Tennis Lessons at Maui Vista with Ricardo

With six beautiful championship courts, Maui Vista is a great place for tennis players of all abilities. Last year (2011) it got even better with the addition of Tennis Pro Ricardo. In addition to private and team lessons, Ricardo holds hour-and-a-half clinics almost every day (at $10 per person!). He is a GREAT tennis instructor. His teaching style is to feed you a number of balls – say to your forehand – and watch you very, very closely. At some point he’ll say STOP and come over to your side and show and tell you something he wants you to change. Usually it’s something quite small – like how you point your left toe or what your non-dominant hand does during the stroke. From my experience, he is always spot on. I was in a clinic once when a lady said she had been taking lessons for 20 years and no one every pointed out some little flaw that Ricardo saw in 5 minutes. Suddenly, her shots were better. Take a lesson, your shots will be better too!

Our Maui Vista 2418 condo comes with four tennis rackets for guests to use. The courts open at 8:00 am every day. No court reservations – it’s first come, first serve. If interested, you can check out a tennis court key at the front office. (NOTE: there’s a $20 refundable deposit for the key.)

Maui artist Dale Zarrella at work

Those of us who live or stay at Maui Vista are fortunate to have the wonderful sculptor and painter Dale Zarrella as a nearby neighbor. You can often see him at work perched above the rocks at the north end of Charley Young Beach. In this photo he is working on the nearly completed koa wood sculpture of Saint Damien of Molokai.

This life size statue is destined for the Damien Museum in Honolulu. A bronze made from Zarrella’s quarter size study for the piece (the smaller white statue to the left of Zarrella) was dedicated at the Vatican Museum in April 2012.

Father Damien – now Saint Damien – was cannonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 9, 2009 for his work in the 19th century caring for the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of those quarantined in the leper colony on the peninsula of Kaluapapa on the Island of Moloka’i. Called “the Apostle of the Lepers” by the Catholic Encyclopedia, Father Damien eventually contracted leprosy (now a treatable condition called Hansen’s disease) and, after 16 years ministering to the sick and dying, he too succumbed to its ravages.

You can admire other works by Dale Zarrella at his website dalezarrella.com. We also have a nice picture of a lifesize bronze by Zarrella in our post Frank Lloyd Wright and the King Kamehameha Golf Club. For an update on the Damien sculpture, click here. One sculpture by Zarrella you won’t find anywhere else can be seen by clicking here.

Navigating our blog

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ACTIVITIES

Sun bathing, snorkeling, boogie boarding, surfing, whale watching, golf, tennis, hiking, concerts, sightseeing:  there’s no end of things to do on Maui. Learn about beaches, our favorite snorkeling spots, cools hikes, and much more in this section of our blog.

RESTAURANTS

There must be 20 restaurants within walking distance of Maui Vista and lots more by car – including some worth a long (for Maui) trip. Check this section to learn about some of our favorites.

DESTINATIONS

Thinking of driving to Hana? Checking out Mount Haleakala? Cruising Up Country? Shopping in Lahaina? Sight seeing in Makena? Hiking in the West Maui Mountains? We’ve done all that and more. This section of the blog has barely been started, but check back from time to time as we add new material.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Maui is more than beaches and sunshine – there are lots of things to do and see when your sunburn starts to ache or when you want some other diversion. From movies to fine art and street musicians to concerts, Maui is home to many artists, muscians, other entertainers and entertainment. We keep adding to this section because there’s lots to enjoy.

CONDO EXTRAS THAT SAVE YOU MONEY

We provide a LOT of extras at Maui Vista 2418. You can save money (and room in your suitcase) by using the free toys and extras that we provide.

SHOP LIKE A LOCAL

Where are the best places to buy groceries, fresh produce, fish, meat, souvenirs? We’ve been there, done that. Check this section to read what we’ve learned.

MISCELLANEOUS

When it doesn’t fit elsewhere, we put it here.

 

Cafe Mambo

Paia (pronounced pa-ee-uh) is a fun little town on the north side of Maui – sort of a cross between New Age and Hippie. Very popular with both locals and visitors, Paia has a number of small restaurants and Cafe Mambo is one of our favorites. It’s easy to find – there are only two main streets in Paia. Located at 30 Baldwin Avenue, Cafe Mambo is a short walk from the town’s one and only stop light.

