2016 Shaka List

20 Things We Love About Maui

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Willian S Merwin
Poet laureate emeritus William S. Merwin in his “green room” on Maui’s north shore. Photo by Thomas Sewell

17 The Green Room

At the Merwin Conservancy’s monthly literary salon, Maui residents can rub elbows and share ideas with some of the world’s most stellar writers, poets, and environmentalists. The McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center is an intimate venue for listening to readings by Barry Lopez, Naomi Shihab Nye, Terry Tempest Williams and Abraham Verghese. Proceeds benefit W.S. Merwin’s outstanding palm forest in Pe‘ahi. MerwinConservancy.org

18 Pono Pies

Healthy dessert made from local breadfruit? Grab your fork — there’s pono (righteous) pie! Maui Breadfruit Company, PonoPies.com

19 Maui Little League World Champs

Maui sluggers had a historic season this year; four baseball teams qualified for two World Series championships. The Central Maui Little League All-Stars defeated Seoul, South Korea, 5–1, and came home with the title. At the airport, the boys’ fans greeted them with signs, lei, and sirens blasted by the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Crew. The champs later signed autographs at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center.

20 Diversified Ag

Maui farmers have been busy planting all kinds of specialty crops: cacao, coffee, dragon fruit, dryland kalo (taro), moringa and olives. With all the new agricultural land opening up, it’s possible Maui could tip its scales towards food self-sufficiency.


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