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ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE FOR ART MAUI

Registration is now open for the 37th annual Art Maui juried exhibition featuring Maui County artists.

Early registration will be available through noon on March 25, with receiving day set for March 27 and the selection process March 28.

Those who register and pay online will be able to use the “express” line to submit their art on receiving day and can use credit cards for payment, according to Art Maui. Only cash or check will be accepted as payment on receiving day.

This year’s exhibit will open to the public April 5 and will continue through May 2 at the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The event’s featured artist is Sidney Yee, and the juror will be David Ulrich.

To register online or read the prospectus, visit www.artmaui.com.

GOLF TOURNAMENT TO AID PROGRAMS AT MACC

Golfers who want to support the arts can now sign up for the 27th annual Pundy Yokouchi Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled for April 11.

The event benefits the educational and community programs of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and is named in memory of the organization’s founding chairman.

The entry fee for the tournament is $300 for a two-person team, and hole sponsorships can be claimed for $550. The registration deadline is April 4, but those who register by March 15 will be eligible to win an early-entry prize.

This year’s event will begin at 7 a.m. at the the Dunes at Maui Lani in Kahului, followed by an awards luncheon at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes.

To register or for more information, contact Nicole Humphrey, the MACC’s membership and donor events coordinator, at 243-4237 or Nicole@mauiarts.org.

ART OF TRASH ENTRIES TO BE ACCEPTED APRIL 4

It’s time to start getting creative with your garbage and recyclables in preparation for this year’s Art of Trash exhibit at the Maui Mall.

Submissions will be accepted between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 4, with the show to run April 11 through

May 2 featuring original work by Maui County residents made solely from repurposed materials.

The 13th annual event is presented by Malama Maui Nui and SharingAloha Maui and is meant to demonstrate how items can be repurposed for fun, art and the sake of the environment. The goal is to show how to help reduce waste and the pressure on Maui County landfills. The event’s found, Ira Ono, will serve as juror.

“I will be looking for inspired work that takes materials that are discarded, broken or forgotten, and transforms them into art,” Ono said in a press release. “Well-constructed work matters.”

The entry fee is $15 per piece, with no limit on the number of pieces artists can submit.

There will also be a Maui Trashion Show for fashion designers on opening night April 10.

For entry forms and more details on entry requirements, visit www.facebook.com/artoftrash or call 877-2524.

* If you have a fun story idea of local interest that you would like to submit to Pau Hana, please email scenelistings@mauinews.com.

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MAUI TEAS NOW GROWING FROM KAHAKULOA TO KULA

Full of antioxidants and flavonoids, mamaki has been a treasured Hawaiian tea plant for decades.

“This Hawaiian herbal tea has always traditionally been used for relaxation and stress reduction,” says farmer and noted island musician George Kahumoku Jr., who, between winning Grammy and Na Hoku awards and performing in a weekly show in Napili, grows eight different types of tea in Kahakuloa.

“Mamaki is unique to the islands and can be difficult to cultivate,” Kahumoku continues. “But I nurture mamaki plants on my coastal Maui farm to help perpetuate the tradition. The gentle ocean breezes and coolness at the farm, situated at 1,100 feet in elevation, provide the ideal climate for this plant to thrive.”

Kahumoku used to raise coffee on the Big Island, but only utilized his coffee drying racks for three months out of the year. So he dried mamaki for eight months on an annual basis.

“I used to harvest 100,000 pounds a year, I would pack up container loads. Now, my wife actually picks each leaf one by one. Our production is low and the price is high. We bag about 20 pounds a month only. With the January storms and everything, we lost about 200 plants. Still haven’t fixed all of the damage.”

Mamaki is a white tea with subtle taste similar to green teas.

“Mamaki is best known as a relaxer and for lowering blood pressure,” he says. “My dad drank it like water, so it lowered his blood pressure too much. It’s a cleanser, too. A mulberry, its bark is used for tapas, one of the finest you can make.”

Other teas the Kahumokus grow are Blue Verbena, called “honeymoon tea” in the Philippines for its viagra-like qualities; Turmeric Olena that is consumed to help ease joint pain; and Waipini lemongrass as an aid to digestion.

For more details, visit the website at www.kahumoku.com.

ON SLOPES OF HALEAKALA

PONO Tea & Herb Farm is a small tea garden located in upper Kula, currently using organic and sustainable agricultural practices. It has more than 2,000 plants of Darjeeling, Oolong and Japanese-varietal tea keiki growing alongside some native Hawaiian plants such as ‘a’ali’i, mamane, ‘ohi’a lehua and koa trees.

