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Isn’t being a mom the best?  Don’t you love hearing about other inspiring moms around Maui?  When Cadence contacted me to see if I would be interested in a guest blog post about her new photography series about Maui moms, I jumped at the chance.  So, read on for our first ever guest blog post by Cadencia Photography:  

As a maui family photographer, I love capturing the potent and unique dynamic between children and their parents. This inspired me to create Tropical Moms, a series on Maui motherhood. An inspiring mom is featured every week, along with a short interview and a photography session. The posts offer an authentic glimpse into family life and raising the next generation on Maui — Tropical Moms aims to uplift, inspire, and connect mothers on island and around the world. We are always looking for mommas you admire, please nominate by emailing tropicalmoms@gmail.com.

(click on the mom’s name or the image for a link to their blog post)                                                                                                                            

“Maui is a wonderful place to live an alternative lifestyle. removed from the bustle and challenges of an urban life, I find it to be a nurturing environment to stay connected to nature and source and live a life of balance and harmony” – Annika Banko annika maui photography

“I always imagined raising my child/children on Maui from before I was ever ready to have them, I guess because I always felt blessed to have been raised there myself. The reasons being, the community aspect — which in a lot if places and groups has a strong bond of families and women who share and support each other and their children from prenatal to parenting…Also being surrounded by a potent energetic landscape that provides an easy access to know, love, understand and participate in nature and our planet, which is one of the most important issues a child should grow up knowing about. Maui allows that contact in an organic way that the child seamlessly evolves with.” – Callie Mahoney 

Callie Mahoney Maui Photography Child Beach Portraits

And meet more moms (click the image for link) :

Sunny Savage Maui Photography Author Wild Food

tropical mom Sunny Savage

Shaunna Maui Photography

tropical mom Shaunna

Pia Maui Photography

tropical mom Pia

Ellen Fisher Maui photo image boy children child kid keiki

tropical mom Ellen Fisher

 

For more about Cadencia Photography, please check out cadenciaphotography.com, follow instagram: @cadencia and like cadencia photography on facebook
Mahalo to Cadence for the guest post! 

What’s a winning recipe for an awesome event? Combine equal parts Ocean Vodka, celebrity chefs and charitable giving, shake it all up and serve immediately on the rocks at a stunning beachside location… 

ultimate ocean vodka cocktail showdown 2015

Earlier this year, Ocean Vodka invited cocktail aficionados to submit cocktail recipes using Ocean Vodka and following a ‘Farm to Table’ theme. On Saturday, April 11, the six finalists will be creating their drinks for The Ultimate OCEAN Showdown at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa in Kaanapali!  Guests, along with a panel of judges, will be asked to vote for their favorite cocktail, with the winning cocktail named Ultimate OCEAN Cocktail and to be featured on all cocktail menus on property for a year! The recipe creator will also receive a $500 cash prize and a three-night stay at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

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Pineapple Express by James Shoemaker of Dazoo Restaurant, Photo by me, (too bad you can’t vote for best photograph, right? Maybe next year…)

To view the final six recipes, click here!

“We are thrilled to be hosting our 2nd annual Ultimate Ocean Vodka Cocktail Contest this year with our partners at the Sheraton Maui,” said Shonna Pinheiro, Director of Marketing, Events and Tourism for Ocean Vodka. “Recipe submissions tripled this year versus last year!”

In a new twist on the event this year, each finalist has been paired with a celebrity chef, who will create a dish to pair with the cocktail.  Guests will also get a chance to vote on on the Best Chef Creation and the Best Food Pairing for the evening.

The event will also be a benefit for six island non-profits, with $25 of each ticket sale going towards the ticket buyers’ choice of non-profits. In addition, each non-profit will be paired with a cocktail, and the organization paired with the winning cocktail will receive a portion of the cocktail’s sales from the next year!

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Cucumber Cooler by Daniel Vincent of Austin, TX!

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Jimi Canha, followed by CrazyFingers. Event ticket holders will also have free entry to the Afterparty at Black Rock Lounge.

