Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shep Gordon's New Year's Eve Extravaganza on Maui 2016 - 2017

Dave Mason and me
Me and "Weird" Al Yankovic
There are many things to do on Maui New Year's Eve! You can enjoy a simple celebration with your own fireworks on one of our many beautiful public beaches (as of this writing they are legal) and watch spectacular fireworks at the stroke of midnight launched from a barge out over the ocean in Wailea and also Lahaina.  Sometimes the best things in life are free.  Plus we have great weather year round that help make our celebrations enjoyable and comfortable.  We are indeed spoiled!

Many Maui restaurants, bars, and hotels offer tickets for their private parties if you want a more intimate, upscale experience that includes dinner, dancing, and kick off at midnight.
My video shorts of the fun event.  You will see great actors and singers 
not pictured in this blog.  Watch to see who the surprise celebrities are.

Fergie and Lynda Carter
Steven Tyler
This year December 31, 2016 I celebrated by attending Shep Gordon's New Year's Eve extravaganza!  What a blast.  My bucket list item fulfilled.  It was pricey but well worth it for the entertainment.  They served light pupus at 7:30 pm and I do mean light, so be sure you have dinner before you arrive. The bar served drinks all night long.  The ticket price increased this year 2016/2017  compared to Shep's previous parties.  My ticket was well over $600.  I'm not sure how many people attended.  Perhaps it was a couple hundred?  I liked the fact it was not too crowded.  I felt it was the perfect amount of visitors.  There was plenty of space to move and dance.  I met  interesting people who tell me they make this event their annual celebration.
Who is this man? 
Does anyone know?

Me and Shep Gordon
If you do not know who Shep Gordon is check-out this entertaining documentary of his fascinating life "Supermensch" produced and directed by Mike Myers.  It is funny.

Many of the famous performers are local Maui residents. The event is a fundraiser for the Maui Food Bank and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.  It is good to know that the price of the ticket helps our Maui community.

Me and Diana Krall
Me and Alto Reed
I had so much fun. It is one of the best events I have experienced here on Maui.  The celebrities sometimes sit in the audience to see the other entertainers perform.  I was able to meet a few during and after the show.

About 11:30 pm we left the ballroom of the hotel and headed to the rooftop of the Marriott hotel to experience the firework show over the ocean.  It was beautiful from above and I have seen it below in past years on the beach walk.

I created a short video of the event....Since I was dancing  and filming I decided to use a tool in YouTube that stabilizes the video it worked!  However, the words I typed are a little jumpy.  It took forever to upload to YouTube so I don't plan on fixing that minor issue.  I hope you enjoy the video and get a feel for the fun!
Alice Cooper and Damon Johnson

You never know who Alice Cooper's friends will be.  They keep it a surprise and mystery until the moment you are there.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Kanai A Nalu Unit 414 - Peace and quiet awaits you at this gorgeous ocean front home

Kanai A Nalu Unit 414
Peace and quiet awaits you at this gorgeous ocean front home

2 Bedroom / 2 Bath • Sleeps 4

Ocean front condo on 4th and top floor with beautiful ocean views! HIGH-END gorgeous upgraded property. Quiet home listen to the sounds of the sea

Welcome to Kana'i A Nalu a quiet resort that sits on the ocean away from the road.  This complex sits directly on a 3-mile stretch of white sand beach that spans almost the entire Ma'alaea Bay. This setting is wonderful for romantic sunset strolls. For the more active person this is a great beach to run on as you can do so for miles in peace away from the crowds. The west end of the beach is Haycraft Park and Ma'alaea Harbor. If there is a big south swell, the wave off the harbor, "Freight Trains," can be one of the best in the world attracting expert surfers. Towards the east of Ma'alaea is a great spot for windsurfing, during both trade and Kona winds. This property is located less than a mile walking distance to Ma'alaea Harbor and it is centrally located on the island between South and North Maui. Three miles of quiet sandy beach will entice you to walk, run, or build sand castles. The tropical water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or windsurfing.

A short walk down the quiet, tree-lined road will lead you to Ma’alaea Harbor with its great restaurants and shops, including the Five Star rated waterfront. Just steps away is the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium, a putt-putt golf course, rock climbing wall, trampoline and bumper boats. Fun for the entire family!

The lanai is the perfect place to enjoy morning coffee or tea as you watch the whales playing (December-March) or boats going in and out of the harbor. The ocean front heated pool is set in a tropical landscaped courtyard that will inspire you to relax.  If you’re not into swimming there are plenty of lounge chairs for reading and sunning. There are charcoal barbecues and a gas grill for you to use.

This 950 sq ft condo has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, both have identical walk-in showers one has an added bench for sitting.  This lovely home is a highend remodel suite  for guests who want to stay in luxury and comfort.  Enjoy the tropical d├ęcor, three flat screen TVs, and Hunter Douglas blinds. The master bedroom has a comfortable king bed, the other bedroom has two comfy twin beds. There is a fully equipped kitchen that includes a washer and dryer.

