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Made in Hawaii Festival

In case you haven’t heard, the Made in Hawaii Festival is coming to Oahu August 16 – 18th, 2013 at the Neal Blaisdell Hall and Arena in Honolulu. 777 Ward Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii. Congratulations, exhibitors.Maui Bling by DeneenMaui Bling By Deneen

24pc_silktextured_boxSweet Paradise Chocolate There’s a lot going on. The three day show features “Made in Hawaii” Products including art, food products, books, plants, fashion, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. Friday- Sunday Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM- 9:00 PM Sunday 10:00 AM- 5 PM. Thanks to the Maui Office on Economic Development Several Maui entrepreneurs were invited to the big show and chosen to receive assistance with either a free booth or stipend for travel expenses. see the release.  Adoboloco; Aloha Botanicals Maui; D’Rae Designs; Lako Kula Designs; Maui Bling by Deneen; Maui’s Dee-Lites; Maui Dog Treats; Maui Upcountry Jams & Jellies; Maui Preserved;Patticakes Bakery; Sweet Paradise Chocolatier; 808 Clothing Inc.; Kalapaki Girl (Molokai); Kupu Aʻe (Molokai); Art Beads Maui (Molokai).The Mayor’s Office announced the honored participants.Sweet-Paradise-Chocolate Our friend Melanie Boudar, the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier will be there. Those are her chocolates, above. This photo was taken of Melanie at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Her new Cottage Store at the Maui Tropical Plantation is open next to the Tram Entrance. Go visit Melanie and taste some chocolate. The map on the wall at the chocolate bar will tell the Story of Chocolate. Melanie also has bought a farm in Haiku and she is planting cacao and many other trees to compliment the chocolate like lilikoi vines, blood oranges, coffee, cloves, starfruit and vanilla. We look forward to visiting and creating chocolate in a hand’s on experience out on the farm. It will be amazing… Can’t wait to watch raw cacao transformed into chocolate. Love the movie “Chocolat”… Did someone say chocolate? Now I want chocolate. We all know the healing properties of Dark Chocolate. (It’s good for depression, passion, has the happiness effect, it’s a super fruit full of vitamins, anti-oxidants and dark chocolate is good for circulation.)

young cacao photo by Marilyn Jansen Lopes

We’re happy for all of you. Check out the list of vendors on the Made in Hawaii festival link. What an amazing line up. Have a great time everyone. Wish I could go. But alas…

Adobo Loco (maui)

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I’ll see you at the farms….


~ Marilyn 808 283-9131