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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.

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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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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Goes Green

Are you one of those people that takes a hot shower at a big hotel and wonders exactly how large their hot water heater must be?  Wonder what happens to all those tiny soaps and shampoos when you leave?  Crank down the air conditioning and then shudder at the size of their electric bill?  Ok, so I’m probably among the few, as a holder of an environmental studies degree and an avid recycler, but it makes me proud to know that Maui now can claim title to Hawaii’s first LEED EBOM certified hotel or resort, and only one of four in the world!  (That’s a lot of acronyms, so to clarify the award is from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system.)

Last month, while being blessed under the very last moments of sunny skies before Tropical Storm Ana arrived, Mayor Arakawa presented the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa with the official proclamation, the culmination of a two-year project by the Hyatt team and my new client, Green Building Hawaii.

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John Bendon presents his speech at the Hyatt Regency Maui

According to John Bendon, Founding Principal of Green Building Hawaii, “LEED is points based rating system that looks at whole building performance.  Category areas cover energy, water, material purchasing, site development, transportation, and indoor environmental quality.  The more points you earn in the different category areas, the higher your overall rating of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.” (The Hyatt earned a respectable Silver!)

L-R John Bendon Founding Principal at GBH, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Gary Bulson, Senior Engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, Allen Farwell, General Manager Hyatt Regency Maui, and Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts

L-R John Bendon Founding Principal at GBH, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Gary Bulson, Senior Engineer at Hyatt Regency Maui, Allen Farwell, General Manager Hyatt Regency Maui, and Rick Werber, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts

Following the speeches and requisite photo ops, the Hyatt’s Senior Engineer, Gary Bulsom, and Marketing Manager, Jessica Kapoor, gave a brief tour of the property and one of the newly renovated guest rooms, as they highlighted some of the projects and achievements that helped earn their LEED status.  Here are some photos and notes from the tour: (click on each photo for the corresponding eco-friendly project represented)   – But I’ll be honest, I forgot to ask about what actually does happen with all those tiny soaps and shampoos!!! Maybe I need to stay there to find out…. 

Want more?   Follow Green Building Hawaii on Facebook and Twitter, and Hyatt Maui on Facebook and Twitter 

Wedding Trends for 2015 – Mandy Grace Designs

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Part 2 of our 2015 Wedding Trend Series features an interview with Mandy, floral and event designer with Mandy Grace Designs!  Living walls, mixed metals and dreamy, lacy white weddings are just a few of the trends she is seeing and loving for the fall and coming up in 2015!

“In Hawaii, we really celebrate nature– most of our events are outside whether its a party on an oceanfront lawn or barefoot on the beach by the ocean. That whole idea of bringing the outdoors in when it comes to event decor is kind of flipped on its head here. We like to bring the indoors out (think chandeliers over wooden farm tables and cool furnishings you’d find in some grand hotel lobby). I tend to shy away from “wedding trends” in an effort to be more natural and timeless so I like to look beyond the wedding world. But there are definitely some key floral and wedding design elements that are on my radar for 2015!

Bouquet by Mandy Grace Designs, Photo by Rebecca Arthurs

Bouquet by Mandy Grace Designs, Photo by Rebecca Arthurs

1. Living Walls + Lush Greenery

We have some really interesting ferns here in the islands that add dimension and shape to an arrangement. Whether it’s a “living wall” made up of succulents that is the focal point of the ceremony site or a more simple and sparse installation of greenery on a white canvas backdrop, I love the idea of incorporating greens into the wedding setting. I wouldn’t encourage my brides to eliminate all flowers;) but the possibilities of working with lush greenery are endless.

Green Living Wall

photo by Picotte Photography

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Arch by Mandy Grace Designs – Photography by Anna Kim Photography

2. Mixed Metals

Last year we saw the copper craze take off and I’m still feeling it. You could add more interest with various mixed metals (rose gold, tarnished silver, galvanized tin, brass) to house flower vessels on a table top or lining the ceremony aisle. I love the idea of using copper piping for an arch or overhead lighting. Soften up the look with a monochromatic white color story and you’ve got that mix of feminine and masculine going on– perfect for a wedding!

