Four new citrus trees planted

For over seven years, “El Jeepo” has been my work horse at our Rainbow Shower ranch in Maui. Last September, I had him shipped to Arizona for a well-earned retirement. Since that time, I have only used him for occasional joy rides through the desert. Until yesterday.

A part of my backyard looked pretty bare for someone who has been used to taking care of a 7-acre jungle property spread around a Hawaiian gulch. So I decided to add some more greenery to it. I mounted El Jeepo, and we went to a local store to get four new citrus tree saplings – two kinds of oranges, one lime and one lemon.

Now here’s a difference between El Jeepo’s and my work in Hawaii vs. here in Arizona. I hired someone to plant the saplings. I Maui, I would have done the whole thing myself. Over the years, I had planted literally hundreds of trees of various kinds and sizes. But now that El Jeepo and I are officially in retirement from farming, I decided to be like Martha Stewart and point instead of digging myself. 🙂

Donald Trump would be pleased. One more American job saved. Or created, if you wish. 🙂

UPDATE MAR 28, 2017


Two Majestic Arizona Desert Dwellers

This morning, Elizabeth and I went for a walk around our Grayhawk neighborhood. And we came across this huge 20-ft Ocotillo that took our breath away.
I have never seen one as spectacular and perfect in all respects as this one. Resembling bonfire flames with read flowers atop each green branch, it was the biggest and the most beautiful desert plant that we have seen in bloom this spring. Or maybe ever. My caption for this shot would be DESERT FLAME.

But don’t be fooled by these benign looking green branches. Like so many desert plants, they are actually full of vicious thorns. Let’s just say you would not want to pick one up with your bare hands.

By the way, Ocotillos have been used for centuries by the natives in the American Southwest for a variety of medicinal and non-medicinal purposes.

The photo on the right is that of another magnificent specimen of the Arizona desert – the world famous Saguaro. My caption for this sunset shot would be ARIZONA CHURCH. 🙂

Medicinal Uses:

A tincture made of fresh bark is useful for eliminating symptoms associated with inflammation of the pelvic region. Ocotillo can also be effective in alleviating hemorrhoids, benign prostate enlargements, and cervical varicosities.
The Cahuilla Indians prepared Ocotillo root in a tea to treat a harsh, moist cough observed in the elderly. The Apache Indians often used the reddish orange blossom, fresh or dried in a tea, which aided in the relief of soar and swollen muscles. The seeds and flowers were also eaten raw in various dishes.

Non-medicinal Uses:

The resin and wax collected from the bark is often used to condition leather. These lengthy stems of Ocotillo are also used as fence posts, if watered frequently they can re-root themselves and become a living fence post. Dried stems of the ocotillo can be used as a regular fence by layering them on top of one another and tying them together.
ALTZAR: I’ve seen those kinds of fences. They are formidable military defense barriers. The Indians used them to protect their villages from invaders including wild animals.
By the way, Ocotillo’s official botanical name is Fouquieria splendens. They have an average lifespan of 60 years, though some have been known to live 72 years.
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UPDATE APR 1, 2017


On Thursday March 30 at 9 PM (yes, PM, no mistake there), a trucker delivered our Nissan Leaf after a long trans-oceanic journey from Hawaii.  And today, I took it to a car wash to give it a fresh gleaming start at its new desert home.


The shipment of some our Rainbow Shower house contents also arrived the next day (March 31).  We had sold most of our possessions in Maui and have kept only some personal effects, artifacts and some antiques. Still the movers managed to break a few valuable pieces.

Like a  200-or-so-year old antique chair, or Elizabeth’s late Mom’s Don Quixote sculpture, or this Czech crystal bowl.

Oh well, that’s life, I suppose. You lose some, you create some. And you move on…

UPDATE APR 3, 2017



I made a feeble attempt this weekend at hanging some tapestries and other artifacts that arrived last week here from our Rainbow Shower home in Maui. After I had made a mess of just one of them in our dining room drywall – the easiest and the smallest of our tapestries – handyman I am not! 🙂 – I summoned a real handyman to complete the job today. In fact, you can still see his ladder and tools in some of the pictures.

