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

UPDATED 4/24/14

WOW!  What a tremendous response I have received for this post.  Looks like Paia gossip (and news!) is a hot topic!  I just was notified of TWO more interesting pieces of news, so I’ll place them at the top if you’ve already read this post.  And I’m going to make it easy for you – If you like this post, please follow us on Facebook for more buy-local/support-local news from Maui!  

There are rumors flying all over the island about what is happening in Paia – and one thing is for certain  – Paia is booming!  So, I took a walk around my favorite little town to see if I could separate fact from fiction.   Construction was happening all over the place, and luckily everyone was working with the doors open!  Sorry about the crazy paparazzi photos!

4/24 Updates:

TRUTH – Cariloha Bamboo is looking for a retail location in Paia.  They currently have stores on Front street and Shops at Wailea.   

More about the Cariloha Brand: You probably know that bamboo as a hard, woody plant that grows very quickly, but did you know that it can also be made into ultra-soft clothing, bedding, and bath goods that rivaled the softness of cashmere and silk?  Bamboo is 3 degrees cooler than cotton and wicks moisture away from your body. It even helps repel odors and allergens. Cariloha has over 40 full, stand-alone stores in 13 countries, and coming soon (hopefully) Paia!  

TRUTH – Renovations are currently underway at the F. Garcia Building along Baldwin Avenue, just above the Stupa. Construction should be complete in late summer, presenting a rare opportunity for fresh retail space in Paia!  Its right across from the free parking lot below the Post Office too!  With limited free parking in Paia now, this lot is becoming very popular and the space is already seeing some great foot traffic, with only more to come (and no, I’m not getting commission for this listing – but I probably should…)   For more information, contact Cindy Greenwell or Robin Kean at  Kean Properties  - Here’s more info from the flyer – (and click on the image below to see the full size rendering of what the completed renovation is expected to look like)

  • F Garcia Building Paia Maui Retail Space for RentPerfect opportunity for retail tenant to customize interior buildouts to suit their needs.
  • Single Tenant is prefered, but possible multi tenant.
  • Up to 2254 sq feet of completely renovated space.
  • Perfect for bakery, deli, coffee bar or even office space with great exposure!

From the original post:

TRUTH – There is a darling little coffee shop next to Aloha Bead Company!  I’ve never been in their before, but with the closing (renovation?) of Nellie’s and Haz Beans (which appears to now be a food truck by Paia Bay), there was a sudden lack of a coffee shop where you can just sit and enjoy a cup of joe or a snack, (sorry Anthony’s – that shipped sailed for you a while ago) -  I finally ventured into the charming little Paia Bay Coffee shop.  There is some outdoor seating, along with a couple quaint indoor tables.  I just had the coffee- but it looked like a place I’d go back to just for some nice quiet time.  Paia Bay Coffee is open from 6:30am to 5:30pm daily. Check out their Facebook page - 

TRUTH – Rock ‘N Brews is Open for business.  Haven’t been in here yet but it looks fun, especially if you are into family style (as in shared tables) dining. I’m waiting until they get all their beer taps filled!

butterfly effect paiaTRUTH – The Butterfly Effect is this weekend!  This non competitive SUP event takes the women paddlers from Baldwin Beach to Kanaha Beach.  Entry is $35 and includes all kinds of fun bonuses.  Starts at 9am on Saturday, April 26.

TRUTH – The Turnbull Gallery has sadly closed, taking all their awesome outdoor sculptures with them.  You can now find them at their Studio and Sculpture Garden in Kahakuloa – follow the Kahili Hwy from Wailuku.

 

nellies bistroRUMOR? – The former Nellie’s location is rumored to be turning into a full restaurant – and perhaps expanding into the former Turnbull space? (this may very well be true, it just hasn’t been confirmed by an owner or authorized representative to me personally yet)

 

TRUTH – For a massive selection of Esky Flavor (a Maui Made favorite!) hats, (and possibly some shave ice), check out Toby’s Shave Ice!

paia development new retail spaceTRUTH- The tiny shops (where Pakaloha Bikinis and a few other shops where) have definitely been torn down.  Rumor that a more permanent building will be going in.

TRUTH – Sad to say, got the official email today that EVE BLACK HAWAII has lost the lease to their Paia shop.  Home decor items will be on sale, and their last day will be Friday, May 9th.

RUMOR – The vacant space next to Milagros is also in the works to be under construction at some point.  (Who didn’t see this coming?  Its prime real estate!)

 

paia pharmacyRUMOR- Paia Pharmacy is indeed gone, and rumored to be yet another gift shop (anyone else hoping for something slightly more original?) – I’m sure it will be great.