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Mandy Grace Designs All White Bouquet – Photography by Rebecca Arthurs

 

 

 3. All White

Am I the only designer feeling a pull back to the traditional white wedding? Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from traditional but the look of a line-up of bridesmaids in white floor-length dresses holding super romantic white peonies gets me every time. And when I think of white, I think of lace— always gorgeous. White can be sleek and modern or soft and romantic or vintage and age-old.”

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White Lace Dresses by Stone Cold Fox

Mahalo to Mandy for sharing your beautiful designs and your insight on wedding trends with us!

 

PC for top collage: Lauren Scotti (Rose Gold Arch), Rebecca Arthurs (green bouquet), Anna Kim ( arch white flowers)

 

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. 

The Best Meal I Ever Ate – Paia

Living in Paia provides a frequent dilemma: where to eat.  We have friends that live on other parts of the island and they mention that they come to Paia all the time: again – to eat. We are blessed with a bevy of outstanding restaurants, and the best news?  Most of them are very reasonably priced.

I’m not a food writer, I naturally stay away from words like ‘piquant’ and ‘scrumptious’, which is why its taken me so long to write this post. I try to stick with the facts, so here it is: I’ve picked my favorite entrees at each of the main restaurants in Paia, and will attempt to explain why without too many fluffy adjectives.

Charley’s

Here’s a fun game.  When you have a big, strong, manly-man type house guest (this is the guest that comes when you ‘conveniently’ decide to rearrange all your heavy furniture), bring him to Charley’s for breakfast and explain to him that there’s no way that he can eat an entire PANCAKE.  He will promptly order two.  About half-way through the top pancake, he will finally admit that you were right, and order a box to take the rest of the pancake home.  These pancakes aren’t just large, they are enormous. In fact, they are so big that the servers best meal paia maui charleys pancakes breakfastrecommend that you cut out a hole in the middle for the syrup, otherwise it spills over the plate and on to the table.  But beyond the size, they are delicious.  They have some fluffy texture that is impossible to recreate at home, and come in flavors such as buttermilk, blueberry, macadamia nut, whole wheat and chocolate chip.  They are served with real butter, coconut and maple syrup.

Also don’t miss: Looking for live entertainment in the evenings or possibly some dancing?  Hit this place up.

Milagro’s

tacos.paia.mexican.milagrosThis is another great restaurant when you are hungry – the portions are huge.  The outdoor patio is prime for people watching, and Paia is one of the greatest towns in the world for watching the world go by.  In such a tiny little place, your chances of seeing a celebrity and a naked person in head to toe body paint in the same day are pretty high.  Back to the food.  Order a margarita, chips and salsa, and one of their numerous Southwest Meets Maui specialties – the TACOS always hit the spot.  Make sure you have plenty of gum ready – their food is delicious, possibly because of the amount of fresh garlic they use.  It will become aromatically obvious the next morning.

Also don’t miss: The li hing mui margarita…

Dazoo

korean asian food paia maui best meal Up the road from Milagros is a relative newcomer to the Paia foodie scene, Dazoo, serving up some creative farm to table fare, highlighted with Korean classics.  One of these Korean dishes, the Bibimbap, is gaining some well-deserved attention.  Served in a sizzling hot stone bowl, the dish combines rice, seasonal vegetables, house made kimchi, a sunny egg, spicy chojang sauce, and your choice of protein. The hot bowl gets the rice nice and crispy on the bottom, and the chojang sauce, also made in house, is definitely addictive (but seriously – MSG free!).  A hot tip? This dish is served on the lunch and happy hour menus,

Also don’t miss: Dazoo is also getting attention for its creative cocktails and entertaining bartenders!

Cafe Des Amis

cafe des amis paia maui best meal Cafe Des Amis knows what they are doing, and they do it well.  The simple menu – same for lunch and dinner (they also serve breakfast) specializes in Mediterranean and Indian foods, namely crepes and curries.  You can order anything on their menu and not go wrong.  I am a huge fan of their Shrimp Curry Wraps, but I also love every single one of their CREPES.  The Chicken Caesar Crepe is a sure winner.

