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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!

fancy drinks paia maui restaurant

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

robena mural paia maui

And a close up of Robena’s Mural in Paia

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. 

wood bead bracelet with shell made on maui

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. 

Thrift, Consignment and Second-Hand Shops on Maui

Update September 2017: New ‘Vintage / Unique’ Shop: CUT Market opening soon in Wailuku! 

Update January 2016: Just saw this on Ask the Mayor and thought it was helpful:

Dear Mayor,

Q: I have a couple of car seats that my child has outgrown and I was wondering what I can do with them. Secondhand stores don’t take them and I don’t want them to go in the landfill. Mahalo.

A: You can take the car seats to Ka Hale A Ke Ola homeless shelter. They will accept them there. The shelter is located at 670 Waiale Road in Wailuku.

It seems like everyday a new thrift or consignment store is opening up, and another one is closing down. The only website that I can find with a complete listing of thrift shops on Maui is dated 2004, meaning its over ten years old, and of course, half of those places are closed.

So, here’s my list of thrift and consignment stores currently (to the best of my knowledge, and please send me or comment with updates) operating on Maui.   (There are a few second-hand furniture stores that are not on this list, but if you know of a GREAT one, let me know)

Thrift / Consignment / Second Hand Stores on Maui – listed by region

Pop-Up

  • Name- Keiki Cove- resale pop up shop for kids clothes and MORE
  • Location: traveling pop up, locations will vary, vendor events, online, and in home shopping, etc…
  • Thrift- Keiki Cove accepts gently loved children clothes, boy/girl from preemie-teen. Also accepting, excellent condition toys and books. 
  • Benefits- YOU & Local Charities
  • More details- Keiki Cove is set to open November 2017
  • Keiki Cove’s goal is to provide other Maui moms with a unique and affordable shopping experience for every budget
  • We will offer something for every child including, new, gently loved and even more loved items
  • Phone: 808.727.0733
  • Email: keikicove808@gmail.com
  • Social Media: Facebook        &    Instagram

Wailuku

  • Maui consignment stores

    CUT Market Opening SOON in Wailuku, currently buying your fun finds!

    Name: CUT Market  (NEW!) 

  • Location: 45 N. Market
  • Hours: 11am-6pm (starting Sept. 16, 2017)
  • Details: We are a preloved clothing boutique specializing in vintage, unique and upcycled goods. We are mainly doing clothing and accessories at the moment but hope to branch out to some furniture and home goods. We look for gently used classic, vintage inspired and some trendy pieces. We aren’t really offering consignment options at the moment, but we are buying goods out right from 12 to 3 pm M-F (starting today). Our grand opening will be on September 22!
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  • Name: ReStore – for Building Materials and Household Items 
  • Location:970 Lower Main Street
  • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
  • Benefits: Habitat for Humanity
  • Donate: Building Materials, furniture, home decor, etc (donations accepted Mon – Sat, 8:30am – 4:30pm)
  • NO: used appliances, used paint, used mattresses, commercial lighting/electrical supplies, used ceiling fans, used carpet/carpet padding and electronics (other items may not be accepted, call if unsure)
  • Phone: (808) 986-8050
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  • Name: Ecycle (Maui County’s Electronic Recycling Program)
  • Location: 901 Lower Main St, across from Maui Soda & Ice
  • Hours: 9am – 1pm, Tuesday and Saturday
  • Benefits: YOU
  • YES: Working or not – Electronic systems, everything with an electronic circuit board, except household appliances. This includes computers, televisions and everything that attaches to them, all phones, all audio and most office equipment.
  • NO: stoves, air conditioners, toaster ovens, refrigerators, fans, water coolers, etc. Appliances must be taken to Hammerhead Metals in the Maui Baseyard off Mokulele.
  • Phone: 280-6460
  • Name: St. Anthony’s Thrift Store
  • Location: 1627 Mill Street
  • Hours: 8am – 1pm, Mon – Fri, Closed on holidays
  • Benefits: St. Anthony Catholic Community
  • Donate: call for info
  • Phone: (808) 242-7785

