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Makawao Update + DRIFTWOOD’s Grand Opening!

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2016 Update: I’m hoping to head up to Makawao to scope out all the new stores and coffee shops, but wanted to mention that one of the owners of the beloved brand Queen Bee Productions has just opened her own salon in Makawao, The Honey House, featuring waxing, facials and more!  Located just about Droplets., across the street from Casanova.

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maui Christmas Decor and Gifts – Online!

Want to start your holiday shopping but not quite ready to face the crowds (or not even on Maui?) Here’s an assortment of holiday-themed gifts (with Maui ties) that you can order online!

Head High Tropicals 

Looking for a show-stopping wreath for your front door or a gift for a lover of tropical flowers on the mainland? Head High Tropicals will create, package and ship a wreath ($145) or basket ($75) to your lucky recipient (or yourself!) – all prices include shipping and tax. Quantities are limited so ordering early is advised.

live christmas tree hawaii mauiLive Native Trees

Speaking of foliage, if you are looking for a more eco-friendly Christmas tree this year, check out Plant a Wish’s Live Native Christmas Trees, for a potted 3 foot tall ohia lehua tree (available on Maui only). Trees are $75 if you order before midnight on November 30, or $85 after. The cost of your tree includes delivery (Maui only), personalized support in the planting of the tree, and detailed tree care information.  To read more about the backstory of Plant a Wish and the live holiday trees, click here.

Wrappily

And speaking of eco-friendly gifts, Maui-based Wrappily has a new line of holiday wrapping paper, and if you are feeling crafty, new holiday gift-topper kits!

BlueJane Maui

Well now you have your wreath, your tree and your wrapping paper, how about some holiday home decor, for you or as a gift!  BlueJane Maui has these handmade (and professional quality) pillow covers featuring holiday messages in black paint on natural canvas fabric, with contrasting fabric (varies with pillow) on the reverse. See the listings for the Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) or Joy/Peace on Etsy.

Bitty Bambu 

For your holiday parties and family photo shoots, look no further than Bitty Bambu.  The girls’ dresses and skirts, all handmade with designer fabrics, are all pretty as a picture and for gift ideas, Bitty Bambu offers darling baby gift sets with a onesie and matching burp cloth and t-shirts for girls and boys.

Jennifer’s Gourds

What is Christmas on Maui (or for a Maui-loving friend) without your Sandy ‘Snowman’? Jennifer’s Gourds makes these darling little sandmen (out of gourds!) with Maui sand and shells.

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Happy Honu Maui

Deck your halls with gorgeous Hawaiian print Christmas stockings by Happy Honu Maui – these burlap trimmed stockings are boutique quality, designer 100% cotton fabric, with a fabric liner, plus a fabric “hook” for hanging. Built to last and Santa approved.  See the listings for the Blue Ho Ho Ho Hawaiian Surf Signs or Red Hawaiian Hula Girl.


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Holiday Family Photos COUPON! 

And finally, as a special offer to MauiMadeBlog readers, Grace Emata of Gracee Studios is offering 20% discount on holiday mini-sessions through December 10th.The Mini Session includes a 30 minute photo session, 50 digital images and an on-line gallery! Gracee Studios specializes in weddings, maternity, family and keiki photography. Grace also offers wedding planning services.

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Moolei by Maile – Cotton Scarf Lei

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

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

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

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

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

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

MM: What inspires your designs? 

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

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

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

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

MM: Tell me about your background. 

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

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

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

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

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

Website: www.myleialoha.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/scarflei

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

Model Photography by J. Anthony Martinez

Tamara Catz New Collection and Bridal Sample Sale!

Anyone needing a fashion fix must run, not walk, over to Tamara Catzs Paia boutique to see the new Lifestyle Collection which just arrived!  The new styles include “bubble jersey prints in stylish yet comfortable styles like strapless jumpsuits, 3/4 sleeve short dress, and wide pants with crochet inserts at hem, sunset colored chiffon kimono jackets and long maxi hand batiked dresses. So many styles to choose from, all timeless and gorgeous…”  They encourage shoppers to come by to see it in person, they are all limited collections and may not even make it to the online store!

