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September 18, 2018

Hawaiʻi’s Kuleana® Skincare Line Launches Natural, Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Kuleana®, a new skincare line created in Hawaiʻi, adds a natural sunscreen to its product offerings to protect consumers and coral reefs while supporting environmental nonprofits in Hawaiʻi. Kuleana® Sunscreen is made from plant-based oils, minerals, and other reef-safe natural ingredients and does not contain ecologically harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate – two chemicals known to be toxic to corals and other marine life and recently banned by Hawaiʻi’s new sunscreen law. In addition to its environmentally friendly formulation, Kuleana Sunscreen aims to support environmental organizations in the state through its membership in 1% for the Planet, a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving.

“We are proud to offer consumers another natural product that aligns with our state’s environmental goals to protect and preserve fragile marine ecosystems, including coral reefs,” said Joy Galatro, marketing director at Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaiʻi’s pioneering renewable energy company and parent company of Kuleana. “Practicing sustainability and protecting the environment are central to our company’s mission. With this product, we’re able to offer an earth-friendly and effective sunscreen choice for consumers while giving back to local nonprofits that are doing important work for our environment. We believe this is our responsibility, our kuleana.”

Formulated, tested and produced in an FDA-compliant facility, Kuleana Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection, remains water resistant for 80 minutes, and works well with all skin types. It contains a sheer, non-whitening zinc oxide that rubs in clear, allowing for application with or without makeup and ideal for daily use with other Kuleana skincare products. The product contains an innovative “clear” zinc oxide which leaves no detectable nanoparticles in the final product. Because they are porous, the zinc clusters appear clear on the skin, eliminating the undesirable “whitening” appearance common with most non-nano zinc sunscreens.

Vegan, cruelty-free, and without synthetic fragrances or colors, Kuleana Sunscreen is formulated with macadamia nut oil and sunflower oil made from locally grown ingredients and produced by Pacific Biodiesel, which last year began farming sunflowers in Maui’s central valley. Other natural ingredients include aloe extract, jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and pineapple fruit extract – all skin-nourishing ingredients.

Through its new 1% for the Planet membership, Kuleana Sunscreen will support the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi beginning September 2018, in honor of the chapter’s 50th anniversary. The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi actively works throughout the islands to stop climate change, ensure climate justice for all, and protect Hawaiʻi’s unique natural resources. Additionally, when individuals volunteer with the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi in the next year, Kuleana will provide an exclusive 50% discount on its sunscreen product purchased from the company’s website at KuleanaSunscreen.com.
“The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi focuses on priorities that reflect our company’s own values: clean energy, climate change, food and water security, and sustainability,” Galatro added. “Supporting their statewide efforts reinforces the importance of a “mauka to makai” focus in protecting Hawaiʻi’s reefs – because harmful waste and pollutants on the land can eventually flow down into the ocean and negatively affect our fragile marine ecosystems.”

“We are grateful and honored to have the support of Kuleana,” said Marti Townsend, Director for the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi. “Guided by a genuine commitment to our planet and fueled by cutting edge science, Kuleana is making it easier for all of us to do what we love with less impact on the natural resources around us.”


Kuleana Sunscreen is available in 3-ounce tubes and retails for $18. In response to demand, the company is also offering the sunscreen in bulk sizes for its resort and tourism-related customers. The product will be available for purchase in retail locations beginning this month and is currently for sale on the company’s website. For more information, please visit kuleanabeauty.com.
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Pacific Health Ministry Fundraiser October 14

In conjunction with this year’s Spiritual Care Week in October, Pacific Health Ministry will celebrate 30 years of providing spiritual care services and education throughout the state with a special fundraiser on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Held at the Ala Moana Hotel, the gala-style event will feature a program dedicated to the non-profit’s role in serving the community, a gourmet dinner and entertainment by the Hawaii Loa Band with Herb Lee.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating three decades of providing spiritual care and education across the Hawaiian Islands, and we look forward to many more years of service,” said Reverend Anke Flohr, Pacific Health Ministry Executive Director. “We want to extend a warm Mahalo to all of our friends and supporters in the community who have helped us to reach this huge milestone.”

Pacific Health Ministry was established as a non-profit organization to develop hospital ministry, and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs in Hawaii. The idea for the agency evolved in the hearts and minds of healthcare and religious leaders, beginning with services on O’ahu at three of the major Hawaii health care institutions: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, The Queen's Medical Center Punchbowl and Kuakini Medical Center. Today, its chaplains also serve at Hawaii State Hospital, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Pali Momi Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical Center, Pohai Nani Good Samaritan, Straub Clinic & Hospital, The Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu and Wilcox Medical Center.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Pacific Health Ministry’s services and education program. For table sponsorships and event information, call Pacific Health Ministry at 808-591-6556.
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Visit DC: Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History


The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is the most visited natural history museum in the world.

Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the museum houses over 145 million objects and specimens, many of which are showcased through a variety of exhibits focused on such subjects as human origins, insects, gems and minerals, mammals, and so much more.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is huge - 1.32-million square feet, and sees over 6 million visitors a year.