Makawao/ Haiku

  • Name: Cornerstone Consignment
  • Location: 1152 Makawao Avenue (behind Driftwood)
  • Hours: Mon – Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10-2:30pm, Buying clothes: Mon – Sat 10am-4pm
  • Phone: (808) 572-5062
  • Click for Website and Facebook and Instagram 
  • I can’t find a list of what they accept / do not accept, so please call to confirm. They appear to have lots of women’s clothes, and a variety of personal/ household items/ baby items in their ‘downstairs’ area.
  • Consignment details: Consignor will receive 50% of selling price, less a .50 cent fee on per item that sells. Consignor will be responsible for their own account, consignment is for 8 total weeks, once the consignor drops off items it will be considered week one. During the 7th week items will be marked 50% off, and consignors will also need to pick up any merchandise they may want to retain by Friday at the end of closing.

 

  • Name: Droplets. Children’s Consignment and Curated Gift Shop
  • Location: 1169 Makawao Ave (next to Maui Hands)
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday – 10am – 5:30pm, Saturday –  10:30am – 5:00pm, CLOSED Sunday & Monday
  • Consign: Droplets. accepts new and gently used children’s clothing for girls and boys, ages newborn to 7 years old.  There’s even some items for mama.   Click for consignment details. 
  • More Details: Droplets. also carries various toys, books and Made In Hawaii treasures because supporting locally is sustainable. Stop in for mama, shower, new baby, and birthday gifts. Gift and Birthday Registries and Certificates are also available. How can you beat FREE Gift Wrapping and the possibility of finding a parking space just out front a children’s boutique!
  • Follow Droplets. on InstagramFacebook and Twitter for the latest treasures and events!
  • Phone: 808.276.6796
  • Name: St. Joseph’s Thrift Shop
  • Location: 1294 Makawao Ave., Makawao
  • Hours: Tue / Thur 9-1pm, second Sat 9-1pm
  • Benefits: St. Joseph’s Church
  • Donate: (NO large appliances, beds, mattresses, furniture or broken items)
  • Phone: 572-9150

Yelp Reviews

  • Name: St Rita’s Thrift Shop
  • Location: 655 Haiku Road
  • Hours: Sunday 9:30am-12:00pm / Tuesday 8:00am-12:00pm
  • We accept pretty much everything except large furniture, TV’s, computers, etc.
  • Benefits: We are using the proceeds to buy our land and  pay off our land payment.
  • Phone:808-575-2601
  • Website: http://stritahaiku.com/68

Kula

  • Name: Kala Iki Thrift Store
  • Location: Kula Hospital, 204 Kula Hwy
  • Hours: 9:30am – 1pm, Second and last Saturdays, Third Tuesdays
  • Benefits: Kula Hospital (special projects and services for patients)
  • Donate: Household, clothing, kitchen, toys, kids stuff, some small electrical items,
  • (NO large appliances, electrical, furniture)
  • Where to donate: drive all the way up the hill, past the hospital, look for the sign for directions by the maintenance shed… or call
  • Phone: 878-1221

NOTE: All of the kids clothes and toys (and maybe more, this is just what I was told on the phone) get cleaned thoroughly before you buy them!

Paia

  • Name: Rose’s Consignment in Biasa Rose
  • Location: 104 Hana Hwy in Paia
  • Hours: 10am – 6pm, daily
  • Benefits: YOU!
  • Phone: (808) 579-8602
  • Consignment: By appointment only.  Better labels only, (no gap, br, af, forever 21)
  • Clothes must be washed, shoes only in new condition.
  • A Note from Biasa Rose: “We started Roses as a response from our customers mentioning how they had items hanging in their closets they hadn’t worn and didn’t know what to do with them.  We started really small at first just a slice of our office but as the word spread we expanded into the whole back room. Our customers know they can find great designers, and now vintage hawaiian muumuu’s and aloha shirts.  I love when we get in pretty dresses,and beach tunics (especially Le Tarte) and designer denim. A few great denim labels are;Paige,AG,Seven,Current Elliott,Mother,J Brand, Tees we love are James Perse, Velvet, Susanna Monaco. Any Clothing from anthropologie, and H&M customers love. A few great customers bring in European designers. The styles are really creative and funky.”

