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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?

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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.

 

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Shopping Guide to Paia – Paia Inn to Puka Puka

This is part two of the shopping guide / virtual tour of Paia  – Enjoy!  Click here to see Part 1 – 

Paia Inn – If you are looking for a hip, boutique hotel in an urban, beach-front setting, this is it.  Opened in 2008, this 5 room hotel was built in 1927, and believed to have been used as a small Japanese hotel when Paia was a bustling plantation town.  Two more cottages offer oceanfront and ocean-view accommodations.   In addition to artwork by Avi Kiriaty,  each guest room feature wireless internet, flat screen TVs with cable, A?C, private travertine tiled bathrooms, salon quality amenities, and fully-stocked mini bars.

Imrie Pippa, Tamsin, Caitlin and Lola Imrie, three sisters and their mother, opened their first shop in Westhampton Beach, NY in 2008, and the following year opening the Paia shop.  The shops offer a unique blend of the girls own designs together with outside labels, creating a closet for your every need. Imrie’s broad spectrum of price, style, color and texture, is all graced with that undefinable signature Imrie style.

Flatbread Co.- This place only serves up two things, salads and flatbread pizzas, but it does them well.  They specialize in using fresh, local ingredients, and cook the flatbreads on a huge brick oven in the middle of the restaurant.  Oh yeah, they have beer and dessert too.  Go early, there’s always a wait around peak dinner hours.

Tamara Catz – This gorgeous boutique carries even more gorgeous clothes, designed by Maui-based clothing designer Tamara Catz.  She’s known for her contemporary resort clothing, as well as wedding gowns and bathing suits. Also features locally designed jewelry.

Paia Contemporary Gallery-  Established in 2007, the gallery focuses exclusively in mixed media artists from the abstract contemporary art world, emanating from the American abstract Expressionism genre.

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Art Project Paia- This brand new gallery was founded by Tatiana Botton as a multidisciplinary gallery that offers a fresh and contemporary perspective to the art shown on Maui.  Art Project: Paia represents up and coming and established international, mainland and local artists with a distinct Hawaiian sensitivity.

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Maui Crafts Guild – Maui’s only artist owned and operated cooperative gallery – featuring 100% locally hand-crafted art.

Aloha Bead Shop – a jeweler’s dream!

Paia Bay Coffee – haven’t been in here yet, but I bet they serve coffee…

Puka Puka – This boutique and art gallery carries unique objects, jewelry, fashion, fine art and limited-edition prints, all with a surfer vibe.

Shop Makawao Part 2 – Art Galleries and Restaurants

(click here to view part 1: Clothing Boutiques and an Apothecary)

According to the HVCB website: This charming town was once named one of the top 25 arts destinations in the United States. 

And, unlike Maui’s other art capital, Lahaina, most of the art you’ll find in Makawao is actually made on Maui, and you’re more than likely to meet the artist as well.  Here is a virtual tour/shopping guide to Makawao’s art galleries.

Art Galleries:

(In Alphabetical Order – click on the name to view the website, if applicable, and click on the shop link to see what’s available to purchase online!)

Hot Island Glass: 

See the amazing artwork of talented glassblowers Chris Richards and Chris Lowry at this combination gallery and studio.  On most days, visitors will find them there creating new pieces right before their eyes.  Set back a bit off Baldwin Ave., (near Makawao Steak House), make a point to check out this gallery.

Visit their online shop

Jordanne: 

If you’ve been to Lanai in the past decade, you may recall Jordanne’s artwork as the Artist-In-Residence for both Four Seasons Resorts from 2003-2012.  In 2012, she moved to Maui to focus on a new collection of work and Plein-Air shows across America.  Jordanne is known for her paintings of Hawaiian landscapes, plantation homes, bouquet arrangements and signature gold-leaf pineapple paintings.

Visit her online shop

Julie Galeeva:

The interesting thing about walking into the Julie Galeeva art gallery, right on the corner of Makawao Avenue and Baldwin, is the great variety of works and styles. There’s abstract, impressionist, realist, fantasy…  so I asked the guy painting away if this was all Julie’s work, “Yes, she can do anything,” he agreed.  He pointed to one corner, “But that’s mine, she lets me have that section… she’s my mom” he added.  Wow, two talented artists in this family!

Kirsten Bunney Gallery:

Originally from Australia, Kirsten Bunney has been living and working on Maui since 1987.  Kirsten combines pen and ink with gouache and watercolor to express the bright, tropical beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.  Kirsten’s unique sense of style and color has been developed from a mix of cross-cultural influences, particularly times spent living in Bali.

Maui Hands :

Now back where it started- in Makawao, Maui Hands represents over 300 fine artists, artisans, jewelers, woodworkers, glassblowers, potters and sculptors, all 100% local to the state of Hawaii.  There’s something in every price range, and don’t miss the jewelry counters.  Did we mention the jewelry? Maui Hands has three other locations – Paia, Lahaina and Kaanapali.

Visit their online shop 

Sherri Reeve:

If you’ve been around Maui at all, you know the artwork of Sherri Reeve.  If not, your next stop in Makawao will change all that.  Known for her vibrant and playful watercolors, Reeve opened her Makawao gallery in 1997, where she can often be found greeting her faithful fans and new followers.  Her shop is so colorful and cheerful that you just want to stay for a while.   Besides wall art, you can find Sherri’s designs on mugs, mousepads, playing cards, soap and more!

View her online shop 

Viewpoints:

Another must-see stop in Makawao is Viewpoints Gallery.  There is a constantly changing featured show at this gallery, with the current theme : “It’s all about Hawaii”, which runs June 28 – August 7, 2013, and features the iconic painters Betty Hay Freeland and Suzy Papanikolas.  Each artist in this gallery must also be a current resident of the island.

Zforrest:

This carefully curated gallery has only been open 4 months, but I hope it will be around for a long time.  Just a few of the fun pieces that are made on Maui are Wicked Ono bags, cyanotype on silk pillows and scarves by Gwen Arkin, and these cute journal earrings by Julia Spector.

And another gallery I didn’t get the chance to visit this time: Piero Resta

Food & Snacks:

To keep this from being the longest blog post ever (and it might be, anyway) – I’m just going to hit the highlights of food and beverage in Makawao – all this shopping is bound to make you hungry.

Best use of local ingredients: Market Fresh Bistro – open 9-3:30 (2 on Sunday), some days for dinner (call 572-4877 to confirm hours).

Best Donuts: Komoda’s- there’s no sign near the door of this hole in the wall, when you smell the deliciousness, you’ll know you are there.  (closed Wednesday and Sunday)

Best place to sit and enjoy colorful Makawao/catch up on all the local gossip, while enjoying a coffee: Casanova Deli’s outdoor porch (daytime)

Best Wood-fired Pizza: Casanova Restaurant (nighttime- although I do think they serve the pizza for lunch too, I’m just too busy sitting on the porch)

Best Chips & Salsa: Polli’s

Best on-the-run/take-out: Rodeo General Store

And don’t forget to check out Makawao every Third Friday for the evening Town Party

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What’s your favorite art gallery/food in Makawao?

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