Last night there was a benefit for The Maui Farm at Stella Blues which kicked off at 6:30 PM. Some Loyal followers attended and although not packed in like Willie K this crowd paid $25 to attend a benefit for an important place that serves a number of different functions for the community of Maui.
The Maui Farm provides farm-based programs to help transitioning youth and homeless families on Maui. They are located in Makawao and you can reach them for more information at 808 579-8271.
The entertainment was provided by Halemanu, and his wife Lisa was there at the event helping out. Halemanu had gathered some of Maui's array of jazz oriented musicians for the live music portion of the benefit, people ordered food and drinks from Stella Blues regular menu's and there were also short films that I saw introducing people to The Maui Farm and providing a bit of information with some testimonials.
For interested readers they have a website... www.TheMauiFarm.org appropriately named. There were some contests. I won a little plant by showing my Costco card. Looking at the picture on the brochure here today I see a small group of young girls & women who are happily attending to these little plants and have an Independent Living Program with a young girl watering lots of these starter plants. The plant is unnamed but It does have a little label on it that says: The Maui Farm. I just called The Maui Farm and the woman who answered said she thought they would be some kind of a succulent. She said it may even eventually get a little pink flower. I will need to do some research to care of my little plant.
I am not sure if it likes acid water or what it needs for it's growth.
The musicians that graced the stage last night include: Marcus Johnson on Bass, Jesse Smith on trap drums, John Zangrandro with the wind instrument selection, Gilbert Emata was on keyboard, who also played at Kono's on the Green recently sitting in for the regular Keyboard guy, Sal over there and of course Lisa's husband, Cousin to Al. the guitarist at Kono's.. Halemaui on vocals and guitar.
Halemanu has a web site www.halemanumusic.com
I had other gigs to attend and reviews to do, so I only had time to stay for a short time but I wanted to let you all know about this event so that you could further get involved with The Maui Farm. Please check out their web site for that purpose.
A Hui Ho,
Maui Events Examiner
Don't forget about two events tomorrow night. Fourth Friday in Kihei for the socialites and dancers with lots of live music and for those wanting a more serene, spiritual gathering, Anam will be at the Makawao Union Church with his discourses on Enlightenment. I will be at Anam's event.