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Maui Christmas Decor and Gifts – Online!

Want to start your holiday shopping but not quite ready to face the crowds (or not even on Maui?) Here’s an assortment of holiday-themed gifts (with Maui ties) that you can order online!

Head High Tropicals 

Looking for a show-stopping wreath for your front door or a gift for a lover of tropical flowers on the mainland? Head High Tropicals will create, package and ship a wreath ($145) or basket ($75) to your lucky recipient (or yourself!) – all prices include shipping and tax. Quantities are limited so ordering early is advised.

live christmas tree hawaii mauiLive Native Trees

Speaking of foliage, if you are looking for a more eco-friendly Christmas tree this year, check out Plant a Wish’s Live Native Christmas Trees, for a potted 3 foot tall ohia lehua tree (available on Maui only). Trees are $75 if you order before midnight on November 30, or $85 after. The cost of your tree includes delivery (Maui only), personalized support in the planting of the tree, and detailed tree care information.  To read more about the backstory of Plant a Wish and the live holiday trees, click here.

Wrappily

And speaking of eco-friendly gifts, Maui-based Wrappily has a new line of holiday wrapping paper, and if you are feeling crafty, new holiday gift-topper kits!

BlueJane Maui

Well now you have your wreath, your tree and your wrapping paper, how about some holiday home decor, for you or as a gift!  BlueJane Maui has these handmade (and professional quality) pillow covers featuring holiday messages in black paint on natural canvas fabric, with contrasting fabric (varies with pillow) on the reverse. See the listings for the Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) or Joy/Peace on Etsy.

Bitty Bambu 

For your holiday parties and family photo shoots, look no further than Bitty Bambu.  The girls’ dresses and skirts, all handmade with designer fabrics, are all pretty as a picture and for gift ideas, Bitty Bambu offers darling baby gift sets with a onesie and matching burp cloth and t-shirts for girls and boys.

Jennifer’s Gourds

What is Christmas on Maui (or for a Maui-loving friend) without your Sandy ‘Snowman’? Jennifer’s Gourds makes these darling little sandmen (out of gourds!) with Maui sand and shells.

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Happy Honu Maui

Deck your halls with gorgeous Hawaiian print Christmas stockings by Happy Honu Maui – these burlap trimmed stockings are boutique quality, designer 100% cotton fabric, with a fabric liner, plus a fabric “hook” for hanging. Built to last and Santa approved.  See the listings for the Blue Ho Ho Ho Hawaiian Surf Signs or Red Hawaiian Hula Girl.


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Holiday Family Photos COUPON! 

And finally, as a special offer to MauiMadeBlog readers, Grace Emata of Gracee Studios is offering 20% discount on holiday mini-sessions through December 10th.The Mini Session includes a 30 minute photo session, 50 digital images and an on-line gallery! Gracee Studios specializes in weddings, maternity, family and keiki photography. Grace also offers wedding planning services.

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A Whole New HUE

Maui is a world-class destination for a lot of things, but shopping? Not so much.  Sure we have cute little boutiques, and bikini shopping that is noteworthy, but for anything for the home, choices have been pretty limited – that was, until two talented young interior designers saw this void, and have been filling it, with gorgeous pillows, comfy yet stylish couches, handy hostess gifts and much more! Wendy Takemoto and Jessica Guard McLellan decided to open up HUE, a furniture and lifestyle store, and the results?  Well, they’ve been stunning.

maui furniture store best home furnishings“We were designers before we were in retail, and it was never possible to find pieces in our style on-island,” Jessica explained. “We knew other people must also be feeling that need. So we thought rather than ordering from mainland stores, why not open our own?”  And Maui shoppers heartily agreed, voting them Best New Business in 2013 and Best Home Furnishings in 2014 in the Maui Time Weekly’s Best of Maui readers’ poll.

maui furniture store best home furnishingsIn 2012, Wendy and Jessica opened HUE at their original retail and design space on Kahului’s Lalo Avenue.  Not quite two years later, with a good idea of what island shoppers were looking for, Wendy and Jessica jumped at the chance to move to a much larger space in an established location.  They are now located at the former Latitudes, as the anchor for a whole design center, with The Garden, supplying silk flowers, plants and arrangements, by Latitudes’ former purveyors, and Suda Shades, creating custom window treatments.

The new location is approximately 5,000 square feet, triple the size of their former location.  “Our goal is to have the island’s premiere home and lifestyle shop, and this new space brings us one step closer. We now can present an even wider range of carefully curated home and gift items” Jessica continued.  HUE is still Maui’s exclusive dealer for Lee Industries’ furniture, they have added a few new luxury furniture lines, including Lexington and Palecek, and have brought in some more affordable options as well. HUE is constantly adding to their inventory to offer fresh pieces for shoppers, with containers arriving monthly, and smaller shipments arriving even more frequently.

coastal tropical modern design aqua In addition to furniture, HUE is expanding their bed and bath collection, and offers a wide range of home accessories and gifts, including tabletop accessories, hostess gifts, jewelry, soaps and lotions, eco-friendly wrapping paper, coffee table books, lighting and more.  “We travel to the mainland two to three times a year for furniture and gift markets,” shared Wendy. “It’s the best way for us to see what’s current, to get the best possible pricing from our manufacturers, and to check out the quality of the pieces before we order.  We also get a lot of our inspiration when we travel to market. We love seeing other shops in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, North Carolina… It’s just good to see stores that aren’t ALL rattan and tropical.”

