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Maui Sweet Cakes Launches Indiegogo Campaign

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I’m not sure what is happening in the kitchen over at Maui Sweet Cakes, but every time I turn around, Heidi Cramer is baking up some new, and delicious, creations!  Heidi just sent me a note to let me know that she’s expanding her line of shortbread cookies to now include Maui Sprinkle Cookies and Swirl Brownies!  You may have already seen them around at some local retail locations, with more coming soon.  Heidi also shared that she’s starting to get more requests for gift boxes, especially with all the corporate meetings and incentive groups coming to Maui, who are looking for unique, made on Maui treats.

In fact, the shortbread cookies have been so popular that Heidi is now looking for support to grow her business, and is launching an Indiegogo campaign today! Here’s some highlights from the campaign:  

This campaign will help us meet our growing demand and market our products both on Maui and beyond.  Your contributions will enable me to expand Maui Sweet Cakes in the following ways:

* Hire more cookie ninjas! (i.e. expand our staff)

* Purchase needed kitchen equipment

* Invest in professional-quality marketing materials and photography

* Conquer the WORLD-wide web by completing our e-commerce website

And of course, donating to this project comes with some sweet perks.

While everyone is encouraged to donate to the Indiegogo campaign, if you want to place a direct cookie or brownie order before the e-commerce website is up, you can contact Heidi at cakemaui@gmail.com or (808)385-6202.

If you are lucky enough to be on Maui, you can find Maui Sweet Cakes cookies and brownies at the following locations:

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    Shortbread Cookies – Maui Sweet Cakes

    Mana Foods

  • Whole Foods
  • The Market by Capische
  • Sip Me Coffee in Makawao
  • Ulupalukua Ranch Store
  • Haiku Market
  • Whalers General: Front Street & Shops at Wailea
  • Foodland Pukalani,  & Lahaina
  • Foodland Farms
  • Andaz – Mokapu Market (& as in-room amenities!)
  • Kea Lani – Cafe Ciao
  • MACC
  • Accents @ The Wailea Marriott

And Coming soon:

  • Foodland Kahealani
  • Whalers General-Banyan Tree & Pioneer Inn and more!

And if you recall Heidi’s other recent venture of Maui Dog Treats, it is currently being re-organized and will be re-launched early November. 

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Wedding Trends for 2015 – Mandy Grace Designs

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Part 2 of our 2015 Wedding Trend Series features an interview with Mandy, floral and event designer with Mandy Grace Designs!  Living walls, mixed metals and dreamy, lacy white weddings are just a few of the trends she is seeing and loving for the fall and coming up in 2015!

“In Hawaii, we really celebrate nature– most of our events are outside whether its a party on an oceanfront lawn or barefoot on the beach by the ocean. That whole idea of bringing the outdoors in when it comes to event decor is kind of flipped on its head here. We like to bring the indoors out (think chandeliers over wooden farm tables and cool furnishings you’d find in some grand hotel lobby). I tend to shy away from “wedding trends” in an effort to be more natural and timeless so I like to look beyond the wedding world. But there are definitely some key floral and wedding design elements that are on my radar for 2015!

Bouquet by Mandy Grace Designs, Photo by Rebecca Arthurs

Bouquet by Mandy Grace Designs, Photo by Rebecca Arthurs

1. Living Walls + Lush Greenery

We have some really interesting ferns here in the islands that add dimension and shape to an arrangement. Whether it’s a “living wall” made up of succulents that is the focal point of the ceremony site or a more simple and sparse installation of greenery on a white canvas backdrop, I love the idea of incorporating greens into the wedding setting. I wouldn’t encourage my brides to eliminate all flowers;) but the possibilities of working with lush greenery are endless.

Green Living Wall

photo by Picotte Photography

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Arch by Mandy Grace Designs – Photography by Anna Kim Photography

2. Mixed Metals

Last year we saw the copper craze take off and I’m still feeling it. You could add more interest with various mixed metals (rose gold, tarnished silver, galvanized tin, brass) to house flower vessels on a table top or lining the ceremony aisle. I love the idea of using copper piping for an arch or overhead lighting. Soften up the look with a monochromatic white color story and you’ve got that mix of feminine and masculine going on– perfect for a wedding!

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Mandy Grace Designs All White Bouquet – Photography by Rebecca Arthurs

 

 

 3. All White

Am I the only designer feeling a pull back to the traditional white wedding? Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from traditional but the look of a line-up of bridesmaids in white floor-length dresses holding super romantic white peonies gets me every time. And when I think of white, I think of lace— always gorgeous. White can be sleek and modern or soft and romantic or vintage and age-old.”