This unit includes a window A/C in the living room should you need it although we find it is rarely needed because the tradewinds keep you comfortable.  There are 6 ceiling fans, and FREE secure Wi-Fi Internet access for your laptop and other devices. This unit is spacious and bright. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishwasher, stove/oven; linens and towels; washer/dryer inside the unit; a telephone for free calls, cable TV, and CD/stereo. This opulent suite sleeps 4 guests maximum. 

This privately owned vacation condo is operated in full compliance with Hawaii law. General Excise and Transient Accommodation taxes are collected and transmitted to the State of Hawaii on all rentals:  163-975-5776-01

Monday, February 13, 2017

Soul Kitchen Maui's Music Sensation

Soul Kitchen
Soul Kitchen is a music sensation here on Maui.  Each member is an award winning artist in their own right.  Year 2011 the group formed on Mother Maui at a sing-along in the Sacred Garden.  The three founding members are Tempa, her husband Naor Nave, and Michael Elam.  Today, the group has grown into an eight piece band.  Their music is described as acoustic-infused musical alchemy, both blending and transcending the traditional genres of Cajun, Zydeco, Soul, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Classic rock with Middle Eastern influences.

Soul Kitchen has a faithful fan base.  My girlfriends watch them perform and are inspired to dance wherever they play on Maui.  They invited me to one of their concerts several years ago and I joined in the festivities. Good times!  Tempa refers to these ladies as her “Goddesses.”  She goes on to say, “They are amazing goddess women that just show up and I love their energy.  I have met some amazingly strong, independent women on Maui. I just love them, they make my heart sing.”

Soul Kitchen has performed at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC), Wailuku’s First Fridays, Casanova’s Italian Restaurant, and Fleetwood’s on Front Street.  They play regularly at Mulligan's on the Blue in Wailea.  They are also available for corporate and private events.

Tempa Nave
I asked Tempa Nave for an interview to which she graciously agreed. Curious minds and fans want to know more about this special lady with the beautiful long flowing red hair and soulful voice.  She has won the hearts and captured the attention of local Maui residents and visitors.  Tempa is an award-winning lead vocalist for the Best Colorado Blues Band and honored with Best Soul Album Award.

Kathy:  You have a natural gift.  Were you born into a musical family?

Tempa Nave
Tempa:  My mother played guitar and sang.  She had a pretty good voice.  My uncle was a professional Bluegrass player and performed for quite some time with Ralph Stanley (who was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor and the Grand Ole Opry).   My uncle toured for many, many years and when I would visit, he took me to his recording sessions and gigs.  He was a huge influence on me musically.  I grew up with Gospel music and Bluegrass.

Kathy:  Tell us more about your childhood and the artistic influences that shaped you.

Tempa:  My parents were total hippies and I grew up on a bus with no electricity from the age of 7 to about 16.   We did not have a television or any modern conveniences.  I had a lot of down time so I would sing, read, and farm.  We had goats and chickens to take care of.  We had dinners outdoors and cooked over a campfire that was our life.

Kathy:  That sounds cool and very different.  When you were a teenager did you think this kind of sucks living this way or did you think it was cool when all the other kids were living in a home with four walls and a roof?  Do you look back on those days with fond memories?

Tempa:   We were totally weird as far as society’s norms were.  At times it was hard being a kid because I felt really different.  My mom didn’t allow us to eat meat.  Half the time I loved our life and half the time I hated it and wanted to eat at McDonald’s or have something sweet and sugary, things like that.  Now as an adult I look back on those days and I am so happy I grew up the way I did.   As a young kid, by the age of 10, I was reading Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird instead of watching cartoons.  I recently watched a funny movie, Captain Fantastic, which reminded me of my childhood.  It is a great movie and will give you an idea of how I lived.

Kathy:  You really had to immerse yourself in nature to survive.  If there was an end to our modern society and we had to survive by living off the land I would want you as my neighbor.  I think I could learn a lot from you about how to survive off the aina (land).

Tempa:  Sometimes when people talk about how crazy the world might get I do appreciate the fact that I know how to live off the land and could if I had to.  I love leaving as small of a footprint as possible I would like to leave even a smaller footprint than I do but at the moment this is a struggle within me.  Part of me would love to completely go off grid, not be on Facebook, not do social networking, and all that stuff but it is expected as a musician nowadays.

My big huge wish is that a couple of our songs that we have being reviewed right now will sell, and then maybe I can get closer to that lifestyle I want to live.

Kathy:  When did your musical career begin?

Tempa:  I was a chick singer in various bands with my former husband.  We had recently gotten divorced and I took that time to start my own project at the end of 1999, with my new band Tempa and the Tantrums, which went on to win Colorado’s Best Blue’s Band.  We won a lot of awards and toured a lot.  I ended up playing at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Colorado.  It was a great project.  We did a lot of things in that band including touring Israel.

