Instagramming Maui: X, Y & Z

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

I’m wrapping up my series here today :) I do hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Maui through my eyes.

 

“X, Y and Z” are for…

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X, Y and Z are for the rest of some of my favorite Maui things!

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: W is for…

 

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“W” is for…

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W is for Windsurfing

I have some creative lego-making folks living in my house, that is for sure!

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: V is for…

 

Only a few more days left in my series! Whew!!! :) :) :)

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“V” is for…

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V is for Value Natural Beauty

Sometimes all it takes is a moment to stop and see the true beauty inside something…or someone.

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: U is for…

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Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I hope your Friday is a great one!

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“U” is for…

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U is for Us

This silly family pic was captured on the Road to Hana this summer. We had an amazing team of people through Pray Hawaii join us (in separate vehicles) for some R&R after a week of serving with Feed My Sheep of Maui.

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: T is for…

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“T” is for…

 

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T is for Time to Cuddle

This was a sweet moment that I shared with my youngest son. He asked me to hold him and sing rock-a-bye baby to him. Please never grow up, mmmkay?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: S is for…

 Aloha Amigos! We’re finally nearing the end of the alphabet, bless. A 30 day challenge has only taken me four-ish months. Haha!

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“S” is for…

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S is for Surf Art.

This fun surf mural is in Paia Town. Somehow the artist managed to combine two things that I love: coffee and surf art. Have you ever visited this Northshore Maui gem?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: R is for…

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“R” is for…

 

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R is for Rainbows.

Y’all, we moved from our tiny cottage at the end of this summer. And the Lord opened the door for us to live here. Not outside. But this is our side yard. No words.

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: Q is for…

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Happy Monday, y’all!

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“Q” is for…

 

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Q is for Quote.

Quotes make my “Speech Communications major” heart happy. And one about dreams? Yeah, I love it even more. I’m always working on seeing dreams come to reality. They’re planted inside each one of us for a reason. Are you taking steps toward yours?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: P is for…

Aloha! My Hawaii-loving friends!

 

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“P” is for…

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P is for Peace.

Because sometimes all you need is a cozy spot on the couch and a cup of tea. What moment brings you peace?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Things Maui Mamas Say When Preparing for a Hurricane

Aloha y’all!

In case you’ve been hiding inside a clamshell, let me fill you in on the news: two huge storms (hurricanes Iselle and Julio) are heading toward the Hawaiian Islands. We’ve been preparing over the last week and we continue to wait and pray, hoping the storms divert away from us. While we wait (and while I still have internet) I thought I’d share a few things I’ve heard over the last few days.

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Hurricane Watch 2014: The view in front of our house.

Things Maui Mamas Say When Preparing for a Hurricane:

1. Wanna go to the beach?

2. Did you get water?

3. Costco is cra-zyyy!!!

4. Wanna go to the beach?

5. Don’t forget the popcorn: watching storms is the best!

6. The kids are out of school for four days – let’s go to the beach!

7. Wanna Zumba?

8. Hold on, I need to Instagram this.

9. Stay safe!

10. The calm before the storm.

And I’ll admit it, I’m guilty of several of these.

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Gabe preparing for the storm, feather headband and all!

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My collection of green bananas, hanging them to ripen. Because you do that before a storm, right?

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Because a storm is coming & I needed to go.

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Now’s a good time to do Zumba with my workout partner, right?

 

In the midst of waiting, I also made this rather useless video on the storm, as it’s hours before anything may occur. Although, you may enjoy it, if you’re curious to see how big my hair gets under humid conditions. There’s also a nice red hibiscus bush behind me, which is lovely to see. If you prefer a more detailed weather report, you should probably check the news. You are welcome. :)

I did manage to write an informative blog post on my other site Pray Hawaii, where you’ll find safety information as well as ways to pray for the islands in light of the storms.

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All kidding aside, stay safe, even in the calm before the storm. See you on the other side! And if you can’t wait until then, well, find me on Instagram. :) And for another Maui Mama (who’s actually a meteorologist) check out Malika Dudley’s website, “Life’s Swell”.

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

 

Instagramming Maui: O is for…

Happy Father’s Day from Maui!

 

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“O” is for…

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O is for Ohana.

Maui on Father’s Day…May yours be full of love, laughter, and waves! “Ohana” of course means family in Hawaiian and is the perfect tie-in for Father’s Day. :)

My hubby, Greg Poppy, and our two boys love body boarding together. The photo above was taken on Kauai back in November 2012, but it’s the perfect capture of their time on the waves. Greg heading out deep, Bryan doing something crazy and Gabriel hanging near the shore (although he braves the waters a lot more these days).

