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You know something special is happening when driftwood washes ashore and makes it all the way up the hill to Makawao.  And you know it’s something extra special when that DRIFTWOOD turns out to be a brand new boutique by the force behind Paragon Salon, Carrie Gebb.  The women’s and home goods shop enjoyed its soft opening on April 30, but the official grand opening will be Sunday, May 3 with 10% off purchases and fun surprises all day.

driftwood maui clothes women's makawaoAccording to their website, “DRIFTWOOD features carefully curated merchandise for the distinguished buyer, encompassing all that a Maui lifestyle has to offer from the mountain to the sea. We feature women’s clothing and accessories, all-natural beauty products, as well as home goods and edibles.”  Their website is worth a look just by itself, with swoon-worthy photographs and an impressive and extensive selection of labels.   But I’m not the style expert, if you want to get the scoop from a real fashionista, head on over to mauishopgirl.com to check out her take!

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Carrie Gebb launches her newest project – Home and Women’s Boutique – DRIFTWOOD

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These reversible dresses by SewHiKai are designed to be comfortable, even for girls with sensitivity issues!

And now for the rest of the news from Makawao:

Across the street from DRIFTWOOD, children’s consignment and boutique droplets. is celebrating its first anniversary, and has turned into THE place to buy children’s gifts and clothes, with an ever-growing selection of locally made children’s clothes, including one of our favorites, bitty bambu, and these darling reversible dresses by SewHiKai ——–>, made specifically for children with sensitivity issues (why am I only learning about these now!!!)

 

Next door to droplets., the Julie Galeeva gallery moved into a smaller space, and Kama Lei Design jewels moved in.

And speaking of art galleries, after several years, Kirsten Bunney closed down her gallery, but I believe you can still contact her about purchasing art through her website.  In the former gallery’s place is now Crystal Harmonics (you may have also seen them on Kauai), with some amazing ‘singing’ crystal bowls!   According to the owners, who also offer sound healing, “the singing alchemy bowls are made of the highest grade pure crystal quartz blended with gemstones or other mineral elements.  The sine waves of their sound are clear, consistent and sustained and amplify the essence of the minerals as well as expressing their note.” You have to check this place out – you have to HEAR it to believe it, or they have some samples to listen on their website!

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In the building just behind Crystal Harmonics, Vanity Salon has been sold and renamed Jewel Salon, but if you are looking for any of the Vanity ladies, Jeffie is now at Haleakala Hair Lounge, (right above DRIFTWOOD), Sara and Trisha are at Beauty Bar in Wailuku, and Kourtney is at Salon Tiare in Haiku.

And another cute store that’s new-ish to Makawao is the ‘brother’ store to Pink by Nature Homme  by Nature, which has things for men (get it? Homme means man in French) and home (and some cute kids stuff too).

What’s your favorite place to check out in Makawao?

And a few more pictures from our beautiful day shooting around Makawao…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is rapidly approaching, which means 8 weeks (or more!) of “I’m BORED!” coming from the kids (or maybe even your spouse…) so I’ve put together a Summer Survival Guide of 25* things to do on Maui with Kids… (*more may be added – feel free to add your suggestions!)

Family Friendly Events

  • Hit the Town – (1) Friday Town Parties – Each Friday, a different town hosts a party!
  • Catch a Flick (or a dozen) – (2) Maui Film Festival – Coming up this year from June 3-7, 2015.  There’s sure to be some great family movies, the schedule is usually released a couple weeks prior to the event, be sure to check back or follow the Film Festival on Facebook .
  • Cinderella by Alexander Academy See the Ballerinas – Over 150 dancers from (3) Alexander Academy will present Cinderella on June 6 and 7 at Seabury Hall’s new performing arts center.
  • Check out the 4-H’ers – (4) Upcountry Ag Fair , June 13 & 14 at the Oskie Rice Arena in Makawao
  • Horse Around Upcountry – Do NOT miss (5) Makawao’s Fourth of July Parade and Rodeo. Maui Roping Club presents the 60th annual Makawao Rodeo, July 2 – 5, 2015 – the largest rodeo in Hawai‘i with more than 350 cowboys from all over the world. Parade starts at 9am Saturday, July 4.
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Image Courtesy Makawao Roping, Credit: Jackalopephoto.com

Free / Cheap Fun

  • maui humane society tortoise

    Who needs a zoo when you have an awesome Humane Society?

    Pretend its Winter –   It’s hot… but it’s still pretty cool atop (9) Haleakala… pack your jackets, fill up the thermos with hot chocolate and head up the hill.  You could even sing Christmas carols if you are really feeling wacky.

