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Carden Academy Jamboree – Tickets Now Available!

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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.

 

Kids Horse Camp – Spring Break 2015

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.

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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 Distillers Tour and Tasting Room Grand Opening!

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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!

 

The SUP Movie Surfs into the MACC!

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The waves are pumping on the north shore this week, so we know where all the wave-loving, adrenaline seeking guys and gals are during daylight hours, but what happens after the sun goes down?  Well on Thursday, they are all going to be at the MACC for the premiere of The SUP Movie, featuring many of Maui’s (and the world’s!) best stand-up paddlers, including Kai Lenny, Kody Kerbox, Zane Schweitzer, Connor Baxter and lots more!

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According to the premiere’s press release, leading action sports cinematographers follow top stand-up paddlers as they travel the globe, capturing unique perspectives from all facets of this growing sport.

Johnny DeCesare, the award-winning Director of Poor Boyz Productions, went with Kai to some very unusual locations while filming The SUP Movie–as far off as Alaska and Patagonia.

kai lenny jace panebianco SUP movie maui “We filmed The SUP Movie full-time for over a year, but since we’ve been filming Kai Lenny since he was 8-years-old,” shared director and cinematographer Jace Panebianco.  “The movie has elements of his childhood and the evolution of SUP.  But the focus of the film is to show the most progressive SUP surfing ever seen and to inspire kids to get on the water.”

Jace also shared that there will be short films, giveaways, poster signing and special guests – including the kids from The Boys & Girls Club of Maui!

See you there Thursday!

  • LOCATION: Maui Arts & Cultural Center / Castle Theater
  • EVENT DATE:  Thursday, December 11th 2014
  • EVENT SCHEDULE:  6:30 PM (shorts/giveaways); 7:15 PM (MOVIE STARTS); 8:00 PM (meet& greet giveaways)
  • TICKETS:  $15/adults & $10/kids 12 & under (includes applicable fees)
  • Tickets available at the MACC box office; by calling (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or online www.mauiarts.org
  • STARRING:  Kai Lenny, Laird Hamilton, Noa Ginella, Kody Kerbox, Zane Schweitzer, Connor Baxter, Sean Pointer, Izzi Gomez, Lori Park & more.
  • Filmed on location in: Maui, Mexico, Fiji, California, Europe, Nicaragua, Maldives & elsewhere.

 

Holiday Shopping Events

Craft fairs and holiday shopping events big and small, all around Maui this holiday season. I also love the idea of the event at the bottom – the first of its kind on Maui – an Alternative Christmas Market at St. John’s in Keokea, where you can donate to a charitable organization under a friend’s name, and receive a card explaining the gift for under the tree!  If I have missed your event, please feel free to contact me (info in About section) or leave a comment 

  • Event: MOCShopTillYouDrop2014
  • Date: Saturday, November 29
    Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
    Location: Maui Ocean Treasures – Gift Shop at Maui Ocean Center, Ma’alaea
  • Details: 30% off everything in the store (except Pandora Jewelry), 40 vendors in the outdoor courtyard, live entertainment, food and drinks available for purchase at the Reef Cafe, door prizes!
  • Cost: Free! (everyone gets one door prize entry, but bring in canned food donations for more entries – up to 5)
  • More Info: Check out their website, Facebook and Instagram accounts for more info!

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  • Event: Holiday Marketplace/Small Business Saturday at HUE 
  • Date: Saturday, November 29
  • Time: tbd
  • Location: 210 Alamaha St, Kahului
  • Details: Pop-up shops from local vendors
  • More Info: Check out their website and Facebook
  • Event: Small Business Saturday in Paia 
  • Date: Saturday, November 29
  • Details: Lots of great shops in Paia are offering discounts, many listed on the PaiaMaui.com website (click on date and scroll to bottom) – also 10% kama’aina discount (friday, saturday and sunday) at Maui Crafts Guild. 
  • Event: Hui Holiday – First Night at Hui Noeau
  • Date: Wednesday, December 3
  • Time: 5pm – 8pm
  • Location: Hui Noeau, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao
  • Details:  Shop for exclusive treasures by local artists and vendors and enjoy spirited music and festive drinks and pupu while surrounded by holiday décor of the historic Kaluanui Estate. Also includes the unveiling of designer/choreographer André Morissette’s imaginative “holiday window” installations.
  • Cost: Pre-purchase Tickets: $30 , Call (808) 572-6560
  • More Info: http://huinoeau.com/happenings/events/

