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A Whole New HUE

Maui is a world-class destination for a lot of things, but shopping? Not so much.  Sure we have cute little boutiques, and bikini shopping that is noteworthy, but for anything for the home, choices have been pretty limited – that was, until two talented young interior designers saw this void, and have been filling it, with gorgeous pillows, comfy yet stylish couches, handy hostess gifts and much more! Wendy Takemoto and Jessica Guard McLellan decided to open up HUE, a furniture and lifestyle store, and the results?  Well, they’ve been stunning.

maui furniture store best home furnishings“We were designers before we were in retail, and it was never possible to find pieces in our style on-island,” Jessica explained. “We knew other people must also be feeling that need. So we thought rather than ordering from mainland stores, why not open our own?”  And Maui shoppers heartily agreed, voting them Best New Business in 2013 and Best Home Furnishings in 2014 in the Maui Time Weekly’s Best of Maui readers’ poll.

maui furniture store best home furnishingsIn 2012, Wendy and Jessica opened HUE at their original retail and design space on Kahului’s Lalo Avenue.  Not quite two years later, with a good idea of what island shoppers were looking for, Wendy and Jessica jumped at the chance to move to a much larger space in an established location.  They are now located at the former Latitudes, as the anchor for a whole design center, with The Garden, supplying silk flowers, plants and arrangements, by Latitudes’ former purveyors, and Suda Shades, creating custom window treatments.

The new location is approximately 5,000 square feet, triple the size of their former location.  “Our goal is to have the island’s premiere home and lifestyle shop, and this new space brings us one step closer. We now can present an even wider range of carefully curated home and gift items” Jessica continued.  HUE is still Maui’s exclusive dealer for Lee Industries’ furniture, they have added a few new luxury furniture lines, including Lexington and Palecek, and have brought in some more affordable options as well. HUE is constantly adding to their inventory to offer fresh pieces for shoppers, with containers arriving monthly, and smaller shipments arriving even more frequently.

coastal tropical modern design aqua In addition to furniture, HUE is expanding their bed and bath collection, and offers a wide range of home accessories and gifts, including tabletop accessories, hostess gifts, jewelry, soaps and lotions, eco-friendly wrapping paper, coffee table books, lighting and more.  “We travel to the mainland two to three times a year for furniture and gift markets,” shared Wendy. “It’s the best way for us to see what’s current, to get the best possible pricing from our manufacturers, and to check out the quality of the pieces before we order.  We also get a lot of our inspiration when we travel to market. We love seeing other shops in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, North Carolina… It’s just good to see stores that aren’t ALL rattan and tropical.”

In addition to offering what’s trending across the country, HUE offers many locally made items including bags by True Story Company and Tiger Lily, compass watches by Pandeia, body products by Queen Bee Productions, jewelry by Kachi, Sophie Grace Maui, Jasmine Honey Designs and Salty Luxe Hawaii, pillows by BlueJane Maui, and eco-friendly wrapping paper by Wrappily. Featured Maui-based artists include Abigail Romanchak, Robert Suzuki and Dane Ward.

According to HUE’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Birgitte Golden, giving back to the Maui community is an important part of the business as well. “We sponsor and donate to many non-profit events, and even assist event design, like at the Pacific Cancer Foundation’s Kama’aina Christmas for the past two years. We also participate in other fundraisers, like the Lee Industries’ Lee Loves America campaign, with a portion of sales going to a local non-profit.” Birgitte continued that, “another great aspect of HUE is that it is locally-owned and operated – Aloha is engrained in who we are, and all customers are met with a down-to-earth, no pressure attitude.” All five team members are born and raised in Hawaii. In addition to Wendy, Jessica and Birgitte, the team includes Design Associate Heather Guard and Warehouse Manager Chris Auna.

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Wendy and Jessica also offer professional services including residential and commercial interior design, kitchen and bath design, architectural computer renderings, and more.  Appointments are recommended for design services.

As I chatted with Wendy and Jessica about their new space, I asked what they’ve learned so far in their foray into retail, and what surprises have come up along the way. “Our eyes have really been opened to how shipping affects the costs of goods,” explained Wendy.  “Also, people sometimes don’t fully understand that we are on an island in the middle of the ocean…things take longer to get here, and cost a little more.  As Jessica shares, “mainly, retail is a lot of work. And it’s a different beast in this era with online shopping, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram….it takes a lot more to stay ahead of the game, but these are also very powerful marketing tools if you know how to use them.”