Kahului

 

 

  • Name: Goodwill
  • Location: 250 Alamaha St (next to FORMER Valley Isle Gymnastics)
  • Hours: 9am – 6pm, Mon-Sat / 9am – 5pm, Sun
  • Benefits: Goodwill Industries
  • Donate: Items in resell-able condition (NO hazardous waste, major appliances, TVs only if 5 years or newer, construction material, machinery and parts, etc)
  • Phone: (808) 442-8989
  • Name: Revive
  • Location: 65 W. Kaahumanu Ave. ~ Old Kahului Shopping Center
  • Hours: Friday & Saturday – 10am – 5pm (resale and donations) – Wed & Thursday – donations only 10 – 5
  • Benefits: Women Helping Women
  • Click to See items you can/can’t Donate
  • Phone: (808) 495-0067
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  • Name: Rebecca’s Closet Resale – Women’s Consignment 
  • Location: 310 Alamaha St (former Elise)
  • Hours: Mon – Sat – 9:45am – 6pm,  Sunday – Noon – 5pm
  • Facebook:
  • Phone: 808) 877-7400
  • Name: Da Warehouse Imports and Liquidation 
  • NEW Location: 250 Alamaha St. Unit N 12 Kahului 96732 –
  • Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm
  • Phone: 808-639-3246 or 808-639-3609
  • Liquidate furniture from several major hotels on Maui, Lanai, Kauai and Oahu. They also import some items from Indonesia.
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Puunene / Kahului

  • Name: Friends of the Library Bookstore
  • Location: By Old Puunene School (& at Queen Kaahumanu Mall)
  • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 9am to 4pm (mall one probably mall hours)
  • Benefits: Hawaii State Public Libraries
  • Donate: Books, Music, Movies…
  • Phone: (808) 871-6563
  • Notes: Most of the books at the Puunene location are only 25 cents!  Everything outside is free! Prices slightly higher at the mall location.
  • Click for More – Including directions to the Puunene location, you’ll want to see this first!

Kihei

  • Name: Rainbow Attic – Consignment
  • Location: 1881 S. Kihei Rd B5
  • Hours: 9am – 7pm daily
  • Benefits: YOU! (buying or selling!)
  • Consign: Clothing, collectibles and furniture – Tuesdays – Fridays, no consignments accepted last full week of the month
  • Phone: (808) 874-0884
  • Name: Nita’s Hidden Treasures
  • Location: 330 Ohukai, Suite 104
  • Hours: 9am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday
  • Benefits: YOU! (buying or selling!)
  • Consign: Unique Furniture and Home Decor Consignment.
  • Phone: (808) 250-1592
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  • Name: Salvation Army – Kihei 
  • Location: 35 hale street #105
  • Hours: 9am – 5pm Mon-Sat, Closed Sun
  • Benefits: Salvation Army
  • Donate: NO beds, no toys, no baby seats/items (clothes OK)
  • Phone: (808) 875-8065

Lahaina/ Westside

 

  • Name: Elua Nani – Consignment Store 
  • Location: 5059 Napilihau Street Unit 109A (Napili Plaza)
  • Hours: 9am – 9pm Mon-Sat, 10am – 4pm Sun
  • Consign: Clothes, Accessories, Home Decor and Furniture that can be carried into store (bring a picture for larger items) view for more info 
  • Phone: (808) 669-6264

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  • Name: Salvation Army – Lahaina
  • Location: 131 Shaw St
  • Hours: 9am – 4pm, Mon-Sat, Closed Sun
  • Benefits: Salvation Army
  • Donate: NO beds, no toys, no baby seats/items (clothes OK)
  • Phone: (808) 661-3717
  • Yelp Reviews

 

What’s your favorite second-hand shop on Maui?

Is there an incorrect or new listing you would like to add?  Please do so in the comment section below and I’ll add it to the list!

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Rick Strini – Art that Illuminates

blown glass chandelier by maui artist rick strini

The Jungle Chandelier

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.

Rick is about to celebrate 50 years as a glass blower.

Maui Made: How did you get started with glass blowing? 

