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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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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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The Color Run Maui 2014 Was A Blast!

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The Color Run Maui 2014 –  it was a blast!  The Color Run is also known as the Happiest 5k, and I would say it truly is.

I first heard about it when they held the the first ever Color Run on Hawaii on Oahu. I wanted so much to join but it was cost prohibitive since aside from the race fee I would have to buy a round trip airline ticket.  Back them I stated messaging the Color Run requesting for them to come to Maui. I was so excited when first saw their announcement that they are coming to Maui!  I has a feeling it will be a sold out event, and it was!

I can go on and on about the excitement of the anticipation of this fun event and how festive it was when it was finally time for us to pick up the race packets. But let’s move to the day of the event itself.  My daughter, and friend and I arrived at the UH-Maui Parking lot at 5:30 am! We wanted to secure a parking lot close to the  race start and finish so we made it a point to get there early. And sure enough there were already a lot of people by the arrive. The festive atmosphere is in the air. I was glad to see many friends there, like my friend Lisa who nicely remind me not to post her photo on Facebook :) . I also saw friends from work, like Mitch Tempo and his family. It was the place to be!

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The race started promptly at 7am. Thousands of people were there. I heard the total color runners count was 7,000. Seven thousand runner – wow, that is a lot!  At the end of this post you will see a video I embedded taken during this event and you’ll get a sense of how big this was.

The first color blast station was BLUE.  We ended looking like surf after that.  Well, not quite.  It depends on how much you really wanted to have the colors in you. Some had more, some had less. It was quite a treat going through the blue dusts, it being the first of the 4 color stations to go through.

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The second color blast is YELLOW. I was hoping to get a lot of colors on the white rose headband I was wearing but it didn’t. I should have wet the headband earlier I was told. But anyway, it was fun going through the yellow dust as well.  After the yellow station was the water station.  The water cups were so colorful and music was blasting in the background.

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Next blast was PURPLE.  Since purple is one of my favorite colors, I hang in there for a little while.  We saw several professional photographers taking photos at the purple station and this morning I found out that one of them was my friend Natalie.  It was fun reading her Color Run Maui blogpost. Go check it out after you read this post. At the purple station I ran into my friend Angela, and John & Megan. Needless to say here were a lot of  ”taking photos and posting on Instagram going on” – selfies, groupies,  many are taking go pros video as well.

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After purple comes PINK!  I was a little late coming in the pink station as I stayed longer in purple. By the time I went on pink, they were short of the pink dust and were squirting pink liquid goos. Yep, I got the goo.  It was at pink that I noticed the many multi-colored tutus in the race. Lots of them and they are  beautiful to look at.

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And finally, the finish line.  Oh the rainbow … yes those were inflatable rainbows but nevertheless pretty fun to go through. The colorful confetti added even more colors to the already colored filled atmosphere.

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This Color Run Maui event is no ordinary 5K.  It really is more for fun than for physical fitness but it can a good start to a physical fitness regime as well.  As one of the posts I read from a Color Runner, he said he probably wouldn’t have run any 5K had it not been for The Maui Color Run.  I truly hope they do it again next year. I am pretty sure they will sell out even if they double the numbers of participants.  Before I forget, I would like to say thank you to all the Sponsors and Volunteers. This was a huge undertaking and wouldn’t have been possible without sponsors and volunteers.

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As I mentioned earlier, this Color Run Maui is really a fun run for family and friends and I am glad I was able to share with “crazy” moments with my daughter Noelle and with friends too.

Now for the action packed video, watch this by EpiCapture Productions. (note: the embedded video is on a playlist so you’d see some great underwater shots too after the Color Run Maui :) )

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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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