And what a job he did. Perfection all around. And what a job he did. Perfection all around. It took him 3 hours of laser-precision measurements (literally, he used a laser). And it was worth it.

Take a look at the newly reassembled Eagle’s Nest Art Gallery… (some of these tapestries had already hung on these very walls in the past – before our move to Maui in 2009).



We moved out of the Rainbow Shower on Wed March 1.  For the last week on Maui, we moved into our new home away from home, a condo in the Kihei/Wailea area. Here are some shots of both…

First, my morning walk from our condo to the beach…

Our “final walkthrough” of the Rainbow shower taken midday…

And our late afternoon back at our Kamaole Sands beach.

UPDATE MAR 4, 2017


Mar 4, 2017
We moved out of the Rainbow Shower on Wed March 1. For the last week on Maui, we moved into our new home away from home, a condo in the Kihei/Wailea area.
Here are some scenes from our morning walk along Kamaole Sands beach.


Mar 5, 2017
On Saturday (Mar 4), we went on a whale watching sunset sailing cruise on the Gemini catamaran off the coast of Kaanapali. Alas, due to a technical glitch with my waterproof camera card reader, those pictures are still trapped on my camera memory card. I may have to wait to get to AZ to retrieve them.
On Sunday (Mar 5), Elizabeth made her final purchase at Kaahumanu Mall – a pair of Hawaiian earrings – which she asked me to record on camera. There was also a Hula show going on in the background.

And in the evening, we went to a lovely dinner party by our friend Rada Kovilic who has a condo in the same resort where we are now staying – Kamaole Sands. Her balcony provided a perfect vantage point for another beautiful Maui sunset.


Mar 6, 2017
We moved out of the Rainbow Shower on Wed March 1. For the last week on Maui, we moved into our new home away from home, a condo in the Kihei/Wailea area.
Here are some scenes from outside our condo and from our morning walk along the Kamaole Park shore. We discovered here what is probably Kihei’s best surfing spot, right next to the small boat harbor. It looked like a smaller version of Ho’okipa Point in our old neighborhood on the north shore of Maui.


Mar 4, 2017
We moved out of the Rainbow Shower on Wed March 1. For the last week on Maui, we moved into our new home away from home, a condo in the Kihei/Wailea area.
On Saturday, Mar 4, we went whale-watching aboard the catamaran “Gemini,” which we boarded on Kaanapali Beach in West Maui. Here are some pictures from that wonderful outing.

Elizabeth and I have gone sailing and whale watching many times before, but never, ever have we seen to many full breaches by these 20-ton (40,000-pound) giants as on Saturday afternoon. It felt as they the whales were waving their watery goodbyes to us.

Just to give you an idea of how bit the Humpback whales are, some of these guys you are seeing in the above pictures are as long as 7 African elephants standing next to each other.


Mar 7, 2017
We moved out of the Rainbow Shower on Wed March 1. For the last week on Maui, we moved into our new home away from home, a condo in the Kihei/Wailea area.
On Tuesday, Mar 7, Elizabeth and I drove up to the 10,000-ft Haleakala (volcano) summit for our final goodbye to Maui. We fly back to Arizona tomorrow (Mar 8).
The weather was perfect all the way up and during an hour or so we spent at the summit. And then just as we headed down the mountain, the clouds and rain moved it. They stayed with us all the way down till we got to lower Kula. We might as well have been driving through a soup, the fog was so thick.
We kept thanking God all the way down for this miracle – of holding off the bad weather until we had a chance to say our high level goodbyes.
By the way, Haleakala is the Fire vortex of Mother Earth and thus a very powerful masculine energy center. On Saturday, however, our wonderful sailing to see the whales and Watery goodbyes we received from them provided the counter balance – the feminine energy farewell.

