Monday, February 8, 2016

Filigree Poha Berries - Nature's Lace






Filigree poha berry wrapper.



My poha berry bush has become gigantic, sprawling out of its pot and spreading across the lawn. The chickens have been chewing on leaves that they can barely reach, the ones that dangle invitingly into their territory.  

Poha berries usually look like this (dangling green lanterns):

 


Or like this:

Poha berries seem to be related to Chinese lanterns or tomatillo plants – all plants with delightful wrappers. They are small and tart with tiny seeds. Our friend down the street says that poha plants grow wild in some parts of the Big Island. Here on Maui, I don’t know any place where they grow wild. I have to actually fertilize our plants, and after my husband cleaned the gutter, I dumped all the rotting leaves onto the poha plant which bloomed and fruited like crazy.

The berries are naturally protected inside a leafy lantern-shaped sheath so fruit flies and other bugs can’t get to them, or somehow don’t notice them. The ripe and older fruits fall down, hidden under layers of leaves. Over time, if not discovered, they turn into filigree fairy lanterns like this one.

Nature’s lace.

Normally, the sheath is green and opaque, but time has worn off the green, leaving a leaf skeleton behind. The berry also fell out, or was eaten by ants.

 
Lacy wrappers - like leaf skeletons.

January has been unexpectedly sunny and hot for Haiku, which is supposed to be the cool, rainy side of Maui. For nearly six weeks, we’ve had hardly any rain, and days which are so blindingly bright and hot, like summer weather. Drought weather. Maui County is concerned that we'll have wildfires this summer - like California. 

My plants have been keeling over for lack of water, which is shocking in Haiku. So I’ve been hand watering the plants, the chickens, the cat. The cat doesn’t appreciate it.

The weather has been so warm and inviting, who wants to sit inside and work (much less blog)? The normal problems with mold and mildew (like on my husband’s motorcycle boots) have been nonexistent. Then, two days ago, the sky opened up and we got our normal winter weather, complete with muddy lawn and feet, overcast sky, and a night time temperature of 63 Fahrenheit. Yeah, baby it’s cold outside! Yeah, we’re such wusses here. 

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 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.



Monday, February 1, 1:30 pm. Testimony for Non-Toxic Pest Management and Spraying. Do you want herbicides to continue to be sprayed in public areas, like schools? County of Maui Council Chambers, Wailuku. 




Saturday, February 6, 2 pm – 6 pm. Children’s World Fair & Silent Auction for Roots School. Makawao Union Church. Food, games, crafts, face painting. FREE!
 
 Saturday, February 6, 5 pm – 8 pm. Maui Open Studios Opening Event. Mingle with artists, pick up an art studio guidebook, and preview art. Pa‘ina Culinary Arts Center, UH Maui College. FREE! 



Saturday, February 6, 7:30 pm. ArT=Mixx: xoNATURE. A fusion of performance and visual art with music and dancing. For 21 and older. MACC, Wailuku. FREE. 

Sunday, February 7, 1:30 pm. The Big Game – Watch the Superbowl at the MACC. Live music by Willie K before the game. MACC, Wailuku, FREE. 


Thursday, February 11, 5 pm – 8 pm. A Chocolate Feast at Oceanside Restaurant. Ma‘alaea. A memorable dining event featuring locally-sourced, bean to bar chocolate. $99/person.

Friday, February 12 – Tuesday, Monday 15. 10th Annual Whale Tales. Four-day educational event full of presentations, whale watches, receptions, and opportunities to meet whale researchers. Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. 

Saturday, February 13, 10 am – 7 pm. Chinese New Year Celebration in Lahaina. Free day –long celebration with traditional lion dance, kung fu demo, crafts, and presentations on the history of Chinese New Year. Wo Hing Museum, Lahaina. FREE! 



Saturday, February 13, 9 am – 2 pm. Chinese New Year Festival in Kahului. Tai chi, Lion Dance, children’s attire contest, and entertainment. Maui Mall. 



Saturday, February 13, 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Martini Time. Intimate dinner show with 4 course meal and entertainment by Eric Gilliom. $99/person.

Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14, 11 am – 6 pm. Maui Open Studios Weekend One. Grab a guidebook and visit artists’ studios in Upcountry Maui. FREE! 

Saturday, February 13, 9 am – 6 pm.  36th Annual World Whale Day presented by Pacific Whale Foundation. One of the largest community festivals on Maui, with craft fair, parade, booths, music, Keiki Carnival – celebrating whales. Kalama Beach Park, Kihei.


Friday, February 19, 7 pm. Hawai‘i: Language Matters: An evening celebrating the mana (power) of a living Hawaiian language. Presented by Merwin Conservancy. MACC. $25, or $10/students.

Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 21, 11 am – 6 pm. Maui Open Studios Weekend Two. Grab a guidebook and visit artists’ studios on the North Shore and in Central Maui. FREE! 


Saturday, February 27, 5 – 10 pm. Art Affair 2016: Andy Warhol – Celebrate Your 15 Minutes of Fame at the Hui! The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center signature gala with dinner, music, and art auction. Hui No’eau, Makawao. 