At 4,000 feet in elevation, the garden has abundant cloud cover and rolling mist coming down the slopes of Haleakala, and is ideally situated for high-mountain tea. The owners started growing tea in 2013, and plan to be ready to harvest and sell their Maui-grown tea by 2018.

For certified-organic tea blends that it currently offers under its retail business, PONOinfusions, you may visit the website www.PONOinfusions.com.

MALUNGGAY EVERYWHERE

Malunggay, aka marunggay and the more formal Moringa Oleifera, has been used as herbal medicine in many cultures for hundreds of years. Malunggay is also a nutritious plant native to the Himalayas in northwestern India, where it is used to combat malnutrition in infants as well as nursing mothers.

It’s also a backyard plant all over the Philippines and on Maui that is garnering lots of international attention for being a superfood.

According to GMA Filipino News, the marunggay plant has seven times more Vitamin C than oranges, three times more Vitamin A than carrots and two times more protein than milk as well as four times more calcium.

Where do you buy this super powerhouse of a tea on Maui? At Paradise Market in Kahului as loose leaf and processed, and at Tea Box in Wailuku.

OUT HAIKU WAY

Na Liko Tea was founded about six years ago, after owner Liam Ball met with Eva Lee of Tea Hawaii & Co. on the Big Island.

“I lovingly refer to Eva as my ‘tea kumu’ or ‘kumu tea,’ ” says Ball, who grows three Japanese culivars – Yabukita, Benikaori and Yutaka Midori with 500 plants in the field and 400 in the nursery.

When the plants are mature, they will eventually finish as black, green and oolong teas for market.

“Many people don’t know that all true tea comes from the same plant. The magic is in the processing and the different cultures are able to bring out different flavors using radically different aging and oxidizing processes. My tea is always finished in the Haiku sun.”

Visit www.nalikotea.com.

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KNEADING EACH OTHER

Want to treat your sweetheart to a nice massage for Valentine’s Day? The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea offers a Couples Instructional Massage to remember.

“Couple will learn the basic massage techniques to ease their partner’s muscle tension,” says Spa Director Pat Mabozak. “Each person receives 50 minutes of hands-on instruction from one of our skilled therapists, producing a four-handed massage for his/her partner. The treatment is provided oceanside in an authentic thatched massage hale.”

This treatment can be booked through the Spa at 874-2925.

AMOROUS APHRODISIACS

Did you know that in the United States, 60 million pounds of chocolate fly off the shelves for Valentine’s Day?

Of course, chocolate is one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs along with honey, oysters, avocados, bananas, chile peppers and coffee.

It’s sensual, sweet and a known mood enhancer. It lowers your blood pressure, has antioxidants and inhibits LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Today, Hawaii is the only state with commercial cacao production. The largest grower is Dole Food Co. on Oahu, with its Waialua Estate cacao that has more then 15,000 trees on 20 acres. There’s even a Hawaii Chocolate and Cacao Association, and the state has declared February as “Chocolate Month.”

Roy’s Kaanapali is famous for its warm chocolate souffle. Mana Foods in Paia has a Wall of Chocolate featuring fair-trade candy bars.

As for oysters, they contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. High in zinc, they are tried and true when it comes to fertility.

Maui restaurants serving fresh oysters for Valentine’s Day include Ichiban in Kahului, Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei, DUO in Wailea and Cane & Canoe in the Montage Kapalua Bay.

FOR TECHIE IN YOUR LIFE

Is your special someone a creature of gadget?

“Ladies love to accessorize,” says Brian Parnell, the manager of MacNet store in Kahului.

“We’ve got these little Powerbeats that are in-ear headphones that are wireless. Dr. Dre came up with them and then Apple brought the company from him. He claims in the news he’s the first billionaire rapper techie.”

MacNet also boasts the Bose Soundlink mini speakers that come in different colors with car chargers and more.

“They’re a great gift idea,” Parnell says with his Nashville accent. “A lot of people come in to get iPhone or iPad cases and if you don’t know what color or size, you can buy a $60 gift card for $50. It’s a gift that you know will be the right color and the right fit.”

For more details, call 893-8484.

PROPOSE IN BRIGHT LIGHTS

At the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, you can arrange for a surprise proposal that she’ll never forget. Then again, neither will anyone else who chances to see it.

“We offer Rooftop Lighting, which is your personal message with bright lights in giant letters strung at the top of our hotel,” says Sumithra Balraj, Westin’s director of public relations.

“You need to give us 72-hour advance notice and you can say, ‘Will You Marry Me?’ or ‘Happy Valentine’s Day.’ You start with dinner in one of our cabanas with butler service. And then we turn on the lights when you’re ready.”

To reserve, call Westin at 667-2525.