And speaking of social media – you can follow HUE here: on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

Mahalo to the HUE crew for the interview! 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: 

  • Location: 210 Alamaha St, Kahului
  • Hours: Mon- Fri – 9am- 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm, Closed Sunday
  • Phone: (808) 873-6910
  • Website: mauihue.com

Disclaimer: I am a paid consultant for HUE, but the opinions are my own. 

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Paia News- Truths vs Rumors Part 2

June 27 Update: Fresh Mint is closing today after 13 years of serving vegetarian Vietnamese cuisine… and tomorrow is the last day to enjoy Paia Bay Coffee (closing at 1pm)  – To hear where they are moving next, shoot them an email at paiabaycoffee@gmail.com (we’ll try to keep you posted here too) – and to order their house blend of whole coffee beans, email them at the same.

It seems every time I drive through Paia now, something is newly opened or has shuttered its doors.  Which is impressive since I drive through Paia a lot.

Here is a a refresher of the places that have closed in the last few months or so (and some brand new closures!).

Closed:

  • Nellie’s
  • Paia Yoga
  • Paia Pharmacy
  • Paia Contemporary Gallery
  • Eve Black Jewelry
  • and Paia Bay Coffee only has a few weeks left on their lease…

Rumor: Nellie’s is rumored be turning into a full service restaurant, but who will be running the restaurant remains a mystery.

Truth: Dan and John Cesere opened their first art gallery last week (Cesere Brothers), at the former Paia Contemporary Gallery location, next to Tamara Catz.

Truth: Yogis in Paia seem to have migrated over to Infusion, ‘Maui’s first Yoga and Barre Studio’, located behind Dazoo and Pearl and run by Trish Bianco.  We’ve been hearing good things about it.

Truth: Fans of Eve Black Jewelry will have to wait for the fall to get their glam on: here’s the word from Eva “I will take the jewelry collection to Europe for the summer, but I’ll be back on Maui in October to look for a new location.”

makai glass gallery wave art paia maui Truth: The artists of Makai Glass have opened Makai Gallery in the former Paia Pharmacy location, also featuring other artists such as Spar Street.

Truth: Construction has started in the vacant lot between Milagros and Alice in Hulaland – anyone care to start the rumors on what the building will be?

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Rumors: are flying around that Paia will soon be home to a sushi joint and a vegan cafe.   No confirmation has yet to be received, so I can’t share any more details at this point!

Truth: Another fairly new addition to Paia are the headquarters for Hawaii Web Group.  This creative web marketing firm is quickly growing and needed more space.  Paia was a perfect fit for them because Hawaii Web Group embraces their artistic side.  As a ‘support-local’ blog, we appreciate that Hawaii Web Group only hires full time Maui residents with no outsourcing, something rare in that industry. Hawaii Web Group helps Maui businesses reach a larger audience online by creating engaging viral content, which is then promoted via their attractive, high-traffic Maui websites and popular social media profiles.

Truth: And a bit up Baldwin Avenue, Lumeria has opened up its restaurant, Mūbu, to the public for dinner.  They are also opening up the Crystal Spa in June. Lumeria is a boutique yoga and wellness retreat catering to individual travelers and small groups seeking adventure for mind, body and spirit in barefoot elegance

Mūbu is Lumeria’s organic farm-to-table restaurant (breakfast and lunch for hotel guests only). Most ingredients come from Lumeria’s own farm and edible gardens and the remainder comes from within 10 miles of the property.

“Our chef always prepares what is freshest for the day, so we do not have a menu as it is prefix every day. If you would like to book with us, please call us to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance.” Dinner is $40/person for a 3-course meal.

lumeria.spa.paia.maui.crystal.massageLumeria’s Crystal Spa is set to open on June 1, and will be open daily between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. The spa is decorated with clusters of crystals not only for their beauty but to balance and harmonize the energy in the space and to offer their energy to all spa guests. Here are some more details from the spa, which takes up over 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space:

  • Coconut Grove: The Spa’s adjacent coconut grove offers a great place for peaceful meditation and lounging among the tall coconut palms that offer delicious, fresh coconut water and flesh, harvested for the Spa’s use.
  • 5 indoor crystal spa shalas– Each uniquely decorated spa cottage, housing crystal clusters, geodes and spheres that offer beautiful energy that can transform the spirit, inspire intuitive insight, guards against negative vibrations, and smooth’s the energy flows of spirit and body.
  • 2 ocean view massage shalas-Our private, open-beam constructed massage cottages are perfect for your open air connection or a romantic outdoorsy spa journey. These Massage Shalas have a cozy Plantation feel with beautiful views of the full length of the garden and the Pacific coast
  • Indoor tandem suite: For couples, friends and parent/child services
  • Janta Lounge (musical journey) – The spa invites you to arrive one hour prior your spa treatment and partake in the relaxing Janta Lounge, a world infused with the sounds of harmony and healing. Seat and listen the vibrational harmonics embedded into a custom musical journey, which are then combined with multi-dimensional sounds of nature and the pure tones of silicon crystal bowls. The Musical Journey is complimentary to all Lumeria Crystal Spa Guests.
  • Ladies and Gentlemen Dressing Rooms: Designed to offer the best start and end to your spa experience with individual changing areas to ensure maximum privacy.
  • Color & Aromatherapy Shower: This watercolor experience is designed to shower you in relaxing sensations and to improve your overall health and well- being. Shining different colors of light thru a water rain on the skin has tremendous health benefits.
  • Aroma Crystal Bar: offers you custom blend spa products to ease stress, touch the senses and promote healing. This Aroma Bar serves up a refreshing blend of aromatherapy on crystals for your sauna bath, a custom blend for your massage
  • Crystal energy sauna: We offer an intimate and private experience with our small wooden sauna room designed as a place to experience dry heat sessions with infused aromatic crystals. The high heat makes the bathers detox, relax and balance.

 

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.

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Deck the Walls- Gifts by Maui’s Top Artists

Have a sweetie on your Christmas list that is an avid art lover?  Here are some recent releases by a few of Maui’s most talented artists…

Ray Masters

Ray Masters has a fascinating bio on his website that includes designing products for companies such as Swatch and creating posters for dozens of sporting events, including numerous Grand Prix races.  He now calls Maui his home and has added photography (and running mauiwindcam.com) to his list of talents.

Ray Masters Dog Sevin Surfing

Bodysurfing 7.1 by Ray Masters

Bodysurfing7.1 is available as an original acrylic on canvas painting, 24” x 18” ($2,500) and a limited edition giclee with gallery wrap ($700).  Ray’s new muse, Sevin, was featured in several paintings in the recent ‘Going to the Dogs’ exhibit at the Hui Noeau.

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Ray Masters poses with his sunset photography piece, and the lucky new owner!

Ray also gets great images from his backyard, Maui’s North Shore, and they are available on canvas as well.  Here is a recent sale of a new photograph, of Ray and the lucky new owner of the image.  It’s available in many sizes, this one featured above is a 67″ x 48″ gallery wrapped canvas ($1900)

Kim McDonald

Kim McDonald has earned her comparisons to Gauguin and other “primitive” Impressionists with her lush island paintings, primal flowing seascapes, and dreamy night skies.  Known for her oil paintings, which often sell before they are even completed, Kim has recently started painting on an unusual medium, surfboards.  Featured in this year’s Maui Calls fundraiser, in galleries on Maui and art shows across the country, Kim’s Warrior Boards are becoming her new must-have pieces for art collectors.

Kim McDonald Artist Maui Painting

Coconut Beach by Kim McDonald

Coconut beach is a vailable as a limited-edition print, using the highest quality archival ink on canvas, with a gallery wrap.  Prints are hand embellished, signed and numbered. The original has sold. Available as 19” x 25” ($995) or 29” x 38” ($1695).

Or, a just released surfboard:

kim mcdonald custom surfboard

So new it doesn’t even have a name yet – we just call it Awesome

Rick Strini

Rick Strini was one of the first artists to revive the age-old tradition of Italian-European glass blowing and bring it to the backyard studio movement of the 60′s.  After years of successful achievements in the art glass field, Rick moved into art glass lighting, designing “Art that Illuminates”.  In addition to being a master glass blower, Rick has been traveling the world, analyzing glass factories and studios as a glass consultant.  If you need something for your walls, your tabletops, or truly unique lighting fixtures, Rick can make it for you.  Rick was also just accepted into the Maui Crafts Guild, which will be reopening in Paia next to Milagros any day now!  Make sure to stop by to check out his work in person.

Avi Kiriaty

Another signature Maui artist with a style so unique his works can be instantly identified as his own.  Review Avi’s extensive bio here on his website and check out one of his newest works, Hanging Out.  Available as a limited edition canvas giclee for $1,500, 40” x 30”.

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Goldie

A perfect Christmas gift for a Maui lover is the 2014 Calendar by Goldie, one of the newer artists in the Maui scene.  “Each one of these paintings took about 200 hours of rough sketching and researching the ideas to make them all come together. The paintings are watercolours, so if one single drop of paint went where it shouldn’t, I would have to start over”

View her website to purchase the calendar and see all of Goldie’s other whimsical pieces, or check them out at Mana Foods, Collections in makawao, Maui Ocean Center, Maui Tropical Plantation, Hi-Tech.

