Makahiki Celebration

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The ancient Hawaiian New Year Festival known as Makahiki covers four consecutive lunar months. The start of the festival is usually in October or November and is decided using astronomy.  Known as a time for celebration, the Makahiki has three phrases.

The first phrase is for spiritual cleansing. Offerings were made to the gods in the form of agricultural goods. Each community had stone altars set up for their offerings.

The festival would move clockwise around the island. Each community caretaker would present the offerings to Lono, the fertility god that makes things grow.

The second phase was all about the celebration. Dancing, sporting, singing and feasting.  Any wars happening between communities was put on hold during the 4 month celebration.

The third and final phase, tax canoes were filled with gift offerings to the god Lono and set out to sea. The ending of the festivities marked the beginning of the new farming cycle for the next year.  You can learn more about the festival here.

 

 

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The exemplary build standards continue in to detached guest cottage. The two bedrooms and two baths also have stunning ocean views. 333 Manawai is a work of art with phenomenal grounds and view. Incredible craftsmanship and move-in ready! This property must be seen to be fully appreciated.

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Veterans Day On Maui

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Tomorrow, Tuesday November 11th, Lahaina Arts Society will showcase local Maui artists under the Banyan Tree in Banyan Tree Park.  The art fair was founded in 1967 to showcase the talents of many local Maui artists.

The fair will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Enjoy live music and check out paintings, photography, jewelry and much more!  The Lahaina Arts Society has two galleries inside the Old Lahaina Courthouse with work from local Maui artists.  The courthouse galleries are also open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  You may find that special piece of art you’ve been looking for!

The Maui Veteran’s Council is hosting a picnic that will include lunch and children’s entertainment for military veterans as well as active military and their families.  This event runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Kalama Park.

We wish everyone a safe Veteran’s Day!

Helpful Tips For New Homeowners

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Being a new homeowner is an exciting time in a person’s life.  For first time homeowners it may not only be exciting, but feel challenging as well.  A great way to  tackle some of those daunting home projects or questions is with a good old-fashioned book.

Many books have been published with specific tasks in mind.  Everything you can think of for any project you may have can been found in a book!  If your new home has extra gardening space, why not try planting your very own organic garden?  Busy during the week with limited amount of time to devote to a huge project, there’s a book dedicated specifically for Saturday mornings.  Feeling intimidated by the amount of stuff and how to fit it into your new space, don’t worry there is a book with home organizing tips available to you!

Whether you’re a new home owner, an established resident, or just looking for help with do it yourself projects, there are plenty of good books available that also make great coffee table decor!  You can find a list of top books for new homeowners via Brightnest here.