Instagramming Maui: O is for…

Happy Father’s Day from Maui!

 

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“O” is for…

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O is for Ohana.

Maui on Father’s Day…May yours be full of love, laughter, and waves! “Ohana” of course means family in Hawaiian and is the perfect tie-in for Father’s Day. :)

My hubby, Greg Poppy, and our two boys love body boarding together. The photo above was taken on Kauai back in November 2012, but it’s the perfect capture of their time on the waves. Greg heading out deep, Bryan doing something crazy and Gabriel hanging near the shore (although he braves the waters a lot more these days).

Greg and I became “instant parents” when Bryan came into our lives. With one phone call we went from being newlyweds of nearly three years to parents of a two-year-old. So, Greg’s first Father’s Day was eight years ago, and our lives were turned upside down, but for the better! We had Gabriel a couple of years later, and the rest is history. I’m a gal surrounded by guys, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Greg’s journey of fatherhood has been just that, a journey, and he’s always growing, always loving, always wanting to provide physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally his very best for his boys. That in itself is a gift, that desire to go above and beyond as a daddy. I’m one grateful Maui mama.

How will you celebrate Father’s Day this year?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

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Instagramming Maui: N is for…

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding toon a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“N” is for…

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N is for Northshore.

Also known as “My summer plans.”

Happy Aloha from Maui’s Northshore!

Jennifer

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Instagramming Maui: M is for…

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“M” is for…

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M is for May Day.

Have you ever heard of Lei Day? It’s a Hawaiian tradition (May Day/Lei Day) and our Maui school does a top-notch job of creating the perfect celebration! The entire community comes out to see all of the classes in each grade level perform various hula and island dances. Each student in the fifth grade class is selected to represent each Hawaiian island kingdom, which is beautiful to watch. One king and one queen is selected to represent the entire grade, and they perform solo dances (pictured top right and bottom left).

My youngest son danced with his kindergarten class to the song, “Taro Patch Twist” – simply adorable. And my oldest, who is in fourth grade, danced a fun hula with his class. These boys have some moves, and yes, they get them from me. :)

I love May Day/Lei Day, which became an official holiday in 1929 on Oahu. Traditionally, it is celebrated on May 1, however, these days schools typically wait until the end of the Spring semester to hold their celebration. If you’re ever on one of the Hawaiian Islands on May 1, try to catch a celebration downtown or at one of the resorts. I’m already looking forward to next year’s May Day celebration at our boys’ school!

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

 

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Sell Everything and Move to Hawaii – at least that’s what I did!

We’re interrupting your regularly scheduled blog series: Instagramming Maui – A to Z of My Island Life to share my updated bio…because you know that you wanna know more about this Island Gypsy Hawaii! :)

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Have you ever held a dream in your heart? One of mine came true when my husband, two sons and I sold our home, our car & our stuff to move to Hawaii! This lifelong dream, turned ongoing adventure has been worth it all.

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So, why Island Gypsy Hawaii?

I’ve always had an adventurous spirit, a desire to see the world and a love for diverse cultures. When I was a little girl my great-grandfather affectionately nicknamed me “Gypsy” because of my dark brown eyes. Little did PawPaw know just what a gypsy I would turn out to be having studied Spanish and traveled abroad during my college years, then living on both Maui and Kauai then back to Maui. While I’ve done my fair share of moving, I am here to stay for the forseeable future on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii!

So, what is your passion?

I’m one of those people who lives life to the fullest, always learning, always growing. My desire is to live authentically and purposefully. I love people and seek to encourage, bless and inspire everyone that I meet! I’m passionate about living holistically through my healthy habits in nutrition, fitness and homemade natural products for body and home. I’m creative and living in Hawaii only feeds my creative soul. You’ll find many gorgeous photographs from my adventures in Hawaii, upcycled art pieces and furniture redesign, to name just a few of my creative endeavors.

So, what else do you do?

I’m a freelance writer, so when I’m not blogging on Island Gypsy Hawaii, you can also find me as an editor/writer for Maui Family Magazine, as well as A Maui Blog and the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival. In addition to being a freelance writer, I’m also a public speaker. I began speaking in front of crowds at the age of sixteen. I loved it so much that I majored in Speech Communications in college, with a Spanish minor. I jokingly say that I majored in “talking,” and I must have done a good job because I graduated with honors from my university. I’ve also worked in radio, hosting my own lunch-hour show, as well as worked in the public relations field for several years.

So, you like Hawaii, huh?

Yes, I absolutely love the Hawaiian Islands! So much so that my husband and I have created an online community called Pray Hawaii. It’s a place where we can share about the needs on the islands and a place where tourists and locals alike can find a spot to serve the community.

Oh and remember how my hubby and I sold nearly everything to move to Hawaii? Well, if you’re looking for adventure, too, he’s now a licensed real estate agent here on Maui and would love to help you find your dream home!

Are you available for travel reviews on the islands?

Yes! I absolutely love checking out new places on the islands, whether it’s a restaurant, resort, organic farm or event.

How may I contact you?

Right here.

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer Poppy
Island Gypsy Hawaii

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Instagramming Maui: “L” is for…

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Aloha Amigos!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“L” is for…

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L is for La Comida.

La Comida is Spanish for “food.” This past weekend the family and I packed the car and headed to the other side of the island. When you live on an island going to the “other side” is considered long distance traveling, but when Mexican food is involved, it’s worth every mile.

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The handsome guy with me is Greg Poppy of Poppy Island Properties.

I was invited to my first “TweetUp” by edible Hawaiian Islands, and the location was ideal: Sangrita Grill and Cantina. Ever since my Twitter feed began filling up with images from Sangrita’s opening night, I began dreaming of trying it out. Seeing as I’m from Texas originally, and was nearly a double-major in Spanish in college, Mexican food is kind of my specialty. Well, it’s at least something I love!

It can be difficult finding yummy Mexican food here on the island, unless of course you’re talking about in my kitchen. :) I was pleasantly surprised to find the menu at Sangrita’s varied and let me tell you, the food was muy ono! Very delicious!!! The environment is lovely as well, as we ate out on the lanai and enjoyed visiting with other social media peeps. If you’re looking for a Mexican food restaurant on the Westside, I recommend trying out Sangrita’s. (And no, I was not compensated for this post, although I wouldn’t mind being paid in tacos).

Even though I live Upcountry, their Taco Tuesday deal may have me jumping in the car despite the drive. Yummy!!!

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Do you have a fave Mexican restaurant in Maui? Have you tried Sangrita Grill & Cantina yet? Mahalo to Dania Katz of edible Hawaiian Islands for the invitation…can’t wait for our next TweetUp.

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For a few more reads on my Maui food posts via A Maui Blog:

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Psst…Remember to pick up your free copy of Maui Family Magazine. I have several parenting & pregnancy articles, and The Ohana Mama has some fun summer ideas!

 

Instagramming Maui: “K” is for…

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Happy Monday!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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K is for…

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K is for Keiki.

Keiki = kids

We have two of them. One born from my heart, the other born from my tummy…brothers.

Here’s the youngest one hamming it up: I call this the “Pretend Pout.”

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If you’re on Maui & needing ideas for activities in the summer (it’ll be here before we know it!) then be sure to pick up your free copy of Maui Family Magazine. There’s a huge summer program guide & other great articles.

maui-family-magazine-jennifer-poppyDo you have any fun summer plans? Will you be making a trip to Hawaii? There’s more to do here than just the beach :) although the beach is enough for me!

 

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

 

Instagramming Maui: Ocean, Sun, Waves, Beauty

Aloha and happy weekend to you!

While I sip on my morning coffee, I thought I’d do a little recap of my Instagramming Maui series thus far. And if you haven’t found me on Instagram yet and would like to see some of this Maui goodness, then you’ll find me here: IslandGypsyHawaii

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A is for Avocado

B is for Beach Ballet Beauty

C is for Coffee

D is for Dress-Up

E is for Eco-Friendly

F is for Festival

G is for Gypsy

H is for Hawaii

I is for Inspiration

J is for Journey

How do you like this little series so far? Are you on Instagram as well? What’s your favorite kind of photography?

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

Instagramming Maui: “J” is for…

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Aloha Amigos!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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J is for…

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J is for Journey.