 

TRUTH – After months of hearing ‘next month’ – bakery fanatics will now be pleased to hear that Moana Bakery should indeed be opening  – next month.  Construction is taking place on the vacant location, next to Dazoo, but fans of fresh cookies and cakes and pastries of all sorts should fear not – an awesome selection of goodies is available daily at Dazoo.  They also take special orders!   The other TRUTH in this section is that the parking lot adjacent to Pearl and Dazoo (and a handful of other spaces in that building) – has turned into yet another ‘PAY TO PARK’ lot.

TRUTH – Mana Foods unveiled a totally redesigned DELI section today, and the rumor from the deli section employee today?   The new section has more ‘serve yourself’ deli favorites.  Just wait to see what happens tomorrow!  We can hardly wait.

 

RUMOR – Rumor is that a currently operating operation will be operating an additional operation in the former Haz Beans.

 

And if you are still reading this far down, you must really love Paia town too – Please leave a comment with your favorite shop and/or restaurant, and if you know the TRUTHS to any of these rumors – please email me at lizsmithonmaui (at) yahoo (dot) com

Oh, and take a moment to vote on this highly scientific poll while you are here…

maui bookstore children's kids pop up

Still on the hunt for the perfect permanent location, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe is teaming up with locally owned shops for one-day pop-up events this Spring and Summer.

Their first event is this Saturday, April 19 at Maui Thing in Wailuku. The event will take place from 10am – 1pm, with nature-themed story times at 10:30 and 11:30.  Children’s books, toys, snacks, Maui Thing apparel, and natural Easter baskets will be available for purchase.  The Easter baskets are $15 for the large kit or $12 for the small, and include a reusable natural wood farm basket (yellow or pink trim), 1 bag Wrappily paper eco-grass (recyclable and compostable), and a Wrappily embellishment (paper flower or pinwheel). Quantities are limited so contact MCB+C to reserve your basket. 

Once they find their forever home, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe plans to provide a unique experience that will delight the senses of children and their loved ones through books + art + food. They will carry a handpicked selection of new books including children’s literary classics and contemporary stories for babies to tweens. They aim to spark wonder and deep appreciation for the beauty of books, story and language.  Knowing young children are attracted to books via their lush illustrations, they plan to have an interactive Art Space, for their guests’ open canvas to express creativity in a fun and tactile way.

For their cafe, they will serve creative menu items that are catered to little mouths and hands but sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy as well. The cafe will feature food that is wholesome, nutritious and delicious, and they are committed to using ingredients that are local and organic when possible, with NO hormones, antibiotics, synthetic pesticides or refined sugars. Drink offerings will be local juices, organic milks, fine teas and local coffee.

maui children's bookstore logoCheck out Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe’s website, and follow them on Facebook.

Carden Academy Jamboree 2014

Usually before Maui’s fancy fundraisers, the big question is, which pair of slippers am I going to wear? (we are a pretty casual group) For next weekend’s 14th Annual Carden Academy Jamboree, the question is, which pair of cowboy boots?  The theme for this popular soiree is ‘Paniolo’, and jeans, cowboy hats and of course boots are all welcomed!  The event takes place at the Oskie Rice Polo Field in Makawao, and features a BBQ dinner by Three’s Bar and Grill and dancing until 11pm with the Country Knights.

Returning this year will be the amazing auction for which the Jamboree is famous, and the homemade pie contest.  In a new spin on an old tradition, the Carden students have again made quilts, but this year they only made two, and they will be part of a special giveaway contest!  The Jamboree supports the programs and tuition assistance at Carden Academy of Maui.  This year’s event will be Friday, April 25, from 5:30 – 11pm.  (Please note the new date for the event, which had to be rescheduled due to a conflicting event)

cowboy hat dancing maui hawaii

This year’s menu from Three’s features Kiawe Smoked Root Beer Glazed Brisket, 3′s BBQ Ribs with Guava-Chipotle Sauce, Mesquite Char-Grilled BBQ Chicken, 3-Bean Garden Fresh Chili, Mac n’ Cheese with Herb Breadcrumbs, Char-Grilled Chimichurri Vegetables, Honey Chipotle Glazed Corn Bread, and Caesar Salad.

A cash bar will also be available, with cocktails by Dazoo Restaurant’s mixologist, Jimmy Shoemaker.  Jimmy will be serving up his famous mixed drinks, along with Dazoo’s Bald Sodas, the non-alcoholic sodas made with fresh fruit, macerated and mixed sparkling water and a touch of vinegar.

Click here to See the auction items:

Click here to Buy Tickets: 

or call 573-6651 (must be 21 and over to attend)

Carden Academy of Maui is an independent, non-denominational private school located in Pukalani.  Founded in 1998, the school serves children in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, with one class per grade and a maximum enrollment of 144 students.

The school is committed to educating the whole child through a balance of academic excellence, character development, and enrichment through the arts in a nurturing, small classroom setting.

carden academy of maui logo

Do you make a product on Maui that you would like to creatively promote?  Have you been trying to figure out how to get it into the hands of some celebrities and power-players?  Well, here’s your chance!