Rick Strini: I saw a teacher friend doing it and since I was already into pottery at the time, it seemed like a natural extension to go for.  My teacher friend had me build a potter kiln to fire my pots first before teaching me how to build a glass kiln.

MM: How did you end up on Maui?

RS: I’ve been coming back and forth since I was 14 years old. In 1978, I sailed here in a trimaran that I built, and went around all the islands and back to Santa Cruz. I’ve been here now full time the past 14 years.

MM: Your work has taken you around the world but you still call Maui home, what is it about Maui that you enjoy?  

RS: The water sports, and now kite surfing big waves.

MM: You are now offering your services as a glass consultant – what does that mean?

RS: My services and expertise are for hire.  I recently went to China to study a glass factory and analyze their problems and tell them how to make it more efficient.  I  also consulted on a studio in India.

MM: You got a lot of exposure when your chandelier was featured in the Hawaii remodel of Extreme Makeover Home Edition- how did that happen?

RS: I was contacted through my alliance with Forecast Lighting, and the then VP Brian Hart, by Michael Moloney the designer.  They were featuring a Hawaii home and they thought it would be good to have something made in Hawaii.  The uniqueness of my craft led them to film me working and it was edited into the show and became a hit.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Hawaii Glass Chandelier

The Pololena Chandelier, created for Extreme Makeover Home Edition – Hawaii House

MM: What are some of your most popular products? 

RS: My Jungle Chandelier (photograph on top of post),  the Pololena (as featured on Extreme Makeover Home Edition- the above photo), Stemware, Lily vases, and Art nouveau work.

MM: What do you enjoy about the challenges of glass blowing?  

RS: The challenges in the glass is that its always moving and requires total control.  I have spent 50 years practicing the art of manipulating the glass on the blowpipe and am now considered a Master.

MM: You stay up to date on the latest technology with lighting, LED, etc, what are the challenges with creating light systems?   Does the new technology make it easier to combine with glass?  

RS: The lighting has numerous challenges including the color rendition of the glass to the light and making sure that the colors in the glass do not change and are represented accurately when you put the light to it.  Now with the new challenges of energy efficiency and LEDs in to the market it allows for major creativity that wasn’t possible before because of the “heat” of the incandescent bulbs.  Also the size, the small size of the LED can be hidden much easier as to not take away from the value of the art glass.

The biggest thing was the balancing of the gas in the LEDs to a richer more balanced Kelvin scale and color rendition.  The old Tube lights were a value of 4500K to 6000K and that was a real “grey” appearance and quite annoying. The new colors are down into the 2000k range which is closer to “white” and true color.   With the advancing technology even the LEDs are becoming more and more efficient and energy wise and well as cost effective.  Newer LEDs are even now more dimmable and come with very efficient diffusers to spread the light more effectively.

Red and Orange Glass Chandelier

The Pele Chandelier is made of 1000 pieces and is seven feet long.

MM: Where can people see and buy your work on Maui? 

RS: The pieces are available for sale at Dolphin Galleries and Maui Ocean Center, and I have pieces on display at Porto Restaurant in Maalaea, Mama’s Fish House and Milagros Restaurant in Paia.   People can also make an appointment to come by our Haiku studio

Porto Maui Art Glass artist Hawaii

Strini’s art glass and lamps on display at Porto Restaurant in Ma’alaea

MM: Can you offer any tips for artists looking to turn a hobby/passion into a career? RS: Follow your passion, be smart, and just do it.

Mahalo to Rick Strini for taking some time to help spread some ‘light’ on his amazing work, and congratulations on 50 years!

Want to see more? Besides offering custom pieces, there are many pieces available for sale on his website, including Chandeliers, Ceiling Lamps, Jellyfish Lamps, Lily Vases (Jack in the Pulpit), Glass Pumpkins, and urns.

Pele Pololena Chandelier

The Pele Pololena Chandelier

blown glass funeral urn

Funeral Urn

Jellyfish Pendant Lamp

Jellyfish Pendant Lamp

(Part of the Masters at Work Series)

Palapala Designs – Hawaiian Art Textiles

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Founded by artist Palapala (Barbara) Chung, Palapala Designs offers textile products ranging from pillow covers to purses. Barbara designs and carves original blockprints of Hawaiian motifs and subjects, combining them with contemporary form and function.  Each item is carefully hand printed and sewn here on Maui, with each item created in short runs so availability and supplies are limited.

