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Mango Cheesecake Recipe

Crust:

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/3 cups unsweetened coconut
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tsp. lime zest
1 cup (2 sticks/8 oz./226g) unsalted butter, melted

Fruit Filling:
2 tbsp. (1/4 stick/1 oz./28g) unsalted butter
2 fresh mangoes, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. lime zest
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Cheesecake Filling:
1 lb. (two 8 oz. packages/16 oz./453g) cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup fresh mango puree
2 tbsp. sour cream
1 tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
3 eggs

Mango Peach Glaze:
2 Mangoes sliced
1 Jar Peach (fruit glaze)

Cooking Process
1. For Crust:
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Combine flour, graham crumbs and coconut with sugar and lime zest. Stir in melted butter and blend until even and crumbly. Press into the bottom and an inch up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until browned around edges and allow to cool. Wrap bottom of pan will foil and place in a baking dish that has at least a 2-inch lip. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F/150°C.2. To Prepare Fruit Filling:
Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add mangoes, sugar, lime zest, lime juice, ginger and nutmeg. Sauté for 5 to 6 minutes, until fruit is tender and juices have evaporated. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and spread into bottom of baked crust.

3. Cheesecake Filling:
Beat cream cheese in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with electric beaters until smooth and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl often. Add sugar, flour and salt and beat again scraping down the sides of the bowl often. Mix in mango purée, sour cream, lime juice and vanilla and blend well. At this point, there should be no lumps – if there are, beat again until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, and scraping bowl thoroughly. Pour cheesecake into prepared pan.  Take cheesecake in baking dish to oven door. Pour boiling water around pan to come up halfway. ** I would strongly recommend using a cheesecake moat to prevent your cheesecake from getting ruined.  Instead of putting your springform pan in an aluminum roaster pan, you would put it in the cheesecake moat which will protect it from water damage and provide the necessary water barrier to produce perfect cheesecakes!

Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Halfway through cooking, crack the oven door for 10 minutes then complete cooking. Turn off oven, crack oven door, and let cheesecake cool to room temperature. Chill overnight in springform pan.

4. Mango Glaze
Slice peaches into various sizes.  Place in pattern on top of cheesecake. Pour glaze over fruit.

5. To serve, run a paring knife around the edge of the cheesecake and remove ring.

Makes 12 to 16 servings.

*** Mahalo to Cooking Hawaiian Style for allowinf us to re=post the recipe and the photo – For more instructions and video on how to best cook this, please to to http://cookinghawaiianstyle.com/index.php?option=com_recipe&view=recipes&layout=detail&id=628

April 2012 Events On Maui

It’s almost halfway through March. It’s time for us to highlight some of the events happening next month (April) to give you ample time to plan. Here’s our event picks:

Opening Ceremony

1. Celebration of the Arts – This prestigious event is held at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua on April 6 weekend. The Ritz Carlton had been hosting this cultural event that pay tribute to the people, arts, and traditions of Hawaii. There will be seminars on Hawaiin current events, arts and crafts, hula performances and other exhibits. The closing celebration culminates in a Paina and entertainment by asd amazing presentation by Ulalela.

Ag Fest

2. Maui County Agricultural Festival – This fun family event will be held at the Maui Tropical Plantation on April 7. Maui AgFest aims to bring awarenenss to the local agriculture industry through various aspects of the event: exhibits, cooking and baking demonstrations, contest and also through music and dance.

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3. Banyan Tree Birthday party – The 139th birthday of the Lahaima town’s famous Banyan Tree will be celebrated with a birthday cake on April 21. Artists playing nature artworkds, hands-on activities for children and multi-cultural entertainment.

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4. East Maui Taro Festival. Have you tasted at “taro” yet?  If not, it will be a great time to taste this Hawaiian staple at the East Maui Taro Festival. Enjoy the all day festival on Saturday, April 28, with live music and hula, arts and crafts, and ancient games, food booth and taro planting demonstrations

* Photo Credits:  Taro Photo by Kent K. Barnes / kentkb; all other photos are by Peter Liu – via and linked to Flckr.

What To Do On A Rainy Day on Maui? Watch Ulalena

It’s raining … it’s pouring … the Maui visitors are wondering … “what are we going to do?  There are many things to do on Maui on a rainy day, but we want to highlight one actiivity that your whole family will love. That is enjoying the show Ulalena. You will be mermerized by the story, the music and the incredible performance of the Ulalena cast.

Ulalena is an indoor theatrical presentation of Hawaiian myths, legends and culture. Stories include that of the Kumulipo, believed by ancient Hawaiians to be the story of creation; Pele, the volcano goddess; and Hina, the moon goddess. Shows incorporate the art of hula, theatrical performances and acrobatics. A unique, one-of-a-kind indoor performance at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina can add to your vacation experience, despite the weather conditions.

'Ulalena - Maui Theatre, October 2010

You have the option of just watching the show, or you can make it easier and more enjoyable for yourself and your family by having dinner there too. Dinner packages are available at a reasonable price with choices of menu from Ruth Chris’s, Lahaina Prime Rib, Hard Rock and Lahaina Grill.

Ulalena is one of a kind spectacular show that can only be seen on Maui.  As one writer said, “you’d be swept away on the same journey from the creation of the islands to the early island explorers”.  Ulalena blends traditional theatre with acrobatic feats of strength and beauty. It’s a family-friendly winning show! Watch this:

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For more information or make reservations, visit the Ulalena official website.

We Love This Review By Sue on Na Hale O Keauhou

We love this review written by Sue on Flipkeyregarding one of our units on the Big island, Hawaii – the Na Hale O Keauhou:
Big Island vacation rentalLove This Place! My husband, sister in law and two children (ages 11 and 17) and I stayed here for the second time last week (this exact unit). We love the complex as it is quiet, well maintained and very nice. We loved sitting on the patio to enjoy the sights – including a distant view of the ocean. There is an entry gate, so it feels fairly safe and you know everyone there is likely living or vacationing there. There is a shopping center in walking distance, with restaurants and a market. You can also walk down to a small beach with snorkeling, and other hotels, etc. My husband and I walked every day we were there and enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful vacation homes along ali’i drive. The pool is nice – nothing fancy like you will find at big hotels, but it serves the purpose, and there is a jacuzzi also.
The units are good size with a full size kitchen and 3 bedrooms upstairs. We had plenty of room with 5 people in the unit. The rooms all have fans and there is also air conditioning if needed.
The units were prepared with lots of supplies such as bath towels, beach towels, kitchen dish soap, toilet paper, snorkel gear, etc, so we didn’t have to buy all necessary supplies day one.
We have looked at units for sale in this complex and would love to own one, that is how much we like it!
By SueinCA from 33020 on 2/27/2012 for a stay in 2/1/2012 at
My Detailed Ratings
Value: 0 of 5 Check-in: 0 of 5 Location: 0 of 5 Cleanliness: 0 of 5 Comfort: 0 of 5 Service: 4 of 5

Maui March 2012 Events

March 2012 is almost here!  Do you have some big plans this month? Or are you like me, no definite plans yet but always on the look out for fun things to do.  I looked at the Maui Events Calendar and there are four (4) events that I thought are worth highlighting and sharing here.

Wailuku First Friday March 2012Wailuku First Friday “Zumba Wailuku” March 2, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wailuku First Friday celebrates its love for community and health with Hawaii Medical Service Association’s Zumba Wailuku. All of Maui is invited to come! Entertainment includes:

  • Non-stop Zumba at the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park
  • Bryan and Friends on the Maui Thing Stage, 6 p.m.
  • Gene and Shea Argel in front of Cafe ‘O Lei
  • Joel Katz at 33 N. Market Street
  • Live music at Main Street Bistro
  • Maui OnStage at the historic Iao Theater performs “Grease”  at 7:30 pm, $22, reservations recommended – 242-6969

Market Street will close at 5:30 p.m. No cars will be allowed during the event. Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Artisans, crafters and food vendors will line the street!  Parking available at Maui Medical Group Parking Lot, Municipal Parking Lot and Wells Park

Ulupalakua Remembers March 4, 2012 11am to 4pm – Ulupalakua hosts a Sunday Drive events quarterly, to share and honor different aspects of this unique historic area.  Each event features live music on the beautiful grounds of Maui’s Winery, lunch specials at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store, complimentary wine tasting and an opportunity to learn more about the area’s history and culture.
This weekend they are celebrating the rich heritage of this historic ranchland in an event called “Ulupalakua Remembers”.

  • Music at Winery Grounds Stage  11 – 4
  • Grammy winner Richard Ho’opi’i & Ohana
  • Ukulele virtuoso Derick Sebastian
  • Joel Katz Hawaiian steel guitar
  • Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble
  • Uncle Benny Uyetake
  • HistoryRemembering legendary Ulupalakua artist Reems Mitchell, creator of Maui’s most photographed statues. View memorabilia of his work and life

Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival  March 10 – 11, 2012
Lahaina celebrates the annual migration of Pacific Humpback whales with ocean arts festivities. On Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm in Banyan Tree Park Several Whale Research groups will educate visitors and locals alike. Artists display their best marine-themed art for sale, while Hawaiian musicians and hula troupes entertain. Enjoy a kids ocean art contest, whale photo displays. Free admission.

Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival Sat., March 31st, 2012 9am – 4:30pm
The mission of the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival  is to celebrate the past and present of the community of Haiku while building for the future.  The festival highlights local agriculture, arts, crafts and restaurants.  The rich cultural heritage is evident in the entertainment, historical displays and kupuna talks.  The festival is a collaborative effort of the Haiku School PTA, the Haiku Boys & Girls Club and the Haiku Community Association.  The monies raised by the event are used primarily to support the educational enrichment programs at Haiku School.  Programs such as art enrichment, creative movement, music, physical education, field trips, playground equipment, classroom allowances and bottled water.  The Boys & Girls Club and Haiku Community Association also benefit.  Wherever you are from we hope you enjoy this unique Haiku Community event.  Cost: Free Admission

Hula Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi At The Maui Nui Botanical Gardens This Saturday Feb. 25, 2012

Hula Halau at the Botanical Garden

Ke’ala’iliahi 2012

The Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi are performing at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens 150 Kanaloa Ave this Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This is a fun family event. The Cost is $10 (presale), $15 (at gate), children 5 and under are free!

Great Entertainers such as  Weldon Kekauoha & Friends, Hoku Zuttermeister & Friends, Del Beazley & Friends, Walt Keale & Friends, O’Brien Eselu & Ke Kai O Kahiki and Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi will be be perforning. There are also Food, Arts & Craft Booths, Silent Auction during the event.

Tickets Available at:  American Savings Bank – Pukalani, Maui Thing – Wailuku, ‘Ulalena Maui Theatre – Lahaina and any Halau Member

Maui Open Studio With Shane Robinson This Weekend

On Saturday February 18th, and Sunday February 19th, at 11:00am to 6:00pm, the talented  Artist Shane Robinson‘s  studio will be open as part of the Maui Open Studio Event happening this month.  Shane’s Studio is located at 375 W Kuiaha Rd Ste 24 in Haiku. We are all invited to come!

When you come, you will see Shane’s wide range of work: numerous forms of abstract photography, digital art created on the iPhone and iPad, and his acrylic paintings in process.

He will be offering demos, refreshments, music, and special pricing! It’s easy to add some art to your walls at home and work during the Maui Open Studios tour. The studio is on the top floor with great north shore views!

Shane together with Roxanne will also be hosting an extended gathering aka party on Saturday evening – it will be a fun time of art, food, drink and conversations.

Photos shown here were taken by Peter Liu at the last year’s Maui Open Studio.  Thank you Peter for allowing us to use these photos. You can see more on Kaiscapes Flickr Acct.

For more information on this event and on Shane’s art, go to at www.shanerobinson.com

Any Day Can Be A Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to you all. We discovered some pretty cool Valentine gifts with a bit of Hawaiian touch in it. Initially, we thought, it might be a little late to post about it since today is already Valentines Day. But then again, we do not have to wait for Valentines Day to express our love and appreciation, right? Any day can be a day to express your love and affection, through kind words, deeds, romantic dates, and romantic gifts such as these:

from http://www.sweetparadisechocolate.com/

http://www.withouraloha.com/Protea.Baskets/Extra.Large.Protea.Basket.html

So once again, from us here at Aloha Luxury Properties, we wish you a Happy Valentines Day today and Happy Love Day, everyday!