Moving to Maui, Hawaii, has been quite the journey for me and my family. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Have you ever moved far away from everyone and everything? Do you have a longing to take that leap and make a move? 

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

 

Instagramming Maui: “I” is for…

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Aloha – are you still there? I’m finally back. I didn’t really go anywhere, except, well, not keeping up with my A to Z Instagramming Maui Series. However, I was still posting on Instagram ;)

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.Instagram-Maui-Island-Gypsy-Hawaii

I is for…

 

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I is for Inspiration.

You see, sometimes you need to be inspired by someone or something to take action. And even when you do xyz there’s still a time of waiting for that right door to open. I’m grateful that that “right door” did open this past March when Nicole Shipman of Maui Family Magazine invited me on board as a writer/editor. My Maui mama friend Sarah Burns of The Ohana Mama had connected us, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I was inspired by this fun Maui magazine when we first moved to the island over two years ago. Ihad hoped to write for Maui Family Magazine one day…and now today I’m sitting here with a thankful heart.

Inspiration…where do you hope it takes you?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

PS If you live on Maui and are looking for fun activities to do with your kiddos, tips for overcoming summer boredom, ways to connect with your baby, and every summer camp known to man…then be sure to pick up your free copy of Maui Family Magazine. You can find it at over 1,000 locations in Maui County.

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Maui!

Aloha and Happy Cinco de Mayo, y’all!

I’m excited because tomorrow is my big kick-off for my new Zumba class here in Maui!

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If you’re on island, I’d love to see you there! Just wear comfortable clothing & bring your water bottle :)

Location: AMP Church, 349 Hanakai Street, Kahului, Hawaii. Please enter through the back of the building. Doors open at 8:45am for check-in.

*And for those of you wondering about my Instagramming Maui A to Z blog series, yes, I will indeed be continuing it shortly.*

Wrappily + Island Gypsy Hawaii = Happiness

Aloha amigos!

As you can imagine, Maui is a small island. And word gets around quite quickly about, well, everything. And a while back I began hearing the word “Wrappily.” Being the upcycle-lover that I am, naturally I had to check out this eco-friendly Made-in-Maui business.

 

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In a nutshell, Wrappily is a company that recycles newsprint into beautiful designs for wrapping paper. Much to my delight, Sara Smith, the owner of Wrappily, asked some of us Maui bloggers if we’d be interested in using their paper for a fun craft or d.i.y. project. Umm…yes!!! Paper is like my love language, and upcycled paper…even better!

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For my d.i.y. project I decided to update a framed Hawaiian card and create a decorative matte for the art. I just love how it turned out! It brightens up our tiny cottage bathroom and makes me smile.

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The paper is double-sided, so I used one side for the larger matte, and the other side for the smaller matte. It looks much crisper with the new paper.

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AFTER

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Y’all, I don’t think this is the last time you’ll be seeing me use this fun paper. I have about 1.2 million ideas of ways to use it. I love it when a crafty plan comes together, don’t you? Be sure to check out my Pinterest for more fun creative ideas, as well as the blog on Wrappily. They just announced their new “Lucky We Live Hawaii” designs and I’m in love with those as well! Ahh, so much paper, so little time. LOL!

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

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(Note: While Wrappily provided the paper for this project, I was not compensated in any other way, and the opinions contained in this post are 100% my own.)

 

Fiesta Time with Zumba Class Kick-Off!

Jennifer Poppy of Island Gypsy Hawaii will be kicking off a new Zumba class in Maui, Hawaii! Keep the fiesta going the day after Cinco de Mayo with her Tuesday morning class.

Who: You!

What: Zumba Fitness

When: Starting Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Time: 9am – 10am (doors open at 8:45am)

Where: 349 Hanakai Street, Kahului, Hawaii. (Located in the AMP Church building behind Alive & Well Natural Health Store.)

Cost: May 6 Kick-off Class = FREE!!! After May 6 drop-in rate $5 or purchase a punchcard for discounted classes.

Other: Bring water & be ready for a good time! Please enter through the back of the building.

Contact: Jennifer Poppy via ShopIslandGypsy(at)gmail(dot)com for more info. My Zumba Website.