Maui Magic Calendar

Moving and Shaking in Paia

If you are heading to Paia any time soon you are going to want to read this!

There have been lots of moves, closings and openings, make sure you know where your favorite store is.   Seems like everyone is getting ready for the busy holiday season!

Moved:

Wings Hawaii – Now located at the old Maui Crafts Guild location (69 Hana Hwy), near Paia Bay and across from the free parking lot!

Vanity Salon – Vanity Salon is now located in Makawao… just up Baldwin Avenue!  

Moving:

Pearl Maui new location in paia

Pearl’s New Location – at the Former Wings Hawaii

Maui Crafts Guild – According to their website, they will be reopening in mid-December at a new location at the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Hwy. Anyone have any idea where?  

Pearl – Currently located off the beaten path, Pearl will soon be located at the former Wings Hawaii location.

Remodeling/Renovating:

Nuage Bleu – Undergoing ‘beautification’, Nuage Bleu is currently closed, but expected to reopen on October 27.

Dazoo – The old Moana Cafe is under going some major renovations, and is currently scheduled to reopen as Dazoo on November 1!  Here’s what the new owners have to say about Dazoo-  “Dazoo is reinventing fine dining on Maui, using fresh locally sourced ingredients prepared with an Asian-Pacific flair. We have a remarkable dining experience, a unique ambience, affordable tapas style plates and award winning cocktails.” In addition, a new Moana Bakery will be opening at the former Vanity Salon location!  YAY for a proper bakery returning to Paia!  More on this exciting restaurant news will be coming soon!

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Fine dining with a twist, and some legendary cocktails… at Dazoo Opening soon in Paia

 Paia Inn – Something is happening upstairs, but no official word yet. Will keep you posted!

Paia Inn Construction

Any idea what’s happening upstairs?

Under Construction:

Rock & Brews – Here are some excerpts from the company’s website:  “We are a casual family friendly restaurant, where families bring their grandparents and children to enjoy the indoor dining and open air patio. We pride our brand on friendly service, with an emphasis being on the great food menu and dining experience. We are not a live music venue, the background music heard is recorded and volume control is fully monitored. We plan to offer 52 beers on draft  and our signature Mai Tai and Margarita.  Our interior decor will honor the Hawaiian culture on Maui with materials found on the island and artwork from locals.  We consulted with a local artist to act as our Hawaiian Art and Cultural consultant, to make sure we respected the local traditions and cultures.

We have hired all local workers from the contractor to all sub-contractors.  We will also be incorporating all local produce and protein vendors in our menu from Maui.  In addition, the family owners have added additional stalls to the restrooms to accommodate needed facilities for the visitors to Hana via Paia. ”

The New Rock And Brews Location - Under Construction

The New Rock And Brews Location – Under Construction

Opened:

San Lorenzo- See this post for more info! 

New Parking Lots – If its been a really long time since you’ve been to Paia, you’ll want to know about the parking situation.  The dirt lot behind Charlie’s is paved and Paid Parking.  You need to enter by Charlie’s and exit onto Baldwin.  If you are heading to Mana Foods with two kids, believe me, the dollar or two is worth it.  I asked one time at Mana if they cared if I left the cart in the paid lot and they didn’t.  They apparently go looking all over town for them… So, ditch away.  If you aren’t traveling with small kids in tow, there’s also a new FREE dirt parking lot up Baldwin Avenue near the Post Office.

Closed:

Hemp House – Bummer.

Painted:

The wall near the Chevron – by the awesome artist Robena.  Ok, I’d been hearing about this wall for weeks and never figured out where it was until recently.  If you are driving through Paia towards Kahului, when you pass Hana Bay Picnic Lunch, or whatever that place is called with the amazing smoothies, really quickly look right (towards the ocean) – its on that wall next to the Sand & Sea.  If you are walking by, head down the side street to take a look – It’s really stunning in person.   Robena is also currently one of the Four Seasons Maui’s artists-in-residence.  You can meet Robena at the hotel (in Wailea)  on Saturdays: 8am – 1pm

This gives you an idea of where the new mural is

This gives you an idea of where the new mural is

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And a close up of Robena’s Mural in Paia

