join me at the #imuaball


This Saturday I’ll be live Tweeting, Instagram-ing and Facebook-ing my adventures at the Imua Family Services Fantasia Ball, taking place at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Kaanapali. (you can follow along via the hashtag #ImuaBall)

I was very honored to be asked to be part of the social media team for this year’s Imua Ball. It’s not only one of, if not THE most, fancy and fashionable events on Maui every year, but it’s also for an incredibly wonderful cause that is near and dear to me as a mama.

Imua Family Services is the ONLY organization focused on helping children with special needs – on Maui and Lanai – in the earliest years of their lives.  Helping Maui’s keiki since 1947, it continues to serve more than 3,000 children and their families each year with things such as low birth weight, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, expressive language delays, visual or hearing impairments, autism or other developmental concerns.

This Saturday’s Fantasia Ball specifically supports the programs that provide these direct services to Maui’s children.

If on Maui, you can join in the fun too! Here’s the skinny – there are two ways to participate…

The evening starts at 6 p.m. in the Hyatt’s grand ballroom with pop up boutiques such as Paia Pearl and Maui Hue (swoon!), a silent auction like none other, and beverages from Maui’s own Ocean Vodka. Dinner and Couture Fashion show featuring Monarrez Collection from Chicago and University of Hawai’i Maui College’s Fashion Technology Program to follow.


To top off the night, everyone is invited to the Fantasia After Dark dance party with DJ Del Sol and specialty drinks from Ocean Vodka. 

Pssst – can’t make it for the Ball but want to dance? You can buy a ticket to the After Dark Party a la carte!

The entire night is glam – not Hawaiian shirt and slippahs gals, but stilettos and maybe some sparkle – yup…right here on Maui!

And of course, if you aren’t on island or can’t join us you can donate and learn more about the Imua Foundation here.

Remember to also follow the fun on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – #ImuaBall #FantasiaAfterDark.

“See” you there!


go on an adventure


go on an adventure maui travel

It doesn’t have to be far far away.

It can be the “slow” road, the longer route home from school drop off.

Or the highway along the shore.

It can be a stop off to watch the whales.

Or a hunt for sea glass.

Go on an adventure, big small, near, far, just do something different today. 

Happy aloha Friday!

o.m.g. Girl Scout Cookies are Coming!

I’m working with Mom It Forward and the Girl Scouts of America. The following is a compensated post, however all memories and opinions are my own. :)

When I was little I was a Girl Scouts of America Brownie. I wasn’t a Brownie for long and didn’t even get a uniform but for the short while that I was part of the organization I was given some pretty cool memories.

I remember being able to spend time learning and having fun with some of my absolute best girlfriends. I remember taking the train up to Los Angeles to visit the Children’s museum with my troop – it seemed SO cool to take the train! And I remember taking part in a cultural celebration where we did a dance – our country was Malaysia.

I remember that I wasn’t nervous as we performed. Instead I was confident, smiling ear to ear as my Brownie sisters and I danced like dragons. I think it was the confidence and friendships that the Girl Scouts gave me that helped me get through that performance.

I can still  remember afternoons after our troop meetings, sitting on a tree with my Brownie gals – them in their uniforms, me in my street clothes  - but none the less, we were having fun and creating memories.

So why all of this nostalgia?

Well, February 7th marks the start of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

Yes, that means that Girl Scout cookies are coming!  Hooray, hallelujah, watch out!

What I LOVE about Girl Scout cookie time is of course the cookies but also that we have this uptick of young, female entrepreneurs out there learning life skills that will spark that inner business woman in them all. They learn skills such as goal setting, marketing, money handling, and people skills – all very important skills to learn.

Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

Here’s some more information about National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

The Girls Scouts are having a huge shebang in New York City in Grand Central Station (how cool!) during this weekend and all across the nation troops will be celebrating and coming together to kick off cookie time.

There will even be a Twitter party if you can’t get out there to help celebrate with the Girl Scouts. You can follow the Girl Scouts on Twitter, along with the hashtag #cookieboss.

Speaking of #cookieboss, need to find out where you can get your hands on some yummy Girl Scout cookies? You can find out where those Samoas and Thin Mints (my fave) are by using the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, available free for iPhone or Android by visiting the newly refreshed official Girl Scout Cookie page at

For more cookie talk and Girl Scout fun follow them on Facebook and Pinterest!

Let’s chat!

So I want to know.. what’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Share it the comments below. 

A little somethin’ somethin’

I am so beyond honored that Dania of edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine asked the kids and I to be part of the Winter edition’s Keiki in the Kitchen feature.

Dania is such an amazing role model mom, business woman and kind soul. Mahalo Dania for including my ohana in your beautiful magazine.

edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine

If you love Hawaii and love food (hello, yes to BOTH!) then check out edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine. Each magazine is always a work of art (seriously, their cover photos are frame worthy) with great reads and scrumptious photos.

Go and take a look at the Winter edition and hang with us in the Kitchen (we’re on page 10). You can buy a subscription here.

edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine