Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Our second week on Maui was every bit as fun as our first.
We decided to head Upcountry for the day, as Kihei was still experiencing voggy, muggy, hot weather.
says Bry, as we zoom through the beautiful glowing green countryside of Kula.

Kula was much cool-a, and I found a nice place to paint across from the Kula Country Farms Fruit Stand.

Kula Country Farms
11x14 Palette Knife Painting

While there, we met a local named Dave. He recommended we try Grandma's Coffee House for lunch, so when I finished my painting, we headed down the road to Grandma's!
We have passed by Grandma's many times before on previous Upcountry outings, but never stopped. It turned out to be quite a nice experience.

The place was a charming little local style plantation shop, the workers were friendly, and the food was great, with huge portions.
Dean got a LocoMoco that must have weighed 5 pounds!

The next day found us back at the beach. Launiupoko is a small beach park just south of Lahaina. We stopped here for a while. It is a great spot to bring the keiki, as there is a natural pool surrounded by a protective rock wall, perfect for them to play in.
I found this beach to be pretty scenic, with the nice tall coconut trees for shade.

Launiupoko Beach
11x14 Palette Knife Painting

We then headed up to Black Rock, Ka'anapali. Bry couldn't resist a quick skinny dip, as the day was a scorcher.
His visor was a huge hit with the tourists.

We drove all the way up to Honolua Bay and found it flattycakes.
Would love to come back in November when the ASP will be holding the "Maui Women's Pro". How fun it would be to watch the pros rip the huge north shore waves!

On our drive back, we stopped at Olowalu Fruit Stand and Bry helped me pick some papaya.
"No Mommy, not dat one... da one ova deah mo' bettah."

The next day, we headed Upcountry again.
We drove several of the back roads that we had never been on before. What fun it was! Unfortunately, the view was not the greatest with vog and clouds still hanging around.

But the flowers and fluorescent green Upcountry gave us color close up instead.

We found this beautiful spot in a rural area, and were able to pull over along the side of the road and have a car picnic while the horses entertained us.

The air was cool and it was a perfect place to enjoy some Upcountry relaxation time!
Upcountry Maui
11x14 Palette Knife Painting

If I weren't such an ocean nut, I really think this would be my place of choice to live - although I would have to learn to knit some wool sweaters!

We couldn't leave Maui without visiting Pa'ako Beach one more time. "Secret Cove" is one of my favorite places to plein air paint, so early one morning, we made our way back, and I got to work.

It was a perfect morning and I was able to finish up before it got too hot.

Right as I was packing up the last of my painting stuff, the gorgeous day did a 360 in a matter of clouds flew in and the wind gusts came out of nowhere, swirling the sand, leaving everyone on the beach running for cover. If it had happened 15 minutes earlier, I would have had a very interesting "texturized" oil painting!
Pa'ako Beach, Maui
(Secret Cove)
11x14 Palette Knife Painting

Evenings on Maui are Bry's favorite time.
A walk on Big Beach with Little Man.

Well, that's all for now. As you can probably tell, I love plein airing the beautiful island of Maui. We can't wait to come back again, to more adventures, and to more great painting memories!

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


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