My life changed dramatically year 2008 at the age of 28, I was diagnosed with Lupus. I was hospitalized a lot and still trying to work full-time in a traveling touring band.  We often worked 5 to 6 nights a week.  I became really ill and during this time, I was in my second bad marriage.  I was pretty lost at that time and ended up divorcing again.

Kathy:  You have had Lupus for a long time.  You are a survivor!  Share with us the trials and tribulations you discovered on the road to healing.  Was this a setback in your life or did it make you stronger?

Tempa:  I was constantly getting sick with bronchitis and I was given antibiotics and in three weeks I would be sick again.  I was weak and kept getting sicker and sicker and that is when I had heart surgery for Pericarditis that was caused by my Lupus.  I was 28 at the time.  This condition is caused when the lining of your heart becomes inflamed and fills with fluid and starts compressing your heart so that when you do any normal activities it feels like you had just run a marathon. I was told by my doctors that I shouldn’t have any more children.  Then I had my second son two years later. I have two kids today.  I have a daughter Shayna who is 27 and my son Isaac who is 20.  I lost my first son Sethan when he was 17.  He was gay.  He was Mr. Gay Pride Junior in Colorado.  He was in love with a boy that had some addiction issues and that boy killed himself and three weeks later, my son committed suicide. He had come out finally when he was 15.  It was a hard road for him.  Gay kids are usually bullied and made fun of.  He was really involved in the movement and was a peer counselor for the LGBT community at a place called the Rainbow Alley which was a safe house in Denver, Colorado for gay and lesbian transgender kids who got kicked out of their home.

Lupus made me learn to embrace my wolf.  I had to realize that some parts of having Lupus are probably good because my body tells me when I am stressed. Other people don’t know that they are stressed constantly and then one day, they end up falling dead from a heart attack. When I get stressed I get so sick it is immediate my body just shuts down.  I have learned to really change my lifestyle.  I avoid stress and do certain exercises.  Lupus reminds me when I’m not doing something that is not good or healthy.  It will let me know very quickly.  In a way that is kind of a positive thing.  I think Lupus has taught me a lot on a physical level and definitely on a spiritual level.

Naor Nave and Tempa Nave
Kathy:  When did you meet your soulmate?

Tempa:  I brought my band to Israel.  This is where I met my third husband Naor Nave when I was at my sickest.  He is Israeli and when we first met he was a finalist for the Israeli Idol which is much like the American Idol.  We became involved and had a long distance relationship for about two years.  We were both working really hard in our individual music careers.  My health had actually gotten better since I was with my new husband Naor, but it wasn’t where I wanted it to be.

I had lived in Colorado for over 20 years and that was where my band was based out of.  Naor eventually moved back to Colorado to be with me.  We played our music at mid-national band level and did the touring thing.  Being in a local band got to be difficult, it was hard to juggle it all.  I was burnt out.  I was working so hard in the music business simply to maintain a financial level of being alright that it took away my creativity.  You just don’t have time to keep that outlet flowing when you’re constantly worried about the money.

Kathy:  What brought you to Maui?

Tempa:  My friend Elizabeth hired me as her personal assistant.  I had been working for her for a year.  She went to Maui for a vacation.  We have a mutual friend that is Hawaiian who lived there.  Elizabeth returned and said she wanted to move to Maui.  I said Man I’m sure everyone wants to move to Maui.  She replied I want you to move to Maui with me.  I told her I can’t move to Maui.
I told my husband about Elizabeth’s invitation to move with her and I didn’t think we could do it. Naor gave me his advice, first, why couldn’t we?  Second, if we didn’t would we regret it?  My answer to that question was I might.  I was never a Colorado girl I was originally from Florida and I have always loved the ocean.

After spending a month in Israel playing music, doing gigs, teaching Blues and American music, Naor and I arrived to Maui on December 31st, 2011.  We celebrated by watching the sunrise January 1st at the top of Mount Haleakala.

Michael Elam and Naor Nave
Kathy:  So you came to Maui with your husband Naor to take a chance and start a new life.  What inspired the formation of Soul Kitchen your new music group?

Tempa:  Myself, Naor, and my friend Elizabeth arrived to Maui.  We had only lived on island for two weeks when my friend Chrissy and I went to Makawao to walk the labyrinth at the Sacred Garden.  I was burnt out on music before I arrived to Maui.  I had stopped writing and I wasn’t being really creative anymore.  While sitting in the garden, I looked up to the heavens and said, look higher power if you want me to continue music you’re just gonna have to give me a sign you need to let me know if I should stay in this.  This is all I’ve ever wanted to be in my life was a musician, singer and songwriter.