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Instagramming Maui: “H” is for…

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I’m doing a blog series right now, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life” today. You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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H is for Hawaii!

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

Instagramming Maui: “G” is for…

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Aloha amigos!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I’m doing a blog series right now, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life” today. You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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G is for…

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G is for Gypsy, of course!

The name “gypsy” is a mixed bag these days, but I’ve always loved this nickname that my great-grandfather (a.k.a. PawPaw) gave me back when I was just a little girl. I still have letters addressed from my great-grandparents to me with, “Our Dear Sweet Gypsy…” and I cherish their words. So, why the nickname? My PawPaw told me it was because of my dark brown eyes, which have actually lightened quite a bit over the years.

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When we moved to Maui a little over two years ago, I was thinking about continuing my creative endeavors via a small business and the name “Island Gypsy” came to mind. I added “Hawaii” to it, to indicate which island gypsy ;)

Over the last several years our family has moved quite a bit, although we’ve managed to stay put in the same island cottage for the last year, and I think I may have all of my gypsy-moving out of my system for now! (It’s the packing and moving stuff that’s put a halt to all that daydreamy-stuff). Haha!

But I love gypsy style, the vibrant colors, the free spirit, the love of change…yeah, I’ll always be a “gypsy” at heart, in the best sense of the name.

 

Do you have a fun childhood nickname, too? Would you consider yourself a bit of “gypsy,” too?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

Note: The original photo from the one above was taken by my beautiful photographer friend Chantelle in the summer of 2012 over at the Hui in Makawao, Hawaii. 

 

Instagramming Maui: “F” is for…

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Good Monday Morning to You!

As you might have guessed, I’m continuing my blog series, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life” today. You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there. The Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival was this weekend and today’s letter in the A-Z Challenge (for me) is “F.”

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F is for…

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 F is for Festival

The Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival to be exact! I snapped this photo in one of the many Growers Market booths, thinking it was the perfect combination to represent this one of a kind festival: organic, island-y, colorful…

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 I think Jen Russo of Maui Time Magazine said it best in regard to the quality of the “Flower Festival”:  

You might think that a bunch of people living in the Haiku jungle would be more lackadaisical but the reality is that they can mobilize better than any municipal government. ~Jen Russo, Maui Dish

As I’ve worked behind the scenes with the festival for the past few months, I can attest to Jen’s statement being 110% true! The tireless hours parents of Haiku students, as well as community members, put in to help make art with classrooms full of kids, to encourage local businesses to be part of Restaurant Row or “Made in Hawaii” crafters in the Marketplace, or local farmers to join the Growers Market, live bands to perform, and so much more…it’s is mind-boggling!

And the result of these hardworking peeps: PRICELESS!

The festival held its 2nd Annual Instagram Contest this year (see pics here) and after reading some of the captions, I came to see even more just how special this event is…it’s more than an event–it’s a uniting of people of all ages, from all backgrounds in the name of community.

One Maui Mama said on Instagram:

“You know an event knows what they’re doing when they include a “Baby and Mama Tent” for nursing, changing and staying out of the rain! We made so many friends!”

Another Instagrammer said that the festival was even better than Coachella, so yeah, you could say it was a hit here in Maui. :)

The best part? Haiku Keiki benefit from all of this community-togetherness. Art classes, music classes, science programs, the Boys & Girls Club…there are so many enrichment programs that are provided through the festival.

My hubby caught me on camera at the festival…and when I looked up the hashtag #PeaceLoveHaiku my new-ish friend BridgettLovesMaui and I were one degree of separation away from each other – lol.

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Courtney from Maui Jungalow was there, as well as several other social media peeps. If you haven’t checked out Courtney’s blog and you are curious about “real life” here in NorthShore/Upcountry Maui…do so today. :)

Have you ever been to the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival? If so, what was your favorite part? Is there a fun festival in your area that supports non-profits or a local school? Maybe I’ll see YOU in Haiku, Hawaii, next April for this awesome time, rain or shine!

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For more on the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival you can read my guest post on A Maui Blog (Liza Pierce) or over on the festival blog, where I’ve written human interest stories and the activities at the festival.

