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Feel Good Events on Maui for June 2014

There are so many great events coming up in June, so I decided to put together a list of all the events that have proceeds going to a good cause!  I selected these events in particular because they are something that anyone can join in – you don’t need to be a part of these organizations to help out, and they would be great events for visitors and locals alike!  Add your event to the list (or for upcoming months) by sending to the email at the bottom:

  • tipsy turtle maui event june 2014 drink fundraiser Event: Hawaii Wildlife Fund Benefit Night at Dazoo
  • Date: Monday, June 2, 2014
  • Time: 5-9pm
  • Location: 78 Baldwin Avenue, Paia (former Moana Cafe)
  • Event Website For More Info
  • Details: A Portion of the Proceeds from Dinner Sales will be donated to Hawaii Wildlife Fund. Includes live music, silent eco-auction and a signature cocktail, “The Tipsy Turtle”.  Benefit Night for HWF will be occurring the first Monday of every month.
  • What They Do: Formed in 1996, Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education and advocacy.
  • Event: Basketball Maui Fundraiser Night at Flatbread
  • Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
  • Time: 5-10pm
  • