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What’s better than a hand-made holiday gift? Well, not much.  When I’m in need of a thoughtful gift, I head on over to the Hui Noeau… and the ladies of the Hui have thoughtfully sent over all of their upcoming events, from art classes (so you can even make your own gifts and holiday decor) and their excellent holiday shopping dates.

Besides all of the holiday-themed activities described below, the Hui will offer several other classes & workshops in the next few months as well. This includes live art demos by Hawaiian cultural practitioners, visiting artists from the mainland teaching a wide variety of media, as well as all of our regular amazing programming in jewelry, ceramics, glassblowing, printmaking, photography, painting, drawing, and more. A complete list of classes is available online at


Hui Holidays 2017

  • Nov. 20 – Dec. 24, 2017
  • Open Daily 9am – 4pm; Free admission
  • Shop late! Dec. 6, 13 & 20
  • Take part in the season of giving! Hui Holidays artisan showcase returns with a winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone on your list! During this magical season, the Hui gift shop expands to include even more one-of-a-kind handmade gifts by local artists and crafters like paintings, ceramic pieces, hand-blown glass work, locally made beauty products, holiday ornaments and more!
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The Paper Dress Installation is always a highlight of the Hui Holidays!

Hui Holidays First Night 2017

  • Nov. 29, 2017 / 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Tickets available online at or by calling 808-572-6560
  • Join us for the special opening of Hui Holidays at First Night, where you can do your holiday shopping in style as you enjoy drinks, pupu, and spirited music – all the while surrounded by the holiday décor of the dramatically decorated Kaluanui estate including the famous and sought after paper dress installation and hand made wreath sale. With new items being added to the gallery throughout the holidays, our elves are happy to help you check off your shopping list all winter long!
hui noeau 2017

Come meet Santa at the Hui!

Handmade Holidays! 

Blow Your Own Maui Glass Ornament 

  • Stephen Fellerman 
  • Available on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm by reservation!
  • Please call (808) 572-6560 ext. 21 to book your spot and specify your preferred time!
  • Experience some holiday magic and create a beautiful glass ball ornament! Each participant will walk away with an incredible personalized glass ornament—ready to give as a gift or to display proudly in your home. Over approximately 30 minutes, you will choose the colors for your unique glass ball, learn about basic tools and techniques, and even try your hand at some of the process! No experience is required and you’ll have lots of help and guidance from Teaching Artist Stephen Fellerman. Note: Pieces will be available for pick up 24-48 hours after class; flat rate shipping is also available on request at an additional charge. 
  • Tuition & Supply Fee: $95 per person
  • A supply list is posted online at under the class description.

Lauhala Ornament Workshop 

  • Visiting Artist Lufi Luteru 
  • Friday, 1 day
  • October 6, 2017/ 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Create a keepsake ornament using a Hawaiian weaving technique. See the Visiting Artists section on page 6 for more details!
  • Tuition: $25 ($32 nonmember)
  • Supply Fee: $10
  • A supply list is posted online at under the class description.

Print Your Own Holiday Art Cards 

  • Tania Arens 
  • Saturday, 1 day
  • November 18, 2017 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Make a set of cards with a personalized touch this holiday season! In this workshop, you’ll learn the art of relief printing as you create a design, carve into linoleum, and print your own holiday greetings— ready to send to your friends and family.
  • Tuition: $25 ($32 nonmember)
  • Supply Fee: $15
  • A supply list is posted online at under the class description.

Holiday Wreath Workshop 

  • Judy Bisgard & Sandra Reynolds 
  • Friday, 1 day
  • December 1, 2017 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Making a holiday wreath by hand is a great way to get into the holiday spirit! The Hui will provide all the greenery, space, and instruction you’ll need to create a beautiful wreath that will bring you joy all season long. We’ll finish class with some tea and sweet treats to continue the holiday fun!
  • Tuition: $35 ($44 nonmember)

Print Your Own Wrapping Paper 

  • Tania Arens 
  • Saturday, 1 day
  • December 9, 2017 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • After this workshop, your holiday gifts will stand out from the crowd! You’ll be provided with all the tools, ink, paper, studio space, and instruction needed to create your very own personalized wrapping paper. In the process, you’ll enjoy learning the basics of relief printing!
  • Tuition: $25 ($32 nonmember)
  • Supply Fee: $15
  • A supply list is posted online at under the class description.

