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

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Tickets are now available for Carden Academy’s annual fundraiser, the Jamboree, to be held on Saturday, April 25!  This is a gala-style event, with live auction, hand-crafted cocktails, a buffet and dancing, but with a unique twist – its a cowboy theme!  Attendees break out their finest cowboy hats and boots, jeans and plaid shirts, and head upcountry to the polo field for this event with a great cause.  This year’s funds raised will go towards tuition assistance, the creation of a new Pre-K classroom, and the ‘greening’ of the campus – making it more energy efficient and healthier for all.

The evening’s activities include a BBQ dinner buffet by Three’s Bar and Grill, hand-crafted cocktails by Dazoo and Ocean Vodka, live music by the Country Knights, silent auction, live auction, and a pie contest!

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Tickets range from $100 for a general admission ‘Paniolo’ ticket to $2,000 for a Spurs Sponsorship table for 10 guests, which includes 2 bottles of wine, wait staff at your table, preferred seating around the stage and dance floor, thank you gifts, website acknowledgement and logo placement in program.

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Even with the event two months away, almost 100 silent and live auction items have already been donated!  Highlights so far include a private dinner in your home with Chef Dan Fiske, gift certificates to Fleetwood’s on Front Street, two nights in an ocean view room at the Four Seasons Wailea, two nights at the Grand Wailea including spa treatments and dining at the Molokini Bistro, and a children’s party at the Kihei Fire Station!

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Silent and live auction items are still begin accepted, (click here to submit) and event sponsors are welcome as well (view contact information on this link)

Check out more on the Jamboree at these links : order tickets, donate an item or gift certificate, view the auction items, or join the Park and Ride shuttle courtesy of Hike Maui.

Highlights of last year’s events are pictured on this post, but read more about last year’s event, and see the rest of the pictures! 

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Facebook Contest Details!  For a limited time, MauiMadeBlog is running a CHALLENGE – IF we can get 10 (ten) legitimate made or designed on Maui items or gift certificates (valued at $10 or more) donated towards a Maui Made Gift Basket for the silent auction by March 13, we will do a RANDOM giveaway on our Facebook Page, for one individual ticket to the Jamboree (valued at $100)  To enter the contest, you must comment or share any of the corresponding posts on the MauiMadeBlog Facebook Page.  Anyone donating an item will receive TWO entries.  And best of all?  If the basket comes together, all the items will be featured in an upcoming post!  I will coordinate the pick-up of items located centrally (Kihei, Upcountry, Wailuku) – for Hana or westside items, can meet in town possibly?

To donate, send me a message on the MauiMade Facebook Page 

What is a legitimate item?  One that can be purchased at a store or craft fair on Maui, and/or with an actual online or Etsy shop  (must be a REAL product or service)  You must have created or designed that product, or be an authorized re-seller of the product.

 

maui juiceIt seems everyone on Maui is jumping on the juicing and acai bowl (my new favorite!) trend, and Jamba Juice - at least on Maui –  is no exception.  In January, Jamba Juice Hawaii started offering freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices at all of their Maui locations, with expansion plans to the rest of the islands in June.  Since I’m now a celebrity blogger (whatever, just go with it), I received an invitation to sample the new juices, and when I arrived I was impressed to see all the new selections on the menu.  (It’s been a while since I’ve been in a Jamba Juice – we have a Vita-Mix and make smoothies at home.)  They now have sandwiches, acai bowls, and of course, the new juice menu.  And everything comes with a guarantee- if you don’t like it, they’ll give you something else.  This is a great option if you are new to juicing and aren’t sure if you really enjoy kale mingling with your pineapple juice…  But when I went in for my sampling, according to Jen, the manager of the Maui Marketplace location, no one has returned their juice yet! In my expert opinion, the recipes seemed pretty spot on.

maui jamba juice menu - industrial juicerEach Maui store is now home to a new, exclusive multi-fruit juicers that accommodate the unique blending process necessary for Jamba’s freshly squeezed-to-order juice.  According to the press release, these juices “feature fresh whole produce, including locally grown apple bananas… There are zero artificial ingredients and zero added sugars.”

