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Welcome to Our Garden! July 14, 2010

Garden Tour Videos

Click each picture for Parts 1 & 2

Garden Video Part 1 of 2

Aloha! Welcome to Hohani Gardens!!!

We are sooo excited to share our garden with you. It has been our growing baby for the last year. LOL!

We have a 2 part Garden Tour for you. ¬†Part 1 is the garden a few days ago. Part 2 is our first day in our garden, almost 1 year ago….

We have had soo much fun and have learned so much. We had no idea what we were getting into when we first started this treck about a year ago. At the first place that we lived here on Maui, we built a small box garden and had great success with tomatoes, tons of salad greens, kale, herbs, beets, carrots etc. Although, we only lived there for about 2 mos. and only maintained it for a short time after. That was our first experience in the garden.

So Hohani Garden (above) is where we have been the last year. ūüôā And this is like our first real garden. Before now, I could barely keep my house plants alive and the only food I have ever grown was a chia pet! And I didnt even KNOW (chia) was food at that time! ¬†Chris gardened as a child with his mom and sisters, so he had some knowledge. But we have seriously learned everything as we go.

It  really began a few years ago when we started cleaning up our food choices. Eliminating processed foods was the goal. After awhile, we realized we were buying the majority of our groceries at the Farmers Market. -McClendons in Old Town Scottsdale- (Wonderful Farmers Market if you are in the area). We pretty much ate produce. And since we already knew we were to live in Maui, we began to get REALLY excited to GROW OUR OWN FOOD!! Thats all we knew. We could hardly wait. So thats why we built the first garden even though we knew it was temporary. We had get our hands in the dirt. ASAP.

So this garden has already grown through a few rounds and has morphed plenty of times. We just started with planting the food that we were buying regularly. And every once in a while you will get a surprise garden plant that you never planted. I love it! We also started collecting seeds of all of our favorite organic fruits n veggies that we would eat anywhere. It is so awesome! We have quite a collection already. Now we just need the perfect seed saving device! We have seeds EVERYWHERE!!!

Originally the gardens were mostly overgrown with weeds when we first got here. So, we started by cleaning each bed out . Part 2 Video is the very first day we worked in our garden and you will see the overgrowth that we started with… ¬†and the little bit of paradise that we uncovered! It felt sooo nice to clear all that out and start fresh. We did get a few plants to start with. Check it out!

Garden Video Part 2-

A video of our first days in the garden

We are curious if you are growing any of the food that you eat currently?

If you are not growing anything, why not? At the least you can have some house plants, a.k.a salad greens, tomatoes and herbs. They are easy and dont require a ton of space. I never knew!

It is not that hard and sooo rewarding to not only know where your food comes from, but to actually bond with your food as it grows and until you eat it. It really is fascinating. I had no idea what a lot of my food looked like growing!! That was scary for me. And I am constantly learning of the amazing amount of varieties of fruits n veggies that we never hear of. Not to mention WILD EDIBLES…. MMMmmmmm…. There is sooo much food out there, ¬†we tend to forget there is more than the isle at the grocery store.

Thats why we had to share our garden with you! We hope it inspires you to start with just one edible plant around your house, if you don’t already have one or have a garden.

If we can do it, so can you!

We love you tons n tons! Have an awesome day!

Chris & Sara


Tow In Surfing at Jaws July 12, 2010

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No it wasn’t us surfing those waves!!! LOL~

Man time flies!! Here is a fun hike we did last winter, when Jaws had a small break going on. Jaws is where they surf HUGE waves here on the North Shore of Maui. (Only during the winter time though.) We had hiked down into the gulch at Peahi Bay and caught a glimpse of the guys practicing Tow In Surfing with the jet skis.

Check out the close call they had!!!! What a beautiful spot, too!  Hope you enjoy ~

WATCH VIDEO – Click below

Peahi (Jaws) Maui – A Little Hike

Chris & Sara


Hidden Messages in Water July 10, 2010

I have been absolutely fascinated with the work of Dr. Emoto and his water crystal studies. Not sure if you have heard about him or not.

We  love to share this kind of stuff!

Think about this for a minute…

Water is more than simply a physical substance… but permeable to our thoughts…

Dr. Masara Emoto’s research demonstrates that human vibrational energy, thoughts, words, ideas and music- actually affect the molecular structure of water

This is amazing if you really think about it for a minute….

Imagine the power of your prayer and your thought to influence/change/transform WATER…. The very same water that comprises 80% of a mature human body (your body) AND covers the same amount of our planet. WOW!

It is sooo beautiful!

<—— (Click the Picture to Check out a video clip which sums up his findings pretty nice. I love it!!!! I really hope you enjoy this! ūüôā

Dr. Emoto is also working on a global scale using positive thoughts and prayers on our water to heal the planet, humans and life energy in general. OOoo! I love the possibilities!

It just goes to show the power that our thoughts carry…

And since I see a lot of healing needed in our world, I wanted to share this with you.

Sending lots of love your way today~

Chris & Sara

We are curious… What do you think of Dr. Emotos findings? You can post it in the comments if you feel inclined.