Naor Nave, Tempa Nave, and Michael Elam
As we continued sitting in the beautiful space of this garden, I heard a sing-along just around the corner from where I was sitting.  I recognized a song they were singing and joined in.  They all turned to look and asked me to sit with them, and so I did. They passed a songbook around and we all went in order. I thought it was cool so I sang and it just so happens that a couple of the guys were radio DJs from Mana’o Radio.  One of the DJs is the President of the radio station, Michael Elam.   He is our piano player in Soul Kitchen.  He asked me to do a radio show and that was my sign from the universe.  Music immediately found me and I had only been on the island for two weeks.  The group Soul Kitchen formed at the Sacred Garden sing-along.  It was really quick and soon Michael Elam, Naor and I started jamming, just the three of us.  We started the Soul Kitchen Trio.  We kept growing and adding new band members.  We did more gigs and have grown into an eight piece group and changed our name to Soul Kitchen.

Soul Kitchen
Kathy:  What are Soul Kitchen’s future plans and opportunities?

Tempa:  We will have our first music video coming out next week.  This will be our first single with the band.

The people in the band are amazing.  We are family and we all love each other so much:
  • Sue Wescott is our violin and fiddle player from Alabama.  From 1967-1977 she landed her first professional job with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.  She studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas and has played with every major tour and major artist you can possibly think of.  She attended Juilliard at the age of 12.  She is classically trained.   
  • Bruce Boege is our sax player; he has been nominated for a Grammy.  He is a great jazz guy, songwriter and sound engineer.  
  • Michael Elam is our keyboardist and President of Mana’o Radio.  He volunteers his time all over the island.  This is his first big music project.  He just turned 65 and is really excited. 
  • Kevin Garland our drummer plays the Cajon.  He is in his thirties and the youngest in our band.  He is also from Colorado and went to school for recording and engineering 
  • Kerry Sofaly is our other drummer and plays Cajon, washboard and percussion.  He also performs with the Haiku Hillbillies. 
  • We are heading in the genre of Zydeco, New Orleans funk and soul we are making that are main sound that is why we added Marcus Johnson our main bass player.  He has played with everybody and is an amazing jazz player.  
  • Tempa Nave lead vocals and songwriter
  • Naor Nave guitar, vocals, and songwriter

Soul Kitchen
Kathy:   Will Soul Kitchen release an album soon and when?

Naor and I probably have at least thirty songs in our catalog right now.  We are releasing singles this is the way to go.  After you have six singles you can then create an EP.

The second release will be given to a publicist who has some connections with influential people.  They seem to think the song is a hit.  I did vocals on that ballad.  We will release one more single before that as the band Soul Kitchen.  This second release I wrote and sing lead vocals is a mushy love song called “Kiss Me” It is written for my husband Naor and inspired by a really good friend.  The lyrics tell a story of finally finding that love after thinking it wasn’t really possible.

Kathy:  How is your health nowadays?

Tempa:  My health is pretty good today I would say I am in remission and have completely got myself off of methotrexate.   This is an anticancer medication for Lupus patients.  I am healthier than I have been for quite some time.

Soul Kitchen
Kathy:  Would you say that living here on Maui is instrumental in your healing?  I have heard from other people that Maui has improved their health.  Their lifestyle is different or perhaps there is good mana here?

Tempa:  Maui definitely has beautiful energy to it.  I just don’t do well in high elevations or cold climates.  My body doesn’t hurt like it used to when I was living in Colorado.  I would say I am pretty damn good.

BIG Mardi Gras show on Fat Tuesday, 
February 28th at Mulligan's on the Blue.  
Reservations recommended 808.874.1131.

To learn more about Soul Kitchen and where you can see them perform visit the following sites:
Soul Kitchen You Tube Channel
Tempa You Tube Channel

Friday, January 27, 2017

Kihei Akahi D605 - Your Dream Vacation Awaits You in South Maui

At Maui Vision Rental, we understand it is more than just a vacation.

It is an experience.

Our goal is to always use the utmost care in finding you the perfect accommodations that provide a Maui vacation experience you’ll never forget.

We have an exceptional variety of properties to choose from that cater to all budgets and tastes.
Realtor Kathy McCartney and her dedicated team work closely with property owners, Maui agents, and housekeepers to ensure everything runs smoothly during your stay.  Every detail is thought of so you are free to relax and focus on making picture-perfect island memories.
Maui Vision is thankful to the homeowners who place their trust in us to rent their lovely fully furnished condominiums here on Maui.   We extend our warm hospitality and customer service to our visiting guests and Hawaiian homeowners.
There is so much natural beauty and culture to experience on the island of Maui.  Conde Nast Traveler declared Maui the “Best Island” and “Top Travel Destination” in the world.
Maui no ka oi (Maui is the best!)
Should you want to visit any of the other beautiful islands in the Hawaiian island chain during your stay, we can connect you with local businesses that provide this service as well.
Please contact us today to find the perfect Maui Vision furnished condominium vacation rental just for you.
Kihei Akahi Unit D605 - This privately owned vacation condo is operated in full compliance with Hawaii law. General Excise and Transient Accommodation taxes are collected and transmitted to the State of Hawaii on all rentals: W-40854324-01

In Memory of my Father

Thank you dad for giving me life and introducing me to the Hawaiian Islands.  You will forever inspire me artistically.

My father sent my sister and I a sign a couple days after his passing.  It is reassuring to know there is life after death..

Click video below

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Life On Maui" interview with Steve Freid

The magic of synchronicity and playfulness can take you to special places if you are paying attention.  In 2011, I was paying attention.

One day I would plan my move from California to Hawaii. As a single working mother, I waited patiently for the signs. To keep my sanity and remain patient I dreamt about Maui; I immersed myself in books, videos, movies, and TV shows.  I was obsessed with it - this was my way of staying connected to the land of Aloha - a place my heart called home. I write about this in my novel “The Maui Magical Mystical Tour.”  Keeping my dreams in focus eventually led me to Maui.

Steve Freid host of "Life on Maui"
In July 2011, I discovered the Life on Maui Show hosted by Steven Freid on YouTube. I liked it. It offered the kinds of topics I hunger for: inspiration, spiritual teachings, the law of attraction and many more subjects. I enjoyed its informal, casual and beachy settings. I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to meet Steve when I am on Maui?

A year later in July 2012 I moved to Maui. The magic of the Internet guided me to my first home in the mystical Haiku jungle. One day while shopping at Mana natural foods store, I saw the Life on Maui guy – Steven Freid. I introduced myself to him and let him know how much I enjoyed his shows. We became friends, and here he is at Keawakapu Beach graciously sharing his life’s journey with us.

Kathy:  What has been your biggest inspirations that have led you to where you are today?

Steve:  I have always been a film and talk show buff. I grew up in a family of artists.  In our household, there was a great love of literature, film, music, and talk shows. We loved to discuss film and literature.  This love for film inspired me to start a small chain of video rental stores in Pennsylvania in the heyday; 1981 through 1994. I love the art form of movies. By owning the video stores I stayed connected to that love.

Kathy: Why did you decide to relocate to Maui?

Steve:  Before I settled on Maui, I had my eye on many places in the world.  I considered Byron Bay, Australia and a little island off Auckland, New Zealand called Waiheke.  I also thought of San Diego and South Florida. I traveled a lot to Jamaica; I loved it for its culture, music and the spirited, heartfelt people who were simple and beautiful. The food was wonderful too. I also checked out Costa Rica and Mexico, but none of these places fit me right.

I discovered Maui by tagging along with an ex girlfriend who was attending a conference. I spent 10 days on the island. My first blush on Maui was, oh my God this place is developed and full of strip malls.  I returned a year later and this time my feelings for Maui had flipped. I experienced it as a place with first world amenities and third world beauty! Maybe saying that is not politically correct but that is how it feels to me. Maui is the most beautiful, wonderful place in the world!

I moved to Maui 13 years ago just in time for the Maui Film Festival which takes place in June. I came with a clean slate. I had no relationship and no career in mind. I was open to all possibilities.
The first person I met on Maui was this very intuitive woman.  We quickly became friends and one day she said to me, you would be really good at hosting a talk show with your interests, personality and looks. She told me about the Akaku community access TV station and I followed up on it. There I met Bob Steiff and we collaborated on shows for two years. It was a perfect fit; I enjoyed being in front of the camera and he was masterful behind the camera.

Kathy: Do you believe in the Maui Magic?  And if so, what does it mean to you?

Steve:  Yes indeed, Kathy… this place is a place of magic; breathtaking and life-nurturing in every way! It is a small island yet so diverse in climate… from a day at the beach you can take a 40 minute drive 3000 feet up the mountain where you need to wear a sweater. You can hike into Haleakala’s volcanic crater or drive to rain forests and waterfalls. The different sides of the island hold different things. The south side, where I live now, has gorgeous stretches of beach and great hotels. The North Shore where I used to live has a more local culture and instant connection with the Maui family.

Kathy:  Paia is known for the hippy or Bohemian culture.  There are a lot of spiritual, intellectual and philosophical people.  Some don’t have much in the way of possessions, but it doesn’t seem to matter to them.

Steve:  That’s true. There are some people living alternative lifestyles.  I know this guy who lives 100% off the grid… no utilities, no water, no electricity.  He is a creative soul and makes instruments and sells them.  This is his lifestyle and how he chooses to live. A big part of Maui living is the openheartedness and instant connection. For example, Kathy, you saw me on the Internet and then moved to Maui and we meet at Mana Foods. That is instant connection!  You find yourself hugging people and having wonderful conversations even at Costco… that is part of the Maui Magic.  People here on Maui are not standoffish or overprotected, they are more laid back and approachable.  Something drops when you come here.  People become more accessible… that is the nature of this place.

Another thing I love about Maui is the idea that what you have is not a measure of who you are… and that is very meaningful to me.   You can be at the same party with a multimillionaire and someone who has very little and lives off the grid… and there’s no sense of judgment. WHO we are is more important… not what we HAVE. That is big part of the Maui Magic.