During our visit, we crammed in as much as we could in the short time we had to spend at the museum.  We viewed animal exhibits large and small, recyclable art displays, a rainbow of butterfly chrysalises, dinosaur fossils, and an ancient sarcophagus.







There were many, many interactive exhibits and innovative displays throughout the museum that helps to keep kids engaged.  In the new, temporary exhibit (through 2021), Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, visitors can play a game to help contain an outbreak before it spreads.

Guests could also watch paleontologists work on fossils in the FossiLab.

And one of my kids' fave was an exhibit that gave them an idea of what they would look like as an early human.





There were so many things to do and see, but one of the highlights was Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center. In this interactive learning space, kids could examine thousands of objects up close - insects, bones, amphibians, and more.

They could even view certain objects under a microscope, and they were fascinated with what they saw!

I definitely wish we had more time to spend at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.


Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave.
NW, Washington, DC 20560
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Chocolate + Pistachio-Covered Mandarins



For a really quick, easy, and delicious treat (that even the kids can help make) - try these Chocolate and Pistachio-Covered Mandarins!

I once made Chocolate-Covered Mandarins sprinkled with Sea Salt, and they were delish.


This time, I used pistachios instead of sea salt, AND, I kept them in the freezer for an icy cool treat.  They are so yummy (and IMO, so much better) frozen!

Simply take mandarin slices (I froze them first for 20 minutes) and dip them in chocolate (I used 1 c chocolate chips + 1 T coconut oil and heated on high for 60 seconds in the microwave).  I dipped the mandarin slices in the chocolate, sprinkled with crushed pistachios, and popped them back in the freezer.

So good, especially on a warm day!

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September 17, 2018

Visit Virginia: Blue Mountain Brewery Restaurant & Brewpub

It was a warm summer's day in Charlottesville, VA, yet the outdoor tables at Blue Mountain Brewery Restaurant & Brewpub were almost all spoken for. If people were willing to sit outside, in the heat, I figured the beer must be good!

Blue Mountain Brewery has two hops fields, one of which is right next door to the restaurant!

And the restaurant is kid- and pet-friendly!

Strawberry Lemonade Shandy

BMB Nachos with Nitro Chili

Mac 'N Cheese

Cheese Pizza
Since we had already eaten a huge lunch, I shared the BMB Nachos - house-made tortilla chips piled high with a Pepper Jack Nacho Cheese Sauce, a Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Salsa Roja, Sour Cream, Jalapenos, and Chili.

Kids items are served with a choice of salad, mini pretzels, sliced apples, applesauce, or French Fries.

I also decided to try a beer cocktail. The Strawberry Lemonade Shandy was made with Kolsch 151, strawberries, simple syrup, and lemonade.

Kolsch 151 is not the kind of 151 I'm used to (e.g. Don Q) - it's actually a light, German-style ale. Since I'm not a huge beer drinker, I didn't really care for the cocktail.

However, I enjoyed the food, and Blue Mountain Brewery is definitely a fun spot to get together with friends and family!

Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzers Shop Rd
Afton, VA 22920
(540) 456-8020
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Brunch at Stormy's Gastropub

While heading to Haleiwa Ali`i Beach Park one day, I noticed a new restaurant had taken the place of the old Luibueno's - Stormy's Gastropub!  I was eager to try, especially after seeing they serve brunch on the weekends from 9am-3pm!

Hole-in-One

Grilled Cheese

Wake 'n Bake

Mushroom Blue Burger

Corned Beef Hash

I ordered the Wake 'n Bake, which was a waffle sandwich stuffed with ham, bacon, cheddar, and egg, and served with cheddar hash browns. It was good, but I loved the Corned Beef Hash so much more. Huge chunks of potatoes, peppers, onions, and corned beef were topped with an egg and chipotle aioli sauce.
 
Stormy's offers kids meals on both the regular and brunch menus. 
 
I can't wait to return to try the lunch/dinner menu!


Stormy's Gastropub
66-165 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
(808) 201-6375
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September 14, 2018

Choco le'a Celebrates Four Years in Manoa


Choco le`a, one of Hawaii's favorite gourmet chocolate companies, is celebrating their 4th birthday by giving away one 4 piece truffle box EVERYDAY for the month of September! All you need to do is follow @ChocoleaHawaii on Instagram, look for their daily contest post, post a comment telling them your favorite thing about Choco le`a, and tag four friends. One lucky person will be selected each day!

I love Choco le`a truffles, and so I entered their contest every day, and one day I received a direct message from them notifying me that I won!

Today I stopped by their retail shop in Manoa to pick up my prize.



There are over 20 flavors to choose from. Can you imagine narrowing it down to just 4?!





Here's what I ended up selecting:
















My truffles were nicely packaged in this custom box. 


The box was half empty by the time I got to my car.

And in case you're wondering what their top seller is ....




Click HERE to see the other specials/promos going on this month! 

Happy 4th Birthday Choco le`a!

Choco le`a
2909 Lowrey Avenue
(808) 371-2234

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