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
For Release September 27th, 2018
Hali’imaile General Store celebrates 30 years in business on Maui by collecting and matching donations to Boys and Girls Club of Maui at Bev Gannon Restaurants
Chef Owner Beverly Gannon continues her contribution to the Maui community through a community fundraising effort for Boys and Girl’s Club of Maui.
Makawao, Maui, Hawaii— September 27, 2018 — This October, Hali’imaile General Store will begin a year of celebration to mark their 30th year in business on Maui. They will celebrate this momentous anniversary by creating a donation matching program for restaurant guests at Hali’imaile General Store and Gannon’s Restaurant.
“The success of Hali’imaile General Store for so many years is attributed to giving the customer what they want. Over the years “The Store” has developed into a beautiful comfortable restaurant. Our guests wanted high quality, uncomplicated delicious food. We were more than happy to deliver!” said Beverly Gannon, Chef and Owner of Hali’imaile General Store.
Donations to benefit Boys and Girl’s Club of Maui
Between the dates of October 1st and October 31st 2018, please visit either Hali’imaile General Store or Gannon’s Restaurant and donate any amount from $5 and up and receive the equivalent amount in Bev’s Bucks to use on your next visit. Bev’s Bucks are redeemable at either restaurant for food only, and does not include gratuity or alcohol purchases. They may be used upon a future visit to either restaurant and they may not be combined with any other offer or discount.
Bev Gannon will match all of the funds donated by restaurant guests, up to $15,000. All funds donated to the Boys and Girls Club will be used 100% towards programs and supplies directly affecting kids that are members of Boys and Girls Club of Maui.
Another opportunity to donate: Book your holiday party at Hali’imaile General Store, Gannon’s, or with Celebrations Catering, donate $200 to the Boys and Girls Club of Maui, and you will receive an antipasto platter for up to 30 guests complimentary! ($750 value). The party must be booked in the month of October for a future event.
Although Bev and Joe selected the location of HGS because of it’s proximity to their home, their original concept was a take away deli and a kitchen to serve their growing catering company. “On our opening night, October 14, 1988, 150 people came to the door requesting a seat! They wanted a restaurant! I had never worked in a restaurant in my life! I had only one bartender and two cooks – no servers or dishwashers. We all looked at each other and knew the next day things had to change. On October 15, 1988, Hali’imaile General Store became a restaurant.” Gannon remarks. From that humble start, Hali’imaile General Store now seats 150 guests, with plans to expand an outdoor space for private events.
About Hali’imaile General Store
Hali‘imaile General Store is Chef Bev Gannon’s original and most acclaimed restaurant featuring eclectic American food with Asian overtones – the essence of modern Hawaii food. Founded in 1988, “The Store” has been a Maui destination for both visitors and locals that appreciate the fresh local ingredients in our island inspired menus.
About Boys and Girl’s Club of Maui
Boys & Girl’s Club of Maui serves over 2,400 members and an additional 7,000 youth each year through outreach. More than just an after school hangout., our clubs provide a safe place for kids to come and do their homework, learn, and have fun! With an annual membership fee of $5.00, we are able to provide services to those who need it most.
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Please join us at Gannon’s Restaurant for Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13th 9:00am- 1:00pm. Adults are $50, Keiki are $19.95 for ages 7-9, Keiki 6 and under are complimentary. Reservations are recommended.
Gannon’s Restaurant presents an Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day menu for 2018. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and delight the senses with this prix fix menu available at $75 per person. Reservations are available online and at 808.875.8080.
February 14th, 2018
$75 per person
– First Course –
Duck & Ginseng Consommé
Black truffle & foie gras tortellini
– Second Course –
Butter Poached Oysters
Caviar, yuzu crème fraiche,
Hawaiian chili relish
– Third Course –
Prosciutto wrapped Scallops
lobster risotto, pine nut-basil pesto
– Fourth Course –
Almond Crusted Rack of Lamb
Molokai purple potato gnocchi,
asparagus, port sauce
– Fifth Course –
Aztec Dark Chocolate Torte
White Chocolate Cinnamon Gelato
Gannon’s Restaurant Announces it’s next Movie Under the Stars: Skyfall. This James Bond film can be viewed on the lower lawn at Gannon’s Restaurant on Saturday, August 19th at 8:00pm. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite bond character, villan, or bond girl! $5 Bond Martinis will be available at The Red Bar, please join us for Happy Hour from 3:00-8:00pm.
$7 Admission includes outdoor chair seating. Tickets are available at the door, and refreshments are also for sale. Gannon’s would love to welcome you for dinner, please make your reservations here.
Gannon’s is please to announce our plans for our 2017 Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet on Sunday, May 14th from 9am-1pm.
Adults $48 | Keiki $19.95 (ages 5 & under complimentary).
Cheese Fondue Scrambled Eggs
Greek Vegetable Frittata
applewood bacon, chicken apple sausage
poached eggs, harissa hollandaise
Kale Caesar Salad
parmesan, garlic croutons
Maytag blue cheese, candied pecans, chervil-raspberry vinaigrette
Hawaiian Ahi Poke
Maui onions, cucumber, island chips
Shrimp and Crab Cocktail Martini
sambal cocktail sauce, ginger remoulade
Tropical Fruit Salad
Sea Salt Crusted Aged Sirloin
creamy horseradish, au jus, roasted herb potatoes
Cedar Plank Salmon
grilled asparagus, warm citrus vinaigrette
Honey Baked Ham
goat cheese grits, mandarin orange-clove glaze
Breakfast Breads & Desserts
warm maple butter biscuits, croissants, lilikoi cheesecake
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