UPDATE MAR 8, 2017


I don’t know how we managed to do this, because it has been raining most of the day over most of Maui today, but if you look at our final farewell shot taken around noon at Kamaole beach in Kihei/Wailea, you would get the impression that there is nothing but sunshine and surf on this magical island.
Goodbye Maui! We love you.
Last Maui beach shot 3-8-17



UPDATE FEB 26, 2017


Dear Martha,

Here’s an email invoice I received from my contractors for the home repairs completed at 894 E Kuiaha Rd – per our Feb 21, 2017 J-1 General Inspection of Property Notice. You can also see a separate invoice from the plumber who replaced the old water pressure regulator with a new one.

You should note that the Items 5. and 10. in the above contractor’s invoice (left) were NOT required per our Feb 21, 2017 agreement. I did these repairs voluntarily as a favor to Greg and Sophia even though their home inspector had evidently missed these problems. I have also repaired an additional spot on the deck close to the spa that inspector had also missed (see the photos below).

PHOTOS OF COMPLETED REPAIRS (in order of appearance in the Feb 21, 2017 J-1 General Inspection of Property Notice).

  • New Master Bedroom sliding screen door installed (Home Depot box and spare frame stored in shed). Screen door lock also replaced.
  • Garage door repaired inside and out
  • Missing or damaged rooftop shingles replaced, 15 leftover new shingles left in garage for new owners
  • Gutters and downspout cleaned and flushed, leaky joints repaired
  • Minor dry rot on the deck repaired, additional areas touched up and painted
  • Exterior GFCI switch under kitchen window replaced
  • Masking tape removed from one of the wall switches in the office (“right bedroom” per the report).

EXPLANATIONThere is nothing wrong with this switch. I put this tape on many years ago because the switch turns on and off the wall outlets to which our computers are plugged it.  I was tired of turning them off accidentally when I came into this room at night and then having to reboot them.  I had completely forgotten about it until I saw the inspector’s report. 

  • Water pressure regulator replaced, pressure turned down to 50-60 PSI
  • Kitchen and vanity sinks “voids” sealed with foam spray
  • Bottom portions of the master bedroom door pressboard casings replaced and repainted on both sides


ADDITIONAL REPAIRS DONE WHICH WERE NOT PART OF J-1 General Inspection of Property Notice

  • Chipped wall in garage wall filled in with plaster and repainted (this was something we inherited the original owners)
  • Two interior electrical switches replaced in the family room (below left)
  • Minor dry rot spot repaired at the end of the deck next to the spa (above right)


Dear Greg and Sophia,

Hope enjoy your new home! I am turning over the care-taking duties of the Rainbow Shower to you with love and blessings.

May the Santa Tierras (land spirits, the fairies) be as kind and helpful to you in this enviable job as they were to me. It has been my honor and privilege to serve them and work with them for the past 8 years.


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LABOR DAY 2016: FROM MAUKA (mountain) TO MAKAI (beach) OF MAUI

Our Labor Day 2016 started in beautiful sunshine. The threat of twin hurricanes behind us, and with the trade breezes back to cool the air, the morning of September 5, 2016 was about as perfect as they come at our Yin home – the Rainbow Shower in Maui.  It didn’t get much better than later on, either.

So in early afternoon, at Elizabeth’s suggestion, we went out for a holiday drive – from Mauka (Hawaiian for mountain) to Makai (beach).

The outing was her idea. Which is unusual. And then I realized, this will possibly be our last Labor Day on Maui.  So she wanted us to play tourists on our own island and take some pictures to remember it by.

“I may also want to paint some of these scenes,” she later explained.

Our impromptu route took us from our Rainbow Shower home at elevation 900 ft, through Kula (elev 3,000 to 3,500 ft), to Maui’s only winery at Ulupalakua Ranch at about 2,000 ft above the ocean. And then all the way down to the ocean to the Baby Beach, where our Maui adventure started in 2009.