Cafe Mambo (in Paia and now NEW YORK!) boasts “the second best burger on Maui.” To me, their Kalua Pig Burger would be number one anywhere. Kathy loves the fresh fish island burger without the cheese. The fajita plate is huge (and delicious). Nice beer on tap too. We haven’t tried everything, but everything looks great.

Family oriented – including high-chairs for the little ones. Check out the unisex bathroom even if you don’t need it – not another like it in the known universe.

A word to the wise: parking is tricky in Paia. On street parking is a matter of luck. There are two free public parking lots – one as you enter town and another on Baldwin Avenue not far from Cafe Mambo but on the opposite side of the street. Nothing in Paia is far from anything else.

While you’re in Paia, check out the surfers and/or wind surfers at Ho’okipa a few miles down the Hana Highway.

You can pack light if you stay in Maui Vista 2418

You can leave all that big bulky stuff at home if you stay in Maui Vista 2418!  No need to hunt for and rent toys when you get here. We provide beach towels, beach mats and Tommy Bahama beach chairs; boogie boards, snorkle gear, children’s sand toys, and more. Like to play tennis? There are six championship courts at Maui Vista with free unlimited play. No need to bring a racket – we provide those too. (Of course, if you’re a fanatic you’ll want to bring your own!)

Let’s see – you’ll need a swimming suit or two, a couple of pairs of shorts, a couple of light shirts or tops, sandals and a hat. I’m sure I’ve left out a thing or two, but you get the idea. Maui Vista 2418 is a WELL equipped unit.

The Five Palms

Great half price (but still pricey) appetizers and happy hour in an elegant location. Great mai tai’s and coconut shrimp.

It’s too far to walk from Maui Vista unless you’re a real hiker. Located at the north end of Keawakapu Beach at 2960 S. Kihei Road, it’s a short drive south toward Wailea.

VERY POPULAR – arrive early to get a table without a long wait (well before 5:00 PM – earlier still if a Friday or Saturday).

Grocery Stores

Before you head out to the store for the first time, check the cupboards, freezer and frig to see what might already be there. This may save you from buying things like salt and pepper, butter, paper products, detergents and more. Since Maui banned the plastic bag in 2010, you will need to bring some of the cloth bags supplied in our condo. I also ALWAYS bring the cooler (located in the hall closet) and ice packs from the freezer.

Foodland is the closest grocery store to Maui Vista. (See map below.) You can walk there in ten minutes – ok if you’re not carrying too much on the way back. Convenience comes at a price – literally. Most things at Foodland cost more than other grocery stores and we think the choices are more limited and the produce not always the freshest. If you go to Foodland, be sure to bring the Makai card attached to the condo key in order to get the sale prices.

Safeway is the best bargain for everyday items (except produce). It’s a short drive just off the Piilani Highway at Pi’ikea Street.

Times Market, a couple of miles north of Maui Vista on South Kihei Road, often has good specials. Look for fresh fish and produce. But don’t expect to save money on everyday items. Check out the sale items that look good and then finish your grocery list at Safeway.

A drugstore for groceries? See the bakery items at the front of Long Drugs. Then, go to the very back and there, between the pharmacy and the booze, is a small section of produce and Maui raised beef. The beef is organic and grass-fed. If you’re making hamburgers, get the 85% lean – we think the extra lean is too dry. Also, local growers drop off produce on the way to the farmer’s market several days a week. The prices are about half that of Safeway and the quality is usually top notch.

Life’s a Beach – Funky and Fun

Life’s a Beach has good bar food, billiards and drinks. It’s a ten minute walk north of Maui Vista on South Kihei Road just before the Foodland grocery store.

Five dollar lunch is always worth a try. Happy Hour all day on Mondays and from 3-6 other days. Home of the $6 carafe’ of Happy Hour Mai Tais. Live entertainment many afternoons and evenings…including Karoke some nights.

Get an outside table and watch the world go by – from Massaratis to jallopies; mopeds to Harleys; skateboarders to strollers in swimsuits and bikinis – never a dull moment!

You’ll see families with young children at Life’s a Beach during the days but you probably want to leave the kids at home at night.