The annual Holy Ghost Feast was held this weekend, May 26 and 27, upcountry in Kula, at the grounds of the Holy Ghost Mission, with its distinctive white octagonal-shaped church. The event is a fundraiser for the Catholic community in Kula, and is also a beloved family event, with games, auctions, the sale of flowers and plants, livestock, baked goods, and great food. Featured food included Portuguese sweet bread, Portuguese soup, malasadas, teriyaki chicken & beef, burgers, chow fun, smoothies and other yummy items. The cool Kula air, bicoastal vistas below and the warm sun made for a pleasant time for those who attended.
Head on down to the War Memorial Complex for the 43rd Annual Barrio Fiesta this weekend. This celebration of Filipino culture runs Friday May 25th from 4-10 pm and Saturday May 26th from 10 am – 10 pm. The best reason to go is for the food…pansit, lumpia, cascaron, adobo and more Filipino delights….it’s all there.
Update on 5/26: Last night I got to eat the boneless fish, pansit, bibinka and lechon and it was all delicious. Today’s schedule includes dancing, search for Little Miss Barrio Fiesta, games and more.
The Maui Matsuri 2012 was held May 11th and 12th at the UH Maui College Campus in Kahului. The festival celebrated Japanese cultural traditions with a theme of Kodomo No Tame Ni (for the sake of the children). A delightful variety of food was for sale, including favorites like sushi, chicken bento, teriyaki bento, andagi, saimin, chow fun and other grinds. The poi mochi was especially popular, given the long line. Crafts were sold, activities like gyotaku (fish print making) were available. Aikido and judo marital arts were demonstrated. Kikaida superheros, taiko drumming were some of the entertainment and obon dance capped off the night.
The statistical report by the Realtors Association of Maui for April 2012 shows that the things are generally steady and positive. Median price of Residential homes were $479,500 for April, up from March, at 78 homes sold, almost the same number as in March. For Condos, the median price for Maui was $399,000, up from March, based off of 128 sales, approxmiately the same number as in March. In the much less busy land category, the median price as down to $365,000 in April, down from March, off of only 8 transactions, way down from the previous month.
Central Maui (Kahului and Wailuku) were the busiest for Residential home sales, with 17 transactions closed at a median price of $350,000. Kihei was next busiest with 12 home sales closed at median price of $476,000. Kula/Ulupalakua/Kanaio district had 9 single family homes closed in April at $700,000 median. There were 6 transactions closed in the following two districts: Makawa/Olinda/Haliimaile, for median of $377,000, and the Napili/Kahana/Honokowai, at median of $675,750.
In Condominium sales, Kihei was by far the busiest district, with 47 units sold in April, up a bit from March, at median of $226,000, which is down in price from March. The next busiest district for condos was Napili/Kahana/Honokowai, with 20 units sold at median of $325,000. Wailea/Makena had 17 closings, at a median price of $965,000 way up compared to the previous month in price and volume. Central Maui had 11 units sold at median of $200,000, down in volume compared to March, but up in price.