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White Lace Dresses by Stone Cold Fox

Mahalo to Mandy for sharing your beautiful designs and your insight on wedding trends with us!

 

PC for top collage: Lauren Scotti (Rose Gold Arch), Rebecca Arthurs (green bouquet), Anna Kim ( arch white flowers)

 

Tamara Catz New Collection and Bridal Sample Sale!

Anyone needing a fashion fix must run, not walk, over to Tamara Catzs Paia boutique to see the new Lifestyle Collection which just arrived!  The new styles include “bubble jersey prints in stylish yet comfortable styles like strapless jumpsuits, 3/4 sleeve short dress, and wide pants with crochet inserts at hem, sunset colored chiffon kimono jackets and long maxi hand batiked dresses. So many styles to choose from, all timeless and gorgeous…”  They encourage shoppers to come by to see it in person, they are all limited collections and may not even make it to the online store!

Here are a few of my favorites, view more on the website or follow the designs on Pinterest!  

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tamara catz sample sale bridal paiaIn addition to the new collection, Tamara Catz is having another of their popular sample sales on Friday, September 12, and this year it’s a Bridal Sale, with gowns up to 75% off!  According to a Tamara Catz spokesperson, “We will be celebrating with fresh local kombucha and champagne!  For ladies that are not get married, they are welcome to stop in and have a beverage and check out the new collection!”

Tamara Catz Bridal represents a romantic, beachy bohemian style. Elegant, sophisticated and not overwhelmingly full of fabric, Tamara Catz bridal silk gowns are perfect for beach, island and resort weddings.

Tamara Catz began her collections in 2000 on Maui, with immediate success, selling to boutiques and department stores all over the US and Japan. Continuing on with her success, in 2005 Tamara opened her first boutique in Paia, and 2 years later she launched her Bridal collection.

Tamara Catz Boutique is located in Paia at 83 Hana Hwy (near Flatbread).  The store is open from 10am – 6pm on Sunday – Thursday, and 10am – 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

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The Tamara Catz boutique is as dreamy as the clothing!

Paia Truths and Rumors – September Edition

angelina hills trunk show paia Sept 10 Update:  Adding to the rumor mill is the last minute cancellation of the Summer Concert Series featuring Marty Dread at Rock N Brews, which was supposed to occur tonight.  I guess the live-music wars in Paia are not over, folks!

And – Check out a Trunk Show on Friday (September 12) with Art by Angelina Hills and Joya by Sarina! Takes place 6-9pm at the Paia Inn Hotel (click image to view larger) 

Original Post: With the departure of Tortillas leaving a gap in the ‘take-out’ category of Paia restaurants, Thai Spice quickly filled the void, pleasing everyone with the frequent craving of Pad Thai and Chicken Satay.

Thai Spice is open from 10am – 8pm daily and is located next to the Wine Corner (take-out and a liquor store in one parking lot???? BONUS!) Phone number is 579-8269 and here is their menu attached: (click to view larger) 

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prospect maui paia Hana Bay Picnic Lunch moved in with its sister business, Paia Gelato, leaving a void in Paia, which was of course quickly filled by Prospect, I can’t find out much information about this yet, except that it’s based out of Park City Utah.

Anyone who is (or even may be) getting married soon should make plans to attend the Tamara Catz Bridal Sale.  And if you aren’t about to head down the aisle any time soon, you will probably want to head over their soon to check out their recently released Fall collection. The pieces I’ve seen so far are so awesome they might just get their own post!

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A lot of people were disappointed to hear that Paia Bay Coffee closed down, but their disappointment was short lived, as they quickly reopened behind San Lorenzo.  I was only able to quickly poke my head back there, but its an awesome space and only on day 1 or 2 of boing open was pretty full!  Their regulars are a faithful bunch!  Can’t wait to try it myself.  Entrance is either through the garage behind Prospect (near the gas station side) – or San Lorenzo when its open.

pakaloha paia maui newPakaloha lovers will be thrilled to know that they can now get their bikini fix again in Paia – in the former Oceania Maui space, between Rock N Brews and Milagros.

Speaking of Rock N Brews, there are two more chances to see Marty Dread at their Summer Concert Series – TOMORROW – Wednesday, September 10 and September 24th!   Better get there early, heard it was pretty packed in August.

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dazoo paia dazoo maui news paia news Lots of changes for Dazoo – they are now open on Saturday AND Sunday for brunch (for everyone that missed their breakfast foods!) starting at 9am, and TODAY they are unveiling their new Fall menu – with more traditional entrees being offered, but if you were a fan of their mix and match small plates, there are still lots of options of those as well!   Fans of the bibimbap will be happy to know that its now being served at dinner!