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  • Event: Montessori School of Maui Holiday Fair
  • Date: Friday, December 5th
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: 2933 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
  • Details: Parents and local vendors will offer lovely hand-made wreaths, wildly popular home-baked goodies, jams and jellies, jewelry, clothing and other specialty items perfect for gift-giving and adding holiday cheer to your home.  Highlights of the event are a special storytelling presentation by On the Wing Storytelling at 3:30 p.m. and a performance by the Suzuki Maui Violin Youth Ensemble at 4:15 p.m.  Interested vendors may contact ptomontessori@gmail.com.
  • Cost: Admission is free and open to the public.
  • More Info: www.momi.org

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  • maui waldorf holiday faire fairEvent: Holiday Faire at Haleakala Waldorf School 
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 9am – 4pm
  • Location: 4160 Lower Kula Road
  • Details: 75 of Maui’s best artisans, live entertainment, kids crafts, puppet show, games and more!  Elf Parade at 10AM, every child dressed as Santa’s helper gets a FREE gift!
  • Admission: $3 for adults, under 12 free
  • More info: Click here 
  • Event: 17th Annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree
  • Date: Saturday December 6th and Sunday December 7th
  • Time: Lighting of the Tree – 6:30pm Saturday, Dec 6, Events run 10am-7pm Saturday and 9am – 5pm Sunday
  • Location: Banyan Tree, Front Street, Lahaina
  • Details:  (awaiting confirmation but I believe this is the schedule- or contact info below to confirm before you go) On Saturday, live music and holiday craft fair starts at 10am. Keiki activities kick off at 2pm with the arrival of Santa at the North Pole, cookie decorating, face painting and Christmas crafts. Da Hawaiian Snowman ice sculpture is arriving at 4pm, donated and carved on site by Lahaina Ice Company. TREE LIGHTING is 6:30pm Saturday, with live music by Lahainaluna HS Band  (Tree stays lit for entire holiday season December 6th-to January 2nd, 2015). Holiday arts and crafts fair and live music continues Sunday at 9am .
  • Admission: Free, however the LahainaTown Action Committee requests one canned or non perishable food item for admission to the “North Pole” winter wonderland.
  • For More Info: lynn@visitlahaina.com or call 808 667 9715

2014 Maui Tree Lighting Holiday Christmas Lights Tree

  • Event: Maui Mompreneur Winter Showcase Craft Fair
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 9am – 1pm
  • Location: Maui Beach Ellair Rainbow Ballroom
  • Details: Showcasing Maui’s Mom-owned businesses – handmade gift items perfect for Christmas, baked goods, jewelry and more!
  • Cost: FREE
  • For More Info: For vendor spaces please call: 808-757-4739
  • Event: Maui Humane Society’s Holiday Pet Fair
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 11am – 2pm
  • Location: 1350 Mehameha Loop, Puunene
  • Details: Gifts and Crafts, Photos with Santa Paws, Pick your  price on all adoptions, pet care services and supply vendors, tutu’s shave ice, outrigger pizza company, dog restraint demonstrations and discounted microchips
  • For more Info: Click Here 
  • Event: Upcountry Lighting of the Tree
  • Date: Sunday, December 7
  • Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Location: Maui Wine, Ulupalakua Vineyards
  • Details: Tree lighting, caroling, holiday crafts for kids, treats, sparkling wine toast, and outdoor movie showing of POLAR EXPRESS! This tree lighting ceremony is in honor of Ulupalakua’s 150 years of commitment to our island’s land and the never-ending forestation efforts, including the replanting that follows tropical storm Iselle’s destruction earlier this year.
  • Admission: Free Admission, but please bring canned and non-perishable foods for Maui Food Bank
  • For More Info: click here 

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  • Event: Alternative Christmas Market
  • Date: Sunday, December 7
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Location: St Johns Episcopal Church, Kula (across from Keokea Park)
  • Details: For the first time ever on Maui – 20 local and international nonprofits offer an opportunity to buy ‘gifts’ (such as buying a goat for a family in Africa in the friend’s name), by making a donation on their behalf, a receive a card for under their tree!! Do good and feel good!  Charities will include: Maui Food Bank, Aloha House, Hospice Maui, Women Helping Women, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Maui AIDS Foundation, Maui Youth and Family Services, Malama Family Recovery Center, Somos Ohana Nicaragua, A Cup of Cold Water, Heifer Project, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Imua Family Services, Episcopal Relief and Development, and more!
  • For More Info: http://www.stjohnsmaui.org

 

Fall Schedule of Events for Maui

It hasn’t even started getting cooler yet (in fact, it’s hotter this week now that the summer’s cooling tradewinds are on hold) – but the Fall Festival season is just about to get hopping!  Here are some of the best events coming in for the end of September and October and November.   If you have a totally awesome event that you would like featured here, please send it in! (contact info in About section).