Newest fresh-squeezed juice varieties include:

·         Citrus Kick – orange, apple, pineapple, ginger
·         Tropical Greens – super greens, apple, pineapple, chia
·         Veggie Harvest – beet, carrot, super greens, apple, ginger
·         Garden Medley – super greens, carrot, apple, chia
·         Carrot Cayenne – carrot, apple, ginger, cayenne
·         Orange Reviver – orange, beet, banana, apple, chia
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The juices can be found at all four Maui Jamba Juice Hawaii locations (Queen Kaahumanu Center, Old Lahaina Center, Piilani Village, and Maui Marketplace).  Juices are $6.39 for a 12 oz or $7.39 for a 16 oz (at the time of sampling, subject to change, of course)

 

They would also be stoked if you would share your best juice photos on FB, Twitter, or Instagram at @jambahawaii.

I like yummy smelling soap and lotions. But who doesn’t. Especially on Maui, it seems like everyone is making bath and body products these days, with delicious fresh and floral scents, but when something special catches my *nose*, I take note. At one of my favorite gift shops on the island, the Hui Noeau, I was doing my usually ‘smelling of the soap’ when the sweet packaging and amazing cocoa butter fragrance of the Kiss the Sky caught my attention.

I recently caught up with the owner of Kiss the Sky, Alyson Gaioni, to hear more about her delicious new line.

Maui Made: How did you get into the bath and body business?  

Alyson Gaioni: My love for herbalism and plants grew out of a passion for self empowerment. About ten years ago I started on a journey to learn the best way to keep myself healthy and happy while also respecting my environment and keeping that healthy and happy too. I ended up finding myself at a little herbal school in Boulder, CO with a rigorous curriculum where I became certified as a Clinical Herbalist.

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A fresh batch of Cocoa Rose Body Butter

I am consistently blown away by the simplicity of the healing power the botanical world offers.  Just by learning about a few plants it is possible to take care of yourself and create products that are tailored to your exact needs.  It was exciting to discover I could take that knowledge and expand it into beauty products.  I started creating fun and pretty recipes that also heal and nourish the body.  After some years of experimenting and playing around I decided I wanted to share my creations and show people that beauty doesn’t have to come with a cost to your health or the environment.  That’s when I started Kiss the Sky.

MM: Is this a full-time job for you? 

AG: Currently it is my part time job and full time passion.

MM: Tell us a bit about yourself… 

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Calendula Infusing into Jojoba Oil

AG: I am a culmination of the New York girl who slowly made her way west via the Rocky Mountains and ended up on this magical island 2.5 years ago.  I have followed my heart through many different places and occupations and have found a beautiful life here. I love playing the alchemist in my spare time and my kitchen can sometimes resemble a witches den.  I am constantly researching, learning and experimenting.

MM: What is the good and the bad about having a company on Maui? 

When I first moved to Maui I was nervous about the idea of finding a job that could support me (we all know this island can be expensive).  But I have come to realize that the lack of jobs has inspired many people to become entrepreneurs. This has generated a very supportive community for people starting their own small businesses – from free consulting to farmers markets and stores that are willing to carry local products.  One difficultly that I have run into, however, is the cost of shipping.  It is very expensive if any of your ingredients need to be imported.

MM: Where can people find your products? 

AG: Currently I am selling my complete product line on my website www.kisstheskyorganics.com and Etsy Store “KissTheSkyOrganics”.  They can also be found in the Hui No’eau in Makawao and Mana Foods in Paia.

MM: What’s next for your Kiss the Sky?

AG: So much!  I have a new line of mineral eye shadows coming out in the next month to be followed by more mineral make up products.  I will soon be selling my lip glosses in a liquid applicator tube as well.  After that I am contemplating a botanical baby care line.

HUGE MAHALO to Alyson for taking the time to share her story!

Want to follow Kiss the Sky?  Check out the page on Facebook

Well you’ve finally turned your calendar over to February (what happened to January anyway?), which means that next month is March, which means Spring Break and kids out of school!  Time to start checking out some camps.  If your kids have always loved the pony rides and squeal every time they drive by horses, might be time to check out True North, located in Kula.  This spring, they are offering two weeks of camps, for ages 5-12.

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Through horse-related games and activities, campers learn about the care of horses, their characteristics, breeds, colors and safe handling – both on the ground and in the saddle – in a fun-filled environment.  The camp is designed for all levels of riders, from the first experience on a horse to experienced junior riders.   Due to the limited number of riders per session – call soon to book your child’s spot!

