december • 2017 keiki cover model

Mahalo to ‘Aukai Thomas Walsh’s family for sharing his smile for our cover this month!

‘Aukai Thomas Walsh is six years old, and attends Papa Malaao Hawaiian Immersion kindergarten in Pa‘ia.

He enjoys wrestling for 808 Wrestling, and went to O’ahu for the state tournament and won his division!

He also likes studying Jiu Jitsu in Ha’iku. His favorite activities with his family are fishing, camping, and hunting on the weekends.

Mom shared, “In any hard situations, I can see the struggle in his eyes. But he is the one who never gives up, and he pushes on until he conquers it!”

 

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sip me: brewing up success one cup at a time

At fifteen years old, Sip Me owner Laura Wentworth knew that someday she would open a coffee shop. At the time, she didn’t know when or where it would be, but she did know how she would operate it. “When I was a little girl growing up in Montana, my grandfather used to take me to a coffee shop called Clyde’s,” she recalls. “They knew all their customers, and treated them like members of the family. It really made an impression on me. So when I imagined what my coffee shop might be like, I knew it needed to have that same feeling.”

It took some 18 years for Laura’s dream to come true when, in June of 2015, she and then-partner Shannon Murphy opened Sip Me, a neighborhood coffee shop in historic Makawao. It had been a long and challenging 16-month journey for the pair of would-be entrepreneurs. “I’d never worked a day in the service industry, and neither had Shannon, before we opened Sip Me,” Laura says. “The bank people just laughed at us. Imagine two girls with no service experience, and no real business experience, wanting to open a coffee shop in Makawao, at the end of the street, no less!” Continue reading ‘sip me: brewing up success one cup at a time’

let it snow! returns to maui; grammy winner kalani pe‘a performs

Back by popular demand, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center will again transform into a giant snow globe with its award-winning “Let it Snow!” snowfall experience. Let it Snow! Returns on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from December 2 through 23, with a special live performance on December 5 by Grammy winner, Kalani Pe‘a who will debut his new holiday song to the Maui community. Let it Snow! will also serve as a fundraising backdrop for several non-profit organizations.

“We were amazed by the incredible support and tremendously positive response we received from the community with our ‘Let it Snow!’ show last year, and to have Kalani Pe‘a honor us with his beautiful voice,” said Toni Rojas, director of marketing for Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. “Our goal is to help families and friends create heart-warming memories and traditions they will cherish and talk about. We are doing just that and giving back to our local community.” Continue reading ‘let it snow! returns to maui; grammy winner kalani pe‘a performs’

celebrate the holidays at hui no‘eau visual arts center

Hui Holidays 2017
November 20 – December 24, 2017
Open Daily 9am – 4pm; FREE
Shop late on December 6, 13 & 20 / 4 – 7pm

Hui Holidays artisan showcase returns with a winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone on your list! During this magical season, the Hui gift shop expands to include even more one-of-a-kind handmade gifts by local artists and crafters like paintings, ceramic pieces, hand-blown glass work, locally made beauty products, holiday ornaments and more! Visit http://www.huinoeau.com for more information.

HANDMADE HOLIDAYS WORKSHOPS:

Blow Your Own Maui Glass Ornament

Available on Wednesdays from 10am – 1pm by reservation. Experience some holiday magic and create a beautiful glass ball ornament! Each participant will walk away with an incredible personalized glass ornament—ready to give as a gift or to display in your home. Over approximately 30 minutes, you will choose the colors for your unique glass ball, learn about basic tools and techniques, and even try your hand at some of the process! No experience is required and you’ll have lots of help and guidance from Teaching Artist Stephen Fellerman. Note: Pieces will be available for pick up 24-48 hours after class; flat rate shipping is also available on request at an additional charge.

Tuition & Supply Fee: $95 per person Continue reading ‘celebrate the holidays at hui no‘eau visual arts center’

november • 2017 keiki cover model

Mahalo to the Robillard family for sharing Kiju Marie and her smile with us this month!

Kiju Marie Robillard is nine years old, and attends Maui Preparatory Academy in Napili in the third-grade class.

The family lives in Kahana. Kiju’s mom is Minsun Robillard, director  of guest experience at The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, and her dad has been director of engineering at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua for the past ten years.

Mom shares, “Kiju loves to see people laughing, and she likes to come up with silly jokes and funny faces! Honestly, every day is a new highlight for me to see her becoming a kind, honest and genuine person!”

 

maui chocolate tour: savoring the ‘food of the gods’

Did you know chocolate dates back to 1900 B.C. when ancient Mesoamericans fermented, roasted, and ground cacao beans into a paste that they mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers, and other spices to brew a frothy chocolate drink? I didn’t either, until I attended the Maui Chocolate Tour and Workshop, a tasty and informative off-the-beaten path experience on an authentic cacao and vanilla farm in Huelo.

The tour and workshop were developed by Melanie Boudar, a master chocolatier who started Sweet Paradise Chocolatier in Wailea, co-owns The Art of Chocolate/Cacao Santa Fe in New Mexico, and serves on the board of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association. Lead tour guide Ann Tuomela has been extensively involved in the cheese and wine industry doing catering and tastings. Her love of food has led her to the complexities of chocolate. She is assisted by Kathy Tobin, who has served in the tourism industry. The farm itself is owned by Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, who also operate Maya Yoga Studio on the property. Continue reading ‘maui chocolate tour: savoring the ‘food of the gods’’

2017 hula o na keiki at ka‘anapali beach hotel

Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel, is excited to announce the 27th Anniversary of Maui’s only children’s hula competition, Hula O Na Keiki. Open to students from around the world, the competition commemorates one of Hawaii’s richest traditions and will take place from November 10-11, 2017.

Participants ranging in age from five to seventeen will compete in their respective categories for coveted awards and titles, and the chance to win cash and prizes. Continue reading ‘2017 hula o na keiki at ka‘anapali beach hotel’