Kipa hou mai ~ Come visit us again!

Happy 2013!

Unikta Vacations Winter 2013 Newsletter

Aloha! From Nikta & Brandon

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous

New Year filled with peace and love.

Please enjoy the following newsletter brought to you by Unikta Vacations.

Mahalo, Nikta Houston

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The January-February digital edition of Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine is now online, with all the great photography, design and writing you’ve come to expect from

Maui’s premier publication.

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Tips for Staying Safe While

Vacationing in Hawaii

For all of Hawaii’s natural beauty, some of what makes this such a beautiful place also makes it dangerous. A perfect example of this is the spectacular surf that arrives at the North Shore each winter. It is certainly as deadly as it is amazing to watch.

The most important thing beachgoers should do is consult with lifeguards about conditions at the beach that day. Let them know your experience level and ask about any potential dangers that can’t be seen from the beach. Avoid beaches without lifeguard towers.

Rip tides are invisible and incredibly powerful. The biggest mistake people make when caught in a rip tide is to swim instinctively toward shore. But rip tides run perpendicular to the shore, so the surest and safest way to get out of a rip tide is to swim parallel to shore. If that doesn’t work, signal to a lifeguard that you’re in trouble.

It’s a common cliche to “never turn your back on the ocean”. It’s good advice, however, as ocean conditions can change instantly, and what may seem like a perfectly calm and safe place to enjoy the ocean can become very dangerous in a matter of moments. Pay attention to your surroundings.

Hawaii has an unusually high traffic fatality rate. Many accidents involve a rental vehicle, or drivers inexperienced with driving conditions here. On Oahu, a traffic law provides pedestrians the right-of-way in crosswalks, and provides for severe fines for drivers that fail to yield for pedestrians.

Many common sense driving practices on the mainland are casually regarded or ignored completely here. For instance, many Hawaii drivers do not use the far left lane as a passing lane, passing slower cars in that lane on the right, creating a traffic hazard not usually encountered elsewhere. Driving alertly and defensively is the best way to avoid a collision.

Hawaii’s many open-air shopping malls, retail districts, and public areas pose a significant risk of serious injury from slipping and falling due to the exposure to rain and wind. Covered shoes can reduce the risk of injury from falls. It’s also important to use handrails on stairs and escalators to minimize that risk. Those with small children should always hold their hands to keep them safe and keep a family outing from becoming an emergency.

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Maui Friday Town Parties!

Residents and visitors enjoy a special night of interaction and fun, punctuated with free entertainment, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from each town’s family of merchants.

What is the Maui Friday Town Party schedule?

First Friday of the month – Wailuku

Second Friday – Lahaina

Third Friday – Makawao

Fourth Friday – Kihei

What can I expect at a Maui Friday Town Party?

Maui Friday Town Parties are a safe, fun community-minded way for both residents and visitors to kickoff the weekend under the stars and enjoy our small-town ambiance.

Many retailers, galleries and boutiques operate extended hours and highlight special promotions. Crafters, artisans and culinary wizards add their creativity to the event. Attendees have fun while simultaneously supporting our economy and revitalizing historic Maui.

For more information, contact the Maui County Office of Economic Development at economic.development@mauicounty.gov or 808.270.7710.

for more info: http://mauifridays.com

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Words of Wisdom

Unite to move forward.

“Pupukahi i holomua”

As we now look toward a future unknown,

we can breathe with ease, for we are not alone.

Pupukahi i holomua is a concept that reaches back to the early migration of the Polynesian people. As they bravely voyaged across the Pacific in long canoes, looking for the land which we now know as Hawaii, they developed a strong understanding of teamwork. In order to travel swiftly, each member of the crew needed to maintain a sense of humility while they paddled together toward their unified goal.

This idea still applies today, as we are moving forward in search of new ‘land’, or a new foundation to build our future upon. In order to progress, we must strive for unity, first within ourselves and then within our community.

By holding a common vision of a balanced, cooperative future in our humble hearts, we can reach new heights in a brighter tomorrow, together.

from: www.kalani.com

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Decide With Your Heart

Decide with your heart, and then do. Decide with your heart,

and then stay decided until the job is done.

Decide to do what you know is right for you. Then don’t let

anything stop you from getting it finished.

Feel the doubts and fears, and then move forward anyway.

Each time anyone tells you why you can’t, remind yourself

again of why you must.

If circumstances are less than ideal, so be it. You can deal

with the challenges as they come, and move steadily toward

the achievement of what you’ve decided.