The winery as well as the ranch general store were closed. But along the way to and fro,, we enjoyed some breathtaking views of West Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini (all Hawaiian island names). Like this panorama shot….


Here are also some photos of the Ulupalakua Ranch winery and general store.

The ranch was founded in 1841 when King Kamehameha leased over 2,000 acres of pristine mountain pastures, along with a sugar mill, to L.L. Torbert for $800 per year on a 6-year contract. The current winery has been in business since 1974.

On our way back, Elizabeth wanted me to take this photo of an old shed as a possible painting idea. But I did more than that, including a panorama shot of the West Maui mountains behind it (pink frame). So now there are two competing ideas for a an old shed painting.



On our way back down the mountain (“mauka”), Elizabeth showed her rare initiative again. She suggested we go to our Baby Beach, the northern end of of Maui’s most popular north shore “makai” – the Baldwin Beach. And so we did.

Here’s first a panorama shot of the West Maui Mountains (Puu Kukui), as seen from Baby Beach:IMG_6574

Here’s also a view of Baldwin Beach in the opposite direction – to the south:

Baldwin Beach panorama 9-05-16

And a picture of Elizabeth taking pictures of the lava rocks for her future paintings:


And now, some closeups from the Baby Beach – Elizabeth taking pictures of the rocks she wants to paint, and of a Native Hawaiian fisherman crabbing.

Notice the red molten lava and how it engulfed the rocks as it cooled till they looked like cracked eggs? This brought back some old memories…

Baby Beach Memories

It has been years since Elizabeth and I were last at the Baby Beach part of the Baldwin Beach. And yet, that’s where our Maui adventure started in 2009. 

I was the first to arrive in March 2009.  Knowing that Elizabeth was not a strong swimmer, I looked for a smaller, shallower beach, protected by a coral wall from the high surf, where (I thought) we would enjoy our time on the beach in Maui. That’s how I found the Baby Beach. And I brought Elizabeth to it.

The day before, back home at the Rainbow Shower, we witnessed this magnificent pink sunset. I don’t remember seeing sunsets like that in the last few years.

As it turned out, Elizabeth and I never used the Baby Beach for swimming and frolicking on Maui in the last eight years. In fact, we hardly used any beaches. That’s how busy we have been creating our Garden of Eden, the Rainbow Shower in Maui, and taking care of it so that it stays that way. For, jungle has a way of reclaiming its territory. You give it an inch, it will take an arm.

And so now, on this Labor Day 2016, having been high and low, we return to our “pacarina” (place of emergence – in Quechua, the Inca language), from whence we had emerged.

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Elizabeth and I just got back from a “Pink Martini” concert at the Castle Theatre of the Maui Arts and Culture Center (MACC).

At dusk before the concert, the clouds, which always seem to obscure the Iao Valley and the Puu Kukui (volcano), had parted revealing Maui’s feminine volcano for all to see. At the same time, a crescent moon was about to set. It was an unusual and yet a beautiful setting.

So we used the opportunity to file enter these shots into our MACC memorial scrapbook.

Pink Martini concert – March 2010

This was not the first time we heard the “Pink Martini” band play. The first time was on March 4, 2010, also at the Castle Theater in Maui. And they opened tonight’s concert with the very song that remained in my musical memory since 6.5 years ago.

In fact, it came back to me again at Easter in 2014 and I recorded it myself at the time.
See Jamming with the “Pink Martini”


This does not happen often at the Rainbow Shower. In fact, I don’t ever remember seeing something like in the spring during the nearly eight years we have lived here. But one of the wonderful things about a marine climate like that we are enjoying on the north shore of Maui is – YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.

So best not to make any plans. Which suits me just fine. I like surprises.

During the past week or so, we have had unusually dry weather for this time of the year. So when I woke up this morning and saw the clouds gathering from the north and the west – also very untypical as we get most of our weather from the east and northeast – I figured, “GREAT! Let’s have it.”

I had just finished my many landscaping chores, part of my “farmer’s yoga.” So a good soaking would be most welcome for the thousands of different plants that comprise the Rainbow Shower.