  • Pretend we have a Zoo – Check out the animals at the (10) Maui Humane Society!  Besides the cuddly kitties and cute puppies, they have a huge tortoise and miscellaneous pocket pets.  Open daily 11am – 4pm. But remember, this one is only FREE if you don’t go home with anything…
  • Head Under Water – Is this the summer when you finally teach the kids (11) how to snorkel?
  • Stick your Head in a Book – Check out one of the (12) many libraries around the island, or my personal favorite, head to Puunene’s Friends of the Library Bookstore – almost everything is only 25 cents!
  • Get Muddy – (13) Bike Park Maui has something for all ages, from a tiny tot track to miles of dirt track and pump track for your BIGGEST kids… Don’t have a bike?  They have rentals too
  • Go Strawberry Picking – (14) Kula Country Farms has transformed from a family-run farm to a family FUN farm, with strawberry picking (seasonally), animals, a children’s garden and mini-golf!
  • Kid Around – There seem to ALWAYS be baby goats at the (15)  Surfing Goat Dairy, and they’ve even set up a sand-toy pit, if the kids (as in children, not baby goats) just want to dig around.  Its free to enter, you just need to pay if you want to go on one of the tours.
  • Go on a Hunt – (16) For the island’s best Shave Ice!  Make it your own family mission to sample each shave ice on island, to discover which company (and which flavor) is the absolute best! Might we suggest starting (or finishing!) with Ululani’s? 
  • Hit the Stream – When it’s just TOO HOT, grab your suits and head on up to the (17) Iao Stream.  The chilly water will cool you down instantly!  Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens- established in 1952 as a showcase for Maui’s diverse heritage with ethnic houses and gardens representing the Hawaiian, Portuguese, Japanese, Caucasian and Filipino cultures – is always a fun little activity, too.
  • Check out the Farm – (18) The Lahaina Animal Farm is a sure winner with the animal-lovers (advanced reservations required.)
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    Olinda Forest is a fun little hike!

    Take a Hike (or a bike)-   Both located in cool upcountry, the (19)  Olinda Forest (Waihou Springs) is fun with the little ones, or the Makawao Forest Reserve has great mountain biking for the older kids.

  • Become a Nature Tracker – Grab a bucket, some water shoes and (20) explore the tide pools!
  • Splash Around – When the heat of the day gets to be too much, and you don’t want to have to worry about watching the little ones at the beach or pool, just grab some suits and towels and head to the mall!  (21) The Maui Mall has a great little water-play area…
  • Go on a Treasure Hunt – an (22) Art treasure hunt! Who needs an art museum when you have the The Grand Wailea?  Rumor has it if you ask around there’s an art ‘treasure’ hunt that you can go on…

Stay-cation/Splurge

  • Pretend you are a tourist-  Sure, you live on Maui, but there are tons of family friendly activities that you’ve probably not done yet, so (23) treat yourself to a stay-cation and check out a submarine or helicopter ride, or check out one of the zip-line tours!  Most tours have great kama’aina discounts.
  • Get a Hole-in-One – Does anything say SUMMER like some (24) mini-golf and bumper boats?  Make a holiDAY of it – maybe even head to the aquarium (AGAIN! – Hard to beat that air-conditioning!) and there’s also the Kealia Boardwalk if the kids still need to run… and while you are in Ma’alaea dont forget about the ice-cream cookie sandwiches from Hula Cookies

carden jamboree auction items plus cocktails This weekend (Saturday, April 25, 2015) is the event we’ve been waiting all year for – the Carden Academy Jamboree!  (click here to see the pictures from last year’s event) Today’s post we give you a bit of a sneak peek into what will be special this year- including just a few of the Silent and Live Auction items (already over 170 items posted online – and even more not yet disclosed!)

The greatest thing about these auction items is that some of these things you CANNOT BUY!  For example, if you’ve lived on Maui long enough you’ve heard of The Poker Game, held at Don Nelson (former NBA Coach)’s house – and not to name drop here but let’s just say some of Maui’s more famous residents, like Woody, Willie and Owen, have been known to drop in to these games.  Want to get a seat at this game?  There will be two available to the highest bidder at the Jamboree…

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Another item that’s NOT AVAILABLE for purchase anywhere, is a Seat at the Judge’s Table for a Knife Fight at Cow Pig Bun in Kihei.  From the catalog description: “You’ll have the opportunity to taste all the food (and beverages also provided) as two local chefs battle it out in the Cow Pig Bun kitchen arena. Chefs will be given a featured ingredient to use in three rounds of food as you watch from your prime viewing spot. As one of the 3 judges that evening, you will help decide who is the best chef! Other judges include food critics, chefs and culinary school instructors, so you’ll be in great company!” 

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There are lots of hotel stays all over the country, including this awesome offering for anyone heading to the Big Apple this year – two tickets to see Late Night with Seth Myers and two nights at the Millennium Broadway New York Hotel

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Many, many island businesses have generously donated restaurant gift certificates, activities, art, jewelry and much more!  A new addition to the silent auction this year are the Gift Baskets, assembled by the parents of each class (K-8) at Carden, and by some of our sponsors and donors as well!   Gift basket themes include Mother’s Day, Summer Fun, and what’s sure to be a huge hit – the Trader Joe’s basket!  This Mother’s Day basket (shown below – styled by RiverMoon Botanicals) includes a $75 gift certificate (in a silver frame) from Green Ti Spa in Wailuku, coffee, tea, a make-up/tote bag, a Bottle of Merlot and wine glasses, Mixing bowls, measuring cups, tart baking cups, spices,  Wrappily wrapping paper, Jasmine soap and a few air plants and succulents, a floral bucket and  wooden crate.  Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10! 

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The Mother’s Day Basket – filled with goodies for mom or grandma, and styled by Rivermoon Botanicals

I’d also like to personally thank Maui Ocean Center’s gift shop, Maui Ocean Treasures, for assembling a beautiful basket, and everyone who so graciously donated towards the creation of a Maui Made basket in honor of this blog! (all photographed below)  Mahalo to Wrappily (recyclable and eco-friendly gift wrap and accessories based on Maui), Rip Skirt Hawaii (an athletic and swim coverup designed here on Maui), Mana Sol (body products made on Maui), Backyard Juice by Two Chicks in a Hammock (chili water made on Maui), Beauty of Maui (Maui photography screensaver/flash drives) and Sailbags Maui (bags made from recycled kite surf sails!).

 

Deep Island Hawaiian Rum - Wave Rum - Made on Maui

Deep Island Hawaiian Rum – Wave Rum – Made on Maui

Two more baskets that will be popular are the baskets provided by our sponsor Ocean Vodka and Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, all created right here on Maui!

Other amazing auction items include a children’s birthday party package at the Kihei Firehouse  and a package of five horseback riding lessons at True North Equestrian, and a tour and lunch at O’o Farms   

Besides the auction items, another EXCLUSIVE to the Jamboree are the cocktails – created by Dazoo’s bartender Jimmy Shoemaker, two cocktails, featuring Ocean Vodka and Deep Island Hawaiian Rum (of course), were designed just for this event.  These cocktails also feature Dazoo’s house made shrubs.

Jimmy Shoemaker, bartender at Dazoo, will be mixing up cocktails all night long at the Carden Jamboree!

Jimmy Shoemaker, bartender at Dazoo, will be mixing up cocktails all night long at the Carden Jamboree! Photo by Jessica Pearl, Courtesy Ocean Vodka

 

Whipcracker - made with Wave Rum and Tangerine Shrub

Whipcracker – made with Wave Rum and Tangerine Shrub

High Noon - made with Ocean Vodka and strawberry shrub

High Noon – made with Ocean Vodka and strawberry shrub

 

Hope to see you at the event!

Isn’t being a mom the best?  Don’t you love hearing about other inspiring moms around Maui?  When Cadence contacted me to see if I would be interested in a guest blog post about her new photography series about Maui moms, I jumped at the chance.  So, read on for our first ever guest blog post by Cadencia Photography:  

As a maui family photographer, I love capturing the potent and unique dynamic between children and their parents. This inspired me to create Tropical Moms, a series on Maui motherhood. An inspiring mom is featured every week, along with a short interview and a photography session. The posts offer an authentic glimpse into family life and raising the next generation on Maui — Tropical Moms aims to uplift, inspire, and connect mothers on island and around the world. We are always looking for mommas you admire, please nominate by emailing tropicalmoms@gmail.com.

