Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Art of Trash Maui


I just recently stopped in at the annual Art of Trash in Kahului . This wonderful show has been running for several years and it's always a treat.

The creator and founder of the trash shows is Ira Ono, a well known artist from the Big Island of Hawaii. I still have a goddess for the garden that Ira made years ago. He is a colorful and accomplished artist. I just love his drive to use recycled and re-used materials.

The first year of the show, an artist that I knew had created an amazing throne out of all re-cycled materials that she cleaned from the beaches. It was a wild piece of art embellished with old fishing nets.

This year featured an art display by our school children, and a super fashion show and music played with instruments made from recycled materials. Coffee filters, tattered tarps, garbage bags and all sorts of re-used materials made for some flashy fashions.

When I had my furniture store many years ago, I often sold furniture made from re-claimed wood. One of my biggest, and most expensive, lines came from the old railroad ties from Africa. The wood was so dense, it was heavy and felt like stone. I also had often featured a furniture builder who used the pallets from the docks to make great out- door furniture. It was funky and looked great in the yard.

Rethink your trash, it could be fun!

Here's to being creative and saving our land fills.

Much Aloha,

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Earth Day Volunteer Opportunities

Aloha Folks,
Earth Day is coming, April 22. The fate of our beautiful has earth has been front and center in our hearts and minds .
The way I see it, Everyday is Earth Day.
Today I am posting a link to the Preserve Hawaii volunteer opportunity calendar, and Earth Day related events
Mahalo to Kirsten Whatley of Preserve Hawaii for all of her continued efforts in the preservation of our beautiful aina.
The picture I am posting is one of my grand daughter during our last volunteer efforts at the Maui Coastal Land Trust . It's time for me to get over there again. It's been awhile.
4/16 -- Malama 'Aina Festival at Whole Foods -- features Maui nonprofits and how to join their volunteer efforts
4/23 -- Save Honolua Coalition / Surfrider Maui / Community Work Day -- cleanup of Honolua Bay and Lipoa Point -- 8a-11a
4/30 -- East Maui Taro Festival -- a celebration of taro, along with arts, crafts, local food, live music, and hula
4/26-5/1 -- Kipahulu 'Ohana -- pre- and post- Taro Festival activities: harvesting and processing taro, preparing poi and laulau, replanting huli and open house at Kapahu Living Farm on Sunday

Friday, April 1, 2011

Maui April Calendar of Events

Aloha All,

Welcome to Maui's Upcoming Events...

So many wonderful events to look forward to this month. Come and enjoy!!!

Much Aloha,

Maui County Product Enrichment Program 2011

A P R I L E v e n t s

Please contact event organizers for more information, subject to change.

Wailuku First Friday
April 1
Market Street, Wailuku
Friday’s 6 -8:30 pm streetfest features magician Brenton Keith, live music bands, a poetry slam, arts and crafts, ono food booths, a traditional awa bar and beer garden, and more. Come support Aloha for Japan.
Information: (808) 878-1888

Maui OnStage ONO Series

April 11
Iao Theater, Wailuku
One Night Only presents at 6:30 pm I Honor My Earth, a free show with music and theater to honor Earth Day.
Information: (808) 244-8680 or

Hawaiian Music Series

April 14
Baldwin Home Museum, Lahaina
Hawaiian falsetto Kaniala Masoe is the featured performer at a free concert from 11 am to 12:30 pm on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn facing Front Street.
Information: (808) 661-3262 or

Maui Community Band Concert
April 15
Grand Wailea Resort, Wailea
The Maui Invitational Music Festival series presents a Hawaiian themed concert featuring performances by guest musicians and the Maui Community Band premiering an arrangement of Hawai`i 5-0 and medley of music by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole. Enjoy the sunset and this free oceanfront concert at 5 pm.
Information: (808) 283-3576 or

Celebration of the Arts
April 22-23
Ritz Carlton Resort, Kapalua
The 19th annual festival of Hawaiian arts offers two days of free hands-on art activities and displays, entertainment, a mele contest and panel discussions on cultural traditions aligned with this year’s theme:
“E na aumakua - a call to our ancestors and all things natural.”
Information: (808) 669-6200 or

Henry K. Allen Steel Guitar Festival

April 29 – May 1
Kaanapali Beach Resort, Lahaina
A celebration of the Hawaiian steel guitar and legendary musician Henry Kaleialoha Allen, featuring free guest performances starting at 5:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, along with cultural and hands-on music workshops throughout the weekend, and entertainment at Sunday brunch.
Information: (808) 283-3576 or

Maui Classical Music Festival

April 29 – May 6
Makawao, Kapalua, Makena & Hana
The 30th annual chamber music festival gets underway April 29 with a performance of “Amadeus – The Magical Life and Music of Mozart” narrated by Howard Dicus. Four unique concerts follow, all performed by world class visiting musicians. On May 2 & 6, the Makena Beach Resort is offering concert attendees a buffet dinner special before the 7 pm performances at Keawalai Church.
Information and tickets: (808) 874-9372 or

Ethnobotanical Garden Tours

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Kahului
Interpreted tour covers the natural history, conservation and ethnobotanical uses of native Hawaiian and Polynesian introduced plants. Offered Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 – 11:30 am by reservation and donation.
Information: (808) 249-2798 or