By Dan Harrang, PHSS, Maui County
While working on-the-line during the recent Government shutdown I heard many of the traveling public thanking USDA employees for working diligently without pay. Their awareness of our plight -and gratitude for our unending service- is meaningful. There were days when I was personally thanked approximately three times every hour! And while kind words can and do bolster morale they don’t put food on our plates.
Thankfully, many in our community stepped forward to help feed Federal employees and our families. I first became aware of this when local business Maui Fresh Streatery delivered numerous plate lunches to Federal workers at OGG and began a program at their food truck allowing the public to purchase meals in advance for anyone in need.
Another blessing came to OGG on January 23rd when, through the outreach program of Grace Church, USDA LA’s Louis Romero, Fred Asuncion, Ken Nakano, Arlene Richardson, Tracy Silva, Gloria Vierra and Krisan Tamaye came together to facilitate the delivery to USDA Base 1 hundreds of pounds of food, all free to Federal employees. Kula Country Farms provided cases of strawberries, ~100 pounds of Maui onions and many heads of cabbage. Among the shelf-stable foods available were tuna fish, peanut butter, SPAM, beans, canned pork, soups, broths, cereals, ramen and much more. Paper towels, cling-wrap and napkins were also available.
On Saturday, January 26th Bev Gannon of Hali’imaile General Store sent her Celebrations catering service to OGG and provided a very generous meal to countless airport workers. That day I spoke with Rebecca Schillaci, Chief Operations Officer, who told me the delicious spread was Thanksgiving themed in part by their gratitude for our weeks of continued service, despite not knowing when next we might be paid. Rebecca went on to say about this event, “It really was our pleasure. “This is what makes America great again… being a community.” An abundance of dinner rolls and salad, herbed stuffing, seasoned, roasted pork, turkey (with optional gravy), cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, gourmet cookies, tea and more were provided along with napkins, to-go plates and plastic ware. My next fancy dinner out will support this business which clearly is community-oriented and empathetic to our citizens in their times of need.
Even other Federal employees were supportive of USDA during this interruption of financial compensation. On Friday the 25th Dennis Nelson and his staff at TSA-Maui surprised us with nearly a dozen Costco pizzas, complemented by boxes of Krispy Kreme for dessert! Receiving a few free meals, like this one, turned out to be a big help in stretching my food budget.
Additionally the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation in conjunction with Maui County Food Bank held a drive January 31st from8AM to 5PM curbside of the ticket lobby. Volunteers donated rice, canned goods and other nonperishable items to help nourish Federal workers in mind, body and soul.
Seeing various individuals and organizations come together to assist Federal employees during the recent government shutdown strengthens my faith in our collective good, as well as my confidence in the people of Maui to weather any storms that come our way. After all, we’re all in this together. Aloha and Mahalo!
Learn more about:
- Maui Fresh Streatery www.mauifreshstreatery.com (Location varies, check Facebook daily) 344-7929
- Grace Church www.gracechurchmaui.com 8 Kiopaa Place, Suite 104, Makawao 572-8384
- Hali`imaile General Store https://hgsmaui.com/900 Haliimaile Road, Makawao 572-2666
- Maui Food Bank www.mauifoodbank.org 760 Kolu St, Wailuku 243-9500
Hot out of the oven! This week, Celebrations Catering and Events is featuring Holiday cookies!
Delicious flavors include:
* Double Chocolate Chip Candy Cane (pictured)
* Peanut Butter Kisses
* Danish Butter with Raspberry Marmalade
* Lilikoi Shortbread dipped with Chocolate
* Pecan Melting Moments
Twelve cookies for $12.00 or Twenty Four cookies for $24.00
Party platters are also available! Plesae call 808.572.4946 to place your order!
Please join us on Sunday, November 12th to cheer on our pastry chef, Jocelyn Kanaele, who will participate in the “Life is Sweet” Event to benefit The Best Buddies in Hawaii organization. Best Buddies Hawaii offers One-to-One Friendship and Leadership Development programs – positively impacting nearly 9,700 individuals with and without disabilities in Hawaii.
The event will be on Sunday, November 12th from 2:00-5:00pm at The Shops at Wailea
For Release September 2nd, 2018
Celebrations Catering Bake Shop
Celebrations Catering Maui Announces Launch of The Bake Shop
Pastry Chef Jocelyn Kanaele creates delicious cakes and sweets of distinction and beauty
Makawao, Maui, Hawaii— Celebrations Catering Bake Shop — Celebrations Catering announced today the launch of The Bake Shop which will enable customers to order cakes and desserts directly from their Pastry Chef, Jocelyn Kanaele.
“We are very excited at Celebrations Catering to be able to offer our customers an amazing selection of baked goods available for a la carte ordering. Our menu includes Maui favorites such as malasadas and butter mochi to traditional desserts such as wedding cakes and cake pops.” said Jocelyn Kanaele, Pastry Chef at Celebrations Catering .
Full Service Upcountry Maui Bakery
Celebrations Catering has been serving customers on Maui for over 30 years, and this is a natural expansion of it’s product offering. The Bake Shop will be one of the very few full service bakeries available in upcountry Maui for custom orders.
Custom Dessert Design
Celebrations Catering Bake Shop is an expansion driven by customer feedback and is part of Celebrations Catering ’s commitment to deliver the latest dessert trends to Maui customers. Celebrations Catering Bake Shop is available for immediate ordering at www.celebrationsmaui.com/bakery or by phone at 808.572.4946.
About Celebrations Catering: Celebrations Catering is Maui’s premier full service catering company serving the island for over 30 years by owner Chef Bev Gannon. We pride ourselves on taking our clients vision and, with perfection, bringing it to life. Our full service production division offers coordination of the entire event— from wedding coordinating, to location procurement, to lighting, to setup, to catering. We offer Chef Bev Gannon’s award-winning cuisine, creative planning by Event Specialist Nicole Scharer, and, most importantly, partnerships with the top vendors and service professionals on the island.
Celebrations Catering and Celebrations Catering Bake Shop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Celebrations Catering in the United States and/or other countries.
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