Paia has also been featured in the actual news a bit recently –

On September 2,  Mike White ( Maui County Council rep for Paia, Haiku and Makawao) shared this on his Facebook page – “A big moment for the County – just moments ago, the Budget and Finance Committee approved the acquisition of approximately 4 acres in Maui Business Park II in Kahului for a new service center from A&B, which also comes with a 35.55 acre donation of land extending from Baldwin Beach Park towards Paia Town!”

And tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10) , the groundbreaking ceremony for Heritage Hall is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m.  Heritage Hall is the multi-purpose community complex that honors the history and culture of Portuguese and Puerto Rican immigrants to Maui.

The facility consists of two separate buildings that will house the cultural resource centers on the second floor.  The ground floors will be offered for lease to two nonprofit organizations serving the Paia area.

“Heritage Hall fulfills the long-standing dreams of both the Portuguese and Puerto Ricans to have a place where their respective histories and cultures can be shared with the general populace,” said Heritage Hall Board secretary Audrey Rocha Reed in a press release announcement.

The project is located on Baldwin Avenue near the former Paia Mill and Paia Train Depot sites.

According to Reed, the project is slated to take a year to complete.

To read more about the project, check out the article in MauiNow.com http://mauinow.com/2014/09/08/mauis-heritage-hall-groundbreaking-set-for-wednesday/

 

Blogging disclaimer: I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo 

Maui Wedding Trends for 2015 – Decor & Desserts!

This is the first of a multi-part series of wedding posts, featuring interviews with a pair of Maui wedding professionals, to see what’s trending for the fall and into 2015!   Wanna be featured?  Scroll to the bottom for more info… 

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Flowers by Opihi Love, Photography by Jenna Michelle

In this post:  Melissa Padilla, owner and stylist at Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design & Amy Alexander of Baked by Amy.

Opihi Love‘s Melissa shared that “we love that we’ve been seeing requests for more rich, luxurious colors – red, purples and greens!   We also love a fun theme that keeps popping up – upscale hipster with a bit of glam!”

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miss b calligraphy maui sign wedding Melissa continued that “right now it’s all about the wedding customization, pulling from Pinterest or Refinery 29– but putting a spin on it to make it your own. Everything from the invitations to the table numbers to the dessert bars have to be one of a kind- and we are not seeing the DIY as much now. Brides are back to hiring the professionals to create events of a lifetime.  Another great option for entertainment is a photo booth, and the new generation photo booth is a slo-mo video booth!”  Click here to view a sample video.

Opihi Love Wedding & Event Design is a boutique wedding planning & design studio. Opihi Love offers clients full service planning, coordination, design and styling, and a one-of-a-kind collection of boutique rentals. 

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beet cupcakes natural maui veganAmy of Baked by Amy, which specializes in vegan desserts, states that “Minis are IN! Miniature cupcakes and tarts are rapidly growing in popularity at weddings and other celebrations because they are hand held and bite size giving each guest a few options rather than just a slice of cake.  Also, it seems there is a lot of interest in desserts besides just cake and cupcakes.  I get requests for lemon bars, brownies, cookies, small pies and tarts.”

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According to Amy, she loves it that “there are so many brides and grooms opting for vegan and gluten free options!  They figure that it will cover all of their bases for guests with sensitivities and allergies, plus it’s a little lighter on the waistline because who wants to feel too full when there’s dancing to be done?”

Baked by Amy specializes is delicious and creative vegan sweets, made with high quality local and organic ingredients. Besides special orders, Baked by Amy treats are available at Choice Health Bar, Aina Gourmet Market, Wailuku Coffee Co. and Honokowai Farmers Market.

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Want to submit YOUR pictures and trend notes?  Find a buddy (or two! a trio is OK too!) and send me a couple great shots for consideration! Current email is mauiliz77 (at) yahoo (dot) com! 

What to Wear for a Wedding in Hawaii – The Maui Made Edition

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Our last blog post on weddings was all the unique venues that Maui has to offer.  Today’s post is about trends in bridal attire, and if you thought there were lots of choices for venues- there are even more for bridal gowns- because since we are in Hawaii, the sky is the limit!  And as usual, the below offerings are designed or made right here on the island of Maui!

Maui Made checked in with our go-to stylist, MeiLi Autumn, to see what’s trending with Hawaiian bridal gown styles in 2014:  “Maui brides run the gamut of adhering to a traditional style to having a unique style that is more beachy and casual,” MeiLi shared.  

