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Aloha oe, aloha oe, until we meet again..... 
Jul. 25, 2013 11:09 am 
Updated: Aug. 18, 2013 7:56 pm

Aloha Oe, Aloha Oe, Until We meet again........

Warmest Aloha All! It is getting close! Only 85 days until the Maui roundup. I am inviting one and all to meet us in Lahaina in West Maui on October 17, 2013. I hope you are planning on attending and saving your pennies for this Allrecipeeps gathering. So far, we have about 20 folks who have committed and we hope to have more. (Word has it that there might be a few from the Allrecipes headquarters too) 

This is the shoulder season for Maui travel, so air, cars and accommodations should be more favorable. You can fly in and out whatever dates work for you, but the official date for the big gathering is Thursday Oct 17, 2013.

I know this is NOT a cheap trip, but I am trying to offer as much money pinching strategies as I possibly can. I will be staying at the Papakea resort at Kaanapali in a condo and I think this would be a great property to accommodate all the peeps. They have studio, one, two and three bedroom units at all price points. My girlfriend has quite a few units that she manages, so below, you will find a link to my old condo and if you scroll down that page, click on "see all my listings". She has quite a few and if you tell her that you are with Allrecipes/Julie and Miranda will  offer a discount.

Beyond any sightseeing, we plan to do some communal cooking and just plain hanging out together. I know that many will be sharing condos to cut the cost of this trip even further. Many of us will also be sharing car rentals to bring the transportation cost down and have fun exploring the island together.

 I suggest that you start researching the airlines that might bring you to Maui (airport code OGG) from your area and if you want to save slowly, buy your favored airline's gift certs so that you can be saving toward the cost of the trip every week or month. Make sure you let your family know so maybe someone will surprise you with a few bucks for your birthday or a special occasion to help you make this fun trip. You will be surprised at how fast you can realize that ticket. You might also consider sharing a condo with another peep. I am sure there will be an opportunity for most folks to share if they want to.< <;c3=262719997&amp;c3=262719997&amp;gclid=COne9tOhy7gCFed_Qgodpg8AvA<

I started a Facebook page to chat about this trip so stay tuned for more info and more fun.

A hui hou kakou! (until we meet again) Warmest aloha, Julie aka mauigirl

You are welcome to contact me at Please include your screen name and your real name.

My bounty overlooking the Pacific
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Sunset from the Ka'anapali hillside 2011
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Las Vegas Blowout 2011
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The view from my nest on Maui...this makes me smile :)
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Mauigirl Ulupalakua Ranch Store Upcountry is one of my favorite places on da island. Maui no ka oi
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Hence the screen name :)
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Jul. 25, 2013 11:44 am
What a get trip this is going to be. I can hardly wait!
Jul. 25, 2013 11:47 am
I am getting so excited Baking Nana! We are going to have some big fun!
Jul. 25, 2013 11:52 am
Cant wait to read all about it!!! Please post many pictures afterwards!
Jul. 25, 2013 11:58 am
Heather, we will toast you and def post that pic and many others......
Jul. 25, 2013 12:28 pm
I'm outta my mind excited about this trip!!!!
Jul. 25, 2013 12:56 pm
Oh how I wish I could come! October 17th is our 32nd anniversary! But - I work ih a school and could never take time off in October. :( Perhaps you'll do this again in 7 years when I'm retired and I would happily scrimp & save to get there!
Jul. 25, 2013 1:43 pm
1st Lady.....start practicing your hula moves :)
Jul. 25, 2013 1:44 pm
Mother Ann, Can't you call in sick? :)
Jul. 25, 2013 2:08 pm
Hi Jules! Things are looking better for Randy, thank you sun, moon and stars and all the heavenly gods! I'll keep you posted. Kaanapauli isn't going to know what hit her when the AR peeps arrive and partee in our own special way! Thank you soooo very much for making this Maui Round Up possible! I love you, Sister!
Jul. 25, 2013 2:19 pm
Mother Ann, Patty Cakes said the same about not being able to vacation in October. She works for the school district and they would consider the summer break as her most recent vacation, darn it! I like Julie's suggestion - call in sick, you two!
Jul. 25, 2013 2:22 pm
Cathy Meyers, I was wondering if Randy can concoct a new signature drink for the Maui roundup. Mai tais anyone????? :)
Jul. 25, 2013 2:23 pm
1st Lady, I'll hula with you if I can find a reinforced coconut cup bra! Or a hoister to hold up the tata's! Oh Lordie, what a sight!
Jul. 25, 2013 2:24 pm
I can so relate Cathy Meyers :)
Jul. 25, 2013 2:26 pm
He'll start working on it now, mauigirl. I'll remind him of no curacao for our mauigirl!
Jul. 25, 2013 2:27 pm
mauigirl-what a wonderful experience. I will have to pass this year. So many things are tying me up right now- I need knee surgery and I am taking care of my 5 year old granddaughter after school for the school year. Take lots of photos so I can enjoy a virtual trip to Hawaii!
Deb C 
Jul. 25, 2013 3:35 pm
I'm very much looking forward to it!
Jul. 25, 2013 3:42 pm
Cathy have a GREAT memory. Can I have some of yours? :)
Jul. 25, 2013 3:43 pm
Lela, I am pouting as I type kidding. We would LOVE to have you there with us :)
Jul. 25, 2013 3:44 pm
Deb C. were your ears burning? I was just talking to mi being mi and trying to describe you. It was ALL GOOD :) Can't wait to see you kid!
Deb C 
Jul. 25, 2013 4:03 pm
Uh oh. :)
Jul. 25, 2013 4:19 pm
AAAAWWW YES, again living vicariously through my framily :)(( D@mb that career choice!! Lol;);)
Jul. 25, 2013 5:26 pm
I'm going to need blog from all of you, loaded with pictures. Life has simply thrown me too many curve balls lately. I know you will have a fabulous time. How can you help it even if you hate everyone and the food is awful (as if...) the scenery is so magnificent.
Jul. 25, 2013 6:05 pm
Can't wait!
Jul. 25, 2013 7:17 pm
BigShotsMom, Won't be the same without you.....but the food will be delish and the company even better......all in paradise :)
Jul. 25, 2013 7:17 pm
PattyCakes, you will be very much missed young lady!
Jul. 25, 2013 7:18 pm
MagnoliaBlossom, Pajama party time in paradise! Can't wait!
Jul. 25, 2013 8:24 pm
It sounds wonderful. Unfortunately, I will have to vacation vicariously through your blogs about the trip. Take lots of photos and write lots of blogs for those of us who have to work and can't go.
Jul. 25, 2013 8:28 pm
Occasional Cooker, We will really miss you!!!! You are a great traveler and you liked our choice of destinations in Seattle :)
Jul. 26, 2013 1:50 am
I will not be able to attend this event, but I hope you have a great turnout! It sounds exciting!.
Jul. 26, 2013 3:25 am
If I wasn't married I'd be there, but the old poop says we can't afford it. I even told him if just I went it would save us quite a didn't go for that either. I'll be looking forward to your photos and blogs and guess for me Hawaii will always just be a dream. I'm glad you are having such a great turn out.
Jul. 26, 2013 5:36 am
Hope everyone going has a safe trip and a great time!
Jul. 26, 2013 7:12 am
sueb.....we will drink a pina colada in your honor!
Jul. 26, 2013 7:13 am
*Sherri* start buying lottery tickets :)
Jul. 26, 2013 7:13 am
CatHill there is still time to join us :)
Jul. 26, 2013 8:32 am
I can relate to all the curve-balls everyone is mentioning above. I have been dodging those suckers for the past year. It's been hit and miss for several months BUT, I AM BOUND AND DETERMINED TO MAKE THIS TRIP! It has become a personal challenge for me to make this happen and I guess I won't believe it until I'm on the plane! Does anybody have a grass skirt I can borrow?? ;D
Jul. 26, 2013 8:36 am
Someone needs to alert the MEDIA in Maui, because I can't even remotely think of a PR Campaign for the Hawaiian Islands that could top a group of people arriving from all across the United States to spend their vacation in Paradise for the love of food! Whoever said "Food Brings People Together" knew what they were talking about. What a wonderful time will be had. Just a few short months away too!
Jul. 26, 2013 8:37 am
Hi Mi, LOL! You're so dang funny! I miss you..... :(
Jul. 26, 2013 9:48 am
Hey Candice! I miss you too, girl! Come to Maui!
Jul. 26, 2013 10:02 am