But I never expected this… Noah’ Ark. And the Rainbow Shower looking like the Scottish Highlands in the mist. 🙂

Little did I know that it would end up being a flash flood.  Take a look at this video I shot this afternoon around 2:30…


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Want to hear something funny? Or sad, depending on your point of view?

This entire time, while the Rainbow Shower was practically floating down  to the ocean with this flash flood, the Weather Channel and the Wundermap kept showing this part of Maui as sunny and dry!? Take a look…

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Ah, human technology! Great when it works. Sucks when it does not. Which often happens.

Want to know what my weathervaning technology was eight years ago when I bought this property?

My index finger. I would stick it into the wind to see which way the weather was coming. It still seems to be the most dependable forecasting tool. 🙂

Here are now some other still shots I took while walking around the riverbed at the bottom of the Rainbow Shower gulch…

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May 8, 2016

I just got back from the gulch. And the flash flood is continuing. No surprise there. I has been raining non-stop now for about 18 hours.

Here the latest pictures I brought back of the raging creek which has now been joined by an additional stream from the West Kuiaha Rd.


UPDATE MAY 9, 2016


When Elizabeth gets back home later today, she’ll be in for quite a show of Mother Nature. The flash flood down in the gulch is continuing after three days of rain and more to tome. ☔ Take a look at the picture I took a few minutes ago, You can see the debris lodged against my footbridge as well as the high water marks from earlier this morning.

Three days ago, I posted a story about the weather channels showing clear skies over this part of Maui while we were experiencing actually a deluge and flash floods.

The situation is still the same three days later. We have been having practically continuous rains. The creek at the bottom of the Rainbow Shower is raging and growling like an angry bear. But the weather maps are still showing clear skies over us.

So this morning, I decided to try to get to the bottom of it. And I found at one of the websites that the radar on Molokai, which presumably also tracks the west and north Maui weather, is “temporarily unavailable.”

What a time for a weather radar to break down!

Worse, you’d think that the government would warn people when something like that happens. I had to hunt all over the place to find out why the weather maps showed clear skies over us while we are being washed away to sea by the deluge.

Government… No wonder with radar technologies like that they bomb hospitals and kill innocent people all over the world.

They did issue this verbal warning this morning… three days AFTER the flash floods had already started:



Makes you wonder what the source of this “flash flood warning” is? (given that the radar is not working). Field reports like mine?

By the way, I did write to the national weather service about the possible radar malfunction three days ago but have not received a reply.


UPDATE MAY 10, 2016

Finally, a break in the weather.  It’s still cloudy, mind you, with occasional drizzle. But this morning, I saw some blue patches in the sky for the first time in four days.

“It’s nice to see we still have blue skies,” I told Elizabeth. 🙂

Even Father Sun has been making an effort to drop it for a visit in between the clouds. But shyly. It’s been mostly just a hint of sunshine here and there.  But no complaints. We’ll take what we can get after four days of rain and flooding.

When Elizabeth left for her art class, I went down to the gulch to investigate the damage. Overall, not bad.  Both of our bridges are still there. The foot bridge has been severely tested, especially by this big limb lodged against it since yesterday morning.


But the bridge has stood its ground. My four steel anchors I drilled into the ground a couple of years ago are still holding.  But when I tried to dislodge this limb yesterday, I could not. At least not safely balancing precariously on a one-foot wide slippery foot bridge over the roaring river.

So I went back to try again this morning. Still no luck. I walked over to the other river bank to see if I could move the limb from there. No go again. The limb was firmly imbedded into the river bank as if drilled in by some pneumatic hammer. Such is the power of water.

Then I tried a different tack. I took another big piece of wood and tried hitting the big limb with it.  Finally, it gave way.  And the river grabbed it like a hungry shark swallowing its breakfast. But it did travel far. Only about 15-20 ft. Then the limb got stuck again between two big rocks. And the last I saw, it was still there, trying to fight off the now receding creek from carrying it out to sea.

