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Father’s Day Gifts – Maui Style

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What does Dad want this year?  He has plenty of aloha shirts, a couple pairs of slippers, and he definitely doesn’t need another tie.  But what he would like is to spend some quality time with his family… or maybe just some alone time with his special lady… There are some Brand New Activities on Maui (each just opening this month!) that Dad would absolutely love!

Oh, and some snacks.

If Dad’s Been Good

father's day gifts food drink maui hawaii Here are some made on Maui food and drink ideas that you just can’t go wrong with:

(L-R clockwise) Adoboloco hot sauces, Cioccolato Amore, Wow Wow Lemonade and Pau Vodka (combining the last two might be worth a try too!)

Where to find: You can find Pau Vodka at the liquor stores, Wow Wow Lemonade at these locations in Kahului and Kihei, Adoboloco at these locations and Cioccolato Amore at Maui Ocean Center, The Ritz Carlton Logo shop, Hale Zen, Aina Gourmet, Rodeo General Store, Take Home Maui, Napili Farmers Market or online at www.cioccolatoamore.com.  

maui children's bookstore and cafe paia pop up And speaking of food, what dad doesn’t love a beachside BBQ?  Especially if he doesn’t have to cook himself??? On Saturday, June 14, from 3-6pm, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe is hosting a pop-up shop in Paia, and will be providing free music, jumping castles and keiki lei making for dad.  Beautiful books, mind-inspiring toys and locally sourced gourmet BBQ burgers will be available for purchase.  The event takes place on the oceanfront lawn at 65 Hana Hwy (former Johnny B’s Burger Joint) and is co-hosted by Paia Inn, click to RSVP

If Dad’s Been Great

If your dad is up for something a little more adventurous, bring the family (for kids 10 and up) and make a splash with Skyline Eco-Adventure’s brand new, one-of-a-kind Maui Zip n’ Dip adventure!  Located above Kaanapali, you can zip right into the cool, fresh water of a natural mountain pool!

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new maui zip line pool activityAfter swimming and zipping for a bit, Skyline’s award-winning guides will lead you on a memorable zipline adventure ahead. Enjoy a side-by-side zipline where you can race your family and friends, then enjoy a series of solo flights that take you speeding through the valley and over the tree-tops!  Every zipline boasts incredible views of the West Maui coastline, and the islands of Lanai and Molokai.  For reservations, call 808-878-8400 or visit zipline.com

Or, if Dad is in need of some relaxation, Lumeria Retreat in Makawao just opened their Crystal Spa, offering numerous massages and treatment options including Pohaku Wela Hot Stone, Lomi Lomi and deep tissue massages.  Might we suggest the couples massage?

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If Dad Deserves a Dad of the Year Award

If Dad has just gone above and beyond all expectations this year, treat him to the newly rebranded Montage Kapalua Bay, which opened on June 1 at the site formerly known as the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences at Kapalua Bay.  Fifty luxury suites, with one- to four-bedroom, have full kitchens, but if you prefer not to cook, the Sunset Patio will be open for lunch, the Sunset Room is open for breakfast and dinner, and the Hana Hou pool bar is open 11am – sunset.  Starting June 20, the resort’s signature restaurant, Cane & Canoe, will be open for breakfast and dinner. The property also includes Spa Montage, complete with a juice bar, and two championship golf courses, The Bay Course and The Plantation Course.

According to this recent article from Pacific Business News, the resort is offering special kamaaina rates during the next 90 days, (and according to the customer service person I just talked to, some kind of kama’aina discount will be available year round) of $395 for one-bedroom suites, $495 for three-bedroom suites and $595 for the four-bedroom suites. According to the website, the listed price for the 3 Bedroom Premier Ocean Suite, with 3.5 Baths, full kitchen, dining and living room is $1570 a night.

Whichever gift option you choose, I wish everyone a happy and safe Father’s Day!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Makeover Giveaway!

Normally for these Gift Guides I’ll spend a little time shopping around, but for this guide I decided to check with the experts. I interviewed some of Maui’s busiest (and most successful!) moms to see what THEY were eyeing for Mother’s Day.

mei li autumn beauty makeover contestWe’re also announcing a Mommy Makeover Giveaway!  MeiLi Autumn, of MeiLi Autumn Beauty, is giving away a Makeover session to one lucky Maui mommy!  The winner will be picked on Mother’s Day!

