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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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The Color Run Maui 2014 Was A Blast!

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Photo credit: Bridgett Parker

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 . 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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Wailuku First Friday 2014 starts this Friday!

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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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Ulupalakua Sparkles This Sunday, Dec. 8

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It has now become a A Maui Blog “tradition”. Every year, around this time I share with you about “Ulupalakua Sparkles”.  It’s a wonderful gathering on Maui with music, food and fun,  held upcountry. If you have not been to one of these Ulupalakua Sparkles, I suggest you come this year. At the end of this post I included two videos taken during the gatherings that will give you an idea of how special the celebrations are. Here are the details for this year’s event:

Maui’s Winery and Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill invite the public to come on up to Upcountry Maui for a brand new “Ulupalakua Sparkles” experience on Sunday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It will be an unforgettable day of wine, food and jazz—as for the first time ever, an intimate wine garden blossoms on the picturesque grounds of Maui’s Winery.

Here in the Wine & Food Bar at the Pavilion, the winery will pour five of its regional wines by the glass, each paired with an exquisite menu selection by Executive Chef Will Munder of Ulupalakua Ranch Store. Dressed in their best chef whites, culinary students from the University of Hawai‘i Maui Culinary Academy will serve the menu. Proceeds from the event go to support future programs for these budding island chefs.

To showcase the Ulupalakua sensory experience, Chef Will has created a savory menu of ranch-raised beef and fresh line-caught fish with housemade sauces, and he and Winemaker Mauricio Soler have paired each offering with wine from Ulupalakua Vineyards. At the top of the list is Chef’s choice: the kiawe-grilled Maui Cattle Company Beef Tenderloin with Upcountry Peppercorn Chimichuri, served with the 2011 Maui County Syrah.

Lokelani Sparkling RoseMany of Chef Will’s menu selections will pair perfectly with a wine made for celebrating: the new Lokelani Sparkling Rosé. A crisp, fruity, expressive wine created in the traditional methode champenoise, Lokelani is a vibrant wine that exemplifies Maui.

Grown from the very soil of Ulupalakua is the event’s other star: the 2011 Plantation Red Estate Syrah. Previously only available in the winery’s Tasting Room, the Plantation Red will now be poured by the glass for the first time. This wine represents one of the most distinct vineyards in the world, on the southern slopes of Haleakala—a true sense of place worth sharing.

Flutes filled with bubbly, palates appeased, guests can relax and enjoy the ambiance… the canopy of 150-year-old trees, the low crumbling stone walls that once lined the front yard of the historic McKee Estate, the fresh Upcountry air—and the sweet sounds of some of the nation’s finest jazz musicians in concert just a few yards away.

Well-known smooth jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa returns to Ulupalakua to headline the event from 2:45 to 4 p.m. During his decade-long tenure with popular jazz fusion group The Rippingtons, Kashiwa established himself as one of the most diverse saxmen in contemporary jazz. Now a solo artist with nine albums (including his latest, “Let It Ride”), he’s also the founder of The Sax Pack. Keyboardist Bill Heller, another talented member of The Rippingtons and Sax Pack, will join Kashiwa onstage.

Sunday Drive favorites Local jazz band Le Gruv, performing with versatile Maui musician Clay Mortenson from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Adding extra sparkle to the afternoon, the Kamehameha Middle School Ukulele Band, directed by Rama Camarillo, will charm visitors with holiday favorites starting at 11 a.m and Seabury Hall Emsemble, directed by Jon Toda is up at 12 noon.

Just across the road at the Ranch Store, solo guitar vocalist Ben DeLeon will play a diverse array of music from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. That’s also when the grill will be fired up (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), offering a popular selection of juicy burgers like ranch-raised elk and lamb, Maui beef, and taro. Lunch specials include Kalbi Rib & Banchan Bowl, House Kalua Pig Tacos, and Baby Spinach Salad with Kula strawberries and Maui onions. An enticing selection of picnic fare is also available.

And then of course, there’s the holiday shopping. “Ulupalakua Sparkles” provides a festive way to enjoy the season and browse the biggest sale of the year on wine and island-style gifts in the Tasting Room and Ranch Store.

This will truly be a Sunday Drive event like no other, according to Joseph Hegele, Director of Marketing for Maui’s Winery.

“We’re celebrating the wine and food from our own backyard,” Hegele says. “With pairings created by our own Chef and Winemaker, we have a uniquely Ulupalakua experience—dropped right into the middle of a world-class jazz concert! It’s an incredible day that we’re excited to share with Maui.”

 

About Sunday Drive events at Ulupalakua

Ulupalakua hosts twice-yearly Sunday Drive events 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 Ulupalakua Ranch Store, complimentary wine tasting, and opportunities to learn more about the area’s history and culture.

Watch this video of last year’s Ulupalakua Sparkle celebration:


Ulupalakua Sparkles from Beth Anderson on Vimeo.

The following video is from Ulupalakua Inspires and here you will see more of what happens on Ulupalakua events:

50th Anniversary – Ulupalakua Inspires from Beth Anderson on Vimeo.

For more information about Sunday Drive events, call toll-free (877) 878-6058. To learn more about Ulupalakua, please visit www.mauiwine.com or www.ulupalakuaranch.com.

 

PLEASE KOKUA and support Ulupalakua! Help us keep these events free and open to the public by patronizing the Tasting Room and Ranch Store and by respecting our rules: NO DOGS (for the safety and comfort of all), NO COOLERS (purchase your delicious meal and drinks here in Ulupalakua!) & NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL (county liquor laws are very strict). Mahalo!

 

 

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