Friday, May 28, 2010

Maui's comedy feature film "Get a Job" wraps!

What an amazing ride I have had in the past few weeks! For those of you who know me, you probably think I dropped off the planet. Really, I have just been working! I had the rare opportunity to work as the still photographer on one of Maui's first feature films to be made by a local director (Brian Kohne) of Malama Pono Productions and producer (Stefan Schaefer) called "Get a Job." The Cicala Filmworks and Malama Pono Productions film starred Maui's own musical (and acting) talents, Willie K and Eric Gilliom, who performed together as The Barefoot Natives. The film was shot entirely on the island of Maui. Comedian Augie T, Carolyn Omine, Jake Shimabukuru, Alaka’i Paleka, Charles Ka'upu and Kathy Collins are also among the cast. One of the highlights of the film was the finale wedding scene band, filmed at the Paia Inn, which brought together some of Maui's musical legends including Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, Henry Kapono, Lenny Castelanos, Lopaka Colon to sing with Willie K and Eric Gilliom.This is one funny movie so be sure to catch it in the theaters and support Maui filmmakers.

It was a terrific experience to be the still photographer on a movie set and I am incredibly grateful to Brian Kohne from Malama Pono Productions for hiring me, Blaise Noto for his guidance and Stefan Schaefer from Cicala Filmworks for his patience and humor with all of us throughout the movie.

Link for Maui News Articles #1, #2, #3.

A hui hou,

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ka'anapali Maui Wedding Photographer - Carolyn & Brian

Congratulations and Best wishes go out to Carolyn and Brian who got married at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel on a beautiful tropical day on Maui. They were joined by a few dozen family and friends who celebrated their marriage in style and Hawaiian sunshine! Carolyn and Brian were married by Makalapua Kanuha who officiated the Hawaiian wedding ceremony with a traditional chant in the beginning and a blessing in the middle along with the usual traditions.
Congratulations Carolyn and Brian! See you next year on Maui to celebrate your anniversary!A hui hou!

Monday, May 24, 2010

"Ulupalakua Inspires" Art Show June 6th (11am-4pm)

Please join us on Sunday, June 6th from 11:00am-4:00pm upcountry!

I am honored to have my fine art featured at the June 6th Sunday Drive event up at the Tedeschi Winery and Ulupalakua Ranch from 11am-4pm. When Diana Azevedo from Ulupalakua Ranch and Paula Hegele from Tedeschi Winery invited me to be part of the event, I was delighted!

The "Ulupalakua Inspires" show at the Sunday Drive focuses on fine art by Maui photographers who find inspiration in the rolling hillsides, open country and vibrant florals. Other featured photographers include Randy Jay Braun, Jimmie Hepp and Gwen Arkin.

The event is free and open to the public.

I'll post a gallery of images that will be featured in the show as soon as it is ready! Framed prints, gallery wraps, matted prints and loose prints will be available for purchase at the show. Special orders will also be accepted on site.

Special thanks to Anne Wall from the Wailea Art Program for providing me with guidance in selecting the pieces to be featured in the show.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin just posted an article on the event: "Ulupalakua Inspires" as did the Lahaina News!

A hui hou!


April 29, 2010

Contact: Yuki Lei Sugimura, Connec, LLC
4243 Lower Kula Road, Kula, HI 96790
878-1888 B; 870-8047 C; 878-4076 F

Come On Up! for “Ulupalakua Inspires”
Celebrating the beauty that has captivated artists for generations.

ULUPALAKUA – Maui’s Winery and Ulupalakua Ranch Store invite the public to come on up to Upcountry Maui for “Ulupalakua Inspires” on Sunday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With the brilliant purple blossoms of jacaranda and agapanthus in bloom, it’s a perfect time to celebrate the natural artistic inspiration of this beautiful area. “Ulupalakua Inspires” is a free, community event featuring fun exhibits like a polo match, a glass-blowing demonstration and a photography show—all set against a musical background of live jazz on the picturesque grounds of the winery and ranch store.
Local favorite Uncle Benny Uyetake opens the show at 11:30 a.m. and will keep his smooth Hawaiian stylings going until 3 p.m. on the lanai of the ranch store. Japan-born musician/composer Shiro Mori performs with his jazz quartet from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; and sought-after Hawai‘i saxophonist David Choy takes the stage with his quartet from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Master musician Henry Kaleaialoha Allen tops off the day from 3 to 4 p.m. with his trademark “tropical swing and a touch of cool jazz.” Among other accolades, Allen was named “The Master Artist” of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and Hawaiian music by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Artists. All live entertainment is produced by Jazz Alley TV and MauiFEST Hawai‘i.
If you’ve always wanted to see an authentic Upcountry polo match, here’s your chance: the Ulupalakua team will take on Keokea in an exhibition match from noon to 1 p.m. on the ranch polo field. The free event is coordinated by Ulupalakua Ranch cowboy Kaimi Kona‘aihele and his wife Ceci, who also offer polo lessons and clinics year round. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for the short hike from Maui’s Winery and to bring beach chairs or mats for seating at the scenic field.
Maui glassblowers will share their unique art form with “wow”-inducing demonstrations of glassblowing throughout the day. Ulupalakua artist Randy Schaffer and Blow Your Mind Productions will showcase their craft on the stage of the upper winery grounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors may participate in the creation of a custom piece that will then be fired in the onsite kiln and ready for pickup or delivery the next day.
Another chance to be inspired takes place at the Photography Show, which features stunning photos by Ulupalakua and Maui photographers. Visitors can stop by the winery pavilion throughout the day to view photos by Jimmie Hepp, Aubrey Hord, Gwen Arkin and Randy J Braun—and even meet some of the artists who will be on hand to share insights into their work.
If you’re in the mood for a picnic, you’ll find all you need at Ulupalakua Ranch Store Deli & Grill. Lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. include Maui Cattle Company burgers (featuring 100 percent natural, premium Angus beef raised on Maui), Ulupalakua Elk Burgers, the ranch’s famous Ulupalakua Steak Chili, and more.
Free wine tasting is offered throughout the day in the historic King’s Cottage Tasting Room, with tours of Maui’s Winery beginning at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“The beauty of Ulupalakua’s natural surroundings, combined with the area’s amazing history, has been a source of inspiration for residents and visitors for generations,” says Paula Hegele, president of Maui’s Winery. “We hope you’ll come on up—and be inspired!”

