News and reviews of made on Maui products and Maui-based companies and success stories. Also featuring island shopping guides

Anyone needing a fashion fix must run, not walk, over to Tamara Catzs Paia boutique to see the new Lifestyle Collection which just arrived!  The new styles include “bubble jersey prints in stylish yet comfortable styles like strapless jumpsuits, 3/4 sleeve short dress, and wide pants with crochet inserts at hem, sunset colored chiffon kimono jackets and long maxi hand batiked dresses. So many styles to choose from, all timeless and gorgeous…”  They encourage shoppers to come by to see it in person, they are all limited collections and may not even make it to the online store!

Here are a few of my favorites, view more on the website or follow the designs on Pinterest!  

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tamara catz sample sale bridal paiaIn addition to the new collection, Tamara Catz is having another of their popular sample sales on Friday, September 12, and this year it’s a Bridal Sale, with gowns up to 75% off!  According to a Tamara Catz spokesperson, “We will be celebrating with fresh local kombucha and champagne!  For ladies that are not get married, they are welcome to stop in and have a beverage and check out the new collection!”

Tamara Catz Bridal represents a romantic, beachy bohemian style. Elegant, sophisticated and not overwhelmingly full of fabric, Tamara Catz bridal silk gowns are perfect for beach, island and resort weddings.

Tamara Catz began her collections in 2000 on Maui, with immediate success, selling to boutiques and department stores all over the US and Japan. Continuing on with her success, in 2005 Tamara opened her first boutique in Paia, and 2 years later she launched her Bridal collection.

Tamara Catz Boutique is located in Paia at 83 Hana Hwy (near Flatbread).  The store is open from 10am – 6pm on Sunday – Thursday, and 10am – 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

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The Tamara Catz boutique is as dreamy as the clothing!

angelina hills trunk show paia Sept 10 Update:  Adding to the rumor mill is the last minute cancellation of the Summer Concert Series featuring Marty Dread at Rock N Brews, which was supposed to occur tonight.  I guess the live-music wars in Paia are not over, folks!

And – Check out a Trunk Show on Friday (September 12) with Art by Angelina Hills and Joya by Sarina! Takes place 6-9pm at the Paia Inn Hotel (click image to view larger) 

Original Post: With the departure of Tortillas leaving a gap in the ‘take-out’ category of Paia restaurants, Thai Spice quickly filled the void, pleasing everyone with the frequent craving of Pad Thai and Chicken Satay.

Thai Spice is open from 10am – 8pm daily and is located next to the Wine Corner (take-out and a liquor store in one parking lot???? BONUS!) Phone number is 579-8269 and here is their menu attached: (click to view larger) 

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prospect maui paia Hana Bay Picnic Lunch moved in with its sister business, Paia Gelato, leaving a void in Paia, which was of course quickly filled by Prospect, I can’t find out much information about this yet, except that it’s based out of Park City Utah.

Anyone who is (or even may be) getting married soon should make plans to attend the Tamara Catz Bridal Sale.  And if you aren’t about to head down the aisle any time soon, you will probably want to head over their soon to check out their recently released Fall collection. The pieces I’ve seen so far are so awesome they might just get their own post!

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A lot of people were disappointed to hear that Paia Bay Coffee closed down, but their disappointment was short lived, as they quickly reopened behind San Lorenzo.  I was only able to quickly poke my head back there, but its an awesome space and only on day 1 or 2 of boing open was pretty full!  Their regulars are a faithful bunch!  Can’t wait to try it myself.  Entrance is either through the garage behind Prospect (near the gas station side) – or San Lorenzo when its open.

pakaloha paia maui newPakaloha lovers will be thrilled to know that they can now get their bikini fix again in Paia – in the former Oceania Maui space, between Rock N Brews and Milagros.

Speaking of Rock N Brews, there are two more chances to see Marty Dread at their Summer Concert Series – TOMORROW – Wednesday, September 10 and September 24th!   Better get there early, heard it was pretty packed in August.

