Author Archives: BLOGmaiden

About BLOGmaiden

As one of the earliest bloggers (since 1999), I enjoy meeting people who embrace "out-of-the-box" thinking and fear not the unknown. I believe in collaboration for sustainability because it increases stakeholder value.

Status quo stay, sell, or rent

When does commuting to see each other become a chore? When you’d rather spend the travel time being together. Keeping two homes doesn’t make sense when you are spending most of your time in one place. Which home do you … Continue reading

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The first act of class act

I remember the first and the last time of any experience or encounter that’s unique: the first, because of the anticipation; the last, only if I know beforehand that it’s the last. Somehow, I commit these first and last acts … Continue reading

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Graduation day in May

For students studying towards their certificate or degree, graduation marks reaching the finish line at the end of a marathon. Those that make it celebrate. It’s also a special occasion for faculty, particularly those that have graduating students.

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Honu in Honolua Bay

A local person, or kama’aina, can tell you where to swim with the turtles. The Hawaiian word for turtle is Honu. It’s also the name of a famous restaurant on the west coast. If you drive further up the west … Continue reading

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Kama’aina in Lahaina

After you’ve been on Maui (or anywhere in Hawaii) for awhile, you’ll hear the Hawaiian word “kama’aina” — it refers to a local person, a long-time resident, or a native (but not necessarily native Hawaiian). There are certain privileges to … Continue reading

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Making out in Makawao

If you want to experience Maui as a local resident rather than as a tourist or newcomer, visit one of the towns on a Friday evening. Get your dinner from food trucks, dance to live music, browse the shopping stalls … Continue reading

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Postcards from Paia

Hired to wash dishes, the young man from California was determined to climb the culinary ladder and succeed on Maui. The arrival of electric dishwashers made him redundant but not before convincing the owner that he deserved a chance in … Continue reading

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