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Maui Sweet Cakes Launches Indiegogo Campaign

Made on Maui Cookies Cakes Brownies

I’m not sure what is happening in the kitchen over at Maui Sweet Cakes, but every time I turn around, Heidi Cramer is baking up some new, and delicious, creations!  Heidi just sent me a note to let me know that she’s expanding her line of shortbread cookies to now include Maui Sprinkle Cookies and Swirl Brownies!  You may have already seen them around at some local retail locations, with more coming soon.  Heidi also shared that she’s starting to get more requests for gift boxes, especially with all the corporate meetings and incentive groups coming to Maui, who are looking for unique, made on Maui treats.

In fact, the shortbread cookies have been so popular that Heidi is now looking for support to grow her business, and is launching an Indiegogo campaign today! Here’s some highlights from the campaign:  

This campaign will help us meet our growing demand and market our products both on Maui and beyond.  Your contributions will enable me to expand Maui Sweet Cakes in the following ways:

* Hire more cookie ninjas! (i.e. expand our staff)

* Purchase needed kitchen equipment

* Invest in professional-quality marketing materials and photography

* Conquer the WORLD-wide web by completing our e-commerce website

And of course, donating to this project comes with some sweet perks.

While everyone is encouraged to donate to the Indiegogo campaign, if you want to place a direct cookie or brownie order before the e-commerce website is up, you can contact Heidi at cakemaui@gmail.com or (808)385-6202.

If you are lucky enough to be on Maui, you can find Maui Sweet Cakes cookies and brownies at the following locations:

  • Maui Gift Cookies Maui Cookies

    Shortbread Cookies – Maui Sweet Cakes

    Mana Foods

  • Whole Foods
  • The Market by Capische
  • Sip Me Coffee in Makawao
  • Ulupalukua Ranch Store
  • Haiku Market
  • Whalers General: Front Street & Shops at Wailea
  • Foodland Pukalani,  & Lahaina
  • Foodland Farms
  • Andaz – Mokapu Market (& as in-room amenities!)
  • Kea Lani – Cafe Ciao
  • MACC
  • Accents @ The Wailea Marriott

And Coming soon:

  • Foodland Kahealani
  • Whalers General-Banyan Tree & Pioneer Inn and more!

And if you recall Heidi’s other recent venture of Maui Dog Treats, it is currently being re-organized and will be re-launched early November. 

Corporate Gifts Maui Cookies and Sweets

Preview of Carden Jamboree Auction Items + Cocktails

carden jamboree auction items plus cocktails This weekend (Saturday, April 25, 2015) is the event we’ve been waiting all year for – the Carden Academy Jamboree!  (click here to see the pictures from last year’s event) Today’s post we give you a bit of a sneak peek into what will be special this year- including just a few of the Silent and Live Auction items (already over 170 items posted online – and even more not yet disclosed!)

The greatest thing about these auction items is that some of these things you CANNOT BUY!  For example, if you’ve lived on Maui long enough you’ve heard of The Poker Game, held at Don Nelson (former NBA Coach)’s house – and not to name drop here but let’s just say some of Maui’s more famous residents, like Woody, Willie and Owen, have been known to drop in to these games.  Want to get a seat at this game?  There will be two available to the highest bidder at the Jamboree…

maui celebrity card game - poker night - don nelson - owen wilson - woody harrelson - willie nelson

Another item that’s NOT AVAILABLE for purchase anywhere, is a Seat at the Judge’s Table for a Knife Fight at Cow Pig Bun in Kihei.  From the catalog description: “You’ll have the opportunity to taste all the food (and beverages also provided) as two local chefs battle it out in the Cow Pig Bun kitchen arena. Chefs will be given a featured ingredient to use in three rounds of food as you watch from your prime viewing spot. As one of the 3 judges that evening, you will help decide who is the best chef! Other judges include food critics, chefs and culinary school instructors, so you’ll be in great company!” 

cow pig bun knife fight judge

 

