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Maui Dad – Apparel featuring Art and Heart

When Laurence Muleh’s daughter was born, she not only brought joy and love into his family, but a new business idea.  The artist and Maui High School art teacher was inspired to start his clothing line, Maui Dad, which celebrates parenting, fatherhood, and our sacred island.  Recently launched in December of 2013, they currently offer six designs on raglan tees (baseball style tees) and youth trucker hats.  And- as Laurence shares his story below – its not always about what you get with a business, but what you give back.

“As an ecstatic new father and a local high school art teacher, I created a series of drawings that illustrated our ohana’s (family’s) tradition of touching foreheads to express our love. In a Maui-based art studio, we lovingly screen-printed each of these drawings by hand on a variety of apparel and our family business, Maui Dad, was born. We take great care to make our products as locally, ethically and sustainably as possible. We are expanding our line by creating more designs, creating infant and toddler hats, and working on our adult apparel.

maui dad shirt children keiki“We are very grateful to have been welcomed into five wonderful boutiques across the island. According to our stores, our apparel line has been well received by both locals and visitors alike. Additionally, we were very honored to be featured on the Papa Page in the current issue of Maui Mama Magazine. As a teacher and a nurse, my wife and I have always dedicated our lives to being  part of our community, which is why we decided that while we grow our business we want to connect with local non-profits in our community so that we can grow together.  We believe that if we can weave the fibers of our business into the fibers of our community we can not only contribute to the local economy, but more importantly we can contribute to helping directly effect the lives of our neighbors.

“We began this mission of community involvement by reaching out to the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, an organization that supports children of abuse and neglect in Maui County.  On May 3rd, Whole Foods Market Maui has graciously offered to host Maui Dad so that we can use our business to help raise money for the FCJC. At this event we plan on offering our standard apparel line as well as new adult and mom-themed apparel in anticipation for Mother’s Day.

“We will also have a booth at the upcoming Haiku Hoolaulea and Flower Festival on April 12 and will be sharing a portion of those proceeds with the FCJC.  We are thrilled about the partnership we’ve formed with FCJC and can’t wait to begin using our conscience and lovingly made local products to support their important mission.

maui dad shirt drawing art custom“Since connecting with the FCJC, we have found another local non-profit called FIT (Fatherhood Involvement Team).  I was able to connect with the director of the program and I was truly moved by what they do.  They recognize the important role that fathers play in the healthy development of children and are committed to providing services to fathers, including teen dads, and dads that are in the Maui Community Correctional Center. As a business built on the celebration and joy of fatherhood, I would be proud to offer support to this organization towards helping men become better fathers.”

 

Love the designs and the mission? Buy some Maui Dad apparel at their Etsy store at: mauidad.com

 

Follow their family adventures on their Facebook page at: facebook.com/mauidad

 

Where to Buy Maui Dad on Maui : Biasa Rose in Paia, Designing Wahine Emporium in Makawao, Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, Royal Lahaina Resort in Lahaina, and the Enchantress in the Shops of Wailea.

Top Maui Made or Maui-Inspired Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is coming up soon – June 16, 2013, so here are some Maui Made and Maui-inspired gift ideas for your awesome pop, or the loving hubby you’d ‘Maui’ all over again…

Top Five Maui Made or Inspired gifts for dad

Here are the Top Five Gifts for Dad – all available on Maui or online!

(priced from low to high) 

 – Doc Martin’s Sunblock – ($15.50 online)

Dr. George Martin established his dermatology practice on Maui in 1989 and seeing the need for a sunscreen that would stand up to the harsh elements and extreme water time faced by the athletes on Maui (and around the world), spent over two decades researching and developing his Doc Martin’s Sunblock. The results represent some of the most significant advances in sunscreen technology in recent years. Even after hours in the water, it does not have to be re-applied, and it will not run into the eyes no matter how hard you sweat.  And your Dad sweats.  Keep him sunburn-free and help him reduce his chances of skin-cancer (yikes!) with this awesome (and inexpensive) gift!

