Archive for May, 2008

Leilani’s on the Beach Restaurant and Bar

May 29th, 2008


Leilanis   There is only one place on the Westside of Maui that you should visit for a fun Maui experience.

     It is Leilani’s on the Beach for lunch, dinner or late night snack. This is the place if your pleasure is great food and majestic sunsets.

     This time of the year in June and July, the sun sets between the two facing islands of Lanai and Molokai. This is the place to imbibe

     tasty tropical drinks and super cocktails and then take a stroll on the beach. Tell the bartenders Mickey sent you.

     Don’t forget to enjoy the world famous Hula Pie. Leilanis-3














They have the best Ono fish taco on the island.

     Here is the Map Quest Link to Leilani’s on the Beach


Questions from Tourists Visiting Hawaii

May 29th, 2008

Questions from Tourists Visiting Hawaii

Those of us who live in Hawaii meet lots of tourists. Here are some of the questions that I have heard:

What is the money exchange in Hawaii?

Which side of the road do you drive on in Hawaii?

Is there water all the way around the Hawaiian islands? islands

Do we need a permit to drive over to the other islands?

Can you drink the tap water in Hawaii?

Do we give tips in Hawaii?

What languages are spoken on the various islands?

Where can I get free coupons?

Are there any pearls left in Pearl Harbor?

How much are the tickets for the whale show?










Do they use the same whales for every show?

Where do they get the whales?


I try to give answers to these questions, but sometimes words fail me.


Maui Blackie – Blackie Gadarian

Customer's Communicate

You have to be old enough to appreciate this. If you don’t understand this….. You are too young.

May 29th, 2008



Information at your finger tips and in your face… just take a few moments and READ…

May 29th, 2008

I’m up to my neck with people who, for whatever reason, refuse to use and trust the size charts and fail to read the information about availability, ordering and shipping and then complain about the re-stocking, handling and re-listing fee. I’m baffled by the customer’s who do not read the drop-down menus of information and links found on all pages.


You are buying something on the Internet. You can not try it on or hold it up against yourself to see how it might fit as you would at your local store in the mall. YOU MUST TRUST THE SIZE CHARTS. They are accurate. offers Made in Hawaii apparel. These things are not made in Taiwan, China, Pakistan, India or any foreign country . 99% of what we sell is Made in the U.S.A. in Honolulu, Hawaii. sells and ships over 30,000 garments a year to all parts of the globe. The size charts work for most people. All items are made in VERY LIMITED quantities. No one, but allows you SIX MONTHS to facilitate an exchange. Think about it. Not 30 days, but 6 months!


It is imperative that the size charts are accurate. prefers not to take the time to un-pack your return for exchange or refund. wants you to get it right the first time when you place your order. Most orders require solving a mystery when they are received back on Maui for exchange or refund. We call it M.S.O.I., “Maui Shirts Order Investigation”. Most orders that come back are packed poorly and require steaming of the shirt or dress. Most orders that come back do not have an Order Number or enough information to simply make the exchange or refund. Most orders require much research before the refund or exchange can take place. And, believe it or not, this is done in 3 to 5 work days. NOT 30 days or more, like most other businesses.


Exchanges and returns require re-listing the items so the next person can have a choice, steaming of the garment to get the wrinkles out, re-stocking, handling and sorting into the inventory racks. All of this takes a great deal of time. tries very hard to give you all the information you require so that you purchase the correct size the first time. A great deal of time and commitment is put into the measurements within the published size charts. Please use them. And, there is a toll free number for you to call if you have further questions about size measurements.


Local Maui time can be found on the top of this page/link.


The measurements within all size charts are measurements of the garments, not your body. knows all too well that there are no infants, toddlers, kids or adults built exactly the same way. Everyone is different. Everyone wants their clothes to fit differently. Some like loose fit. Some like tight fit.


So, please, dear customers, stop moaning about the 15% fee for re-stocking, re-listing and handling your returned item because you want a refund and not an exchange. There are NO FEES for exchanges. You can exchange for anything. The web site is over 3,000 pages deep offering thousands of choices. You have six months to make an exchange. All you have to do is mention your Order Number. It is not complicated. works extremely hard to give you all the information you need for shipping, ordering, returns and exchanges. This is unlike every other web site. was created as an Internet business.. We are not a little web site that supports a retail store. is as serious as it can be about our web site presence. is head and shoulders above all others in letting the customer find the information they need to make an intelligent choice. There is a link on the top of all 3,000 plus pages to readily find this information. All you have to do is READ. There is a toll-free number on the bottom area of all web pages. You can track your shipment from links on the bottom of all pages. Everything possible has been done to make your shopping experience up-front, honest and informative.