In addition to offering what’s trending across the country, HUE offers many locally made items including bags by True Story Company and Tiger Lily, compass watches by Pandeia, body products by Queen Bee Productions, jewelry by Kachi, Sophie Grace Maui, Jasmine Honey Designs and Salty Luxe Hawaii, pillows by BlueJane Maui, and eco-friendly wrapping paper by Wrappily. Featured Maui-based artists include Abigail Romanchak, Robert Suzuki and Dane Ward.

According to HUE’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Birgitte Golden, giving back to the Maui community is an important part of the business as well. “We sponsor and donate to many non-profit events, and even assist event design, like at the Pacific Cancer Foundation’s Kama’aina Christmas for the past two years. We also participate in other fundraisers, like the Lee Industries’ Lee Loves America campaign, with a portion of sales going to a local non-profit.” Birgitte continued that, “another great aspect of HUE is that it is locally-owned and operated – Aloha is engrained in who we are, and all customers are met with a down-to-earth, no pressure attitude.” All five team members are born and raised in Hawaii. In addition to Wendy, Jessica and Birgitte, the team includes Design Associate Heather Guard and Warehouse Manager Chris Auna.

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Wendy and Jessica also offer professional services including residential and commercial interior design, kitchen and bath design, architectural computer renderings, and more.  Appointments are recommended for design services.

As I chatted with Wendy and Jessica about their new space, I asked what they’ve learned so far in their foray into retail, and what surprises have come up along the way. “Our eyes have really been opened to how shipping affects the costs of goods,” explained Wendy.  “Also, people sometimes don’t fully understand that we are on an island in the middle of the ocean…things take longer to get here, and cost a little more.  As Jessica shares, “mainly, retail is a lot of work. And it’s a different beast in this era with online shopping, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram….it takes a lot more to stay ahead of the game, but these are also very powerful marketing tools if you know how to use them.”

And speaking of social media – you can follow HUE here: on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

Mahalo to the HUE crew for the interview! 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: 

  • Location: 210 Alamaha St, Kahului
  • Hours: Mon- Fri – 9am- 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm, Closed Sunday
  • Phone: (808) 873-6910
  • Website: mauihue.com

Disclaimer: I am a paid consultant for HUE, but the opinions are my own. 

Maui Made Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, a perfect opportunity to show your sweeties some love and buy local at the same time!  We’ve scoured the island from Wailea to Wainapanapa to find some gifts for everyone on your love list.

For your Jewelry Lover: 

These three pieces (each currently available on Etsy) will warm any lucky lady’s heart…

(top to bottom) ‘Gold Love Necklace’ By Nina Kuna 

‘Kuuipo Gold Heart with Initial’ by Kealoha Jewelry

 ‘Magenta Earrings’ by Aina Kai 

For the Lady who needs a Fun Night with the Girls: 

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Make an origami heart and more fun paper crafts with Wrappily’s Pop Up Events

Sign her up for Wrappily’s Ladies Love Valentines event at Pearl Butik in Paia, for crafting stations, sparkling wine and of course, chocolate! Make and take origami boxes filled with chocolate kisses, heart cards, and little love notes will have you all ready to spread the love on Valentine’s Day. Ages 21 and older, only. Saturday, February 8, 5-7 pm

For your little princess: 

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The Avaleigh Dress by Happy Honu Maui!

This cute little dress by Happy Honu Maui is available in size 12-24 months

For the girl who has everything, and now just needs something cute to carry it around: 

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The pink cosmetic bag by IslandMedley

The pink cosmetic bag by Island Medley

For your main squeeze: 

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Be Mine Pillow Cover by GinghamMedley

The Be Mine Pillow Cover by GinghamPicnic

And of course, all you chocolate lovers out there: 

Valentine’s Designs by CakePopsByLiz and Chocolates by Sweet Paradise Chocolatier

Note: Cake Pop special orders for Valentine’s Day due by Feb 10, or Feb 7 for large orders.  

And don’t forget to wrap all your gifts in the new, eco-friendly Wrappily wrapping paper (featured in the most recent post)!

What are you hoping for this Valentine’s Day?  Anything missing from this list?  And do you go out to eat (and where?) or do you stay home, enjoying a more intimate setting at home?  Plus, most of these gifts are meant for girls, what should we get the guys this Valentine’s Day?

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