“The Ultimate Ocean Showdown is a great community event celebrating the talents of creative mixologists and celebrity chefs, local nonprofit organizations, and entertainers alike for a fun evening full of passion on Ka‘anapali Beach,” shared Brian Hunnings, the Sheraton’s Executive Assistant Manager.

Here’s the list of this year’s finalists, presented with cocktail name, hometown, paired chef, and paired non-profit: 

Waiona - ocean vodka cocktail recipe

Waiona by Amie Fujiwara of Honolulu

Ross Steidel’s Poi Dog (Lahaina, Hawai’i) – Alex Le from The Pig and the Lady in Honolulu Oahu – Make-A-Wish Hawai’i 

Amie Fujiwara’s Waiona (Honolulu, Hawai’i) – Sheldon Simeon from Migrant in Wailea Maui – Whale Trust

Allison Bellows’ Pele’s Pineapple (Waialua, Hawai’i) – Will Chen From HiFreshBox in Manoa Oahu – Imua Family Services

Victor Mendoza’s Napili Tini (Lahaina, Hawai’i) – Shawn Gavin from the St. Regis Princeville Kauai – Grow Some Good 

James Shoemaker’s The Pineapple Express (Kihei, Hawai’i) – Hank Adaniya from Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kaka‘ako Oahu – Hui O Wa’a 

Daniel Vincent’s Cucumber Cooler (Austin, Texas) – Lee Ann Wong from Koko Head Café in Kaimuki Oahu – Women Helping Women

Event Details –

  • Location: Ocean Lawn, Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • Cost: Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, with $25 going to your choice of six selected charities!  Or you can upgrade to a VIP table for 10 for only $1,000!
  • Buy Tickets Here (will be directed to Honolulu Box Office website – scroll down for the showdown event!) 
  • And make sure to follow Ocean Vodka on Facebook for lots more on the event!

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Tickets are now available for Carden Academy’s annual fundraiser, the Jamboree, to be held on Saturday, April 25!  This is a gala-style event, with live auction, hand-crafted cocktails, a buffet and dancing, but with a unique twist – its a cowboy theme!  Attendees break out their finest cowboy hats and boots, jeans and plaid shirts, and head upcountry to the polo field for this event with a great cause.  This year’s funds raised will go towards tuition assistance, the creation of a new Pre-K classroom, and the ‘greening’ of the campus – making it more energy efficient and healthier for all.

The evening’s activities include a BBQ dinner buffet by Three’s Bar and Grill, hand-crafted cocktails by Dazoo and Ocean Vodka, live music by the Country Knights, silent auction, live auction, and a pie contest!

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Tickets range from $100 for a general admission ‘Paniolo’ ticket to $2,000 for a Spurs Sponsorship table for 10 guests, which includes 2 bottles of wine, wait staff at your table, preferred seating around the stage and dance floor, thank you gifts, website acknowledgement and logo placement in program.

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Even with the event two months away, almost 100 silent and live auction items have already been donated!  Highlights so far include a private dinner in your home with Chef Dan Fiske, gift certificates to Fleetwood’s on Front Street, two nights in an ocean view room at the Four Seasons Wailea, two nights at the Grand Wailea including spa treatments and dining at the Molokini Bistro, and a children’s party at the Kihei Fire Station!

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Silent and live auction items are still begin accepted, (click here to submit) and event sponsors are welcome as well (view contact information on this link)

Check out more on the Jamboree at these links : order tickets, donate an item or gift certificate, view the auction items, or join the Park and Ride shuttle courtesy of Hike Maui.

Highlights of last year’s events are pictured on this post, but read more about last year’s event, and see the rest of the pictures! 

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Facebook Contest Details!  For a limited time, MauiMadeBlog is running a CHALLENGE – IF we can get 10 (ten) legitimate made or designed on Maui items or gift certificates (valued at $10 or more) donated towards a Maui Made Gift Basket for the silent auction by March 13, we will do a RANDOM giveaway on our Facebook Page, for one individual ticket to the Jamboree (valued at $100)  To enter the contest, you must comment or share any of the corresponding posts on the MauiMadeBlog Facebook Page.  Anyone donating an item will receive TWO entries.  And best of all?  If the basket comes together, all the items will be featured in an upcoming post!  I will coordinate the pick-up of items located centrally (Kihei, Upcountry, Wailuku) – for Hana or westside items, can meet in town possibly?

To donate, send me a message on the MauiMade Facebook Page 

What is a legitimate item?  One that can be purchased at a store or craft fair on Maui, and/or with an actual online or Etsy shop  (must be a REAL product or service)  You must have created or designed that product, or be an authorized re-seller of the product.

 

maui juiceIt seems everyone on Maui is jumping on the juicing and acai bowl (my new favorite!) trend, and Jamba Juice – at least on Maui –  is no exception.  In January, Jamba Juice Hawaii started offering freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices at all of their Maui locations, with expansion plans to the rest of the islands in June.  Since I’m now a celebrity blogger (whatever, just go with it), I received an invitation to sample the new juices, and when I arrived I was impressed to see all the new selections on the menu.  (It’s been a while since I’ve been in a Jamba Juice – we have a Vita-Mix and make smoothies at home.)  They now have sandwiches, acai bowls, and of course, the new juice menu.  And everything comes with a guarantee- if you don’t like it, they’ll give you something else.  This is a great option if you are new to juicing and aren’t sure if you really enjoy kale mingling with your pineapple juice…  But when I went in for my sampling, according to Jen, the manager of the Maui Marketplace location, no one has returned their juice yet! In my expert opinion, the recipes seemed pretty spot on.

maui jamba juice menu - industrial juicerEach Maui store is now home to a new, exclusive multi-fruit juicers that accommodate the unique blending process necessary for Jamba’s freshly squeezed-to-order juice.  According to the press release, these juices “feature fresh whole produce, including locally grown apple bananas… There are zero artificial ingredients and zero added sugars.”

Newest fresh-squeezed juice varieties include:

·         Citrus Kick – orange, apple, pineapple, ginger
·         Tropical Greens – super greens, apple, pineapple, chia
·         Veggie Harvest – beet, carrot, super greens, apple, ginger
·         Garden Medley – super greens, carrot, apple, chia
·         Carrot Cayenne – carrot, apple, ginger, cayenne
·         Orange Reviver – orange, beet, banana, apple, chia
maui menu juice fresh maui hawaii

 

The juices can be found at all four Maui Jamba Juice Hawaii locations (Queen Kaahumanu Center, Old Lahaina Center, Piilani Village, and Maui Marketplace).  Juices are $6.39 for a 12 oz or $7.39 for a 16 oz (at the time of sampling, subject to change, of course)

 

They would also be stoked if you would share your best juice photos on FB, Twitter, or Instagram at @jambahawaii.

I like yummy smelling soap and lotions. But who doesn’t. Especially on Maui, it seems like everyone is making bath and body products these days, with delicious fresh and floral scents, but when something special catches my *nose*, I take note. At one of my favorite gift shops on the island, the Hui Noeau, I was doing my usually ‘smelling of the soap’ when the sweet packaging and amazing cocoa butter fragrance of the Kiss the Sky caught my attention.

I recently caught up with the owner of Kiss the Sky, Alyson Gaioni, to hear more about her delicious new line.

Maui Made: How did you get into the bath and body business?  

Alyson Gaioni: My love for herbalism and plants grew out of a passion for self empowerment. About ten years ago I started on a journey to learn the best way to keep myself healthy and happy while also respecting my environment and keeping that healthy and happy too. I ended up finding myself at a little herbal school in Boulder, CO with a rigorous curriculum where I became certified as a Clinical Herbalist.

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A fresh batch of Cocoa Rose Body Butter

I am consistently blown away by the simplicity of the healing power the botanical world offers.  Just by learning about a few plants it is possible to take care of yourself and create products that are tailored to your exact needs.  It was exciting to discover I could take that knowledge and expand it into beauty products.  I started creating fun and pretty recipes that also heal and nourish the body.  After some years of experimenting and playing around I decided I wanted to share my creations and show people that beauty doesn’t have to come with a cost to your health or the environment.  That’s when I started Kiss the Sky.

MM: Is this a full-time job for you? 

