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Holiday Shopping Events

Craft fairs and holiday shopping events big and small, all around Maui this holiday season. I also love the idea of the event at the bottom – the first of its kind on Maui – an Alternative Christmas Market at St. John’s in Keokea, where you can donate to a charitable organization under a friend’s name, and receive a card explaining the gift for under the tree!  If I have missed your event, please feel free to contact me (info in About section) or leave a comment 

  • Event: MOCShopTillYouDrop2014
  • Date: Saturday, November 29
    Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
    Location: Maui Ocean Treasures – Gift Shop at Maui Ocean Center, Ma’alaea
  • Details: 30% off everything in the store (except Pandora Jewelry), 40 vendors in the outdoor courtyard, live entertainment, food and drinks available for purchase at the Reef Cafe, door prizes!
  • Cost: Free! (everyone gets one door prize entry, but bring in canned food donations for more entries – up to 5)
  • More Info: Check out their website, Facebook and Instagram accounts for more info!

maui holiday craft fair aquarium 2014

  • Event: Holiday Marketplace/Small Business Saturday at HUE 
  • Date: Saturday, November 29
  • Time: tbd
  • Location: 210 Alamaha St, Kahului
  • Details: Pop-up shops from local vendors
  • More Info: Check out their website and Facebook
  • Event: Hui Holiday – First Night at Hui Noeau
  • Date: Wednesday, December 3
  • Time: 5pm – 8pm
  • Location: Hui Noeau, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao
  • Details:  Shop for exclusive treasures by local artists and vendors and enjoy spirited music and festive drinks and pupu while surrounded by holiday décor of the historic Kaluanui Estate. Also includes the unveiling of designer/choreographer André Morissette’s imaginative “holiday window” installations.
  • Cost: Pre-purchase Tickets: $30 , Call (808) 572-6560
  • More Info: http://huinoeau.com/happenings/events/

hui holiday lights makawao christmas

  • Event: Montessori School of Maui Holiday Fair
  • Date: Friday, December 5th
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: 2933 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
  • Details: Parents and local vendors will offer lovely hand-made wreaths, wildly popular home-baked goodies, jams and jellies, jewelry, clothing and other specialty items perfect for gift-giving and adding holiday cheer to your home.  Highlights of the event are a special storytelling presentation by On the Wing Storytelling at 3:30 p.m. and a performance by the Suzuki Maui Violin Youth Ensemble at 4:15 p.m.  Interested vendors may contact ptomontessori@gmail.com.
  • Cost: Admission is free and open to the public.
  • More Info: www.momi.org

montessori 2014 holiday fair maui crafts

  • maui waldorf holiday faire fairEvent: Holiday Faire at Haleakala Waldorf School 
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 9am – 4pm
  • Location: 4160 Lower Kula Road
  • Details: 75 of Maui’s best artisans, live entertainment, kids crafts, puppet show, games and more!  Elf Parade at 10AM, every child dressed as Santa’s helper gets a FREE gift!
  • Admission: $3 for adults, under 12 free
  • More info: Click here 
  • Event: 17th Annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree
  • Date: Saturday December 6th and Sunday December 7th
  • Time: Lighting of the Tree – 6:30pm Saturday, Dec 6, Events run 10am-7pm Saturday and 9am – 5pm Sunday
  • Location: Banyan Tree, Front Street, Lahaina
  • Details:  (awaiting confirmation but I believe this is the schedule- or contact info below to confirm before you go) On Saturday, live music and holiday craft fair starts at 10am. Keiki activities kick off at 2pm with the arrival of Santa at the North Pole, cookie decorating, face painting and Christmas crafts. Da Hawaiian Snowman ice sculpture is arriving at 4pm, donated and carved on site by Lahaina Ice Company. TREE LIGHTING is 6:30pm Saturday, with live music by Lahainaluna HS Band  (Tree stays lit for entire holiday season December 6th-to January 2nd, 2015). Holiday arts and crafts fair and live music continues Sunday at 9am .
  • Admission: Free, however the LahainaTown Action Committee requests one canned or non perishable food item for admission to the “North Pole” winter wonderland.
  • For More Info: lynn@visitlahaina.com or call 808 667 9715

