The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


Maui Day 7: My Birthday & Time to go home =(
June 29, 2009, 4:44 am
Filed under: camping, Life, Maui, Travel

We woke up, showered and prepared to leave the Sheepdawg Festival

 

Aaron hanging from the top bunk we called, "The Observatory"

Aaron hanging from the top bunk we called, "The Observatory"

My confidence behind the wheel was renewed

My confidence behind the wheel was renewed

aWe stopped in Paia for some breakfast and met up again with Barikuda, Sassy, Cousin Jimbo, J Ross & Lindsey. Kuda brought me the most delicious birthday cake I ever ate and then we parted ways again. Dinah, Aaron and I went to the beach for a final dip in Hawaiian waters. We had a little spare time after the beach and realized that we smelled and looked like some dirty hippies. It would have been torture to our fellow travelers if we got on the plane like that, but we only had the VW to call home. I drove back to the condo we stayed at earlier in the week and we took turns sneeking into the pool area to use their outdoor shower. We got fresh dressed like a million bucks and grabbed a bite to eat. Then it was time to return the VW and explain my mishap. The guy was fairly understanding and we waited for a cab to take us to the airport.

 

all the luggage for Dinah, Aaron & I!!!!

all the luggage for Dinah, Aaron & I!!!!

Birthday shot

Birthday shot

and Birthday shots!

and Birthday shots!

then a group shot before we jumped on the redeye to come home

then a group shot before we jumped on the redeye to come home

a hot stud I met in Maui

a hot stud I met in Maui

Luckily I knocked out in the first 15 minutes of the flight and didn’t wake until our final descent.

 

!Aloha Maui!

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Maui Day 6: Black Sand Beach & other delights
June 29, 2009, 4:10 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Events, Life, Maui, Music, Travel

We woke up and decided we needed some beach in our lives. Camp Keanae was beautiful, but perched precariously on a cliff with no beach access. J Ross was set to perform a tribute to Dread I with the Escort Service Band in the evening but we had hours of beautiful daylight before that. J Ross, Lindsey, Aaron, Dinah and I jumped into J Ross’s rented PT Cruiser and we were on our way! Lindsey’s cousin, Chef Tracy, has lived on Maui for 11 years and told us of a black sand beach close to Hana… we couldn’t resist. I was glad to be a passenger because I was able to enjoy the scenery and take some pictures. The road is windy with dense jungle. There are no gas stations, corner markets or McDonalds; as a matter of fact, there aren’t even any street lights or signs. There are however, occasional little shanty huts scattered along the way.

The was our first stop along the way...

The was our first stop...

with all kinds of tasty treats

with all kinds of tasty treats

bananas anyone?

bananas anyone?

We saw a peacock! The is the best shot we could get

We saw a peacock! The is the best shot we could get

Some booths didn't even have workers, just the honor system

Some booths didn't even have workers, just the honor system

After what seemed like 2 hours We saw the only road sign and it was for the beach we were looking for

it took FOREVER to get to Wainapanapa Beach but it was worth it

it took FOREVER to get to Wainapanapa Beach but it was worth it

Wouldn't you agree? Black sand beach at Wainapanapa

Wouldn't you agree? Black sand beach at Wainapanapa

Before getting to the black sand, there are black rocks

Before getting to the black sand, there are black rocks

there were all kinds of danger signs, but we still went in the water

there were all kinds of danger signs, but we still went in the water

On the way back we were starving and couldn’t wait to come across a little shack with goodies. There was one place with like 6 or 7 shacks all clumped together, here is what they had…

Coconut hut

Coconut hut

$1 Noni shots

$1 Noni shots

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay

Feline Goddess

Feline Goddess

a choice of treats

a choice of treats

Island Style tacos

Island Style tacos

Local Super Sweet Corn on the Cob

Local Super Sweet Corn on the Cob

We did find some cool nic-naks but nothing we wanted to eat. On the way to the beach we had seen a lonely Thai buffet in the middle of the jungle and thats what we had our hearts set on. Luckily for us it was worth the extra stop and holding out for it!

Kak's Thai Food Buffet

Kak's Thai Food Buffet

Aaron, J Ross, KAK, Dinah & June

Aaron, J Ross, KAK, Dinah & June

Kak is quite the character, we loved her so much we had to take a picture with her! She also cooked the best meal I ever ate, check it out…

fresh mahi mahi with veggies & noodles. MMMMMMMM!!!

Fresh mahi mahi with veggies & noodles. Only $10 in the middle of nowhere MMM!!!