Steve Freid
After my 60th birthday, I left Maui for Thailand for a year and a half… I was seeking a relationship and the financial situation was more inviting there. I always wanted to try the “ex-pat” thing. Unfortunately, Thailand never felt like home to me. After giving it my very best shot, I came back to Maui. Upon landing here, I felt like kissing the ground because I knew this was home!. The only question was, how to find the kind of relationship I desired.  I continued to work on myself and did a lot of inner cleaning to open up a space for that to happen. Within six months, I met the love of my life, Radhe.  I have never experienced anything like it before … it was love at first sight!!

Kathy:  Do you ever wonder why you left Maui in search for love when all this time it was in your back yard.  A lot of people go searching far places for peace, joy, love etc. when many times it was always there.

Steve:  HaHa… Even Dorothy had to leave Kansas to find the answer!

Steve Freid and Harold Bloomfield
Kathy:  Who were the first celebrities that you interviewed?

Steve Freid and Joe Vitale
Steve:  I met my first national guest celebrity at the Maui Film Festival; David Welsh,  the producer of the movie the Peaceful Warrior.  I think it was my 6th show.  I really loved that interview.  He had worked with Hal Ashby, the man who directed some of my favorite movies: Harold and Maude, Being There and Coming Home with Jane Fonda.  He had great stories to tell.  I interviewed  Harold (Hari) Bloomfield, MD  - a psychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author who did a whole series of“Making Peace” books… with your parents, your past, yourself, God, etc.  Hari and I became best friends; we are like brothers.  I interviewed him twice; once about his fascinating life story, where he reveals his “dark night of the soul” for the first time publicly. And the second time about the goddess culture on Maui and even the Maui goddesses liked it… HaHa!  I interviewed John Demartini and Joe Vitale from the movie The Secret and wonderful best selling author Marianne Williamson who wrote “A Return to Love" and many other books. Those are some examples; there are plenty of others!

Steve Freid and Marianne Williamson
Kathy:  Two part question: what is your advice for someone who has a dream but feels stuck in life.  And  how did you meet your love Radhe.  How did you open your heart to create the space?  What kind of inner work did you do?

Steve:  Both are fundamental questions. What we want and who we want to be with! We all have gifts. I feel my gifts have to do with healing, entertainment, and communication.  One of my healing gifts was expressed as a professional hypnotherapist when I was 25, and later in life (after owning video stores) another healing gift was to be a massage therapist which I did for 10 years.  I became very successful quickly and worked in chiropractic offices and spas.  I had a thriving home-based practice and went to other people’s homes as well.
Steve Freid and John Demartini

And lastly, there is my passion for communication and entertainment; that is where the Life on Maui Show comes in.  So to answer your question… everybody has a gift. It is a matter of trusting it. We need to trust that gifts are given to us and the possibility for a livelihood comes with them.  We need to identify and cultivate these gifts and share them with others.

Steve Freid and Pali Summerlin
About relationships; we’ve all tried them in many forms… casual, serious, marriage, children, etc. And we’ve all had our disappointments. I have always been somebody who has done a lot of personal growth work.  I did all kinds of seminars and workshops that helped.  Four years ago I met Pali Summerlin. Her method has been very helpful in bringing light and clarity to my life and the lives of many others.  I've interviewed her twice.  Check out “Reclaim Your Attention From What Doesn't Work”, Life On Maui with Steven Freid   I really got in touch with what I wanted… a relationship that works beautifully at every level – body, mind and spirit. We are these beautiful, infinite beings walking around in these finite bodies and I feel it is our mission to get back to that simple truth.  We might call this our innocent child self. The essence of every religion has stated the same thing.  What is heaven?  Heaven is experiencing Peace, Love, Trust, Ease… our true nature! Another foundational influence in my life has been my life teacher, Prem Rawat, whom I met when I was 19.  He taught me what’s truly important in life and how to go within to find it!!  He is the first one to say “What you are looking for is within you” and I have been cultivating that practice my whole life. It’s that beautiful experience we desire… not in an egotistical sense, but by getting in touch with our authentic selves.

Radhe was also doing her part before we met. She was doing “inner cleaning” in her own ways. She was doing a lot of meditation, sun gazing, and inner transformation work.  So when we met, we were two beings who had done a lot of inner work.  When I saw her it was love at first sight… not lust at first sight, but love at first sight!  It was a body, mind, spirit experience and I got it, I really got it.  I was very transparent from the onset and I think that is very important. Being transparent does not mean being rude or being honest in a weird way, it just means being willing to be vulnerable; to be willing to be true to ourselves.  I put all my cards on the table and it worked in the best sense of the word.
Steve Freid and Radhe

My mother made a beautiful ring which I have been holding for 17 years. I knew one day I would give it to the woman of my dreams and I figured at the right time this special ring will fit her finger like Cinderella’s slipper. A year ago, I gave that special ring to Radhe as an engagement ring. It was perfect. We have been engaged for a year now. We don’t have any dates set, however, we are fully engaged; our connection feels complete. It is body, mind, and spirit.  In the past I sacrificed parts of that; we all have done that.  We think we have to settle.  This time there are no sacrifices for both of us … we have it all.  It's also been fun and creative for us to co-host the Life on Maui Show for the past year!