Barbara shared a little more about Palapala Designs in a recent interview:

Maui Made: How did you start this project?

Barbara Chung: I have danced the hula since I was a keiki and through hula one learns so much of the Hawaiian culture, to respect and honor all aspects of this special place we live. I wanted to use my art to celebrate the Hawaiian culture and through my information cards which come with most of my products, give those who may not know, a glimpse into this world.

MM: What are your most popular products and designs?

BC: All my designs and products seem to connect and appeal to kama’aina and visitors alike, but the most popular designs might be the Kalo (taro), Ulu (breadfruit), Ko’a (coral) and Honu (turtle).

MM: Where do you sell your products?

BC: I sell to stores in Maui, Oahu, Hawai’i (big island), Kaua’i and do several shows across the state, notably the prestigious Merrie Monarch Invitational Craft Fair, The Made in Hawai’i show, the Na Makua Invitational Christmas Fair and the Seabury Hall Craft Fair.

MM: What’s the key to success to be a crafter on Maui?

BC: The key to success in my business is having a handmade work of art that not only tells a story but is usable in the contemporary world. After drawing the artwork, carving the design and sewing the items, I personally sign most of the products because you are getting a one of a kind hand printed work of art. No two blockprints turn out exactly alike!

MM: Where can people buy your Designs? 

BC: View my website for the list of retailers carrying my Designs, or come see me in person (call for studio times or set up appointment) at my design studio at 1993 South Kihei Road in the Island Surf Building.

I have a website which is set up like a gallery of pictures. There are no prices at this time as it is mainly for my store accounts, but anyone can contact me and order by email or phone. I hope to have an online store in the future.

kihei studio island surf south kihei road

Barbara’s studio in Kihei is open by appointment, or, call for studio hours.

MM: What’s next for you and Palapala Designs? 

BC: My dream is to open a large store where modern meets traditional Hawaiian culture in a perfect blend of color and design.

Mahalo for your time, Barbara!  Best of luck at the upcoming Made in Hawaii Festival, happening next month!

HUE – Voted Best New Business on Maui!

And the Winner for Best New Business is : HUE!  And now the readers of Maui Time Weekly’s popular “Best of Maui” poll know what everyone who’s already been in the store already knew: HUE is a gem.  HUE is a combination furniture store and interior design studio (the two owners are interior designers), but they also carry jewelry, gifts, art, body products, home accessories and more.  And they don’t just carry a little bit of everything, they carry the BEST of everything.

HUE furniture store “We describe our offerings as beach luxe: a bold blend of fun patterns, bright colors and trendy accessories that are perfect for a modern island lifestyle,” mentioned co-owner Jessica Guard McLellan.

The store also presents a rare opportunity for shoppers to view products typically only available through an interior designer. “We have fabrics, window treatments and other custom offerings available at the store that you can see, touch, and feel” continued her partner Wendy Takemoto.

According to Jessica, “our most popular small ticket items are the fun pillows, picture frames and the refillable soap dispensers from Caldrea. I think because they all have fun, modern prints and colors. We also do a lot in custom order with LEE Industries, our main upholstery line.”

l shaped couch sectional modern comfortable

Stylish couches, fun pillows, great gift ideas and home decor options…

As I write this, Wendy and Jessica are on a buying trip on the mainland – yay!  They shared some of their fun finds so far: “Here at market, we are finding new tabletops, throw rugs, and we are bringing in two lines of bedding, one of them organic out of North Carolina. We also found some cute cell phone cases, cotton rugs for the bathroom, Men’s and Childrens’ gifts, and lots of beautiful Christmas decor! We are hoping to really pack the store for the holidays.”

Upon entering HUE, you can tell that Wendy and Jessica are talented interior designers. The store is at once light, fresh and airy, yet filled with so many wonderful finds that you’ll want to stay for a while just to peruse all their offerings.  You may even want to take a break on the comfy looking bed couch.   HUE also seems to have exactly what you want, even if you don’t know exactly what that is.  And if they don’t, they’ll find it.  They regularly have shipments of new furniture and accessories coming in (which keeps their inventory always changing) and can special order just about anything for you.