  • Camp: Spring Break Camp with True North Equestrian
  • Location: Clearview – Omaopio Road, Kula (close to the top – only minutes from Makawao!)
  • Dates: March 16 – 20 and March 23 – 27, 2015
  • Times: 9am – 3pm
  • Cost: $125 per day or $395 for the week
  • Contact: Rachelle –  (808) 268-3082

Want to see more? Check out True North on Facebook. 

 

Do you know of other spring break camps?  Send me an email – contact info in the About Maui  – with the details!

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Congratulations to the staff of Haliimaile Distilling Co on hosting a hugely successful grand opening of their tour and tasting room!  Hundreds braved the rain to check it out and of course sample some locally made liquors!  Halliimaile Distilling is the maker of Pau Vodka (their flagship brand), Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, the new Paniolo Whiskey and Maui Moon, their flavored vodka.

Here’s the basic information about their new tours, and of course for more information, click here for the website:

The tour operates Monday-Friday and lasts about an hour.  $10 USD per person. Children under 12 are free. Tastings of products are available to guests 21 and over.

And some pictures from today’s event!

The People:

Kainoa Horcajo, Benny Uyetake, Maui CookieLady, Mark Nigbur (Master Distiller) and Tommy Russo

Kainoa Horcajo, Benny Uyetake, Maui CookieLady, Mark Nigbur (Master Distiller) and Tommy Russo

Kainoa Horcajo, Mark Nigbur, Kelii and Kara Heen

Kainoa Horcajo, Mark Nigbur, Kelii and Kara Heen

Benny Uyetake and Mark Nigbur

Benny Uyetaki and Mark Nigbur

Michelle and Cory Nigbur

Michelle and Cory Nigbur

The Process:

The Tasting Room and Such:

 

 

And while you are up in Hallimaile, you might as well stop in right next door to check out the master glass blowers at Makai Glass!

 

PC: L-R Top - Caprice Nicole, Wendy Laurel, Love and Water L-R Bottom - Kristy Copperfield, Joanna Tano, Angela Nelson

PC: L-R Top – Caprice Nicole, Wendy Laurel, Love and Water
L-R Bottom – Kristy Copperfield, Joanna Tano, Angela Nelson

Wow.  This was an intimidating post to put together.  Maui has a TON of talented photographers.  And let’s just say there are lots of photographers that can combine a good camera, a cute family and a spectacular sunset on the beach to make a frame-worthy memory.  But what if you want something just a bit different for your next family portrait?  You want to capture this magical moment, remember this particular age as they are growing so fast…  Whether you are just on Maui for a special vacation or live here full time, here’s a list of photographers that are sure to be worthy of your family portrait wall.

I’ve scoured the web and interviewed some particularly talented photographers to put together this post of Maui’s BEST Family Portrait Photographers.  In fact, there were so many amazing photographers that there will be a PART TWO (which will be linked here when it’s completed)

Each photographer has offered some tips to help create the perfect family memories! I’ve also included photographers at each price point, and included their base rates, to help you pick the photographer that works best for your family!

Angela Nelson Photography

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Meet Angela Nelson

Meet Angela: I’m a Midwest girl at heart, but I feel so blessed to call Maui my home! I’ll make sure you and your loved ones are relaxed and confident in front of the camera. You can expect a lot of fun coupled with a dash of creativity and spontaneity!

Family Portrait Tip: Be sure that if you have little ones that they have eaten and had a nap before our session! I’m a master at helping children loosen up in front of the camera, but a full belly and adequate sleep always help! As for moms and dads, let me worry about having your child look at the camera and, for goodness sakes, let them be kids! The best moments happen when mom and dad relax and let the children play!

Specializing in: family, couples, and weddings

Packages start at: $399 for a tiny session (30 minutes, North Shore Maui mornings only, 10 digital images), $549 is full hour package with all edited images,1 hour of photography, any location.

Minimum lead time: I’ve booked sessions that occur that day! If I’m available, I take the session!

Check out more of Angela’s work – 

Joanna Tano Photography

Maui Family Photographer Joanna TanoMeet Joanna: Born and raised on Maui, Joanna watched her journalist mother snap photos for local newspapers. Taking photography classes at Baldwin High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Joanna learned the techniques of the art of photography. Specializing in small weddings and Maui family portraits, Joanna Tano utilizes top professional equipment to ensure the highest quality photography.

Family Portrait Tips: The beach is always a great place for photos but it’s fun to think outside the box about different beautiful Maui locations such as Olinda Forest, Iao Valley, a waterfall, or even an urban shoot like Paia town (in which case shave ice or ono-gelato makes for really happy kids and amazing photos). And keep in mind your location when deciding on what to wear.  At the beach you might choose to wear a short dress or shorts so that you can get your feet in the water, whereas if you do an urban shoot, maybe jeans or a long dress.

Packages start at: $500, all packages include an Online gallery and USB of professionally edited images with printing rights. Ask about the Kama’aina discount.

Minimum lead time recommended: It’s best to book your session at least a week or two in advance.

Also specializing in: weddings

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Caprice Nicole Photography

caprice maui photographerMeet Caprice: When I was a child, I wanted to be many things. But most of all I wanted to make people happy and somehow encapsulate all the beauty I saw every day. Once I discovered photography, it was love at first click! Growing up in Hawaii, I never took it for granted. I witnessed the ever changing beauty that blew through the islands and simply wanted to share it. Now I get too! Capturing people’s most happy & intimate moments amongst all the colors and textures Hawaii has to offer, is like a dream come true.

Family Portrait Tips: My best tip is to do some research on the type of portrait you want. Depending on what you are looking for, different time frames or locations might work better.  Certainly do not be afraid to communicate your desires with your photographer!  As far as clothing goes, I prefer when every one is not perfectly matching.  Choose a color scheme to use as a guide, but allow every one to wear what they feel best in whether it be shorts, skirts, pants or dresses!  Also, stay away from loud patterns. Portraits are about you and your family.  So let your selves shine! Most of all, have fun!!

Packages start at: $550.00 – The starting package for a family of 4 includes:

  • 1 hour on location photography by Caprice Nicole
  • All Images on a High Resolution Flash Drive
  • 20 Favorites chosen by the family for “detail edits”
  • Custom keepsake Case for their Flash Drive with family name, photo and date
  • Copy Release Form
  • Web Viewing and Sharing

Minimum lead time recommended: Booking 2-3 weeks in advance that is perfect, especially if you are not locked on an exact day. If it is something like a family reunion and have to organize a lot of family then 1 or 2 months ahead might be better!

Also specializing in: I specialize in people, so I cover the whole spectrum of portraits including Engagements, Weddings, Maternity, New Borns, Models, Styled Sessions, etc.

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Check out more of Caprice’s work:

Kristy Copperfield Photography

Meet Kristy: Hey, I’m Kristy! kristy maui family best photography I’m a born and raised island creative. I specialize in newborn and maternity photography with a cute little natural light studio in Makawao. I’ve been photographing people of Maui for just about 4 years now. My passion for photography was inspired through my 8 years as a preschool teacher. Years of observing and documenting their development and freezing these observations through my lens morphed into an entirely different, and unexpected, career path. I spent the first couple years of photography searching google, youtube and the inter webs, teaching myself this craft. Once I knew newborn photography was where my heart was, I flew to New York for a one day mentorship with a newborn photographer and,as they say, the rest is history. When I’m not behind the lens, I enjoy a good ole beach day, a drink with friends or an intense #deathbydiy home improvement project. Seriously, check me out on the gram, I’m quite handy.

Family portrait tips: Matching outfits are out, coordinating colors and textures are in….accessories too! Have fun with your outfits, have fun with your family and leave it to me to produce images that are a by-product of your love for each other.

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Packages start at: $550 for one hour, outdoor shoot, and 25 digital images on USB

Minimum lead time: That depends. Newborns are photographed within the first 14 days, so 3rd trimester booking is highly suggested. My assistant Eva runs my life so shoot her a message and she’ll take care of ya!

Also specializing in: Family, child, newborn and maternity photography

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maui newborn photography

Check out more of Kristy’s work: 

Wendy Laurel Photography

maui family photographer wendy laurel Meet Wendy: I am a beach girl at heart – love the ocean, the salt, the sand, the sun, the colors. I moved to Hawaii the day after graduating Stanford Law School and never looked back. As my babies came along (I have 4!), I started to experiment with photography. That experimenting quickly grew into a head over heels love affair with film photography. Film captures light, water, and color in a gorgeous magical way that inspires me and will make you happy.  Hawaii is just plain gorgeous with tons of color and light and film handles that light best and truly records those colors for timeless photos.

