We are honored to have worked alongside amazing folks doing extraordinary things. It is our privilege to be a part of their story and to provide an experience that they can remember for a lifetime. It has been truly our honor to bring to life these stories.
Nani He‘eia - Paepae o Heʻeia
Nani He‘eia, a fundraiser to support Paepae o Heʻeia held on location at the beautiful and historic Heʻeia Fishpond on Oʻahu.
Celebrated chefs Mark "Gooch" Noguchi of MISSION Social Hall & Cafe, Andrew Le of The Pig & The Lady, Ed Kenney of Town Hospitality Group, Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Cafe, and Kealoha Domingo of NuiKealoha served up delicacies directly from Heʻeia Fishpond in an effort to educate attending guests on a further expanding conversation regarding how to eat independently grown food here in Hawai‘i. Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning musicians Kainani Kahaunaele serenaded us throughout the evening alongside a unique live and silent auction as well as food stations spanning the kuapā (fishpond wall).
Proceeds from this event went directly to support the future cultivation of local and sustainable seafood in the fishpond. In doing so, we honored the legacy of the fishpond as a place of traditional Hawaiian aquaculture and this fundraiser helped to activate the 800-year old pond for its intended purpose – to grow food for the community.
Traveling Plate HI - Easter Seals Hawaiʻi
The Traveling Plate, a statewide culinary tour, celebrated the 70th Anniversary of Easter Seals legacy in the Hawaiian Islands.
The culinary world always played a great role in helping to raise awareness and funds for Easter Seals Hawai‘i through events such as the popular “Taste of Honolulu” and “Chefs Du Jour.” In keeping with this great tradition and as a fresh way to continue that legacy, UMU and Easter Seals Hawai‘i created a new series of unique “traveling” culinary events stretching across our island chain (Ka Pae ʻĀina O Hawaiʻi).
Events on Kaua‘i, Maui, Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu exclusively featured local celebrity chefs and the use of locally sourced ingredients. The goal was to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Easter Seals programs and services in support of the incredible accomplishments being achieved within our communities.
Easter Seals Hawai‘i empowers people with disabilities or special needs to achieve their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives. We celebrated in style all the lives that have been positively changed, while enjoying exquisite cuisine prepared by distinguished and renowned chefs who have joined ranks with us to proudly represent their community and ultimately their heritage.
He Puko‘a Kani ʻĀina - Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance
The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance + UMU hosted a special event called He Pūko‘a Kani ‘Āina alongside and in light of the the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress Forum, a global conservation conference held worldwide every 4 years. He Pūko‘a Kani ‘Āina, is an ‘ōlelo no‘eau that means a coral reef that becomes an island over time, and can also signify someone growing in a positive way until they become established.
HPK‘Ā a creative speaking experience featured unique and dynamic youth as well as cultural performances, a locally sourced food tasting reception featuring celebrity Chef Ed Kenney of Mahina & Suns, Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi of MISSION Social Hall & Café, Chef Anicea Campanale of The Nook Neighborhood Bistro, Chef David Passanisi of EAT Honolulu and dessert by Ono Pops. Opening protocols were led by Halau Ku Mana and Kumu Kawika. This inspirational evening also included a live performance by Kekoa Kane of Mana Mele Collective and Paula Fuga.
This was a free event for our community to connect with youth voices from across the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands through storytelling, spoken word poetry, and songs that reflect unique experiences in biocultural conservation.