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Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe Pop Up Shop This Weekend!

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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 Tickets Now On Sale!

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)

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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.

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Promote your Maui Product at the Maui Film Festival

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

Paia Pop-Up Shop Happening this Weekend!

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…)

News from Paia – February 2014

What’s happening in Paia?  Well, a lot!   Do you have more news to add?  Comment below to add your event or news!

Shopping News: 

Breaking News: Kuau Store has opened at the former Kuau Mart location!  More details coming soon but the pictures look beautiful!

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Temporarily Closed

Pakaloha Bikinis reports that their “Paia location will be temporarily closed due to remodeling of the all the small shops in that area. We will be reopening another store as soon as the remodel is complete.”  As a reminder, Pakaloha also has a shop in Lahaina, and online shopping. “We ship free for all of Hawaii!!!”

arie bikinis trunk show paia maui hawaii No end of options for buying bathing suits in Paia, and Tamara Catz recently announced a trunk show for ARIE BIKINIS on Saturday, March 1st from 5-7pm.  Local swimwear designer Ariana Hornkohl unveils her Coco Luxe Hawaii 2014 collection, which is available exclusively at the Paia boutique.  There will be fun dance music and fresh locally made Kombucha.

Nohealani at the former Grace Beauty (see below) closed their ‘brick and mortar shop’ at the end of 2013.

And, Paia Pharmacy has also closed.  No word yet on what is coming.

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Restaurant News: 

Rock N Brews - Still under construction – No word yet on official opening date.

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Rock N Brews – Paia, Maui, Hawaii – No word on Opening Date yet -

Dazoo – Lots of news from Dazoo – They will be unveiling a new menu soon (the menu changes seasonally with availability of fruits and vegetables…) And they report that they are soon to open bakery and private dining room – as well as changing their hours with the impending arrival of the bakery!  Stay tuned to their Facebook page for all the details as they become available.

Health and Wellness News: 

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Formerly Known as Grace Beauty

As mentioned above, Grace Beauty Day Spa is transitioning, evolving, and expanding into a Health and Wellness Center called ‘The Hive’. Katy Grace Miller will still be offering facials and expert waxing, massage is still being offered as well as other new treatments that will be available soon.   As stated on their Facebook page: “’The Hive’ is a collective that provides various treatments from practitioners, therapists, healers, and skin care professionals. We will be serving smoothies, elixirs, teas, and providing local artisans a space to share their gifts and and talents. The Hive is part of a collective organization that focuses on integrity, empowerment, education, and community. In the evenings we will be hosting classes, workshops, meditations, music, film screenings and a variety of other events that inspire, empower, and educate.”

Shop Local, Save Big at Hue

Lee local hawaii couch upholstery sale furniture where to buy mauiOn Saturday, February 15, from 10am – 6pm, join HUE for the final day of “Lee Loves Local” with 25% off custom upholstery orders and FREE shipping.  It will be a fun-filled day with one lucky winner receiving a $500 HUE gift certificate.  The drawing will be around 12:30 – with other small prizes, too. To enter the drawing, you must spend $50 or more at HUE between today and Saturday.  Must be present to win drawing.

On Saturday only, all locally made goods will be 30% off!  Local vendors (including many Maui Made favorites):

Shoppers will enjoy complimentary food from Maui Fresh streatery, drinks from Wow Wow Lemonade and cupcakes from Maui Sweet Cakes. between 11-2.  Donations will be accepted, however, for JB and Kahalakea Guard, as Emalia Guard, their wife and mother, and the sister-in-law of HUE’s owner Jessica Guard, passed away this week Monday after a long illness with significant medical costs.

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A beautiful slipcovered couch at HUE by Lee Industries…

More on HUE:  Recently featured as Hawai‘i Luxury Magazine‘s “Best of Islands: Design,” HUE is Maui’s newest home boutique and design studio, featuring fresh and current furnishings and accessories, perfect for a modern island lifestyle. Owners/Designers, Jessica McLellan and Wendy Takemoto call it “beach luxe, with bolder colors, modern patterns and very nontraditional pieces that are fun, playful and funky. Our focus is to carry items that no one else on the island has – things you’d personally covet for your own space.” Design services are also available. 

