Saturday, January 14, 2012

Green Magazine Hawaii


Green Magazine Hawaii just featured Hale Ho'okipa Inn for restoration efforts and green living practices..print is a nice way to share with folks who can't be here..

Hmm, pretty cool to have some kudos lately..

Maui County Council also recently acknowledged my preservation work on my 1926 heritage home. Now, that was a milestone!

Another recent edition in print is the "Hawaii "magazine. The latest issue features Upcountry Maui, focusing on our ono food..My breakfast's were mentioned in their photo journey and enduring essay about Upcountry community.. I was leafing through the magazine with a nice smile recognizing all the hard working folks, and then I saw a familiar kitchen..hmm, took a second before I recognized the country kitchen of Hale Ho'okipa Inn. I am only in here 7 days a week (!) cutting and preparing fruit that I've have just picked from the garden, or purchased from our local market, and other growers. The posted pic today features fresh lilikoi, (passion fruit),apple bananas, papayas, limes, avocados, star fruit and cheremoya all from my garden. Rambuton, local strawberries, and local organic citrus added to the bountiful feast this morning....

I am dreaming up an art project that shows how to eat our local fruit so I can display it at breakfast! That could be fun..

OK, hope you work up an appetite, and find your way upcountry Maui, you'll be really happy that you did.

Look forward to seeing you soon!, and come hungry.......



Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Zen Celebration


Today I was invited to attend a Japanese Tea Ceremony, the first of the New Year. The day was spectacular, calm and clear..with a North Shore swell lighting up the coast.

My friend from Japan, Reiku invited me to the Zen Temple in Paia to celebrate the first tea ceremony of the year.

The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a ritual of preparing tea for guests. It is very specific, quiet and traditional.

They served tasty little sweets made from bean paste. The tea is Matcha, a thick green tea that is prepared with a bamboo whisk. I like the taste of green tea, in fact, I drnk green tea most every day. This drink was frothy, almost like green soup instead of tea, but quite ono. (delicious)

It was a sweet stop, a time to reflect on the beauty of simple pleasures, in my rather busy, and very full days .

Here's to taking time out to be good to ourselves.