2014 Maui Tree Lighting Holiday Christmas Lights Tree

  • Event: Maui Mompreneur Winter Showcase Craft Fair
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 9am – 1pm
  • Location: Maui Beach Ellair Rainbow Ballroom
  • Details: Showcasing Maui’s Mom-owned businesses – handmade gift items perfect for Christmas, baked goods, jewelry and more!
  • Cost: FREE
  • For More Info: For vendor spaces please call: 808-757-4739
  • Event: Maui Humane Society’s Holiday Pet Fair
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 11am – 2pm
  • Location: 1350 Mehameha Loop, Puunene
  • Details: Gifts and Crafts, Photos with Santa Paws, Pick your  price on all adoptions, pet care services and supply vendors, tutu’s shave ice, outrigger pizza company, dog restraint demonstrations and discounted microchips
  • For more Info: Click Here 
  • Event: Alternative Christmas Market
  • Date: Sunday, December 7
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Location: St Johns Episcopal Church, Kula (across from Keokea Park)
  • Details: For the first time ever on Maui – 20 local and international nonprofits offer an opportunity to buy ‘gifts’ (such as buying a goat for a family in Africa in the friend’s name), by making a donation on their behalf, a receive a card for under their tree!! Do good and feel good!  Charities will include: Maui Food Bank, Aloha House, Hospice Maui, Women Helping Women, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Maui AIDS Foundation, Maui Youth and Family Services, Malama Family Recovery Center, Somos Ohana Nicaragua, A Cup of Cold Water, Heifer Project, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Imua Family Services, Episcopal Relief and Development, and more!
  • For More Info: http://www.stjohnsmaui.org

 

Are you one of those people that takes a hot shower at a big hotel and wonders exactly how large their hot water heater must be?  Wonder what happens to all those tiny soaps and shampoos when you leave?  Crank down the air conditioning and then shudder at the size of their electric bill?  Ok, so I’m probably among the few, as a holder of an environmental studies degree and an avid recycler, but it makes me proud to know that Maui now can claim title to Hawaii’s first LEED EBOM certified hotel or resort, and only one of four in the world!  (That’s a lot of acronyms, so to clarify the award is from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system.)

Last month, while being blessed under the very last moments of sunny skies before Tropical Storm Ana arrived, Mayor Arakawa presented the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa with the official proclamation, the culmination of a two-year project by the Hyatt team and my new client, Green Building Hawaii.

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John Bendon presents his speech at the Hyatt Regency Maui

According to John Bendon, Founding Principal of Green Building Hawaii, “LEED is points based rating system that looks at whole building performance.  Category areas cover energy, water, material purchasing, site development, transportation, and indoor environmental quality.  The more points you earn in the different category areas, the higher your overall rating of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.” (The Hyatt earned a respectable Silver!)

L-R John Bendon Founding Principal at GBH, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Gary Bulson, Senior Engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, Allen Farwell, General Manager Hyatt Regency Maui, and Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts

L-R John Bendon Founding Principal at GBH, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Gary Bulson, Senior Engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, Allen Farwell, General Manager Hyatt Regency Maui, and Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts

Following the speeches and requisite photo ops, the Hyatt’s Senior Engineer, Gary Bulsom, and Marketing Manager, Jessica Kapoor, gave a brief tour of the property and one of the newly renovated guest rooms, as they highlighted some of the projects and achievements that helped earn their LEED status.  Here are some photos and notes from the tour: (click on each photo for the corresponding eco-friendly project represented)   – But I’ll be honest, I forgot to ask about what actually does happen with all those tiny soaps and shampoos!!! Maybe I need to stay there to find out…. 

Want more?   Follow Green Building Hawaii on Facebook and Twitter, and Hyatt Maui on Facebook and Twitter 

Are you ready to join ‘the Club’?  No membership, gold-medals or magazine cover shots needed, just a thirst for some all-natural ingredients… 

Enter to win!  On Thursday, October 23 (contest may be extended to get more entries) – a winner will receive a pre and post workout meal and two t-shirts!  Enter on the Maui Made Facebook page- (Contest post pinned to top while entries being accepted) 

If you’ve been on Maui for any length of time, you know that we have our share of world-class athletes, from world-champion windsurfers and stand-up paddlers to Olympic skiers who live and train on Maui in the off-season.  For a while now, some of Maui’s top athletes have been turning to Tugger Balcom for their performance enhancing beverages.  Now, we’re not talking about some secret formula of artificial chemicals or banned substances, these are real, natural ingredients, formulated specifically for athletes for pre- or post-workout.  

sporting club of the pacific - new juice bar paia maui hawaii

Red Juice, Blue Juice,
Me Juice, You Juice… Lots of Juicing options at the Sporting Club of the Pacific – All Natural Ingredients!

sports club of the pacific paia maui juice bar

Outdoor seating at the Club… no need to wipe the sand off your feet!