Also Don’t Miss: Two words – Nutella Crepe

Cafe Mambo

crispy.duck.fajitasIf you’ve been on Maui a long time, you still think of this place as ‘the place that used to be Picnics’.  But several years ago, Cafe Mambo opened up as a fun, open-air restaurant with a great atmosphere and another opportunity for good people watching.  I’ll admit its been a while since I’ve been to Mambo, but I still crave those CRISPY DUCK FAJITAS.  First of all, the duck alone is delicious, but they come with a wide variety of awesome toppings so you can make each fajita a little different, and explore all your options!  I would recommend splitting the fajitas for two.

Also don’t miss: Maui Brewing Co on draft

Paia Fish Market

best meal paia fish market where to eat For a place called the Fish Market, you should expect well cooked fish.  They deliver.  The Fish Market isn’t fancy, you wait in line to order and sit family-style at a shared table, but it’s really all about the fish.  I’ve ordered one thing here for my entire life (it’s been around since 1989!) – the fish burger – either mahi or ono. The fish is charbroiled, always seasoned and cooked to perfection, and topped with fresh made coleslaw and tartar sauce, tomato and cheese and served on a sesame bun.  Something about the toppings puts the whole thing together magically.

Also don’t miss: the thin, crispy fries.  Order some extra tartar sauce, mix with some ketchup and dip away.  You are welcome.

Flatbread Co.

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Two recent specials featured on one pizza – Thai chicken and Caprese

Flatbread is another one of those places that you just can’t go wrong with anything you order.  This place specializes in organic and farm to table cuisine, with chalkboard signs filled with the names of all the local farms that provide the meat and produce.  The menu is simple – just flatbreads and salads, and the specials are always divine.   One of my favorites is Mopsy’s Kalua Pork, with kiawe smoked free-range pork, homemade organic mango BBQ sauce, organic red onions, Maui pineapple, a special blend of Hawaiian goat cheese, mozzarella and parmesan.  A few tips?  This place fills up. Nightly.  Especially on Tuesdays, when they have a weekly benefit for a local non-profit.  Go early.

Also don’t miss: The salad.  To die for dressing – they call it a pineapple vinaigrette, I call it heaven.

Mama’s Fish House

At the top of this post I mentioned that most of the restaurants in Paia are reasonably priced.  This one would be the exception, but if you know anything about Mama’s Fish House, this isn’t a surprise.  But I will say this, the place is amazing.  It’s a world-class setting, right on one of the North Shore’s most picturesque beaches, the service is impeccable, the decor is constantly changing, and the food is top notch.

Baked Mahi Mahi Stuffed with Lobster

Baked Mahi Mahi Stuffed with Lobster

A lot of Maui’s restaurants advertise that the fish is locally caught, and served fresh, but Mama’s is one of the few places that actually buy directly from the fishermen and filet it and serve it up that day. Based on what comes in each morning, the chefs create an entirely new menu, complete with the names of the actual fishermen or the vessel names on it.  How do I know this?  My husband is one of the fishermen. He brings our three year old along on the mornings he sells his fish, an assistant job he loves now that he’s figured out how to con cookies out of the pastry chefs.  So, next time you dine at Mama’s Fish House, look out for fish caught aboard the Sweet Alexandra, and enjoy your fish, knowing that you are eating the freshest possible fish- just like the fishermen enjoy.

We go there about once a year, typically for a special occasion like an anniversary or with out of town guests.  I sometimes switch it up as the menu is always changing but one classic fish dish that’s always on the menu is the STUFFED MAHI MAHI, with a decadent lobster and crab filling and a sweet and crunchy macadamia nut crust.

Also don’t miss: World-class Mai Tais, and the Polynesian Pearl dessert is a must for chocolate lovers.

And for the other ‘sit-down’ restaurants missing from this list in Paia – Fresh Mint just closed this week, and I haven’t yet been to Rock n’ Brews.

 

What is your favorite meal in Paia?

