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.
Qiana DiBari (Pacific'o / Sale Pepe)
Diane Woodburn of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine speaks with Qiana DiBari of Sale Pepe & Pacific’o. In this podcast Qiana talks about building loyal customers with Sale Pepe since opening in 2014, their Bu'Ono product line available in Safeway and Whole Foods on Maui, the decision to join Louis Coloumbe to reopen Pacific’o on the Beach in Lahaina, her background growing up in Brooklyn, her time managing with A Tribe Called Quest, the recent loss of her mother-in-law who was an inspiration for Sale Pepe, recruiting Maui chef Issac Bancaco to lead Pacific’o, the approach to the new Pacific’o menu, the importance of using locally sourced ingredients, the impact of Louis Coloumbe at Pacific’O over the years, and how people can learn more about both Sale Pepe and Pacific’o for reservations and hours of operation.
Kimberly Flook (Lahaina Restoration Foundation)
Jason Evans of SilverShark Media speaks to Kimberly Flook of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. In this podcast Kimberly talks about the purpose of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the history of the organization, the challenges of adapting older significant buildings, the Lahaina Quest Keiki Programs that are offered, what it was like to receive a Community Enrichment Award from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, how that award will allow the program to grow, and how people can learn more or get involved with the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.
Clifford Nae'ole (Celebration of the Arts / The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua)
Diane Woodburn of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine speaks to Clifford Nae'ole, Hawaiian Cultural Advisor at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua about the upcoming Celebration of the Arts. In this podcast Clifford talks about the upcoming 30th annual Celebration of the Arts festival on April 15th & 16th, how this event allows an opportunity for artists and practitioners to share elements of Hawaiian culture, the addition of a fashion show to the event this year, the importance of the opening E Ala E ceremony, the various artist workshops that guests can visit, the Mauka to Makai theme this year which includes a chance to see Maui's long distance voyaging canoe the Mo'okiha O Pi'ilani, the tree planting event at Pu'u Kukui, the luau & falsetto events on Saturday evening (April 16th), how people can get tickets for the luau, and what it has been like to have an in-person Celebration of the Arts for the first time since 2019.
Samira Seibaa (Executive Pastry Chef, Hoaloha Na Ekolu)
Diane Woodburn of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine speaks with Samira Seibaa, Executive Pastry Chef of Hoaloha Na Ekolu. In this podcast Samira talks about how her mom influenced her passion for food, moving to the east coast to attend Le Cordon Bleu college of culinary arts, why she shifted over to baking, how the pandemic impacted her professional life, balancing the different approaches of Old Lahaina Luau / Star Noodle / Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, her influence on the different menus, her goals for the future, and her advice to someone aspiring to have a career in pastry.
Chef Perry Bateman (Mama's Fish House)
Diane Woodburn of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine speaks with Chef Perry Bateman of Mama's Fish House. In this podcast Perry talks about how a landscaping job turned into a career as a chef, a history of cooking within his family, why he's so committed to using local ingredients, the importance of sustainability, his approach to let the ingredients shine in a dish, receiving multiple Aipono Awards over the years, what it has been like dealing with the challenges of the past two years of the pandemic, the importance of a great guest experience, his love and appreciation for founders Mama Doris and Floyd Christenson, and his advice to aspiring chefs.
Chef / Owner Jojo Vasquez (FOND)
Diane Woodburn of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine speaks with the chef/owner of FOND Jojo Vasquez. In this podcast Jojo talks about some of the inspiration behind FOND, his detailed approach to cooking, the intimate chef's counter experience that's offered at FOND, what it was like for him to win the 2017 Aipono Awards Chef of the Year, what characteristics he looks for when voting for a Chef of the Year on Maui, his recent recognition as a semifinalist in the upcoming James Beard awards, the influence of Filipino food in restaurants, his goals for the future, and updated days & hours that FOND is open.
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