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The Buy Back The Beach $5K Challenge

The other day I shared about Buy Back The Beach Benefit Luau 2012 on my previous post. I know most of us want to help in one way or another. I want to highlight one thing that I think all of us can easily do, and yet leave maximum impact. You don’t have to be on Maui to do this…

THE  BUY BACK THE BEACH $5,000 challenge!  If we raise $5,000 by the end of the day on January 28, a generous donor will match it. That mean $10,000 for the protection and preservation of the beaches of Hawaii.  How to do it? Easy – just click the button below and it’ll take you to the Paypal file where you can donate, safely.

Buy Back the Beach Benefit Lu‘au in Support of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust #BBTB2012

Old Lahaina Luau

 *  To all my friends active on social media, let me share something with you … we are on a challenge here too.  Maui is still relatively new when it comes to harnessing the power of social media to do social good. I am stoked that HILT is willing to give this a try by collaborating with us, some of the active social media users on Maui, to help them achieve this mission of protecting and preserving Maui Beaches.  Would you do me a favor and help us social media users on Maui show our community that there is social media is for social good?  Any amount will be appreciated.  You can also help by sharing of this post to you and encouraging them to give.  I promise I won’t inundate you with fundraising posts – it’s just that this  one is for Maui, and I am A Maui Blog.  Aloha!

* If you donated, please leave a comment saying you did so we can publicly thank you via our tweets and posts.  Mahalo!

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Wailuku First Friday – November 2011

Rain or shine – we’re gonna have a lot of fun!

Wailuku First Friday in November

Wailuku’s November First Friday will energize Market Street from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4th; the free event is open to all. Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m.; ample parking is available off Main Street in the Maui Medical Group parking lot and throughout Wailuku Town. Headliner “Owaila” will rock the Maui Thing stage starting at 6:30 p.m. From the Hawaiian word for “who,” Owaila plays “modern rock for the energetic music lover.” This hot new band is comprised of familiar local talents Chad Kaya, Kanoa Kukaua, Ryan Rego and Tavi Tenari, and rips with its own island flavor of progressive rock. And also on the Maui a Thing stage are the teenage sensation Visibly Shaken who will also rock you away!

At 6:00 p.m. Gene Argel and ‘ohana will perform in front of Café O Lei, and Maui Rumba will bring its lively rhythms to the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park. Also performing will be Andy Kaina & Old School, with live music at Chris Hart & Partners parking lot on Vineyard Street.  New to Wailuku First Friday, but not new to live music mixing is Ben Brandes the DJ DUB performing at Main Street Promenade by Gionatto’s Pizzeria.  Grab a pizza, under the stars and enjoy the mixing!

Other highlights include:

•    Murder and mystery will haunt the Iao Theater at 8:30 p.m. with
silent movies, doors open at 6:30 pm. In the theater’s front lobby,
party-goers can fill out an HTA survey and receive a coupon for 20%
off a Chocolate Stout Latte at Wailuku Coffee Company.

•    At the “Pono- Do What is Right” store on Vineyard Street, a drawing
for a Thanksgiving turkey will be held; the lucky winner can choose
traditional or kalua preparation.

•    The Rinko Maui store’s grand opening at 51 Market Street will
feature moon cake sampling to celebrate longevity and happiness.

•    Artisans, crafters, sidewalk vendors and a rainbow of local cuisine
can all be enjoyed streetside along Market Street.

•    Keep your Body Alive with live Music @5pm, Art, and healthy treats
at Wailuku’s yoga studio. 7pm flag dance performance!, Main Street

•    In this month of thanksgiving, drop a Maui Food Bank donation at
Swan Interiors on Vineyard and Church Street.

•    Beer Garden: Na Leo Kako`o, benefiting Hawaiian Immersion Kula Kalapuni

•    Awa Bar, Hawaiian Food and Fresh Kulolo, Native Intelligence Store

•    Maui Bake Shop sweet and savory crepes and WFF specials, BYOB

•    Artisans, crafters, sidewalk vendors and a rainbow of local cuisine
can all be enjoyed streetside along Market Street.

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. Signs will be placed to 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 has graciously offered 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.