Joyful Jewelry: Maui-made Bangles 

  • Julie Matheis 
  • Tuesday, 1 day
  • December 12, 2017 / 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Create a personalized gift from the heart! In this workshop, students will learn to solder with sterling silver, shape the bangle, and polish and finish the final pieces. Great to give or keep, bangles are a wonderful way to learn jewelry basics and have fun, too!
  • Tuition: $45 ($57 nonmember)
  • Supply Fee: $20
  • A supply list is posted online at under the class description.

Enameled Holiday Ornaments: Made on Maui! 

  • Roberta Ann Weisenburg 
  • Tuesday, 1 day
  • December 19, 2017 / 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Learn to make a handmade ornament that will become a special holiday keepsake for years to come! While enjoying some holiday fun, you’ll also learn the art of enameling as you add color to your metal design. These ornaments will become special holiday keepsakes and are a great way to share a bit of aloha with someone you love.
  • Tuition: $35 ($44 nonmember)
  • Supply Fee: $15
  • A supply list is posted online at under the class description.
  • Keiki Holiday Workshops 

4:00 – 5:00 pm on Art Market nights in December! 

  • Drop off the kids for a workshop and do some holiday shopping! The Hui’s gallery is filled with wonderful gift items—and on these special Wednesdays, you’ll get an early look at the Hui’s new “Art Market” while your child has fun, too!
  • Tuition & Supply Fee: $10

Snowflake Ornaments 

  • Julie Matheis 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017/ 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Keiki will create snowflake ornaments in a variety of patterns using pipe cleaners and beads. These ornaments will make fun additions to your holiday décor!
  • Make Your Own Snowpeople 

Katie Peterson 

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 / 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Create whimsical snowpeople that won’t melt away at the end of the season! Keiki will use a sock, pom poms, cotton stuffing, popcorn kernels, and toothpicks to make their own unique version of “Frosty” the snowman.

Floral Wreaths 

Katie Peterson 

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 / 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Children will make their very own colorful wreath using tissue paper, pom poms, and paper plates! Keiki may choose from traditional holiday colors or create their own tropical color scheme for a fun, multimedia floral wreath.

milega hawaii bean bags and furniture maui There’s a new beanbag and specialty children’s goods/ home decor store on Maui that I just have to tell you about!

Milega was founded 20 years ago in Israel and its grown to a successful brand with 10 stores in Israel and several franchises around the world.

“What started out as a quest to find the most comfortable slouching chair/sofa/bean bag/etc… turned out to be a life full of colors, creativity, laughs and learning.”

maui furniture and bean bags

Colorful and Fun (and washable!) furniture items for your whole house!

It has now been brought to Maui, in the company’s first franchise in the US, by Ayelet and Omi Chamdi.  Ayelet shared, “I am so in love with this product!  I spent three weeks in their warehouse in Israel and I couldn’t pick which items I wanted, so I just brought them all here!” Come check out what she means – there are fun little (and BIG!) treasures to be found all over their cute and colorful showroom! Just be careful sitting down, you may never leave!

sensory hammocks hawaii The store, located on Hukilike in Kahului, is filled with bean bags, activity mats, sensory hammocks, pillows, iPad-holders, baby wraps, baby neck holders, outdoor tents and MORE!   All of the covers are removable and washable.  And they are filling all of the items here on Maui, so you don’t even have to wait to receive custom orders!


heart shaped pillows

Heart-Shaped pillows, ipad and book holders, and much more, all ready to be given as gifts!

This is the perfect place to fill your playroom, pick up a gift for a baby shower, or check out a wide range of items to help out children with sensory issues.

They even have some waterproof and floating bean bags that you can take in the pool!

Check it out for yourself :

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Learn more about their bean bags:

You have to try it to really understand what it means to get comfortable!When it comes to relaxing and comfort,nothing beats a Yogi bean bag.

Our quality fabrics are stretchy and pleasant to the touch and adapt to the shape of your body.

Yogi products are available in various sizes and colors.All Yogi products are made with a lining and removable washable cover.

In addition,refill packs of polystyrene beads are available so you can keep your favorite products for many years.Yogi products are suitable for all ages.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, since when I have paying clients this ‘fun’ blog gets back-burner status, but when I saw a post about this new made-on-Maui natural and reef-friendly sunscreen, I just had to interview them!

Below is my interview with Maja Liotta, CEO and Founder of SolKine

solkine natural reef safe sunscreen made on maui Maui Made: How did you get the idea for your company? 

Maja: I had been making beauty products for as long as I can remember. From sugar scrubs with fragrant essential oils to even soap made from rendered pork fat, I have always been someone whose mind is always thinking about how I can elevate a product or food and make it better. I am also a private chef so I am comfortable manipulating ingredient ratios to achieve a beneficial result. I had been making sunscreen for four years for my own family and had been sharing it with various moms on the beaches. With some encouragement and the help of my awesome packaging, branding and website designer, SolKine got a “look” and a following as we promote and share our product with tons of north shore groms and their families.

solkine natural reef safe sunscreen made on maui

MM: What are the difficulties of running a business on Maui? 

ML: Shipping costs!!! Getting materials here is a huge annoyance- nothing comes cheap to Maui and it takes forever!!

MM: What are the best parts of running a business on Maui?  

ML: We get to live in paradise AND have a successful business plus every person on the island desperately needs a reef safe suncare product.

MM: What’s next for your company? 

ML: We opened a bay area headquarters and are excited to start getting product to the west coast and the eastern seaboard and beyond!  We are also launching a high alpine product “SolKine Alpine” as the original recipe of this product was inspired by the harshest of elements while my family and I lived in the high rockies at 9000ft elevation.

MM: Where can people buy your product? 

ML: Right now, our e-commerce site is awesome as well as its available at Hi-Tech, Sailboards Maui, Mana Foods and Paia Pit Stop.  We are adding new retailers weekly so check our website to see where else we are selling!

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Mahalo to Maja for taking the time to give us an interview!  

As this blog has evolved, I’ve tried to stick to a few basic rules: the topic must be unique to Maui, and ideally will serve as a resource for others.  As I’ve been involved in helping to promote a private school here on Maui recently, I realized that the other directories of Maui’s private schools are either hard to find, hard to read, out of date or otherwise incomplete.  So, to the best of my ability, here’s a directory of Maui’s private schools, listed alphabetically. Tuitions and deadlines are based on what I could find online, or what I’ve been provided by the school, but please contact schools directly to confirm.  I’ve also included pertinent dates as applicable, of upcoming events, open houses, etc.  To Update or correct a listing please email me at mauiliz77 (at) yahoo (dot ) com

Click on the school name to be linked to their website. Scroll to the bottom to view schools listed by location and grade levels