And because of some ‘obstacles’ recently created by the government in regards to selling ‘raw’ beverages through wholesale, Tugger decided to open up a juice bar in Paia to sell his ever expanding line of juices, coffee and ‘fuel’ for athletes (and, the rest of us, too).  So now, whether you have just finished your CrossFit or barre class, you are training for your Maui to Molokai run, or you are just headed to the office, you can come grab some fuel at Paia’s newest hot spot, the Sporting Club of the Pacific.  Plus, the seating is outdoors so you don’t even need to wipe the sweat off your brow or the sand off your feet.  You might even get to run elbows with some of these world-class athletes…

Tugger’s entry into the performance beverage world began with his own struggle with severe psoriasis.  After eliminating sugar, dairy and eggs from his diet, and seeing success with that change, he started moving away from drinks with artificial ingredients and towards more natural sources of hydration and energy.  Simultaneously, Tugger took a course in free diving, and learned about using chlorophyll as a means to be able to hold your breath for longer periods of time.  (And if you want to know more about how this works, you should probably go talk to Tugger). 

Pineapple Hibiscus Water and Pineapple Chlorophyll Water at Sports Club Pacific Maui Hawaii Paia

Pineapple Hibiscus Water and Pineapple Chlorophyll Water!

maui cold pressed coffee paia coffee bar

Cold Pressed Coffee in the custom made Coffee presser!

After getting positive feedback from big-wave surfers and free divers from his first round of bottled juices, Tugger began wholesaling.  Alive and Well, Choice and the Kuau Store were selling out each week, but a new law forbidding the sale of raw juice changed his focus, just as the space behind Puka Puka in Paia (the former Paia Bay Coffee) opened up.

His initial line of two drinks- a pineapple and chlorophyll juice and cold-pressed coffee – has expanded (and is still expanding daily) to : three types of Hydration drinks, four Fresh Juices, Strong Coffee, Wellness Shots, Blended Beverages and Acai and Green bowls.  (Menu printed at bottom)

100% Maui Coffee- Custom Roasted and Blended by Maui Coffee Roasters.

100% Maui Coffee- Custom Roasted and Blended by Maui Coffee Roasters.

The story behind the name and the brand, Sporting Club of the Pacific, is probably a whole separate blog post, so I’ll just say that Tugger has assembled a group of world-class artisans from around the Pacific, blacksmiths, speargun makers, surfboard shapers, and more, into a kind-of artists co-op (and again, talk to Tugger if you want to learn more about this, or visit the website).  Because the brand is based on custom-made equipment for high-performance, his juices naturally fit into this project as well.

As much as possible I try to blog about personal experiences, so I ventured into the Sporting Club of the Pacific (although I apparently ‘just missed’ about a half-dozen sports superstars who had visited that morning) and its clear that Tugger’s his enthusiasm for quality, researched ingredients is evident in his products.  The acai bowl was delicious (luckily it was cleared away before I was tempted to lick the bottom), each of the juices were pure tasting, and not too sweet or overpowering as some juices can be, and the coffee was excellent as well, although I now need to go back and try it with the house-made coconut cream.

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The Delicious Acai Bowl at Paia’s newest hot-spot, Sporting Club of the Pacific

Well by now you are probably sick of reading and ready for some delicious and performance enhancing nutrition, so here’s what you need to know:

Menu -

Hydration

Pineapple chlorophyll water

cold pressed local maui pineapple juice, organic liquid chlorophyll,

pineapple hibiscus

cold pressed local maui pineapple juice, house brewed organic hibiscus

Local Coconut water

Fresh Juice

Raw and Cold Pressed

Green

Cucumber, romaine, kale, pineapple, aloe juice, chia seeds

Red 

Beet, carrot, coconut water, lemon juice, ginger, himalayan salt

Blue

pineapple, coconut water, leon, ginger, maca, cayenne, clue spirulina

Yellow

100 % pure maui pineapple

Strong Coffee

Black  

100% Maui Beans, custom roasted and cold brewed

White

Served with House Coconut Cream

Shots

turmeric drink recipe health wellness

Wellness Shot: Turmeric – with fresh pressed local turmeric, orange juice and black peppercorn for maximum absorption of nutrients!