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dazoo paia dazoo maui news paia news Lots of changes for Dazoo – they are now open on Saturday AND Sunday for brunch (for everyone that missed their breakfast foods!) starting at 9am, and TODAY they are unveiling their new Fall menu – with more traditional entrees being offered, but if you were a fan of their mix and match small plates, there are still lots of options of those as well!   Fans of the bibimbap will be happy to know that its now being served at dinner!

Paia has also been featured in the actual news a bit recently -

On September 2,  Mike White ( Maui County Council rep for Paia, Haiku and Makawao) shared this on his Facebook page – “A big moment for the County – just moments ago, the Budget and Finance Committee approved the acquisition of approximately 4 acres in Maui Business Park II in Kahului for a new service center from A&B, which also comes with a 35.55 acre donation of land extending from Baldwin Beach Park towards Paia Town!”

And tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10) , the groundbreaking ceremony for Heritage Hall is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m.  Heritage Hall is the multi-purpose community complex that honors the history and culture of Portuguese and Puerto Rican immigrants to Maui.

The facility consists of two separate buildings that will house the cultural resource centers on the second floor.  The ground floors will be offered for lease to two nonprofit organizations serving the Paia area.

“Heritage Hall fulfills the long-standing dreams of both the Portuguese and Puerto Ricans to have a place where their respective histories and cultures can be shared with the general populace,” said Heritage Hall Board secretary Audrey Rocha Reed in a press release announcement.

The project is located on Baldwin Avenue near the former Paia Mill and Paia Train Depot sites.

According to Reed, the project is slated to take a year to complete.

To read more about the project, check out the article in MauiNow.com http://mauinow.com/2014/09/08/mauis-heritage-hall-groundbreaking-set-for-wednesday/

 

Blogging disclaimer: I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo 

Have you ever wanted to step back in time?  To see Hawaii what it was like before contact, to hear the spoken language, see where they lived, what they wore, and what they ate?  Well, thanks to an amazing group of ‘landkeepers’, you can.

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Upon entering the Maui Hawaiian Village, you are greeted with a traditional Hawaiian chant, or oli

The Maui Hawaiian Village opened up to the public earlier this summer, and what started off as a land rehabilitation project, of removing invasive plants and planting natives, has turned into a ‘living history’ tour in the West Maui Mountains.

I was invited to join one of these tour groups last weekend to see what this tour was all about, and I jumped at the chance.  Due to the delicate nature of the location, we all were to meet our first tour guide and driver in Kahului.  We were then told where we were going, and explained why the location of the tour is kept quiet (to access the tour the bus drives through a small neighborhood.

taro patch maui hawaii traditional practice The tour bus stops (not too far from Kahului) at a kalo (taro) patch, that is the beginning of our short hike into the valley.  We are introduced to two more tour guides (landkeepers they like to call themselves – reminding us they are not professional ‘tourguides’) as well as the seventh generation keeper of the kalo patch that we are standing next to, whose stories of the land are sure to give ‘chicken-skin’.

The hike, with the guides on either end of the pack, to make sure no one gets lost, is not all that strenuous, but is tricky and closed-toed shoes are required (sunscreen and insect-repellant are also recommended).  It’s 20-30 minutes of hiking, and its clear that during rainy weather the hike would get quite slippery and a bit more challenging (be prepared to get muddy!)

oli hawaiian chant maui hawaii Upon entering the valley, the landkeepers offer a traditional ‘oli (chant) to ask permission to enter the village.  More landkeepers, complete with keiki (children) come out of the hales (shelters) and welcome us into their village.

We were on the shorter tour, the ‘Aina Tour, which focuses on the main three necessities of live for the pre-contact Hawaiians – Food, Shelter and Clothing.  The hale are surrounded by native plants, and just as one starts drooling over all the tropical fruits, we are offered beverages and cut up pieces of papayas and bananas.

I won’t give away everything about the tour (and besides, you can read more about it on their website) – but what does quickly become obvious is this is more than just a job for our landkeepers.  They share personal stories about the resurgence of the Hawaiian culture, for example how just a generation ago it was illegal for children to speak Hawaiian in schools, and now their own children are able to attend Hawaiian immersion schools.