Hue is located in Kahului on Lalo St. 

More on Lee Loves Local: Since 1969, LEE Industries has been handcrafting American made upholstery in North Carolina. We have built our business through our relationships and partnerships and our belief in supporting local. We are passionate about our retail partners and believe in the mission of supporting local communities. We have partnered with REstyleSOURCE to provide consumers with a national guide to local shopping, showcasing LEE dealers on REstyleSOURCE. Join us and become a part of the movement to bring back brick and mortar shops and local businesses. Celebrate local businesses by visiting participating stores during the week of LOCAL LOVE, February 9-16th.

 

Maui Open Studios – February 2014

Over 85 Maui-based artists and artisans open up their studios and exhibition spaces to show and sell their work during the 4th Annual Maui Open Studios, taking place on three weekends in February 2014.  The public can personally connect with the artists, something that doesn’t always happen in a gallery setting, and in some cases, the artists will even be giving live demonstrations. The entire event is free to the public.

Eva Roberts Maui Open Studio

Eva Roberts opens her studios and backyard with Maui Open Studios 2014. Photo by Randy Hufford

Visitors are also invited to join many of the artists at the Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition on February 1, where they can enjoy a cash bar, no-host pupus, listen to live music, preview a few pieces of the artists’ work, and connect with the artists. This is also a great place to pick up a copy of the MOS Guidebook containing an artist directory and maps directing them to different studios and exhibition spaces around the island. Guidebooks are also available throughout the duration of the event at various locations around the island, which are listed on www.MauiOpenStudios.com. Visitors then design their own self-guided tours for each weekend of the month, either by referring to their printed guidebook or our online artist directory at www.MauiOpenStudios.com.

Maui Open Studios Dates and Locations:

  • Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition

Saturday, February 1 from 5pm – 8pm • Maui Tropical Plantation

The Open Studio self-guided tours begin the following weekend. Hours for the Weekend Open Studios are 11am – 6pm.

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    Rick Strini, one of Maui’s master glassblowers, demonstrates his talents – Photo by Rob Ratkowski

    Weekend 1: Upcountry Maui • Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9

  • Special Bonus Event: Tuesday, February 11 – “Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai’i – A Talk by Patricia Jennings”, will be held on from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. Free but RSVP required: mauiopenstudios@gmail.com
  • Weekend 2: Central Maui, North Shore, Road to Hana and Hana • Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16
  • Weekend 3: West and South Maui • Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23

History of the Event: 

The Annual Maui Open Studios Event is the first of its kind in the state of Hawaii and was created 4 years ago by a former Maui artist who now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. The mission of MOS is to connect the art community with art-lovers on Maui. Since it’s inception, the event has featured over 85 artists every year and generated over 6,000 individual studio visits by art collectors and art enthusiasts each year. $100,000 in art sales made directly between art-collectors and artists have been generated by the event each year since it’s creation.

The event is produced and organized by acclaimed fine art photo collage artist and former art gallery owner on Maui and Oahu, Carolyn Quan. She is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area after living in Hawaii for 9 years, while continually remaining connected to the islands and serving the art community there.

Follow Maui Open Studios on Facebook 

Maui’s Big Events for 2014

MAUI CALENDAR EVENTS 2014 BIG ACTIVITY

Maui has outstanding community events throughout the year – from golf tournaments that are fun to watch or fundraisers that are fun to eat (at).  If you are thinking of traveling to Maui in 2014, here are some events that you might want to consider planning a trip around.  (ok, it might be too late to make it here for the golf tournament, but I bet it will happen around the same time in 2015 as well…) And if you live here, some of these events are the ones you’ll want to start saving your pennies for…

Please note: If you know of other can’t-miss events, please add a comment below with a website for consideration.  Some events happening in the latter part of the year may not have confirmed dates yet.  Will keep this up to date as possible.  All events subject to change/cancellation. 