Men’s shirt Size chart measurements are accurate … Comment from Spain

May 26th, 2008

Aloha Mickey
I’ve received today the shirts , and everything is perfect, very fast, since we live so far. (Spain).

The size was perfect too.
Thank you very much and have a nice day.


A Legend from Hawaiian Ancient Folklore

May 26th, 2008

A Legend from Hawaii Ancient Folklore

All the world’s people have traditions and history. So do the Hawaiians.

Many years ago, the King and his people lived on the island of Maui.

His rule was absolute.

Among his subjects were Ooma and Oopa. Ooma was a beautiful girl and Oopa was a handsome young man.

Ooma and Oopa lived on the seashore in a grass dwelling. During the day, Ooma made poi out of taro and cooked fish. Oopa went fishing and hung around the other men, as all men do all over the world.

Once in a while, the King would start a war with other kings and Oopa would have to go.

It was on the third day after the half moon when the moon was directly overhead. That was the holiest of days because the King said so.

Ooma gave birth to a beautiful boy. Everyone came to admire this man-child.

The King was overjoyed. His sons had been killed in battle. He had no heirs. This man-child would be a great heir. After all, he was born at a holy time.

But first, the child had to pass the test: a very important one.

The King, Ooma and Oopa and the entire village entourage had a procession to the top of the royal mountain named Hia’mo.

The child was held up to the sun and the high priest made the offering to the Gods that this child was indeed of royal blood, since the child was born at the holy time.

The priest reported to the King that additional proof was needed before the child could be pronounced as royalty to follow in the footsteps of the King.

The royal test was called out. The child was placed on the holy rock. The child’s umbilical cord was placed in a hollow bowl made of rare coral.

The child had to stay there for one full day and moon.

Everyone examined the umbilical cord through that period. If the ants did not eat the umbilical cord, the child would be ordained a young king by the high priest.

If the ants ate the cord, the child was obviously an imposter. The high priest picked up the child and threw it off the mountain.

Ooma and Oopa’s man child failed the test. Ooma and Oopa went home to try, try again.

And that’s how it was in the old days in Hawaii.

This religious practice was stopped later on when the King realized too many of his subjects were being thrown off the mountain.

Maui Blackie -  Bllackie Gadarian

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Bougainvillea Ladies shirt is a hit!

May 26th, 2008

Dear Mickey and staff,

My beautiful bougainvillea aloha shirt arrived two days ago in black and in perfect condition.  Thanks so much for going the extra mile and for the superb service.

Mahalo and aloha,

Lynne Baker


Flag theft on Memorial Day

May 26th, 2008

american_flag We all know there are thieves out there. They are everywhere. They are lurking around in every city in every state in every country. I came to live on this island paradise, Maui, because I was attempting to get away from the theft and evil prevalent in the big mainland cities. It was a valid reason. I knew crime would be here too, just less of it, less people, less crime. But, what kind of foul, low life would steal my U.S. flag on Memorial Day? What kind of low-life would steal the unfurled American flag on one the most sacred days memorializing the men and women who have died defending the ideals of freedom? What kind of moron is this? What kind of fool could be that thoughtless?

My nylon American flag was a beautiful flag. I owned it for many, many years. I displayed on my lanai in a side wall bracket, on appropriate holidays and illuminated it in the evening. It had embroidered stars and sewn stripes. It was Made in the U.S.A. by Valley Forge Flag Company. It was not one of those cheap, flimsy made in Taiwan ink dyed flags. It was the best quality you could purchase. Now, some low-life with zero moral character must have thought it was a joke to pull it out of its wall bracket and walk off with it in the middle of the night. The only joke is the person who stole it.

So, fellow citizens, and you tourists take heed. Don’t leave anything you own unattended. If you don’t keep your eye vigilant your property will find itself gone in a New York second. If it’s not screwed or bolted down it will disappear without a trace. Some creep is hiding in some corner, behind some rock, in the shadows always waiting to relieve you of your valuables. Believe it. The thieves are our there. They are everywhere you reside or travel to take what is not theirs for no reason and for nothing less than idiocy.


Listen to the happy customer who knows how to read and use the size charts

May 25th, 2008

My new Tropical Garden Ladies Aloha shirt, ordered through Amazon, just arrived via priority mail.  It got here days before I expected it and I appreciate that it came carefully wrapped in tissue paper rather than a wasteful plastic bag like so many things. 