 

Instagramming Maui: “E” is for…

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Happy Aloha Friday, y’all!

Ending this week with another post in my blog series, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there. I’ve been crazy busy getting ready for the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival, and tomorrow is the big day for the festival. I’ll do a fun recap on it next week!

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E is for…

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E is for Eco-Friendly

When you live on an island, adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle becomes second nature. There is only so much space for our trash on Maui…thus recycling, re-using, upcycling and being conscious of our consumption is a must! If you live here or have visited recently then you know that there is now a law banning plastic bags at grocery stores. This law is in place to encourage us to use our own bags “B.Y.O.B” = Bring Your Own Bag. Of course, I have like 20 re-usable grocery bags and manage to leave them in my car every time I shop. So what do I do? Carry out my items by hand – LOL. I feel so proud of myself when I actually remember to bring in one of my bags.

You know I love to upcycle. Here’s a piece of art I created recently, using pieces from a broken necklace and a canvas background. It will be part of the huge silent auction at the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival this weekend, with all proceeds benefiting Haiku keiki.

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One of the things I love about living in Maui, Hawaii, is that the County makes it easy to recycle, with recycle locations in nearly every town. Our eco-system is fragile and caring for the aina (land) is part of living in Hawaii. The ancient Hawaiians held a deep belief system in honoring God, honoring man, honoring land. This way of righteous living thrives in the souls of many still living here on the islands…and I feel it’s a good way to live. If only we could all adopt that belief system…this world would truly be changed with our own two hands…working together…honoring one another.

Do you have a handy way to recycle where you live? Any tips for recycling that you’d like to share?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

 

Instagramming Maui: “D” is for…

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Aloha y’all!

As you know, last week I kicked off my new blog series called “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there. I’ve been crazy busy getting ready for the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival, hence my delay in posting.

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D is for…Dress-Up

So, normally Maui isn’t really known to be a place where you “dress-up.” But there’s a story to this Instagram Pic. You see, this past Saturday as I was decluttering, cleaning & re-organizing our island cottage, you know, all Cinderella-like, I got a Facebook message. It was from Sarah Burns, a.k.a.Sarah BurnsThe Ohana Mama.”

Sadly, Sarah was under the weather and couldn’t attend an event. :( So she asked me if I would take her place on the Social Media Team for the Fantasia Ball – THAT NIGHT!!!

Whoa…an opportunity to dress up, eat amazing food, watch a cool fashion show, see fantastic entertainment, dance the night away, and hang out with awesome people all at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort? Umm…how could I say no??? Plus, the Fantasia Ball was all for a good cause – to raise support for the non-profit Imua Family Services. They provide comprehensive early childhood development services to children and their families with the support and resources needed to achieve thheir full potential in life. Living on a small island, having a non-profit like Imua is a huge blessing!

I quickly texted my husband to see if he’d watch the kids and I raided my closet to find something for the ball. Thankfully, the theme of the ball was Black and White, and lo and behold, I had a white cocktail dress with a black belt that would work! I also got to break out my Great-Grandmother’s fancy sparkly vintage purse for a little added bling. I thought about wearing my tiara from my wedding, but opted not to this time…maybe next year?

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Here are just a few of my Instagram snapshots from the night…

 The beautiful ladies of the Fantasia Ball Social Media Team (from left to right):
@DaffodilBlog . @HyattMaui . @IrisAgency . @MauiShopGirl . @LifeInParadise . @IslandGypsyHI
Missing: @BabyShrink . @VenusBravo

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You’ll just have to visit my Instagram for more fun photos from the night!

Have you ever had a surprise change of plans during an otherwise boring day? Have you or someone you know received help from Imua Family Services before?

With mucho aloha, this Cinderella is out!
Jennifer

 

Instagramming Maui: “C” is for…

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Happy Aloha Friday!

Well, I made it to the third day of my new blog series called “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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C is for…

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Enough said, really…

Coffee First.

Have you ever had coffee from Maui or any of the other Hawaiian islands? Yum. And if you add homemade whip cream to it? Yeah, it’s a little taste of heaven.

And now I must go finish my coffee…

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer