in January we were fortunate enough to attend a benefit for Hawaiian Island Land Trust at the Old Lahaina Luau.
We’ve witnessed a few great Maui luaus in the past, but it was a pleasure to enjoy what most call the most authentic luau on Maui.
Now in its fourteenth year, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is one of the most recognized organizations in the Aloha State. With a mission “to protect the lands that sustain us for current and future generations”, they work together to ensure Hawaii’s land stands the test of time.
Each month, Hawaiian Paddle Sports, a local company that offers private outrigger canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard and surf lessons around Maui, chooses one local non-profit to donate to, and invited us to attend the event alongside them for a good cause.
The event included a special Kipuka Reception with live music from Maui musician Joel Katz, Oceanside Cocktail Reception, announcement of the 2015 Champion of the Land Conservation Award to poet and conservationist W.S. Merwin, event blessing, farm-to-table feast from Star Noodle, Aloha Mixed Plate, Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop and Old Lahaina Luau, a performance from the luau dancers, silent auction, live “Adventures for the Aina” auction and a performance by Na Hoa.
Mahalo to Hawaiian Paddle Sports, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and Old Lahaina Luau for yet another beautiful evening on Maui!
Some photos provided by LightSea Images. Mahalo for reading, and remember to reach out to local non-profits to see how you can get involved on your next trip to Maui!