Maintenance

Fresh local ginger, echinacea, apple cider vinegar, oregano oil, local lemon, local honey

Mother’s Milk

House made coconut cream, coconut MCT Oil, EFA oil, Cinnamon, Lemon

Turmeric

Fresh Pressed Local Tumeric, Orange Juice, Black Peppercorn

Cayenne

Concentrated Cayenne Pepper Tincture

Blended

Number 1 

Almond Butter, bananas, Hemp Protein, MCT Oil, Maca Powder, Flax Sees, Chia Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Dates, Local Honey, Himalayan Sea Salt, Trace Mineral Blend

Number 2

Organic Strawberries, Fresh Pressed Local Ginger, Coconut Water, Aloe Juice, Local Honey, Probiotic Blend.

Number 3 

Fresh mint, bananas, kale, vegan protein blend, spirulina, lemon juice

Number 4

Avocado, Cucumber, Mango, Coconut Water, Vegran Protein blend, Glutamine

Bowls

Acai

Acai and strawberry blend topped with fresh fruit, Maui Sands*, hemp sees, goji berries, local honey

Green

Banana, pienapple, kale, spirulina blend with Maui Sanes, fresh fruit, goldenberries and cacao nibs, maple syrup

*Maui Sansa in a hand-crafted blend of toasted superfoods including oats, almonds, Flax, Sesame, Hawaiian Honey and Sea Salt

Tea

MK Light

Secret Service

When I sent out the inquiry to the local liquor producers looking for news and updates for my recent post, Booze News You Can Use, I got such a long response from Maui’s Winery that I knew it deserved its own post.

“There’s actually quite a lot of new things happening up here!”, shared Joseph Hegele, the winery’s Director of Marketing.  “We have a new brand releasing soon, new company logo, new website, reopening the old jail as a 2nd tasting room for all the new estate wines, new tour offerings, events and more!”

(Maui Made Note: Stay tuned here for news as these details are released! And make sure you are following the Winery on Facebook)  

My first inquiry was about the damage from Hurricane Iselle, as Ulupalakua took the brunt of the storm’s force.

Tim Garcia Hula Circle Wood Winery Upcountry Sculpture Carvings

The new rock wall replaces the picket fence that was destroyed by the storm. Tim Garcia’s sculptures, carved from 150 year old trees, which would have otherwise had to have been removed, stand in the background.

“We were lucky in a lot of ways, but Iselle got us pretty bad,” Hegele continued, “the grounds will be under repair and going through improvements for several months, an incredible new rock wall is being built around the perimeter of the winery grounds to replace the white picket that was demolished, we’re going to come out looking good.  The  2014 harvest of Malbec, Grenache, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, and Gewürztraminer came in before Iselle but we had a little over 13 tons of Syrah left on the vine.  The was no damage to the fruit luckily but with all that weight and 100 mile an hour gusts, the rows were like sails. We had entire rows of syrah that were laying flat on the ground, probably 50% of the 6 acres (50 rows) were at 45 degree angle or lying down.  We harvested a few days before we had planned to, again no fruit damage, and surprisingly no root or stock damage, they bent but did not break or uproot.”

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Harvesting the grapes at Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch

“The entire 6 acres will have to be restaked and retrellised, still we celebrated the most successful harvest we’ve ever had and on our 40th year anniversary, and that’s the beauty of wine, its farming and we are at mercy of mother nature.  We did open up this years Syrah harvest to the public last minute, after Iselle we needed to get the grapes off the vine asap, with 24 hours notice we had 16 volunteers, 22 the next day, and 24 the last… incredible!  There were even people that came to the winery the day after Iselle without even being asking to help clean the winery grounds and all the fallen trees and mess.”