“Since becoming a mom 14 months ago, I’ve noticed my beauty regime has pretty much gone out the window,” MeiLi shared.  “Most days I’m lucky to have my teeth brushed let alone a full face of makeup, perfectly blow dried hair, and a (clean) matching ensemble. For Mother’s Day, I’d love to extend a gift to one lucky Maui mama to help her feel as beautiful as she really is. You give so much to your child, your spouse, your job and obligations. It is easy to neglect yourself and go weeks, months even without doing something 100% for you! This is your chance. I’m offering a full-on beauty makeover to help one special mama look and feel her very best. Whether it’s a date night with the hubby, family pictures, or just a fun night out with the girls, this makeover will put a little sparkle and glamour in her life.

“To enter, ‘Like’ the Facebook page “MeiLi Autumn Beauty” and leave a post saying one physical attribute you like about yourself. Me? I think I have been blessed with pretty good skin. I have my own Mom to thank for that. Looking forward to spending my 2nd ever Mother’s Day eating delicious food (that I didn’t have to cook), and spending quality time with my favorite people on earth.”

Featured Mommy – Taryn of Bitty Bambu

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taryn.family.kristy.copperfieldbitty bambu children's clothes maui hawaiiStarting off our Mother’s Day Gift Guide is Taryn Muschietti-Gillespie, owner and designer of the children’s clothing line, Bitty Bambu. Taryn enjoys beach days, hiking and biking in Polipoli with her two kids, Teya, age 6 and Kailen, age 9.  “Usually we go to the (2) Seabury Hall Craft Fair and I get to pick a local goodie as a Mother’s Day gift. This year I’m heading over to (3) BoxEleven‘s booth to treat myself to one of her pleat tanks or another unique creation. I love (1)Queen Bee Productions too, particularly their rose facial cleanser.” (Taryn’s family portrait, and of Teya below, by Kristy Copperfield Photography)

Maui Made Gift Suggestion: Don’t kid yourself, getting darling outfits for your kids is just as much fun for you – check out Taryn’s entire line on her Etsy page, we picked out this beauty, since the model is Taryn’s daughter Teya!  

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Featured Mommy – Malika of Surfer Girl Jewelry

Malika Dudley is a freelance meteorologist, journalist, reporter, TV host, writer, producer, field producer and stunt double. “I pretty much do anything that has to do with the media industry. I also make jewelry part-time and attend classes at Hui Noeau, when I’m not busy chasing around my 18-month-old son, Jackson. Jackson has a full schedule – gymnastics, swimming, playgroups- he’s busier than I am! (Set your DVRS – Malika will also be a contestant on an upcoming episode of “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC, with Jane Lynch- the show airs May 22nd!)

kainani sail boat maui “For Mother’s Day I want to go for a day sail adventure on Kainani Sails! We are ocean lovers and my son is a total water baby. I’d love to do something that we will all enjoy and more importantly create memories.”

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Maui Made Gift Suggestion: The newest items in Malika’s Surfer Girl Jewelry’s collection are these 18kt gold-dipped sunrise shell necklaces. The double rope chain shines in the sun and the pendants are made with high quality, hearty sunrise shells electroplated in layers of metals – ending with the 18kt gold.           Coupon Code: Use MOTHERSDAY for 50% off of all Sunrise Shell Jewelry! Click here for the link to her Etsy Shop. (expires 5/11/14)

Featured Mommy – Melissa of Opihi Love Event Rentals

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melissa padilla by kristy copperfield maui family portraitMelissa Padilla, mother of two sweet little girls and one darling baby boy, is also the owner of Opihi Love Event Rentals, and the Wedding Coordinator for the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. “My ideal mother’s day would be to start the day at (1)Wailuku Coffee Company, getting a massage at (2)Green Ti– and finishing up at (3)Kojima’s sushi in Pukalani… Oh, and an apple pie from (4)Leoda‘s..I’d also take anything from HUE.”  (Melissa’s family portrait also by Kristy Copperfield Photography)

alii.kula.lavender.Maui Made Gift Suggestion: Any mom would love a trip to the Alii Kula Lavender Farm, enjoying a lavender scone and lemonade, or some luscious body products to take home! 

