Saturday, July 9, 2016

Kiawe Harvest Camp 2016

Sunny Savage, a wild food plant expert, is hosting a series of kiawe harvesting camps in July on Maui for the week-long International Crop Biodiversity Festival (ICBF) in late August.

Kiawe (pronounced “kee – ah – vay”) is the Hawaiian word for mesquite, Prosopis pallida, and grows wild throughout the south and west sides of Maui and other dry and hot locations on the island. It is found throughout Hawaii.

The pods are edible, delicious, and naturally sweet. Participants will learn how to select kiawe beans properly and how to prepare them for grinding. Bucketfuls of kiawe pods will be gathered and cleaned so they can be milled during the ICBF.  As part of the festival, a team from Oahu’s kiawe harvest group will bring a professional mill to Maui to grind the kiawe beans into flour.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Finally, An Evening Farmers Market on Maui

Maui has a lot of farmers markets – in the morning, or through the afternoon, at which point, pickings get slim. So if you’re not an early riser, too bad for you.

But now, Maui has a night time farmers market. Hurray!

The Upcountry Market in Pukalani, although many would say it’s in Kula, since it’s on the edge of both places, is getting evening hours.

Tuesday evening Farmers Market on Maui, 3 pm to 7 pm.

Tuesdays 3 pm to 7 pm – in the area across Longs Drugs or Longs Pharmacy, there will be farm stands with fresh, locally grown produce.  Some of it is organic and some is conventionally grown, but the produce is usually labeled, and you can always ask. So get your green fix. More info in the email from Haiku Helen.

Another tip: there’s a store, which is very much like a farmers market called Rowena’s Produce in Kahului. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 7 or 8 am to 6 pm. I’ve even gotten there after 6 pm and they’ve still been open. It’s like a farmers market but in a store. Prices are reasonable.  
Location: 230 Hana Highway
Phone: (808) 419-1987

Rowena used to have a booth at one of farmers market on Puunene Road, but last year, moved her produce business to a store. The advantage is that she has refrigeration. If you can’t make it to other farmers markets, her produce is very similar and has a good selection, and is usually local. Just like other farmers markets, the selection varies from week to week, and she can be sold out of certain fruits or vegetables, or not have any due to the weather. But, Rowena does not have organic produce, so if you shop in the evenings and need to buy organic, the Tuesday Upcountry Market is your best bet. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

July 2016 Maui Events At A Glance

July - a time for rodeo, parades, fireworks, bon dances, and lots of guitar concerts. Also, help break ground on Maui's first trout farm. 

Please visit the websites to make sure the event dates, locations and times are still correct. Abbreviations: MACC stands for Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
For a list of ongoing Maui events, which are held monthly, scroll to the bottom.

Click here for a Maui Bon Dance Schedule.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wild Drinks Workshop - Saturday Stream of Consciousness Post

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about the Wild Drinks Workshop last month with Sunny Savage of Wild Food Plants of Hawaii and Emily Han of Wild Drinks and Cocktails, but often I prefer to take my time to develop the post and edit and reedit. 

Wild Food Plants of Hawaii book by Sunny Savage and Wild Drinks and Cocktails by Emily Han

So here is a Stream of Consciousness Saturday post, part of a blog hop hosted by Linda G. Hill, in which the theme is drink. I’m not allowed to edit, other than correct typos!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tour of the First Hemp House on Maui

At first thought, building a house out of hemp sounds a bit preposterous. Crazy. Like something a pot smoking hippie on Maui would concoct, a DIY duct tape project on But not only is it possible, it’s very impressive. 

A cottage built of hemp. The first hemp building on Maui and in the state of Hawaii.
My first exposure to hemp as a building material was at a Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) potluck. At the meeting, we passed around a grayish square block of hempcrete. The hempcrete looked porous and felt lightweight yet had some substance. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Amber on Maui, Stream of Consciousness Saturday

This is rare for me to write a stream of consciousness narrative without much editing. I love editing, but we’ll try this experiment, with the blog hop theme of “mb” to include the letters mb together or to use them as a topic for inspiration. The host of this blog hop is Linda G. Hill.

Amber – it’s a name but also a type of gem, although it’s not truly a gemstone. I was so surprised to find amber from the Baltic Sea at the Maui Swap Meet last month. This is the opposite place on the earth as far as I’m concerned, from Hawaii. The proprietor of the amber booth still has family in Lithuania or Latvia and they ship her quality pieces of amber.

The Baltic Amber booth at the Maui Swap Meet. I was thinking about cropping this photo but decided it violates the spirit of stream of consciousness writing to edit a photo! LOL. This amber booth is next to the Maui Christmas booth.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 2016 Events At A Glance

Please visit the websites to make sure the event dates, locations and times are still correct. Abbreviations: MACC stands for Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
For a list of ongoing Maui events, which are held monthly, scroll to the bottom.