Here are a few of my favorites, view more on the website or follow the designs on Pinterest!  

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tamara catz sample sale bridal paiaIn addition to the new collection, Tamara Catz is having another of their popular sample sales on Friday, September 12, and this year it’s a Bridal Sale, with gowns up to 75% off!  According to a Tamara Catz spokesperson, “We will be celebrating with fresh local kombucha and champagne!  For ladies that are not get married, they are welcome to stop in and have a beverage and check out the new collection!”

Tamara Catz Bridal represents a romantic, beachy bohemian style. Elegant, sophisticated and not overwhelmingly full of fabric, Tamara Catz bridal silk gowns are perfect for beach, island and resort weddings.

Tamara Catz began her collections in 2000 on Maui, with immediate success, selling to boutiques and department stores all over the US and Japan. Continuing on with her success, in 2005 Tamara opened her first boutique in Paia, and 2 years later she launched her Bridal collection.

Tamara Catz Boutique is located in Paia at 83 Hana Hwy (near Flatbread).  The store is open from 10am – 6pm on Sunday – Thursday, and 10am – 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

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The Tamara Catz boutique is as dreamy as the clothing!

Paia Truths and Rumors – September Edition

angelina hills trunk show paia Sept 10 Update:  Adding to the rumor mill is the last minute cancellation of the Summer Concert Series featuring Marty Dread at Rock N Brews, which was supposed to occur tonight.  I guess the live-music wars in Paia are not over, folks!

And – Check out a Trunk Show on Friday (September 12) with Art by Angelina Hills and Joya by Sarina! Takes place 6-9pm at the Paia Inn Hotel (click image to view larger) 

Original Post: With the departure of Tortillas leaving a gap in the ‘take-out’ category of Paia restaurants, Thai Spice quickly filled the void, pleasing everyone with the frequent craving of Pad Thai and Chicken Satay.

Thai Spice is open from 10am – 8pm daily and is located next to the Wine Corner (take-out and a liquor store in one parking lot???? BONUS!) Phone number is 579-8269 and here is their menu attached: (click to view larger) 

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prospect maui paia Hana Bay Picnic Lunch moved in with its sister business, Paia Gelato, leaving a void in Paia, which was of course quickly filled by Prospect, I can’t find out much information about this yet, except that it’s based out of Park City Utah.

Anyone who is (or even may be) getting married soon should make plans to attend the Tamara Catz Bridal Sale.  And if you aren’t about to head down the aisle any time soon, you will probably want to head over their soon to check out their recently released Fall collection. The pieces I’ve seen so far are so awesome they might just get their own post!

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A lot of people were disappointed to hear that Paia Bay Coffee closed down, but their disappointment was short lived, as they quickly reopened behind San Lorenzo.  I was only able to quickly poke my head back there, but its an awesome space and only on day 1 or 2 of boing open was pretty full!  Their regulars are a faithful bunch!  Can’t wait to try it myself.  Entrance is either through the garage behind Prospect (near the gas station side) – or San Lorenzo when its open.

pakaloha paia maui newPakaloha lovers will be thrilled to know that they can now get their bikini fix again in Paia – in the former Oceania Maui space, between Rock N Brews and Milagros.

Speaking of Rock N Brews, there are two more chances to see Marty Dread at their Summer Concert Series – TOMORROW – Wednesday, September 10 and September 24th!   Better get there early, heard it was pretty packed in August.

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dazoo paia dazoo maui news paia news Lots of changes for Dazoo – they are now open on Saturday AND Sunday for brunch (for everyone that missed their breakfast foods!) starting at 9am, and TODAY they are unveiling their new Fall menu – with more traditional entrees being offered, but if you were a fan of their mix and match small plates, there are still lots of options of those as well!   Fans of the bibimbap will be happy to know that its now being served at dinner!