AG: Currently it is my part time job and full time passion.

MM: Tell us a bit about yourself… 

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Calendula Infusing into Jojoba Oil

AG: I am a culmination of the New York girl who slowly made her way west via the Rocky Mountains and ended up on this magical island 2.5 years ago.  I have followed my heart through many different places and occupations and have found a beautiful life here. I love playing the alchemist in my spare time and my kitchen can sometimes resemble a witches den.  I am constantly researching, learning and experimenting.

MM: What is the good and the bad about having a company on Maui? 

When I first moved to Maui I was nervous about the idea of finding a job that could support me (we all know this island can be expensive).  But I have come to realize that the lack of jobs has inspired many people to become entrepreneurs. This has generated a very supportive community for people starting their own small businesses – from free consulting to farmers markets and stores that are willing to carry local products.  One difficultly that I have run into, however, is the cost of shipping.  It is very expensive if any of your ingredients need to be imported.

MM: Where can people find your products? 

AG: Currently I am selling my complete product line on my website www.kisstheskyorganics.com and Etsy Store “KissTheSkyOrganics”.  They can also be found in the Hui No’eau in Makawao and Mana Foods in Paia.

MM: What’s next for your Kiss the Sky?

AG: So much!  I have a new line of mineral eye shadows coming out in the next month to be followed by more mineral make up products.  I will soon be selling my lip glosses in a liquid applicator tube as well.  After that I am contemplating a botanical baby care line.

HUGE MAHALO to Alyson for taking the time to share her story!

Want to follow Kiss the Sky?  Check out the page on Facebook

Well you’ve finally turned your calendar over to February (what happened to January anyway?), which means that next month is March, which means Spring Break and kids out of school!  Time to start checking out some camps.  If your kids have always loved the pony rides and squeal every time they drive by horses, might be time to check out True North, located in Kula.  This spring, they are offering two weeks of camps, for ages 5-12.

maui horse camp spring break 2015

Through horse-related games and activities, campers learn about the care of horses, their characteristics, breeds, colors and safe handling – both on the ground and in the saddle – in a fun-filled environment.  The camp is designed for all levels of riders, from the first experience on a horse to experienced junior riders.   Due to the limited number of riders per session – call soon to book your child’s spot!

  • Camp: Spring Break Camp with True North Equestrian
  • Location: Clearview – Omaopio Road, Kula (close to the top – only minutes from Makawao!)
  • Dates: March 16 – 20 and March 23 – 27, 2015
  • Times: 9am – 3pm
  • Cost: $125 per day or $395 for the week
  • Contact: Rachelle –  (808) 268-3082

Want to see more? Check out True North on Facebook. 

 

Do you know of other spring break camps?  Send me an email – contact info in the About Maui  – with the details!

haliimaile.distillery tours

Congratulations to the staff of Haliimaile Distilling Co on hosting a hugely successful grand opening of their tour and tasting room!  Hundreds braved the rain to check it out and of course sample some locally made liquors!  Halliimaile Distilling is the maker of Pau Vodka (their flagship brand), Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, the new Paniolo Whiskey and Maui Moon, their flavored vodka.

Here’s the basic information about their new tours, and of course for more information, click here for the website:

The tour operates Monday-Friday and lasts about an hour.  $10 USD per person. Children under 12 are free. Tastings of products are available to guests 21 and over.

And some pictures from today’s event!

The People:

Kainoa Horcajo, Benny Uyetake, Maui CookieLady, Mark Nigbur (Master Distiller) and Tommy Russo

Kainoa Horcajo, Benny Uyetake, Maui CookieLady, Mark Nigbur (Master Distiller) and Tommy Russo

Kainoa Horcajo, Mark Nigbur, Kelii and Kara Heen

Kainoa Horcajo, Mark Nigbur, Kelii and Kara Heen

Benny Uyetake and Mark Nigbur

Benny Uyetaki and Mark Nigbur

Michelle and Cory Nigbur

Michelle and Cory Nigbur

The Process:

The Tasting Room and Such:

 

 

And while you are up in Hallimaile, you might as well stop in right next door to check out the master glass blowers at Makai Glass!

 

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