Family Portrait Tip: :  Just be relaxed and yourselves! Don’t be stressed if the kids don’t cooperate, I’ll get good photos no matter what!

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Packages Start At: $575 for  20 min mini session (available on the West side only  – Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua), includes an online gallery and free instant digital downloads of full resolution images.

Minimum Lead Time Recommended:  just depends, please check with me!

Also Specializing In: weddings, commercial

Check out more of Wendy’s work:

Love and Water Photography 

Shawn Adam - Love and Water Photography - Maui Underwater Photographers Meet Shawn-Marie and Adam: We are Maui photographers who consistently work with fun loving clients who are not only in love with one another, but with life, and appreciate the value of having the story of their experience told through timeless imagery while enjoying a fun afternoon in the company of friends.

Family Portrait Tip: Bring a change of clothes for everyone, and wear something you don’t mind getting sandy/wet. Definitely be prepared to run around in the sand and have fun!

Specializing In: Family and maternity beach portraits, trash the dress shoots, underwater photography sessions for couples and individuals and adventurous elopements.

Packages start at: $650 + tax for a 1 hour shoot with the two of us as your photographers, a private online gallery for two months and 10 artfully edited images with release to print.

Minimum lead time recommended: As soon as you know you’re coming to Maui!

Check out more about Love and Water Photography

Want to apply to be featured in Part 2?

Must be a professional photographer on Maui.  Find my email in the About Maui Made section, send in some details about yourself and ten sample photographs to apply.

 

And for your pinning pleasure – I’ve created these images for posting to your Pinterest Page…

mamas fish house snowman photo prop It’s a chilly one today in Paia, a whopping 71 degrees inside this morning!  Maybe time to put some socks on under your slippers. There is giant swell after giant swell on the forecast for the North Shore, and even some whale sightings, so winter is in full-force. There also seems to be a sandy snowman photobombing everyone who dines at Mama’s Fish House… Which means its time for the December installment of Paia Gossip- Truth vs. Rumors.

moana bakery opening news Truth: After nearing the gestation period of an elephant, Moana Bakery has finally opened adjacent to Dazoo restaurant.  This take-out bakery, still in the soft-opening phase serves coffee, breads and pastries from 7am-noon currently.  It shares a kitchen (plus the bakers and pastry chefs with Dazoo) – so if you love their fresh breads and decadent desserts, you’ll love Moana Bakery!

Rumored to have had issues getting the county permits for what they ACTUALLY wanted to do (what a surprise!) The Hive closed – if you are searching for world-class waxer Katie Grace- she’s moving over to Evolution Salon in Kahului later this month.  No need to let your eyebrows grow back together…

mana foods new cafe moving No word yet on the opening for Mana Food’s cafe just up the street, but each time I drive by I see more equipment getting installed… must be getting close!

If you love Maui, and we know you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this, head on over to I Love Maui art show at Art Project Paia, which runs through April 2015.

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And since December is a peak shopping month – here’s some shopping news:

According to my very reliable sources on Instagram, Nuage Bleu Maui is now stocked with Acacia Swimwear Slippers!  They also have lots of holiday shopping events coming up so make sure you follow them on Facebook.

Letarte is also spreading the holiday love on Instagram… letarte.instagram

 

 

 

If you have a surfer on your guest list, Surfer Magazine founder John Severson will be signing copies of his new book SURF on Thursday, December 11th from 6-8pm at Puka Puka.

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The Paia Inn Hotel is hosting a holiday trunk show on Friday, December 12 with Angelina Hills Art and Joya by Sarina.

paia trunk show dec 2014

Paia Gives returns this year on Saturday, December 20, from 4-8 pm, with various Paia businesses staying open late and giving a portion of the proceeds to charitable organizations.  “Come out for a festive evening of shopping and giving. Each store in Paia is supporting various non-profits and charities, all while throwing a great party. Special deals, giveaways, and lots of fun await those shopping at all the great local businesses on the North Shore. Contact your favorite store or check out or www.paiamaui.com for more information (pending).
In its ninth year, PAIA GIVES has become an annual event that raises thousands of dollars for the charities adopted by each store.  And make sure to follow Paiatown on Facebook. ” 

And the rumor seems to be TRUE – G. Love (apparently without the Special Sauce) is coming to Paia on December 26 at Charleys at 10pm.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Dove Presents 

g love maui paia 2014 concert charleys

See you in Paia!

 

I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo and Moana Bakery 

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