The summer months give us some of the best and busiest days of the year. Who doesn’t want to spend as much time outside in the sun? But let’s be honest, all the activity can do a number on your body, mind, and spirit. Before the summer gets underway, nurture your physical and emotional self throughout the month of May at Travaasa. There are a wide range of events and activities that will feed your soul and inspire your spirit for the exciting season ahead.

Here’s a quick look at special events happening during Nurture Month this May:

Someone has a birthday coming up! Travaasa Austin will celebrate another year of Western flavor on May 5, 2014. A few hundred miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Travaasa Hana will also cheers to another year of making memories on May 10, 2014. 

On a cultural note, Travaasa Hana is partnering with Edible Hawaiian Islands to host a dinner to benefit I Am Haloa, a documentary chronicling the journey of three Kamehameha School seniors around the Hawaiian Islands as they gain a better understanding of their native culture and reestablish a link to the first Hawaiian, Haloa. For 90 days, the three students will commit to cultivating, harvesting, and eating kalo (taro) for three meals a day. As part of Travaasa’s sponsorship, Travaasa Hana’s own Chef Derek Watanabe will be one of the chefs preparing various dishes, all featuring taro. The dinner will be held on Friday May 2, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at the Mahele Farm at Kahanu Garden.

The very next day, the East Maui Taro Festival returns to “Heavenly Hana” through May 4, 2014. This lively (and free) two-day event takes place at the Hana Ballpark adjacent to Travaasa Hana. The festival celebrates taro, a staple of the Hawaiian diet, and features a farmers market, poi pounding, food booths, arts and crafts, live music, and hula. A taro pancake breakfast at Hana Bay and tours of Kahanu Garden, Mahele Farm and Kapahu Living Farm are also offered, giving attendees a glimpse into Hana’s rich agricultural scene.