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Shopping News for This Friday!

Here’s a quick post about two BIG shopping events happening this Friday – one on Maui and one online!

The Annual Sample Sale for Tamara Catz

  • Date: Friday, November 15, 2013
  • Time: 4-9pm
  • Details: Up to 50% off samples and more! Enjoy pupus, champagne, and locally made kombucha, See models showing off the styles and designs, Groove to live music from Maui Makers
  • Location: 83 Hana Hwy (next to Flatbread), Paia, Maui

Online Shopping with Maui Ocean Center Store

  • Date: Starting Friday, November 15
  • Details: The island’s best gift store will finally have its own online shop.  Get ready to virtually shop!
  • Website: click here 

 

News and Events for November 2013

I’ll be posting more about November events and news as the month goes on – but there’s some great news in the restaurant scene for Maui, and some really special events taking place this month so I wanted to get this out quickly.  Once everyone gets over their Halloween hangover, puts all the decorations away, and changes the calendar, they will realize that Thanksgiving is coming faster than we can say ‘gobble, gobble’, and I’ll start getting lots of information on Thanksgiving lunch specials, Black Friday sales, etc!

Here’s your highlights for Maui News and Events for November, 2013.

Tour News:

maui ocean vodka tour tasting samples

Instead of just looking at all the vodka, you can now taste it. #awesome

Ocean Vodka Adds Tastings to Their Tours 

Starting today, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery in Kula is now adding samplings of their vodka.  Tours are offered daily for $10 a person (12 years and older).  For those 21 and over, includes a sampling and souvenir Ocean Vodka shot glass.     Click to learn more about tours.

Restaurant News:

Morimoto Maui to Open November 7

Morimoto Maui, at the Andaz Maui in Wailea, is now taking reservations for their official opening date of November 7!

Masaharu Morimoto, best known for Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, is opening his newest Morimoto Restaurant in Wailea, featuring local ingredients and blending Western and Japanese traditions.  Enjoy hand-rolled sushi and sashimi made from locally-caught fish, as well as inspiring cocktails, in the laid-back, oceanside setting.  Will be open daily for lunch and dinner.  Call (808) 879-1234 for reservations.

Dazoo Restaurant Opens in Paia

Officially opening today, Dazoo is reinventing fine dining on Maui, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared with an Asian-Pacific flair.  Combining their unique ambience, affordable tapas style plates and award winning cocktails, Dazoo is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene of Maui’s North Shore.  Open daily for breakfast and lunch, and Tuesday – Saturday for dinner.  Call (808) 579-9999 for reservations.

Shopping News:

One of the island’s best gift stores, Maui Ocean Treasures at the Maui Ocean Center, is set to be opening its long-awaited online shop on November 15.  More info coming soon!

Events:

Modern American Circus Comes to Maui

  • Location: Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku
  • Dates: November 8 to 10
  • Show Schedule:
  • Friday: 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m.
  • Reservations: (808) 781-4773 or click here
  • Details: The “Modern American Circus” features a world- acclaimed troupe of more than 15 artists performing a star-studded show with a contemporary array of aerial, ground and stand-up acts utilizing the traditional circus center ring under the “BIG TOP”.

Huliau Food & Film Festival 

  • Date: Saturday, November 9
  • Time: 5:30-9:30pm
  • Location: Ocean Vodka Organic Farm, Kula
  • Cost: $75 (four course dinner, cash bar – 21 and over only)
  • Reservations: (808) 757-2100 or click here 
  • Details: Mana Foods and Maui Huliau Foundation will host a farm-to-table benefit dinner and mini-film festival under the stars at Ocean Vodka Farm.  Huliau is a nonprofit offering environmental education programs to Maui youth.  Makena Resort’s Executive Chef Mark McDowell will serve up the main course, and other local Maui chefs will face off in a pūpū competition using produce from local farms. Local food and beverage sponsors Whole Foods, Life Foods and Ali’i Kula Lavender will contribute ingredients, Pono Pies will serve up dessert, and Maui Brewing Company, Ulupalakua Winery, and Ocean Vodka will stock a 100% local bar.  The festival will also screen the teens’ videos about the chefs and farms as well as the music video, Barges, which went viral on YouTube. 

Pacific Cancer Foundation’s Holiday Gala

  • Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013,
  • Time:  5:30pm
  • Location: The Yokouchi Estate, Wailuku
  • Reservations: (808) 242-7661
  • Details: The 8th Annual Pacific Cancer Foundation Holiday Gala is always a favorite event to usher in the holiday season.  This year’s theme is A Great Gatsby Style Christmas! More event details coming soon!

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

Andaz Maui Features Padilla Designs Restoration

Maui Sculpture at Andaz Maui at Wailea

This past Labor Day weekend was a three-day holiday for many on Maui, but not for the employees of the just-opened Andaz Maui at Wailea.   The hotel, which is Hawaii’s first LEED-certified resort, has 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven villas with two to four bedrooms.  The resort will eventually feature two full-service restaurants: Ka’ana Kitchen, which is already open, and Morimoto Maui, by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The resort is located at the site of the former Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, which closed in 2007.

maui fish hook natural lava rockUpon entry to this ultra-chic property, guests will be greeted by a sculpture whose story demonstrates all the values of the Andaz Maui in one truly unique piece – the restored sculpture of the Hawaiian demi-god Maui, who is credited with raising the islands from the ocean floor with his fish hook.

Originally done by an artist in the late 1970‘s, the piece was going to be recycled, as it was in pretty bad shape after sitting on the oceanfront lawn of the Stouffers Hotel for the last 30 years.  Kainoa Horcajo, the Cultural Director for the Andaz, called on the master metal smiths at Padilla Designs to bring the statue back to life, and set about the task of finding a fitting new home for the 9 foot, 1200 pound sculpture.

andaz maui metal artwork

The new lei poo made from handcut copper maile leaves.

Padilla Designs rebuilt the hands and feet out of steel plate, sculpted a new Lei Poo around his for head out of hundreds of hand cut copper maile leafs. They also created a copper fish hook embedded in a natural lava rock as well as a sculpted copper rope link it all together.  The entire statue was then highlighted and clear coated to bring out the saturation.   Kaleo Padilla of Padilla Designs is “thrilled to see Maui resurrected to live another lifetime at the front entrance to the luxury Andaz Maui at Wailea.”

Kainoa Horcajo shared his thoughts on the statue of Maui and “my hopes for its use and integration into a larger, place-appropriate, totally Andaz front art piece:

Maui the demi-god, often called Mauiakalana, Mauiakamalo, and Mauiakamai, is the progenitor of humanity in these islands.  He is the archetypal ancestor and the embodiment of positive, uplifting values that place the good of the community over the desires of the individual.  Maui slowed the sun, lifted the sky, obtained the secret of fire, and raised the islands from the ocean.  It is this deed of raising the island from the ocean that we want to honor and highlight.

Early on in the process of creating the Andaz Maui at Wailea, the general manager Michael Stephens called me about working on a project to create a fictional story about a Japanese man that sailed across the sea and landed on the beach fronting our resort in a past time.  This man, Hyato, fell in love with a Hawaiian woman and together they created a family and built a home for them and their friends.  This home they built is the Andaz Maui at Wailea.  We used the story and the elements of it to inform bits of our design, our hiring process, and many of the details of the resort.  The characters are built around Andaz values and Hawaiian values and help us better understand who we are and why we do what we do.

Just as our mythical ancestor Hyato raised the islands from the sea by traveling Eastward into the rising sun and landing on Mokapu beach, we envision this property and building as our home that was created to house our ever-growing family.”

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