  • Event: MAPA Garden Party
  • Date: Sunday, September 21
  • Time:1-5pm
  • Location: Yokouchi Estate, Wailuku
  • Details: An elegant afternoon of food, wine, friends and great hats.  A benefit for MAPA’s Educations and Performing Arts Programs. Silent Auction and Live Auction
  • Cost: $75 per person, $85 at the event (21 years and older)
  • For More Info: http://www.mauiacademy.org/garden.asp
  • Event: St. John’s Kula Festival
  • Date: Saturday, September 27
  • Time: 9am – 4pm
  • Location: 8992 Kula Hwy, Across from Keokea Park
  • Details: Ono food, baked goods, kids games, free face painting, plants, flowers, farm fresh produce, crafters, silent auction and live entertainment. beneficiaries this year include A Cup of Cold Water and the Hope Lodge.
  • Cost: $1, kids under 10 free
  • For More Info: 878-1485
  • kula pumpkin picking 2014 when does it open Event: Pumpkin Patch Season Starts!
  • Date: Saturday, September 27
  • Location: Kula Country Farms
  • Details: Corn maze, visit with farm animals, pick your own pumpkin and more!  Rumor of something new this year: mini-golf!
  • Cost: varies per activity
  • For More Info: http://kulacountryfarmsmaui.com
  • Event: Maui Calls
  • Date: Saturday, September 27
  • Time: 6pm
  • Location: Maui Arts and Cultural Center
  • Details: (Previously scheduled for August but postponed due to the hurricanes) “Celebrating the Music of Hawaii” is the theme, with music flowing throughout the evening, from greeting to goodbye. Throughout the evening, guests may eat their fill of gourmet pupu and dessert creations offered by almost 20 of Maui’s finest restaurants, and sample fine wines. Silent and live auctions and dancing!
  • Cost: $175 (21 and over only)
  • For More Info: http://www.mauiarts.org/?p=2&Month=09&Year=2014&showID=780&d=2014-09-27
  • Event: TEDxMaui
  • Date: Sunday, September 28
  • Time: 9am – >
  • Location: MACC Castle Theater
  • Details: All day event includes innovative and inspiring speakers and performers who have the courage to dream and change the world with revolutionary ideas.
  • Cost: $100
  • For More Info:  http://www.mauiarts.org/?p=2&Month=09&Year=2014&showID=832
  • Event: Maui Fair (92nd)
  • Dates: Thursday, October 2 – Sunday, October 5
  • Times: Vary by day
  • Location: Kahului fairgrounds
  • Details: It’s the County Fair!  Pretty Much Everything!
  • For More info: mauifair.com
  • Event: Maui Children and Youth Day
  • Date: Saturday, October 11
  • Time: 3-6pm
  • Location: Kenolio Rec Center, Kihei
  • Details: Crafts, games, treasure hunt, food booths and more at this free, family friendly event.
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Info: 879-8698
  • maui 2014 fall events calendar listing pumpkin patch Event: Fall Festival at Carden Academy
  • Date: Saturday, October 18
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Location: Carden Academy of Maui
  • Details: Carden Academy will be transformed into an upcountry harvest festival for the entire community to enjoy! Games, delicious food, book fair, entertainment, hand-made goodies, rummage sale and so much more! This is a great opportunity to learn more about Carden Academy as well with admissions information available, and special activities for potential incoming kindergarteners.
  • Cost: $1 donation to Pukalani Backpack Buddies for age 13 and up
  • For More Information: http://www.cardenmaui.org
  • NOTE: Crafters are welcome to apply to sell their wares at the festival!  To get an application, contact Ellyn at emortimer@cardenmaui.org
  • Event: Ghoulin Rouge Haunted Prom
  • Date: Friday, October 24
  • Location: Montessori School of Maui, Makawao
  • Details: Check out Maui’s best 21 and over Halloween costume party and help raise funds in support of the school’s mission.  Enjoy handcrafted artisan cocktails by Garnish, a sumptuous buffet by Three’s Catering, a funky DJ dance party by Valerie the Vibe Goddess and tons of Halloween fun. Indulge in an amazing array of silent auction bargains and enter to win a killer prize in our costume contest.
  • Cost: Tickets start from $85
  • For More Info:http://www.momi.org/events/ghoulinrouge.cfm
  • Event: Noble Chef (18th Annual)
  • Date: Saturday, November 1
  • Time: sometime in the evening…
  • Location: Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
  • Details: Maui Culinary Academy’s biggest annual fundraiser – this year’s theme is La Dolce Vita “The sweet life” – with a tasting reception, elegant dinner and fine Italy-inspired wines and spirits, after party lounge and a unique auction.  Maui’s celebrity chefs partner up with the culinary students to create amazing creations!
  • Cost: Prices start at $195
  • For more info and to purchase tickets ONLINE: http://noblechef.maui.hawaii.edu
  • Event: Made in Maui County Festival
  • Date: Friday, Nov 7 (buyer only) & Saturday, Nov 8
  • Time: varies each day
  • Location: MACC
  • Details:first-ever event showcasing a wide variety of Made in Maui County products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashions, gifts, and collectibles ALL in one location. There will also be demonstrations, food trucks and more. For buyers only on Friday, open to public on Saturday!
  • Cost: $3, kids 12 and under free
  • For More Info: http://www.madeinmauicountyfestival.com
  • Event: Dine Out for Hospice Maui
  • Date: Tuesday, November 11
  • Time: varies by restaurant
  • Location: numerous restaurants island-wide!
  • Details: Dine at one of the many restaurants taking part in this event, and a portion of the proceeds from the day or selected course will be donated to Hospice Maui.
  • For more information: http://www.hospicemaui.org
  • Event: Hui No’eau Food and Wine Celebration (8th Annual)
  • Date: Friday, November 14
  • Time: 5:30pm
  • Location: Hotel Wailea
  • Details: Maui’s top chefs create small plates that are paired with a mouth-watering range of superb wines. This fabulous “friendraiser” promotes and supports the Hui No‘eau’s mission to unlock creativity through exceptional visual arts education.
  • Cost: Tickets are $150 or $250 for VIP
  • For More Info: http://huifoodwine.weebly.com