We got back a lot later than expected and discovered that J Ross’ set got moved up. While she performed, we checked out some of the crazy hippies at the festival

Aima the Dreama, J Ross Parrelli & Dakini Star with the Escort Service

Aima the Dreama, J Ross Parrelli & Dakini Star with the Escort Service

those crazy hippies!

those crazy hippies!

We had a mini car club

We had a mini car club

Today was June 14th, the last day of my 31st year on this planet and the sky was beautiful as the sun drifted out of sight

the last light on the eve of my birthday

the last light on the eve of my birthday

the crowd during Ooklah the Moc's set

the crowd during Ooklah the Moc's set

more crazy Hippies & the Long Beach Gorilla

more crazy Hippies & the Long Beach Gorilla

I dont know why but I wanted to call him Wolfman Jack

I dont know why but I wanted to call him Wolfman Jack

LBG & Wolfman Jack

LBG & Wolfman Jack

The Long Beach Gorilla was on stage with Ooklah the Moc

The Long Beach Gorilla was on stage with Ooklah the Moc

This is where it started to feel like a cross between a rave, Woodstock & the Burning Man Festival. We were afraid to eat or drink anything we didn’t bring with us!

They had blacklights everywhere and luckily we had neon clothes!

They had blacklights everywhere and luckily we had neon clothes!

J Ross Parrelli, Barikuda's cousin Jimbo, Junebugg and Barikuda

J Ross Parrelli, Barikuda's cousin Jimbo, Junebugg and Barikuda

SheepDawg Tie Dye was EVERYWHERE

SheepDawg Tie Dye was EVERYWHERE

the crew minus Dinah Diamonds... I think she was in the shower

the crew minus Dinah Diamonds... I think she was in the shower

Ok so then they had this thing called the Whale Ride. As explained by one of the riders, it offered sonic healing. We HAD to try it!

This guy played synth noises on a keyboard mounted to a surfboard

This guy played synth noises on a keyboard mounted to a surfboard

and he took his job VERY seriously

and he took his job VERY seriously

it was like a giant teeter totter that also rotated

it was like a giant teeter totter that also rotated

the other end had a hammock with headphones to hear the synth noises

the other end had a hammock with headphones to hear the synth noises

Out loud for all to hear, were whale noises

this guy played music too while following the hammock

this guy played music too while following the hammock

There was another guy with a digereedoo too. I don’t know if I got sonically healed but I did get a good share of giggles. Next up we heard the most off beat drum session of all time and went to investigate

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Mighty Junebugg Earthday in Maui

No words can really describe it. Some time after this I went to bed… It was a looooong good day!



Maui Day 5: Goodbye Condo, hello VW Westfalia!
June 28, 2009, 9:24 pm
Filed under: camping, Events, Life, Maui, Music, Travel

We woke up Saturday morning and packed up all our stuff. It was time to move to the other side of the island and head to the Sheepdawg Festival. I took advantage of our wireless internet and made some emails from my “office”

My Office

My Office

We were staying at The Shores of Maui condos. Our spot slept 8 people and was only $175/night! It was wonderful to be able to cook our own meals and wash clothes while we were there. Wireless internet was also a huge lifesaver! Here are some shots of our accomodations:

The Shores of Maui was a wonderful home away from home

The Shores of Maui was a wonderful home away from home

Kuda & Sassy's room... Kuda got some seashells

Kuda & Sassy's room... Kuda got some seashells

the girls room

the Ladies room

girls bathroom

ladies bathroom

the other bathroom & laundry room (an awesome perk)

the other bathroom & laundry room (an awesome perk)

our kitchen

our kitchen

our living room

our living room

the view from our patio

the view from our patio

another view from our patio

another view from our patio

If you want to stay at the Shores of Maui, call Heidi the wonderful property manager (808)874-9010.

After checking out we picked up our 1988 VW Westfalia

this thing has some history!

this thing has some history!

Behind the wheel of our VW Westfalia

Behind the wheel of our VW Westfalia

I was having fun driving this bad boy. It was stick shift and I still had the “touch”. It also reminded me of all the wonderful road trips I took as a child in our own 1966 VW Bus. We drove to the airport to return the van we had been driving all week

Our ride the first part of the trip

Our ride the first part of the trip

I parked while we were waiting for Aaron to return the van. The engine was off and we were parked on a flat surface. After about 5 minutes I turned around to help Dinah organize some stuff in the back. All of a sudden I noticed life whizzing by out of the corner of my eye… WE WERE ROLLING BACKWARDS!!! I turned around quick to slam on the brakes but it was too late. The van rolled into a parked car and made a little boo boo.

oops!

oops!

bang'd up!

bang'd up!

