News and reviews of made on Maui products and Maui-based companies and success stories. Also featuring island shopping guides

Archive for the ‘Rain Day’ Category

Maui’s Winery – Knocked by Iselle but Now Even Stronger!

When I sent out the inquiry to the local liquor producers looking for news and updates for my recent post, Booze News You Can Use, I got such a long response from Maui’s Winery that I knew it deserved its own post.

“There’s actually quite a lot of new things happening up here!”, shared Joseph Hegele, the winery’s Director of Marketing.  “We have a new brand releasing soon, new company logo, new website, reopening the old jail as a 2nd tasting room for all the new estate wines, new tour offerings, events and more!”

(Maui Made Note: Stay tuned here for news as these details are released! And make sure you are following the Winery on Facebook)  

My first inquiry was about the damage from Hurricane Iselle, as Ulupalakua took the brunt of the storm’s force.

Tim Garcia Hula Circle Wood Winery Upcountry Sculpture Carvings

The new rock wall replaces the picket fence that was destroyed by the storm. Tim Garcia’s sculptures, carved from 150 year old trees, which would have otherwise had to have been removed, stand in the background.

“We were lucky in a lot of ways, but Iselle got us pretty bad,” Hegele continued, “the grounds will be under repair and going through improvements for several months, an incredible new rock wall is being built around the perimeter of the winery grounds to replace the white picket that was demolished, we’re going to come out looking good.  The  2014 harvest of Malbec, Grenache, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, and Gewürztraminer came in before Iselle but we had a little over 13 tons of Syrah left on the vine.  The was no damage to the fruit luckily but with all that weight and 100 mile an hour gusts, the rows were like sails. We had entire rows of syrah that were laying flat on the ground, probably 50% of the 6 acres (50 rows) were at 45 degree angle or lying down.  We harvested a few days before we had planned to, again no fruit damage, and surprisingly no root or stock damage, they bent but did not break or uproot.”

grape harvesting maui winery

Harvesting the grapes at Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch

“The entire 6 acres will have to be restaked and retrellised, still we celebrated the most successful harvest we’ve ever had and on our 40th year anniversary, and that’s the beauty of wine, its farming and we are at mercy of mother nature.  We did open up this years Syrah harvest to the public last minute, after Iselle we needed to get the grapes off the vine asap, with 24 hours notice we had 16 volunteers, 22 the next day, and 24 the last… incredible!  There were even people that came to the winery the day after Iselle without even being asking to help clean the winery grounds and all the fallen trees and mess.”

maui winery samples tasting

Maui Winery’s 2014 Harvest Stats

 

“Forty years of trial and error and 3 replantings has this place producing quality fruit with place driven personality.  In the past because of the experimental nature of the vineyard, unique challenges growing vinifera here in Hawaii, replantings, waiting for maturity we’ve had many years without estate wines at all or maybe just a couple hundred cases of one varietal. This year’s harvest will result in a traditional saignée Grenache Rosé, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, extended tirage Chenin Blanc sparkling, Malbec, Grenache, and Syrah.  We’re still very small in the wine world but the vineyard is doing so well that we’ll be increasing estate wine production by 10 fold in a matter of just a few years. For being 40 years old, the vineyard is young and very healthy and it’s been fascinating to discover over the last couple years what personality these varietals exhibit in such a unique vineyard site, that’s what wine is all about, time and place.”

“We’re in the process right now of final blending trials and finishing the estate whites, while the estate reds are just now finishing malo and we’ll be doing oak trials in the coming weeks.  We got a new winemaker via the Willamette Valley of Oregon wine country, he’s been with us for about 8 months, making a huge impact. I’ve been with the company for about a year and a half, it’s an exciting time for us, lots of developments, changes and successes in our near future.”

Mahalo to Joseph for sharing this exciting news with us! 

