Hello to all of you who have been following along on the Loftus Family Search journey with us as we look for our land to farm and build a life on. We started out last year with our cross country journey from Boise Id and looked at land in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina eventually travelling north and seeing property in Maine as well as crossing the border into Canada to view land in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. We pulled up stakes in beautiful North Carolina for the last year where we really did make a run at seeing if this could be our forever home. After enjoying the beautiful atmosphere and meeting new life long friends we have decided that Hawaii is now our home. And look forward to embracing everything the Hawaiian Life style and culture has to offer. Ace has never stopped referring to Hawaii as is home as this is where he has spent the majority of his like and his younger brother Kingston was born there.
Although we will miss being close to family and friends on the mainland, we look forward to our new lives as Home owners in Paradise. Coming soon we will continue to post about our journey to remodel our dream home and launch our new venture “Loft Farms” where we will cultivate grow and maintain 100% Kona Coffee, Lavender, Wine from our vineyard as well as Fruit Orchard and Gardens. We would love to eventually add our venue on the tour circuit where people can use the grounds as a wedding or event venue or just tour the grounds and have a hands on experience picking their own coffee cherry, Lavender bundle or fruit etc…
The next couple of months will be extremely hectic as we are preparing for our huge move in just 4 weeks! Please forgive the sporadic posts on the blog but continue to follow along on instagram for our daily posts of life leading up to our big move including our Family Reunion Cruise, Trip to Disney World, Road Trip to Chicago and Michigan and finally our cross country road trip to the Grand Canyon where after that we drive to San Diego to catch our flight to the Big Island. We are a little nervous but mostly ecstatic about our new chapter of our journey. Thank you all for sharing this journey with us. And definetly don’t forget to follow Ace & Kingston as they continue to post on “The Kids Loft” youtube channel, (Hawaii Style)
Well what’s not to love about beautiful Maui, Hawaii? Absolutely nothing! Before settling down on the Big Island Colin, Ace & I had the most amazing year on this stunning Island. With so many activities for the young and old, adventurers and spa seekers, Maui is easily Hawaii’s Island that pleases most people looking for the traditional Hawaiian Ideal.
From Award winning golf courses, to White sandy beaches and colorful flowers, lush hiking trails and waterfalls abound it is truly a sight to behold! Colin’s Aunt & Uncle Marita and Randy and cousin Gillian have lived in Maui for over 25 years now and were so kind to welcome us along with all of the Hawaiians, introducing us to the Hawaiian culture.
One of my most fond memories of Maui is celebrating Thanksgiving on a beautiful beach overlooking the pacific. It was awesome giving thanks while taking in such earth shattering beauty of the beach and sunset. And what a place for my Parents to visit!! Yowza. It was such an honor to learn about this amazing culture and feel accepted and appreciated as well. From Local Legend and Folklore to Luaus’ and Hawaiian dance. There is such a rich history and tradition among Hawaiians that should be celebrated and embraced.
Keeping true to the Loft & Learn way here are some facts about Maui, the beautiful tropical paradise found on Wikipedia.com
Native Hawaiian tradition gives the origin of the island’s name in the legend of Hawaiʻiloa, the navigator credited with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. According to that legend, Hawaiʻiloa named the island of Maui after his son, who in turn was named for the demigod Māui. The earlier name of Maui was ʻIhikapalaumaewa.
The Island of Maui is also called the “Valley Isle” for the large isthmus between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the numerous large valleys carved into both mountains
Maui’s diverse landscapes are the result of a unique combination of geology, topography, and climate. Each volcanic cone in the chain of the Hawaiian Islands is built of dark, iron-rich/quartz-poor rocks, which poured out of thousands of vents as highly fluid lava, over a period of millions of years. Several of the volcanoes were close enough to each other that lava flows on their flanks overlapped one another, merging into a single island. Maui is such a “volcanic doublet,” formed from two shield volcanoes that overlapped one another to form an isthmus between them.
Polynesians, from Tahiti and the Marquesas, were the original people to populate Maui. The Tahitians introduced the kapu system, a strict social order that affected all aspects of life and became the core of Hawaiian culture. Modern Hawaiian history began in the mid-18th century. King Kamehameha I, king of Hawaii’s “Big Island,” invaded Maui in 1790 and fought the inconclusive Battle of Kepaniwai, but returned to Hawaii to battle a rival, finally subduing Maui a few years later.
On November 26, 1778, explorer Captain James Cook became the first European to see Maui. Cook never set foot on the island because he was unable to find a suitable landing. The first European to visit Maui was the French admiral Jean-François de La Pérouse, who landed on the shores of what is now known as La Perouse Bay on May 29, 1786. More Europeans followed: traders, whalers, loggers (e.g., of sandalwood) and missionaries. The latter began to arrive from New England in 1823, settling in Lahaina, which at that time was the capital. They clothed the natives, banned them from dancing hula, and greatly altered the culture. The missionaries taught reading and writing, created the 12-letter Hawaiian alphabet, started a printing press in Lahaina, and began writing the islands’ history, which until then was transmitted orally. Ironically, the missionaries both altered and preserved the native culture. The religious work altered the culture while the literacy efforts preserved native history and language. Missionaries started the first school in Lahaina, which still exists today: Lahainaluna Mission School, which opened in 1831.
The two major industries on Maui are agriculture and tourism. Government research groups and high technology companies have discovered that Maui has a business environment favorable for growth in those sectors as well. Agriculture value-added enterprises are growing rapidly.