And if you are looking for made on Maui products, you won’t be disappointed: a recent shopping research expedition revealed finds by blog favorite Pandeia (compass sundial wristwatches), Bluejane Maui (pillows), Kachi (jewelry), and Abigail Romanchak (art).

Interior design professional services include residential and commercial interior design, space planning, furniture sourcing, window treatment design and installation, kitchen and bath design, architectural computer renderings, custom upholstery, designer fabric selections, and more.  HUE offers appointments for design services as well as several different design packages, ideal for clients who desire a more personalized experience.

Where: HUE is located at 261 Lalo Street, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

When: Open Monday – Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays from 10-4

 

Makawao – A Shop Local Guide

Makawao Boutique Storefront Signs (more…)

Padilla Designs- Masters at Work

Padilla Designs Custom Metal Gates Maui Hawaii

The fun thing about having this ‘made on maui’ blog is I get to profile everyone from artists just starting out, to masters of craft.  Larry Padilla, along with his four sons, are true Masters.  Padilla Designs was started by Larry in the late 70’s when he moved to Maui as a metal sculptor. He started doing functional artwork in the early 80’s in the form of gates and railings. After having four boys, Padilla Designs evolved into a family business, as they were able to create larger and more elaborate functional metal sculpture.  Padilla Designs now specializes in custom functional and decorative artwork, using a variety of materials including copper, brass, bronze, stainless steel and numerous hardwoods.  You’ve probably seen their gates and other metal creations around the island, and if you attended TEDxMaui 2013, you saw their Mountain Backdrop on the MACC stage, as well as their eye-catching displays in the MACC amphitheater (more TEDxMaui photos at bottom).

Padilla Backdrop Metal Stage TEDxMaui

The stunning backdrop for the TEDxMaui stage

I checked in with Kaleo Padilla, one of the sons and the company’s RME, to talk story about Padilla Designs:

Maui Made: This is a true family business- how do you all get along working together? 

KP: My brothers and I have a very close family bond. We grew up fishing, diving and surfing together. Having that in common has helped us work together for common goals for the business.  Working in a family business has its real perks. You can’t get fired but at the same time you can’t quit!  We really have the flexibility to work hard and play hard while raising our families on Maui.  I work with people I love and get to create pieces of art that will last for ever.

MM: You were featured on HGTV-  How did that happen? 

KP: HGTV contacted the family when we started doing our unique fire sculptures. I was in college at the time but they did a episode on our beautiful hawaiian flower tiki torches. It was cool to see us on national TV. I think everyone was a bit nervous for the whole production. Island boys with cameras in their face tend to be quite shy!

padilla gates and water featuresMM: What’s the biggest project you’ve ever done? 

KP: Our larger projects we call Estate Metal Design. This is when we are hired to work with the designer, architect and owner to incorporate metal sculpture into the architecture of the property. For one property we did over one million dollars in metal sculpture in the form of railings, gates, fire, water and decorative sculpture.

MM: What’s the key to a successful business on Maui? 

KP: Maui is a very small community and work of mouth is the best form of advertising. We have built our business on reputation and satisfied clients. If you do great work, have a great, honest attitude and do what you say, Maui will welcome you.

MM: What’s the best part about working on Maui? 

KP: Working on Maui has so much to offer. Working in such a beautiful environment lowers the stress level. It’s hard not to take for granted but when I get stressed a quick dip in the ocean, trip to the river or run on the beach and i’m back to new.

MM: Do you have designs on each island now?  Where is the furthest Padilla Design? 

KP: Besides Maui, we have done work on Oahu and Kauai. We’ve designed for clients all over California, and even as far as New York.  We currently have some interest from a client in Japan.

MM: What’s next for Padilla Designs? 