About Sunday Drive events at Ulupalakua
Ulupalakua hosts quarterly Sunday Drive events to share and honor different aspects of this unique historic area. In the spring, it’s “Ulupalakua Remembers,” celebrating the rich heritage of this historic ranchland. Summertime is “Ulupalakua Inspires,” celebrating the beauty that has captivated artists for generations. Fall is “Ulupalakua Cares,” celebrating the commitment to agriculture and open space in our community. And winter is “Ulupalakua Sparkles,” celebrating the arrival of the holidays with Maui-style gifts and festivities.
Each event features live music on the beautiful grounds of Maui’s Winery, lunch specials at Ulupalakua Ranch Store, free wine tasting and winery tours, and opportunities to learn more about the area’s history and culture.
For more information about Sunday Drive events, call toll-free (877) 878-6058. To learn more about Ulupalakua, please visit or


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ka'anapali Maui Wedding Photographer - Betsy & Phil get Married on Maui!

Congratulations go out to Betsy and Phil who tied the knot at the ocean side private wedding grounds at Kaanapali Beach Hotel last week! Our beautiful bride, Betsy, wore a gorgeous Lady Gaga-inspired dress and hairpiece and a HUGE smile.
Our dapper groom, Phil, wore a perfectly tailored white suit with a black dress shirt.
The couple was married under the swaying coconut trees along the ocean at the Naupaka Lawn at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel with scenic Black Rock in the background.
Betsy and Phil decided to tie the knot in the afternoon so they could hop on a sunset dinner cruise afterwards out of Lahaina Harbor. The couple celebrated their nuptials with glasses of champagne and a lot of laughter and love at the private ocean side wedding grounds at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Reverend Laki conducted the ceremony with the blowing of the conch shell to announce the beginning and end of the ceremony, a traditional Hawaiian prayer and playing a first dance song on his ukulele for the couple. Best wishes to Phil and Betsy on a wonderful life together filled with lots of love and laughter! It was a pleasure meeting you both!
A hui hou,

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Seabury Hall Craft Fair - May 8th

Save the Date!

The Seabury Hall Craft Fair is this Saturday, May 8th upcountry- come join us for another year of fun with our booth and lots of great Mother's Day gifts! My husband, John, will be running the booth this year from 9am-5pm along with the remarkably talented Nicole Angel so please be sure to stop by and say "Aloha". We will have fine art, notecards, framed prints, gallery wraps, books and the ever-popular Jackson Chameleon and Laughing Horse magnets.

Our booth is located in the same spot as last year across from the main school office on the main road. Just look for the large print of the Jackson Chameleon in front of the tent!

See you there!


Monday, May 3, 2010

Maui Brewer's Festival - May 15th at the MACC

Come join us for the second annual Maui Brewer's Festival at the MACC on Saturday, May 15th! Great bands, great food and of course, great BEER!

The 2nd annual Maui Brewers Festival is a fundraiser for the MACC, presented by Maui Brewing Co. & Paradise Beverages, featuring the best in handcrafted beers from Hawai'i & beyond. Enjoy a leisurely day outdoors of sampling beers, tasting island dishes, grooving to top Maui bands, shopping for logo merchandise.

All-inclusive tickets: $45/general admission includes microbrewed & imported beers in commemorative cup, appetizers, desserts & public event parking. $75/happy hour package includes reserved parking, early entry at 2pm for private sampling w/brewmasters, logo gift and gen adm. 808-242-7469 or

Visit and for giveaways!

Hope you can join us!