OUCH! How could I have been so stupid?! Always remember folks… set the parking brake when driving stick! I filled out an accident report, shook off my nerves and we were on the road to Hana. This road is NO JOKE! I wanted to take pictures but  I was driving a 1988 power nothing, stickshift, metal toaster and I was afraid to even blink let alone do anything besides concentrate on driving. Here is a little exert from Wikipedia about the Hana Highway:

“Although Hāna is only about 52 miles (84 km) from Kahului, a typical trip to Hāna takes about three hours, as the road is very winding and narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one-lane bridges, requiring oncoming traffic to yield and occasionally causing brief traffic jams if two vehicles meet head-on. There are approximately 620 curves along Highway 360 from just east of Kahului to Hana, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use.”

Here is the only pic I was able to get along the way

lush greenery on the road to Hana

lush greenery on the road to Hana

We were only going halfway to Hana today. Our destination was the YMCA Camp Keanae

Camp Keanae

Camp Keanae

We were there to camp for the next two nights and to perform at the SheepDawg Festival

sheepdawgposterbigI was so relieved to be done driving, but I made SURE to set the parking brake AND put some big ass rocks in front of the tires for good measure. We quickly set up camp and set out to explore our surroundings for the next 3 days…

Dinah at our home sweet home for the weekend

Dinah at our home sweet home for the weekend

the little stage at SheepDawg Festival

the little stage at SheepDawg Festival

the main yard at SheepDawg

the main yard at SheepDawg

they were serious! I'd love to see the video

they were serious! I'd love to see the video

Custom built main stage at SheepDawg

Custom built main stage at SheepDawg

our view from the stage

our view from the stage

Double A chillin in the VW

Double A chillin in the VW

After waiting for hours J Ross and Lindsey finally showed up

J Ross Parrelli, Junebugg & Lindsey Love

J Ross Parrelli, Junebugg & Lindsey Love

What a beautiful day!

What a beautiful day!

they thought of everything at this place

they thought of everything at this place

Before long it was time to get ready for our show. 

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El Boogie on the Congas

El Boogie on the Congas

Barikuda was up first. Even though it started pouring rain, the crowd was still enthusiastic

Barikuda rocking the mic

Barikuda rocking the mic

Barikuda rockin da fluorescent at Sheepdawg

Barikuda wearing da fluorescent at Sheepdawg

After his set I played “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles and the rain… went away! J Ross got on stage and let the people know why they should be excited to be at Sheepdawg

J Ross Parrelli at SheepDawg

J Ross Parrelli at SheepDawg

 

"So what's it gonna be..." the Mighty Junebugg @ SheepDawg Festival

"So what's it gonna be..." the Mighty Junebugg @ SheepDawg Festival

 

Lindsey Love & El Boogie at SheepDawg

Lindsey Love & El Boogie at SheepDawg

Kanoa of Gomega @ Sheepdawg

Kanoa of Gomega @ Sheepdawg during Parrelli's set

 

J Ross Parrelli at SheepDawg

J Ross Parrelli at SheepDawg

Barikuda & the Mighty Junebugg

Barikuda & the Mighty Junebugg

 

the crowd at SheepDawg Festival

the crowd at SheepDawg Festival

 

backstage at Sheep Dawg

backstage at SheepDawg

Later in the night, the Goddess Alchemy Project performed and they were pretty fresh. If you dont know, look em up!

 

Goddess Alchemy Project before their show

Goddess Alchemy Project before their show

Music and performances went on til 6am… I’m pretty sure I was in bed by 2 or 3 though.



Maui Day 4: all over the place
June 18, 2009, 4:39 am
Filed under: Cooking, Life, Maui, Travel

We started off  the day in Kihei at our condo with the breakfast of hawaiian champions while watching the surf

 

Spam, Portugese Sausage, Eggs, Rice with seaweed, apples and oranges

Spam, Portugese Sausage, Eggs, Rice with seaweed, apples and oranges

 

Double A was all smiles

Double A was all smiles

 

J Ross Parrelli too

J Ross Parrelli too

After Breakfast we headed over to Makena Big Beach for a little excitment

 

Shann. our soundman, tour guide and friend took us to Makena Beach on the southside

Shann. our soundman, tour guide and friend took us to Makena Beach on the southside

 

while we were there we did some promoting for our shows

while we were there we did some promoting for our shows

 

it was the second to the last day of me being 31

it was the second to the last day of me being 31

 

I had to get the obligatory sign shot

I had to get the obligatory sign shot

 

first glimpse of the beach

first glimpse of the beach

 

barrel waves... watch out for that rock!

barrel waves... watch out for that rock!