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Maui Participates in Blog Action Day 2011 – Food and Culture

One of my favorite events in my kids’ school back when they were in elementary school is the day they call “Culture Day”.  On that day, the children celebrate the culture of their ethnic backgrounds. It’s fun for them to trace what their ethnic backgrounds are and it’s very common to have a mixture of two or more cultures.  For example, my kids are half American (English & German), half Filipino.  They are known as Hapa kids (which in essence means half and half).  One feature of this Culture Day is potluck.  Kids will bring a dish that’s from their ethnic origin and share it with everyone. I love this! What a great way to connect the kids with their culture and keep the tradition going.

Like what I said, I love the Cultural Day Potluck. It’s like taking the trip all over the world!  Listed below are some food from various cultures that have been infused into Maui’s food culture. I thought it would be good to have a list here for those who are vsiting  on Maui and are curious about these ethnic food.
Ahi: yellowfin tuna, mostly grilled but there are other ways to cook it too.
Laulau: pork, butterfish, beef or chicken wrapped in taro leaf and steamed in an imu (underground oven).
Haupia: coconut pudding, one of my favorites!
Long Rice: cellophane noodles made from mungbean flour; Cook with chicken, it’s my daughter’s favorite soup – the chicken long rice.
Poi: staple starch of the Hawaiian diet, made from boiled taro root, boiled and pounded. They feed this babies and kids a lot but adults love them too.
Poke: raw fish with seaweed and sesame oil. Variated is Tako poke which is made with (tako) octupus instead of fish.
Taro: a tuberous vegetable used to make poi

Adobo – pork or chicken in a vinegar and garlic sauce. Most Caucasians like this.
Pancit: egg or rice noodles ‘n stuff. There are a lot of variations – pancit canton, pancit bihon, pancit loglog, sotanghon, etc.
Lumpia: appetizer similar to spring roll. Some are fresh (like that on the photo) some are fried.  It can be made of vegetable or ground meet (lumpia shanghai) or banana (turon).
Pinakbet: okra, string beans, tomatoes, shrimp paste simmered with fish or pork. Oh so nutritious.

Edamame: whole boiled soybeans. Great healthy snack.
Maki-sushi: sushi items rolled up in seaweed
Furikake: a flavoring accent of seaweed, salt, sesame
Saimin: noodle soup. a lot of variation on this.
Sashimi: thin slices of very fresh salt water fish
Manju: sweet bean paste buns
Shumai: small steamed dumplings
Sashimi: thin slices of very fresh salt water fish
Tempura: vegetables, meat, or seafood quick-fried in light egg batter

Kim Chee: heavily seasoned pickled vegetables
Kal Bi: barbecued short ribs marinated in a shoyu and sesame blend

Caldeirada: seafood stew
Caldo Verde: kale and potato soup
Feijao: beans

Satay: beef, pork, or chicken on skewers with peanut sauce
Tom Yum: spicy lemongrass soup with shrimp and meat

Pho – beef noddle soup with sprouts, herbs, chilis and lime

The list above is not comprehensive at all.  Those are just the ones common on Maui that has somehow got integrated in Maui’s food culture.  There’s a lot more cultures wih fine cuisine to be represented, Italian, Mexican, Indian, French, an so on. Please feel free to dd some of your favorite ethnic food in the comment section below.

On this Blog Action Day 2011, I want to encourage everyone to keep on teaching our kids about culture and food.  With the busyness of our daily lives, it’s so tempting to feed our kids the fastfood kind of food. However, it must not be so.  Let us take time to nuture the culture and keep the cultural food tradition going.


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Maui Fair 2011 – Live Tweet? Might as well Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Posterous It too :)

Thinking of live tweeting from Maui Fair this weekend.  I love Maui Fairs like what I shared at Maui Family Magazine.  While live tweeting at the Maui Fair, I will use the hashtag #MauiFair. Who’s joining me?  It’s tweet on your own – no tweet-up. Just make sure you use the hashtag #MauiFair when you tweet or FB from there.

Who’s in?  Mahalo for joining me in supporting Maui Fair.  These are all Kokua. (Updated 9/29/11  added Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Posterous on the Title)

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