Beach Walk 775 – Kupu Maui, A Beach Full of Gratitude

We camped out last Friday as part of Dania Katz’s Kupu Maui event with Top Chef chefs Lee Anne Wong and Sheldon Simeon. Those folks were busy cooking so several of the overnight guests joined us on Beach Walks to share their gratitude.

This special event started on Friday with a Kupu Maui popup dinner, cooked by Top Chef chefs Lee Anne Wong and Sheldon Simeon, joined by Kupu Maui chef James Simpliciano. It was an elegant sunset affair, with farm to table veggies and fruits, and starring freshly caught (by James!) mahimahi. If YOU ever come to Maui, do time your visit to attend a Kupu Maui event!

We were a bit groggy Saturday morning before breakfast – mostly due to intermittent sleep as our tents were huddled together with dogs and people and a mix of late to bed and early to rise! You’ll see a silvery overcast day – not typical for this area of west Maui – but many of us remarked about how serene it was. No wind blowing things around, no sun glare – very easy actually to just be here now. Please add your comment below or discuss this on Facebook!

Links from Today’s Episode

Instagram Photos tagged #kupumaui3 and #kupumaui
Kupu Maui with Dania Katz and Chef James Simpliciano
Top Chef Season 1 Lee Anne Wong
Top Chef Season 10 Sheldon Simeon
Breakfast by Maui Chef Lyndon Honda
Camp Olowalu
Jillz Beanz
Aimee’s Paradise
Elena’s Food Practice
Wandering Jon
JT’s Maui Dog Remedies
Shannon Wianecki

Hawaiian Word:
Hoʻomaikaʻi: gratitude

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Beach Walk 543 – The Universe is Working for us

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Beach Walk 302 – Gratitude

A simple title, for what can be a confusing topic.

Gratitude can take on so many different energies. At its core, I find it a wonderful feeling. But when accompanied by “You should be grateful that…” then it loses all its glow for me.

On the other hand, it’s so easy to be cranky about not getting what we want, especially under the tree on Christmas morning! I think that is a prime time for the #2 to get in there and stir up trouble.

In that case, making a conscious gratitude list can really help get the #1 you back in charge.

Today we went out in the six-person canoe, singing carols and “ho ho ho” instead of our usual “hut-hut-ho” for the changes. We stopped by to wave aloha to our friend Tobey, who is living out his last few days with us. He’s been dancing with pancreatic cancer and the music appears to be fading out. I’m gonna miss your kindness and laughter Tobey. (Even while a new song has begun for our friend Miss D – yippee!)

Hawaiian words
Hoʻomaikaʻi: gratitude
Mahalo: thank you
Mahalo nui loa: thank you very much

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