  • Carden Academy of Maui | Maui Private School School: Carden Academy of Maui 
  • Location: Pukalani
  • Current Enrollment: 143
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10: 1 (includes enrichment teachers, max class sizes are 12 (preschool), 16 (elementary school) and 18 (middle school))
  • Grades: PreK – 8
  • Educational Philosophy/ Mission: To educate the whole child through a balance of academic excellence, character development, and enrichment through the arts in a nurturing, small classroom setting.
  • Religious Affiliation: None
  • Application Deadline for 2015-2016 school year: deadline info coming soon 
  • Annual Tuition: Pre K : $8,500, K – 5 : $10,250 , 6-8 : $11,250
  • Open House Dates: January 23, 2016
  • Annual Events: Fall Festival , Carden Jamboree
  • School: Clearview Christian Girls School 
  • Location: Makawao
  • Current Enrollment: 20
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 5-1
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Educational Philosophy: Clearview Christian Girls School provides a safe place for early adolescent girls to develop academic excellence, physical fitness, artistic appreciation, moral awareness, and spiritual strength.
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Annual Tuition:$7,015
  • Doris Todd Logo | Maui Private SchoolSchool: Doris Todd Memorial Christian School / Maui Christian Academy 
  • Location: Paia
  • Current Enrollment: 178
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 14: 1
  • Grades: Pre-K – 8 (and a new high school: Maui Christian Academy)
  • Educational Philosophy/ Mission: The mission of Doris Todd Memorial Christian School is to provide a Christ-centered, Biblically-directed education which instills the desire and practice of academic excellence, moral integrity, patriotism, and church involvement to the glory of God.
  • Annual Tuition: Preschool – 5th Grade: $6,170  / 6-8th : $6,535 / 9-12 $7,072
  • Emmanuel Lutheran School Logo | Maui Private School School: Emmanuel Lutheran School
  • Location: Kahului
  • Current Enrollment: 170
  • Student to Teacher Ratio:13:1
  • Grades: K – 8
  • Educational Philosophy: The purpose of Emmanuel Lutheran School is to share the good news of Jesus Christ by providing a high quality, Christ-centered education.
  • Religious Affiliation: Lutheran
  • Annual Tuition:$6,100 K – 5th, $7,100 6-8th
  • Upcoming Event: Pumpkin Festival is coming up: Friday, October 24, 2015
  • Haleakala Waldorf Logo | Maui Private School School: Haleakala Waldorf
  • Location: Kula (Infant- Middle School) \ Makawao (High School) 
  • Current Enrollment: 292
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: varies
  • Grades: Pre- 12
  • Educational Philosophy: Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on an understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head.
  • Religious Affiliation: none
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000 – $15,000 dependent on grade level
  • Application Deadline: deadline info coming soon 
  • Annual Event: Holiday Faire
  • School: Kaahumanu Hou Christian School (and Noah’s Ark Preschool) 
  • Location: Kahului
  • Grades: Pre-K – 12
  • Current Enrollment: 100
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 8:1
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Educational Philosophy:We are a Classical Christian School emphasizing academics and discipleship in all grades.  We offer small class sizes for personalized attention, staffed with excellent teachers.
  • Annual Tuition:$3,600 and up
  • School: Kamehameha School MauiKamehameha Schools | Maui Private School
  • Location: Makawao
  • Current Enrollment: 1,068
  • Grades: Preschool – 12th
  • Mission: To improve the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education.
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Application Deadline:
    • Preschool applications for the 2016-2017 school year will become available on November 2, 2015
    • The deadline for K-12 campus programs for the 2016-2017 school year has passed. The deadline was September 30, 2015.
  • Annual Tuition: Click here to view the tuitions for the various grades and programs 
  • maui Prep Logo | Maui SchoolSchool: Maui Prep
  • Location: Napili
  • Current Enrollment: 200
  • Student to Teacher Ratio:8:1
  • Grades:
    • Day students: Preschool-12th grade
    • Boarding students: 8th-12th grade
  • Educational Philosophy:A college preparatory education focused on developing higher order thinking skills through the academics, arts, and athletics.
  • Religious Affiliation: none
  • Application Deadline: rolling admissions throughout the year
  • Annual Tuition:
    • Preschool: $10,200
    • Lower School (K-5): $14,610
    • Middle School (6-8): $16,430
    • Upper School: $17,350
  • Financial Aid:
    • approximately 40% of our students receive some sort of financial aid
    • annual scholarships available
  • Open House: Tours are available on a daily basis, as are “shadow days”.  Open house usually occurs in late January.
  • School: Montessori Hale O Keiki
  • Location: Kihei
  • Current Enrollment:
  • Student to Teacher Ratio:
  • Grades: K – 8
  • Educational Philosophy:The Montessori philosophy provides a curriculum and environment in which each child will develop physically, intellectually and spiritually to his or her fullest potential. Children are introduced to the joy of learning at an early age and provided with a structured framework in which intellectual and social discipline goes hand-in-hand.
  • Religious Affiliation: none
  • Fun Fact: Montessori Hale O Keiki is the only independent school in South Maui. In 2009, MHOK became the state of Hawaii’s Marine Science School of the Future and is incorporating Marine Science curriculum in all classrooms. The students are exploring marine science concepts, discovering marine ecosystems, and providing underwater ocean research via our PADI certified middle school students.
  • Montessori School Maui Private SchoolSchool: Montessori School of Maui
  • Location: Makawao
  • Current Enrollment: 269
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 12:1
  • Grades: 18 months – 8th grade
  • Educational Philosophy: The Montessori School of Maui provides a comprehensive curriculum from early childhood into adolescence by following the principles, spirit and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori’s method of education. This approach features a collaborative learning environment to stimulate each student’s critical thinking skills, cultivate inquisitive minds and empower children to actively participate in the rapidly changing environment of the twenty-first century.
  • Religious Affiliation: none
  • Annual Tuition: ranges from $12,743-$15,004 based on age/grade
  • Application Dates: “We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year, however, new applicants are wait-listed until the re-enrollment process is completed with our current students on Mar 4, 2016. Open enrollment begins for new families on March 7, 2016.”
  • Open House: Schedule your OWN open house, click for more information 
  • School: Roots School
  • Location: Haiku
  • Grades: Preschool – 8th Grade
  • Educational Philosophy: The ROOTS mission is to provide educational and learning programs that allow children to think independently, engage collaboratively, make connections across disciplines, realize their talents, and apply their learning in the world.
  • School: Sacred Hearts
  • Location: Lahaina
  • Current Enrollment: 216
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 25:1 max
  • Grades: Early Learning School (3&4 year olds) – 8th
  • Educational Philosophy: The mission of the Sacred Hearts School community is to provide excellence in education and to nurture a life of prayer, faith and service in the Catholic tradition.
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Enrollment Deadline: “No deadline, we take applications until a class fills up”
  • Annual Tuition: ELC PT $5400,  FT $6750, Kindergarten -5th $7330,  6th-8th $7730
  • Annual Event: Sacred Hearts Bazaar 
  • School: Seabury Hall
  • Location: Makawao
  • Current Enrollment:454
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 10: 1
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Educational Philosophy:Seabury Hall is deeply committed to its college preparatory mission and its purpose to develop students in mind, body and soul.  The school equally values the commitment to service to others.  The nurturing learning environment of the school provides fertile soil for students to grow, potentials to be reached, and achievements to be celebrated.
  • Religious Affiliation: Episcopal
  • Enrollment Deadline: February 20, 2016
  • Annual Tuition: $18,950 (2015-16)
  • Major Annual Fundraising Event: Seabury Hall Craft Fair
  • Upcoming Open House Dates: October 17, 2015 / February 23, 2016  (click to learn more and RSVP)
  • School: St. Anthony Grade School
  • Location: Wailuku
  • Current Enrollment: 176
  • Grades: K – 6
  • Mission:St. Anthony Grade School is a K – 6 parish school providing quality Catholic education, enabling students to become caring, responsible, and socially conscious member of society.
  • Religious Affiliation: Catholic
  • Application Deadlines (using last year as reference) Grade 1 – 6 due by March 15, 2015 / Kindergarten due by January 15, 2015
  • Annual Tuition :$5,200.00 (2014 – 2015)
  • School: St. Anthony Junior and High School 
  • Location: Wailuku
  • Current Enrollment:
  • Student to Teacher Ratio:
  • Grades: 7 – 12
  • Educational Philosophy: The St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School provides quality Catholic education in the Marianist spirit to young men and women on Maui.  St. Anthony is an ‘ohana –  living and dynamic community of sharing and learning where leadership skills, social awareness, academic competence and commitment to faith-filled service are developed.
  • Religious Affiliation: Catholic
  • Annual Tuition: Grade 7 : $9,350 Grade 8: $10,400 Grade 9-12 $12,500


