Saturday, July 31, 2010

Photo of the day: Alii Kula Lavender

This is the lavender farm at Alii Kula Lavender, on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala on Maui.  Beautiful to see, great place to visit and enjoy lavender tea and scones and a gorgeous location for a wedding / reception. Be sure to check it out on your next visit to Maui.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Princeville Ranch Adventures adds new combination zipline and horseback ride adventure, called the “Ride N’ Glide.”

With the recent integration of Princeville Ranch Stables into Princeville Ranch Adventures, a unique adventure was created drawing on the popularity of ziplines and horseback riding.  The new ‘Ride N' Glide’ gives guests the best of both worlds.

The first of its kind in Hawaii, ‘Ride N' Glide’ includes:

  • 30 minutes on horseback across secluded valleys. Riders soak up stunning mountain and ocean vistas, as guides share ranch and paniolo history.

  • Guests then dismount and receive zipline instruction, preparing for the first of three fun, fast lines. Stepping off the valley’s edge, they first soar over tree tops to the other side on a 410-foot line.
  • The second ziplline is a thrilling 560 feet

  • The third zipline is called the "Big Kahuna," because at 700 feet long, it provides a big thrill

  • The unique adventure wraps up with another relaxing horseback ride back across the beautiful Princeville Ranch, allowing incredible memories and vistas time to sink in.

Princeville Ranch Adventures offers exclusive ziplining, horseback riding, kayaking and hiking tours on 2,500 acres of a working cattle ranch. These tours access pristine areas otherwise inaccessible to the public, including tropical rainforest, jungle streams and waterfalls. Groups are kept small for everyone’s enjoyment. Guides are entertaining and well educated on Kauai’s history, flora and fauna.

The zipline course features a suspension bridge and the most lines on Kauai (9), including “King Kong,” which spans 1,200 feet across a valley. The ziplines crisscross interior valleys, providing panoramic mountain and ocean views. The Zip N’ Dip Expedition includes a picnic at a fern-lined swimming hole, fed by a mountain stream and deep enough for jumping.

Horseback rides combined with hiking to Kalihiwai Falls are also available, as are Private Horseback Rides, allowing guests to personalize their riding adventure and enjoy a guide’s undivided attention.

The Jungle Valley Adventure offers a combination of hiking, kayaking, ziplining and swimming at a twin waterfall. Finally, the Kalihiwai Falls Hike explores all five tiers of these spectacular falls. Hikers also trek through tropical rainforest and enjoy a 360 degree view of the ocean and mountains from a special look-out point.

For additional information, visit Princeville Ranch Adventures …

Saturday, July 17, 2010

4 top July happenings at Honolulu Academy of Arts

Third Annual Surf Film Festival
July 9 - July 31, 2010
This year’s surf film festival is our best ever and includes 10 highly anticipated Hawai‘i premieres. The films range from pure action-packed surfing to a look at surfers who devote their lives to making art. We’ve also included HIFF favorite Fiberglass and Megapixels and the vintage gem Innermost Limits of Pure Fun. Special thanks to Eric and Jackie Walden of Chinatown Boardroom, Kona Brewing Company, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and Oxbow Surf Company.

Interior Landscapes: The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle
July 15-October 31, 2010
Gallery 14
Snuff bottles are among the most sumptuous of Chinese decorative arts. In October, the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society holds its annual convention in Honolulu, and to commemorate the event, the Academy presents an exhibition of nearly 200 jewel-like bottles. 
Note:  these shuff bottles are from the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas but the collection presented at HAA should be equally fabulous.

ARTafterDARK: La Plaza de Toros
July 30, 6-9 p.m.
ARTafterDARK is in fiesta mode this month with La Plaza de Toros. Central Courtyard will feature Flamenco-inspired music while Luce Pavilion transforms into an Ibiza-style dance club. Look forward to a Spanish-themed art hunt this month!  
I watched several Flamenco performances in Madrid and enjoyed myself each time ... so this themed party should be quite fun.

Picturesque Prints: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Art in the 20th Century
Robert F. Lange Foundation Gallery (21) through August 1
Fishermen on the Morigasaki Coast is just one of the stunning scenes captured by artists such as Kawase Hasui in this rotation of woodblock prints in the Robert F. Lange Foundation Gallery

Takahashi Hiroaki (Shôtei) (1871-1945)
Ökawa Shubi no Matsu (The Shubi Pine on the Sumida River)
Japan, Taishô period, c. 1920
Color woodblock print
38.2 x 17.0 cm
Gift of Philip H. Roach, Jr., 1994

For more info ...

Honolulu Academy of Arts

900 South Beretania Street 

Honolulu, HI 96814

(808) 532-8700
Open Tue-Sat 10am-4:30pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Photo of the day ...

Took a lot of photos at the Ewa Orchid Show this weekend.  Here's one of them,

Monday, July 5, 2010

Maui Arts & Cultural Center - Events for JULY 2010

Maui's fabulous facility for concerts, art and more has a great calendar of events in July.

(MACC presents - see ** asterisk)
(ticket prices will have facility/ticketing fees added)

Box Office: 808-242-7469,

**Thursday, July 15
Jake Shimabukuro
McCoy Studio Theater, 7:30 pm
Get a session with Jake Shimabukuro, Hawaii’s ‘ukulele ambassador, unplugged in the intimate McCoy Studio! Jake will take the stage with stories, songs and lightening-fast strumming in his signature ‘ukulele style. Peace, Love & ‘Ukulele
Tickets:  $25 and $45 VIP seating with early access to theater and meet-and-greet

Friday, July 16
The Comedy Hui
McCoy Studio Theater, 7 pm
Round two in a monthly series, this island improv comedy show features fast-paced games, wacky characters and even a few musicals. If you liked the TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you won’t want to miss this one, which is character based comedy from audience suggestion. Each performance is completely different because each audience co-creates the show with the cast and a live band. Get your giggles on and don’t forget to bring your friends for a night full of laugh-out-loud fun.
Tickets:  $22, $11 kids aged 12 & under   

July 20 – August 25
John Melville Kelly:  The Artist and Printmaker
Exhibit in Schaefer International Gallery
Opening Reception:  Saturday, July 17 from 5 to 7 pm
This exhibit is a retrospective of printmaking works by John Kelly, dating back to the height of his popularity in the 1930s and 40s through 1962. Kelly is well known for his idyllic depictions of Native Hawaiian women, fishermen and lei makers from the nostalgic golden era of Hawai‘i. The exhibition will follow major differences in technique and style which reflect the artist’s skills as a printmaker and his ability to capture the island way of life. A small collection of works by his partner and wife, Kate Kelly, will be exhibited for the first time.
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm, FREE admission.

Saturday, July 24
5th Annual Reggae in the Valley
Events Lawn, 5 pm
Featuring Sly Dog, Rushouze, Dani Girl, Maoli, Natural Vibes, Ten Feet, Kolohe Kai and FIJI, this concert will be a night jam-packed with old school and new school local music across the spectrum. Gate opens at 4:30 pm and music starts early. Tickets:  $20 in advance, $30 day of show