Decide with your heart, and you’ll naturally be committed to

that decision. Whatever may come, you’ll know you have what

it takes to get the job done.

From the depth of your being, from the truth in your heart,

decide what you will do. Then delight in the process and in

the fulfillment of getting it done.

-Ralph Marston

Read more: http://greatday.com/#ixzz284PB5myE

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Upcoming Maui Events:

WORLD WHALE DAY

Maui (South) Kalama Park

South Kihei Road (across from Foodland)
Kihei, Hawaii  96753
www.mauiwhalefestival.org

Dates: February 16, 2013 9:00am – 5:00pm

Description:

Free, all-day celebration celebrating Hawaii’s humpback whales on Saturday, February 16, 2013, now in its 33rd year! World Whale Day begins at 9 am with Maui’s Parade of Whales along South Kihei Road, then continues at Kalama Park in Kihei at 10 :00 am with live entertainment by top Hawaii recording artists, hula, great food by local restaurants, displays by local artisans, environmental displays, children’s activities and entertainment and more. The fun continues until 5 pm. Free satellite parking and shuttle buses available from Azeka Place Mauka and Hope Chapel. Sponsored by Pacific Whale Foundation. Call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 for more info or visit www.pacificwhale.org.

The 21st Annual Celebration of the Arts

March 29 – 31, 2013

Celebration of the Arts has gained recognition around the entire state and beyond as the premier cultural and and educational experience available for visitors and kamaaina.
Village Galleries will host a special Celebration of the Arts exhibition in the gallery.

You will be able to meet gallery artists presenting painting demonstrations and many complimentary hands-on workshops on Friday and Saturday all day from 10:00 a.m.

Artists and Hawaiian practitioners will gather from across the state to share their expertise and thoughts on what makes the Hawaiian Islands and their culture so unique.

Art, music and hula workshops are to be experienced daily.

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Some helpful sites to see more upcoming Maui Events:

http://www.gohawaii.com/maui

http://www.calendarmaui.com

http://www.mauiweekly.com

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Unikta Vacation Guest Notes

Ma’alaea Banyans #219

Mahalo so very much for the lovely fruit basket, candy and fresh flowers.  We feel as though we’re being hosted by royalty.  Truly, you have thought of everything.  This morning I was wishing for a clothes drying rack, and when I opened the other end of the closet to get more hangars, there it was!  Amazing!!  The decorating is exquisite throughout–the gorgeous greens, artwork, rataan furniture, and slate floors are beautiful.  My very favorite touch is the turtles swimming in the shower!  (I’m a collector.)

I’m loving using the dishwasher–I have long wanted to get that kind, and now Bill thinks it’s great, too.  The other appliances are also terrific, and the faucet is exactly like mine at home!  Mahalo also for the supplies.  As you said, we truly appreciated not having to run right out to the store upon arrival.

Your friend,

Sandy

Island Sands #605

“Savor the Spirit of Aloha and Experience Paradise”

Ideal Unit on Maui: meticulously clean, beautiful view, warm pool (our 11 year-old son loves to swim), internet access (my husband was on a working vacation), excellent beds, and a well equipped kitchen for cooking. I had to keep reminding myself we were in a rental condo vs. a friend’s home: so many amenities provided.

Superb Location:  easy exploration in all directions, peaceful retreat away from the crowds, easy to spend the entire day without getting in the car, happily!

Does it get any better than a short walk to the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on the island in one direction and a village with easy dining options and a fabulous aquarium in the other? One morning we enjoyed coffee and delicious pastries at the General Store while watching the boats head out of the harbor.  Another day we bought delicious sandwiches from a small grocery store.  And, savored fine dining after strolling to an award winning restaurant that had just opened in it’s new location.

Lovely Weather: low 80′s, gentle breezes (windy one day but, orientation of the lanai designed right), no need to turn on air conditioning.

Nikta clearly enjoys sharing Maui and wants visitors to experience paradise. Your two bedroom is wonderful! We have enjoyed sharing the discovery with friends and look forward to another stay in the future.

Mahalo Nikta. You, indeed, made our family vacation unique, luxurious and extremely comfortable!

A hui hou!

Bloom, Reno

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Christmas Morning Sunrise over Haleakala, Maui

Photo courtesy of Josclyn Shipman

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We Hope to See You In Paradise Soon!

A Hui Hou!

-Nikta

Remember, Maui No Ka Oi!!