Here’s a pictorial of this story…

Back at the house, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one trying to get out enjoy the fresh air and the shy sun.  Take a look at this green lizard on the ironwood block we have in front of our lanai.  He looked like a happy camper, too.


Overall, I have to say this has been probably one of the worst floods we have had recently. And that’s compared to some pretty bad ones we experienced last year during El Niño. It was not the worst, though.  The worst was probably the Great Flood of 2013.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of that flood was that I had actually seen in a dream a couple of months BEFORE it happened- http://yinyangbob.com/2013/Feb%202013.html.

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The reason the more recent and more frequent floods have not caused as much damage as that one in 2013 is just that – that they were more frequent.  Meaning, the water has deepened and widened the riverbed.  So now it has more room to expand and does not clog up the ground in front of the bottleneck – the two-culvert bridge from which the above photos were taken.

Anyway, it has just started raining again… 🙂  So it goes.

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UPDATE MAY 11, 2016

I spoke too soon yesterday when I said, “finally, a break in the weather.” For, it was shor-lived. By mid afternoon, it was raining again as hard as ever. And the rain continued all through the night, heavy at time.

So no wonder by the time I went down to the gulch a little after 7 this morning, that the flooding was even worse than yesterday morning. And so was the damage after more than 16 consecutive hours of rain. At that point, the water level had risen again and a part of the raging creek was running over a part of my our footbridge.

But the footbridge held.  When I went down again a few hours later, the flood had receded by about two feet, and out “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was still intact (I borrowed the title from Simon and Garfunkel 🙂 ).  I can’t say the same for the wooden boards and the red mulch that once formed the western Panax tree-lined boundary of our property.

Here are some other pictures I brought back of the flood scenes…


The silver lining in all this is that the plants and trees of the Rainbow Shower are very happy. Take a look at this Avocado tree, bursting with orange bloom (these are actually new leaves which are orange at first, before turning green).


This particular tree has a colorful history. We got it in April 2009 as a small potted plant as a housewarming gift from a neighbor. I planted it at the top of our property. It died after a few months.

But I did not accept its death as final. So I dug up its roots and replanted it at the Lower Rainbow Shower, about 50 yards to the right of its current location in the above picture. Again, it lived for a few months, and then died.

Once again, I refused to acknowledge its passing. I dug up the roots again, and replanted it at the above location. And look at it now! Ever seen a happier young Avocado tree?

In fact, in the last couple of years, it even gave us a few Avocado fruit as a “thank you” gift. Not many. But just enough to express its gratitude and happiness with its current location.

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UPDATE MAY 13, 2016



About six months at the end of the El Niño season, I created a little engineering diversion to protect the new Panax tree boundary and the red mulch on the ground between the seedlings (see A DITCH-DIGGING AFTERNOON, Dec 23, 2015).


The new irrigation ditch did the job admirably until now. But after five consecutive days of rain, it was overwhelmed by the flow coming down from the West Kuiaha gulch.

So this morning, I went down to try to drain the swamp by widening and deepening the ditch. And by building a new little berm to protect the Panax line.

The work was hard but the reward was almost immediate. The water flow increased substantially through the ditch, and practically diminished elsewhere where it was doing damage to the trees and the red mulch.

This is what I looked like at the end of this ditch-digging adventure… covered in mud but three pounds lighter after about 2 hours of hard labor. So success all around… 🙂



A few hours after the grueling ditch-digging and irrigation work at the Rainbow Shower, Elizabeth and I attended a gala concert and reception to celebrate 35 consecutive years of the Maui Classical Music Festival.

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The event took place on stage at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC). So it was limited to just 150 people who could be fitted on the stage.

“So we are now sitting the chairs on which the symphony orchestra players sit,” Elizabeth remarked. “They are quite comfortable.” 🙂

And so they were. Here are some pictures from that performance. I have transferred my ditch-digging “outfit” to the MACC concert hall to illustrate how easily one can transition from earthly to the sublime.