Creamy Whipped Hummus & Pesto Recipes July 5, 2010

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I just had a special request ¬†from my mom, ¬†for my Hum-azing Hummus and ¬†Pesto Recipes. I have to admit, these are 2 quite DELICIOUS concoctions. I thought you might enjoy trying them. Super TASTY, easy and so versatile. I didn’t invent these, but I sure have perfected them! We like them as a spread in our wraps and also yummy just as a dip with veggies or anything. ¬†These are 2 staples we like to keep on hand at all times. Its all about the sauces!! ūüôā ¬†(In this pic, I actually put the parsley in, however, I recommend keeping it creamy and just garnish with it)

Hope you enjoy.

Also, don’t forget how easy it is to grow basil. Just take a stem from your bunch and plant it. It will grow!!!!

…into a plant that you can use for a long time… I love it. Still amazes me! ¬†It is so awesome to be able to just go outside and get some basil from my yard. ¬†(See my purple basil pic)

So the main thing I use in these recipes is the food processor. I couldn’t live with out it. So if you have that, these are really easy. ¬†

Hum-Azing Hummus- Whipped Creamy

1 Cup Garbanzo Beans (Soak overnight, rinse, then boil/simmer until very soft/drained)

1/2 Cup Tahini

4 Large Cloves Garlic Minced (extra if you want spicy garlic topping)

1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

1/3+ Cup Olive Oil

A little water

Parsley for garnish

3/4 Tsp. Ground Cumin


The important first step is to process the tahini and lemon juice. Make sure you really cook the beans SOFT. Then add the beans, garlic, olive oil, salt pepper cumin, and a little water to get it going. Drizzle in olive oil until super creamy. Process until very smooth. I like to garnish with parsley and add a few tablespooons of minced garlic soaked in olive oil and cayenne pepper to the top of the fresh batch once its in your bowl. This definitely has a kick! YUM!

Hope ya like it!

Pretty Pesto

4 Cups Basil (Use a variety if you have)

3-4 Garlic Cloves Minced

1/2 Cup Parmesean Grated (omit if desired, still very tasty without)

1/ 3 Cup Pine Nuts (soaked  30 min)

1/2 Cup Olive Oil or any oil

1/4 Cup Lemon Juice

Salt / Pepper


Have your garlic minced.

In the food processor- chop the basil with a few pulses.

Add parm, nuts, lemon juice. Secure your lid.

Process while you drizzle the oil in through the opening. Use as much oil as you want until it reaches the ultimate consistency for your taste buds!

… mmmm

Then, stir in the salt and pepper and I know you are sure to enjoy this one. One of THE best!

Wishing you fun in the kitchen!




Random Fun on Maui July 1, 2010

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Aloha! I was putting together pictures of my friend Stephanies trip out here and decided to post it. We had SO much fun and saw sooo much beauty I just had to share. From Secret Beaches and Bamboo Forests, swinging vines in Hana, and a Monk Seal on Red Sands!!!! You are sure to enjoy the lovely blast of Maui. I know we did!

Sending lots of love

Chris & Sara

(Click the pic to view slideshow)


Butterfly Effect June 16, 2010

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A couple of months ago I experienced an awesome water event that took place here on the North Shore of Maui. A friend of ours Tatiana Howard, together with her friend ¬†Juliana Shelef, holds an event, a”¬†worldwide water woman movement – promoting women and ocean sports”. ¬†The Butterfly Effect basically brings women together FOR TONS O FUN celebrating the love of the ocean and watersports !! There are women of all ages and skill sets that get together for a group joy ride down the coast!! It is sooo awesome! ¬†I did the Stand Up Paddle board but there were windsurfers and kitesurfers as well.

We all gathered at Hookipa Beach in the morning for some good stretching, a Hawaiian Blessing, a release of butterflies, and then took a paddle (or a kite or a sail) down the beach to Kanaha. Since it was windy and wavy that day we decided to launch at Sprecks instead.¬†I had an absolute blast!!! It was gnarly though!! You can’t tell from the pics… it looks all serene, but it was hard! There is a current, waves, and wind!

Seing as we have only paddled for fun in mellow conditions, this was a big deal for me. I almost didnt go at the last minute, but I am sooooooo glad I did!

Thanks to the photographers  Nate Volk, Batel Shimi, Jimmie Hepp and Dan Rayburn; by helicopter, Kevin Pritchard; and video from both land and sea, Jonas Marpot.

MAHALO  for the great pics. You guys really captured the joy we all experienced that day!

I put together a little vid of the day.  Enjoy~          

I just think it is so awesome to see women putting together events like these! Tatiana did a great job putting this together.  You can check out her site here:


The Butterfly Effect began in Hawaii in 2007 by water women, Tatiana Howard and Juliana Shelef.¬† Since then, the founders have flown around the world to organize affiliated events in Brazil, New Zealand, France, Oregon, Germany, Tahiti, Dominican Republic and Australia, and hundreds of international women have joined the movement…

More info here:


Wishing you a beautiful day~

Lots of Love~ Sara

PS- Check out the shot of this Monarch Butterfly I got in Hana one day!!!        


Chris’s Paddle Adventure May 26, 2010

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Chris paddles 8 miles from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha for a trial run of the upcoming Olukai Stand Up Paddle Race…

Check out the adventure…

Click the picture below to watch the video~