Maui No Ka Oi Magazine and SilverShark Media bring you stories with community leaders, industry experts, and small business owners on the island of Maui.
Paris Nabavi (Pizza Paradiso)
Diane Woodburn of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine speaks with restaurant owner Paris Nabavi. In this podcast Paris talks about his path growing up in Tehran, moving to Maui in 1989, opening Pizza Paradiso, how he gave employees a pay increase during the pandemic, the challenge he faced keeping his restaurant open in 2020, his extensive support of Maui non profit organizations, what it was like to receive an Aipono Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015, and his advice for younger chefs and restaurateurs.
Kevin O'Brien (Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project)
Jason Evans speaks with Kevin O'Brien of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project. In this podcast Kevin explains what the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is and why it is an important part of the Hawaiian Island chain, the size of the PMNM, the importance of protecting delicate island ecosystems, the types of debris they find on their cleanups, the most recent expedition which collected over 47 tons of marine debris, the challenge of keeping up with the debris that accumulates in these remote areas, how the PMDP began, the logistics that go into setting up these larger expeditions, how people can get involved, and where they can learn more online and via social media.
Dean Wong (Imua Family Services)
Diane Woodburn of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine speaks with Dean Wong, the Executive Director of Imua Family Services. In this podcast Dean talks about the mission for Imua Family Services of assisting children & families to overcome developmental learning challenges in their most critical formative years, the different types of ways the organization helps the local community, the challenges of fundraising for a non profit over the past year during the pandemic, why it's important for non profits to have multiple revenue streams, the decision to purchase the historic Yokouchi Estate in Wailuku for a future classroom and garden, how they pivoted to virtual fundraising, and ways for people to contact and/or support Imua Family Services.
Mayor Michael Victorino
Diane Woodburn of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine speaks with Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino. In this podcast Mayor Victorino talks about the state of the Maui economy and how this past year has provided a reset to how we approach certain industries, how he's tried to protect the vulnerability of the local economy over the past year, why he's implementing the mandatory 2nd test upon arrival, how they are moving towards a vaccine exemption that would allow fully vaccinated travelers to bypass the pretest and arrival test requirements, how vaccine exemptions may be applied to inter-island travel soon allowing fully vaccinated passengers to bypass the 72 hour pretest for inter-island trips, what it will take to begin loosening capacity restrictions for restaurants and activities, the challenge travelers are facing with rental car shortages, and his hopes for the continued economic recovery of Maui County.
Kumu Maile Naehu (Ka Hale Hoaka)
Jason Evans of SilverShark Media speaks with Kumu Maile Naehu of Ka Hale Hoaka, a new Hawaiʻi-inspired learning environment that explores cultural beliefs, traditions and practices rooted in a Hawaiian perspective. In this podcast Kumu Maile talks about growing up on Oahu, what it was like to go from attending Kamehameha Schools to the public school system, how she found her connection to Hawaiian culture, how she aims to teach traditional concepts of culture through contemporary mediums, why sustainability is so important on her home island of Moloka'i, what the past year has been like on Moloka'i dealing with the pandemic, how she was inspired to launch virtual classes teaching Hawaiian language and culture, the types of classes that are available for their upcoming series in April, how people from all across the world have been tuning into her virtual programs, and her tips for anyone who might be intimidated trying to learn the Hawaiian language.
For more information on Ka Hale Hoaka visit: www.kahalehoaka.com
Justin Eddy & John Taube (Waicoco at The Westin Maui)
Jason Evans of SilverShark Media is joined by Waicoco General Manager Justin Eddy and Executive Chef John Taube. In this podcast Justin and John talk about their career paths in the culinary industry, the challenges they faced in opening a new restaurant during the pandemic, the approach to designing a menu and atmosphere for an oceanfront location at Westin Maui, the importance of sourcing local products, building a takeaway / to-go version of the Waicoco menu, how the restaurant will be expanding their menu and hours over the coming weeks, and their goals for the future.
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Organic, feet on the street Maui podcast
For what’s what in Maui, what to see, where to eat and drink, and what’s trending, this podcast is the connection.
Great insight into Maui
Thank you for bringing the flavor of Maui to me. From my many wonderful experiences on the island I’ve always been ready for more and this podcast helps me feel connected to this wonderful place and its people. Already looking forward to more episodes! 😍