Holidays on Maui

A few things you might want to know if you are planning to spend part of the holidays on Maui. (Unless you are our friends spending the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s here with us–we’ve got it covered, guys.)

So, fresh Christmas trees:
Kula Botanical Garden began their annual Christmas tree sale yesterday and it continues today, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5,6,7. The trees are freshly cut and range in height from 3 feet for $36 to 20 feet for $950. The garden is located at 638 Kekaulike Avenue and is open from 9 AM to 4 PM every day of the year. 808-878-1715 This is a nine-acre farm owned by Helen and Warren McCord and they sell between 1,000-2,000 Monterey pine trees per year.

Upcountry Farm Specialties
51 Calasa Rd.
Kula 808-878-1468. Owned by Shirley and Hugo Buetler, this a coffee, protea and fruit farm with three acres of Christmas trees.

Other vendors with trees:
Walmart and Lowes
We usually end up at the King’s Cathedral church Christmas tree lot located at the corner of Puunene and Dairy Rd. (This is the large tin roof church on the corner that the locals call “God’s warehouse.”)

Now, onto viewing Christmas trees. If you have never done it you owe it to yourself to drive down to the hotels in Wailea to see the Christmas displays. (This is Maui’s version of going to see the Macy’s Christmas windows.) They have the most enormous trees I have ever seen…


Yes, that’s a real tree behind us! This was taken at the Fairmont Kea Lani when we attended the Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy Christmas ball ( Only time I’m ever able to get Mike in a tie.

And new this year: ICE skating on Maui! Start a new holiday tradition with ice skating in the tropics. Their ad says “The winter wonderland escape at the Westin Ka’anapli Ocean Resort Villas features a hybrid ice skating rink complete with holiday music, lighting, and magnificent ocean views. It’s the perfect place to create lasting memories with friends and family. Now till January 3, 2015 4 PM to 9 PM, daily. $15 per person for 30 minutes, including skate rental.

There are a number of things happening at the Maui Artsts and Cultural Center. There are the first light screenings of the new crop of Christmas movies on the wonderful large screen at the MACC. (
Check put the website for concert info, too…Jason Mraz and Raining Jane!

Then there is the Hui Visual Arts Center in Makawao. Just seeing the house alone that the hui is housed in is worth the trip. But they have lots of holiday gift ideas and noteworthy artwork. The Hui Holidays are till December 24th daily 9-4 pm
Hui No’eau, Maui – What will you create?
.Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center – 2841 Baldwin Avenue – Makawao, HI 96768

If you come to Maui for the holidays, I hope you find lots to enjoy!

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Does Your Giraffe Have Termites?


We recently attended the Schaeffer International Gallery at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center ( to see an art show. One of the centerpieces was a larger-than-life-sized giraffe and her baby, made entirely from driftwood by artist Steve Turnbull. I was in awe as I stood craning my neck up and up.


But then I got to hear a funny story about it while at a party. Apparently, the show was all set up and the docents were manning the door, when someone looked up and said, “Excuse me, but are those termites flying out of that giraffe?” Oh, this couldn’t be good. The docents went into high gear…there were other pieces of art made of wood on display. The termites might decide to move on, and those buggers work fast.
The story goes that the artist had to hire a crane to come in and take the piece down, haul it to a place where they could put it in a box and pump it full of termite poison, then haul it back to the gallery.

A similar thing happened to friends. A wood artist carved them a headboard and nightstands out of earpod, a beautiful wood similar to monkeypod. It was delivered to their house and they found that it had some type of beetle boring into it. It, too, had to be hauled and put into its own special box and pumped full of poison.

I’m telling you, there’s just never a dull moment here in Paradise.

Some days, I find myself pining for a dull moment. Or two.

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