January 2014 

February 2014

  • Date: Saturday, February 1
  • Event: Maui Open Studios Opening Celebration/Preview
  • Location: Maui Tropical Plantation
  • Meet many of the Maui Open Studio artists, preview a few pieces of their artwork, and pick up a copy of the MOS Guidebook to design your self-guided tours. (more info below)
  • Admission: Free!
  • Website: http://www.mauiopenstudios.com
  • Date: Three Weekends in February
  • Event: Maui Open Studios
  • Location: A different part of the island each weekend
  • Visit the studios of many of Maui’s favorite artists of all genres, meet the artists, see demonstrations, purchase artwork, and enjoy a wonderful self-guided tour of the island!  
  • Admission: Free
  • Website: http://www.mauiopenstudios.com
  • Date: Saturday, February 1
  • Event: Run and Walk for the Whales
  • Location: New Course Begins and Ends at Ma’alaea Harbor
  • Join Pacific Whale Foundation on one of Maui’s largest fun runs and walking events. Choose from the 5K run, 10K run, half marathon run and 2.5 mile fun walk.  
  • Website: http://mauiwhalefestival.org/events/2014-run-and-walk-whales
  • Date: Saturday, February 8
  • Event: 6th Annual Assistance Dogs of Hawaii Valentine’s Benefit
  • Location: Makena Beach and Golf Resort
  • Admission: TBD
  • Guy Hagi & Kim Gennaula will be the Masters of Ceremonies.  Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is a Maui-based, charitable organization that provides Assistance Dogs, free of charge, to disabled children and adults.
  • Website :http://assistancedogshawaii.org
  • Email: info@assistancedogshawaii.org
  • Date: Friday, February 14
  • Event: Sea of Love Valentine’s Dinner
  • Location: Maui Ocean Center
  • Admission: $99 plus tax/gratuity per person
  • Enjoy a memorable and romantic evening amongst the fishes, with semi-private seating among the ocean center’s stunning exhibits and a decadent four-course menu exquisitely prepared by James Beard Nominee Chef Henry Tariga. Includes a Valentine’s lei for the ladies and complimentary welcome glasses of sparkling wine.
  • Reservations: Call (808) 270-7088
  • Website: http://www.mauioceancenter.com
  • Date: Saturday, February 22
  • Event: Art Affair : The World of Monet 
  • Location: Hui Noeau, Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
  • Admission: Tickets start at $175 per person
  • Art Affair is the Hui’s signature fundraising event that celebrates the importance of visual arts education in our Maui community. Held at the historical Kaluanui Estate, the evening features a live and silent auction, live music, dancing, a gourmet seated dinner, open bar, and an opportunity to gather and celebrate with a wonderful community of art supporters.
  • Website: http://huinoeau.com/happenings/events/

March 2014

April 2014

  • Date: Sunday, April 6
  • Event: Maui 5K
  • Location: Ma’alaea
  • ChampionChip/MyLaps timed 5K race and a fun, untimed 1 Mile Run/Walk for Keiki and adults. Proceeds distributed back to the participating public schools, to enhance or improve the school’s physical fitness, play and athletic programs.
  • Website: http://maui5k.org
  • Date: Saturday, April 12
  • Event: Haiku Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival
  • Location: Haiku
  • Admission: Free
  •  A  community celebration to benefit Haiku’s keiki, with  Arts and Crafts, Farmer’s Market, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction, etc. 
  • Website: http://haikuhoolaulea.org
  • Date: Friday, April 25 (NEW DATE!!!) 
  • Event: Carden Academy Jamboree
  • Location: Oskie Rice Polo Field, Makawao
  • Tickets Prices: varies
  • Dust off your cowboy boots, this fun night features a BBQ dinner by Threes Bar and Grill, Dancing to the Country Knights, and the amazing auction for which the Jamboree is famous. Supports the programs and tuition assistance at Carden Academy of Maui. 21 and over only
  • website: http://www.cardenmaui.org/support-us/jamboree/

May 2014 

  • Date: Saturday, May 3
  • Event: Maui Onion Festival
  • Location: Whaler’s Village
  • Admission: Free
  • Chef Demonstrations, Games and Prizes, Recipe Contests, Live Entertainment, Food Booths 
  • Website: http://www.whalersvillage.com/onionfestival.htm
  • Date: Saturday, May 10
  • Event: Seabury Hall Craft Fair- a fundraiser for the scholarship programs
  • Location: Makawao (Upcountry)
  • Admission: $5 (12 and under free)
  • The juried Craft Fair features more than 100 local artisans, live entertainment, great food, live and silent auctions, activities for kids, rummage and plant sales and more
  • Website: http://www.seaburyhall.org/page.cfm?p=981