(click on the mom’s name or the image for a link to their blog post)                                                                                                                            

“Maui is a wonderful place to live an alternative lifestyle. removed from the bustle and challenges of an urban life, I find it to be a nurturing environment to stay connected to nature and source and live a life of balance and harmony” – Annika Banko annika maui photography

“I always imagined raising my child/children on Maui from before I was ever ready to have them, I guess because I always felt blessed to have been raised there myself. The reasons being, the community aspect — which in a lot if places and groups has a strong bond of families and women who share and support each other and their children from prenatal to parenting…Also being surrounded by a potent energetic landscape that provides an easy access to know, love, understand and participate in nature and our planet, which is one of the most important issues a child should grow up knowing about. Maui allows that contact in an organic way that the child seamlessly evolves with.” – Callie Mahoney 

Callie Mahoney Maui Photography Child Beach Portraits

And meet more moms (click the image for link) :

Sunny Savage Maui Photography Author Wild Food

tropical mom Sunny Savage

Shaunna Maui Photography

tropical mom Shaunna

Pia Maui Photography

tropical mom Pia

Ellen Fisher Maui photo image boy children child kid keiki

tropical mom Ellen Fisher

 

For more about Cadencia Photography, please check out cadenciaphotography.com, follow instagram: @cadencia and like cadencia photography on facebook
Mahalo to Cadence for the guest post! 

What’s a winning recipe for an awesome event? Combine equal parts Ocean Vodka, celebrity chefs and charitable giving, shake it all up and serve immediately on the rocks at a stunning beachside location… 

ultimate ocean vodka cocktail showdown 2015

Earlier this year, Ocean Vodka invited cocktail aficionados to submit cocktail recipes using Ocean Vodka and following a ‘Farm to Table’ theme. On Saturday, April 11, the six finalists will be creating their drinks for The Ultimate OCEAN Showdown at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa in Kaanapali!  Guests, along with a panel of judges, will be asked to vote for their favorite cocktail, with the winning cocktail named Ultimate OCEAN Cocktail and to be featured on all cocktail menus on property for a year! The recipe creator will also receive a $500 cash prize and a three-night stay at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

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Pineapple Express by James Shoemaker of Dazoo Restaurant, Photo by me, (too bad you can’t vote for best photograph, right? Maybe next year…)

To view the final six recipes, click here!

“We are thrilled to be hosting our 2nd annual Ultimate Ocean Vodka Cocktail Contest this year with our partners at the Sheraton Maui,” said Shonna Pinheiro, Director of Marketing, Events and Tourism for Ocean Vodka. “Recipe submissions tripled this year versus last year!”

In a new twist on the event this year, each finalist has been paired with a celebrity chef, who will create a dish to pair with the cocktail.  Guests will also get a chance to vote on on the Best Chef Creation and the Best Food Pairing for the evening.

The event will also be a benefit for six island non-profits, with $25 of each ticket sale going towards the ticket buyers’ choice of non-profits. In addition, each non-profit will be paired with a cocktail, and the organization paired with the winning cocktail will receive a portion of the cocktail’s sales from the next year!

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Cucumber Cooler by Daniel Vincent of Austin, TX!

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Jimi Canha, followed by CrazyFingers. Event ticket holders will also have free entry to the Afterparty at Black Rock Lounge.

“The Ultimate Ocean Showdown is a great community event celebrating the talents of creative mixologists and celebrity chefs, local nonprofit organizations, and entertainers alike for a fun evening full of passion on Ka‘anapali Beach,” shared Brian Hunnings, the Sheraton’s Executive Assistant Manager.

Here’s the list of this year’s finalists, presented with cocktail name, hometown, paired chef, and paired non-profit: 

Waiona - ocean vodka cocktail recipe

Waiona by Amie Fujiwara of Honolulu

Ross Steidel’s Poi Dog (Lahaina, Hawai’i) – Alex Le from The Pig and the Lady in Honolulu Oahu – Make-A-Wish Hawai’i 

Amie Fujiwara’s Waiona (Honolulu, Hawai’i) – Sheldon Simeon from Migrant in Wailea Maui – Whale Trust

Allison Bellows’ Pele’s Pineapple (Waialua, Hawai’i) – Will Chen From HiFreshBox in Manoa Oahu – Imua Family Services

Victor Mendoza’s Napili Tini (Lahaina, Hawai’i) – Shawn Gavin from the St. Regis Princeville Kauai – Grow Some Good 

James Shoemaker’s The Pineapple Express (Kihei, Hawai’i) – Hank Adaniya from Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kaka‘ako Oahu – Hui O Wa’a 

Daniel Vincent’s Cucumber Cooler (Austin, Texas) – Lee Ann Wong from Koko Head Café in Kaimuki Oahu – Women Helping Women

Event Details –

  • Location: Ocean Lawn, Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • Cost: Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, with $25 going to your choice of six selected charities!  Or you can upgrade to a VIP table for 10 for only $1,000!
  • Buy Tickets Here (will be directed to Honolulu Box Office website – scroll down for the showdown event!) 
  • And make sure to follow Ocean Vodka on Facebook for lots more on the event!

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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.

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