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Paia Update- August 2015

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

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

SHOPS

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

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

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

RESTAURANTS

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

Hana Ranch Provisions Opens in Paia!

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

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

Hana Ranch Provisions Opens in Paia, Maui

Events

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

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

Clark Little Maui Tour 2015 - Paia, Maui, Hawaii

New Construction

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

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

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Makawao Update + DRIFTWOOD’s Grand Opening!

MAKAWAO signs maui where to shop

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!

carrie gebb makawao

Carrie Gebb launches her newest project – Home and Women’s Boutique – DRIFTWOOD

sensitivity clothing sensitivity dresses

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!

crystal bowls

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paia Gossip – Truths vs Rumors

mamas fish house snowman photo prop It’s a chilly one today in Paia, a whopping 71 degrees inside this morning!  Maybe time to put some socks on under your slippers. There is giant swell after giant swell on the forecast for the North Shore, and even some whale sightings, so winter is in full-force. There also seems to be a sandy snowman photobombing everyone who dines at Mama’s Fish House… Which means its time for the December installment of Paia Gossip- Truth vs. Rumors.

moana bakery opening news Truth: After nearing the gestation period of an elephant, Moana Bakery has finally opened adjacent to Dazoo restaurant.  This take-out bakery, still in the soft-opening phase serves coffee, breads and pastries from 7am-noon currently.  It shares a kitchen (plus the bakers and pastry chefs with Dazoo) – so if you love their fresh breads and decadent desserts, you’ll love Moana Bakery!

Rumored to have had issues getting the county permits for what they ACTUALLY wanted to do (what a surprise!) The Hive closed – if you are searching for world-class waxer Katie Grace- she’s moving over to Evolution Salon in Kahului later this month.  No need to let your eyebrows grow back together…

mana foods new cafe moving No word yet on the opening for Mana Food’s cafe just up the street, but each time I drive by I see more equipment getting installed… must be getting close!

If you love Maui, and we know you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this, head on over to I Love Maui art show at Art Project Paia, which runs through April 2015.

i love maui art gallery paia maui

 

And since December is a peak shopping month – here’s some shopping news:

According to my very reliable sources on Instagram, Nuage Bleu Maui is now stocked with Acacia Swimwear Slippers!  They also have lots of holiday shopping events coming up so make sure you follow them on Facebook.

Letarte is also spreading the holiday love on Instagram… letarte.instagram

 

 

 

If you have a surfer on your guest list, Surfer Magazine founder John Severson will be signing copies of his new book SURF on Thursday, December 11th from 6-8pm at Puka Puka.

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The Paia Inn Hotel is hosting a holiday trunk show on Friday, December 12 with Angelina Hills Art and Joya by Sarina.

paia trunk show dec 2014

Paia Gives returns this year on Saturday, December 20, from 4-8 pm, with various Paia businesses staying open late and giving a portion of the proceeds to charitable organizations.  “Come out for a festive evening of shopping and giving. Each store in Paia is supporting various non-profits and charities, all while throwing a great party. Special deals, giveaways, and lots of fun await those shopping at all the great local businesses on the North Shore. Contact your favorite store or check out or www.paiamaui.com for more information (pending).
In its ninth year, PAIA GIVES has become an annual event that raises thousands of dollars for the charities adopted by each store.  And make sure to follow Paiatown on Facebook. ” 

And the rumor seems to be TRUE – G. Love (apparently without the Special Sauce) is coming to Paia on December 26 at Charleys at 10pm.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Dove Presents 

g love maui paia 2014 concert charleys

See you in Paia!

 

I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo and Moana Bakery 

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Goes Green

Are you one of those people that takes a hot shower at a big hotel and wonders exactly how large their hot water heater must be?  Wonder what happens to all those tiny soaps and shampoos when you leave?  Crank down the air conditioning and then shudder at the size of their electric bill?  Ok, so I’m probably among the few, as a holder of an environmental studies degree and an avid recycler, but it makes me proud to know that Maui now can claim title to Hawaii’s first LEED EBOM certified hotel or resort, and only one of four in the world!  (That’s a lot of acronyms, so to clarify the award is from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system.)

Last month, while being blessed under the very last moments of sunny skies before Tropical Storm Ana arrived, Mayor Arakawa presented the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa with the official proclamation, the culmination of a two-year project by the Hyatt team and my new client, Green Building Hawaii.

John Bendon - Hyatt Goes Green

John Bendon presents his speech at the Hyatt Regency Maui

According to John Bendon, Founding Principal of Green Building Hawaii, “LEED is points based rating system that looks at whole building performance.  Category areas cover energy, water, material purchasing, site development, transportation, and indoor environmental quality.  The more points you earn in the different category areas, the higher your overall rating of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.” (The Hyatt earned a respectable Silver!)

