• Wonderful 18th Annual Slack Key Workshop


    We want to thank all 62 participants, our 16 instructors, 14 volunteers, 4 scholarship students and all our friends for coming to our 18th Annual workshop! This year Napili Kai Beach Resort cooked most of the meals allowing our own kitchen crew to concentrate on “supplementing” and enhancing. For instance, breakfast additions included boiled eggs from Wende Stitt, our farm grown papaya supplemented by strawberries from Kula and an assortment of other fruits and veggies supplied by Local Harvest and Maui Gold Pineapple thanks to the generosity of John Trino from Haliimaile. We also started two gardens. One was right…

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  • Good Vibrations

    Mila Salvador wrote in recently. She’s a Lahainaluna High School graduate with Bachelor of Education and MBA degrees from the University of Hawaii –Manoa, is the current president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina and describes herself as a “student in the classroom of Life”: Aloha Uncle George, I wanted to say MAHALO once again for your generosity, with your time and aloha. I wanted to let you know that I work in Ka’anapali and live in Pai’a so I have a pretty long commute everyday, to myself. Hence, each morning and afternoon I have wonderful opportunities to feel and…

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  • 64th Birthday -Reflection

    “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now… Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four? “ –Paul McCartney, John Lennon  (Copyright: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC) Hau`oli Lā Hānau e George!! …translates to “Happy Birthday”. “Hau`oli” means “Happy, glad, gay, joyful,” “Lā” means “Day, date” (as well as “sun, sunny”), and “Hānau” means “To give birth; to lay (an egg); born.” As a “celebration” of another year of this Hawaiian Life, I took an extra moment to watch the sun rise over Haleakala this morning from my farm garden at Kaukini Ridge at…

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  • C.G. Simonds Inspiration


    C.G. Simonds [] was George’s sculpture and bronze casting teacher at California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland (1972-74.) He and his companion Bibi live in France.   December 28, 2014 Charley & Bibi:  Thanks for visiting us and sharing a meal at our farm yesterday. Mahalo for sharing the brochure of your latest 2014 bronze work. It inspires me! I especially like the organic smoke and simple cartoonish shape of “Smokester II;” sort of like a figure taking a bow. “Touch & Gone” seems spooky and ‘Halloweeny’ and gothic all at once! I love the smoothness and wave…

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  • Thanksgiving Ipu 2014


    Aloha to Marissa Klug and her Ohana! First of all, Happy Thanksgiving 2014 to everyone and to all of our Ohanas! Second, I’m thankful for the great Ipu that Marisa Klug made for me that arrived in the US Mail with a special note about the Mano (“Shark” my family Aumakua), the Lauhala and the Kalo! She says the Ocean of Lauhala symbolizes forgiveness and compassion as well as the interconnectedness of life. “Lau-hala” is the leaf (“lau”) of the hala tree. I have a red hala near the most eastern part of our aina (“land”) in Kahakuloa where we…

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