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Upcoming Maui Events

On Maui and looking for something to do? It may be low season on Maui, but there is lots to do! Here are a few upcoming Maui events you may want to check out:

The annual Maui Onion Festival had been announced to be on for this May, but I am not seeing any information on it at this time. Whalers Village in Kaanapali has been undergoing a renovation, so it could be the venue isn’t ready on time.

Also, remember the Maui Swap Meet takes places every Saturday 7am-2pm at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus (across from the MACC).

And yes – we do have spring availability at our condos!

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Support Hawaiian language education on Maui!

Did you know there are two official languages in Hawaii? English and Hawaiian. Just a few decades ago, the Hawaiian language was a dying language. In 1978 Hawaiian became the second official language in Hawaii (the only State to have two official languages) and there has since been a renewed push to revive Olelo Hawai’i (the Hawaiian language). There are Hawaiian language immersion schools, children in public schools have Hawaiian culture/language classes… Even so, there aren’t that many people who can speak it fluently.

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the 29th annual Ho’omau – supporting Hawaiian language on Maui

This Saturday, March 19th, go to the Maui Botanical Gardens in Kahului to get steeped in Hawaiian culture and support Hawaiian language education on Maui!

Maui’s only Hawaiian language preschool (Punana Leo o Maui) is hosting the 29th annual Ho’omau – an event which features Hawaiian music, crafts and demonstrations. There will be a live and silent auction, ono (good) Hawaiian food, keiki (kids) games etc.

Tickets are $10 presale (available at U’i Gallery, Native Intelligence and all Minit Stop locations) and $15 at the gate.


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It’s the Year of the Poke!

I read an interesting article on CBC News about food trends in 2016. I originally clicked the link because of its meal worm picture. Just for the record, there is no way I want to eat meal worms.

To my surprise, the same paragraph with the meal worms said some predict 2016 will be the Year of the Poke! Now that is something I can get behind! I love poke.

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the spicy avocado ahi poke from Foodland

No, I am not talking about poking someone! Poke is a Hawaiian dish of raw pieces of marinated fish. Our neighbors introduced me to this delicious dish a number of years ago.

Poke is easy to find on Maui. The grocery stores all carry it (in their meat department), Costco has some, many restaurants will have a poke dish in their pupu (appetizers) section. Eskimo Candy in central Kihei (across from Napa Autoparts) has a great poke bowl (four different varieties and a seaweed salad). A number of Maui people have told me that Tamura’s on Dairy Road in Kahului has great poke – kind of an odd location, you walk through the specialty liquor store to the back where they have a fish counter. I have tried it – it was good, though a little salty for my taste.

In my opinion, the best poke is to be found at the Foodland grocery store. Wait a minute, Foodland? The Kihei Foodland is located on South Kihei Road across from Kalama Park. When you walk in, go all the way to the right back corner. There you can ask to taste a couple different kinds, then get your favorite either on its own or ask for a poke bowl with rice.

Word to the wise: you eat poke fresh. Plan to finish it that day. It is raw (though marinated) fish. I would not save it for the next day.

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Another fun Maui artist – Beth Cooper!

Have you ever bumped into someone you know in a completely different setting? I tend to compartmentalize my friends and acquaintances – then I when see them in a different place, it honestly confuses me, often I don’t recognize them…. how embarrassing! (If I’ve done this to you, I am so sorry).

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Beth Cooper with my new acrylic painting of Kamaole III beach park!

This afternoon we were browsing the Lahaina Art Society Fine Art Fair under the Banyan tree, when all of a sudden – boom! There was someone from the ‘condo compartment’ of my brain selling her beautiful paintings in front of the Old Lahaina Courthouse under the Banyan tree. Fortunately my brain made the connection and I recognized her – Beth!

We checked out Beth Cooper‘s table and I bought a beautiful acrylic painting of Kamaole III beach park with Kaho’olawe in the background. I love it! I have just the spot picked out for it in one of the condos…. but…. we’ll see, it may stay at our house.

Beth is a local artist (and outrigger canoe paddler/surfer/art teacher) and specializes in oil paintings. There is something for every budget – from originals to prints to note cards to shower curtains (!!). Check out her website!

The Lahaina Arts Society is an organization that showcases and trains local (Maui) artists. They have two galleries in the Old Lahaina Courthouse, and several times of month host Fine Art Fairs (featuring their artists) under the Banyan Tree! The next fair is Sunday Dec 27th – yes, Beth will be there!

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My breakfast candy…

Our mango tree has been blessing us with about one ripe mango a week since July. Why is it still producing fruit four months after it started? I have no idea. It’s not like we’ve had that many mangoes to begin with, maybe 30 in all (the tree is just 5 years old). But we have been enjoying every single one (okay, we shared a few, but not many).

This afternoon I picked about 7 of them as they seem to be ripening more rapidly now. I am very curious to see if the tree will bloom again in February like it did this year. I know Sig has big plans for pruning it… I am dead-set against it. These mangoes have been amazing.

our home grown mangoes

Where is the best place to get mangoes? I would go to a farmers market and carefully sniff your way through them til you find some that smell mango-ey. That’s my rule of thumb with most fruit – if it doesn’t smell like the fruit should smell, why bother? Yee’s Mangoes on South Kihei Road (just a little North of Longs) has amazing mangoes – and you will pay accordingly, but they are the best.

How to cut a mango? I wrote about that a few months ago – check it out (with pictures). It’s super easy!

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Maui Rum and Ocean Vodka

Tonight I picked up a few groceries at our local grocery store, Safeway. Maui Rum (one of my favorites) is currently on sale for $18.99/bottle. Their dark rum is very good, as is the gold, but tonight I found a new to me Maui rum – a Pineapple Flavored Rum. Normally I don’t like flavored liquors, the ones I’ve tried have tasted fake. But this bottle proclaimed it to be flavored with Maui Gold Pineapple…. so I had to try it! It is really quite nice.