Coffee, macadamia nuts, papaya, tropical flowers, sugar and fresh pineapple are just some of Hawaii’s premium exports and are a prime example of its diversified agriculture. Maui Land & Pineapple Companyand Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company (HC&S, a subsidiary of Alexander and Baldwin Company) dominate agricultural activity. HC&S produces sugarcane on about 37,000 acres (150 km2) of the Maui central valley, the largest sugarcane operation remaining in Hawaii.
A controversial feature of Maui sugarcane production has been the harvesting method of controlled cane field fires for nine months of the year. Burns reduce the crop to bare canes just before harvesting. The fires produce smoke that towers above the Maui central valley most early mornings, and ash (locally referred to as “Maui snow”) that is carried downwind (often towards north Kīhei). In November 2009 Maui Land & Pineapple Company announced it was ceasing pineapple growing operations on Maui effective January 1, 2010.
Here is a menu from the Luau at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria, Hilton Resort
Appetizers & Salads
Surf and Turf Poke
(Pipikaula, Shrimp, Maui Onions, Phole Fe
rns, Kim Chee Base & Wasabi Vinaigrette)
Lomi-Lomi Salmon, Fresh Poi,
Green Papaya Salad, Potato Mac Salad,
Maui Grown Lettuce Bar, Cucumber Namasu,
Maui Gold Pineapple and Kula Strawberries
Sweet Bread Rolls with Macadamia Nut Butter
Maui Cattle Grilled Top Sirloin Steaks
Glazed with teriyaki sauce
Baked Molokai Sweet Potatoes
Guava syrup & mac nut butter
Fried Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi,
Light coconut & lime flavored sauce
Stir Fried Vegetables
Wok fried and seasoned with soy sauce ginger and garlic
How To Please Everyone On Your Next Family Vacation!
If you are like me you may have very different personalities and hobbies to cater to in your household. For example my son Kingston and I absolutely love the warmth of sunshine, reading by the pool or ocean and relaxing with good music. While Colin and Ace love snow, food and ANYTHING with a high level of adventure with a slight tinge of danger on the side.
So what’s a mom to do when planning vacations? Compromise. In our household where budgeting is a crucial factor in determining where and when we travel we have incorporated a few different ways to choose our family vacations. Here couple of fun options that keep everyone happy and excited for every trip!
Grab a Mason Jar and have everyone write down where they would like to go and what they would like to do on a sheet of paper. Place inside the Jar. Now take a sheet of paper and make several blank boxes. When anyone in the family completes an amazing task or accomplishes something cool, or worthy (ie. great grades, community work, promotion, etc..) They get to enter their name in the jar. Everyone must agree on when the contest begins and ends so at the end of the quarter, 6 month mark or year, the person with the most name entries in the jar gets to have their vacation request honored. This is a great way to promote hard work dedication and unity within the family. It’s a great way to achieve a hard-earned vacation and family time and also encourages creative ways to be of help in the family and community at large.
Grab Bag. This is a much more laid back and fun approach to picking your family getaway. And in my opinion works well with weekend getaways. With the grab bag vacation option, as a family you write down multiple places you have yet to visit and place them in a hat, and then you just reach in a grab a slip and off you go!! Spontaneous, fun and sure to raise the level of excitement.
Lastly and most often used by the Loftus Crew is good ole fashioned research for places that contain the most of everything we are looking for in one. While you can’t please everyone, there are a few areas and resorts that come close to providing most of what everyone would enjoy!
Here are 5 Amazing Resorts and Locations That Are Sure To Please Everyone In The Family!
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.
So many things to do like relaxing on the beach with a pina colada, sliding down an amazing see through water slide in between sharks, water-skiing, parasailing, gambling in the casino, shopping, getting a massage in the spa and much more make this a can’t miss family vacation spot.
Waldorf Astoria, Bonnet Creek, FL
This lavish luxury hotel is only about 5 miles from Epcot and 6 miles from Magic Kingdom, and offers free shuttle service to both parks!! What a win-win. Perfect for pleasing the parents with 5 star accommodations and restaurants but yet a stones throw away from Mickey Mouse, Jackpot!!
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island, HI
For those of you already familiar Loft & Learn you know what a fan I am of this resort. As mentioned in a previous post this is hands down the most amazing resort I have ever seen. It serves as much more than a Hotel. It is also offers world-class art museum, fine dining, dolphin experience, luau, water-sport lagoon, waterfalls, and so much more. Our family loved every minute of it and is definitely on our places to frequent list when on that side of the Island. When visiting the Big Island, HI make sure to tour the award-winning Kona Coffee Belt and take a tour of one of the amazing coffee farms. See how the beans are picked by hand roasted with care.and Order a little Paradise in a cup and have some of the Big Island, HI everyday with Naturally Kona Coffee.
Ritz Carlton, Cancun, Mexico
Located in the Hotel Zone on an expansive white beach along a beautiful stretch of coastline. All guest rooms and suites boast ocean views to take in the cerulean waters. Rooms are exquisitely furnished, spacious, and well-appointed. Attentive staff provide outstanding service for all of your needs during your stay including twice-daily housekeeping. Children can stay busy with the Ritz Kids Mayan Adventures program providing physical and creative activities. Colin and I can attest to the fact that while beautiful and top-notch if you are looking for more local flare then head to (ciudad) downtown Cancun where you will find food with more local flare and moderate prices to balance this tremendous vacation out.
Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado
Look no further than Beaver Creek if you have any ski enthusiasts. They have an award-winning kid friendly ski programs, ski school, nursery, and white glove fast track adventure not to be missed. Spas, shopping, ice skating, sledding, are just a few more of the many things to do at this stunning vacation spot. And don’t get me started on the accommodations, from beautiful condos to luxurious stand alone family cabins the Beaver Creed Resort has it all.
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