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Maui Winery’s 2014 Harvest Stats

 

“Forty years of trial and error and 3 replantings has this place producing quality fruit with place driven personality.  In the past because of the experimental nature of the vineyard, unique challenges growing vinifera here in Hawaii, replantings, waiting for maturity we’ve had many years without estate wines at all or maybe just a couple hundred cases of one varietal. This year’s harvest will result in a traditional saignée Grenache Rosé, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, extended tirage Chenin Blanc sparkling, Malbec, Grenache, and Syrah.  We’re still very small in the wine world but the vineyard is doing so well that we’ll be increasing estate wine production by 10 fold in a matter of just a few years. For being 40 years old, the vineyard is young and very healthy and it’s been fascinating to discover over the last couple years what personality these varietals exhibit in such a unique vineyard site, that’s what wine is all about, time and place.”

“We’re in the process right now of final blending trials and finishing the estate whites, while the estate reds are just now finishing malo and we’ll be doing oak trials in the coming weeks.  We got a new winemaker via the Willamette Valley of Oregon wine country, he’s been with us for about 8 months, making a huge impact. I’ve been with the company for about a year and a half, it’s an exciting time for us, lots of developments, changes and successes in our near future.”

Mahalo to Joseph for sharing this exciting news with us! 

Visit Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch -

(New Tour Information & Website coming soon: Please Call 808-878-6058 to confirm before making the drive…)

Tastings: The King’s Cottage Tasting Room is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (except for major holidays). The tasting room is the former guest cottage of King Kalakaua, Hawai‘i’s “Merrie Monarch.” Must be 21 years of age; valid ID required for wine tasting.

Tours: Complimentary 30 minute walking tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Hear the amazing history of the grounds, visit the winery’s production area and learn about how wine is made from grapes and fresh pineapple fruit – only in Hawai‘i!  Private groups of 10 or more and organized tours are requested to call in advance to make private tour arrangements.

What’s going on in the world of Maui-made liquors?  Lots… read on.

OCEAN® Organic Vodka   

Next time you head to the store for your OCEAN® Organic Vodka, expect a whole new bottle to reel you in!  At the Maui retailers that currently carry the 750ml bottle, the brand new ‘fishing float’ design will have you bobbing up and down in delight (sorry the fishing puns are just too easy).  Look for it at your favorite retailer, including ABC Stores, Times Supermarkets, Whaler’s General, Whole Foods and more starting mid-October 2014!  (OCEAN Pics by Jessica Pearl)

ocean new bottle vodka glass fishing float

The new bottle is inspired by the traditional glass fishing net float – first used by the Norwegians in the mid 1800’s.  Though they are no longer used for fishing, they occasionally wash up on shore or are found by boaters.   Especially in the Pacific, most of the glass floats coming ashore originated in Japan. The traditional glass floats are now recognized as collectors’ items around the world.

ocean new bottle vodka glass fishing float

In a nod to the brand’s global relevance, the neck of the bottle is angled to mimic that of the earth’s axis.  Additionally, the bottle subtly and elegantly showcases an evolved version of a more timeless logo mark.

The bottles are expected to wash ashore on the mainland beginning in January 2015.

maui new rum deep island rum wave clear Wave Rum

From the same distilling company that brings you OCEAN® Organic Vodka, Hawaii Sea Spirits introduces Deep Island Hawaiian Rum. Made from organic sugar cane and blended with deep ocean mineral water, Deep Island Hawaiian Rum delivers a true rum experience complete with all of the flavor and character that is germane to fresh pressed cane juice.  The authentic clear Maui rum is a little sweet with hints of tropical florals and rich dark molasses.  According to Hawaii Sea Spirits’ CEO Shay Smith. “This particular clear rum is dubbed “WAVE” to further depict our respect for the energy in water that brings life to our islands.”

The rum will be available for purchase and sampling at The Farm starting September 1 and in limited release for introduction in Hawai‘i this year (Look for it at any retailer that carries Ocean), and in full release in the US mainland markets beginning 2015.