L-R John Bendon Founding Principal at GBH, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Gary Bulson, Senior Engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, Allen Farwell, General Manager Hyatt Regency Maui, and Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts

L-R John Bendon Founding Principal at GBH, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Gary Bulson, Senior Engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, Allen Farwell, General Manager Hyatt Regency Maui, and Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts

Following the speeches and requisite photo ops, the Hyatt’s Senior Engineer, Gary Bulsom, and Marketing Manager, Jessica Kapoor, gave a brief tour of the property and one of the newly renovated guest rooms, as they highlighted some of the projects and achievements that helped earn their LEED status.  Here are some photos and notes from the tour: (click on each photo for the corresponding eco-friendly project represented)   – But I’ll be honest, I forgot to ask about what actually does happen with all those tiny soaps and shampoos!!! Maybe I need to stay there to find out…. 

Want more?   Follow Green Building Hawaii on Facebook and Twitter, and Hyatt Maui on Facebook and Twitter 

Paia Truths and Rumors – August Edition!

iselle.maui.effects.sandbag.paia Once again, things are on the move in Paia.  Hurricane Iselle spared Paia and most of Maui, but as I was taking pictures just a few days after the storm passed by, there were definitely a lot of sandbags and boarded up windows still to be found.  Baldwin Avenue has the habit of turning into Baldwin River during heavy rains, and the shopkeepers were taking no chances.

On to the town gossip – Just today the Maui News shared that the owners of Mana Foods have confirmed that they are indeed opening a raw-food restaurant serving lunch and dinner called Maka Mana.

Ono Gelato has changed its name to Paia Gelato, and the location has merged with its sister shop, Hana Bay Picnic Lunch company.  According to the owners, Paia Gelato is still using the original gelato recipes, using fresh local fruits as well as high quality bases direct from Italy.

Paia Gelato is also a great little spot to pick up some made on Maui products, like these

The jewelry shop Oceania Maui   – entered the shop very briefly known as Makai Gallery (and Paia Pharmacy before that) – and is now called Oceania Maui Gallery & Jewelry Paia.

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According to the paper sign on the door, the old location of oceania maui will be the new location for Pakaloha Bikinis some time this month.

Another new (though long time in waiting) addition to Paia is the opening of the Da Vine Art wine tasting bar.paia.wine.tasting.bar

Also in that little shopping center, Tortillas has closed down, and is heading west – to the Old Lahaina Center near Foodland (by Ulalena)

Lots of construction going on – just next door to Milagros (anyone know what’s going in?), at the old tiny shop lot, and the former Nellie’s site.

A fun new trend in Paia is these chalkboard signs – and there appears to be some serious competition going on for the most artistic signs!

Also, check out the upcoming sale at Pearl, and grab a brownie at nearby Dazoo to celebrate your great savings.

and because i just like these pics: here’s a snapshot from San Lorenzo and the wall next to Nellie Bistro

\see you in Paia

 

Blogging Disclaimer: I am a paid representative for Dazoo, but the brownies are seriously good.  and gluten-free!

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?

paia construction near milagros baldwin avenue

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.

 

FuzionFit opens at former Upcountry Fitness in Haiku

Good news for all of you who were Upcountry Fitness members and suddenly realized one day that they may never again hear Tree Baca asks ‘If everyone was ready to throw some bells!?!’  Under the name FuzionFit Inc, Izaak Tyrrell and his awesome team of trainers, including the incredibly motivating and never intimidating Tree Baca, are now at the former Upcountry Fitness Group X room (in the back, by the Kombucha place) –

The schedule should be online soon at fuzionfitinc.com  or you can get updates or connect on Facebook – but here is the current schedule – get ready to THROW SOME BELLS!!!  (scroll to bottom for current prices as well) 

  • Monday 
  • 5:45am FuzionFit Foundation W/Izaak
  • 9:45am FuzionFit Progressive w/Rebecca
  • 5:45pm FuzionFit Endure w/Rebecca
  • Tuesday 
  • 5:45am FuzionFit Functional Bodies W/Izaak
  • 8:30am FuzionFit ??? W/Penny
  • 9:45am FuzionFit Progressive w/Tree
  • 5:45pm Kettle Bellz w/Tree
  • Wednesday 
  • 5:45am FuzionFit Progressive w/Izaak
  • 9:45am FuzionFit Progressive w/Rebecca
  • 5:00pm Yoga level 2 w/Christain
  • Thursday 
  • 5:45am FuzionFit Progressive w/Izaak
  • 9:45am FuzionFit Progressive w/Tree
  • 5:45pm Double kettles w\Tree
  • 7:00pm Capoeira w/Guga
  • Friday 
  • 5:30am FuzionFit Performance w/Izaak
  • 8:30am FuzionFit ??? w/Penny
  • 9:45am FuzionFit Progressive w/Jordan
  • Saturday 
  • 8:00am Yoga w/Christain
  • 9:45am FuzionFit Endure
  • Sunday 
  • 9:45am Kettle bellz w/Tree
  • 11:15am FuzionFit Progressive w/Tree

FuzionFit Headquarters opens it doors 15 mins before every class.

Prices: 

Single class/drop in $15

Punch card available:

10 classes for $110

20 classes for $180

30 classes for $210

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