Maui Salt and Sage recommends:

Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole-Kanahel

Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole-Kanahele in the Green Room

On Friday, June 9th, The Merwin Conservancy presents an evening with renowned Hawaiian spirituall leader Dr. Pualani Kanakaka‘ole-Kanahele, whose lifetime accomplishments as a kumu hula, writer, educator, musician, and dedicated community leader make her a very sought-after speaker and cultural consultant. Dr. Kanahele is the guest of honor at the next installment of The Green Room, an environmental and literary salon series on Maui that is hosted by the Conservancy and fosters a reverence for language, nature, and imagination. The event begins at 7:00pm in the McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person, with a $10 student rate available with valid student I.D..



A WALK TO RESTORE STREAM FLOW, Monday, May 29 at 8:08 AM – 12:12 PM
Join us this memorial day as we remember and walk the natural path of water from mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean). Our route begins at Pi’iholo Road in Makawao and ends at Ho’okipa Beach in Pā’ia. To learn more about this event, sign up and receive registration forms via email, please visit

kanekoaStringz n Finz: 6/17 Conservation Benefit

June 17th, 2017, we invite you to our first annual Stringz n Finz Conservation and Education Benefit. This is a celebration of ocean conservation in motion. We are hosting a group of top musical acts and personalities to share music & stories and inviting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as our guested honoree.

Join international acts Keller WilliamsPeter RowanLarry Keel and local bands YumYum Beast and Kanekoa for this epic day music, education and action! Great voices come together in song to celebrate & educate people on action and conservation

Sea Shepherd GlobalWhale TrustHawaii Wildlife FundLove The Sea and Surfrider Foundation will be holding down the education hub, with Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society our keynote speaker.


At Play on the Reef


At Play On The Reef
by Philip Scott Wikel (Waikoloa)


A south swell strums softly
across the reef
it’s summer in winter
if only in brief

the coral is tickled
and surfing kids rise
anticipating the rush and
the thrill of a ride

They stand on the tide
the white curling mist
with whistling spindrift
a swirl and a hiss

They giggle and wriggle
and manage the glide
become one with the ocean
and feed their insides

For a child it’s pure
no hinderance of vision
they feel everything at once
and know only their mission

to ride salty waves
to smile and cheer
today is the best day
“the swell is here”

Puka Hunting

Puka Hunting

by Philip Scott August


We comb the beach for pukas

we are fishers of shells bound

by love’s umbilical

as we sift, scratch, and dig for treasure

I go to one end

and she the other

meeting in the middle

we find ourselves children again

and blend as friends and lovers

we make a competition of it

and I declare the lead

yet very quickly the duel is lost

to awe, and the exaltation of discovery

she, me, we, sand, sun and surf

the light of the eternal tryst

a fusion in time unbridled

“Songs of Gratitude” – Live Maui AMPFest on Maui

maui music2.4Aloha Folks,
In addition to the Video/TV version of the next Maui AMPFest – “Songs of Gratitude” we will be holding a live event to benefit the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center (KHAKO) in Wailuku, Maui.

The event on November 14th will begin with a prayer walk to Iao Valley followed by an all day “Open House” event including live music from 2-6 and vendors from around the island. In addition “Grow The Change” will be opening the food forest at the resource center to all attendees.

We’re looking at having at least 7 bands and entertainers but probably more. If you would like to contribute to the event in any way, please contact either myself, Philip Scott Wikel at 808-281-6020 or Erin Lowenthal, Resource Center CEO, at

Mahalo Nui Loa,
Philip Wikel and Peggy Johnson

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Revolution: Maui AMPFest #3 – Labor Edition

Revolution: Workers of The World Unite!

The Maui AMPFest is part of The Aloha Project:
Promoting Aloha, Music, Hawaiian Culture & sustainable living through international collaboration.

This Video Fest strives to showcase diverse bands from around the world with Hawaiian Culture and music as it’s centerpiece, thusly perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha and creating a worldwide bond between socially and politically conscious people and musicians from around the world.

It’s a celebration of the diverse incarnations of the Spirit of Aloha…

maui music2.2Join dozens of musicians including Mailani Makinai, Ekolu Kalama, Aidan James, Soul Redemption, Bluerays, The Nerves and many more on the Maui AMPFest Official Facebook Page. Watch individual videos, read about the artists, and see both the May AMPFest and the July AMPFest. Also look for news and developments for the Labor Day AMPFest, coming September 7th. And please contact us at or 808-281-6020 if you’d like to get involved. The AMPFest is more than just music, it’s a celebration of the diverse incarnations of the Spirit of Aloha and a celebration of the global village.

I’ve become one with the machine…

maui music_openingFinishing up production on the Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Music Video Fest and I think I’ve become one with the machine. For better or for worse I am a laptop with magical software. We’ve spent the past 7 days conspiring to create what we hope will be “the” event or at least “an” event of your year. We’re both tired and overheated but we think we might have created something cool, something fun, and something edifying. All this in one video you ask? Well, she’s one hour and fifteen minutes long. Chances are there might be something worthwhile somewhere in there. We’ll be giving away the first 50 copies. So watch out, a couple of strangers might just force a free DVD on you.

Antichrist by The 1975

the1975Antichrist by The 1975

Well i swear there’s a ghost on this Island

His hands, all covered in blood
My wife enquired of understanding
But of course my dear, you can’t
She said ‘How can I relate to somebody who doesn’t speak?

I feel like I’m just treading water.
Is it the same for you?
Is it the same for you?

Well he comes and he goes, so capricious. And his work appears so rushed.
Well i love the house that we live in. I love you all too much
Is it the same for you?
Is it the same for you?
Is it the same for you?
Is it the same for you?

Well criminals and liars – keep him in your cell as a privilege of mine.
Well i love the house that we live in. I love you all too much

The blood is on your tongue as well as your hands.
Archaic and content you just wash them off
The blood is on your tongue as well as your hands. Archaic and content you just wash them off

MauiSalt is going live! Call for submissions!
“Go ahead and write about it, I dare you.”

Hey Guys and Gals! Bust out the pen and laptop and give us your best Hemingway!

We’re looking for great maritime writing. Anything to do with the ocean experience. Windsurfing, Kite-surfing, Sailing, Surfing, Stand-Up Paddling, Kayaking, Canoeing, Bodyboarding, Fishing, etc., etc., etc.

Please email them to

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