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Holiday Shopping Events

Craft fairs and holiday shopping events big and small, all around Maui this holiday season. I also love the idea of the event at the bottom – the first of its kind on Maui – an Alternative Christmas Market at St. John’s in Keokea, where you can donate to a charitable organization under a friend’s name, and receive a card explaining the gift for under the tree!  If I have missed your event, please feel free to contact me (info in About section) or leave a comment 

  • Event: MOCShopTillYouDrop2014
  • Date: Saturday, November 29
    Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
    Location: Maui Ocean Treasures – Gift Shop at Maui Ocean Center, Ma’alaea
  • Details: 30% off everything in the store (except Pandora Jewelry), 40 vendors in the outdoor courtyard, live entertainment, food and drinks available for purchase at the Reef Cafe, door prizes!
  • Cost: Free! (everyone gets one door prize entry, but bring in canned food donations for more entries – up to 5)
  • More Info: Check out their website, Facebook and Instagram accounts for more info!

maui holiday craft fair aquarium 2014

  • Event: Holiday Marketplace/Small Business Saturday at HUE 
  • Date: Saturday, November 29
  • Time: tbd
  • Location: 210 Alamaha St, Kahului
  • Details: Pop-up shops from local vendors
  • More Info: Check out their website and Facebook
  • Event: Small Business Saturday in Paia 
  • Date: Saturday, November 29
  • Details: Lots of great shops in Paia are offering discounts, many listed on the PaiaMaui.com website (click on date and scroll to bottom) – also 10% kama’aina discount (friday, saturday and sunday) at Maui Crafts Guild. 
  • Event: Hui Holiday – First Night at Hui Noeau
  • Date: Wednesday, December 3
  • Time: 5pm – 8pm
  • Location: Hui Noeau, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao
  • Details:  Shop for exclusive treasures by local artists and vendors and enjoy spirited music and festive drinks and pupu while surrounded by holiday décor of the historic Kaluanui Estate. Also includes the unveiling of designer/choreographer André Morissette’s imaginative “holiday window” installations.
  • Cost: Pre-purchase Tickets: $30 , Call (808) 572-6560
  • More Info: http://huinoeau.com/happenings/events/

hui holiday lights makawao christmas

  • Event: Montessori School of Maui Holiday Fair
  • Date: Friday, December 5th
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: 2933 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
  • Details: Parents and local vendors will offer lovely hand-made wreaths, wildly popular home-baked goodies, jams and jellies, jewelry, clothing and other specialty items perfect for gift-giving and adding holiday cheer to your home.  Highlights of the event are a special storytelling presentation by On the Wing Storytelling at 3:30 p.m. and a performance by the Suzuki Maui Violin Youth Ensemble at 4:15 p.m.  Interested vendors may contact ptomontessori@gmail.com.
  • Cost: Admission is free and open to the public.
  • More Info: www.momi.org

montessori 2014 holiday fair maui crafts

  • maui waldorf holiday faire fairEvent: Holiday Faire at Haleakala Waldorf School 
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 9am – 4pm
  • Location: 4160 Lower Kula Road
  • Details: 75 of Maui’s best artisans, live entertainment, kids crafts, puppet show, games and more!  Elf Parade at 10AM, every child dressed as Santa’s helper gets a FREE gift!
  • Admission: $3 for adults, under 12 free
  • More info: Click here 
  • Event: 17th Annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree
  • Date: Saturday December 6th and Sunday December 7th
  • Time: Lighting of the Tree – 6:30pm Saturday, Dec 6, Events run 10am-7pm Saturday and 9am – 5pm Sunday
  • Location: Banyan Tree, Front Street, Lahaina
  • Details:  (awaiting confirmation but I believe this is the schedule- or contact info below to confirm before you go) On Saturday, live music and holiday craft fair starts at 10am. Keiki activities kick off at 2pm with the arrival of Santa at the North Pole, cookie decorating, face painting and Christmas crafts. Da Hawaiian Snowman ice sculpture is arriving at 4pm, donated and carved on site by Lahaina Ice Company. TREE LIGHTING is 6:30pm Saturday, with live music by Lahainaluna HS Band  (Tree stays lit for entire holiday season December 6th-to January 2nd, 2015). Holiday arts and crafts fair and live music continues Sunday at 9am .
  • Admission: Free, however the LahainaTown Action Committee requests one canned or non perishable food item for admission to the “North Pole” winter wonderland.
  • For More Info: lynn@visitlahaina.com or call 808 667 9715