Pau Vodka

The friendly folks (and by friendly we mean hilarious, and maybe a bit crazy, cough, cough, Mark...) at Haliimaile Distilling are taking the show on the road – on the third Thursday of each month as they co-sponsor Pau Vodka Night at Dazoo in Paia.   Each event brings a new theme (like 80′s night, below), four new cocktails, and zany new ways to win Pau Vodka swag, distillery tours and so on… (costume and instagram contest, etc).  Mark Nigbur, Haliimaile’s Master Distiller makes an appearance from 5-7pm, but sometimes the party goes all night…

 

Maui Brewing

maui brewing kihei construction opening Anyone who follows Maui Brewing on Instagram (and you should: @MauiBrewingCo) is enjoying following along on the process of the Kihei Brewery and pub.  Besides all the mouth-watering pics of brews from their Kahana location and beyond, we get to check out bits and pieces of the construction, like stained concrete floors and whatever these are:

with captions like this: Drag conveyor set. We can unload 48,000# of malt in 1 hr. By comparison. We unload 37,000# in 6hrs currently.

In other exciting news, the Bikini Blond Lager was named the official craft beer of Hawaiian Airlines, should be on your flight as of this month!  Congrats.

maui brewing hawaiian airlines

Costco Shopping 

A well known secret amongst the locals (ok, its not a secret at all) is that the booze selection at Costco is stellar.  They even regularly have someone to ask about the wine, so you can pick up something to go with your rotiserrie chicken or 10 pounds of sirloin.   Besides wine, they have a pretty decent beer selection with an increasing selection of craft brews, and just about any kind of liquor you may ever want.  I snapped some pics of the local choices just today, plus an awesome growler of Dead Guy Ale that glows.  I’m assuming its the label that glows but who knows, maybe the beer glows.  I should probably stock up since its almost my birthday….

ocean vodka costco price maui

 

Blogging Disclaimer: I am a paid consultant for Dazoo Restaurant. 

Your kids have too many friends to all fit in your backyard, you’ve done the beach park thing one too many times… where can you have a fun kids birthday party on Maui?  Here’s a list of some ideas to get you started!  Please comment with additional ideas!

Disclaimer: Things are always changing- so please CALL the venue first to confirm.  

  • birthday party maui ideas locationMaui Golf And Sports Park
  • Location: Maalaea
  • Cost: $175
  • Package: 10 Kids for 3 hours, includes 36 holes of gold, 10 minutes of bumper boats, 2 12’ pizzas, drinks and 3 tables by the bumper boat pool (you can bring in extra food!)
  • Contact:mauigolfsportspark.com or (808)242-7818
  • Bike Park Maui 
  • Location: Makawao (Baldwin Ave)
  • NEW ACTIVITY!  They are looking to create a designated location for parties and such, but currently open for groups and parties!
  • For More Info: bikeparkmaui.com

maui makawao bike park rentals

  • Valley Isle Gymnastics
  • Location: Kahului
  • Cost: Starts at $200 for 1 – 10 kids
  • Package Details: valleyislegymnastics.com/birthday_parties.htm
  • Times Available: Saturday or Sunday
  • Restrictions: Call one month in advance, participating guests must be 4 or older.
  • Maui Paintball
  • Location: Olowalu
  • Cost: starts at $200 for up to 10 players
  • For more info: mauipaintball.com
  • For more info: lahainaanimalfarm.com
  • Times Available: Saturdays and Sunday
  • Cost: starts at $325 for 1.5 hours, $395 for 2 hours with horseback riding, based on max of 12 guests.
  • Includes: Guided animal tour with ram, sheep, horses and more, treasure hunt and fishing for tilapia.  Horseback riding optional.
  • Location: Lahaina
  • Lahaina Animal Farm
  • hawaii nature center kids birthday partiesHawaii Nature Center
  • Location: Wailuku
  • Details: Invite your friends to play outdoors at the Hawaii Nature Center for your next birthday. Enjoy fishing, a hike through the forest, and do a nature craft with one of our Environmental Educators.
  • Contact:  (808) 244-6500 ext. 22.
  • or email volunteer@hawaiinaturecenter.org or visit : hawaiinaturecenter.org
  • Island Art Party 
  • Location: Kihei
  • Details: Kids Birthday Parties available in the morning (10AM to 12:30 PM) or afternoons (2PM to 4:30 PM) on Friday through Sunday. “At Island Art Party, we have an instructor that teaches the party participants to paint one of our featured paintings. It’s a very fun, social activity and each child will create his or her own masterpiece to bring home! You can see the available paintings by going to our website at www.islandartparty.com and clicking on the ‘Gallery’ tab. We provide everything the participants will need including brushes, canvas, paint, napkins, aprons, instruction and all cleanup. If requested, we are happy to put out a table for a birthday cake. We provide free fresh-popped popcorn and have a bar area with juices and soft drinks that can be purchased separately. “
  • Price:  Kama’aina pricing - For children ages 8-12 (age 8 is the minimum age) the price is $25 per child. Age 13 and up are $39 each on Friday or Saturday and are $29.50 on Sunday. Regular pricing - $59 for age 13 and up and $39 for ages 8-12.