June 2014 

July 2014

  • July – event dates to be determined (check back for updates)
  • Event: 56th Annual 4th of July Rodeo and Parade
  • Location: Makawao

August 2014 

  • Date: TBD
  • Event: Miss Saigon 
  • Location: Maui Arts and Cultural Center
  • The famed Broadway play, coming to Maui, under the same direction as last year’s memorable Les Mis
  • Website: http://www.mauiacademy.org
  • Date: Friday, August 8
  • Event: Maui Calls-  a fundraiser for Maui Arts and Cultural Center
  • Location: Maui Arts and Cultural Center
  • Food Booths from some of Maui’s best restaurants, wines from wineries around the world, live entertainment, dancing, live and silent auction and more. 
  • Website: http://www.mauiarts.org/ShowCalendars.html?Year=2014&Month=08

September 2014

October 2014

  • Date: October 2-5
  • Event: Maui Fair
  • Location: Fairgrounds, Wailuku
  • A County Fair with the requisite food, carnival rides, games, animals and more food. 
  • Website: http://mauifair.com/2013/
  • Date: TBD
  • Event: Noble Chef- a fundraiser for the Maui Culinary Academy
  • Location: TBD
  • An elegant affair with celebrity chefs mentoring the culinary students, with auctions, entertainment and an always impressive dessert display.  Did I mention the dessert?  
  • Website: http://noblechef.maui.hawaii.edu

November 2014

December 2014

  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Event: Haleakala Waldorf Holiday Faire
  • Location: Haleakala Waldorf School, Kula
  • Festive crafts, silent auction, food, kids activities, live entertainment and more 
  • Website: http://www.waldorfmaui.org

News and Events for November 2013

I’ll be posting more about November events and news as the month goes on – but there’s some great news in the restaurant scene for Maui, and some really special events taking place this month so I wanted to get this out quickly.  Once everyone gets over their Halloween hangover, puts all the decorations away, and changes the calendar, they will realize that Thanksgiving is coming faster than we can say ‘gobble, gobble’, and I’ll start getting lots of information on Thanksgiving lunch specials, Black Friday sales, etc!

Here’s your highlights for Maui News and Events for November, 2013.

Tour News:

maui ocean vodka tour tasting samples

Instead of just looking at all the vodka, you can now taste it. #awesome

Ocean Vodka Adds Tastings to Their Tours 

Starting today, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery in Kula is now adding samplings of their vodka.  Tours are offered daily for $10 a person (12 years and older).  For those 21 and over, includes a sampling and souvenir Ocean Vodka shot glass.     Click to learn more about tours.

Restaurant News:

Morimoto Maui to Open November 7

Morimoto Maui, at the Andaz Maui in Wailea, is now taking reservations for their official opening date of November 7!

Masaharu Morimoto, best known for Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, is opening his newest Morimoto Restaurant in Wailea, featuring local ingredients and blending Western and Japanese traditions.  Enjoy hand-rolled sushi and sashimi made from locally-caught fish, as well as inspiring cocktails, in the laid-back, oceanside setting.  Will be open daily for lunch and dinner.  Call (808) 879-1234 for reservations.

Dazoo Restaurant Opens in Paia

Officially opening today, Dazoo is reinventing fine dining on Maui, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared with an Asian-Pacific flair.  Combining their unique ambience, affordable tapas style plates and award winning cocktails, Dazoo is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene of Maui’s North Shore.  Open daily for breakfast and lunch, and Tuesday – Saturday for dinner.  Call (808) 579-9999 for reservations.

Shopping News:

One of the island’s best gift stores, Maui Ocean Treasures at the Maui Ocean Center, is set to be opening its long-awaited online shop on November 15.  More info coming soon!

