join me at the #imuaball

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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.

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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!

 

A Very Maui Christmas

Need a little Maui this holiday? Can’t make it to Maui? Grab one, or two or three, of these Maui gift picks and have a little mele kalikimaka wherever you are this holiday season.

Maui Christmas Presents

1. Tara B Trucker Hats, Made in Lahaina, 2. CraeVita 14K Gold Leather Wrap Bracelet, Made in Lahaina, 3. NinaKuna Gold Cowrie Shell Bracelet, Made in Wailuku, 4. TikiTales Hawaiian stocking, Made in Paia and on Lanai

The Ohana Mama’s Summer Survival

Maui Mom Blogger Keurig single coffee brew systems review

As summer approached, so did a rather large box on my doorstep. In it was what would soon be called my Summer Survival Kit.

This box didn’t house ready-to-eat meals, or bottled water or canned goods. It didn’t include a wind-up radio or even a bottle of Xanax. Instead, in this box was something very, very special, something that I think every Mom and Dad needs as summer break approaches…. a Keurig single brew coffee machine.

Thanks to the awesome folks at Staples, I was able to review a Keurig just in time for summer. Let me tell you, this baby has been working over time. In the morning I use it to crack open my eyes after late summer nights. And in the afternoon I use it to get through dinner and well, those late summer nights.

What’s great is that you can easily make iced coffee and even other treats in it such as lemonade. Yup, this baby has been running overtime, that is for sure.

Before Staples came to me with this review opportunity, I was a bit hesitant to get a Keurig. I’m a fan of the good ol French Press and I’m not really a fan of using all of those throw away coffee pods that Kuerigs use. In fact, that was the number one reason my husband and I hadn’t yet given into the Kuerig craze. We both drink 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning and we thought it was just too wasteful to go through so many plastic coffee pods.

Enter the reusable coffee pod. Once we went through the samples that Staples had sent us – Donut Shoppe coffee for us, hot cocoa for the kids – I was able to find reusable coffee pods at our local drug store. Now we’re able to use the incredibly awesome, ready-any-time, Keurig without the guilt. We simply buy our own coffee grounds, fill the reusable pods and get our coffee freak on whenever we please without having to brew an entire pot.

Here is a huge MAHALO to Keurig and Staples for helping me get through summer and for having alternatives to those pods. You are a life saver!

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Maui eats: Koa’s Seaside Grill in Lahaina

Koa's Seaside Grill Lahaina

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Koa’s Seaside Grill on Front Street in Lahaina. The whole family sat down to try out a sunset dinner, overlooking (and literally hanging over) the Pacific Ocean.

Koa’s was created by the same owners of the world-famous Gazebos restaurant. If you’ve been to West Maui, no doubt you’ve tried Gazebos breakfast. Good news for us, it’s the same breakfast that will be served at Koa’s. Score!

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As the sun set over the ocean my family and I enjoyed some pupus, artichoke dip and steamers. Both were delicious and didn’t last long. The kids kept themselves busy with Wikisticks (I love a restaurant that offers something fun for the kiddos!).

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For dinner I had the scallops on a bed of mashed potatoes and served with asparagus and a super yummy sauce. My husband had a sort of seafood stew that was delish. The kid’s fare is the typical keiki menu of chicken nuggets, hamburger or spaghetti – which is good when your kids want to stay on the less adventurous side.

What cannot be beat is the absolute gorgeous view from Koa’s. You can sit downstairs or on the rooftop, both are spectacular and literally hang over the edge of the ocean with Lanai and Molokai staring right at you.

You are Invited! Koa’s Grand Opening Party June 1st

happy hour Koa's Seaside Grill, Lahaina

Come and check out Koa’s for happy hour on Saturday June 1st, 2013 from 3-5:30 p.m. 10 percent of the proceeds from the entire day will be given to local school, Maui Prep!

For more information, check out Koa’s on Facebook. Make this your new spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

I received this dinner gratis from Koa’s so that I could check it out and share with The Ohana Mama readers! Mahalo to the entire Koa’s team for a lovely evening!