12th annual benefit for Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

For the Love of the Land is the theme for the 12th annual Buy Back the Beach benefit Saturday at Old Lahaina Lu’au.

“The community is invited to come out this Saturday to show their love and support of protecting Hawaii’s precious places,” says Sara Smith, director of outreach for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT).

“Hosted by Old Lahaina Luau, the 12th annual benefit will feature hilarities of emcees Joni DeMello and Liz Morales, as well as a private concert by slack-key sensation Makana – all in benefit of land conservation in Hawaii.”

Partygoers may graze on tastings from Star Noodle and Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop featuring the the cuisine of Sheldon Simeon, a current contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef Seattle.”

Highlights include scallop shots in ginger-scallion sauce and lemon-pressed olive oil; hapa ramen with pork broth; and namul with kim chee, watercress, takuan, and ogo (seaweed).

Aloha Mixed Plate will make classic island favorites, such as the combo plate of shoyu chicken, fresh fish and teriyaki beef; plus strip steak with luau leaves and fresh coconut milk, topped with pickled Maui onions.

Old Lahaina Lu’au host chefs Craig Masuda and Nacho Perez will prepare traditional luau fare; while the bar menu will feature classic martinis and a special Land Lover cocktail by Ocean Vodka and Maui Preserved; classic mai tais by Old Lahaina Lu’au, and Bikini Blonde Lager and Big Swell IPA by Maui Brewing Co.

The “Adventures for the ‘Aina” auction returns with adventures on Maui and beyond. Bid on packages such as a heli-hike to Pu’u Kukui with an overnight stay at Haela’au cabin; a guided Kaupo Hunt with private dinner prepared by Chef Brian Etheredge of Capische?; and getaways including a luxurious five-night Napa Valley exploration or a weeklong stay in artist Pegge Hopper’s colonial Mexican casa in San Miguel de Allende. Auction preview is now available online at www.hilt.org.

“Who doesn’t want to ‘buy back the beach’ and have a great time doing it?” says board member and event co-chair Susan Kean.

“There’s so much to celebrate when we’re coming together to help preserve paradise. HILT currently manages stewardship and protection of over 17,400 acres in Hawaii.”

Event Sponsors are First Wind, Mana Foods, Boeing, Honua Kai, and Skyline Eco-Adventures.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight. Seating is limited.

For reservations, call HILT at 244-5263.