Visit Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch –

(New Tour Information & Website coming soon: Please Call 808-878-6058 to confirm before making the drive…)

Tastings: The King’s Cottage Tasting Room is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (except for major holidays). The tasting room is the former guest cottage of King Kalakaua, Hawai‘i’s “Merrie Monarch.” Must be 21 years of age; valid ID required for wine tasting.

Tours: Complimentary 30 minute walking tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Hear the amazing history of the grounds, visit the winery’s production area and learn about how wine is made from grapes and fresh pineapple fruit – only in Hawai‘i!  Private groups of 10 or more and organized tours are requested to call in advance to make private tour arrangements.

Valentine’s Gift Suggestion #1- Awili Spa at Andaz

Let’s just say you have a lovely wife, with two kids, who could use a little pampering and quiet time.  I’m about to make your wife (and life) very happy.  Present her with a day at the Awili Spa at the new Andaz hotel in Wailea for Valentine’s Day.   From the friendly greeting by the complementary valet, to the dramatic, but simple entry and non-lobby lobby, your princess will feel like a real princess.  (I wish I had fancier words to describe how wonderful the Andaz is, but all I can say is this – just go.  Even to just walk around, grab a drink at the poolside Lehua Lounge during sunset, or enjoy a full meal at one of their several spectacular restaurants).

andaz maui wailea hotel spa

Entry to Heaven… The Andaz Maui at Wailea

sand floor zen rock garden maui hotel

An unexpected little room in the hotel ‘lobby’ – a zen garden with a sand floor!

Back to the Valentine’s gift – included with treatments at the spa is access to the sauna, steam room and hot tub in the spa area, snacks (which are worth staying for alone) in the spa’s lounges, and access to the adult-only tranquility pool.  I had the good fortune to be able to get a massage at the spa recently, and the whole experience is so magical, that while being shown around the spa area, my guests and I kept giggling at our disbelief that we could spend the whole day there… ( “we close at 8pm, so you can stay until 7:59” we were told with a smile, we giggled again).   The hot tub room (with steam room, sauna, and very well appointed showers and locker room) is just a really relaxing area on its own, I can only describe as modern and zen-like.  The massage was one of the best I’ve ever had.   The entrance to the spa is also a fun area, you are surrounded by hundreds of drawers of herbs and other magical ingredients for the apothecary consultants to brew up cures for whatever ails you.

Also in the entry/apothecary room is an unexpected boutique filled with designs from Maui’s top clothing and fashion designers, including clothing by Maggie Coulumbe and jewelry by Debbie Mack and Sophie Grace.  This spot is worth a stop just for the shopping.

Sadly, though we were not able to stay until 7:59 (due to one daddy staying at home with all four children) – we did have time to enjoy a delicious meal at the Lehua Lounge, with a stunning view of the humpbacks breaching in the ocean.  A momentous end to a thoroughly  relaxing day.

andaz maui valentines gift pool spa day

Next time, I will stay ALL day at this pool…

Kealia Pond Visitor Center – Interactive Exhibits on Maui!

We recently had a few minutes to kill on the way to Kihei, so I decided to check out why there is a sign off the Mokulele Highway that mentions the Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, since the boardwalk is over on the way to Ma’alaea.  Our short detour leads to a parking lot next to a building, but there was only one car in the lot. I took a chance and ran to the building and it turns out to be the Visitor Center and Headquarters for the refuge.  The whole exhibit is free and open to the public.  Its pretty small, but there are a couple of interactives for little kids (microscopes and open/close panels on exhibits), and interesting information about the wildlife at the Kealia Pond for adults.  They had stickers for the kids, but if you ask, you may be able to get tattoos and coloring books as well! (These may be saved for the school groups that come through- we just happened to be neighbors with one of the park rangers).

I’ll be the first to admit – I had NO idea that this place existed, but this building opened while I was in full baby mode/canceled my newspaper subscription.  We’ve been to the boardwalk several times, but as we were told at the Visitor Center, there are actually more birds near this building.  I only got a couple pictures since we were on our way somewhere else, but we’ll have to go back again and get a closer look at the birds now that we know what we are looking for!

