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#PeaceLoveHaiku – The 21st Annual Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival – April 12, 2014

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With a hashtag like #PeaceLoveHaiku you just know that the 21st Annual Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival is going to be amazing! You may be asking yourself, is this just a place for flower lovers? Is this like the Rose Bowl with a bunch of floats covered in flowers? The short answer: Nope! The long answer: This free festival is for everyone, local residents and tourists alike. The added bonus: this event helps the keiki of Haiku with the proceeds going to Haiku Elementary School, the Haiku Boys & Girls Club, and the Haiku Community Association.

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If you’re planning on being in Maui on Saturday, April 12, 2014, take the drive to Haiku, Hawaii, on the North Shore of Maui, for an event you are sure to never forget!

10 Reasons to Go to the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival:

Note: This list is in no particular order…I find them all equally amazing!

1. Yummy Food. This festival is a spot for foodies, no doubt. “Restaurant Row” features local Maui restaurants, caterers & food trucks, so you can try some of the best cuisine Maui has to offer, all in one location! Just to name a few of this year’s restaurant row businesses: Mana Foods, Flatbread in Paia and Life Foods Inc., all 100% donors to the festival (i.e. all funds will go back to the keiki in Haiku). In addition, Haiku School PTA provides ono grinds in Kau Kau Row. And there are plenty of delicious baked goods in the Famous Haiku School Bake Sale!

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2. Fun People. With over 7,000 attendees each year, you are sure to meet some fun, interesting people from all over the world!

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3. Live Entertainment. From live music to dance and acrobatic performers, you are sure to enjoy the great entertainment lineup including Divino and the Maui Ohana Band, Maui Underground and more!

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4. Help Keiki. As mentioned before, the proceeds for the festival go to help the kids of Haiku Elementary, Haiku Boys & Girls Club, as well as the Haiku Community Association. It doesn’t get much better than helping keiki.

5. Maui Farmers. Love farm fresh veggies? Flowers? Plants? Then come shake a Maui farmer’s hand and take home some Hawaii-grown produce for yourself.

6. Keiki Zone. This festival is fun for the whole family! The kids will have a blast playing carnival games, jumping in the bounce houses, face painting, getting their hair done in our Haiku hair booth, playing Mauisaurus Mini Golf, and kids’ entertainment at the Keiki Stage, just to name a few activities. And don’t forget to bring the swimsuits and towels – there will be water bouncers and a dunk tank, too!

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7. Unique Auction. From local artists’ pieces to amazing baskets filled with items to upcycled art like a surfboard turned mosaic outdoor shower, this silent auction is one of the most unique ones on the island. Come see what you can find!

8. Green Awareness. The festival continues to make a concerted effort in being greener. In fact, you are encouraged to bring your own water bottle for refills, plates and utensils for food, and your own shopping bag to eliminate even more waste. Living on a tiny island, being green is key.

 

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9. Book Swap. Get a head start on your Spring cleaning by decluttering some of your unwanted books. The Haiku Elementary Library hosts a Book Swap where you get one book buck for every ten books donated. Stock up on new-to-you books and support the school library. While you’re at it, you’ll get to meet Holly Gates, the school librarian. Read more here.

10. Made in Hawaii. Meet local artists, crafters and vendors in the Crafters Marketplace, then take home a unique Made in Hawaii craft for yourself!

I’ll be taking photos at the festival this year and would love to see you there as well! If you live on Maui and would like to volunteer for the festival, you may sign up online here. If you are a Made in Hawaii crafter, local business or non-profit, farmer, restaurant, etc. to get in the festival brochure please apply online by March 12 (sorry, I uploaded this past the deadline :( – Liza). You may register a booth after the deadline, however, your name won’t make the brochure. For more information on this fun, free event contact Co-Chair Jennifer Oberg at haikuhoolaulea@gmail.com or visit http://haikuhoolaulea.org/. #PeaceLoveHaiku

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer Poppy

Note: A special “mahalo” to the 2013 festival photographers: Sean M. Hower, Peter Liu and Joyce Chin.

Jennifer of Island Gypsy HawaiiAbout the Guest Blogger: Jennifer Poppy was born & raised in Texas but has always been an island girl at heart. After moving to Maui in 2012 her lifelong dream of living in Hawaii came true! She sees beauty in the ordinary and has a passion for turning trash into treasure. Follow her Hawaii adventures, upcycling projects and lifestyle photography at islandgypsyhawaii.com.