KP: Padilla Designs is growing really fast. This year will be a record year for us. There are more mouths to feed as the boys have children of their own so it’s going to be demanding but Maui is such a unique place and I really feel our small family business will thrive for many years to come. You may even see us as a reality TV show some day. 🙂

More Photos of some of my personal favorite Padilla designs :

Larry Padilla stands next to his client's new Custom Surf Board Racks

Larry Padilla stands next to his client’s new Custom Surf Board Racks

The boys at work :

and more photos from TEDx Maui:

Maui Made Treasures at Maui Ocean Center Store!

Maui Ocean Center Store Shop

For the last ten years I have shopped at one store for just about every birthday, shower and Christmas gift that I have purchased.  The gift shop at Maui Ocean Center (aquarium), now called Maui Ocean Treasures, is a 6,000 square foot store featuring an unbelievable assortment of ‘treasures’.  There are the typical aquarium gifts: t-shirts, stuffed sharks, a wide assortment of logo-items, plus quality items that you would never expect in an attraction gift shop.  There is fine jewelry, hand-blown glass, beautiful artwork, home and kitchen wares, and more.  It would literally take hours to pursue all the sections at this store.

I went today to get gifts for a baby shower, a baby luau (first birthday party, a big deal here in Hawaii), and a birthday/care package for my family on the East Coast (sorry everyone to ruin the surprise!).  I also figured I’d take a few pictures of some of the made on Maui items.  First, let me just say that if I had taken pictures of each made on Maui item my phone would have run out of memory.  Second, I have to say that I go to the shop fairly often, and each time I am pleasantly surprised by all the new items.  Third, the store has filled the void recently left on Maui in two different genres- It has a wide variety of books and music, including a great children’s book section, which is awesome since the only book store on the island is all the way in Lahaina.  The shop also has a great children’s/toy section, and since there is (currently) no baby stores on the island, this is a great place to buy toys, books, and the ever important kids beachwear (including the hard-to-find reusable swim diaper)!

Before we get into all the great made on Maui items I found at the aquarium today, here’s some important information to know beforehand : Admission to the store is complimentary, just check in at the Front Gate and let them know you are going to the store!  Also, aquarium members get a 15% discount on all purchases at the store.  And, while the aquarium doesn’t have an online store, if you see something you like, they’ll help you out over the phone or email, and can ship stuff all over the world!  Maui Ocean Treasures has the same hours as the aquarium : 9am to 5pm, with hours extended until 6pm in July and August. Plus, its open every day of the year, including Christmas, for really last minute gifts…

Need A Bag to carry all your purchases home?  How about a bag made from recycled kite sails, made by Sailbags Maui:

Gifts Galore, including foods, bath and body products, kitchen wares and pet gifts:

A great assortment of Hawaiiana, Environmental, Ocean-Related and more Books and DVDs, and lots and lots of Hawaiian music:

Need a gift for a baby luau, baby shower, or kids birthday party?

Or get a child’s name hand-painted in fun, tropical letters!

Do you want to contact Mark by Facebook and order your Name Art online?  Click here for his new Facebook Page as of 2015 – 

 

Gifts for someone you REALLY like (or if you’ve been VERY, VERY good this year…)

And if all that shopping makes you thirsty, don’t forget about the Roselani Ice Cream at the Reef Cafe, or the Maui Brewing Company beers at the Seascape Restaurant (all, of course, made on Maui).

What gift would you get?

In the Search for Maui Made Products at Whaler’s Village

I went shopping at Whaler’s Village during my annual trip to the west side, and figured I’d do a little ‘Maui-made’ research while I was there.   The first store we entered was called ‘Totally Hawaiian’, so I figured it was worth a shot.  It was certainly filled with higher-end souvenirs, home decor, wood carvings, and two large displays of buck knives right at the entrance.  I asked the shop lady how many of the items were made in Hawaii. ‘Most of them, but, not all of them.”  OK, so the Niihau shells are probably made in Hawaii.  Then I pushed on and asked her how many of the items were made on Maui,  and I got basically the same response. “Well, some of them, but not all of them.”  I mentioned I was working on a project about made on Maui crafts, and asked if she could point out the artists that are from Maui.  “The guy who makes the ceramic koi fish, this artist over here (pointing to the corner) and the lady who makes the Santas.  And probably some others.”  It’s not that she wasn’t knowledgable of the store, or trying to be helpful, but identifying artists and origins clearly wasn’t the point of the store.