Construction of the 7,500 square-foot building of the complex headquarters and visitor center was supported by a $4.9 million grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The facility includes a 1,358-square foot lobby and exhibit hall, 1,043-square foot multipurpose room, eight offices, a small conference room, and other workrooms. The energy-efficient building meets Silver LEED standards, one of only a few such projects in Hawaii.

interactive bird exhibit maui hawaii visitor center

Notes from the Fish and Wildlife Service website:

HOURS: Mondays to Fridays (excluding Federal holidays), 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The refuge biologist conducts bird censuses one to two times per month (usually the 1st and 3rd Thursdays). On these days, walking trails do not open until after 9:00 a.m. In addition, areas may be closed for access during Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt nesting seasons to eliminate human disturbances.

DIRECTIONS: Located on the south-central coast of Maui, the refuge is accessible from all directions. The entrance road to the refuge, located at milepost 6 on Mokulele Highway (Highway 311), is almost one mile north of the town of Kihei.

Visitor access is along the Kanuimanu Ponds’ levees which are flat and easy walking, and though a little bumpy, also accommodate wheelchairs. 

HISTORY: These ponds were constructed in 1970 for an aquaculture venture (catfish) which ended in 1995. In 2005, the Fish and Wildlife restored the ponds that are now managed for waterbirds and visitor access.

Established in 1992, Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge encompasses approximately 700 acres and is one of the few natural wetlands remaining in the Hawaiian Islands. Located along the south-central coast of the island of Maui, between the towns of Kīhei and Mā‘alaea, it is a natural basin for a 56-square mile watershed from the West Maui Mountains.

The Keālia Coastal Boardwalk is a beautiful tranquil walkway and bird sanctuary, beside Maalaea Bay on the south edge of Maui’s central valley. A walk on the boardwalk takes you through ancient wetlands where you can watch two of Hawaii’s native and endangered waterbirds – the Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt. Across the highway you can see Keālia Pond where waterfowl from Asia and North America come for rest and warmer climate, including northern shoveler and northern pintail. The Pacific golden plover migrates from Alaska, and other birds that come for the winter are the wandering tattler and ruddy turnstone.

New Bangle Bar Opens at Sophie Grace Maui

Bangle Shark Tooth Pearl Cone Shell

These days, everything is interactive and customizable.  If you like to put your own personal touch on everything, and you love trendy jewelry – you are in luck.  Sophie Grace Maui jewelry store in Paia has just opened up their brand new Bangle Bar, where you can be a jewelry designer for a day!

With the new Bangle Bar, you can select a silver or gold bangle, sized to your wrist, and pick your favorite charms and accessories.  According to Jamie Shepherd, the store’s owner and jewelry designer, the most popular combination is shell, cast shark tooth and pearl, but the possibilities are endless!  (The cast shark teeth are made by Maui’s own Rockabella Jewels and the pearls are from Pearl.Love.also from Hawaii!)  People are also welcome to bring in their own shells, which can be drilled for them.  The bangles will have to be completed back in the jewelry studio, and can be mailed home to visitors.  For people buying the bangles as gifts, a cute postcard can be sent to your recipient to let them know their special creation is on its way!

The Bangle Bar joins the original Jewelry Bar, where customers can pick necklace style, length, and their own selection of charms for a one-of-a-kind creation.

There is also a Kid’s Jewelry corner, where kids can make their own necklace or bracelet with tons of fun, colorful options.  This would be a great rainy day activity, or small birthday party activity!

The Sophie Grace Maui Flagship Store is located in Paia at 36 Baldwin Avenue (just up the stairs a bit!) Its open Monday through Saturday, 10ish – 6ish.  They also have a poolside shop at the Grand Wailea, from 8:30am to 4pm, closed Mondays and Fridays.

In addition, they have a website that is just as beautiful as all of their designs and their shop, and – yes – features an online store!

