Benefits on Maui are much like benefits elsewhere … except when they’re hosted by as beautiful a place as Old Lahaina Luau and catered by the likes of Mala’s Mark Ellman, I’o’s James McDonald, Ivan Pahk of Sansei, and Joey Macadangdang of Roy’s Restaurant.
Maui Coastal Land Trust’s Buy Back the Beach is one of the year’s most glittering events, and it’s on Saturday, April 10, at 5pm. In addition to the delicious dishes, Hula Dancers and Hawaiian musicians will fill the stage with song in motion, including Amy Hanialii.
I’m totally inspired by the Live Auction “Adventures for the Aina” items. Some are more adventurous than others, but they all tickle the imagination. So far my favorite is a rather sultry and seductive evening of stargazing with my favorite poet-astronomer Harriett Witt. Her private tour of the night sky takes place from the comfort of a private estate in La Perouse, and ends with champagne and decadent desserts.
Another that has me lusting to help preserve Maui’s coastlines is the Heli-Hike & Overnight: four couples, one day in a guided heli-hike fo the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve, one night at the Ritz-Carlton. I’ve always wanted to explore that wet cloud forest in the West Maui Mountains, and I can think of no better way than with the Preserve’s staff.
The benefit is $150 per person, and $1200 for a table of eight. You can call 808-244-5263 for reservations.There’s also a shuttle service from Ma’alaea (always a good idea): call 808-250-1984 for reservations.