Miss Saigon at the MACC

A couple years back (ok, make that 20), as a senior in high school, I recall getting a tour around the freshly opened Maui Arts and Cultural Centermiss saigon maui saigon cafe .  I remember standing on the vast stage, staring into a beautiful seating area and an even more impressive back stage.  The tour guide said, “this stage is built to hold Broadway sized productions, we can even have a helicopter like in Miss Saigon.”  This made my heart skip a beat, because just a few years prior (seriously, as a freshman, when I still lived in Maryland) we performed highlights from Miss Saigon in Chorus, and even drove up to the Big Apple to see it live.

If you have any inkling of what Miss Saigon is about (and if you don’t, there’s some adult topics, but I won’t ruin it for you if you are heading to see it yourself – and you SHOULD), you can imagine what kind of indelible impression this might have on a teen.  Spending months singing these amazing songs, packing on a big bus to drive up to NYC with a bunch of your buddies, then seeing this wonderful show with topics your parents would probably rather not discuss, and a dramatic surprise ending, that, even knowing the lyrics to all the major songs, I didn’t see coming.  Although I probably should have.

So lets just say that 20 years ago, I was ready to buy tickets to Miss Saigon at the MACC.  And after seeing what MAPA, the production company, did with Les Mis last summer, I’m even more excited than I was 20 years ago.  I might even go twice.

Here’s more information on the show, courtesy of the MACC:

From the company that brought you Les Misérables… MAPA LIVE presents Miss Saigon – for the first time ever on a Maui stage! This haunting and heart-wrenching love story of a Vietnamese bar girl and an American Marine during the fall of Saigon is a triumph of popular theater. With 45 performers and a live 21-piece orchestra, Miss Saigon explodes with the sweep and passion of opera couched in the gritty musical vernacular of our own time. An intimate story about the shattering effects of war on people who love each other, Miss Saigon is ultimately a moving testament to the power of the human spirit to survive. (Program contains mature themes and language.) Six shows only! Fri-Sat Aug 15-16 and 22-23 at 7:30 pm, and Sun Aug 17 & 24 at 2:00 pm

Pre-show dinner is provided by A Saigon Cafe (who else?)

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