Greg and I became “instant parents” when Bryan came into our lives. With one phone call we went from being newlyweds of nearly three years to parents of a two-year-old. So, Greg’s first Father’s Day was eight years ago, and our lives were turned upside down, but for the better! We had Gabriel a couple of years later, and the rest is history. I’m a gal surrounded by guys, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Greg’s journey of fatherhood has been just that, a journey, and he’s always growing, always loving, always wanting to provide physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally his very best for his boys. That in itself is a gift, that desire to go above and beyond as a daddy. I’m one grateful Maui mama.

How will you celebrate Father’s Day this year?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

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Instagramming Maui: N is for…

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding toon a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“N” is for…

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N is for Northshore.

Also known as “My summer plans.”

Happy Aloha from Maui’s Northshore!

Jennifer

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Instagramming Maui: M is for…

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“M” is for…

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M is for May Day.

Have you ever heard of Lei Day? It’s a Hawaiian tradition (May Day/Lei Day) and our Maui school does a top-notch job of creating the perfect celebration! The entire community comes out to see all of the classes in each grade level perform various hula and island dances. Each student in the fifth grade class is selected to represent each Hawaiian island kingdom, which is beautiful to watch. One king and one queen is selected to represent the entire grade, and they perform solo dances (pictured top right and bottom left).

My youngest son danced with his kindergarten class to the song, “Taro Patch Twist” – simply adorable. And my oldest, who is in fourth grade, danced a fun hula with his class. These boys have some moves, and yes, they get them from me. :)

I love May Day/Lei Day, which became an official holiday in 1929 on Oahu. Traditionally, it is celebrated on May 1, however, these days schools typically wait until the end of the Spring semester to hold their celebration. If you’re ever on one of the Hawaiian Islands on May 1, try to catch a celebration downtown or at one of the resorts. I’m already looking forward to next year’s May Day celebration at our boys’ school!

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

 

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Sell Everything and Move to Hawaii – at least that’s what I did!

We’re interrupting your regularly scheduled blog series: Instagramming Maui – A to Z of My Island Life to share my updated bio…because you know that you wanna know more about this Island Gypsy Hawaii! :)

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Have you ever held a dream in your heart? One of mine came true when my husband, two sons and I sold our home, our car & our stuff to move to Hawaii! This lifelong dream, turned ongoing adventure has been worth it all.

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So, why Island Gypsy Hawaii?

I’ve always had an adventurous spirit, a desire to see the world and a love for diverse cultures. When I was a little girl my great-grandfather affectionately nicknamed me “Gypsy” because of my dark brown eyes. Little did PawPaw know just what a gypsy I would turn out to be having studied Spanish and traveled abroad during my college years, then living on both Maui and Kauai then back to Maui. While I’ve done my fair share of moving, I am here to stay for the forseeable future on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii!

So, what is your passion?

I’m one of those people who lives life to the fullest, always learning, always growing. My desire is to live authentically and purposefully. I love people and seek to encourage, bless and inspire everyone that I meet! I’m passionate about living holistically through my healthy habits in nutrition, fitness and homemade natural products for body and home. I’m creative and living in Hawaii only feeds my creative soul. You’ll find many gorgeous photographs from my adventures in Hawaii, upcycled art pieces and furniture redesign, to name just a few of my creative endeavors.

So, what else do you do?

I’m a freelance writer, so when I’m not blogging on Island Gypsy Hawaii, you can also find me as an editor/writer for Maui Family Magazine, as well as A Maui Blog and the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival. In addition to being a freelance writer, I’m also a public speaker. I began speaking in front of crowds at the age of sixteen. I loved it so much that I majored in Speech Communications in college, with a Spanish minor. I jokingly say that I majored in “talking,” and I must have done a good job because I graduated with honors from my university. I’ve also worked in radio, hosting my own lunch-hour show, as well as worked in the public relations field for several years.

So, you like Hawaii, huh?

Yes, I absolutely love the Hawaiian Islands! So much so that my husband and I have created an online community called Pray Hawaii. It’s a place where we can share about the needs on the islands and a place where tourists and locals alike can find a spot to serve the community.

Oh and remember how my hubby and I sold nearly everything to move to Hawaii? Well, if you’re looking for adventure, too, he’s now a licensed real estate agent here on Maui and would love to help you find your dream home!

Are you available for travel reviews on the islands?

Yes! I absolutely love checking out new places on the islands, whether it’s a restaurant, resort, organic farm or event.

How may I contact you?

Right here.

