Grand Wailea Fireworks New Year 2014

New Year's Fireworks 2014

Just about every year, the Grand Wailea on Maui has a fireworks show at the stroke of midnight. It’s an institution. People occupy every beach or residence in Kihei within site of the Grand Wailea fireworks, often trying to compete with fireworks of their own. This year, we visited with our friends Susan and Doug […]

Maui Sunset in November

Kihei Sunset

One of the things I find fascinating about Maui sunsets is where the sun actually sets along the horizon depending on the time of year. Along the south shore, where I live, the sun sets behind the island of Lanaʻi during the “summer” months, so from my vantage point, it goes down behind the West […]

Hiking Across Haleakala Volcano

Haleakala National Park

Yesterday, I was part of a great group of intrepid adventurers who embarked on an epic 11-mile hike across the crater of Haleakala volcano, led by my good friend Katie McMillan for Gogobot Maui. Katie picked me up at the Halemau’u (switchbacks) trailhead, the end point of our hike (so there would be a car […]

Hana Sunrise

Hana Sunrise

I don’t get to shoot sunrises enough, as I live on the south side of Maui, where we get sunsets, as you might have seen in my landscape portfolio. I had a rare sunrise opportunity this morning in Hana, which is on the east side. Google said sunrise was at 6:15 a.m., so I headed […]

Ka’anapali Fresh 2013 Roundup

Mixology with Chandra Lucariello

This year’s Kaʻanapali Fresh was a fantastic event that surpassed all expectations. Every event was sold out and the turnout was fabulous. Top notch Maui chefs collaborated with local farmers to produce amazing culinary creations, accompanied by renowned musicians Jake Shimabukuro, Amy Hanaialiʻi and Makana. For the second year in a row, I was the […]

Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery Grand Opening

Ocean Vodka Grand Opening

Ocean Vodka has a new home on 80 acres of beautiful farm land on the slopes of Mount Haleakala on Maui. If you’ve never had their unique vodka, you really should try it. It’s 100% natural, organic and gluten free; the only handcrafted spirit in the world made with deep ocean mineral water, sourced from […]

20th Annual Haiku Ho’olaule’a Flower Festival

Hai'ku Ho'olaule'a Flower Festival

This was a new experience for me. I’d never been to a Haiku Ho‘olaule‘a Flower Festival in all the time I’ve lived on Maui. I had no idea it was such a huge event. And now I understand why you don’t see many flowers at the Maui Country Ag Festival, which was just a couple […]

Maui Country Agricultural Festival 2013

Maui County Ag Fest 2013

The Maui County Ag Fest is a big deal on the island. On the first Saturday in April, it seems like the entire island gathers at the Maui Tropical Plantation to celebrate farmers, ranchers and agricultural allies in Maui County. This year, I didn’t have any responsibilities or obligations. I just went to support my friends. Of […]

Roxanne Tiffin

Roxanne Tiffin

I met Roxanne Tiffin almost three years ago, when I was first getting involved with Slow Food Maui. She owns a business called Kula Fields, where she and her husband deliver local farm fresh produce directly to homes on Maui and Oahu. We were already her clients by then, but then she eventually became my […]

Grow Some Good

Kathy Becklin at Harvest Day, Kihei Elementary School Garden

My wife Kathy Becklin is one of the founders of Grow Some Good, an nonprofit organization that plants edible gardens in schools on Maui and educates kids about growing their own food. She and her colleagues have enlisted the help of a number of chefs on the island, and together, they provide education and host […]