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Each landkeeper kept coming back to two points – one is sustainability. Sustainability is a pretty big buzzword these days, and as our guides pointed out, Hawaii was 2,500 miles from the nearest land-mass, they had to be pretty conservative with their resources.  The other point was coming back to ones roots.  As the landkeepers were clearing the valley over the last two years, the unveiling of ancient aquaduct walls and taro valleys seemed a great metaphor for their journey.  Words, plants, practices and values that have been hidden or lost since the Western contact are just starting to be found and put to use again, and sharing this with each other, with our guests and with our keiki… it seems like the beginning of something very exciting…. there goes the chicken-skin again!

Want More:

The ‘Aina Nui Tour is 4 hours including transportation, the ‘Aina Tour is 2.  School and Kama’aina rates are available.  Tours are currently offered a few days a week.

See the Website for booking or more information.

Follow Maui Hawaiian Village on Instagram and Facebook for the Olelo Wednesday Word of the Day and the Aloha Aina Friday Plant of the Day and more!

This is the first of a multi-part series of wedding posts, featuring interviews with a pair of Maui wedding professionals, to see what’s trending for the fall and into 2015!   Wanna be featured?  Scroll to the bottom for more info… 

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Flowers by Opihi Love, Photography by Jenna Michelle

In this post:  Melissa Padilla, owner and stylist at Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design & Amy Alexander of Baked by Amy.

Opihi Love‘s Melissa shared that “we love that we’ve been seeing requests for more rich, luxurious colors – red, purples and greens!   We also love a fun theme that keeps popping up – upscale hipster with a bit of glam!”

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Vendors featured in this section (except the top flowers): 

miss b calligraphy maui sign wedding Melissa continued that “right now it’s all about the wedding customization, pulling from Pinterest or Refinery 29- but putting a spin on it to make it your own. Everything from the invitations to the table numbers to the dessert bars have to be one of a kind- and we are not seeing the DIY as much now. Brides are back to hiring the professionals to create events of a lifetime.  Another great option for entertainment is a photo booth, and the new generation photo booth is a slo-mo video booth!”  Click here to view a sample video.

Opihi Love Wedding & Event Design is a boutique wedding planning & design studio. Opihi Love offers clients full service planning, coordination, design and styling, and a one-of-a-kind collection of boutique rentals. 

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beet cupcakes natural maui veganAmy of Baked by Amy, which specializes in vegan desserts, states that “Minis are IN! Miniature cupcakes and tarts are rapidly growing in popularity at weddings and other celebrations because they are hand held and bite size giving each guest a few options rather than just a slice of cake.  Also, it seems there is a lot of interest in desserts besides just cake and cupcakes.  I get requests for lemon bars, brownies, cookies, small pies and tarts.”

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According to Amy, she loves it that “there are so many brides and grooms opting for vegan and gluten free options!  They figure that it will cover all of their bases for guests with sensitivities and allergies, plus it’s a little lighter on the waistline because who wants to feel too full when there’s dancing to be done?”

Baked by Amy specializes is delicious and creative vegan sweets, made with high quality local and organic ingredients. Besides special orders, Baked by Amy treats are available at Choice Health Bar, Aina Gourmet Market, Wailuku Coffee Co. and Honokowai Farmers Market.

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Want to submit YOUR pictures and trend notes?  Find a buddy (or two! a trio is OK too!) and send me a couple great shots for consideration! Current email is mauiliz77 (at) yahoo (dot) com! 

iselle.maui.effects.sandbag.paia Once again, things are on the move in Paia.  Hurricane Iselle spared Paia and most of Maui, but as I was taking pictures just a few days after the storm passed by, there were definitely a lot of sandbags and boarded up windows still to be found.  Baldwin Avenue has the habit of turning into Baldwin River during heavy rains, and the shopkeepers were taking no chances.

On to the town gossip – Just today the Maui News shared that the owners of Mana Foods have confirmed that they are indeed opening a raw-food restaurant serving lunch and dinner called Maka Mana.

Ono Gelato has changed its name to Paia Gelato, and the location has merged with its sister shop, Hana Bay Picnic Lunch company.  According to the owners, Paia Gelato is still using the original gelato recipes, using fresh local fruits as well as high quality bases direct from Italy.