Turning a New Leaf at Maui Tropical Plantation

The new entrance to Maui Tropical Plantation

The new entrance to Maui Tropical Plantation

When my daughter was young, I’d take her over to Maui Tropical Plantation to feed the ducks.  The place was getting a bit run down, but you could see new things were starting to happen, beginning with the ziplines.  Then my son was born, and apparently I never went back, until a couple weeks ago.  I decided it was time to visit the ducks again, plus I heard there was a chocolate factory and a soap factory, so off we went.  Imagine my surprise when I walked into the main building and found a completely renovated new gift store.  It’s beautifully done, with a really nice selection of gift items and art (and even cold beer for purchase!)  Past the first building are the little hales or cottages – which I believe used to be little museums about Maui’s agricultural history, which now house various shops, including the Sweet Paradise Chocolate shop, where they make beautiful little chocolates onsite.  Off to the right is also the brand new Moku Pua soap company (more on this start up coming soon!)

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Expansion of the pond with sugar mill wheels to be added as a water feature

There are also lots of changes happening with the site, like the extension of the pond, and the renovation of the restaurant.  I checked with the staff at the MTP and this is what they reported back:

Completed Improvements

  • Redesigned Tram Station and renovated trams.
  • Live music on select days.  Call to confirm performance dates.  Regular performers include Joel Katz, and the Hula Honeys.
  • Renovated restrooms throughout the plantation.
  • Improved outdoor dining area and tram station seating area.
  • Expanded lagoon with historic sugar mill gears, bridges and other photo opportunities.
  • Improved Village shops and attractions including: Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, Moku Pua Soap Factory, Ron L Jewelry Designs, The Bailey House History of Waikapu, Maui Zipline, Edible Hawaiian Magazine, Maui Paddler Company, and a Glass Blower kiosk.

Pending Improvements

  • A free “guidebook.com” smartphone app for visitors to use.  They simply download it to their phone and explore the plantation.  It will go live in December.
  • Coffees of Hawaii cafe at Tram Station opening in Q1, 2014.
  • Plantation bar with historic Claus Spreckels steam engine and Kalakaua Coach Car opening in Q1, 2014.

Have you been to the renovated Plantation yet?

Wood-n’t you love this? Cool Wood Gifts from Maui

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A Made on Maui Wood Gift Guide:

Woodwork.  There’s just something special about this medium.  The warmth, the colors, the contrast – master woodworkers know how to make each piece truly special.   Here’s a gift guide to some fun wood items, each made on Maui.  Wood is the traditional five-year wedding anniversary gift, but I think these awesome finds below would always be appreciated.

wood knife holder beautiful maui carved gift

Wood-n’t this make a great wedding present for a Maui wedding?

This agave wood knife holder, with the island of Maui carved out of the center, was made from wood that was sustainably harvested from the slopes of Mount Haleakala. An epoxy finish was used to add strength and to accentuate the natural beauty.  Currently available on Etsy by DynamicElephant

Koa Wood Trivets Turtle and Pineapple

Available at MauiHands.com or in the Maui Hands stores

Hand-carved Koa wood turtle and pineapple trivets by Kamano Woods – view their artwork online at mauihands.com or at the several Maui Hands stores around the island.

Koa Wood Rocking Chair Made on Maui

I wood never leave this chair…

Made with old world techniques and oil glowing surfaces, this one of a kind solid koa rocking chair will embrace you with arms of comfort that no other chair can.  Handmade on Maui by legendary furniture maker Randall Watkins, using only the finest vertical cut grain of curly Koa.  Available online through the Rachael Ray Art Collection, or if you are on Maui, head on over to Makawao to try one on for size at Maui Hands. 

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Wood Bead and Sea Shells – So Organic and Trendy!

Wooden bead bracelets by Maui jewelry designer Valerie Dunn, with Maui seashells and  charms.  View more pictures on Valerie’s blog, and contact her for availability

Made on Maui wood turned vessel

“Vessels That Dance” series of wood turned vessels by artist Derek Bencomo

Derek  Bencomo’s dramatic pieces can be seen in some of the county’s best museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.  He describes his original works below:

“Never figurative, my work balances mass and abstract lines, capturing a sense of motion with motion while the sculptural aspects mirror the figure of the wood. Over the last decade my work has shown dramatic growth from the tradition of woodturning, where bowl or vessel is the norm, to a sculptural approach that is distinctly original. My current works feature lines that curve and stretch out in three dimensions against the subtle backdrop of wood grain. The form, line and pattern are all abstract, reflecting the natural beauty of a wave, stretch of beach and horizon.”

Visit his website to see where Derek’s pieces can be seen, and which ones are available for purchase. 

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