Organized entirely within a 10 day period, “Evening Among the Trees”, was an excellent exercise in maximizing the impact that available resources can make.
The big screen, projector, sound equipment, and lights were provided by Event Horizon, a local company that can set up a movie screening or concert in any location.
caterer extraordinaire Lisa Villiarimo (of Enchanted Weddings of Maui) oversaw the food and created the majority of the dishes in Sara & Joe’s kitchen. Kula Fields’ Roxanne Tiffin donated a bunch of fresh, local produce. Chef Jason Skandunas of Tribe (formerly Cafe Prana Nui) did amazing things with grass-fed beef. Briana Welker used beets from Native Nursery’s garden and picked apples from her Palauan Mountain Apple tree and made the tastiest treats. Market Fresh Bistro made a fabulous haupia (coconut custard). The food was served by multiple friends who donated their time to help out. Wow, so much love!
The list goes on, and we were just completely floored by the outpouring of support and the great time we could provide for our guests.
The evening program began just before sunset, with Hawaiian Steel Guitar player and UH Maui College instructor Joel Katz of Seaside Recording opening it up with classic songs done up with sweeping, soothing sounds of Hawaiian style.
Then, the crowd was treated to a “chicken skin” oli (opening prayer, said in the Hawaiian and English languages) by Kainoa Horcajo and introduction to Sara and Joe of Plant a Wish. Sara and Joe spoke to the crowd about the project and shared several videos were shown including the Self Made in Hawaii episode featuring Plant a Wish, and a newly improved film trailer.
Afterward, guests were treated to two solo performances from Waylon Rich and Daisy Finch, followed by a surprise performance from Grammy-winner George Kahumoku, Jr, his student Sterling, and an accompaniment on steel guitar by Joel Katz.
Guests took home a‘ali‘i seedlings courtesy of Native Nursery, and helped to bring the current donation total to $2,000 out of the
$8,500 to be raised to complete our third and final tree planting/documentary tour. We need to reach this goal by September 1st, so please spread the word via word of mouth, email, Facebook and Twitter!
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