Paia Gelato is also a great little spot to pick up some made on Maui products, like these

The jewelry shop Oceania Maui   – entered the shop very briefly known as Makai Gallery (and Paia Pharmacy before that) – and is now called Oceania Maui Gallery & Jewelry Paia.

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According to the paper sign on the door, the old location of oceania maui will be the new location for Pakaloha Bikinis some time this month.

Another new (though long time in waiting) addition to Paia is the opening of the Da Vine Art wine tasting bar.paia.wine.tasting.bar

Also in that little shopping center, Tortillas has closed down, and is heading west – to the Old Lahaina Center near Foodland (by Ulalena)

Lots of construction going on – just next door to Milagros (anyone know what’s going in?), at the old tiny shop lot, and the former Nellie’s site.

A fun new trend in Paia is these chalkboard signs – and there appears to be some serious competition going on for the most artistic signs!

Also, check out the upcoming sale at Pearl, and grab a brownie at nearby Dazoo to celebrate your great savings.

and because i just like these pics: here’s a snapshot from San Lorenzo and the wall next to Nellie Bistro

\see you in Paia

 

Blogging Disclaimer: I am a paid representative for Dazoo, but the brownies are seriously good.  and gluten-free!

Miss Saigon at the MACC

A couple years back (ok, make that 20), as a senior in high school, I recall getting a tour around the freshly opened Maui Arts and Cultural Centermiss saigon maui saigon cafe .  I remember standing on the vast stage, staring into a beautiful seating area and an even more impressive back stage.  The tour guide said, “this stage is built to hold Broadway sized productions, we can even have a helicopter like in Miss Saigon.”  This made my heart skip a beat, because just a few years prior (seriously, as a freshman, when I still lived in Maryland) we performed highlights from Miss Saigon in Chorus, and even drove up to the Big Apple to see it live.

If you have any inkling of what Miss Saigon is about (and if you don’t, there’s some adult topics, but I won’t ruin it for you if you are heading to see it yourself – and you SHOULD), you can imagine what kind of indelible impression this might have on a teen.  Spending months singing these amazing songs, packing on a big bus to drive up to NYC with a bunch of your buddies, then seeing this wonderful show with topics your parents would probably rather not discuss, and a dramatic surprise ending, that, even knowing the lyrics to all the major songs, I didn’t see coming.  Although I probably should have.

So lets just say that 20 years ago, I was ready to buy tickets to Miss Saigon at the MACC.  And after seeing what MAPA, the production company, did with Les Mis last summer, I’m even more excited than I was 20 years ago.  I might even go twice.

Here’s more information on the show, courtesy of the MACC:

From the company that brought you Les Misérables… MAPA LIVE presents Miss Saigon – for the first time ever on a Maui stage! This haunting and heart-wrenching love story of a Vietnamese bar girl and an American Marine during the fall of Saigon is a triumph of popular theater. With 45 performers and a live 21-piece orchestra, Miss Saigon explodes with the sweep and passion of opera couched in the gritty musical vernacular of our own time. An intimate story about the shattering effects of war on people who love each other, Miss Saigon is ultimately a moving testament to the power of the human spirit to survive. (Program contains mature themes and language.) Six shows only! Fri-Sat Aug 15-16 and 22-23 at 7:30 pm, and Sun Aug 17 & 24 at 2:00 pm

Pre-show dinner is provided by A Saigon Cafe (who else?)

A Whole New HUE

Maui is a world-class destination for a lot of things, but shopping? Not so much.  Sure we have cute little boutiques, and bikini shopping that is noteworthy, but for anything for the home, choices have been pretty limited – that was, until two talented young interior designers saw this void, and have been filling it, with gorgeous pillows, comfy yet stylish couches, handy hostess gifts and much more! Wendy Takemoto and Jessica Guard McLellan decided to open up HUE, a furniture and lifestyle store, and the results?  Well, they’ve been stunning.

maui furniture store best home furnishings“We were designers before we were in retail, and it was never possible to find pieces in our style on-island,” Jessica explained. “We knew other people must also be feeling that need. So we thought rather than ordering from mainland stores, why not open our own?”  And Maui shoppers heartily agreed, voting them Best New Business in 2013 and Best Home Furnishings in 2014 in the Maui Time Weekly’s Best of Maui readers’ poll.

