Tag Archives: CELEBRATING HULA

THE 12 GREAT PHOTO POSTS OF CHRISTMAS ON MAUI

LAHAINA, DEC. 25–A Sampling of how we celebrated Christmas beyond the pulpit and on the beach. No partridge in a pear tree, just provocative photos of what we did where coming Saturday. 

Maui’s best blog celebrates America’s second king

Maui’s best blog celebrates America’s second king.

FIRST PHOTOS: SPECTACULAR WAY TO CELEBRATE THE KING’S BIRTHDAY

Lahaina, June 12–Behind the gates of a replica Iolani Palace, musicians and dancers performed in front of the Iolani palacev*America’s only palace_ in the annual paraade celebration King Kamehameha the Great. birthday. The spectacular float created by Westin resorts was perhaps the best ever to appear in the parade. Voices of Maui Talk Story, LLc photos IMG_0418

THE WORLD’S LARGEST HULA SKIRT..OR IS IT? BE A FOLLOWER TO GET THE ANSWER

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Kaanapali, Aug 22. Bringing its new luau to a new level this week at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (known as the Most Hawaiian Hotel for many reasons) treated guests from the visitor industry to a second preview showing this week.

The guests, including this writer and my lovely wife. sipped Mai Tai’s and champagne on the lawn, played a Hawaii checkers game, feasted on Tom Marmot’s wonderful cuisine, and watched behind a phalanx of torches as beautifully y clad men and woman dancers performed and told about legends of Maui. Pictured below are the latest luau pics. Below is a salute to some of my very good friends who bring joy to me and so many others.

ABOUT VOICES OF MAUI AND Kwho

 

The hotel and its wonderful people have done a lot for me personally and in return–without thinking about it much I have done a lot for the hotel as well.

 

My first book, “Voices of Maui: Natives and Newcomers” is sold in the lobby shop. A special custom book called Voices of Aloha featuring seven people associated with the hotel is sold in the deli shop.

 

The hotel sometimes gifts my books to its many returning guests and it is always fun to hear someone say, Oh, I got and love your book.: This happens a lot.

 

The Tiki bar is my home away from home for an hour or two on many evenings. There I write with a glass of wine (once spilled it on my laptop, ruining it). Sometimes I meet fun, interesting and amazing people.

 

My favorite couple, who I called the Ultimate visitors love to come to the Tiki bar to watch hula although they do not stay in the hotel. They love Maui so much they have 300 Itune Hawaians songs when they are away from the island. Their story appears in my recent book

 

My political antagonist who is so smart I cannot defeat him in an argument and have given up often talis politics with me while his chats with visitors about other things.. They are away for the summer, and this gives me a break from hearing him blast the affordable health care act and other goings on.

 

He doesn’t know it, but in a recent column I included him in a list of famous people I have met.

 

It is the two lead bartenders who make the hotel the Tiki Bar so popular. Dale, who I christened the 400,000 mai tai man, is so famous on the Mainland that people often go up to the bar for the first time to ask any male bartender, “Are you Dale.“ Dale also loves to autograph his write-up in my book and always writes the same thing. Come on Back ALL RIGHT

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UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: 14 GREAT HISTORIC PHOTOS OF THE NEW KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL LUAU

 

 

Aug 6–The Kaanapali Beach hotel launched a spectacular new luau last evening after months of planning. The hotel;s first luau since the 1980s, the event hosted hotel employees and a few special guests. The luau official opening to the public is likely to be August 19.  Norm Bezane /Voices of Maui Talk Story, LLC.   GET MY BOOK ON THE KBH at its shops and Maui Friends of LIbrary bookstores/.

THE GUESTS

Malihini, known to me as Mrs. Aloha

Malihini, known to me as Mrs. Aloha

THE PERFORMERS

THE PLANNER/ORGANIZER WITH WAHINES

 

WELCOMING MORE GUESTS

 

 

 

WHAT SPECIAL PERFORMERS CELEBRATED A SIGNIFICANT EVENT ON MAUI?

The satiried. They danced. They joked. The employees of the 50 year old Most Hawaiian Hotel doffed their usual uniforms and dressed up and dispensed hundreds of leis to commentorate the bulding of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel in 1964, the second hotel along the main part of Kaanapali Beach. Missing: the bardenders including the 400,000 mai man and no Tommy on the stage who completed his 38th year Sunday serving mothers on Mother’s Day. AN ADDITION TO VOICES OF MAUI TALK STORY, LLC WHICH CONTAINS MORE NEARLY A THOUSAND PHOTOS TAKEN OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS.

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HOW WE CELEBRATE HAWAIAN CULTURE

Clifford one of the inspiring leaders of trthe celebration for 22  yearsAt the Celebration of the Arts,  from  dawn to midnight.
First, a cleansing ceremony in the ocean at sunrise (did not go this year), later opening ceremonies in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, informative talks including one on Hawaiian adornments (shown), the luau show (shown), after hours entertainment with a friend greeting a friend. Blogger focused on learning and not photographing or there would have been much moe. Thinking of posting a couple You tube videos when there is time. Mahalo Ritz Carlton Kapalua for my enjoyable 10th year at the festival photographing and taking notes. Watch for a Lahaina News column in the next month containing nuggets of new insights on the culture. 

RITZ LUAU

RITZ LUAU

ENCORE FOR JOYS SITE

JOYS OF KAANAPALI– An encorge photo from the previous site, Kaanapali Condo News. VOICES OF MAUI TALK STORY, LLC

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