Schools by Location:

Upcountry (Haiku/Paia/Makawao/Pukalani/Kula) 

  • Carden Academy
  • Clearview Christian Girls School
  • Doris Todd
  • Haleakala Waldorf
  • Kamehameha Schools Maui
  • Montessori School of Maui
  • Roots School
  • Seabury Hall

Central (Wailuku/Kahului) 

  • Emmanuel Lutheran
  • Kaahumanu Hou
  • St. Anthony


  • Montessori Hale o Keiki

West Side (Lahaina – Napili) 

  • Maui Prep
  • Sacred Hearts


Schools by Grades:

Preschool (this list does not include stand-alone preschools)

  • Carden Academy
  • Doris Todd
  • Haleakala Waldorf
  • Kaahumanu Hou/ Noah’s Ark Preschool
  • Kamehameha Schools Maui
  • Maui Prep
  • Montessori School of Maui
  • Roots School
  • Sacred Hearts

Elementary School (K-5)

  • Carden Academy
  • Doris Todd
  • Emmanuel Lutheran
  • Haleakala Waldorf
  • Kaahumanu Hou
  • Kamehameha Schools Maui
  • Maui Prep
  • Montessori Hale o Keiki
  • Montessori School of Maui
  • Roots School
  • Sacred Hearts
  • St. Anthony

Middle School (6-8)

  • Carden Academy
  • Clearview Christian Girls School
  • Doris Todd
  • Emmanuel Lutheran
  • Haleakala Waldorf
  • Kaahumanu Hou
  • Kamehameha Schools Maui
  • Maui Prep
  • Montessori Hale o Keiki
  • Montessori School of Maui
  • Roots School
  • Sacred Hearts
  • Seabury Hall
  • St. Anthony

High School (9-12)

  • Clearview Christian Girls School
  • Maui Christian Academy (the new high school with Doris Todd)
  • Haleakala Waldorf
  • Kaahumanu Hou
  • Kamehameha Schools Maui
  • Maui Prep
  • Seabury Hall
  • St. Anthony


Blogging Disclosure: I am on the Board of Directors of Carden Academy, and a past board member of Seabury Hall Alumni Board, but no compensation was received from any school on this list.  