Paia has also been featured in the actual news a bit recently –

On September 2,  Mike White ( Maui County Council rep for Paia, Haiku and Makawao) shared this on his Facebook page – “A big moment for the County – just moments ago, the Budget and Finance Committee approved the acquisition of approximately 4 acres in Maui Business Park II in Kahului for a new service center from A&B, which also comes with a 35.55 acre donation of land extending from Baldwin Beach Park towards Paia Town!”

And tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10) , the groundbreaking ceremony for Heritage Hall is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m.  Heritage Hall is the multi-purpose community complex that honors the history and culture of Portuguese and Puerto Rican immigrants to Maui.

The facility consists of two separate buildings that will house the cultural resource centers on the second floor.  The ground floors will be offered for lease to two nonprofit organizations serving the Paia area.

“Heritage Hall fulfills the long-standing dreams of both the Portuguese and Puerto Ricans to have a place where their respective histories and cultures can be shared with the general populace,” said Heritage Hall Board secretary Audrey Rocha Reed in a press release announcement.

The project is located on Baldwin Avenue near the former Paia Mill and Paia Train Depot sites.

According to Reed, the project is slated to take a year to complete.

To read more about the project, check out the article in MauiNow.com http://mauinow.com/2014/09/08/mauis-heritage-hall-groundbreaking-set-for-wednesday/

 

Blogging disclaimer: I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo 

New Children’s Clothing Line – Pilialoha Keiki

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It seems like at least a monthly occurrence, the invitation arrives in your email inbox for a baby shower, baby luau or child’s birthday party.  Time to head out again to shop around for the perfect present, but what kind of toys do they like?  Do they already have this book?  What is something every child can use and every parent can appreciate? Clothes – especially ones with eye-catching designs, inspired by the culture of Hawai`i.  Working mom and budding entrepreneur Rondy answered a few of our questions about her brand new children’s clothing line, Pilialoha Keiki. Rondy, a teacher, started the line along with her husband, a registered nurse.

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Le`ale`a means Joy and Fun in Hawaiian. The ‘i’iwi bird, or native Hawaiian honeycreeper, is also on the Pilialoha Keiki logo.

Maui Made: Where did the idea come from? 

Rondy: About 3 years ago my husband wanted to start a food based business so I decided to take a class put on by the Maui Economic Development board to learn how to start a business.  The food idea didn’t stick but I had to come up with a business idea quick so that I could write a business plan in the class.  At the time I had a young daughter at home and couldn’t find any clothes that reflected positive, local values and images.  I decided to write a business plan based on this idea and called the company “Pilialoha Keiki”. Pilialoha is my husband’s middle name and it means “My Beloved”.  I finished the business plan and the class, but after the class we didn’t pursue starting the company.  We were busy with work and we also had another addition to our family so we just dropped the idea.

On New Years Day 2014, my husband and I decided that we needed to do something for ourselves and we revisited the idea. I started drawing up designs and my husband worked on finding venues to sell the clothing.  So far we have met some obstacles but we love the opportunities that this business has given us.  My husband and I are introverted but by creating this business we go places we would normally wouldn’t go to, we meet so many great people, and we feel like we have grown so much by putting ourselves out there.  I hope that the meanings behind the clothing will transcend the Hawaiian culture and will be meaningful to all parents and their beloved keiki.

little opihi baby shirt onesie hawaii MM: Any items that are more popular so far? 

Rondy: So far our biggest seller is our “Little Opihi” onesies.  I think that term is so endearing in Hawaii and people are so proud to say that they have an opihi.

MM: Where are the shirts silk screened?

Rondy: When I was thinking about starting the business, a former student walked into my class and said that he just got a job at a silk screening company named All Island Printworks.  It was like fate, so we went with them.  They are located in Kahului by Ace Hardware.

mahalo greeting cardMM: You’ve also made a line of greeting cards, where are they printed? 

Rondy: At first I went with a mainland company because I thought it would be the cheapest and easiest.  After my first batch, I wasn’t too impressed so I searched around and found Ace Printing Services here in Wailuku.  They are so nice and have great prices!

hawaii onesieMM: Are you the artist behind all these designs?  