2014 Maui Tree Lighting Holiday Christmas Lights Tree

  • Event: Maui Mompreneur Winter Showcase Craft Fair
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 9am – 1pm
  • Location: Maui Beach Ellair Rainbow Ballroom
  • Details: Showcasing Maui’s Mom-owned businesses – handmade gift items perfect for Christmas, baked goods, jewelry and more!
  • Cost: FREE
  • For More Info: For vendor spaces please call: 808-757-4739
  • Event: Maui Humane Society’s Holiday Pet Fair
  • Date: Saturday, December 6
  • Time: 11am – 2pm
  • Location: 1350 Mehameha Loop, Puunene
  • Details: Gifts and Crafts, Photos with Santa Paws, Pick your  price on all adoptions, pet care services and supply vendors, tutu’s shave ice, outrigger pizza company, dog restraint demonstrations and discounted microchips
  • For more Info: Click Here 
  • Event: Upcountry Lighting of the Tree
  • Date: Sunday, December 7
  • Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Location: Maui Wine, Ulupalakua Vineyards
  • Details: Tree lighting, caroling, holiday crafts for kids, treats, sparkling wine toast, and outdoor movie showing of POLAR EXPRESS! This tree lighting ceremony is in honor of Ulupalakua’s 150 years of commitment to our island’s land and the never-ending forestation efforts, including the replanting that follows tropical storm Iselle’s destruction earlier this year.
  • Admission: Free Admission, but please bring canned and non-perishable foods for Maui Food Bank
  • For More Info: click here 

upcountry holiday tree lighting

  • Event: Alternative Christmas Market
  • Date: Sunday, December 7
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Location: St Johns Episcopal Church, Kula (across from Keokea Park)
  • Details: For the first time ever on Maui – 20 local and international nonprofits offer an opportunity to buy ‘gifts’ (such as buying a goat for a family in Africa in the friend’s name), by making a donation on their behalf, a receive a card for under their tree!! Do good and feel good!  Charities will include: Maui Food Bank, Aloha House, Hospice Maui, Women Helping Women, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Maui AIDS Foundation, Maui Youth and Family Services, Malama Family Recovery Center, Somos Ohana Nicaragua, A Cup of Cold Water, Heifer Project, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Imua Family Services, Episcopal Relief and Development, and more!
  • For More Info: http://www.stjohnsmaui.org

 

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Wood-n’t you love this? Cool Wood Gifts from Maui

wood art from maui hawaii

A Made on Maui Wood Gift Guide:

Woodwork.  There’s just something special about this medium.  The warmth, the colors, the contrast – master woodworkers know how to make each piece truly special.   Here’s a gift guide to some fun wood items, each made on Maui.  Wood is the traditional five-year wedding anniversary gift, but I think these awesome finds below would always be appreciated.

wood knife holder beautiful maui carved gift

Wood-n’t this make a great wedding present for a Maui wedding?

This agave wood knife holder, with the island of Maui carved out of the center, was made from wood that was sustainably harvested from the slopes of Mount Haleakala. An epoxy finish was used to add strength and to accentuate the natural beauty.  Currently available on Etsy by DynamicElephant

Koa Wood Trivets Turtle and Pineapple

Available at MauiHands.com or in the Maui Hands stores

Hand-carved Koa wood turtle and pineapple trivets by Kamano Woods – view their artwork online at mauihands.com or at the several Maui Hands stores around the island.

Koa Wood Rocking Chair Made on Maui

I wood never leave this chair…

Made with old world techniques and oil glowing surfaces, this one of a kind solid koa rocking chair will embrace you with arms of comfort that no other chair can.  Handmade on Maui by legendary furniture maker Randall Watkins, using only the finest vertical cut grain of curly Koa.  Available online through the Rachael Ray Art Collection, or if you are on Maui, head on over to Makawao to try one on for size at Maui Hands. 

wood bead bracelet with shell made on maui

Wood Bead and Sea Shells – So Organic and Trendy!

Wooden bead bracelets by Maui jewelry designer Valerie Dunn, with Maui seashells and  charms.  View more pictures on Valerie’s blog, and contact her for availability

Made on Maui wood turned vessel

“Vessels That Dance” series of wood turned vessels by artist Derek Bencomo

Derek  Bencomo’s dramatic pieces can be seen in some of the county’s best museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.  He describes his original works below:

“Never figurative, my work balances mass and abstract lines, capturing a sense of motion with motion while the sculptural aspects mirror the figure of the wood. Over the last decade my work has shown dramatic growth from the tradition of woodturning, where bowl or vessel is the norm, to a sculptural approach that is distinctly original. My current works feature lines that curve and stretch out in three dimensions against the subtle backdrop of wood grain. The form, line and pattern are all abstract, reflecting the natural beauty of a wave, stretch of beach and horizon.”

Visit his website to see where Derek’s pieces can be seen, and which ones are available for purchase. 

Welcome to Maui Made

Welcome to the Maui Made Blog!  I’ll be reviewing Made on Maui products, including art, clothes, jewelry, crafts, food and beauty products.  I’ll also share news on events, such as today’s exciting Grand Opening Celebration for Ocean Vodka‘s new distillery today in Kula.  The new distillery brings all of Ocean Vodka’s operation under one roof :

For more than six years, the Smith Family has worked diligently on bringing Ocean Vodka from Maui to the international marketplace.  The new upgraded facility provides Ocean Vodka control of all supply and production, with farming, distillation, manufacturing, marketing and sales consolidated for the first time since the brand’s inception.  It also solidifies Ocean Vodka’s growing presence in the marketplace, supporting a ten-fold increase in business as well as new opportunities to expand production into rums, whiskies and unique, naturally infused spirits, while providing additional jobs for the local Maui community.

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