 

We swam out past this with snorkel and goggles and saw SEA TURTLES!!!

We swam out past this with snorkel and goggles and saw SEA TURTLES!!!

 

the view from my blanket

the view from my blanket

 

I wiped out on a big wave coming in and my hair got covered in sand

I wiped out on a big wave coming in and my hair got covered in sand

 

horses and goats lives across the street from the beach

horses and goats lives across the street from the beach

After the beach we headed home to get ready for our show that night. It was another beautiful sunset from our patio!

 

Beautiful Sunset in Kihei

Beautiful Sunset in Kihei

 

 

Our show was at Casanova in Makawao. I can’t explain why but I really love this little town. We got there early and ordered some dinner, this was our first meal we didn’t cook since arriving in Maui. Double A ordered duck and his plate looked delectable!

 

mmmmm

mmmmm

The waitress who delivered our food was wearing some beautiful jewelry. When I asked her about it, she told us that she made it herself and gave me her card. This girl is amazing!

 

Melea's Hand Crafted Maui Jewelry

Melea's Hand Crafted Maui Jewelry

If you are interested in ordering some of her work, her name is Melea & here is her contact info:

Melea Matthews

Hand Crafted Maui Jewelry and Art

meleamatthews@yahoo.com

(808)463-1717

 

After Dinner we rocked the show. Dinah Diamonds was our show photographer and didnt get a chance to snap Marco or B arikuda because she was on merchandise duty…

 

Dinah Diamonds, our show photographer

Dinah Diamonds, our show photographer

Double Bubble

Double Bubble

 

J Ross Parrelli @ Casanova

J Ross Parrelli @ Casanova

 

El Boogie at Casanova

El Boogie at Casanova

Lindsey Love at Oceans

Lindsey Love at Oceans



Maui Day 3: Sunset in Kihei
June 17, 2009, 8:10 pm
Filed under: Cooking, Life, Maui, Travel

We napped and beach bummed it most of the day at our spot in Kihei. Here is a view of the sunset from our patio… DAMN THAT POLE!!!

448444864489449144934495After Sunset, we grubbed on some yummy BBQ (Dinner for 12)

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Teriyaki Chicken breast

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Sesame ginger chicken legs

BBQ Corn on the cob... mmmm

BBQ Corn on the cob... mmmm

 

Carne Asada

Carne Asada

a lovely green salad

a lovely green salad

a plate o'plenty!

a plate o'plenty!

After dinner we got ready for our show at Oceans in Kihei

 

Dinah Diamonds helped the Long Beach Gorilla get ready

Dinah Diamonds helped the Long Beach Gorilla get ready

We ended up having two extra house guests that night, because we gave them a place to stay one volunteered to be the Long Beach Gorilla. On the way to the venue he told us, “Thank you guys SO much for letting me be the gorilla!” I laughed in my head because I’ve been the gorilla and its HOT AS HELL in there! I could only imagine how he felt in the humid hawaii heat WITH a full gorilla suit on. He walked to Ocean’s with a sign like the pied piper of the jungle, luring people to our show. By the time he got there, he had clostrophobia and a heat stroke and was unable to get on stage with us… he HAD to get out of that suit! None the less, the show went on… I dj’d for a half hour or so and then it was Marco’s turn to rock the mic.

 

Marco rocked the rub-a-dub style

Marco rocked the rub-a-dub style

After Marco it was time for J Ross Parrelli to rock it. We recruited El Boogie and Lindsey Love to sing on backup

 

J Ross Parrelli

J Ross Parrelli

the whole crew with J Ross Parrelli

the whole crew with J Ross Parrelli

 

 

 

 

J Ross Parrelli & Kanoa doing their duet "Shoeless"

J Ross Parrelli & Kanoa doing their duet "Shoeless"

J Ross & Junebugg get down

J Ross & Junebugg get down

And finally Barikuda was up. He put it down in true hip hop ocean creature style

 

Barikuda wrote a song for his lady Sassy, so sweet!

Barikuda wrote a song for his lady Sassy, so sweet!

Shann had our sound perfect, we were so lucky he had our back! Ipo was there to support us even though her man had a show at Life’s A Beach and even her man Kanoa snuck over to do a track with J Ross.

it was HOT AS HELL inside Oceans, we were melted by the end of the night!

it was HOT AS HELL inside Oceans, we were melted by the end of the night!