UPDATE MAY 14, 2016


When I headed down to the gulch to see how my new and improved drainage ditch is working, I was stopped dead in my tracks by this lovely “mé·nage à trois” on our lanai.

Ever since I moved out this big and very heavy block of ironwood, with the beautiful Jade and Travertine stone table top, our Green Lizzy has been hovering around it. And this morning, he decided to climb right on top of it. A perfect camouflage with the Jade top and the green grass. And a wonderful contrast to the Red Cardinal and the Pink Jelly fish inside that crystal ball Elizabeth brought for me one year from Sedona (AZ).

And yes, the new and improved drainage ditch is doing its job. The excess flood water is no longer running over the boards and the red mulch. What read mulch? Most of it is gone down the river. And what’s left is more the color of mud than red 🙂 ].

UPDATE MAY 25, 2016


I heard it before seeing it. Even from 600 feet away, up at our Rainbow Shower home, I could hear the roar of the rising river.

“Another flash flood,” I said to myself.

Only a few hours ago, I was down there at the bottom of the gulch, walking around and inspecting the weed-whacking job my landscapers did yesterday. That’s how quickly flash floods can develop around here. And not for the first time, either. I remember a similar one in March 2012.

So I grabbed my waterproof camera and headed down into the gulch. I needn’t have worried. The iPhone could have done the job, too. Interestingly, the sun was trying to shine through the clouds as the raging river was making its presence known at the Rainbow Shower once again.






Ocean vistas 3



Every day here at the Rainbow Shower in Maui has its charms… the mist, the rain, the flash floods, the rainbows and double rainbows that follow. On this January day, the trade winds had returned and the Rainbow Shower looked about as scenic as can be.

Camera cannot really do justice to the beautiful ocean and mountain vistas I have enjoyed while doing my rounds (walking around) this morning. But here are some anyway, just to give you all a feel for what this perfect day looks like here on Maui.

We’ll start with these ocean vistas from our master bedroom, lanai and the spa.

And on the other side, this is the view the spa offers of the 10,000-ft Haleakala Summit.

No wonder a friend recently remarked hyperbolically, “this is a million dollar-spa.” 🙂

Haleakala Summit

Here are now some ocean vistas from our master bedroom/lanai. You can see the West Maui Mountains and the island of Molokai in the left corner.

Ocean vista 2

Ocean vista 1

Here are also view of the West Maui Mountains in the morning light…

West Maui Mtns


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UPDATE FEB 25, 2017


Here’s the emailed invoice I received from my contractor for the home repairs completed for 894 E Kuiaha Rd, per our Feb 21, 2017 J-1 General Inspection of Property Notice.


You should note that the Items 5. and 10. were NOT required per our Feb 21, 2017 agreement. I did these repairs voluntarily as any responsible owner would even though the home inspector had evidently missed them. I have also repaired an additional spot on the deck close to the spa that the inspector had missed (see the photos below).

PHOTOS OF COMPLETED REPAIRS (in order of the Feb 21, 2017 J-1 General Inspection of Property Notice).

  • New Master Bedroom Sliding Screen Door (box stored in shed)
  • Garage door repaired inside and out
  • Missing or damaged rooftop shingles replaced, 15 leftover new shingles left in garage for new owners
  • Gutters and downspout cleaned and flushed, leaky joints repaired
  • Two areas of minor dry rot on the deck repaired, additional areas touched and painted
  • Exterior GFCI switch under kitchen window replaced
  • Masking tape removed from one of the wall switches in the office (“right bedroom” per the report).

EXPLANATIONThere is nothing wrong with this switch. I put this tape on many years ago because the switch turns on and off the wall outlets to which our computers are plugged it.  I was tired of turning them off accidentally when I came into this room at night and then having to reboot them.  I had completely forgotten about it until I saw the inspector’s report. 