maui furniture store best home furnishingsIn 2012, Wendy and Jessica opened HUE at their original retail and design space on Kahului’s Lalo Avenue.  Not quite two years later, with a good idea of what island shoppers were looking for, Wendy and Jessica jumped at the chance to move to a much larger space in an established location.  They are now located at the former Latitudes, as the anchor for a whole design center, with The Garden, supplying silk flowers, plants and arrangements, by Latitudes’ former purveyors, and Suda Shades, creating custom window treatments.

The new location is approximately 5,000 square feet, triple the size of their former location.  “Our goal is to have the island’s premiere home and lifestyle shop, and this new space brings us one step closer. We now can present an even wider range of carefully curated home and gift items” Jessica continued.  HUE is still Maui’s exclusive dealer for Lee Industries’ furniture, they have added a few new luxury furniture lines, including Lexington and Palecek, and have brought in some more affordable options as well. HUE is constantly adding to their inventory to offer fresh pieces for shoppers, with containers arriving monthly, and smaller shipments arriving even more frequently.

coastal tropical modern design aqua In addition to furniture, HUE is expanding their bed and bath collection, and offers a wide range of home accessories and gifts, including tabletop accessories, hostess gifts, jewelry, soaps and lotions, eco-friendly wrapping paper, coffee table books, lighting and more.  “We travel to the mainland two to three times a year for furniture and gift markets,” shared Wendy. “It’s the best way for us to see what’s current, to get the best possible pricing from our manufacturers, and to check out the quality of the pieces before we order.  We also get a lot of our inspiration when we travel to market. We love seeing other shops in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, North Carolina… It’s just good to see stores that aren’t ALL rattan and tropical.”

In addition to offering what’s trending across the country, HUE offers many locally made items including bags by True Story Company and Tiger Lily, compass watches by Pandeia, body products by Queen Bee Productions, jewelry by Kachi, Sophie Grace Maui, Jasmine Honey Designs and Salty Luxe Hawaii, pillows by BlueJane Maui, and eco-friendly wrapping paper by Wrappily. Featured Maui-based artists include Abigail Romanchak, Robert Suzuki and Dane Ward.

According to HUE’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Birgitte Golden, giving back to the Maui community is an important part of the business as well. “We sponsor and donate to many non-profit events, and even assist event design, like at the Pacific Cancer Foundation’s Kama’aina Christmas for the past two years. We also participate in other fundraisers, like the Lee Industries’ Lee Loves America campaign, with a portion of sales going to a local non-profit.” Birgitte continued that, “another great aspect of HUE is that it is locally-owned and operated – Aloha is engrained in who we are, and all customers are met with a down-to-earth, no pressure attitude.” All five team members are born and raised in Hawaii. In addition to Wendy, Jessica and Birgitte, the team includes Design Associate Heather Guard and Warehouse Manager Chris Auna.

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Wendy and Jessica also offer professional services including residential and commercial interior design, kitchen and bath design, architectural computer renderings, and more.  Appointments are recommended for design services.

As I chatted with Wendy and Jessica about their new space, I asked what they’ve learned so far in their foray into retail, and what surprises have come up along the way. “Our eyes have really been opened to how shipping affects the costs of goods,” explained Wendy.  “Also, people sometimes don’t fully understand that we are on an island in the middle of the ocean…things take longer to get here, and cost a little more.  As Jessica shares, “mainly, retail is a lot of work. And it’s a different beast in this era with online shopping, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram….it takes a lot more to stay ahead of the game, but these are also very powerful marketing tools if you know how to use them.”

And speaking of social media – you can follow HUE here: on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

Mahalo to the HUE crew for the interview! 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: 

  • Location: 210 Alamaha St, Kahului
  • Hours: Mon- Fri – 9am- 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm, Closed Sunday
  • Phone: (808) 873-6910
  • Website: mauihue.com

Disclaimer: I am a paid consultant for HUE, but the opinions are my own. 

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