There are lots of hotel stays all over the country, including this awesome offering for anyone heading to the Big Apple this year – two tickets to see Late Night with Seth Myers and two nights at the Millennium Broadway New York Hotel

seth myers late night NYC hotel stay auction item

Many, many island businesses have generously donated restaurant gift certificates, activities, art, jewelry and much more!  A new addition to the silent auction this year are the Gift Baskets, assembled by the parents of each class (K-8) at Carden, and by some of our sponsors and donors as well!   Gift basket themes include Mother’s Day, Summer Fun, and what’s sure to be a huge hit – the Trader Joe’s basket!  This Mother’s Day basket (shown below – styled by RiverMoon Botanicals) includes a $75 gift certificate (in a silver frame) from Green Ti Spa in Wailuku, coffee, tea, a make-up/tote bag, a Bottle of Merlot and wine glasses, Mixing bowls, measuring cups, tart baking cups, spices,  Wrappily wrapping paper, Jasmine soap and a few air plants and succulents, a floral bucket and  wooden crate.  Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10! 

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The Mother’s Day Basket – filled with goodies for mom or grandma, and styled by Rivermoon Botanicals

I’d also like to personally thank Maui Ocean Center’s gift shop, Maui Ocean Treasures, for assembling a beautiful basket, and everyone who so graciously donated towards the creation of a Maui Made basket in honor of this blog! (all photographed below)  Mahalo to Wrappily (recyclable and eco-friendly gift wrap and accessories based on Maui), Rip Skirt Hawaii (an athletic and swim coverup designed here on Maui), Mana Sol (body products made on Maui), Backyard Juice by Two Chicks in a Hammock (chili water made on Maui), Beauty of Maui (Maui photography screensaver/flash drives) and Sailbags Maui (bags made from recycled kite surf sails!).

 

Deep Island Hawaiian Rum - Wave Rum - Made on Maui

Deep Island Hawaiian Rum – Wave Rum – Made on Maui

Two more baskets that will be popular are the baskets provided by our sponsor Ocean Vodka and Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, all created right here on Maui!

Other amazing auction items include a children’s birthday party package at the Kihei Firehouse  and a package of five horseback riding lessons at True North Equestrian, and a tour and lunch at O’o Farms   

Besides the auction items, another EXCLUSIVE to the Jamboree are the cocktails – created by Dazoo’s bartender Jimmy Shoemaker, two cocktails, featuring Ocean Vodka and Deep Island Hawaiian Rum (of course), were designed just for this event.  These cocktails also feature Dazoo’s house made shrubs.

Jimmy Shoemaker, bartender at Dazoo, will be mixing up cocktails all night long at the Carden Jamboree!

Jimmy Shoemaker, bartender at Dazoo, will be mixing up cocktails all night long at the Carden Jamboree! Photo by Jessica Pearl, Courtesy Ocean Vodka

 

Whipcracker - made with Wave Rum and Tangerine Shrub

Whipcracker – made with Wave Rum and Tangerine Shrub

High Noon - made with Ocean Vodka and strawberry shrub

High Noon – made with Ocean Vodka and strawberry shrub

 

Hope to see you at the event!

The Ultimate OCEAN Cocktail Showdown

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… 

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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!

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.

 

Feel Good Events on Maui for June 2014

There are so many great events coming up in June, so I decided to put together a list of all the events that have proceeds going to a good cause!  I selected these events in particular because they are something that anyone can join in – you don’t need to be a part of these organizations to help out, and they would be great events for visitors and locals alike!  Add your event to the list (or for upcoming months) by sending to the email at the bottom:

  • tipsy turtle maui event june 2014 drink fundraiser Event: Hawaii Wildlife Fund Benefit Night at Dazoo
  • Date: Monday, June 2, 2014
  • Time: 5-9pm
  • Location: 78 Baldwin Avenue, Paia (former Moana Cafe)
  • Event Website For More Info
  • Details: A Portion of the Proceeds from Dinner Sales will be donated to Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Includes live music, silent eco-auction and a signature cocktail, “The Tipsy Turtle”.  Benefit Night for HWF will be occurring the first Monday of every month.
  • What They Do: Formed in 1996, Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education and advocacy.
  • Event: Basketball Maui Fundraiser Night at Flatbread
  • Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
  • Time: 5-10pm
  • Location: 89 Hana Hwy, Paia
  • Event Website: For More Info: 
  • Details: 2nd Annual Flatbread Fundraiser: A portion of sales of each flatbread is donated to Basketball Maui.
  • What They Do: Basketball Maui is dedicated to providing hope to Maui County youth through education, leadership training, character development, and world-class basketball instruction. (see more basketball maui events below)
  • Event: Maui Upcountry Ag and 4-H Farm Fair Fair
  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014
  • Time: 8am – 4pm
  • Location: Oskie Rice Field, Makawao
  • Details: The 34th annual Upcountry Fair features music, food, games, exhibits, a rodeo- a true upcountry experience! This year’s event features the Cowboy Church, a beauty pageant, paniolo awards, and the best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contests.
  • 4-H Livestock Show Saturday @8am – Followed by the auction – Bidding starts at 1pm sharp, continues 9am Sunday.
  • For More Info: 
  • What They Do: 4-H projects and activities help youth develop life skills through livestock projects includign feeding, managing and exhibiting their animals. Students acquire knowledge and skills in selection, production, processing and marketing.
  • Event: Used Book Sale by Maui Friends of the Library at Whole Foods
  • Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Location: Outside Whole Foods at Maui Mall, Kahului
  • Website:
  • Details: Summer reading ahead — at bargain prices! A large variety of donated fiction and non-fiction book selection! Each keiki will be able to take home a free children’s book from the designated selection, while supplies last!
  • What They Do: Everyday, Maui Friends of the Library sells used books, DVD’s, CD’s and more at their three book stores around the island, as well as new Hawaiiana items. All proceeds benefit Maui County’s public libraries
  • maui poker night celebrity tournament Event: Poker with the Pros – Fundraiser for Basketball Maui
  • Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • Time: 6-10pm
  • Location: Grand Wailea
  • Event Website:
  • Details: 1st Annual Poker with the Pros charity poker tournament. Guests can play for a chance to bet against celebrity players including a lineup of NBA All Stars
  • What They Do: see above
  • Event: Night of Shooting Stars
  • Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • Time: Doors open at 4pm
  • Location: Lahaina Civic Center
  • Website: 
  • Details: 4th Annual Night of Shooting Stars celebrity and professional exhibition games :  Last year more than 2,400 basketball fans filled the Lahaina Civic Center to watch professional players go head-to-head and local celebrities play basketball Maui’s camp all-stars. Family Friendly event.
  • Event: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui’s 27th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Event
  • Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
  • Time: 9am – 5pm
  • Location:  Maui Bowling Center in Wailuku.
  • Website:
  • Details: Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun and easy way for you and your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui. If you care about keiki and can spare an hour to have fun with your friends, then Bowl for Kids’ Sake is for you! Don’t forget that this year’s theme is a “Western Paniolo” theme so find a fun outfit to wear representing our theme. Dressing up is not mandatory but there will be prizes for the teams that demonstrate the most team spirit.
  • What They Do:  Since their inception in 1968, Maui’s BIGS, LITTLES, donors, corporations and other community members have been coming together to change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever.
  • Event: Relay for Life of Central and South Maui
  • Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • Time: Starts at 6pm
  • Location: War Memorial Soccer Overflow Field, Wailuku
  • Website: 
  • Details & What They Do: Relay For Life – an overnight event – is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  Monies raised will fund educational programs, research, advocacy and services to cancer patients.

 

To Submit your event : (must have a non-profit beneficiary) – For any month – will run if I get enough events listed: please send two weeks out from start of month if possible. Email to lizsmithonmaui (at) yahoo (dot) com

Please fill out:

  • Event Name:
  • Date:
  • Time:
  • Location:
  • Website (for the Event):
  • Details:
  • What They Do:

(Word count for ‘details’ and ‘what they do’ should be under 100 words combined) You may also send a small image.

