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Hawaii Coffee News

MauiGrown Coffee

The first Maui Coffee Festival will take place this Saturday at The Shops at Wailea. The Maui Coffee Association together with the Maui County Farm Bureau have been planning this event for months.
Greg Stille, president of the Maui Coffee Association and president of the Hawaii Coffee Association says there will be tents near the fountain featuring coffee plants, coffee roasting and tasting of the winning Maui coffee growers from the Hawaii Coffee Association event which took place at the Maui Tropical Plantation in July.
This is an exciting and challenging time for coffee in Hawaii. MauiGrown is emerging as a world-renowned coffee just as Kona is fighting the coffee borer which has destroyed over thirty percent of their crops. Essential measures must be taken to destroy the coffee borers and also prevent the spread to other islands. This involves diligent removal of coffee cherries falling to the ground and incineration of them. The coffee borer gets into the cherries and can lay eggs and multiply creating a disaster for our agriculture industry. In discussions with James “Kimo” Falconer, of MauiGrown Coffee, Greg said they have talked about the need to treat trees with an anti-fungal product which the coffee borer doesn’t like and also getting to the wild trees deep in the valleys which is a mind boggling task.
Greg said it was difficult to get Maui Coffee Farmers to open up their farms to visitors during the recent event due to fear of spreading the bug. Currently, anyone who has visited a Kona Coffee Farm must remove that clothing before traveling. He held a welcoming event at their two acre organic coffee farm Piliani Kope Farm in Launiupoko.
Greg has traveled to Kona for the monthly meetings as well as twice a month to Honolulu to participate at the legislature in the communication on Ag House Bill 280 (the self certification bill)
and a bill to prevent Ag theft and Ag counterfeiting. There’s a lot in the works and please follow Maui Country Farm Tours for all the exciting events to come. They’re hoping to have monthly events about coffee including students, pastry chefs, bringing food and agriculture to the forefront of Maui Tourism.
If you want to learn and taste some of the most delicious coffee on the planet come to Wailea, Saturday August 4, 2012.


See http://www.mauiweekly.com/page/content.detail/id/510090.html


Kailua Morning

Today I had the pleasure of meeting my twitter and Facebook friend Marianne Schultz @DaMews in Kailua.

She’s good friends with Camille of Camille’s on Wheels. (excellent foodie) Here holding mango pie.

Marianne, Koele and me at Camille’s

Camille @Camillesonwheel
LOL 1 wheel We sampled grilled cheese with roasted pablano chiles on Hawaiian Sweet Bread that was fabulous and teriyaki soft taco with an amazing slaw that complimented everything with its sweet mirin mixture.

Michael and Camille…

To top everything off Camille had baked Mango Pie that was delightful. She insisted I take a piece of pie to @AlohaBruce (my next stop) in Hawaii Kai.

I had a wonderful day visiting friends…

Hawaii is the best place not only for the breathtaking beauty but the small town friendliness even on a more populated island like Oahu.

Awesome place to live…

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Awesome Day For A Farm Tour

Amazing day Up-Country Maui

Started in Paia, Ho’okipa… Back roads

Ulupalakua, Maui’s Winery, Kenaio…

Wow, was so windy that side gusting 40 plus mph…Wild and beautiful.

Met Paula Fuga at AKL Maui…

Awesome walking tour w Harrison
Surfing Goat Dairy w Loc (He’s good)
Delicious flight of cheese.

Pineapples, mango, apple bananas …
Pineapple wines… Raspberry dessert wine…

Lavender tea and scones for later…

A delicious day on Maui.

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Camille’s on Wheels

Today I got to meet Camille!

We were in Kailua on a business trip when Marianne @DaMews mentioned Camille’s on Wheels would be behind Walgreens 11-2 off Uluniu, where we were for breakfast at Cinnamon’s. (That was a great place too) There are so many small shops in the area and I loved “Cottage” and the Antique Store next to Cinnamon’s.

Camille was serving great looking tacos and the bread pudding below looked awesome! It’s called Capirotada.

Camille had worked with Peter Merriman decorating his restaurant.

I admire her and all the Food Truck entrepreneurs. Hoping the parking situation works out in favor of these small businesses of Oahu, ASAP.

Look for Camille’s on Wheels in Kailua.

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Marilyn Jansen Lopes

Kula Country Farms

Royal Poinciana in Bloom

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Hula an amazing expression

Watching a Hilo Halau with twenty-one dancers is such a beautiful
display of color and energy. Lots of red color tonite! Satin, velvet,
ti-leaf or raffia skirts… Hawaiian hair ..long wavy.. Kinky or
braided and let out…gorgeous smiles of dancers that tell their

Ten Things I Love About Maui

Ten Things I Love About Maui:

• Tradewinds: They blow the air so clean! This is always soothing and refreshing to my spirit.

• Clouds: Maui has the most amazing clouds.

They move quickly taking on magnificent shapes in the sky and by mid afternoon daily there are always clouds heading up Haleakala! (Our mountain)

• The Lifestyle: Maui is rural, it’s country it’s about the ocean and fishing and all the activities of the sea.

• The food: Surrounded by the sea in the most isolated group of islands in the world is special enough but Maui feels like a hot spot in the universe for gourmet Pacific Rim Cuisine. Chefs abound. We have the freshest fish and fresh vegetables and herbs are grown year round in the rich volcanic soil and cool air of the mountain.

• The People are so kind!

Wherever I go from the Post Office to the grocery store people take the time to be genuinely kind. It is very comforting to be treated this way wherever I go on Maui.

• Hana is a touch of old Hawaii. I worked as a nurse for two and a half years in Hana by the sea. I felt a true sense of belonging here because of the friendliness of the people. Within two weeks people were calling me by my first name at Hasegawa’s store.

• The Beauty is found wherever you go on Maui!

Just look up into the sky or out to sea or into a deep valley at Iao in the West Maui Mountains. Long stretches of land with no houses calm the nerves and green sugar cane goes on for miles and miles.

• Tropical plants and flowers are amazing. I love growing my own bananas, papayas and lilikoi (passion-fruit) vines. Everything is so available at The Maui Swap Meet and open markets on Maui.

• Maui is small but yet it feels spacious. There is room to breathe. The small town feeling makes it comfortable and the proximity of everything makes life simple.

• Maui has some of the most beautiful beaches. There is so much variety from white sand to black sand and the red sand beach.

 • Elegant Resorts: One can visit the most elegant resorts minutes away then return to the down to earth lifestyle of Maui having experienced the best of both worlds in Hawaii.

Just some of the things I love about Maui
Everyday I love it more, the relaxed feeling I remember when I first fell in love with Maui back in 1973 is still here with me. Though life speeded up and the island has changed, when I sit still and feel the breeze, let my cares go, and take in the amazing energy that is Maui I thank God for allowing me to live in such a beautiful place!
Aloha friends,
~ Marilyn
The Artful Hawaiigirl
If you haven’t visited lately make a plan to come to Maui.
Those of you who live here, Aloha fellow islanders.
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