"The Weekly Dish" July 20, 2012

Aloha Friday everyone!

     It was another fun and informative episode of "The Weekly Dish" radio show today! If you missed the adventures live on KAOI 1110AM & 96.7FM, please visit the link located here to get in-tune with the Maui community and the intriguing individuals that shape the isle.

     This morning, "Groovy" (Shawn Michael) and I had the honor of welcoming Rob Parsons, executive assistant to Mayor Alan Arakawa on environmental concerns, to discuss a recent marine debris research expeditions and the vessel's arrival in Hawai'i. (Read my recent article in the Maui Weekly at http://www.mauiweekly.com/page/content.detail/id/510079/Expedition-Documents-Debris-and-Pollution.html?nav=13 to learn more about this extraordinary voyage.)

      A respected writer and sustainability advocate, it was a pleasure to talk story with Rob. We're proud of his work on the governmental level and beyond, as he continues to work hard to keep our Maui County beautiful and well-informed. Thanks Rob for joining the fun this morning!

     My dear friend and fellow journalist Anu Yagi stopped by to join the sunrise show, providing a sweet and clever touch to today's episode as our lovely guest co-host. Anu is taking part in an incredible new annual event called the Niu Festival, which takes place this Saturday, July 21, at the Grand Wailea. Come celebrate the cultural significance of the coconut plant and devour some onolicious grinds. And, the event is free for the whole family! (Read www.mauiweekly.com/page/content.detail/id/510044/Niu-Festival.html?nav=39 for more information.)

     Thanks to funny girl Teresa Sickels, who let us give away a few free tickets to tomorrow night's "The He & She Show" events, presented by Power Up Comedy at Stella Blues! The evening starts off with a family-friendly show, followed by the naughty but nice showcase of comedy, Learn more at http://powerupcomedy.com/.

      We caught up with our good pal, Miss Rachel Gonzalez of Body Alive Yoga and Movement Studio. She's beig stretching minds and bodies in Wailuku for over a year, and recently opened her own tattoo studio down the hall, literally, called Exotic Eye Tattoo. Rachel is talented in so many cool and creative ways, and her skin art is some of the best the Pacific has to offer. She'll join some other excellent tattoo artists on O'ahu during the Pacific Ink & Art Expo from Aug. 3 to 5. (Visit www.pacificinkandartexpo.com to learn more, and check out Rachel's fantastic work at www.exoticeyetattoo.com.)

     A few of our fav guys from Maui's funky, hip-hop soul outfit, the Freeradicals Projekt, visited the KAOI Studios to share their tour adventures in California and info on their big show this weekend at Charley's Restaurant & Saloon. Hear what these cool characters had to say!

     We shared the goods on this month's Makawao Friday Town Party events, including the fierce and furious"afterparty" at Casanova with MOTHxp!

     You can also learn about all the great services and events our small business 'ohana has rockin' recently, and figure your weekend plans as we share an array of the isle's arts and music festivities.

     Thanks for listening to The Weekly Dish-a delightful recipe for Maui's community and entertainment news. Keep it real, and share the love.

Trish  :o)

(Photo: Such a wonderful morning on "The Weekly Dish" radio show with these amazing individuals: (left to right) Mr. Groovy Shawn Michael, Ami Schorr, Anu Yagi, Trish "da Dish" Smith, Rama Covarrubias)

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