’s really all about the fish.  I’ve ordered one thing here for my entire life (it’s been around since 1989!) – the fish burger – either mahi or ono. The fish is charbroiled, always seasoned and cooked to perfection, and topped with fresh made coleslaw and tartar sauce, tomato and cheese and served on a sesame bun.  Something about the toppings puts the whole thing together magically.

Also don’t miss: the thin, crispy fries.  Order some extra tartar sauce, mix with some ketchup and dip away.  You are welcome.

Flatbread Co.

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Two recent specials featured on one pizza – Thai chicken and Caprese

Flatbread is another one of those places that you just can’t go wrong with anything you order.  This place specializes in organic and farm to table cuisine, with chalkboard signs filled with the names of all the local farms that provide the meat and produce.  The menu is simple – just flatbreads and salads, and the specials are always divine.   One of my favorites is Mopsy’s Kalua Pork, with kiawe smoked free-range pork, homemade organic mango BBQ sauce, organic red onions, Maui pineapple, a special blend of Hawaiian goat cheese, mozzarella and parmesan.  A few tips?  This place fills up. Nightly.  Especially on Tuesdays, when they have a weekly benefit for a local non-profit.  Go early.

Also don’t miss: The salad.  To die for dressing – they call it a pineapple vinaigrette, I call it heaven.

Mama’s Fish House

At the top of this post I mentioned that most of the restaurants in Paia are reasonably priced.  This one would be the exception, but if you know anything about Mama’s Fish House, this isn’t a surprise.  But I will say this, the place is amazing.  It’s a world-class setting, right on one of the North Shore’s most picturesque beaches, the service is impeccable, the decor is constantly changing, and the food is top notch.

Baked Mahi Mahi Stuffed with Lobster

Baked Mahi Mahi Stuffed with Lobster

A lot of Maui’s restaurants advertise that the fish is locally caught, and served fresh, but Mama’s is one of the few places that actually buy directly from the fishermen and filet it and serve it up that day. Based on what comes in each morning, the chefs create an entirely new menu, complete with the names of the actual fishermen or the vessel names on it.  How do I know this?  My husband is one of the fishermen. He brings our three year old along on the mornings he sells his fish, an assistant job he loves now that he’s figured out how to con cookies out of the pastry chefs.  So, next time you dine at Mama’s Fish House, look out for fish caught aboard the Sweet Alexandra, and enjoy your fish, knowing that you are eating the freshest possible fish- just like the fishermen enjoy.

We go there about once a year, typically for a special occasion like an anniversary or with out of town guests.  I sometimes switch it up as the menu is always changing but one classic fish dish that’s always on the menu is the STUFFED MAHI MAHI, with a decadent lobster and crab filling and a sweet and crunchy macadamia nut crust.

Also don’t miss: World-class Mai Tais, and the Polynesian Pearl dessert is a must for chocolate lovers.

And for the other ‘sit-down’ restaurants missing from this list in Paia – Fresh Mint just closed this week, and I haven’t yet been to Rock n’ Brews.

 

What is your favorite meal in Paia?

 

Blogging Disclaimer:  I am a paid consultant for Dazoo, but the opinions are my own. 

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What does Dad want this year?  He has plenty of aloha shirts, a couple pairs of slippers, and he definitely doesn’t need another tie.  But what he would like is to spend some quality time with his family… or maybe just some alone time with his special lady… There are some Brand New Activities on Maui (each just opening this month!) that Dad would absolutely love!

Oh, and some snacks.

If Dad’s Been Good

father's day gifts food drink maui hawaii Here are some made on Maui food and drink ideas that you just can’t go wrong with:

(L-R clockwise) Adoboloco hot sauces, Cioccolato Amore, Wow Wow Lemonade and Pau Vodka (combining the last two might be worth a try too!)

Where to find: You can find Pau Vodka at the liquor stores, Wow Wow Lemonade at these locations in Kahului and Kihei, Adoboloco at these locations and Cioccolato Amore at Maui Ocean Center, The Ritz Carlton Logo shop, Hale Zen, Aina Gourmet, Rodeo General Store, Take Home Maui, Napili Farmers Market or online at www.cioccolatoamore.com.  

maui children's bookstore and cafe paia pop up And speaking of food, what dad doesn’t love a beachside BBQ?  Especially if he doesn’t have to cook himself??? On Saturday, June 14, from 3-6pm, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe is hosting a pop-up shop in Paia, and will be providing free music, jumping castles and keiki lei making for dad.  Beautiful books, mind-inspiring toys and locally sourced gourmet BBQ burgers will be available for purchase.  The event takes place on the oceanfront lawn at 65 Hana Hwy (former Johnny B’s Burger Joint) and is co-hosted by Paia Inn, click to RSVP

If Dad’s Been Great

If your dad is up for something a little more adventurous, bring the family (for kids 10 and up) and make a splash with Skyline Eco-Adventure’s brand new, one-of-a-kind Maui Zip n’ Dip adventure!  Located above Kaanapali, you can zip right into the cool, fresh water of a natural mountain pool!