Kathy:  What was Radhe's clearing practice.

Steve: She is very inner driven.  I have tremendous respect for her in every which way.  She also has a guru that she met a number of years ago.  Watch my interview with her:  Bolivia to Brooklyn: Reinventing Myself - A Life Story.  Radhe’s clearing practice was through sitting meditation.  Sometimes she would meditate 4 to 5 hours a day. This was her path.  She had the time to do it; she created that time in her life.

There is a Byron Katie quote, “The worst thing that could ever happen to you is a thought.”  It is really true that people kill themselves over a thought.  We have all experienced that. These thoughts are sometimes our worst nightmares. In her meditations Radhe could recognize her thoughts and not identify with them.  She could separate herself from her thoughts so she could align herself with who she really is.

We all have negative thoughts and emotions.  Radhe would be the first to say that sometimes she would cry for an hour or two in the middle of her meditations releasing old emotional wounds and negative thinking and came to a peaceful place within her.  She had quite an intense childhood in Bolivia.

I am more of a communicator. Even though I meditate regularly and find lot of peace through that practice, it is not my way of processing as much as it is for her.  I like to process in dialogue… I like someone to process with. Ultimately she processes more within and I process more through interaction with her, trusted friends and confidants.  An important part of relationships is self acceptance and acceptance of others.  We all have different ways and there is no right way or wrong way.

 Kathy:  You look fit and young.  You never seem to age.  What keeps you healthy and youthful?

Steve:   Thank you for that.  I have a regiment I follow.  I meditate for at least an hour every day.  I have been doing this for 40 years and almost never miss a day. Here on Maui, I swim almost every day in the ocean.  I come to the beach after 3pm so I don’t get the hot sun. The water is so healing.  I feel that is a big part of what keeps me young.  Plus I have a great diet.  I have been a vegetarian for over 40 years. I eat very healthy and it’s not because I’m trying to eat healthy, I actually like eating this way.  I don’t have a propensity for junk food.  That said, I enjoy the occasional pizza or piece of cake.  I’d say 90 to 95% of my diet is really healthy and 75% of my diet is raw foods.  I start my day with a magnificent smoothie. First, I pulverize 2 tablespoons of whole flax seeds in a blender; then I add organic green vegetable juice, carrot juice, handfuls of kale, banana, pineapple, berry mix and a heaping teaspoon of Spirulina. I drink Yerba Mate too.  It is a South American beverage that is very good for the brain cells and loaded with antioxidants.  For dinner I have an enormous organic salad and a delicious cooked dish.

The four main things that keep me youthful are meditation, nature, diet… and being in love!!

Kathy:  To learn more about the Life on Maui Show, see the links below for a sampling of the programs and how to reach him:
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Artie Partie

Artie is a fellow owner at the Kihei Akahi Resort.  We are part-time neighbors.  When my vacation rental is vacant I like to do my staycations in Kihei.  I have seen Artie perform at some of our pool parties with other talented musicians who own at the Akahi.  We have a good group here.  Artie is positive and a lot of fun, perhaps it is because he is a "party" entertainer for a living.  He is a very interesting person and has lived a very interesting life.  I am happy to interview him for my blog.

Kathy:  How did you create your business being the "party man?"  When did this business start and tell us how it evolved into your career.

Artie:  I had worked for 4 city Recreation Departments as a Recreation Leader, (softball coach, swim team coach, playground leader, tennis instructor, adult sports coordinator, and day camp counsellor). In the summer of 1979, I was approached by the mother of one of the day campers, while working at the “Catskills West Day Camp” on the grounds of the Greystone Mansion, in Beverly Hills. She wanted someone to lifeguard her two sons and their buddies during a birthday party in their pool in Beverly Hills north of Sunset Blvd.  I took the job and brought games to play like water balloons, coins for swimming to the bottom of the shallow areas and relays.  I worked that job 4 hours.  She was very pleased and gave my name to 3 more parents.

The following year, I worked five birthday parties and started asking for more $$.  The Fall of 1980 I took on a partner, who was a Juggler, and refined my activities to 4 segments:  Guitar and Songs, Arts & Crafts, Parachute Games, and the Juggler. I began advertising in a parent magazine and grew the frequency and location of parties from 5 to 15 per month in a span of a year.  At that time, I was a Pre-school Teacher for the City of Beverly Hills .I was seeing kids 7 days a week. I started talking to my roommates like they were 5 years of age.

After five years of working with the juggler, we split up and I started working solo.  His juggling of machete’s too close to the audience scared the crap out of me. In 1982, I stopped the Arts & Crafts, put together a magic show, started making balloon animals, and kept the guitar and active game segments.  I learned magic tricks and juggling.  I was now doing an average of 25 parties per month and that year I performed 321 parties.  I had unlimited energy back then.