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Where to have a children’s birthday party on Maui. Birthday Party Ideas

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“Adorned is the bosom with a Mo’olei” – Maile Naehu

Mo’olei is a poetic term in Hawaiian for one’s grandchildren. A grandparent affectionately refers to their grandchildren as the lei of flowers worn near their heart.

Mo’olei is also Hawaii’s newest fashion must-have.  Artist and designer Maile Naehu started the Mo’olei by Maile when taking a break from teaching to care for her own children.  Maile shares her story…

Maui Made: How did Mo’olei get its start?

Maile Naehu: I have always been an artist but never thought that I could make a living from it-  well, it’s almost two years later and business is starting to picking up! Mo’olei by Maile is a small family business where I integrate and express my lifestyle and values as a wahine Hawai’i in every piece.

maunaloa lei maui hawaii molokai how to make

Maunaloa is an infinty scarf lei that can be worn open as a lei, as a choker with draped lei, or doubled up when cold. Maunaloa is the Hawaiian name for a prized purple flower used to make a favored style of lei.

MM: What inspires your designs? 

Maile: Mo’olei scarf designs are inspired by Hawai’i’s breathtaking color schemes that nature provides. Each piece is individually hand dyed with batik or natural Hawaiian dyes in stream water, sun dried, hand cut and then fashioned into one of several designs. I wish to inspire a lifestyle of simplicity and sustainability as this is my way of life.  In light of this I only use recycled and upcycled t-shirts to fashion each scarf. Each shirt is dyed in the stream water that feeds into my home workshop, and dried on the line in my backyard.  All of my Mo’olei designs are named after the type of lei which it resembles and has a mo’olelo or story to accompany each piece.

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Maile lei is a ruffle scarf lei that can be worn open, tied, as a belt or head scarf. This scarf lei resembles a maile lei, which is worn open ended.

I find great importance in comfort as well as fashion and so Mo’olei scarves are made from light cotton t-shirts, allowing them to be breathable, but when doubled it provides warmth.  All of my designs can be worn in at least three different ways making it the finishing touch in casual as well as formal settings.

throw net scarf

Ho’olei is a poncho that is fashioned to resemble a throw net used by Hawaiian lawai’a (fishermen).

MM: Tell me about your background. 

Maile: I’m a Maui girl from Lahaina, I graduated from Lahainaluna and worked there as a Hawaiian Immersion teacher, and was the MC for the Old Lahaina Lu’au from 2000-2007. I moved to Molokai when my husband, a Moloka’i cowboy asked me to marry him.  I have been a hula practitioner for over 30 years and a speaker and educator of ‘Olelo Hawai’i, the Hawaiian language, for 20 years. I was raised in a family of artists and raise my children surrounded by the arts coupled with the Hawaiian language and practices as well.

haku lei maui hawaii molokai scarf cotton

The Haku lei is a scarf lei with three rows of braids, and is named after the traditional style of lei making that involves braiding in different flowers and ferns.

MM: Where can you find Mo’olei? Where might people have seen them before?  

Maile: I have some pieces at Native Intelligence in Wailuku and my own web store. My sister sells my pieces at the Maui Hyatt Regency as well every Friday in the Lobby. I will also be at the Made in Maui County Festival in November at the MACC.  In the past, I was a featured designer at MAMo (Maoli Arts Month) at the Bishop  Museum and I’ve sold the scarves at the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Want more?  Check out Maile’s website and follow her on Facebook: 

Website: www.myleialoha.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/scarflei

Mahalo Maile for sharing your inspiring designs and story with us! 

Model Photography by J. Anthony Martinez

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