Made on Maui Cookies Cakes Brownies

I’m not sure what is happening in the kitchen over at Maui Sweet Cakes, but every time I turn around, Heidi Cramer is baking up some new, and delicious, creations!  Heidi just sent me a note to let me know that she’s expanding her line of shortbread cookies to now include Maui Sprinkle Cookies and Swirl Brownies!  You may have already seen them around at some local retail locations, with more coming soon.  Heidi also shared that she’s starting to get more requests for gift boxes, especially with all the corporate meetings and incentive groups coming to Maui, who are looking for unique, made on Maui treats.

In fact, the shortbread cookies have been so popular that Heidi is now looking for support to grow her business, and is launching an Indiegogo campaign today! Here’s some highlights from the campaign:  

This campaign will help us meet our growing demand and market our products both on Maui and beyond.  Your contributions will enable me to expand Maui Sweet Cakes in the following ways:

* Hire more cookie ninjas! (i.e. expand our staff)

* Purchase needed kitchen equipment

* Invest in professional-quality marketing materials and photography

* Conquer the WORLD-wide web by completing our e-commerce website

And of course, donating to this project comes with some sweet perks.

While everyone is encouraged to donate to the Indiegogo campaign, if you want to place a direct cookie or brownie order before the e-commerce website is up, you can contact Heidi at or (808)385-6202.

If you are lucky enough to be on Maui, you can find Maui Sweet Cakes cookies and brownies at the following locations:

  • Maui Gift Cookies Maui Cookies

    Shortbread Cookies – Maui Sweet Cakes

    Mana Foods

  • Whole Foods
  • The Market by Capische
  • Sip Me Coffee in Makawao
  • Ulupalukua Ranch Store
  • Haiku Market
  • Whalers General: Front Street & Shops at Wailea
  • Foodland Pukalani,  & Lahaina
  • Foodland Farms
  • Andaz – Mokapu Market (& as in-room amenities!)
  • Kea Lani – Cafe Ciao
  • MACC
  • Accents @ The Wailea Marriott

And Coming soon:

  • Foodland Kahealani
  • Whalers General-Banyan Tree & Pioneer Inn and more!

And if you recall Heidi’s other recent venture of Maui Dog Treats, it is currently being re-organized and will be re-launched early November. 

Corporate Gifts Maui Cookies and Sweets

I went away for two weeks in July, and upon returning, it seemed like there was a whole flurry of activity in Paia!  New shops had opened, other shops had moved, restaurants are closing and opening, and the construction boom is still in full force!

Here’s a run down of what’s new in Paia:


Congratulations to Christine and Tim Thevenard on the opening of their beautiful new shop Luna and Tide (website still under construction but has contact info)  – this shop is worth the entry just to see their gorgeous floors. I popped my head in when I was cruising around town with a four year old (who is not much for shopping) so I will have to go back and check out the shop soon solo. Plus they have my favorite Robena painting. According to Christine, “Luna & Tide is a new Paia store filled with gifts, art and home decor.  Many of the products that are sold here support and give back to the world artisans communities were they are from.  We are looking forward to working with more local artisan as well. Please come in to visit!”

A shop that is no longer in Paia is the custom swimwear shop ‘Love the Beach (and I believe she’s still making custom suits but I’m trying to confirm this!)- the space is now called The Mermaid Inn, and shares that same owners as the neighboring Paia Mercantile.  More on the Mermaid Inn coming soon… 

I can’t keep track of where everyone has been or is going, but it appears that Nectar Creations is now in the former Hemp House location and Original Kashmir (which appears to be a kind of import store with all kinds of crystals, jewelry and of course, cashmere) has taken its place along Hana Highway.


Hana Ranch Provisions - Opening August 2015 - New Restaurant Paia, Hawaii

Hana Ranch Provisions Opens in Paia!

The big news in the Paia restaurant world is the opening of Hāna Ranch Provisions.  The to-go counter (most recently Moana Bakery) is currently open, and the restaurant side will be opening for dinner on Friday, August 28!   According to the press release “Hāna  Ranch  is  thrilled  to  introduce  Hāna  Ranch  Provisions,  a  new  community  gathering  place  that,  at  its  core,  will  strive  to  provide  a  wholesome,  ingredient-­focused  food  experience,”  said  Linh  Phu,  culinary  manager  of  Hāna  Ranch.  “We  look  forward  to  sharing  all  of  the  Hāna  Ranch  grown  products  and  stories  through  Hāna  Ranch  Provisions,  where  each  dish  will  be  inspired  by  our  land,  history  and  culture.”