Maui Day 2: Sunrise at Haleakalå
June 17, 2009, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Life, Maui, Travel

Our 2nd day on Maui began early… AT 2AM EARLY!!! Our friends from the island said it took a couple of hours to get to the summit and they weren’t lyin’! Ipo, Kanoa & Shann showed up knockin on our door at 1:45 in the morning. None of us wanted to wake up but we did and were out the door by 2am. We packed breakfast to go and were on our way…

Sassy making breakfast

Sassy making breakfast

Bagels w/ cream cheese, tomato, lettuce and cream cheese

Bagels w/ cream cheese, tomato, lettuce, cucumber and cream cheese

after about 45 min we had our first glimpse of sunlight

after about 45 min we had our first glimpse of sunlight

even the Long Beach Gorilla showed up to view the spectacle

even the Long Beach Gorilla showed up to view the spectacle

the sky grew brighter

the sky grew brighter

and brighter but still no sun

and brighter but still no sun. If you look close you can still see Mars!

 

at 10,023ft above sea level and above the clouds

at 10,023ft above sea level and above the clouds

 

the sun finally peeks above the clouds

the sun finally peeks above the clouds

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Goooooood Morning Haleakalå!

Goooooood Morning Haleakalå!

the light glares were amazing

the light glares were amazing

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the colors were amazing!

the colors were amazing!

 

the whole crater was illuminated

the whole crater was illuminated

Sunrise crew: Long Beach Gorilla, Sassy, Junebugg, J Ross Parrelli, Lindsey Love, Shann, Kanoa & Double A. Ipo took the pic and Dinah was back at the spot sound alseep

Sunrise crew: (backrow) Long Beach Gorilla, Sassy, Junebugg, J Ross Parrelli, Lindsey Love, Shann, (front row) Kanoa & Double A. Ipo took the pic and Dinah was back at the spot sound alseep

what a beautiful way to start the day!

what a beautiful way to start the day!

ah haa, we tried to look gangster but ended up looking like clowns

ah haa, we tried to look gangster but ended up looking like dorks

 

It felt nice to add another stamp to my National Parks book this year and to visit the only National Park in the Hawaiian Islands. The park includes the summit depression, Kipahulu Valley on the southeast, and ʻOheʻo Gulch (and pools), extending to the shoreline in the Kipahulu area. From the summit, there are two main trails leading into Haleakalā: Sliding Sands Trail and Halemauʻu Trail.

The temperature near the summit tends to vary between about 40°F and 60°F and, especially given the thin air and the possibility of dehydration at that elevation, the walking trails can be more challenging than one might expect. Despite this, Haleakala is popular with tourists and locals alike, who often venture to its summit, or to the visitor center just below the summit, to view the sunrise. There is no lodging, food, or gas available in the park.

The History:

Early Hawaiians applied the name Haleakalā (“house of the sun”) to the summit area only, most likely because from the west side of the island, the sun could be seen rising up over the eastern side of the mountain. In Hawaiian folklore, the depression at the summit of Haleakalā was home to the grandmother of the demigod Māui. According to the legend, Maui’s grandmother helped him capture the sun and force it to slow its journey across the sky in order to lengthen the day. In modern times, Haleakalā has become synonymous with the entire East Maui volcano.

From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones. The volcano is officially considered active[1] and has produced numerous eruptions in the last 30,000 years. This volcanic activity has been along two rift zones, the southwest and east. These two rift zones together form an arc that extends from La Perouse Bay on the southwest, through the Haleakalā Crater and to Hāna, to the east. The east rift zone continues under the ocean beyond the east coast of Maui as Haleakalā Ridge, making the combined rift zones one of the longest in the Hawaiian Islands chain.

Until recently, East Maui Volcano was thought to have last erupted around 1790, based largely on comparisons of maps made during the voyages of La Perouse and George Vancouver. Recent advanced dating tests, however, have shown that the last eruption was more likely to have been in the 1600s.[2] These last flows from the southwest rift zone of Haleakalā make up the large lava deposits of the Ahihi Kina`u/La Perouse Bay area of South Maui. In addition, contrary to popular belief, Haleakalā “crater” is not volcanic in origin, nor can it accurately be called a caldera (which is formed through when the summit of a volcano collapses to form a depression). Rather, scientists believe that Haleakalā’s “crater” was formed when the headwalls of two large erosional valleys merged at the summit of the volcano. These valleys formed the two large gaps — Ko‘olau on the north side and Kaupō on the south — on either side of the depression.