Communities Rally to Support Federal Workers

Communities Rally to Support Federal Workers

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.

Celebrations Catering serves TSA workers

     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!

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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

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.

Humble Beginnings

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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For more information, media contact:

Kerri Glover

808.856.9692

kerri@bevgannonrestaurants.com

For photos related to the September 27, 2018:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3rhrc16u31kjb7q/AABSdkpbT-wO4RUkAKCdNadva?dl=0

For more information on about Hali’imaile General Store:

http://www.hgsmaui.com

 

For more information on about Boys and Girl’s Club of Maui: http://www.bgcmaui.org/

Celebrations Catering Named Best Catering Company 2018 on Maui by The Maui News!

We are so honored to be named “The Best Catering Company on Maui” by the readers of The Maui News. We are so fortunate to be serving this community for 34 years on Maui, and look forward to many more! Read the full article here:

 

Cookie Week Special announced at Celebrations Catering!

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!

Jocelyn Kanaele, Celebrations Pastry Chef to participate in Life is Sweet Event

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

 

Celebrations Catering Maui Announces Launch of The Bake Shop

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.

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Celebrations Catering and Celebrations Catering Bake Shop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Celebrations Catering in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, media contact:

Kerri Glover

808.856.9692

kerri@bevgannonrestaurants.com

For photos related to the Celebrations Catering Bake Shop:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2t1q407cl766z1l/AACsvEDldsO97_jez50aOn3La?dl=0

For more information on Celebrations Catering Bake Shop:

www.celebrationsmaui.com/bakery

Welcome to our new blog!

We are thrilled to be launching a new blog at Celebrations by Bev Gannon where we will be covering a range of topics dealing with weddings, catering and event planning – especially how it pertains to Maui.

Whether you are local or planning a destination wedding or event in Hawaii, you will find inspiring ideas on trends happening in fashion, food, floral design, decor, entertainment, etc. that will influence the possibilities for your next party or reception. We will present some of the amazing weddings & events we create for our clients and demonstrate how every detail adds up to make special moments.

Our ultimate goal is to be a valuable resource and, ultimately, a trusted partner to whom you can turn to help create your special moment.

We look forward to sharing more with you very soon. With warmest aloha.