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new maui zip line pool activityAfter swimming and zipping for a bit, Skyline’s award-winning guides will lead you on a memorable zipline adventure ahead. Enjoy a side-by-side zipline where you can race your family and friends, then enjoy a series of solo flights that take you speeding through the valley and over the tree-tops!  Every zipline boasts incredible views of the West Maui coastline, and the islands of Lanai and Molokai.  For reservations, call 808-878-8400 or visit zipline.com

Or, if Dad is in need of some relaxation, Lumeria Retreat in Makawao just opened their Crystal Spa, offering numerous massages and treatment options including Pohaku Wela Hot Stone, Lomi Lomi and deep tissue massages.  Might we suggest the couples massage?

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If Dad Deserves a Dad of the Year Award

If Dad has just gone above and beyond all expectations this year, treat him to the newly rebranded Montage Kapalua Bay, which opened on June 1 at the site formerly known as the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences at Kapalua Bay.  Fifty luxury suites, with one- to four-bedroom, have full kitchens, but if you prefer not to cook, the Sunset Patio will be open for lunch, the Sunset Room is open for breakfast and dinner, and the Hana Hou pool bar is open 11am – sunset.  Starting June 20, the resort’s signature restaurant, Cane & Canoe, will be open for breakfast and dinner. The property also includes Spa Montage, complete with a juice bar, and two championship golf courses, The Bay Course and The Plantation Course.

According to this recent article from Pacific Business News, the resort is offering special kamaaina rates during the next 90 days, (and according to the customer service person I just talked to, some kind of kama’aina discount will be available year round) of $395 for one-bedroom suites, $495 for three-bedroom suites and $595 for the four-bedroom suites. According to the website, the listed price for the 3 Bedroom Premier Ocean Suite, with 3.5 Baths, full kitchen, dining and living room is $1570 a night.

Whichever gift option you choose, I wish everyone a happy and safe Father’s Day!

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Last month, Facebook presented a workshop for small businesses on Maui.  There was a decent attendance, but since there were a few people who could not attend, I decided to put together a few tips that I found useful (included at the bottom) and I also interviewed a few Maui Facebook users who attended or presented at the event.  My interviewees include all levels of Facebook expertise, so there are tips below for everyone!  If you have further questions or want to share your own tips, please leave them in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.

Dean Wong – Executive Director, Imua Family Services

“I was impressed to learn that over 25 million businesses are on Facebook and that 92 percent of searches for business are happening on Facebook as well. I really agreed that cross promotion of business via Facebook promotes community good will. I always find with Facebook either personally and/or for business (in which I include nonprofit business) that authenticity and human connection are the most important factors and what make social media feel more real, personable and raw.”

Dean Wong is currently the Executive Director of Imua Family Services, but you may recognize him (besides being on the cover of Maui Times Weekly) as the Founder/Owner of Green Banana Cafe and Green Banana Frozen Yogurt Bar in Paia, former Front of House Manager at Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

 Miranda Camp – Owner, Maui Mana Adventures

“One of my favorite tips was to make sure people know what your business is all about when they land on your page, because my page does not do that.  So I am in the process of improving my page.  I know it seems obvious, but I really didn’t consider it much before.”

Miranda Camp is the owner of Maui Mana Adventures, which offers personalizes tours of Maui, involving hiking, stand-up paddling, snorkeling, or any combination of the three!

Erik Blair – Web and Social Media Consultant, The Accidental Consultant

“Here are my top tips from the Facebook Event:

1.  Remarketing:  They mentioned the ability to upload your email list and then select that list to add into your ad marketing.  I recommend making a special ad, with a special link to a unique page that presents a special offer only available via FB ad.  That way you can watch the FB insights and google analytics to see how your ads work, and who is responding from your list.

2.  The emphasis was on boosting posts and ads for website links.  I think that’s the best advice they provided.

3.  What NOT to do.  I don’t recommend “promoting your page” for “LIKES” alone.  That seems to be open to “Click Fraud” type activity.”

Since Erik is an expert on Social Media, I also asked him to provide some tips for anyone interested in learning more about Social Media on Maui:

A.  Be a part of the Maui Social Media Users Group #MauiSMUG -

http://www.MauiSMUG.com and https://www.facebook.com/groups/mauismug/

B.  Follow everybody on this list – https://twitter.com/MauiSMUG/members/members

Erik Blair is an independent web and social media consultant on Maui that helps small businesses focus on what they do best and enjoy most by providing a simple way to share their business or passion with a larger audience. Check out more on Erik at Google MeTwitterBlogWebsite,  and you can check out his thoughts on Tiny Houses!