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Kau wela-Summer

Unikta Vacations Summer 2012 Newsletter

Aloha From Nikta and Brandon

Wishing you and your loved ones a fun and exciting summer season, filled with new & unforgettable adventures

Please enjoy the following newsletter brought to you by Unikta Vacations.

Mahalo, Nikta Houston

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The digital edition of Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine is now online, with all the great photography, design and writing you’ve come to expect from Maui’s premier publication.

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BREAKING ISLAND NEWS

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Announced as Lanai Buyer

JUNE 22ND, 2012

The Hawaiian government has let slip that there is indeed a deal in the works to sell Lanai Island and the billionaire prospective buyer is no stranger to unusual purchases.

(Lanai Image by orangeplastic/Flickr)

On Wednesday, the Governor of Hawaii broke exciting news for those following the sale of a 98% share in Lanai Island, the sixth-largest island in the state – there was a deal close to being made, and the buyer was none other than high-tech entrepreneur Larry Ellison. The huge island, a former pineapple plantation under the Dole Fruit Company, had been ailing in recent years and according to media reports the current owner, 89-year-old billionaire David Murdock, chose to sell it rather than undertake the large revitalization needed to make Lanai a going concern.

Oracle head Ellison has no such qualms, however the ownership company of Lanai, Castle & Cooke, has suggested that the buyer intends to make massive capital improvements to the islands resort industry, and provide more jobs for its 3,000 residents.

The island, located near Maui, currently has two Four Seasons resorts, several Jack Nicklaus golf courses, and a boutique historic hotel, among many other amenities. Left in a pure and natural state, the island has no traffic lights and dirt roads, with plenty of wilderness and almost 50 miles of beautiful coastline.

While Governor Neil Abercrombie did not mention a sale price for the island, local media reports have been referencing an estimate of US $500-$600 million for the rare 36,400-hectare island. With an estimated net-worth of $36.5 billion making him the third-richest American citizen, Ellison would have little problem with that sales price, and even intends to pay for the island in cash, according to Business Weekly. Despite his tech background, Ellison has made other high-profile tourism-related purchases, including a tennis tournament and extensive investments in sailing events.

(Image Courtesy of Oracle Corp. Communications)

Its this love of nature that may make him the perfect person to turn Lanai around  and Governor Abercrombie seems to approve. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Ellison in the near future, he said. His passion for nature, particularly the ocean, is well known specifically in the realm of Americas Cup sailing.

Lanai residents quoted in a Bloomberg article also sound optimistic about Ellisons ability to make the job-creating investments in the island and his willingness to work with the locals to bring about positive changes. If all goes well, Ellisons ownership could be a turning point for the island, and a win-win situation for him and the inhabitants both.

article source: http://www.privateislandnews.com/update-oracle-ceo-larry-ellison-announced-as-lanai-buyer/

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Lahaina Noon This Week

Hawaii may not have the extra long days you will find in much of North America during summer solstice, but it does have an event you will find nowhere else in the 50 states. Its our summer Lahaina Noon, wherein the sun passes directly overhead. This phenomenon, once before and once after the solstice, creates no appearance of shadows.

The second go around is starting up this week, with the exact date and time being based on latitude.

Kauai – July 11

Oahu – July 15

Molokai – July 16

Maui – July 17-18

Lanai – July 18

Big Island – July 23-24

Lahaina means cruel sun, and Lahaina noon takes place only between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The name was coined by Honolulus Bishop Museum in 1990.

article source: http://beatofhawaii.com/lahaina-noon-this-week-2/

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Words of Wisdom

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Upcoming Maui Events

Maui Friday Town Parties

Maui Friday Town Parties is an initiative developed by the Maui County Office of Economic Development to showcase our island’s historic towns and celebrate the unique nature of their businesses communities.

From Market Street to Front Street, from Baldwin Avenue to Hana Highway, most every Friday our community gathers to celebrate art, music and Maui culture.

Residents and visitors enjoy a special night of interaction and fun, punctuated with free entertainment, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from each town’s family of merchants.

What is the Maui Friday Town Party schedule?

• First Friday of the month – Wailuku

• Second Friday – Lahaina

• Third Friday – Makawao

• Fourth Friday – Paia

What can I expect at a Maui Friday Town Party?

Maui Friday Town Parties are a safe, fun community-minded way for both residents and visitors to kickoff the weekend under the stars and enjoy our small-town ambiance.

