MaukaMakai-FlyH2 copy(August 19, 2013) – MAUKA TO MAKAI: Community Dinner at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery Will Feature Chefs Who “Forage” in Local Nature for Their Presented Dish

In today’s world with the conveniences of technology and transportation, it is common to be presented with a dish at your favorite restaurant sourced from all over the world.  But here in Hawaii, the abundance of natural ingredients pairs with the concept of food security to show that there has to be another way.

Chef Lyndon Honda wanted to address this as he conceptualized “Mauka to Makai,” inviting Hawaii-raised local chefs to come together in celebration of the abundance of locally-sourced food products and the culinary arts.  A benefit for the Maui Culinary Academy, this one-of-a-kind event will feature ten talented “island-grown” chefs showcasing “island-grown” products in their menu presentations.  Individually foraging for their own food from the ‘aina they will engage in hunting, farming, fishing and diving to collect their ingredients- from Mauka to Makai, mountains to sea.  They will present their bounty to guests in uniquely designed dishes profiling their own culinary talents as well as the locally-sourced harvest produced from neighborhood farms, forests and oceans of Maui.

6988095179_889b299118-299x450“I believe that part of a chef’s service is inspiring people to look at nourishment and food in different ways,” says Chef Lyndon Honda.  “Here in Hawaii, from Mauka to Makai, foraging for food is part of the everyday culture. I want this event to be a tribute to the island’s bountiful resources and our roles as leaders in helping people understand that our land and oceans will support us for generations to come.”

Mauka to Makai is presented by Ocean Vodka and Hapa Events and Catering.  The community dinner is one of Ocean Vodka’s first public events on their new Organic Farm and Distillery and will be the first event on the property at their new event space, The Point at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery.  The Point offers guests unparalleled 180-degree views of the north and south shores of Maui and the slopes of Haleakala.  Guests will be served specialty mocktinis and homemade Cava will be served by members of the Hui O Wa’a, who will talk story with guests concerning their construction of a double hulled voyaging canoe and commitment to educating youth on traditional voyaging and vessel-making practices.

Please note this is an alcohol-free community event in support of education on Maui. All ages are welcome so please bring your family. Tickets are $75 per person.

Mauka to Makai Featured Chefs: Celebrity Chef Sheldon Simeon; Chef Lyndon Honda, Hapa Events & Catering; Chef Chris Mahon, Shark Pit Food Truck; Chef Kyle Kawakami, Maui Fresh Streatery; Chef James Simpliciano, Simpli-Fresh Farms; Chef Gevin Utrillo, Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui; Chef Kaipo Nakata, Maui Fish & Pasta; Chef Jake Belmonte, Maui Culinary Academy; Junior Chef Emily Laborte, recent Top Maui Culinary Academy Graduate; and Junior Chef Johanna Natividad, Grand Wailea.

Neighborhood Featured Farmers: James “Kimo” Simpliciano, Simpli-Fresh Produce; Manu Akana/Dave Horsman, Ho’opono Farms; Monica Bogar, Napili Fresh Local Organic (FLO) Farms; Mikala Minn, Mahele Farms; Kumu Farms; Breadfruit Institute

Date and Time:

Saturday, September 28, 2013

6-9 pm


Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery

4051 Omaopio Road, Kula, HI 96790 (Just Below Surfing Goat Dairy)



For Tickets and More Info: 808-989-4733,

Sponsored by:

Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, Ali’i Kula Lavendar, Kula Fields, KCK Entertainment Lighting, Smythe Fujiwara Design

About Ocean Vodka

Ocean Vodka is the only spirit in the world made from organically farmed sugar cane, blended with deep ocean mineral water and powered by the sun.  Ocean Vodka is 100% Certified USDA Organic and gluten-free, with a proprietary column distillation process that produces an ultra-clean spirit highly decorated and unrivaled in the marketplace.  When this pure refined spirit is blended with deep ocean mineral water, Ocean Vodka takes on a unique, mineral-rich flavor found in no other vodka.

For more information on Ocean Vodka, please contact Kristin Hettermann at or call 808-205-4767.

About Hui O Wa’a Kaulua

In partnership with other groups, Hui O Wa’a Kaulua, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is committed to developing and conducting model educational programs using voyaging to excite and challenge students and their communities to learn about, respect, and care for the natural and social environment.  It is our vision to have a healthy, productive, safe Hawai’i and planet Earth 

Currently the Hui o Waa Kaulua is in the process of constructing a 62 ft. double-hulled voyaging canoe, a project that is over 17 years in the making and nearly complete.  The canoe is scheduled to launch on December 21, 2013!  As the launch date draws closer the canoe is $50,000 away from being complete.  She is in need of the last few necessary components to make her seaworthy

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