  • Water pressure regulator replaced, pressure turned down to 60 PSI
  • Kitchen and vanity sinks “voids” sealed with foam spray
  • Bottom portions of the master bedroom door pressboard casings replaced and repainted


EXTRA REPAIRS NOT in Home Inspection Report

  • Chipped wall in garage wall filled in with plaster and repainted
  • Two interior switches replaced in the family room
  • Minor dry rot crack repaired at the end of the deck next to the spa






I am SOOOO thrilled to be back doing laps again! And to be doing it at a pool with the best view in the world – well, that’s a wonderful bonus.

The Pukalani swim center, with its six-lane Olympic-size pool, is without a doubt the IMG_4600pool with the world’s most beautiful view. And I should know.

Swimming used to be my favorite exercise between 1983 and 2005.  For most of those years, I would swim about a mile at least 5 days a week.  While other people were eating lunch, I would go to my club and swim. And have an apple and a yogurt for lunch afterward.

My routine would not change much even when traveling. Which I did extensively during my active business life. I racked up several million mile-accounts with multiple airlines during that period, mostly from international travel.

Even when I was teaching a seminars in Sydney, or Mumbai, or Tokyo, or even London and New York, I would spend the lunch hour doing laps while the attendees ate their meal.  When I showed up later for the afternoon sessions, I’d have my suit, shirt and tie back on, so they would be none the wiser as why I did not join them at the table. Nor why their speaker was so energized when they were all ready for a siesta. 🙂

The point is  –  I got to know pools around the world.  Literally.  So when I say that the Pukalani pool has the best view in the world, you can bank that statement. But just in case you still have doubts, here are some pictures I took this afternoon.

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So if swimming was such an important part of my life for so many decades, why did I stop – I am sure you are wondering?

In 2005, I had a major surgery on my right shoulder – badly torn rotator cuff. The surgery was to repair the injury I sustained while climbing Camelback Mtn in Phoenix.

Correction. The mishap actually occurred while I was taking a photo of another beautiful Arizona scene. The ground I was standing on simply gave way. And I slid down the mountain holding my right arm up awkwardly to protect the camera. As it turned out, I saved my camera but killed my shoulder. It snapped on the way down the hill. I could hear it crack.

It took almost a year to recover from that surgery sufficiently to try swimming again.  Which I did regularly, but no longer a mile each time, and not as many times a week. I was also doing yoga back then. So swimming became a supplemental exercise.

Then in 2008, I sustained another surgery on my left shoulder, this time. Also rotator cuff, but not as badly torn.  That shoulder had been weekend when I was injured during a college basketball game. An opposing player’s elbow landed on my left shoulder after we came down from fighting for a rebound. Being young, I just put some ice on it, and in a few weeks forgot all about it. But the body remembered.

Back to 2009, after three months or so, I would have been able to swim again. Alas, that’s when we moved to Maui and I had other priorities in my life. Like clearing the jungle in the gulch of the Rainbow Shower with a machete and a chainsaw.

I resumed swimming at this very Pukalani pool once or twice a week in late 2010/early 2011. Later that summer, my landscaper quit. So I had to take over the maintenance of the entire 7 acre-property. Riding a tractor mower for four hours is not exactly my ambition in life. But you gotta do what you gotta do.

Unfortunately, during one of those rides, the front wheels of my mower hit a tree root I did not see in time, and the sudden jerk tore my right shoulder rotator cuff again.  Ouch!

I considered going under the knife again but decided against it. Being a shaman by then, I figured I’d try to get some Divine help in the healing process. But the most important ingredient was Patience.  It took a few years. And I did have several setbacks. But here I am again, being able to swim laps again, virtually pain free.

Yeah! So you can see now why I was so excited this afternoon at the Pukalani pool after finishing my laps. I did it a slow, “pedestrian” way. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers. Plus I did it after working for a couple of hours at theRainbow Shower cutting some tree limbs with a manual saw – part of my “farmer’s yoga.” 🙂

The beautiful view was a bonus. And an incentive to keep coming back.

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