Monday, January 25, 2016

Bagpiper plays for Mick at Fleetwood's in Lahaina, Maui

Fleetwood's on Front Street in Lahsina has become one of our favorite Maui eateries. Partially because of the amazing sunset, rooftop view.  Mainly because of the happy hour $1 oyster special, flown in daily from the northwest. 

There is one other treat. In addition to a kumu greeting the guests in traditional Hawaiian fashion, Mick has a bagpiper come out and share the tradition of Scotsmen in Maui. Normally, a Mad Piper comes out and blows away the visitors with some awesome piping. When he cannot make it, (everybody gets a day off) a guest piper comes in. 

On this occasion, young Innis, from the Isle of Maui Pipe Band regaled us with a bit of story telling and some excellent piping. Mick shows his support and appreciation of the young lad. Check it out below. 

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Maui New Years Eve Fireworks - 1-1-16

I realize it is very late that I am writing this post.  The holidays were awesome.  I was able to enjoy some great concerts and see my favorite musician Willie K, on my birthday.  He actually did a holiday party the same day, so I had a great birthday.  I was so busy with the seasonal festivities, I failed to post anything here.  But I did have a few short videos that I uploaded on YouTube.

And one of those was a short video that I did for the new years eve fireworks.  I have to back up a bit and share a little background.  Ever since I was a child, I have been obsessed with firework displays.  Here on my blog, I have posted my favorite ever, from Paris during the Millennium.  In order to photograph the New York City fireworks, I visited the city three years in a row just to catch the best venue.  I finally was able to take this picture from the tennis sports center in Brooklyn on the east river:

And of course the greatest photo I have ever taken 1-1-2000:

I will try to find my Las Vegas new years eve photos taken from the sky bar of the Palms Hotel. It shows the rooftop fireworks displays above three hotels.  That will come later.  Suffice it to say, I enjoy a good fireworks display.  That leads to Maui.  

The main new years eve display is shot off of a barge off the coast of Kihei.  It can best be seen from the hotels near the Grand Wailea, and therefore parties are held there by major rock stars every year.  Maui might as well be Steven Tyler's second home.

I chose to stay home.  I heard from a visitor to my home that there was an awesome display across central Maui for new years.  I was actually away from my home last year, and took it on here say.  This year, I was not even inclined to stay awake.  The reason for my skepticism was the dearth of firework activity on the 4th of July.  I was very disappointed even though I remember much more activity as a child in Oahu.

The pyrotechnics started going on sale on December 26th.  I was amazed to see fireworks sold at the local grocery store between the 26th and 31st.  These were not just sparklers and such.  These were giant rockets being sold to everybody from nearly every retail outlet.  Still, I was not impressed.  I decided to go to sleep early, and wake up around 10 pm to see the new year occur on the West Coast.

I was joined by my 89 year old father 30 minutes later.  We chatted until midnight.  For 90 minutes various fireworks went off all over the valley.  Mostly sporadic.  Nothing really amazing.  Outside my window, the neighbors would shoot something in the air about every 10 minutes.  It was fun.  Clearly more activity than July the 4th.

But at midnight, all hell broke loose.  From left to right across the entire horizon, fireworks shot up from backyards across Maui.  The noise, the cacophony, the excitement was electric.  I had never seen anything like it.  I live on a hill.  My view is from the harbor to the top of Haleakala Volcano.  And across the entire central Maui Valley.  It was amazing.  Even the neighbors had set up multiple rockets to blast their display in my line of sight.

I only took limited video, and uploaded a very short clip, but already it is the most watched video on my channel.  Here it is.  I cannot wait to do a much better video next new years eve.  Enjoy.


Central Maui New Years Eve Fireworks Displays

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