Oh My Gosh!!! I'm excited too. Even though I can't go, I'll be wearing a grass skirt and drinking fruity "happy" drinks. Love you all, have a blast and take pictures to share with us. XOXOXO
Jul. 26, 2013 11:08 am
mi being mi, I can't wait to see you again. I promise you will NOT be sorry and you will love Maui! Just practice.......Maui no ka oi......Maui is the best!
Jul. 26, 2013 11:08 am
Jul. 26, 2013 11:10 am
Miss Sparkle britches. We are going to miss you kid. PS You are all going to get sick of our pics. We just might overload the AR server with them :)
Jul. 26, 2013 11:14 am
All who is going have a great time, and like others said, pictures please.
Jul. 26, 2013 12:04 pm
manella, hope you got your magzine???? Mailed it a week ago.
Jul. 28, 2013 10:45 pm
what exactly does dis event include as activity? can i come?
Jul. 28, 2013 10:47 pm
kokua-- north shore 'oahu speaking here. it sounds like fun- know maui well. there are some very affordable vac rentals down near kihei, and especially ma'alea.
Jul. 29, 2013 7:26 am
rebeccaz, We would LOVE to meet you. Mostly it is just an escape for some Allrecipeeps. I will be showing them around the island so much of their trip will be exploring with me. We will be having a party to gather officially on Thursday Oct 17th at the Papakea resort. I am not encouraging the attendees to stay in the Kihei area because I will be doing alot of the transportation and I will be based in Lahaina/Kaanapali. Kihei would make that very difficult for me. Please click on the facebook link above and ask to join the private group so you can see what we are up to. Royall is coming over from Big Island too! Come on over kid!!!!!
Jul. 29, 2013 7:34 am
I am so happy for all of you. Wish we could - just isn't it the cards. I know I don't have to tell you twice to have some fun!!!!
Jul. 29, 2013 8:40 am
Maggi, we will drink a toast to you too!!!!!!
Jul. 30, 2013 4:06 am
I so wish it would have worked out for us to attend but yep, curve balls got to be too much this year. Everyone will have a great time. Will be toasting all of you! Hugs!
Jul. 30, 2013 7:41 am
I am checking airfares...SERIOUSLY thinking about this trip. I so want to go!!!
Jul. 30, 2013 10:31 am
Aloha ! It would be a great way to celbrate my beautiful wife's birthday but unfortunately it falls right in the middle of the school year and with 3 kids, we can't make it. I hope you all have fun and I hope to see you when all 5 of us come back sometime soon.
Jul. 30, 2013 12:28 pm
I love the islands, even though I've only been there once. Paradise isn't cheap, but it will be so much fun for those who are going. I'm really looking forward to your blogs regarding the roundup!
Jul. 30, 2013 8:42 pm
Lucky Noodles, We sure would LOVE to have you.
Jul. 30, 2013 8:43 pm
midwest chef, call me when you have a chance please. We can figure this out together.
Jul. 30, 2013 8:44 pm
Doug Matthews, There is such a thing as sitters. Come over and celebrate with us. I am sure those kids will not have a risky business event in your absence.
Jul. 30, 2013 8:45 pm
Doc SImonson, LIFE IS VERY SHORT! Come on over and bring your sweetie!
Jul. 31, 2013 4:35 am
Remember the big party dog fish head and I were going to have "some day?" Well, she's dead and buried now and I was too late to the party b one lousy day. Be responsible, but try to live life to the fullest.
Jul. 31, 2013 8:12 am
You are so right midwestchef. I am losing a lifetime friend to cancer on Big Island right now and we always had plans to do something together SOON. Soon is too late.
Jul. 31, 2013 5:40 pm
I was hoping the "outside chance" would happen and we would be able to make it. That kitchen project has been set back a couple of times and that has knocked out any chance we can do it. :~( We'll be looking out for those many accounts that will illustrate your wonderful adventures!
Jul. 31, 2013 8:11 pm
Mike Harvey, It really won't be the same without you two :(
Aug. 2, 2013 4:04 pm
You are meeting the day before my birthday. Wow would that ever be a great birthday present. However it won't be possible for me to come. I have been to Maui and it is the most beautiful place on earth that I have yet seen anyway. I will be thinking about all of you during that time. As others have said send all the pictures possible.
Aug. 2, 2013 4:30 pm
Char, I love Maui too. There must be prettier places on earth, but I haven't been seen them yet. We would love to finally meet you. You have been a real gem on the buzz :)
Aug. 2, 2013 6:56 pm
Really wish I could be there! Have fun!!!
Aug. 3, 2013 12:10 pm
KGora......It is NOT too late kid! You can bunk with me :)
Aug. 18, 2013 1:00 pm
I just found this post. Can't believe it's going to take place when, as luck would have it, I'll be on Maui!! What are the thenodds??! We're staying in Kihei, however. Is there a place where I can read up on the events?
Aug. 18, 2013 7:56 pm
That is awesome Baricat!!! can't wait to see you kid!
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I have been married for 43 years to the most amazing man on the planet. He is quiet and deliberate and I am NOT. We have one grown son (and his partner) that we adore. Because they work for the airlines they drop in on a flight frequently and we feel so lucky for that. We retired after 30 years at our careers from our native Olympia to Maui and now most recently retreated to Las Vegas to try to ride out this horrendous economy. We bought a small home here and I gutted it and am putting it back together, so I spend most of my time fine tuning the decorating and now I am plunging into a full tropical landscaping to remind us of our beautiful Maui. I miss the PNW, but NOT the weather. Miss the razor clams and the wild beaches of Washington and Oregon. Miss my friends too. Happy to have my friends from Allrecipes though. The four legged critter you see on my profile is a five year old yorkie/bichon who is the greatest little (9 lbs) girl ever. Quiet and calm, but so excited about life.
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