I took on some clown gigs that year to help increase the number of parties but also took a lot of horn honks and heckling from other drivers.

I had the pleasure of entertaining kids in hospitals as part of the “Starlight Foundation” program.

I performed in Southern California for 26 years. I’ve been performing here on Maui for 11 years.

Kathy:  Briefly share with us your life in California and your marriage to a Hollywood actress.  Was that relationship helpful with Hollywood connections that expanded your business to celebrity party gigs?  Tell us about some of those parties or most memorable moments.

Artie:  I was living in Venice, California in 1984.  I loved Venice.  Full of life, the boardwalk characters, bike path, beach, pier, restaurants, etc.

At that time, Rhea Perlman from “Cheers” saw me at a birthday party in Los Feliz. What a sweet lady!  She hired me 6 times to entertain her and Danny DeVito’s 3 children, and she paid me double each time. Soon I was meeting more celebrities and performing at their children’ parties.  My list includes: Tony Danza (4 gigs), Keifer Sutherland (3 gigs), Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber ( 2 gigs), Candice Bergen and Louis Mal, Chevy Chase, Robert Zemekis, Phoeff Sutton (at least 10 gigs), Michael Ovitz, and Jonathan Winters.

 Rhea got me in to see 3 tapings of “Cheers,” one of which was the 10th year show taping.  I got the chance to go down to the bar set and drink a real beer on tap, not the Martinelli’s they served during taping. They had a live band on the set, Rhea asked me to dance, I gladly accepted.

Rhea invited my wife and I (see below) to the DeVito’s 4th of July Party at their other home in Malibu.  Awesome party!  The best!  Among the guests were: Ted Dansen, Keifer Sutherland, Rob Reiner, Cher, Gregory Peck, Bebe Newirth, Faye Dunaway, and plenty of character actors that you’ve seen on TV and film.

In 1986, while performing at a birthday party at Griffith Park’s “Travel Town,” I met Jeanne Russell.  She is now a Chiropractor in Toluca Lake, CA. But as a child she played “Margaret Wade” of TVs “Dennis the Menace.” We married in 1987. Through her connections, I got to meet and become friends with Jay North (Dennis the Menace), Paul and Patty Peterson (Donna Reed Show), Jeanne’s brother Bryan Russell (Disney child actor), Jon Provost (Lassie), Tommy Rettig (Jeff’s Collie), Troy Donahue (film, “Hawaiian Eye” & “Surfside 6” TV. shows, and Tony Dow (Leave it to Beaver).

Kathy:  What brought you to Maui?  Maui calls many of us what was your wake up moment to relocate here.

Artie:  My now x-wife and I vacationed her on Maui one week per year for 12 years.  We lodged in Kahana and enjoyed that side of the island.  I started to get enchanted with the spirit of Aloha:  the people, the music, the ocean, the clean air, the land, the rainbows, the trade winds, and a more tranquil way of life . . . . . you get the picture!  Each visit, I purchased music CDs and took them back to California.  I listened to them repeatedly and started to learn some of the songs with guitar and their meanings.  My favorites ranged from The Ho’opi’i Brothers, Ray Kane, Braddah IZ, Dennis Pavao, to Hapa, Brother Nolan, Keola Beamer, and Raiatea Helm. I felt that Hawai’i was calling me home.

My wife and I started growing in different directions. We had been saying that we’d like to live on Maui.  But when it came down to making a decision about our dream, I was the one willing to make the dream come true. So, in 2005 I started to make plans to plant some seeds here.  She promised to follow if I became successful.  I did within three months, and she did not follow. So we ended our lives together as husband and wife, but we continue to be friends and stay in touch.

Kathy:  Any words of wisdom or inspiration you can share with our readers?  Who is your inspiration?

Artie:  I believe in “Mahalo Ke Akua!” Thanking God, or if one prefers the universe for all blessings.
 It’s so important to have an attitude of gratitude.  Hearts open up to me; doors of opportunity do as well.  I’m grateful for the gift of sharing joy with children as a profession.  One of the great pleasures of life is to enjoy your work.  And working as a children’s entertainer and exchanging laughter with keiki keeps me motivated to continue.

As far as comedy hero’s for inspiration, I never get tired of Curley Howard (the best of the Three Stooges), his physical comedy was fantastic.  Jackie Gleason is one of my all-time favorites.  Benny Hill was an absolute comedic genius. Standup comics Robin Williams, Richard Jeni, Rodney Dangerfield, Lewis Black, Damon Wayons, Gabriel Iglesias, and Ron White are at the top of my list of American Comics.  My favorite Hawai’ian comic is Rap Reiplinger, he could do so many characters in so many different situations.  My favorite skit is “The Auntie Marialani Cooking Show.” He can still crack me up after seeing it more than 15 times.

To reach Artie for your next party call him at 808-633-0956.  Visit his website for more details: