I first met them through my friend's husband (I use this term lightly as I don't know if they are legally married, but together for 15+ years). He built our outdoor shower, back deck, added a door to garage, changed a window in our bedroom to a sliding glass door, and so on. At the time, his wife was still employed in California. Talk about a long distance relationship!!
He really hit it off with Mr. Ralph and he invited us over for drinks and pupus (appetizers). When we visited we were stunned at the beauty of their property. Large tiki hut bar and as the years went on, he added marble countertop to the back counter, dishwasher, etc. I could comfortably live in the bar!
This is the infamous tiki lounge
He designed and coordinated a walk in saline pool and hot tub. He added a two bedroom ohana (cottage) that they rented for years. When she retired and moved here permanently, and brought her Mom and hubby, they jumped the last hurdle to become a licensed bed and breakfast. The main house has been converted into two apartments with the older couple on one floor, the younger on another.
This is the rental unit
After Mr. Ralph died, it was hard for me to be in large groups of people that I don't know. Even though we knew the owners, as hosts they have to flit among every one. I thought I would give it a try this time, as another step of the widowhood journey. There must have been at least 100 people ... many of them had flown in from California and other spots on the mainland. It was a fiesta themed party with margarita machine, bright colored table settings and catered by a Mexican menu food truck.
I mixed and mingled but was the ONLY solo person in the place. Everyone was nice and welcoming although the conversation usually went back to them with me listening.
Personal goal of staying three hours and then I snuck out. I bet that celebration went until 2am! I think next time I will ask if I can bring a pal. Then the two of us could meet people and have ourselves to talk to in between.
Mr. Ralph celebrating his 79th birthday at Auntie Kali's Cottage
We were friendly enough to be invited over for small gatherings and parties and great food .... Mr. Ralph loved it there with the gracious and down to earth hosts!
P.S. When you come to visit Maui and need a special place to stay, check out Auntie Kali's Cottage on Facebook or Homeaway.