 

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

Top Facebook Tips from Maui Facebook Users

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Last month, Facebook presented a workshop for small businesses on Maui.  There was a decent attendance, but since there were a few people who could not attend, I decided to put together a few tips that I found useful (included at the bottom) and I also interviewed a few Maui Facebook users who attended or presented at the event.  My interviewees include all levels of Facebook expertise, so there are tips below for everyone!  If you have further questions or want to share your own tips, please leave them in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.

Dean Wong – Executive Director, Imua Family Services

“I was impressed to learn that over 25 million businesses are on Facebook and that 92 percent of searches for business are happening on Facebook as well. I really agreed that cross promotion of business via Facebook promotes community good will. I always find with Facebook either personally and/or for business (in which I include nonprofit business) that authenticity and human connection are the most important factors and what make social media feel more real, personable and raw.”

Dean Wong is currently the Executive Director of Imua Family Services, but you may recognize him (besides being on the cover of Maui Times Weekly) as the Founder/Owner of Green Banana Cafe and Green Banana Frozen Yogurt Bar in Paia, former Front of House Manager at Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

 Miranda Camp – Owner, Maui Mana Adventures

“One of my favorite tips was to make sure people know what your business is all about when they land on your page, because my page does not do that.  So I am in the process of improving my page.  I know it seems obvious, but I really didn’t consider it much before.”

Miranda Camp is the owner of Maui Mana Adventures, which offers personalizes tours of Maui, involving hiking, stand-up paddling, snorkeling, or any combination of the three!

Erik Blair – Web and Social Media Consultant, The Accidental Consultant

“Here are my top tips from the Facebook Event:

1.  Remarketing:  They mentioned the ability to upload your email list and then select that list to add into your ad marketing.  I recommend making a special ad, with a special link to a unique page that presents a special offer only available via FB ad.  That way you can watch the FB insights and google analytics to see how your ads work, and who is responding from your list.

2.  The emphasis was on boosting posts and ads for website links.  I think that’s the best advice they provided.

3.  What NOT to do.  I don’t recommend “promoting your page” for “LIKES” alone.  That seems to be open to “Click Fraud” type activity.”

Since Erik is an expert on Social Media, I also asked him to provide some tips for anyone interested in learning more about Social Media on Maui:

A.  Be a part of the Maui Social Media Users Group #MauiSMUG –

http://www.MauiSMUG.com and https://www.facebook.com/groups/mauismug/

B.  Follow everybody on this list – https://twitter.com/MauiSMUG/members/members

Erik Blair is an independent web and social media consultant on Maui that helps small businesses focus on what they do best and enjoy most by providing a simple way to share their business or passion with a larger audience. Check out more on Erik at Google MeTwitterBlogWebsite,  and you can check out his thoughts on Tiny Houses!

Amanda Robson- Owner, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe

“When asked to participate as a panelist for the Facebook Small Business Boost event, we were totally excited! Since our business is only 6 months old and in it’s current form, is a traveling one, Facebook has been an extremely important way for us to start a rapport with our families. We don’t have a storefront to welcome them to on a daily basis, so our Facebook page is their “window” into our business.  As Bess Yount, the Facebook presenter mentioned at the event, beautiful, eye-catching content is really important. Because personal posts receive the bulk of space on user’s news feeds (as they should!),  I challenge myself to share content I feel is visually inspiring. After all, we’re presenting our business posts amongst precious photos of lil babes, beautiful sunsets, and other visual moments people consider to be very important to them. I think respecting that fact helps me to gauge what is worthy of a post and so far, our audience seems to respond really well to our content.

4 tips we received in our panelist packet literature from Facebook that I think are worth a share (maybe every attendee received one):

  • Be authentic: Share your passion and your customers will be excited to.
  • Be consistent: Regular posts can help people notice you and build trust.
  • Be responsive: When people comment on your posts, respond. This shows that you listen to what they say.
  • Turn successful posts into valuable ads: When your post gets lots of comments and likes, boost it to tell new potential customers about your business.”

Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe plans to create a beautiful space that will excite the senses of children and their loved ones through books + art + food. Until they find their permanent location, they will be teaming up with locally owned shops for one-day pop-up events this Summer.

Liz Smith – MauiMadeBlog and Dazoo Restaurant

Here are some of the tips that I found interesting and/or good reminders to check!

-Set your address on Facebook so that people can find you on their phones using the ‘Nearby’ tab on Facebook.  (helpful because of all the visitors we have on Maui!)

– Use a cover photo of the front of your business if applicable, so after they find your page, they can see you as they walk or drive by!

  • Ask questions – the more likes, shares and comments a post gets, the more Facebook will share it!
  • Post large, colorful photos (seriously, scroll through Facebook – do any of the posts NOT have images?)
    • and according to presenter Koa’s Seaside Grill, posts with people in them ei: a bartender holding a drink, get the best response.
  • how to schedule a post on Facebookschedule posts ahead of time (for when you are on vacation, or actually working when you want your post to run) – just create your post and then click on the little clock!

And because people love the personal side of Facebook – here are two great suggestions!

  • Take a photo of a customer and run as ‘Customer of the Day’
  • Encourage your fans to send in their own photos and share those!

Clearview Riding Academy Now True North Equestrian

 

maui kula horseback riding lessons adults kids I know nothing about horses.  From the moment my daughter would head straight towards the ‘Horse’ section at the book store, I knew we were in trouble.  We’ve tried out a few (ok, almost all) of the horseback riding facilities around Upcountry Maui, but once we found Clearview, we stopped looking.  It recently came under new management, and we couldn’t be happier.

Formerly known as Clearview Riding Academy, the facility is now being managed by Rachelle MacKenzie’s True North Equestrian Services. Rachelle offers horseback riding lessons, schooling and training programs, at the facility towards the top of Omaopio Road in Kula.  Instruction is available for ages 5 to adult – beginning rider though advanced hunter/jumper, or riding just for fun. Every rider receives an individualized program to help them meet their goals. Lessons are available on your horse or one of their safe and reliable lesson horses (including Demi, the adorable Welsh Pony!) .  Rachelle is acceting new clients and/or horses of all ages and abilities for instruction, training and schooling/riding.

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“Wee Ones” with Demi, and superhero little brothers…

Lesson Prices start at $35 for the “Wee One” Beginner Pony Lunge Group, for ages 5-8 riding on a shared pony. (more info on prices and lessons on the flyer at the bottom – click to enlarge)

If your little horse lover is looking for some quality horse time this summer  – Summer Camps are also being offered for the following weeks (Monday – Friday) : June 23-27, July 7-11, July 28-Aug 1 and Aug 11-15.  (Saturday camps, from 10-2, are also available year-round.)

  • Ages: 5-11
  • Time: 9am – 3pm
  • Size: Max of 8 campers, 1 counselor per 4 students
  • Price: $365 /week.  Day rate (available for Mon. & Tues. only) /$100
  • Details: Summer Horse Camp aims to teach children about the wonderful world of horses and English (hunter/jumper) riding and equitation.  Through horse-related games and activities, campers learn about the care of horses, their characteristics, both on the ground and while in the saddle, in a fun-filled environment. Designed for all level riders.
  • To sign up or for more questions, call Rachelle at (808) 268-3082

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More About Rachelle

Rachelle grew up in Canada riding and showing in the hunter/jumper and equitation rings.  She competed extensively throughout Canada and on the east coast US as a junior rider.  Rachelle has been training and coaching children, juniors, and adult amateurs in Canada, the Pacific Northwest, California and now Maui since 1996. Her students and horses have qualified for and won many big events, finals and year ends including Royal Winter Fair, PCHA Championships, and Hunter and Medal Finals. Rachelle has competed successfully in all hunter and jumper divisions, through Grand Prix in both Canada and the U.S.

Rachelle’s program of classical training methods and sound horsemanship has produced winning horse/rider combinations from local shows to the AA circuit, from the short stirrup ring to Medal Finals.  She has found, started and brought along countless young horses and introduced new horse/rider combination into successful partnerships and show careers.

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