Amanda Robson- Owner, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe

“When asked to participate as a panelist for the Facebook Small Business Boost event, we were totally excited! Since our business is only 6 months old and in it’s current form, is a traveling one, Facebook has been an extremely important way for us to start a rapport with our families. We don’t have a storefront to welcome them to on a daily basis, so our Facebook page is their “window” into our business.  As Bess Yount, the Facebook presenter mentioned at the event, beautiful, eye-catching content is really important. Because personal posts receive the bulk of space on user’s news feeds (as they should!),  I challenge myself to share content I feel is visually inspiring. After all, we’re presenting our business posts amongst precious photos of lil babes, beautiful sunsets, and other visual moments people consider to be very important to them. I think respecting that fact helps me to gauge what is worthy of a post and so far, our audience seems to respond really well to our content.

4 tips we received in our panelist packet literature from Facebook that I think are worth a share (maybe every attendee received one):

  • Be authentic: Share your passion and your customers will be excited to.
  • Be consistent: Regular posts can help people notice you and build trust.
  • Be responsive: When people comment on your posts, respond. This shows that you listen to what they say.
  • Turn successful posts into valuable ads: When your post gets lots of comments and likes, boost it to tell new potential customers about your business.”

Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe plans to create a beautiful space that will excite the senses of children and their loved ones through books + art + food. Until they find their permanent location, they will be teaming up with locally owned shops for one-day pop-up events this Summer.

Liz Smith – MauiMadeBlog and Dazoo Restaurant

Here are some of the tips that I found interesting and/or good reminders to check!

-Set your address on Facebook so that people can find you on their phones using the ‘Nearby’ tab on Facebook.  (helpful because of all the visitors we have on Maui!)

- Use a cover photo of the front of your business if applicable, so after they find your page, they can see you as they walk or drive by!

  • Ask questions – the more likes, shares and comments a post gets, the more Facebook will share it!
  • Post large, colorful photos (seriously, scroll through Facebook – do any of the posts NOT have images?)
    • and according to presenter Koa’s Seaside Grill, posts with people in them ei: a bartender holding a drink, get the best response.
  • how to schedule a post on Facebookschedule posts ahead of time (for when you are on vacation, or actually working when you want your post to run) – just create your post and then click on the little clock!

And because people love the personal side of Facebook – here are two great suggestions!

  • Take a photo of a customer and run as ‘Customer of the Day’
  • Encourage your fans to send in their own photos and share those!

 

maui kula horseback riding lessons adults kids I know nothing about horses.  From the moment my daughter would head straight towards the ‘Horse’ section at the book store, I knew we were in trouble.  We’ve tried out a few (ok, almost all) of the horseback riding facilities around Upcountry Maui, but once we found Clearview, we stopped looking.  It recently came under new management, and we couldn’t be happier.

Formerly known as Clearview Riding Academy, the facility is now being managed by Rachelle MacKenzie’s True North Equestrian Services. Rachelle offers horseback riding lessons, schooling and training programs, at the facility towards the top of Omaopio Road in Kula.  Instruction is available for ages 5 to adult – beginning rider though advanced hunter/jumper, or riding just for fun. Every rider receives an individualized program to help them meet their goals. Lessons are available on your horse or one of their safe and reliable lesson horses (including Demi, the adorable Welsh Pony!) .  Rachelle is acceting new clients and/or horses of all ages and abilities for instruction, training and schooling/riding.

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“Wee Ones” with Demi, and superhero little brothers…

Lesson Prices start at $35 for the “Wee One” Beginner Pony Lunge Group, for ages 5-8 riding on a shared pony. (more info on prices and lessons on the flyer at the bottom – click to enlarge)

If your little horse lover is looking for some quality horse time this summer  - Summer Camps are also being offered for the following weeks (Monday – Friday) : June 23-27, July 7-11, July 28-Aug 1 and Aug 11-15.  (Saturday camps, from 10-2, are also available year-round.)

  • Ages: 5-11
  • Time: 9am – 3pm
  • Size: Max of 8 campers, 1 counselor per 4 students
  • Price: $365 /week.  Day rate (available for Mon. & Tues. only) /$100
  • Details: Summer Horse Camp aims to teach children about the wonderful world of horses and English (hunter/jumper) riding and equitation.  Through horse-related games and activities, campers learn about the care of horses, their characteristics, both on the ground and while in the saddle, in a fun-filled environment. Designed for all level riders.
  • To sign up or for more questions, call Rachelle at (808) 268-3082

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More About Rachelle

Rachelle grew up in Canada riding and showing in the hunter/jumper and equitation rings.  She competed extensively throughout Canada and on the east coast US as a junior rider.  Rachelle has been training and coaching children, juniors, and adult amateurs in Canada, the Pacific Northwest, California and now Maui since 1996. Her students and horses have qualified for and won many big events, finals and year ends including Royal Winter Fair, PCHA Championships, and Hunter and Medal Finals. Rachelle has competed successfully in all hunter and jumper divisions, through Grand Prix in both Canada and the U.S.

Rachelle’s program of classical training methods and sound horsemanship has produced winning horse/rider combinations from local shows to the AA circuit, from the short stirrup ring to Medal Finals.  She has found, started and brought along countless young horses and introduced new horse/rider combination into successful partnerships and show careers.

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