(Above dresses by Maui-based clothing designer Tamara Catz, hair and makeup by MeiLi Autumn.  Photography by Maui Creative Photography)

“Instead of the fluffy, lacy merengue dresses, I am seeing more elegant and streamline dresses that could almost pass as a simple sun dress. Of course there are special embellishments when you look closely like a perfectly placed crystal, or shell detail. I think Maui is special in that brides can really experiment with their style whether its an all-out Victorian extravaganza at the Haiku Mill or a bohemian beachy soiree on the sand.”

Where to find these beautiful gowns? Tamara Catz offers several different wedding gowns, available online and in their flagship store in Paia.

Beach Wedding Attire Tips: If you are having a beach wedding, there are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your attire.  “Maui tends to be pretty windy, and on an exposed beach, veils and layers of fabric can tend to get caught up in our cooling trade winds,” explained Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design.  “And if you are on the beach, stiletto heals aren’t going to work, so stick with wedges, or some brides will go with slippers (flip-flops) or even barefoot!” she continued.  (Melissa is the designer of some of Maui’s dreamiest weddings, check out her brand-new website here

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Bridal Gown by Tamara Catz

And for the bride who is looking to do something completely out of the box, with just a nod to the traditional, Maui Girl has just unveiled its line of Bridal Bikinis– handmade here on Maui!  According to Debbie Wilson, owner and designer of Maui Girl, “we’ve been looking to create a line of bridal inspired suits for a while, it just seems so fitting with all the destination weddings that come to Maui.  We were looking for an alternative to a white t-shirt with lifesavers and puffy paints for a beach or pool-side bachelorette party, plus we loved the idea of doing a bridal inspired photo-shoot!  Now we are just waiting for that island-hip bride to have all her bridesmaids in bikinis, and her in a full gown. How awesome would that be!?”

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(Above Maui Girl Bridal Bikinis are modeled by Jazmin Repollo, photography by Ben Pigao of Empire Green)

Mahalo to all of our contributors for this beautiful post!!!

Maui’s Most Unique Wedding Venues

Maui is full of breathtaking wedding venues – from beautiful churches, white sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs, but the island also offers some really unique options for truly memorable weddings.  We’ve compiled the 5 Most Unique Wedding (and wedding-related) Venues on (and around) Maui.

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Haiku Mill – An Abandoned Sugar Mill

In 1861, Haiku Mill began its life as a sugar mill, only to be abandoned twenty years later, where it sat quietly, becoming part of the landscape, for the next one hundred years.  The only remains of the initial structure, the stately stone walls, are now covered with vines and lush vegetation.  The area has been lovingly restored, and entering the property is like stepping back in time. The Haiku Mill blends the stunning natural beauty of Hawaii with the Old World elegance of Europe. Conde Nast listed Haiku Mill as one of the top 25 wedding venues in the WORLD, one of only two listed in the USA. Haiku Mill is available for intimate parties to grand weddings,  private events and photo shoots.  Click here to see more.

Alii Kula Lavender – A Working Lavender Farm

The rolling lavender fields and stunning, bi-coastal views of Ali’i Kula Lavender farm offer unforgettable backdrops for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or other private event.  Created by Agricultural Artist and Horticultural Master, Ali’i Chang, the thirteen acre farm is home to approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties of lavender.   The farm recently hired Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love Event Rentals to coordinate their private functions, ensuring that each bride and groom will enjoy the event of their dreams. Click here to see more.  (Photos by Tamiz Photography

Maui Ocean Center –  A Tropical Aquarium

From rehearsal dinners, sunset ceremonies, or unique wedding receptions, Maui Ocean Center provides an under-the-sea setting in this central Maui location.   The aquarium even offers underwater weddings in their Open Ocean exhibit, if bride and groom are SCUBA certified.  Guests can witness the event in the comfort (and dryness!) of the 54′ long acrylic tunnel which runs through the exhibit, or the large floor to ceiling viewing window.   Or, if you are looking for an out of-the-box proposal idea, how about an underwater one? One of the aquarium’s staff divers will carry a sign with a message for your special sweetie!  Click here to see more.

Ocean Vodka – Organic Farm and Distillery

Ocean Vodka Farm and Distillery recently opened The Point, a private event space, 22,000 square foot grassy vista with unparalleled views of the north and south shore of Maui, surrounded by fields of organic sugar cane.  Besides weddings and private events, Ocean Vodka offers tours and samplings at its 80 acre farm, located in lower Kula, near Surfing Goat Dairy.  Click here to see more. 

Trilogy – Sailing over the Pacific

Trilogy Weddings captures the essence of romance with their exclusive sailboat venues. Whether it is an intimate rehearsal dinner, private group snorkeling adventure (a pre- or post- destination wedding group activity!) or celebrating your ceremony and reception, a professional planner will ensure every detail of your important day is perfect.  Click here to view more. 

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