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Star Noodle & Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts Presents the 4th  Annual Empty Bowl Project, A Benefit for the Maui Food Bank and Hale Mahaolu

Mahalo Nui to everyone that helped make Empty Bowl 2015 a success!!  This year we had more volunteers than ever and you helped ensure everything went smooth- thank you.  On Friday, April 17th, the gravel lot next to Star Noodle got a major facelift- new gravel, tents, benches, a stage, and lanterns graced the space marked by giant koi windsocks swaying in the breeze.  MOCA (Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts) with the help of Maui High provided 400 bowls for the event in all colors, shapes, and sizes.  While we didn’t sell them all at the event, Star Noodle has them on display and has arranged to sell them retail in the restaurant- so if you missed us, you can still stop by and contribute to the great cause!

The night started with a line curving around the block in anticipation of supporting a great cause (the Maui Food Bank and Hale Mahaolu) as well as some great food.  Everyone agreed that the food this year was on another level!  Chef Craig of Old Lahaina Luau prepared a Poi Dog (essentially a hot dog coated in poi mochi) which attendees raved about, requesting he do a booth at the Maui Fair!  Chef Sergio of Aloha Mixed Plate worked around the clock to make homemade tortillas for his kalbi taco, complete with kimchi coleslaw- another favorite.  Star Noodle’s Hapa Ramen was joined by Faux Pho (gluten-free and vegan linesoup) a repeat offender this year as was the Hoaloha Bakeshop’s Taro Coconut An Pan, both back by popular demand from 2014.  Leoda’s gained some new fans due to serving the Crispy Rueben Wrap which allowed them to woo new customers since it is already on their menu (pay them a visit if you are craving this crispy salty savory treat)!

Throughout the evening, Damien Awai set the vibe with his ‘Island Contemporary’ jams, and when the sun set, you couldn’t deny the great ambiance created by the Maui Taiko Drummers and enjoying a Thai Iced Coffee among friends.

2015 again solidified $10,000 for the beneficiaries- $1,000 of which came by way of a generous gentleman hoping to provide meals to Maui residents.  Joel Ruby of Houston, Texas called excited to contribute to a community he considers his home away from home. Helping hands were everywhere this year, and in appreciation of their hard work and dedication to setting up rolex replica, assisting during, and breaking down the event annually, $2,000 will be awarded to the Lahainaluna Ladies’ Basketball team as they are paramount in ensuring all those who were already working so hard can Empty Bowl Festivalconsider some of the details taken care of.

Empty Bowl Project is an international grassroots project to help fight hunger.  Events have taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries.  Millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations around the world.  For more information please visit us online at www.starnoodle.com or call Sara Jordan-Polk at 808-667-2998.



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