Rondy: Yes, I design all the artwork.  It’s so fun to do art again that I’ve been trying lots of techniques like drawing, linoleum printing, and computer generated art. I think I’m trying to be an artist again after about 10 years of not doing any art.

hawaii onesieMM: Where can people buy your products? 

Rondy: We have an Etsy shop, and right now we have been going to different craft fairs and events.  We keep people updated on where we will be at through Instagram (@pilialoha_keiki) and Facebook.  People also contact us to buy from us directly.

MM: What’s next for you company? 

Rondy: We’re so excited to be accepted to the Made in Hawaii Festival in August as well as the Made in Maui County Festival in November.  So far this experience has been amazing and we are just letting the business grow slowly and see where it takes us.

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Pilialoha Keiki Booth at their First Event: Merrie Monarch

Mahalo to Randy for sharing her story!  

 

Maui-Designed Cover Up Featured on The Grommet

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This is NOT ME – but this is kind of what it looked like… 🙂

True Story: Last weekend, we were packing up from a day at the beach, getting ready for the requisite stop at Ululani’s on the way home, when I threw on my coverup and rinsed my sandy slippers in the shower.  As I went to turn off the reliably untrustworthy beach park shower, I ended up absolutely soaking myself, much to the amusement of everyone watching.  Luckily, I was wearing my new coverup from RipSkirt Hawaii, which is made from water shedding fabric, and I was able to enjoy my shave ice without looking like a drowned rat.

RipSkirt Hawaii is the brainchild of Alecia Elsasser, a Maui mommy and former business owner, who was just looking for a solution to her daily dilemma of leaving the beach in a wet bathing suit, where normal pareus or cotton coverups just get wet and leave tell-tale bathing suit marks.

“I just wanted something to wear that wouldn’t soak through when I made a stop on the way home from the beach,” Alecia shared.  “I couldn’t find exactly what I envisioned on the market, so I decided to start making my own cover-ups. I had a skirt with a Velcro closure and I started with that as a template. My friends and daughter helped me with my logo, the sizing, and the colors.

“The result was RipSkirt, a water-repellant wrap cover-up with no snaps or zippers, only adjustable Velcro tabs. You rip it off to change. It’s made out of a water-repellant, modern board short material with just enough stretch to give but not to cling, and it quickly covers your bum and thighs without soaking up water.”

Today, May 9, RipSkirt Hawaii was featured on The Grommet, a product launch platform.  According to the Grommet website: “we find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed.  We have launched over 2,000 companies since 2008, many of which have gone on to become household names, like SodaStream and Banagram.” The Grommet was also named one of the Hottest Companies of 2013 by Internet Retailer.

Alecia and her husband Ed ran a handbag company when they lived on the mainland, and she heard about The Grommet from one of her former employees. “He thought my skirts would be good match for The Grommet. We were selected in February, but they wanted to wait until spring to launch.

yoga pants cover up skirt“I sent them some samples to try out, but since it was winter in Massachusetts, they weren’t heading to the beach.  As they were testing them out though, the women in their offices started wearing them over their yoga and gym attire, and we discovered that it is more than just a swim skirt. We are now marketing it as all purpose athletic wrap skirt and cover up.”

The RipSkirts are available in sizes XS – L, and feature water resistant, quick dry material, an interior key/card pocket, adjustable velcro closure and a flattering kick pleat in the rear.  Skirts are machine washable, hang dry (or dry clean) They come in solid colors : Ocean Blue, Poppy and Black, and in prints: Ulupua Blue and Ulupua Black.

pink surfboard skirt surfer girl cover up rash guardWhere to Buy:

On Maui:

Alecia is also looking for more retail locations if you might be interested in carrying her product! Click here to contact 

Want more?

beach hat cover up sun skirt bikiniWatch the video of Alecia explaining how RipSkirt came to life,

Follow Ripskirt on Pinterest

 

http://ripskirthawaii.com

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