“Sharing” Pure Aloha

On November 17 at the second Night Market, Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha took part in a shave ice experiment our UMU crew and HOPA dreamed up. During the summer we ran a campaign where people of Hawaii donated over 700 shave ice to be shared with others.

On Saturday, HOPA gave away over 115 gifted shave ice for their first Sharing Day. The news of “gifted shave ice” traveled fast through the crowds of the Night Market and before long there was a line half way across the street.

When the patrons were told that their shave ice would be gifted from a donor, they were blown away. They loved the idea and the concept of what HOPA was doing, sharing it forward and spreading the pure aloha of The House!

The mission of HOPA is to inspire a worldwide movement of Pure Aloha – one shave ice at a time, which is exactly what took place at the Night Market. HOPA brought the spirit of aloha and ‘ohana to the attendees and showed them something most had never seen before.

In the spirit of sharing it forward, many of the recipients donated into the shave ice fund, with a total of $220.06 being given.

This Sharing Day was the first of many and the Night Market was a perfect location for the launch of the campaign. With the mix of food, fun, and fashion, it brought with it a large variety of individuals. All who seem to love gifted shave ice!


A Fairytale Wedding at Sunset Ranch

UMU was called in last minute for damage control on an elegant wedding taking place at the beautiful Sunset Ranch on the North Shore of Hawai`i.  Should this be a new service we offer?  Damage Control? UMU Ambulance Services–we’ll clean up their mess with our “binder full of women” with magic wands?  Maybe, but it will be expensive!

Luckily,  we love deadlines and a good challenge, so we hit the ground running. After the call from the bride our team spent the next 10 days tying up loose ends, coordinating vendors and adding a few special touches that would make this wedding everything the bride had dreamed of.  From the breathtaking scenery of Sunset Ranch, the locally delicious meal from Town restaurant, the amazing photography from the talented Anna Kimto the many loving friends who stepped up to assist with the florals, vegan cakes and vintage photo booth–this was truly a night to remember for everyone.

A “TASTE” at Kaka’ako Night Market

A special guest dropped in to serve our first plate to our first customer

On September 29th, TASTE was pleased to present its soft opening sneak peek to the public at the Night Market in Kaka’ako. The old Akane Cafe, is set to open in late October under the direct supervision of Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi. Chef “Gooch” served up Braised Belly, Red Curry,  and Wong Farms Lu’au Stew to nearly 200 lucky foodies who heard through the grapevine that we were doing a sneak peek.

The new space, Taste Table, is a collaboration between Street Grindz, run by Poni and Brandon Askew, Under My Umbrella owned and operated by Amanda Corby and Pili Hawaii, a food group recently co-founded by Chef “Gooch” and Corby.

Mr. & Mrs. Le of Pig & The Lady will be one of the regular pop-up vendors.

For breakfast and lunch TASTE will feature an “A La Carte” menu created by familiar faces you may be used to seeing from a truck window.  During the day, TASTE will feature a revolving door of lunch truck owners taking a turn at brick and mortar–serving up fast, affordable, fresh and always changing food.
For dinner, think a restaurant turned dinner party.  Most always, there will be a set menu, pre-purchased reservations and an intimate group of diners sampling the featured chef’s latest experiment.
TASTE hopes to serve as a culinary experiment hub for the back-of-the-house and a unique dining experience for eaters.  On the surface, TASTE is a permanent pop-up space featuring many chefs in one location, but in addition to rotating Chefs, TASTE will also offer cooking classes, Chef demos, tastings and culinary and business skills training.  For more information and updates on the grand opening of TASTE visit them at www.tastetable.com.

2012 Agriculture Conference


UMU Crew providing service with a smile at the conference registration table.

On September 20-21 the Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii held their biannual Agriculture Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.

With more than 300 people in attendance it allowed for a great collaboration of ideas.

A trade show kicked off the conference with a variety of vendors, some of which included Farm Credit Services of Hawaii, The Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and Hawaiian Earth Products.

The innovative sessions of this two day conference complimented some of the core ideas held by the Agriculture Foundation. Continuing to be sustainable as our own state will allow both the agriculture side and the community side of Hawaii to thrive.