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Maui Community Event: Nick Vujicic “Unstoppable Tour”

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Nick speaking at Aloha Stadium. Photo via https://www.facebook.com/NickVujicic

Influence is the gift, sometimes given or earned, to lead and inspire either for the good or for the bad. It doesn’t take much to change from being a negative influence to a positive influence but many underestimate the power of their influence in their world in affecting others. I can only imagine how the world would be if we understood the power of us all being leaders on some level and desiring to make a positive influence. -Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limbs

Our little island of Maui will soon be hosting inspirational speaker, Nick Vujicic, pronounced VOO-yee-cheech, of Life Without Limbs. If you aren’t familiar with Nick, let me tell you, he is one encouraging person! He was born without arms and legs, but with loving parents to help him in life and God as his hope, he has been able to turn a seemingly hopeless situation into one that makes him “unstoppable.” Nick has traveled the world, sharing his story with young and old, and has conquered many feats as well, including surfing, skateboarding, diving, golfing, swimming and many other activities!

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According to Marlene Rice of the Maui Food Bank, Nick will be speaking to approximately 12,000 Maui students during his trip. Nick’s “No Bullying” Campaign has reached thousands of youth who have decided to do the right thing and stop bullying.

My experiences with bullies left me feeling intimidated, depressed, anxious and sick to my stomach. If you know my personal story, you’ll remember that most grade school days ended with tears and on one occasion led me to a failed suicide attempt. I didn’t tell my parents when I was picked on because I didn’t want to upset them. I thought I could handle it myself, but I was wrong. I should have told them. As I travel around the world talking to tens of thousands of young people, it is evident that no one is immune from being bullied. This epidemic is not unique to North America. Bullying is a global issue. – Nick Vujicic, Love without Limits “Bully Talk”

The community-wide event will hopefully include at least 3,000 people from across Maui. There are many businesses and organizations that have helped make the “Unstoppable Tour” happen including Wailea Realty Corp., Four Seasons Resort, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Courtyard Marriott, MauiPrinting.com, basketballMAUI and AVIS. We’re fortunate to have such generous, caring people here in Maui. This community event will be life-changing! So gather your friends and your ohana and head over to be inspired and receive hope. It will be amazing!

“Unstoppable” with Nick Vujicic – Community Event
Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku, Hawaii
*Free admission (please bring a can of food to donate to the Maui Food Bank)

To get an update on Nick’s Maui tour visit VerticalMaui.

For a daily prayer focus in conjunction with Nick’s tour you can check out Pray Hawaii.

See this video clip of Nick with Oprah to get a glimpse of what’s in store for Maui.

 

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Jennifer of Island Gypsy HawaiiAbout the Guest Blogger: Jennifer Poppy was born & raised in Texas but has always been an island girl at heart. After moving to Maui in 2012 her lifelong dream of living in Hawaii came true! She sees beauty in the ordinary and has a passion for turning trash into treasure. Follow her Hawaii adventures, upcycling projects and lifestyle photography at islandgypsyhawaii.com.

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Happily Support Wrappily – Maui Fun Events

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Just a quick blog post to let you all know about the Wrappily Pop-up events happening on Maui. My friend Sarah Smith is the founder of this green project called Wrappily. It really is a cool idea! You can read more about it on their Indiegogo Campaign page.  For now, let’s talk about the events:

The following events are being offered to their campaign backers as a way of saying thanks. Tickets  are limited. It’s only 25 each  so we are hoping it will go quick. When you buy the ticket, you become a campaign backer.   I am posting about it here to help spread the word. Please share this post if you can.

Chinese New Year – Saturday, January 25, 9-11 a.m. (Maui)
Make sure you and your little one get the Year of the Horse off to an auspicious start. Wrappily is popping up at Maui Thing in Wailuku for some craft-happy morning fun. Join us for kid-friendly Chinese New Years crafts and a light lunch of traditional good luck foods. Leave with your festive decorations — Kung Hee Fat Choy! $25 ticket includes one adult and one child (2-12 years-old). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ladies Love Valentines: Saturday, Feb 8, 5-7 pm (Maui)
Feel the love this Valentine’s Day. Join Wrappily at Pearl Butik in Paia. Fueled by sparkling wine and dark chocolate we’ll prepare for the holiday with a series of craft stations. Make and take origami boxes filled with sweets, heart cards, and little love notes will have you all ready to spread the love on Valentine’s Day. This is a sweet opportunity for some ladies time! Event is for 21 and older, please.

Our Kind of Garden Party:  Sunday, March 16, 11-1 p.m. (Maui)
Spring into spring by starting your garden! Meet Wrappily and the local food experts of edible Hawaiian Islands magazine at Maui Tropical Plantation for a hands-on afternoon. After a light garden lunch, we’ll talk dirty for a bit, then dig into our work. Soil, heirloom seeds, and garden expert provided. Learn about soil improvements, pest control, and general garden how-tos. Take home a flat of starts in ready-to-plant colorful and 100% compostable Wrappily paper.

Are you not on Maui right now but would like to support this project?  There are other ways to support and other campaign rewards to choose from. go to Wrappily Indiegogo for details. Mahalo and a hui hou!

Gift Wrap Reimagined: Support Wrappily on Indiegogo from Nokaoi Lifestyle on Vimeo.

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Wailuku First Friday 2014 starts this Friday!

Wailuku First Friday January 2014

Are you ready for the first Friday Town Party of 2014?  If you are still undecided, I encourage you to make the decision to come. Wailuku First Friday is on January 3rd and the organizers have put together a great program for the community to enjoy! As with all the previous #WailukuFF town parties, this Friday is filled with lots of family fun activities, ono grinds and top notch entertainment for all ages!

Wailuku First Friday is a free community street party, held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with Market Street closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30 p.m.  The event is held on the Main to Vineyard block of Market Street and all are welcome.   GPS address: Maui Thing, 7 North Market Street, which takes you to the heart of the event.

What’s on for this month’s celebration?

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Island Rock Hoppin’ Tour-Maui kicks off  peace in collaboration with the World Peace Plan project and a performance by the Push-O-Verse at the Maui Thing Stage on January 3 at Wailuku First Friday. To support peace and to help others, Donovan Yonamine of the Push-O-Verse also has coordinated a clothing drive for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Maui County and also invited the kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui to sing their hearts out for this peace effort.  Also performing is the Freedom’s Progress band to open the event.  If The Shoe Fits also continues to collect shoes for this worthy cause.

Here is the  outline of this Friday’s program:

Push-O-Verse Maui Thing Stage, 7:30  pm

Freedom’s Progress , Maui Thing Stage, 6:15  pm

Boys and Girls Club kids,  Maui Thing Stage 7:15 pm

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Joel Katz, Hawaiian Steel Guitar, 33 N. Market St. 6:00 pm

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I Want Candy, Wailuku Banyan Tree Park, 7:30  pm

Brenton Keith

Brenton Keith and His Bag of Tricks, Street Magic 6:00 pm

Hawaiian Music live music at Beer and Wine Garden, 5:30 pm

More activities during the party to check out:

Gently used clothes and good, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Drive courtesy of Push-O-Verse at If the Shoe Fits

WiFi Wailuku, Small Town Big WiFi Project, kick off, #WailukuFirst

“The Apartment” starring Jack Lemon and Shirley MacClaine, Iao Theater, Maui On Stage performance, Free, 8:00 pm

Free costume hat from  Honey A Sweet Boutique or First Friday, purchases over $75

Free yoga followed by free refreshments, Body Alive Yoga, Main Street 4:45

12,000 pairs of shoes for Big Brothers Big Sisters, donations accepted at If the Shoe Fits

View First Friday live on WWW.WAILUKUCAM.COM courtesy of Kamaaina Loans

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More about Wailuku First Fridays:

Vendors, merchants and entertainers are reminded that Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m. For the safety of all participants, everyone’s kokua is appreciated. Signage will remind the public that no cars will be allowed on Market Street during the event: Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Maui Medical Group offers free parking during Wailuku First Friday at the facility’s lot, located near the Main/High Street intersection. The Vineyard Street parking exit will close at 9 p.m.; patrons can exit the lot onto Main Street after 9 p.m.

The Wailuku First Friday event showcases Maui’s artisans, handmade crafters and food vendors. A fee of $100 for food vendors with State health permit will be assessed each accepted vendor; fee is $50 for table space for non-food vendors and $25 for informational non-profits. For vendor information and reservations, contact vendor coordinator Alan Takitani at 281-2801. A copy of vendor’s General Excise Tax license, health permit (for food vendors) and additional insured will be required.

Wailuku First Friday is a Community Street Party and is generously sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui, Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc., Sae Design, Maui Thing, Maui Redevelopment Agency, KPOA 93.5 FM, KAOI Group, KONI, First Hawaiian Bank, American Savings Bank, Kama‘aina Properties, Inc., Wailuku Community Association, Maui Time, IBEW Local 1186, Hawaii Carpenters Union-Maui, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, If the Shoe Fits, Connec, LLC.

Also check out Maui Friday Town Parties at www.MauiFridays.com for information on the County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development program. Friday Town Parties are celebrated every week, every month!

For more information on Wailuku First Friday, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura via email at yukilei.sugimura@gmail.com. Become a fan on Facebook at “Wailuku First Friday” to keep up with what’s happening!

If you are visiting Maui and is not familiar with Wailuku First Friday, here is a video for you to watch to know more about it:

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