Want More?  Follow Sophie Grace Maui on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

Thrift, Consignment and Second-Hand Shops on Maui

Update September 2017 – I’ve updated a few hours and locations but didn’t double check every listing. Please comment below if I’m missing something! 

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 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

Makawao

  • Name: Droplets. Children’s Consignment and Curated Gift Shop
  • Location: 1169 Makawao Ave (between Maui Hands and Jewels of the White Tara)
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday – 10am – 5:30pm, Saturday –  10:30am – 5:00pm, CLOSED Sunday & Monday
  • Benefits: YOU!
  • 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 charms because supporting locally is sustainable. Stop in for mama, shower, new baby, and birthday gifts. Gift Registry 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: 808.205.1751
  • 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

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: Savers
  • Location: 380 Dairy Road
  • Hours: 9am – 9pm, Mon-Sat / 10am – 7pm, Sun
  • Benefits: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui
  • Donate: clothing, shoes, household, books, small appliances, toys, furniture in good condition
  • (NO mattresses, bed frames, car seats/boosters, large appliances, TVs older than seven years… if you bring something to the back during store hours, the staff can let you know where you may be able to take it if they can’t – or call)
  • Phone: (808) 871-7244
  • 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
  • Follow on Facebook
  • 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.
  • Click for Website: 
  • Follow on Facebook: 

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!

Wailuku

  • 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
  • Click for more info

(and related recycling site: Ecycle)

  • 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

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
  • Follow on Facebook 
  • 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

Click for Website

  • 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!

Tips for enjoying Maui in the Rain – Safely

Tropical Storm Flossie is heading towards Maui tomorrow – but these tips go for anytime there is rain on Maui (which luckily, is rare).

Tips for Enjoying Maui in the Rain – Safely

Activities:

Maui Ocean Center is a great activity during the rain – most of the exhibits are indoors.  Here’s a tip: The aquarium opens at 9am.  During my many years of working there, the lines during rainy days wouldn’t extend the front gate until 10:30 or 11am.  Get there early to avoid the lines and crowds.  Or, go late.  (If you are reading this in regards to Tropical Storm Flossie) – It’s July, so it’s still open until 6pm. It takes around 2 hours, so arriving at 3 or 4 is still OK.  If you need more time, you can always upgrade that day to a week pass)

There’s also the usual malls and movies.  Lahaina Cannery Mall is completely enclosed (Maui’s only) – the other ones are open air- and I know from experience, the floors at The Shops at Wailea are slippery.

And while you are at Lahaina Cannery Mall – grab some games and toys from Maui Toy Works- which also has a brand new location at Pioneer Square on Front Street and at Whaler’s Village.  Personal fave: Spot it! the card game.

There’s also lots of great spas and salons – maybe time for a massage or facial?

Safety:

And now for the safety tips- and these go for any rain activity, not just a storm:  (now i’m starting to sound like a mother, which I am, so here goes)

maui waterfall dangers in the rain tips

Rain forecasts of 6-10 inches could make this waterfall dangerous

Stay WELL away from streams and waterfalls.  Even if its not raining where you are, if its raining up the mountain, the stream could be building up and torrents of rain could come down at any time. With rocks.  It would be bad.

Don’t cross flowing water, by foot or by car : this tip goes for anywhere, but is worth a reminder.

The storm is expected to bring big waves, so stay away from the beaches… always check with the lifeguards first.  No lifeguard?  Find a beach that has one, if you have any doubt.

maui rain tips things to do hawaii

This waterfall has a warning sign – most don’t

Even after the rains – Stay out of the ocean if its murky or there’s debris floating.   I’m just going to say it: dead animals could get washed down the stream, attracting sharks.  But, even if you don’t believe me about dead animals and sharks, there could be bacteria in the water… Just stay out of the water until its clear.

What’s your favorite activity in the rain on Maui?

maui ocean advisories

Big Waves, Runoff- not a good time to go to the beach

Any other safety tips to add?

Tag Cloud