Featured Mommies – Kether and Tiare of Queen Bee Productions

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ether tiare queen bee maui Kether Quinlan and Tiare Rietow are busy-bee mommies, as the owners of Queen Bee Productions. Kether, (pictured on the left) who is also an esthetician, loves snorkeling with her 14 year old daughter Kiana, while 12 year old Jacob rides the waves. “They are my best friends and greatest joy. We plan to use our surfboards more this summer! For Mother’s Day I would like a necklace I’ve been eyeing by (1)Jasmine Honey Designs. It’s a silver or gold bar with my children’s names pounded into it. I’d also love a gift certificate to HUE…I hear they have new inventory!”

Tiare loves going out to breakfast with her 19 year old son, Kai. “He recently graduated from Seabury Hall and will attend UH Manoa in the fall, so before he leaves I’d love a beach day with him. We enjoy breakfasts at Market Fresh Bistro, Makawao or (2)Cafe des Amis in Paia.  I’d love some new beachwear, like this new suit by (3)indie attire, I can just see myself wearing it, sipping coconut juice under a large brim hat. I can’t wait for lots of water time this summer!body wash maui

Maui Made Gift Suggestion: Any Queen Bee products would be cherished, but you can’t go wrong with Body Washes or Lip Balms!  COUPON CODE: Use code 4MYMOM for 15% off everything, plus creams are all on sale!  (expires 5/12/14)

Featured Mommies – Jessica and Wendy of HUE

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Yes, this is the bed from HUE, presumably this is not the bed she’s referring to…

HueMaui-Jessica-McLellan-Wendy-TakemotoJessica McLellan (standing) and Wendy Takemoto are co-owners (and interior designers!) at HUE, the furniture and design store in Kahului.  Jessica’s dream Mother’s Day involves a day of relaxation “at the spa or in my own (1)bed, I’d happily take either! My son Trenton, 13, is going to be a freshman at Seabury next year! He’s active in sports, and plays the piano. I’m really enjoying my time with him these last couple of years. He’s becoming an amazing young man and I really adore him.  My daughter Dillon is the spitfire of the family at 4 years old. She loves playing with dirt and princesses equally. She keeps us laughing with her witty sense of humor.”

Wendy’s wish for Mother’s Day is for her husband to remember about the holiday!  “He’s from South Africa, so its very possible for it to go right over his head.  But, if he does remember, I want him to take me to a restaurant where he actually had to call ahead and make a reservation, like (2)Mama’s Fish House. From my son, I would like a Mother’s Day edition of the Montessori of Maui (3)macaroni necklace.” When she’s not busy at HUE, Wendy likes to spend time with her family at the beach or camping. Four year old Luke is a budding artist as well. “I  LOVE watching him draw pictures.  He draws and narrates stories of shooter-fire-wheels-with-fuzzybees-and-sharks!hue frames mothers day gift suggestion

Maui Made Gift Suggestion:  HUE has lots of great new frames in stock… you can never go wrong with a great family photo in a cute frame!   DISCOUNT OFFER: Mention this blog post for 15% off of your purchase from now through May 10th. 

Featured Mommy – Sara of Wrappily

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sara smith wrappily Sara Smith is the founder of Wrappily, a new eco-friendly line of wrapping paper, the managing editor of Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, and mom to Esta and Odin. “My daughter Esta, 5, and I have started snorkeling together, which thrills me beyond belief. And since my son Odin, 3, and I are often the first ones up, we often collaborate on a Lego project or coloring a masterpiece. I cherish those moments. For Mother’s Day, though, if I am being completely honest, I’d love to sit uninterrupted on a quiet beach, perhaps thumb through a magazine or just take the time to listen to my thoughts. Going surfing with the family would be a close second, ideally in a cute new bikini from Letarte or (1)Otaheite (in photo, an Acacia design- carried at Otaheite). If there was a pair of Jasmine Honey earrings to match, well that’d be swell. Squeezing in time for a raw pie from (2)Maui Kombucha or a tamarind/ calamansi shave ice from (3)Ululani’s would top off the day perfectly.

wrappily lucky we live hawaii collectionMaui Made Suggestion: Wrappily is just released the new Lucky We Live Hawaii paper collection—cute stuff!  They are also offering a “Wrap it up for Mom” promo, with a free gift topper with purchase of wrapping paper at participating Maui retailers, including Hue, Holiday & Co. in Makawao and Pearl in Paia, while supplies last. 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there – I hope you all get EXACTLY what you wish for this year, and a HUGE MAHALO to everyone who let me interview them for this piece!  

 

 

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).

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Entry to Heaven… The Andaz Maui at Wailea

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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. 

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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

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“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. 

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!

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