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 […]

In The Running For The 2013 Top 5 Social Media Award

Top 5 Social Media Award

I’m honored to be representing the Maui social media community with my friends Erik Blair and Liza Pierce in being nominated for this year’s Top 5 Social Media Award, to be presented at this year’s Hawaii Social Media Summit on October 25-26 at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. All the nominees this year are […]

Wa’a Kiakahi 2013

Wa'a Kiakahi 2013

One of the great things about living on Maui is the opportunity to participate in events that are centered around Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. I’ve been working with the Kaʻanapali Beach Resort Association for a little over three years now. I put together the digital media strategies and often do the photography for their big […]

Buy Back The Beach 2013

Buy Back The Beach 2013

I had an amazing day with the folks at the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) yesterday during the 12th Annual Buy Back The Beach event. It began with a trip to the airport to meet my social media colleagues Jon Letman from Kauai, Laura Kinoshita from Kona on the big island of Hawaii and Melissa […]

TEDxMaui 2013

TEDxMaui 2013 Dream Team

It’s been almost a week, and I’m still buzzing from our tremendous TEDxMaui 2013 event last Sunday. Over 1000 people attended, and we even saw surprise guests Mick Fleetwood and Steven Tyler show up in the audience, backstage and mingling with the crowd during the breaks and after party. I can honestly that while TEDxMaui […]

Gearing Up for TEDxMaui 2013

TEDxMaui 2013 poster

I became aware of TED talks around 2008, about two years after I moved to Maui from the Silicon Valley. I was surfing the net one morning and came across Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight. I followed the link back to TED.com and watched talk after talk—Garrett Lisi: A theory of everything, Majora Carter: Greening the […]

Join Me at Buy Back The Beach on January 26 2013

Buy Back The Beach 2013 Poster

In Hawai‘i, where I live, you often hear the phrase “preserving the ‘aina.” ‘Aina is the Hawaiian word for “land,” but its meaning goes much deeper here. The Western culture is defined largely by material wealth and possessions. By contrast, the Hawaiian culture is based on the land. It’s a sacred thing, held in reverence. […]

Kihei Fourth Friday Coming to Town Starting December 28, 2012

Kihei Sunset

There’s a new party coming to the Maui town I live in. It’s called “Kīhei Fourth Friday.” We’ve had a “Fridays” tradition going on Maui for a while now. First Friday happens in Wailuku, Second Friday in Lāhainā, Third Friday in Makawao and now, Fourth Friday in Kīhei. The Maui Friday Town Parties is an […]

What a 40-Hour-a-week Social Media Job Looks Like [Infographic]

Social Media Workflow by Mark Smiciklas

One of the questions people ask me most often about social media is, “How much time does it take?” The answer varies, of course, depending on the size of the project and the strategies involved, but more often than not, they’re hoping I’ll tell them it really doesn’t take that much time once they get […]

Opening Night at Maui Film Festival’s FirstLight

Maui Film Festival Logo

I’ll be joining my friends at my first FirstLight tonight at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. FirstLight is an annual winter holiday tradition by the Maui Film Festival, founded to offer members of filmmaker’s guilds who live on Maui, spend Winters on Maui or who are visiting Maui an opportunity to see films that […]