Events:

Modern American Circus Comes to Maui

  • Location: Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku
  • Dates: November 8 to 10
  • Show Schedule:
  • Friday: 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m.
  • Reservations: (808) 781-4773 or click here
  • Details: The “Modern American Circus” features a world- acclaimed troupe of more than 15 artists performing a star-studded show with a contemporary array of aerial, ground and stand-up acts utilizing the traditional circus center ring under the “BIG TOP”.

Huliau Food & Film Festival 

  • Date: Saturday, November 9
  • Time: 5:30-9:30pm
  • Location: Ocean Vodka Organic Farm, Kula
  • Cost: $75 (four course dinner, cash bar – 21 and over only)
  • Reservations: (808) 757-2100 or click here 
  • Details: Mana Foods and Maui Huliau Foundation will host a farm-to-table benefit dinner and mini-film festival under the stars at Ocean Vodka Farm.  Huliau is a nonprofit offering environmental education programs to Maui youth.  Makena Resort’s Executive Chef Mark McDowell will serve up the main course, and other local Maui chefs will face off in a pūpū competition using produce from local farms. Local food and beverage sponsors Whole Foods, Life Foods and Ali’i Kula Lavender will contribute ingredients, Pono Pies will serve up dessert, and Maui Brewing Company, Ulupalakua Winery, and Ocean Vodka will stock a 100% local bar.  The festival will also screen the teens’ videos about the chefs and farms as well as the music video, Barges, which went viral on YouTube. 

Pacific Cancer Foundation’s Holiday Gala

  • Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013,
  • Time:  5:30pm
  • Location: The Yokouchi Estate, Wailuku
  • Reservations: (808) 242-7661
  • Details: The 8th Annual Pacific Cancer Foundation Holiday Gala is always a favorite event to usher in the holiday season.  This year’s theme is A Great Gatsby Style Christmas! More event details coming soon!

Taken by Wonder at the MACC

When was the last time you went to an art exhibit where bringing kids is encouraged, you can get down on your hands and knees to explore, and even use a power tool if you like?

I don’t even know if my words can fully describe how fun and magical the new art exhibit at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is – but ‘wonder’ is a good place to start.

Wes Bruce spent much of his formative youth building forts and structures in the forests of Northern California. Now, as the MACC’s first artist-in-residence, he’s created a fort inside the Schaefer International Gallery, and the name of the installation is ‘Taken by Wonder’. 

This isn’t your average fort, though.  There are secret rooms, tiny nooks, thousands of ‘treasures’, like antique Singer sewing machines and upright pianos… It’s a very sensory experience – with most of the exhibit lit by Christmas lights, hallways with hanging eucalyptus branches which you get a whiff of just as you walk by, and rooms with leather scraps padding the floor… We explored for quite a while and there’s still an upper room that I’m not sure how to access.  We’ll have to go back, but that’s part of the fun.  With older children, or as adults, make sure you grab a ‘decoder’ paper – there are phrases written all around the fort that you can decode.

Outside the fort, the remainder of the gallery space is full of interactive art activities areas – with everything from ‘construct your own fort’ with hammers, screwdrivers, and all sorts of materials, a poem station, water colors, and a tiny tots area with crayons and building blocks.

And the best part – its totally free. We may come back often…

The gallery has NEW HOURS  – Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm – and the exhibit runs through November 2.  And, if you fall in love with any of the fort’s treasures, you can return during the deconstruction, November 4-7, from 10am to 2pm, to take home a piece or two.

Still searching for more?  here’s some text from the MACC website:

Wes’ enduring concept for “Taken By Wonder” has many pulls centralized around the fictional research space of a group of outsiders and the discovery of their existence on an unknown island. There are blurred boundaries and hypothetical concepts alluding to origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs. Clues within the layers will lead us to believe that the inhabitants have only just left the space, stirring up a curious voyeurism and questioning.

Visitors will be free to explore the caverns and chambers of the space, finding artifacts, maps, and remnants of world civilizations, photographs, field samples, illustrations and writings. They will be invited to become part of the response in an interactive mapping room adjacent to the structure, with opportunities to share ideas through mark making and word offerings. This community collaboration will evolve through the duration of the exhibit, with public lectures and education tours facilitated by the artist and gallery staff and will be documented by video and photography.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Margaret Raffin. Additional funding provided by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and County of Maui, Office of Economic Development.

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