Carden Jamboree Roundup

You know its going to be an unusual night out when it starts with “Should we bring the 4-wheel drive?”  With reports of heavy rain upcountry, we were advised to “bring an umbrella” and “be careful in the mud”.

carden.tent.fundraiserWe were heading to one of Maui’s numerous annual fundraisers, but instead of heading towards the resort towns of Wailea or Kaanapali, full of fancy hotels, ballrooms and valet attendants, we were driving up Haleakala, towards the dark clouds and pouring rain.  We were making our way to horse country for Carden Academys Jamboree, which takes place, literally, on a polo field.  We made it easily through the muddy back roads to the Oskie Rice field, and in typical ‘Maui Moment’ fashion, the rain let up as soon as we opened the car doors.

The welcoming sight of illuminated party tents, which were warm and dry, helped us instantly forget about the damp and dreary weather (being greeted with a glass of champagne helps with that, too).  Instead of the typical aloha shirts, fancy slippers and resort wear, or sometimes even evening attire that is normally seen at these functions, everyone was decked out in their finest jeans, plaid shirts and an impressive selection of cowboy boots and hats.  And, since this is an Upcountry Maui event, some of these people were actual cowboys and girls.

There was too much going on to list everything that happened at the Jamboree, but some of the highlights included a fantastic buffet of BBQ food by Three’s Bar and Grill, a cocktail bar by Dazoo, featuring Ocean Vodka, a homemade pie contest (this year’s winner – Nova Burnes with a chocolate meringue), an extensive silent auction, and a live auction with several once in a lifetime experiential and gift items.

A professional auctioneer was imported all the way from Oahu, assisted by Tamalyn Baldwin, literally ‘cracking the whip’.  Tamalyn, aside from being the head wrangler at her family’s Piiholo Ranch, supplied one of the live auction items, a custom piece of jewelry from her collection, Vaquera Maui.  Another high-interest live auction item was a gift basket by world-champion surfer Kai Lenny, which included a stand-up paddling lesson by the champion himself.

Rounding out the evening was dancing to live music by Country Knights.  If you missed the event (or if you were there!), here are some more of the photos from the event (click to see a larger version):

 

Carden Academy Jamboree Tickets Now On Sale!

Carden Academy Jamboree 2014

Usually before Maui’s fancy fundraisers, the big question is, which pair of slippers am I going to wear? (we are a pretty casual group) For next weekend’s 14th Annual Carden Academy Jamboree, the question is, which pair of cowboy boots?  The theme for this popular soiree is ‘Paniolo’, and jeans, cowboy hats and of course boots are all welcomed!  The event takes place at the Oskie Rice Polo Field in Makawao, and features a BBQ dinner by Three’s Bar and Grill and dancing until 11pm with the Country Knights.

Returning this year will be the amazing auction for which the Jamboree is famous, and the homemade pie contest.  In a new spin on an old tradition, the Carden students have again made quilts, but this year they only made two, and they will be part of a special giveaway contest!  The Jamboree supports the programs and tuition assistance at Carden Academy of Maui.  This year’s event will be Friday, April 25, from 5:30 – 11pm.  (Please note the new date for the event, which had to be rescheduled due to a conflicting event)

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This year’s menu from Three’s features Kiawe Smoked Root Beer Glazed Brisket, 3’s BBQ Ribs with Guava-Chipotle Sauce, Mesquite Char-Grilled BBQ Chicken, 3-Bean Garden Fresh Chili, Mac n’ Cheese with Herb Breadcrumbs, Char-Grilled Chimichurri Vegetables, Honey Chipotle Glazed Corn Bread, and Caesar Salad.

A cash bar will also be available, with cocktails by Dazoo Restaurant’s mixologist, Jimmy Shoemaker.  Jimmy will be serving up his famous mixed drinks, along with Dazoo’s Bald Sodas, the non-alcoholic sodas made with fresh fruit, macerated and mixed sparkling water and a touch of vinegar.

Click here to See the auction items:

Click here to Buy Tickets: 

or call 573-6651 (must be 21 and over to attend)

Carden Academy of Maui is an independent, non-denominational private school located in Pukalani.  Founded in 1998, the school serves children in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, with one class per grade and a maximum enrollment of 144 students.

The school is committed to educating the whole child through a balance of academic excellence, character development, and enrichment through the arts in a nurturing, small classroom setting.

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