Fortune Cookie for Valentine on Maui

Fortune Cookie

  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Coconut Extract
  • Cooking Process:  Preheat oven to 300 °F.Beat egg white and oil. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Grease cookie sheet well anddrop approximately 1 teaspoon of batter onto cookiesheet and using a circular motion, form a circle.  You can add more batter and make giant fortune cookies if you desire.Bake for aboutt 10 minutes or until the outer edges become brown. Remove one cookie from oven with spatula or metal spoon. I would recommend using gloves.  Watch video to see proper folding and handling method.
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Decorating Ideas:  

  • Chocolate for dipping, Candy melts, and add candied hearts or sprinklers
  • Note paper with typed or hand-written fortunes
  • Recipe Courtesy of www.cookinghawaiianstyle.com – Mahalo!

February Events on Maui

Maui Run For The WhalesRun and Walk For The Whales

Runners and walkers, adults and kids, residents and visitors are invited to take part in one of Maui’s largest fun runs and walking events. The Run and Walk for the Whales course includes ocean views — you might even see a whale or two breaching in the distance! Choose from the 5K walking course, 5K running course, half marathon walking course, half marathon running course and 2K running course for kids. Starting line and post-run festivities will take place at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, South Maui.  Medallions, lei and free whalewatch tickets awarded to top male and female overall in 5K and Half Marathon. Age group medallions awarded in 5K Run and Half Marathon Run. Keiki race will award medallions to the “boy top finisher” and “girl top finisher.” All runners and walkers will be entered into prize drawings.

This event includes professional chip timing for 5K runners and Half Marathon; clock timing for 5K and Half Marathon walkers and 2K Keiki runners. Entry fee for adults includes “Run and Walk for the Whales” quick dry t-shirt plus post-race breakfast. Children ages 12 and under participating in the 2K Keiki Race will receive a “Run and Walk for the Whales” cotton t-shirt plus post-race breakfast. Water and aid stations and musical entertainment located along course. Starting line and post-run festivities will take place at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, South Maui.

Maui Open Studios

Arts at Maui Open StudiosThe Annual Maui Open Studios Event is the first island-wide event of its kind in Hawaii. It spans over 4 weekends in February every year and consists of an Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition, 3 weekends of artist open studios, and other satellite concerts and art exhibitions throughout the month. The inaugural Maui Open Studios Event took place in February of 2011 and included 111 registered artists at over 90 venues island wide.

Artists are encouraged to do live demonstrations, serve refreshments, talk story about their art, sell their work, connect with their visitors and create unique exhibition spaces for the public to enjoy.  The public, both local and tourist alike, will have a very unique opportunity year after year to experience the creativity that the art community on Maui has to offer. It is a very special event for both the artists and art-collectors alike.

Maui Open Studios Tour will be held at Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku February 4 (preview) 11 and 12, 18 and 19, 25 and 26 (multiple locations) Everyone is invited to meet the participating artists and see samples of their artwork at the preview event at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The free event takes place on Saturday evening from 6-9pm on February 4th. Get the guidebook on February 4 for the self-guided tour or check online for the participating artists and locations for each subsequent weekend in February at www.mauiopenstudios.com.

Whale Day Celebration and Maui’s Parade of Whales

Saturday, February 18, 2012 One of Maui’s most popular festivals, this free, all-day celebration honors the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter. Last year, more than 18,000 Maui residents and visitors attended. The day features live entertainment by some of Hawaii’s top performers, great food by Maui restaurants, activities and bouncy rides for kids, a huge “Made on Maui” artisans fair, environmental displays and more. It begins at 9:00 am with Maui’s Parade of Whales along South Kihei Road and continues through 6:00 pm at oceanside Kalama Park, on South Kihei Road, South Maui. Hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation, this event is a benefit for marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren. To learn more, visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Maui Wedding Expo

King Kamehameha Golf Clubhouse, Waikapu February 18. The Maui’s Wedding Association has organized this Bridal event, which includes live entertainment, door prizes, food and beverage, cake tasting, a bridal fashion show and other wedding related activities. There will be an assortment of Bridal vendors available as well .For more information, go to www.mauiweddingassociation.com

7th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

Maui’s premier plein air painting event, the annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, returns on February 18-25, 2012.  Now in its 7th year, this invitational will welcome 25 of the finest plein air painters from Hawaii and U.S. mainland to paint on location around the island of Maui. Visitors have numerous opportunities to meet and talk with the artists. Events will include a lecture on plein air painting, a quick draw, sunset paint-out, a gala reception and an exhibition of all the works created with the opportunity to purchase the paintings.  The invitational will also conduct two workshops by participating artists.