The to-go counter is open from 8:30am – 2pm, and the  restaurant  will  serve  breakfast,  lunch  and  dinner  daily.  A  sampling  of  planned  menu  items  include  daily  pastries,  sandwiches  on  freshly  baked  bread,  squeezed  juices,  house-­‐butchered  smoked  meats  and  sausages  and  more,  with  the  majority  of  ingredients  sourced  by  Hāna  Ranch.      The  restaurant  will  be  led  by  a  management  team  with  decades  of  combined  experience  in  the  culinary  industry,  including  Linh  Phu,  culinary  manager,  and  Morgan  Maki,  hospitality  manager  of  Hāna  Ranch.   Follow Hāna Ranch Provisions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  (Photos courtesy of Hāna  Ranch)

Hana Ranch Provisions Opens in Paia, Maui


Award-winning shore break photographer Clark Little will be holding a Signing and Meet & Greet Event on Thursday, August 27 from 5-7pm at Hi-Tech in Paia.

Clark Little will be at the store meeting with fans, signing autographs, and taking photos. Hurley + Clark Little Apparel Line “Flash Pack” , Clark Little 2016 Calendars and Clark’s latest book, Shorebreak (Standard Edition), will be available for purchase. Product quantities may be limited. 

Clark Little Maui Tour 2015 - Paia, Maui, Hawaii

New Construction

And the ongoing construction in Paia seems to be, well, ongoing.  Want more information about leasing space in Paia?  Click here.  

And once again, if you are reading all the way down here, you must be really bored.  So take a ride with me. Do you know what’s a fun website to check out? Craigslist.  And no, I don’t mean the Missed Connections, although they are often hilarious.  I mean Job Postings. For example, there is currently an ad for help wanted for Honolulu Coffee Company in Paia.  Is this a new business coming in? Or does Honolulu Coffee Company run one of the existing coffee shops? Well, a quick search of Honolulu Coffee Company shows that yes, indeed, they actually own Anthony’s.

Alternate Title: My one week escape from reality!

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UPDATE: The dates for 2016 are posted and registration is available!  If you pay a deposit by Dec 31, 2015, you will get a $200 discount!  Women’s camp is running June 19-24, 2016 – click here for more information and to register! 


I’m not going to lie. I literally just had the best week of my life. I went to camp. A real, honest-to-goodness, overnight camp. Just for women. On Maui. Can you believe it? I still can’t either.maui surfer girls camp

A couple months ago, a post appeared on my Facebook feed about a camp for women held by Maui Surfer Girls. Now, I already knew the company’s owner, Dustin Tester, as we went to the same high school and more recently served on the alumni board at the same time. Just knowing what a cool chick (and truly awesome surfer) she is, I emailed her as quickly as I could, hoping to ensure a spot at camp.

Dustin and her team have been running these camps for 15 years for high school-aged girls, teaching the girls to surf, amongst other activities, with a strong focus on empowerment.  In the past few years, they have held camps for women in other areas of the world, and collaborated with SwellWomen for on-island camps as well. This summer, Dustin explained that they were “finally ready to try out our signature girls camp program on women at the same facility with similar activities.  It’s more of a ‘return to summer camp’ experience and it was quite well received!”

red mini van for surfing

My mini-van turned into a board-hauling, estrogen filled machine!

On the first Monday of camp, I cleared the car seats and kids toys out of my minivan, replaced them with bikinis, beach chairs and lots of sunscreen and headed to my great adventure.  A mere 20 minutes later, as I approached the entrance to Camp Olowalu, I saw a group of surfers already hitting the waves.  “Are those my people?” I wondered.  I was greeted by Lucy, the assistant camp director, who informed me that the waves are “never this good here, in our 15 summers of camp we’ve never been able to surf this wave!” So I dropped my bags in my cabin and grabbed a board to go out and meet the group of women that I would be bonding with over the next 5 days.

Amazing view from camp. No wind at all during the first few days!

Amazing view from camp. No wind and lots of waves (though not in this pic-too busy surfing!) during the first few days!