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer Poppy
Island Gypsy Hawaii

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Instagramming Maui: “L” is for…

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Aloha Amigos!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“L” is for…

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L is for La Comida.

La Comida is Spanish for “food.” This past weekend the family and I packed the car and headed to the other side of the island. When you live on an island going to the “other side” is considered long distance traveling, but when Mexican food is involved, it’s worth every mile.

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The handsome guy with me is Greg Poppy of Poppy Island Properties.

I was invited to my first “TweetUp” by edible Hawaiian Islands, and the location was ideal: Sangrita Grill and Cantina. Ever since my Twitter feed began filling up with images from Sangrita’s opening night, I began dreaming of trying it out. Seeing as I’m from Texas originally, and was nearly a double-major in Spanish in college, Mexican food is kind of my specialty. Well, it’s at least something I love!

It can be difficult finding yummy Mexican food here on the island, unless of course you’re talking about in my kitchen. :) I was pleasantly surprised to find the menu at Sangrita’s varied and let me tell you, the food was muy ono! Very delicious!!! The environment is lovely as well, as we ate out on the lanai and enjoyed visiting with other social media peeps. If you’re looking for a Mexican food restaurant on the Westside, I recommend trying out Sangrita’s. (And no, I was not compensated for this post, although I wouldn’t mind being paid in tacos).

Even though I live Upcountry, their Taco Tuesday deal may have me jumping in the car despite the drive. Yummy!!!

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Do you have a fave Mexican restaurant in Maui? Have you tried Sangrita Grill & Cantina yet? Mahalo to Dania Katz of edible Hawaiian Islands for the invitation…can’t wait for our next TweetUp.

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For a few more reads on my Maui food posts via A Maui Blog:

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Psst…Remember to pick up your free copy of Maui Family Magazine. I have several parenting & pregnancy articles, and The Ohana Mama has some fun summer ideas!

 

Instagramming Maui: “K” is for…

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Happy Monday!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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K is for…

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K is for Keiki.

Keiki = kids

We have two of them. One born from my heart, the other born from my tummy…brothers.

Here’s the youngest one hamming it up: I call this the “Pretend Pout.”

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If you’re on Maui & needing ideas for activities in the summer (it’ll be here before we know it!) then be sure to pick up your free copy of Maui Family Magazine. There’s a huge summer program guide & other great articles.

maui-family-magazine-jennifer-poppyDo you have any fun summer plans? Will you be making a trip to Hawaii? There’s more to do here than just the beach :) although the beach is enough for me!

 

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

 

Instagramming Maui: Ocean, Sun, Waves, Beauty

Aloha and happy weekend to you!

While I sip on my morning coffee, I thought I’d do a little recap of my Instagramming Maui series thus far. And if you haven’t found me on Instagram yet and would like to see some of this Maui goodness, then you’ll find me here: IslandGypsyHawaii

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A is for Avocado

B is for Beach Ballet Beauty

C is for Coffee

D is for Dress-Up

E is for Eco-Friendly

F is for Festival

G is for Gypsy

H is for Hawaii

I is for Inspiration

J is for Journey

How do you like this little series so far? Are you on Instagram as well? What’s your favorite kind of photography?

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

Instagramming Maui: “J” is for…

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Aloha Amigos!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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J is for…

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J is for Journey.

Moving to Maui, Hawaii, has been quite the journey for me and my family. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Have you ever moved far away from everyone and everything? Do you have a longing to take that leap and make a move? 

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

 

Instagramming Maui: “I” is for…

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Aloha – are you still there? I’m finally back. I didn’t really go anywhere, except, well, not keeping up with my A to Z Instagramming Maui Series. However, I was still posting on Instagram ;)

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.Instagram-Maui-Island-Gypsy-Hawaii

I is for…

 

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I is for Inspiration.

You see, sometimes you need to be inspired by someone or something to take action. And even when you do xyz there’s still a time of waiting for that right door to open. I’m grateful that that “right door” did open this past March when Nicole Shipman of Maui Family Magazine invited me on board as a writer/editor. My Maui mama friend Sarah Burns of The Ohana Mama had connected us, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I was inspired by this fun Maui magazine when we first moved to the island over two years ago. Ihad hoped to write for Maui Family Magazine one day…and now today I’m sitting here with a thankful heart.

Inspiration…where do you hope it takes you?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

PS If you live on Maui and are looking for fun activities to do with your kiddos, tips for overcoming summer boredom, ways to connect with your baby, and every summer camp known to man…then be sure to pick up your free copy of Maui Family Magazine. You can find it at over 1,000 locations in Maui County.