The executives at the Maui Film Festival are looking for some unique Made on Maui gifts to include in their VIP bags, which will go to 75 honored participants and media, including celebrities, their PR agents, three representatives from Getty images and other photographers, press people, filmmakers and special guests.

The Maui Film Festival runs from June 4-8, 2014, and attracts thousands of movie-lovers from Maui, Hollywood and around the world.

Businesses also may be interested in advertising with the Maui Film Festival – in both the eBook and print publications.  To view the 2013 e-book, click here.  A new program goes live May 20 – wouldn’t you love to see your business included?

If you might, you should contact Stella Rivers at stellarivers@me.com.

Maui Film festival 2014

When Laurence Muleh’s daughter was born, she not only brought joy and love into his family, but a new business idea.  The artist and Maui High School art teacher was inspired to start his clothing line, Maui Dad, which celebrates parenting, fatherhood, and our sacred island.  Recently launched in December of 2013, they currently offer six designs on raglan tees (baseball style tees) and youth trucker hats.  And- as Laurence shares his story below – its not always about what you get with a business, but what you give back.

“As an ecstatic new father and a local high school art teacher, I created a series of drawings that illustrated our ohana’s (family’s) tradition of touching foreheads to express our love. In a Maui-based art studio, we lovingly screen-printed each of these drawings by hand on a variety of apparel and our family business, Maui Dad, was born. We take great care to make our products as locally, ethically and sustainably as possible. We are expanding our line by creating more designs, creating infant and toddler hats, and working on our adult apparel.

maui dad shirt children keiki“We are very grateful to have been welcomed into five wonderful boutiques across the island. According to our stores, our apparel line has been well received by both locals and visitors alike. Additionally, we were very honored to be featured on the Papa Page in the current issue of Maui Mama Magazine. As a teacher and a nurse, my wife and I have always dedicated our lives to being  part of our community, which is why we decided that while we grow our business we want to connect with local non-profits in our community so that we can grow together.  We believe that if we can weave the fibers of our business into the fibers of our community we can not only contribute to the local economy, but more importantly we can contribute to helping directly effect the lives of our neighbors.

“We began this mission of community involvement by reaching out to the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, an organization that supports children of abuse and neglect in Maui County.  On May 3rd, Whole Foods Market Maui has graciously offered to host Maui Dad so that we can use our business to help raise money for the FCJC. At this event we plan on offering our standard apparel line as well as new adult and mom-themed apparel in anticipation for Mother’s Day.

“We will also have a booth at the upcoming Haiku Hoolaulea and Flower Festival on April 12 and will be sharing a portion of those proceeds with the FCJC.  We are thrilled about the partnership we’ve formed with FCJC and can’t wait to begin using our conscience and lovingly made local products to support their important mission.

maui dad shirt drawing art custom“Since connecting with the FCJC, we have found another local non-profit called FIT (Fatherhood Involvement Team).  I was able to connect with the director of the program and I was truly moved by what they do.  They recognize the important role that fathers play in the healthy development of children and are committed to providing services to fathers, including teen dads, and dads that are in the Maui Community Correctional Center. As a business built on the celebration and joy of fatherhood, I would be proud to offer support to this organization towards helping men become better fathers.”

 

Love the designs and the mission? Buy some Maui Dad apparel at their Etsy store at: mauidad.com

 

Follow their family adventures on their Facebook page at: facebook.com/mauidad

 

Where to Buy Maui Dad on Maui : Biasa Rose in Paia, Designing Wahine Emporium in Makawao, Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, Royal Lahaina Resort in Lahaina, and the Enchantress in the Shops of Wailea.

Check out some of Maui’s most unique, locally made items this weekend at the former Pearl location (across from the Paia Community Center) – with repurposed, refurbishes and creative furniture by BulletproofAura, gems and jewelry by Jasmine Honey Designs and some sweet honey loving from Queen Bee Productions.  

paia maui pop up shop

  • Who: Open to the public!
  • When: Thursday, March 27- Monday, March 31  - 11am – 5pm
  • Cocktails on Friday from 5-7pm!
  • Where: 285 Hana Hwy (former Pearl Location, Park at the Paia Community Center across the street…)

Well, the times they are a changin’… in the site of the former Kuau Mart, a former favorite stop for the surfers and beach go-ers to pick up some good local food, the shiny new Kuau Store has just opened.  It appears to have a little of everything, I would call it an organic convenience store, with everything from local Kombucha to natural toilet paper.  Now, whether Paia needed another organic shop I’m not sure, but a store with designated parking?  YES.

I did a quick undercover mission (hence the horrible photos) – but as you can see, they offer Paninis, Plate Lunch, Juices, Smoothie, Coffee, Poke and much more!   I haven’t tried anything so I can’t offer recommendations – Have you tried it yet?  Please leave a note in the comments!

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