At the end of the aisle was a display of Ocean Vodka, locally produced vodka made from organic sugar cane and deep ocean mineral water. If you haven’t toured their farm and facility, do. It is really quite interesting.

Now check out this lei! Rather than a traditional flower, kukui nut or shell lei, you could buy an Ocean Vodka lei 🙂 It has two mini bottles of vodka and two shot glasses, together with some plastic orchids. I can think of several of our friends who would prefer this to a flower lei 🙂 I couldn’t find a price-tag on it. I suspect the ABC store or Whaler’s Village probably have these in stock too.

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Made in Maui County Festival – this Saturday!

This Saturday the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is holding its second ever Made in Maui County Festival! There will be over 130 different vendors represented, all of which have their headquarters on Maui County (Maui, Molokai and Lanai). A minimum of 51% of their products’ value must have been added in Hawaii. This makes it sound like these are ‘big business’. Actually, a lot of these are mom and pop operations, and so cool!

I went to this event last year. What a great place to do some Christmas shopping! I love buying local when possible, and what an event to showcase locally made products!

The public is invited Saturday, November 7th from 8-4:30pm on the lawn (outdoors) at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Admission is $5/person, children 12 and under get in free. There will be vendor demonstrations, a fashion show, food trucks, prize drawings etc.

If you’re on Maui – check it out! Last year it rained (I picked up an umbrella at the Foodland nearby). Despite the rain, there were over 9400 people in attendance. It was awesome!

For more information – check their website.


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New Wailea grocery store now open!

The Island Gourmet Market at the Shops at Wailea has finally opened! So we went and checked it out. As grocery stores go, it will not take the place of conventional grocery stores (in Kihei we have three, Safeway, Times and Foodland). But, for the Wailea crowd, this is definitely more convenient.

When we walked in, it felt like going into an ABC store, probably because they have all the touristy things an ABC store carries. When I checked out their website I saw, it’s an ABC store affiliate, so there you go, that explains that.

However, they have several fridges and a small grocery department, I’d say you can get the basics, everything from cereals to meat to a small fresh produce section. They have my favorite jam there (Bonne Maman), so not bad at all. The real winner here is the deli section. They have pre-made sandwiches, salads, sushi etc, but you can also get things made to order. I think this will be a real win for Wailea guests, particularly those staying in hotel rooms with no kitchen who don’t want to pay resort prices for lunch. The salads looked good.

The prices? Well, I’d say they are more or less comparable to what you’d pay at the grocery stores. More or less.

Remember, Shops at Wailea starts charging for parking October 1st, however, the first hour is complimentary and as long as you spend $25 or more at any store, you will get two additional hours of parking validated.

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Paid Parking to begin at the Shops at Wailea

After talking about it and a false start in May, the Shops at Wailea will be charging for parking starting October 1st.

However, MauiWatch is reporting that there are a few changes from the initial announcement. Purchase something worth $25 or more at any of the stores, and that will get you a two hour parking validation. Additionally, the first hour of parking is free (if you run in and out). Parking is $3/half hour up to a maximum of $40/day.

There are 5 pay stations within the Shops at Wailea. Once you have paid there is (supposedly) a 20 minute grace period to get to your car and leave.

What’s your favorite store at the Shops at Wailea?

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Pono Pies

A friend was telling me about one of his clients, the baker of Pono Pies. As he was talking, a few other friends walked in and all said – oh, Pono Pies, sooo good.

Seriously? What have I been missing?

Pono Pies are locally made by a guy in Wailuku (the County seat of Maui). This is a small bakery, the main ingredient of his pies being – wait for it – breadfruit! Breadfruit? What is that? Let’s just say a large weird-looking starchy fruit that grows commonly in the South Pacific.

Here’s what his website says about his pies:

In Hawaiian pono means ‘correct, beneficial, done in the right way.’ My pies are made from Breadfruit from Kahanu Gardens in Hana, Macadamia nuts from Waiehu, and tropical blossom honey from Haiku. They contain no dairy, processed sugar, wheat, or any GMO ingredients. This makes for a healthy, satisfying dessert that helps to address the issues of sustainability and food security one bite at a time.

Intrigued? I was…. So I went to Hawaiian Moons (a natural food store in Kihei) and sure enough, they had two types of Pono Pies in their fridge. So I bought both – for the blog, of course! According to my friend, these pies are NOT baked, but set in the fridge. The consistency is creamy like cheese cake, but they contain no dairy.

Of the two, the lilikoi was my definite favorite. It was lemony-tart (lilikoi is tart) and just all-round wonderful. I would love to know what the calorie count on this is, because with the cheese cake consistency it seems really rich and decadent, though reading the ingredients, it’s probably not (after all, it’s healthy, right?)

Here is the ingredient list from the lilikoi pie:
Lilikoi filling: Maui grown breadfruit, lilikoi puree, Maui macadamia nuts, Maui honey, cashews, coconut oil, lemon juice, non GMO soy lecithin, salt and vanilla.
Crust: dried coconut, macadamia nuts, cashews, Maui honey, salt.
Most of these ingredients are indicated to be organic. And they are gluten free.

The coffee & chocolate one was good too, but having grown up in Austria, I am quite particular about my chocolate cake.

Looking at their website, I would really like to try the mojito pono pie! Here’s where to find them. And if you go to Hawaiian Moons in Kihei, be sure to bring the Pueo discount card from our condo (if you are staying at one of our condos, that is) for a 10% discount off your entire purchase.

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