Saturday, February 27, 10 am. Observe and Play Family Day. Guided walk through of the current exhibition (Statements on Nature), an opportunity to make a small print to take home. MACC, Wailuku. FREE.  
           
Saturday, February 27 – Sunday, February 28, 11 am – 6 pm. Maui Open Studios Weekend Three. Grab a guidebook and visit artists’ studios in South and West Maui. FREE!


ONGOING MAUI EVENTS:

2nd Monday of the month, 6:30 pm. Barefoot Essential Theater (BET) and One Night Only – ONO performance: play readings, comedy nights, poetry readings. Iao Theater, Wailuku. FREE. www.mauionstage.com

Mondays, 12:30 pm – 2 pm. Polynesian Crafting. Learn the traditional art of Polynesian crafting, including coconut weaving. Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center, Kahului. Free! http://queenkaahumanucenter.com/events/

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays of the month: Maui Friday parties, held in a different town each week. More info at www.mauifridays.com

Last Thursday of the month: Hawaiian Music Series. Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina. 6 – 7:30 pm. FREE! 

Labyrinth walks, on or near the full moon each month and on Thursday afternoons at the Sacred Garden of Maui, Makawao.

Hawaii Farmers Union public potluck meetings – held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, usually at the Maui Tropical Plantation and the 4th Tuesday of the month at Haiku Community Center. More info at HFUU Haleakala, closer to the day of the meeeting. https://www.facebook.com/HFUUHalekala

There are many other events on Maui:
www.calendarmaui.com, www.mauitime.com, www.meetup.com, http://www.gohawaii.com/en/maui/plan-a-trip/events

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January 2016 Maui Events At A Glance




Happy New Year Everyone! May the first week of 2016 result in recovering from any New Year's Eve events or (hee hee) from your overly zealous New Year's resolutions! More events will be added as time and space permit.




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.

Wednesday, January 6, 4- 7 pm. Grand Opening. Coworking space opens on Maui Kihei.


Thursday, January 7 – Sunday, January 10. Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Kapalua Golf Course.

Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9. Willie K’s BBQ Blues Fest. 2 great days of blues music featuring Willie K and guest performers. King Kamehameha Golf Club, Wailuku. Prices vary.

Sunday, January 10, 2 pm. Japanese Tea Ceremony: Chado Urasenke Tankokai Maui Association's Hatsudate (First Tea of the New Year). Rinzai Zen Mission, Paia. FREE. I attended the Japanese tea ceremony last year, and found it fascinating.




Saturday, January 17, 6:30 pm. Starry Night Cinema: Ski & Surf. MACC, Wailuku. FREE. 

Sunday, January 17. Maui Oceanfront Marathon, 5K, 10K, marathon walk and other options. From Wailea to Lahaina. 


Monday, January 18, 8 am. Martin Luther King Race For Peace. 2k run starts in Kepaniwai Park, Iao Valley, Wailuku. $10 entry.  



Tuesday, January 19 – Tuesday, January 26. OneDanceTribe Hawaii, an event celebrating the power of movement. Camp Keanae, towards Hana.


Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24. The 6th Annual Maui Fringe Festival. Independent theater lives on. $10/show. Iao Theater, Wailuku.

Saturday, January 23, 5 pm – 8:30 pm. Buy Back the Beach – Hawaiian Island Land Trust Annual Gala Event featuring Grammy award winner John Cruz, dining under the stars and silent auction. Lahaina.  $175.

Saturday, January 30, 5:30 pm. Shinnen Enkai- Japanese New Year’s Celebration. Dinner event ushering in the Year of the Monkey. Maui Beach Hotel, Kahului. $50/adult.

Saturday, January 30, 6:30 am. Run and Walk for the Whales. Pacific Whale Foundation’s event is one of the largest walking and running events on Maui with half marathon, 10k run, 5k run, or 2.5 mile walk options. Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, Ma’alaea. 



ONGOING MAUI EVENTS:

2nd Monday of the month, 6:30 pm. Barefoot Essential Theater (BET) and One Night Only – ONO performance: play readings, comedy nights, poetry readings. Iao Theater, Wailuku. FREE. www.mauionstage.com

Mondays, 12:30 pm – 2 pm. Polynesian Crafting. Learn the traditional art of Polynesian crafting, including coconut weaving. Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center, Kahului. Free!

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays of the month: Maui Friday parties, held in a different town each week. More info at www.mauifridays.com

WOW - Wailea on Wednesday: On Wednesday nights in September at the Shops of Wailea, learn to play ukulele at “Ukulele Mix Plate,” 6 – 8 pm. 



Last Thursday of the month: Hawaiian Music Series. Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina. 6 – 7:30 pm.

Labyrinth walks, on or near the full moon each month and on Thursday afternoons at the Sacred Garden of Maui, Makawao.

Hawaii Farmers Union public potluck meetings – held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, usually at the Maui Tropical Plantation and the 4th Tuesday of the month at Haiku Community Center. More info at HFUU Haleakala, closer to the day of the meeeting.

There are many other events on Maui at Calendar Maui, Maui Time, Meet Up, Go Hawaii, EdibleHI (make sure to look at Maui events only). New live music events site for Maui: Hooplays!

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