After a short session we came in to the shore to go over the schedule for the week, which included glorious things like Yoga, Massages, Snorkeling, Reggae Cruises and Bonfires (complete with s’mores)!  Plus, of course, the 2 or 3 hours of surfing every morning!  Then we paddled out towards the waves again and held our opening circle of camp, which was such a magical experience – so much excitement buzzing for the week ahead!

I won’t bore you (or send you into a jealous rage) with a minute by minute account of what we did for the week (see schedule above!), but I will go over the highlights of camp, for anyone considering attending in upcoming sessions.

First of all, the location of the camp is truly amazing. It is just off the highway heading out to Lahaina (across the road from Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop) yet it feels worlds away from anywhere.  The cabins are ‘rustic’ (if you count having locking doors and electricity with ceiling fans rustic), but they are literally on the beach and plenty roomy for the 2 or 3 women per cabin at this particular camp.  The cabins were thoughtfully appointed by the staffers with Christmas lights, air mattresses (I believe an upgrade from the teen camp!), and clothes lines between each cabin for drying towels, suits and rash guards.  There are nearby bathrooms with all the modern conveniences, and there is also a full kitchen and multi-purpose room where we ate all our meals.

For both the teen and women’s camp, a team of talented chefs (flown in all the way from New York!) cooked 3 healthy and amazing meals for each day, graciously working around everyone’s various dietary restrictions. And yes! There was beer and wine!  This was adult camp after all!

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Professional Surfer Kelly Potts – A true inspiration on and off the waves. Photo by Lauren Stirpe

For each morning’s surf session, we headed just a bit down the road to Ukumehame Beach, where we were instructed by either Dustin or professional surfer Kelly Potts.  I’d never taken a proper surf lesson before, but it was obvious that these two ladies are not just passionate about surfing, they are excellent in their teaching abilities.  They are able to watch someone and tell them exactly what they need to do to take their surfing to the next level, and often on the very next wave.  It was so amazing being surrounded by so many supportive, encouraging women (not just the instructors but all the other campers as well!) that hours seemed to pass by as minutes (pruny fingers and sun kissed noses were good indicators as to when it was time to head in…)!

In between activities, there was plenty of down time, and the camp was fully stocked with snorkel gear, stand up paddle boards, (even a pool table!) but lounging in hammocks, reading and napping were often popular activities. The best part about adult camp is that we were all adults and all of the activities were pretty much optional, it was kind of a choose your own adventure!  And as you can imagine, there was lots of laughter and fun throughout the week.

here i am! complete in my finest... being outside ALL DAY made covering up (surfing in hats and yoga pants) essential

here i am! complete in my finest… being outside ALL DAY made covering up (surfing in hats and yoga pants) essential

I’m sure we all went to camp for various reasons, maybe reliving a memorable summer, or perhaps even to become a better surfer. Personally I went to camp to get out of the daily mommy-grind (I was the only one leaving two young children at home- thanks hubby for taking them!). After 7.5 years of stay-at-home/work-from-home momminess, it was time for a little R&R.  The camp was so relaxing and rejuvenating, I went home feeling completely refreshed.  I also want my children to know that I have hobbies besides carpool driving and dishes.  And besides, daddy surfs, so why can’t I?

The camp was wrapped up with the Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise  by Pacific Whale Foundation, with live and DJed music by Marty Dread.  As Maui’s resident reggae star, I know Marty always puts on a great time, but there was something pretty special about this cruise.  The dance floor was absolutely packed, and on occasion the beat of the dancers literally had the boat rocking up and down.  At one point we were passed by a very calm and serene looking crowd aboard another sunset cruise, and you just had to feel bad for a moment, knowing all those people had definitely gotten aboard the WRONG boat…


sunset maui panorama

Party aboard Pacific Whale Foundation!!!

Party aboard Pacific Whale Foundation!!!

The last morning a few of us die hards woke up for a final early session before the first departures started.  Once we got back to camp the packing was in full gear, and in that bittersweet moment, as we said our goodbyes, we all asked where we could put a deposit down for 2016.

I’m already counting down the days.

For More Information: 


2016 Camp dates are June 19 – 24 for Women.  Register and place a deposit by Dec 31, 2015 to get a discount!  Click here for more information on their women’s camps

Maui Surfer Girls 

Or check out their Year-Round Surf Lessons! You dont have to go to camp to experience the excellent teaching of Maui Surfer Girls (and some of their awesome male instructors too!) – Lessons are open to ALL Ages and beginner to intermediate surfers.

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A panoramic view of the camp grounds.

A panoramic view of the camp grounds.

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