Many retailers, galleries and boutiques operate extended hours and highlight special promotions. Crafters, artisans and culinary wizards add their creativity to the event. Attendees have fun while simultaneously supporting our economy and revitalizing historic Maui.

Please visit this site regularly for updates on each town.

For up-to-date details on our individual town festivities, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or contact the Maui County Office of Economic Development at economic.development@mauicounty.gov or 808.270.7710. For media inquiries, contact Gilbert & Associates at info@gilbertadvertising.com or 808.871-6230 [X18].

http://mauifridays.com/

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SIERRA CLUB MAUI GROUP HIKES AND ACTIVITIES

The Sierra Club Maui is offering group hikes at awesome locations all over the island!

Please be prepared for outings. Bring lunch, water, rain gear, sunscreen and appropriate footwear. Hiking boots are recommended for longer hikes. A donation of $5 ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over age 14.

We always welcome more hike leaders. Contact Miranda Camp at <mauimiranda@hotmail.com>.

In the hike descriptions below: (C) means conservation such as discussing how to conserve this land for future generations to enjoy. (E) means educational such as visiting and learning about archeological sites and naming the plants and flowers. (D) is the round trip hike distance.

JULY

Saturday July 28  Waihee Ridge Hike:  This hike is a good workout with beautiful views!  Can be rainy at top of ridge so bring rain jacket, lunch, water, hat, sunscreen.  (C) D=  5 mi R/T to top. 1200 ft elevation gain. Meet 8:30 am at left side of Whole Foods parking lot.  Limit 12.  Contact Hike Leader Miranda Camp to register at 808-264-5640

Waihee Ridge Trail View, Maui

AUGUST

Sunday August 12   Lower Waikamoi Stream: short but rugged stream hike from Waikamoi Ridge trail on Hana Hwy upstream to pool/waterfall. Native plants. scenery. Bring lunch, water, hat and water hiking footwear. (C) (E) D= 3 mi R/T Meet 8:30 am Haiku Com Center. Limit 12. EMI WAIVER REQUIRED (See above). Leader: Lucienne de Naie: laluz@maui.net or 214-0147

Friday Aug 17 Huelo stream adventure hike: on private land along historic trails. Views. Explore historic sites. Bring footwear suitable for stream crossings and some muddy conditions, lunch/snacks/ water.  (C) (E) D= 3-4 mi. R/T. Meet 8:30am at Haiku Community center. Limit 15. Contact Hike Leader Lucienne de Naie laluz@maui.net or 214-0147

Saturday August 25  Halemauu Switchbacks Haleakala Crater: Hike switchback trail, down to the meadow then hike back on the Supply trail to  Hosmers. We will leave cars at both ends. Bring hat, sunscreen, lunch, water, rain jacket and good hiking boots. (C) D=  7.4 mi R/T  Limit 12  Meet 8am Pukalani ACE park lot. Contact Hike Leader Kalei Johnson to register at 808-344-0006

SEPTEMBER

Saturday September 8  Polipoli State Park Hike: we will start on Redwood Trailhead for a 6 mi loop on 4 trails. Meet at Pukalani ACE park lot at 8 am. We have lunch above the timber line with fabulous views.  Approx (C)  D= 6 miles R/T.  Bring lunch, sun screen and water. No Limit. 4WD good but any cars with good clearance can make it unless road conditions not good. Leader will call ahead to make sure park is open.  Contact Hike Leader Kalei Johnson to register at 808-344-0006

Friday September 21  Makamakaole Stream Hike:  Beautiful hike with many stream crossings and waterfall at the end.  Bring water shoes, lunch, water, swimsuit.  (C) (E) D= 2 mi.R/T Limit 15  meet: Waihee School 8:30 am to carpool.  Contact Hike Leader Mitch Skaggerberg to register: <mangomitch8@hawaii.rr.com>

article source: http://mauisierraclub.org/?page_id=19

Some helpful sites to see more upcoming Maui Events:

http://www.gohawaii.com/maui

http://www.calendarmaui.com

http://www.mauiweekly.com

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Unikta Vacation Guest Notes
Pure luxury and comfort within this condo. The owner’s attention to detail conveyed genuine care for guests. It was immaculate. I felt the “Aloha” every time I walked through the door during my one week stay. It is truly an oceanfront gem. A place to savor time, however you choose to spend it. Ma’alaea is my favorite location to stay on the island. It is centrally located, peacefully beautiful and, “coming home” after exploring in any direction is just right. Additionally, I enjoy the expanse of beach — a brief walk to feet in the sand. Staying here is a unique and exceptional experience. I hope to return and cannot recommend highly enough. Many “extras” are very thoughtfully provided. Mahalo.