As I walked around and picked up items, every single item had ‘Totally Hawaiian Gift Store” sticker with the phone number on the back.  At least they didn’t have ‘Made in Taiwan’ stickers, but you get the feeling that even if they were, they just took the stickers off.  Some items, like the soaps, which already came in nice packaging, had the stickers right over the company’s website.  Upon closer inspection, the soap company had actually changed the name on the front of the packaging to Totally Hawaiian.  I get it.  Someone on vacation gets some awesome smelling soaps from your store and when they get home and use it all up, they will look at the packaging, which they had luckily saved, and will call up your store to order more.

So, we moved on.  We walked by Cruise, a Maui Clothing company, and we dashed in at the last minute to look at a cute hat I saw in the window.  The store carries a nice selection of swimwear, hats, cover ups and resort-wear (including LeTarte, another designed on Maui company), but the entire center of the store has darling jewelry displays of ‘boutique’ designers, including many Maui-based jewelers.  Each display had a sign with the designer or company name, picture, and a bio.  The featured designers were Stellar Jewels, Rockabella Jewels, Designs by Fukuda (which I believe now goes by Kamera), Tiffany Chou (from Maui but now NYC-based), and Debra Mack.

I didn’t buy anything (I was already wearing my Eve Black earrings, which I get tons of compliments on), but I bet the store does pretty well with these displays.  Buyers these day like to know more information about what they are buying, not less. They want a souvenir from their trip to Maui that they wont also see at Myrtle Beach. Like an unnamed store in the same mall with dozens of vintage-style signs that all say ‘Kaanapali Beach’, but in Wailea they all say ‘Wailea’, and I’m guessing you can find ones that say ‘Key West’ and ‘St. Thomas’.

Two stores I didn’t venture into at Whaler’s Village but worth a mention are Martin and MacArthur and Maggie Coulumbe.

Blogger Tom Rowan recently visited the Martin and MacArthur workshop on Oahu and wrote a really nice post, but here’s a quick recap:

Martin and MacArthur, Hawaii’s longest running furniture making company, has been in business since 1961.   The company currently employs thirty craftsmen and everything is constructed here in Hawaii. Only the finest Koa wood is used, all from Hawaiian sources, with a goal towards sustainability.  With each piece of furniture sold, a new tree is planted. And the best part, if you are looking for a non-cliche souvenir, according to Tom Rowan “The company offers a full range of quality, high end furniture and there is not a carved pineapple or leaf in sight.”

For more on Tom’s visit, click here to view his post: or go straight to the company website.

Maggie Coulombe, one of Hawaiʻi’s premier couture fashion designers, moved to Maui in 1995 and launched her namesake clothing line and shop in 2000.  After more than a decade at 505 Front Street in Lahaina, Maggie moved to Kaanapali’s Whaler’s Village in the summer of 2011.

A Toronto native, Maggie studied fashion apparel design at Ryerson University in Toronto and graduated with the “Designer of the Year Award” in 1990.   With designs that mix a bit of tropics with a lot of luxe, Maggie has dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet including Halle Berry and Teri Hatcher. Her creations have been featured in Elle, Instyle, Glitter Japan, and Modern Luxury.

As stated on Maggie’s website,

“ If you are lucky enough to be wearing a Maggie Coulombe dress, all eyes are on you.”

I would add ‘And, if you are lucky enough to be on Maui, you can try on Maggie’s dresses at Whaler’s Village, but if not, you are lucky enough that Maggie sells her pieces online.’

The other fascinating fact about Maggie’s creations is that they are all ‘one size fits all’ and although I can’t attest to the fact that they will indeed fit anyone, a bit of research on her website shows that yes, although you can select the color and quantity, there is no choice of size, even on the bathing suits.

Hula Grill Kaanapali LemonadeAnd this recaps my day of shopping at Whaler’s Village, which was topped off by a beach-side lunch at the always impeccable Hula Grill.  I highly recommend the mint lemonade!

What’s your favorite shop at the Whaler’s?

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