Category Archives: accommodation

Slicing two out of three from meatloaf

The closet chef carefully cuts a thick slice at one end of the meat loaf, barely minutes out of his oven. “Try it,” he offers it to her. As usual, she sits in the wooden chair across from him, reading and … Continue reading

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Snowbirds flock to Maui for the good life

The next best thing to living on Maui is to fly there to escape the insufferable winters elsewhere. Having lived in the tropics, I find it immensely challenging to get used to putting on shoes, gloves, scarves, and a jacket … Continue reading

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Condo quandary: 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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Kahului blues

It’s Friday the 13th. What else can go wrong? Every day brings a surprise. Today he discovers his favorite saucepan, a birthday gift from his uncle, is missing. Yesterday his mother’s glass baking tray. Last week, his best wines. She doesn’t … Continue reading

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Pet sit for a free stay on Maui

If you don’t have family or a home on Maui, it can be expensive to visit. My childhood friend, who had stayed with me in December 2012, sent me a few hotel deals on the west side after I had … Continue reading

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Looking back from the other side of the world

It’s a warm sunny day in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, where the Romans stopped in 6 BC convinced that venturing further north would only lead them into swamp lands. Here the hand-laid brick paths pave the … Continue reading

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Update: cost of living on Maui

That the most searched words on this blog are “cost of living” is testimony to the popularity of Civil Beatʻs “Cost of Living” articles and Hawaiian News Now’s “Priced Out of Paradise” videos. I’ve not only read and viewed them all, I’m … Continue reading

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