I have to tell you I am very happy with the quality.  I always worry about sizing when ordering on line but your size charts were accurate and helpful and the shirt fits beautifully.  Beautiful shirt, great price, great service, made in America — what more could one ask for!  Thank you.

Betty Beavers



Mai Tai Lounge takes a win over Kimo’s

May 24th, 2008

I’m now living on this island Paradise for ten years. I eat out most every night. Let me speak about some of my experiences at my local Westside eateries. I’m going to rate these restaurant bars from one to ten; ten being best. I will start this little dilatation on Front Street in Old Lahaina town.

 mai-tai My latest suggestion and highly recommended eatery is the Lahaina Mai-Tai Lounge. Simply follow this little map. It is a few doors past the old established Kimo’s and is located at 839 Front Street. This new exotic eatery is called the Lahaina Mai-Tai Lounge. It is a short walk from my showroom located on the second floor of Anchor Square on Papalaua St. The menu at the Lahaina Mai-Tai Lounge is fresh, tropical and exciting. You must try the Sweet Potato Stack. It’s fantastic with a small cost of $ 10.95. This Sweet Potato Stack is the yummiest. The restaurant is on two levels and sits cantilevered over the ocean. There is an upstairs and downstairs bar. The decor is comfortable and full of Polynesian decor and design. The ocean views are spectacular. I’ve eaten many offerings from the menu and all have been delicious. The menu is full of island favorites like Macadamia Nut Encrusted Opah and No Ka Oi Beer Battered Fish and Chips, (No Ka Oi in local Hawaiian means "Simply the Best), to mention only two. The four sushi Sushi Rolls they offer are scrumptious. The sandwiches, burgers and taco portions are large and the prices are less expensive than their neighbors for comparable entrees. I rate the Lahaina Mai Tai Lounge a solid ten. Tell ’em Mickey sent you.

My favorite place used to be Kimo’s, but lately the bartenders have become somewhat taken by some unknown proprietary interest. I think they may be encouraged by management to move you in and out of their limited quantity of bar stools as fast as possible. You can eat and drink at the bar. That is a plus for single guys and locals. The wait for a table upstairs can be excruciating. An empty or vacated bar stool, to the bartenders, and there are usually three of these proficient guys attending the bar nightly, is another tip waiting to happen.

The drinks from some of these Kimo’s guys are not consistent and sometimes weak at best. The tourist brand of their fancy tropical drinks look great with the pineapple and umbrellas attached. Their Mai Tai is better than average, with their big Tiki jug, but I’ve seen some of the pours. They are not the strongest, many a time, that’s for sure. The way they pour wine, to me, is a joke. It’s a nice big glass about half full. I think they have some wine pouring issues. I’ve seen ’em measure the wine into a small carafe and then dump the contents into your glass, making sure you do not get any chance for an over pour. No customers seem to mind. But, where I come from you received a full glass of wine for your money. At Kimo’s it looks like the glass is half empty, not half full. I am sure they would argue this. It must be the size of the glass, not the contents. Sort of like, it’s the motion of the ocean, not the size of the boat.

These proficient Kimo’s bar keeps constantly fuss over you and will nab your swizzle stick or straw and toss it in the ever-ready trash bin, if you happen to rest it on the bar top for a moment while sipping your cocktail. And, they will constantly replace your drink napkin. They will remove your pupu food dishes out of your way and their way, expeditiously. I think the constant attention to cleanliness is to let you know that they are keeping an eye on you.

One thing that I find curious and somewhat disturbing is the fact that they let toddlers and kids sit and drink at the bar. So, and I’ve seen this more than once, if you want a couple of kids kneeling on their knees on the wood bar stool next to you sucking their non-alcohol, Shirley Temple drink out of a bended straw waiting for them to spill it all over the bar and into your lap and down your leg…grab you bar stool and belly up to the bar. And, be careful of what we locals call ‘stroller-burn’. These baby strollers are prevalent in this ground floor, ocean front eatery. So, don’t let one of these free wheeling kid carriages run up too close to your heels. You will be burned. If you don’t mind crying babies, screaming banshee children and kids running around, this is the place for you and your family.

The pupu menu is common and unchanged for years. The food, fish, chicken dishes are better than average. The giant portion of their legendary prime-rib is one the islands best. If price bothers you, then you best find another place. Kimo’s is not for the budget minded. I rate this place a shaky seven to eight at best.

Meandering Mickey

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