Maui Newsletter: November 2023

A Different Kind of Normal

A Different Kind of Normal

A Different Kind of Normal

Aloha Family & Friends
One thing we’ve noticed over the past few months is that we all seem to be learning to head North. No, not to the mainland. Just towards Kapalua. Admittedly, as creatures of habit, we often found ourselves frequenting the same venues. But now we are enjoying what the area farther north has to offer.

A couple of weeks ago, a few of us decided to visit Alaloa Lounge at the Ritz Carlton for dinner and maybe a cocktail or two. The ambience is always lovely, but that night had something a little extra special Almost immediately after our arrival, we could hear the distinctive sound of songs beautifully performed in the style of Hawaiian falsetto. After doing a little investigation, we learned that the 21st Annual Richard Ho’opi’i Leo Kiʻekiʻe Falsetto Contest was taking place in the Ritz’s nearby ballroom. Falsetto, or Leo Ki’eki’e in Hawaiian, is the ability of a singer to go from lower register ‘chest voice’ to a higher register ‘head voice’ with great skill and transition. Although the festival’s namesake passed away in 2008, the amateur contest lives on.

We briefly considered crashing this wonderful party, but since we didn’t know if there was a ticket price or even available seating, the decision was made to be mature adults, and simply listen from afar. But it’s definitely on our list for 2024!

The point is simply this – with a few pivots, West Maui is still a wonderful place that is filled with friends, food and a beautiful host culture.

And a piece of good news regarding Lahaina – yes, it’s true – the Banyan Tree is hanging in there and sprouting heaps of fresh new leaves. I guess even our flora and fauna are learning to adapt.

Aloha, Greg & Leah

Kaanapali Luxury Living Maui Newsletter November Market 2023
Kaanapali Luxury Living Maui Newsletter November Market 2023

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving with this fun and delicious recipe from Leah‘s own collection!

Leah’s Cranberry Bread

  • 1 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 C Cranberries (keep frozen)
  • 1 C Chopped Nuts
  • 2 Beaten Eggs
  • 1/2 C Melter Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, cranberries and nuts, then add butter and vanilla.
  3. Pour mixture into pie pan or your favorite bake ware.
  4. Sprinkle large granule sugar over the top prior to baking.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.
Leah's Cranberry Bread

Leah’s Cranberry Bread Recipe Courtesy of: Leah Harbottle