Lisa M

Reno

(Review from VRBO)

Island Sands #605

We had an amazing time in Maui and we were all very depressed when we had to return!  Thank you so much for all that you did for us in making this trip one of a lifetime that we will never forget.  Our accommodations were excellent, no complaints there.  And the excursions that you helped us with were excellent as well.  We had a great time at the luau and our seats were great!  And the snorkel trip that we did with the Pacific Whale Foundation was the highlight for me and my youngest daughter as we saw several whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and lots of fish!  The service and attention that you paid to us was top notch. I will definitely be passing along to any friends, family, and acquaintances your information.  We would love to one day return and if we are able to do so I will definitely touch base with you directly in hopes of being able to stay in one of your units!  Thanks again for all that you did for us.  I have no constructive advice or criticisms as everything was great, keep up the great work!

Reading, PA

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View from Honu Restaurant

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We Hope to See You In Paradise Soon!

A Hui Hou!

-Nikta

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Warm Greetings from Maui

April 16, 2012

Warm Greetings from Maui! Apelila-April Unikta Vacations April 2012 Newsletter Aloha From Nikta and Brandon Happy Birthday Brandon! Brandon, I am so proud of you for achieving your dream job and now to be proudly working full time for Aptos Fire Dept. as a Paramedic Fire Fighter. May your Birthday be filled with Health, Love, Peace & Continuous selfless service. [...]

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Hau’oli Kupulau ~ Happy Spring!

March 16, 2012

Hau’oli Kupulau ~ Happy Spring! Unikta Vacations March 2012 Newsletter Aloha From Nikta and Brandon Please enjoy the following newsletter brought to you by Unikta Vacations. Mahalo, Nikta Houston ___________________________________________________ Celebrate the Spring Equinox on March 21 The spring equinox is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised [...]

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Ma’ane’i No Ke Aloha ~ For Love is Here and Now

February 16, 2012

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana ~ With The Warmth of My Love From Nikta and Brandon “If you give your life as a wholehearted response to love, then love will wholeheartedly respond to you.” Marianne Williamson Please enjoy the following newsletter brought to you by Unikta Vacations. Mahalo, Nikta Houston _________________________________________________ Did You Know? *Hawaii is the most [...]

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Happy New Year ~ Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

January 16, 2012

Happy New Year ~ Hau’oli Makahiki Hou From Nikta and Brandon Wishing you all a peaceful and centered New Year From Maui~ Please enjoy the following newsletter brought to you by Unikta Vacations. Mahalo, Nikta Houston _________________________________________________ Endangered Monk Seal Visits Ma’alaea Banyans! A rare, endangered Hawaiian monk seal paid the Banyans a visit on [...]

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Mele Kalikimaka!

December 16, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka! From Nikta and Brandon Warm Season’s Greetings From Maui~ Please enjoy the following newsletter brought to you by Unikta Vacations. Mahalo, Nikta Houston “Pray walk on Maalaea Beach” Photo taken by Nikta ____________________________________________________ Merry Christmas ~ Mele Kalikimaka (pronounced may-lay ka-lee-key-ma-ka) The words “Mele Kalikimaka” are a phonetic translation. When the missionaries and [...]

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Be Thankful

November 16, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! From Nikta and Brandon In America, November is a month when we consciously put time aside to offer thanks. Thanksgiving itself is a beautiful occasion that brings much love, great gratitude, and light into our world. Consciously appreciating and feeling grateful for our blessings is a beautiful practice to cultivate. Feeling grateful helps [...]

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First Whale of the Season Sighted in Hawai’i!

October 14, 2011

Aloha Friends, Here’s some happy news: The first humpback whale sighting of the season in Hawai’i took place Sept. 26! We are so excited to have our ohana Humpback whales back on Hawaiian Islands which means the start of Whale Season! I hope you will enjoy the following October Issue of the Unikta Vacations Newsletter, [...]

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19 Rules for Self-Development

September 14, 2011

Aloha, I hope you are all enjoying the last few days of summer before autumn sets in. The autumnal equinox is set for September 23. My son and his wife came to visit and we had a blessed time together last month here on beautiful Maui.. Please enjoy the following newsletter brought to you by [...]

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