Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October 2015 Maui Events At A Glance



October – A month for Halloween festivities and excitement. The crowning event is Halloween in Lahaina which always has packed attendance, crazy costumes, and plenty of traffic.  Other events include ghost stories at the MACC, Haunted Hikes and Hitchcock films. Fall festivals include Oktoberfest, Lahaina Plantation Days and Kula Country Farms Pumpkin Patch.


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.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Harvesting and Eating Wild Kiawe (Hawaiian Mesquite): A Talk by Vince Dodge



Intro: Back in 2011 or 2012, I wondered if kiawe, the thorny tree that grows on the dry side of most if not all the Hawaiian Islands, was edible and wrote a blog post exploring its edibility. I was thinking it might be a form of mesquite, a desert tree in the southwest after reading about mesquite flour in Gary Paul Nabhan’s book Coming Home to Eat. Apparently mesquite is a very delicious flour.

A thicket of kiawe trees. Interestingly, kiawe often twists and turns as it grows, even growing horizontally.

Note: Kiawe is usually pronounced, "kee-AH-vay." It is also known as Algarroba in Spanish.

Last year, I found out about a presentation at UH Maui college on eating and using kiawe flour, including making and sampling kiawe flour peanut butter bars. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t attend but excited to know that other people had explored kiawe as an edible wild food source and were even milling it commercially. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 2015 Maui 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.

The Maui Fair is the biggest event for the month of September and an annual tradition for many local families. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Frew.