The benefits of Doc Martin’s *Next-Gen* Sunblock are so long I’ve had to create a bullet-point list…

  • SPF 36Doc Martin's Sunblock Makes a Great Father's Day Gift
  • PABA Free
  • “Mega Waterproof™” – SPF 31 after 80 mins in the water
  • sweat proof
  • Won’t run into eyes (as a contact lens wearer, personally, I can attest that this is the only sunscreen that doesn’t burn my eyes)
  • Non-greasy
  • new Next-Gen formula has smooth application
  • UVA and UVB Protection
  • non-toxic,
  • hypoallergenic,
  • non-comedogenic
  • moisturizing

Doc Martin’s of Maui Next Gen Sunblock is sold online through Coco’s Closet and is available all over Maui at surf shops, and probably lots of other places too.  I bet they even have it at his Dermatology office in Kihei on Lipoa.

Maui Brewing Leather Can Koozie Father's Day Gift Guide Maui

Nothing says ‘I love you dad’ like a leather can koozie


– A Maui Brewing Leather Can Koozie – ($19.00 online)

Let’s face it.  Dads like beer.  And what better way to show their love for their favorite Made on Maui beer and keep their hands cool at the same time, than an uber-manly leather can koozie.   This koozie, which has the the Maui Brewing logo branded on both sides, is crafted from natural leather and hand-stitched in North Carolina.

It’s slim, foldable and fits on most cans and some “fat” bottles.

 

Maui Vintage Blue Trucker Hat

Keep Dad looking hot while he stays cool in this Maui Trucker Hat!


– A Trucker Hat- ($20 online)

Keep Dad cool in the hot Maui sun with this trucker hat with 3D embroidery, handmade by ‘Ryan’ on Maui.  This hat’s available in three colors- blue, green or red, each with a nice ombre effect.  They are available online or at the Maui Vintage store on Dickenson Street in Lahaina, or most Saturdays at the Swap Meet in Kahului.

 

 

-The Kahana Shirt from Bluesmiths – ($90 online)

Bluesmiths, a Maui-based watersports clothing company, designs their gear to ‘stand up’ to Hawaii’s extreme conditions, and tests them thoroughly along Maui’s North Shore.

Kanaha Ocean Shirt by Bluesmiths of Maui

Dad will love you forever if you get him this Sunset Orange Kanaha Shirt from Bluesmiths.

When faced with the challenge of developing a shirt ideal for stand-up paddling, but also appropriate for a number of other sports, Bluesmiths knew they needed a shirt that would keep the wearer cool and sun-protected when working hard, yet warm and dry when needed.  Bluesmiths founder, John Smalley, describes the Kanaha :

Our Hydrophobic Ocean Shirts are the most technically advanced on the planet. With most ocean shirts when you get wet, you get cold.  To solve this problem, we pioneered the use of NanoSphere® from Schoeller of Swizerland. It’s by far the most durable water repellent we can could find. We’re the only brand in the world to offer it on a knitted garment. NanoSphere® is also included with our award winning Spartan Ocean Shorts.  It’s a real game-changer.

The Bluesmiths garments, which include the Kanaha (longsleeve) for men and women, the Lane (shortsleeve), the Spartan (boardshorts), and the Kula (hoodie) are exclusively available online.

A Custom Kazuma Surfboard (price varies depending on model)

For over 25 years, Kazuma Surfboards has been manufacturing custom surfboards for  the best surfers in the world. Their 10 expert craftsmen have over 135 years of combined board building experience and are the best in the business.  Kazuma Surfboards is a true custom board company and every part of the manufacturing process is done in the Haiku, Maui factory under the strict control of Matt Kazuma Kinoshita himself.  From a one of a kind shape to a custom paint design, your dad can have his new Kazuma built completely custom to his specification.  Visit Matt Kinoshita at their Haiku factory, check out the boards at Hi-Tech Surf Sports, visit their website to see the list of dealers around the world, or just check out their online gallery and order your dad a custom board from Matt today!

Kazuma Surfboard Maui

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