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Maui Preserved

Tonight’s guests at Slow Food Maui‘s Taste Education series were Anthony LaBua and Maleta Van Loan of Maui Preserved.


They’ve created a wonderful brand that supports local farmers and inspires creativity in the kitchen.


Their first product, a Hawaiian Chile Pepper Sauce was created in 2010.
They established their commercial kitchen in Haiku and since then have developed a line of products including spicy pickled pineapple spears, pickled beets, onions, Pohole (fiddlehead fern shoots), pickled strawberries, pineapple Thai Chili spread, and a Mexican Gherkin pickle. They acidify with either apple cider vinegars or a green tea brine.


Mexican Gherkin was bright and crisp. The Pineapple Sweet Thai Chile spread had some heat and was delicious.


Anthony talked about chef inspired products, sustainability, the demand for local food that could be preserved, food security and keeping the culture alive with new ideas coming which will bolster the economy. If everyone was inspired to create added value products from local foods and farmers everybody wins. Let’s beat the barge… Beet it!


I loved the pickled beets with a touch of sardines on top. Sweet, tangy and savory. Interesting ideas for combining flavors were suggested such as their lemon thyme preserves being used on chicken… I can just imagine. Ice cream, fish, lamb, yogurt.


They’ve created a ground up vanilla that is so potent just a 1/4 tsp. is comparable to a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Can’t wait to try that. Everything is locally grown. Congratulations to Maui Preserved on being invited to participate in an International Export Show in Japan.


We’re excited for your success and inspired to try preserving foods too!


~ Marilyn


You can find @MauiPreserved in 10 different retail locations including Whole Foods Kahului Maui, plus Lipoa Farmers Market on Saturdays, Maui Swap Meet, Launiupoko Farmers Market, Honokowai Farmers Market and in two stores in their hometown, Brooklyn, NY.


808 283-9131
808 280-1621


Marilyn Jansen Lopes

New Hopes and Dreams

What are your hopes and dreams?

As we are ending this year and looking ahead to the new one, I always feel a sense of hope. The picture above symbolizes new life to me. Freshness, aliveness, growth, abundance and beauty are so much a part of our life on Maui.

While clearing out my office, giving lots away, making room for new life, evaluating all the good in my life, letting go of the past feels healthy and positive. I love to reflect during these last few days of the year and take quiet time to plan and dream. I take stock of all the good in my life. The new friends I’ve made through Social Media have enhanced my life greatly. I’m thankful to have reached out there and taken the risk to expose my life and shared my love of beauty and Maui.

It is a risk we take to open up our hearts just as one does in love. We take a chance that we might be rejected, ignored or criticized. Hopefully we learned from every aspect and effort taken to share knowledge, beauty, humor and art with our fellow entrepreneurs and friends. It has been a fun year full of accomplishments and joy.

We congratulate Plant A Wish for planting a tree in every state and wish them great success with their film in progress. Looking forward to TED X Maui coming to the Maui Arts and Culture Center, January 22,2012.

It was awesome to watch the Slow Food Maui movement take off with a series of foodie events.

Congratulations to Melanie Boudar,  the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier on her Wailea Gateway Store and new Commercial kitchen at The Maui Tropical Plantation, coming soon with the Story of Chocolate.

Lots of new restaurants opened on Maui including Honu in Lahaina, Monkey Pod Kitchen in Wailea, Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui and Saffron Indian Cafe in Kihei.

We honor everyone’s efforts and are inspired to pursue our dreams with a passion.

We thank all the farmers that allow us to visit their farms and welcome visitors to enjoy Maui’s agricultural beauty.

Looking back on the year what did you find most memorable?