A key note presentation “Collaborative Consumption and the Changing Face of Industry” by Lauren Anderson gave the idea that in order to continue to be a successful state there needs to be a sense of collaboration among the different sides of agriculture.

One of the sponsors, Kamehameha Schools, held an All Hawaii Products Awards Luncheon featuring Dr. Donna Ching and her 25 years within the Agricultural Leadership Program.

The conference closed out with the Pau Hana Reception where everyone had a chance to mingle and talk through the ideas that had been presented to them.

The highlight of the conference for many was the Pau Hana Reception that included Chef demos by some of Hawai`i's favorite Chefs.

The Foundation started in 1982 and since then has supported the leaders in agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. This conference serves as an opportunity for these leaders to network with each other and gain new ideas.

From the conference the Agriculture Leadership Foundation wants that the attendees to take what they learned from the speakers and trade show vendors and help their companies to become even more sustainable, in hopes of creating an even better agriculture state.

Greening Our Future

On August 25th, UMU was proud to present the transformation of a vacant warehouse into an elegant gala after months of  collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council, Hawaii Chapter, RIM Architects and a solid group of volunteers for the 2nd annual Green Gala at Warehouse MR1.1 in Kakaako. This fundraiser and awards dinner celebrated the efforts of local designers, builders and community leaders for  their stewardship towards a greener future.
Falling in line with the USGBC’s sustainable mission, our team worked endlessly to transform this rundown warehouse into a night of sustainable elegance. Thanks to the assistance of great volunteers and like-minded organizations, we were able to elevate the possibilities of what a vacant warehouse has to offer. The unique venue provided the UMU and our dedicated planning committee with a chance to embrace the intent of LEED credit MR 1.1 by reusing and transforming an empty warehouse into a classy Gala.

Throughout the evening guests enjoyed a locally inspired dinner courtsey of The Whole Ox Deli and Prima, signature drinks by local celebrity mixologists  Joey Gottesman and Dave Newman of Pint & Jigger as well as beer and wine garden. The evening  highlighted a eco-themed silent auction and live entertainment by Hot Club Of Hulaville.  Our zero waste stations, courtesy of Tree3s, helped to lessen our environmental impact.  We are proud to report only one bag of trash was created from this 300+ person event.  Everything else was either reused, recycled, composted or fed to our four-legged friends on a farm.

Award winners of the evening included Henk Rogers and The Blue Planet Foundation for the Outstanding Pioneer Award; Hunt Companies for the Legacy Award and special honors of  Punahou Schools and Forest City as Hawai’i’s Green “LEEDers” in Hawai`i.

Proceeds of over $25,000 from this event will benefit the USGBC’s mission which is to create an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous quality of life for all in Hawaii through the transformation of the built environment and the way it is planned, designed, constructed and operated.  We truly loved the level of creativity and collaboration this event fostered and we are already planning on how to make it even more “out-of-the-box” for next year. Another non-traditional “gala” we are so proud to be a part of.  For more telling photos visit Honolulu Magazine’s event slideshow courtsey of Ross D. Hamamura.

Collaboration on the Ranch

The UMU crew spent the weekend on the North Shore with our new sister company Pili Hawai`i. We might have been hard at work, but with scenery like this and such an appreciative client, we were a pretty happy bunch.

If you haven’t heard yet, Dillingham Ranch is for sale and UMU & Pili were hired to throw a little gathering for potential buyers. The already beautiful Ranch got a little facelift and invited an intimate group of  about 80 people for an afternoon on the ranch. Our clients were looking for a way of fusing elegance with the local feel the North Shore is known for.  We had a quick UMU pow wow, gathered our thoughts on Pinterest and decided on a “contemporary luau” theme which we mindfully conveyed in every aspect of the event.

Chef Mark Noguchi brought his expertise to the table with a locally inspired menu including a poke bar and Daniel Anthony pounding Pa`i`ai.  We also invited our friend Shaun from Aloha on the Rocks to set-up a shave ice station and kept homemade rosemary citrus spritzers flowing.

Oh and just for fun, there was a helicopter tour so guests could explore the estate from above. I’m not sure if Amanda is planning on buying the ranch, but somehow she landed herself a ride. Until then, we’re building sandcastles in our dreams.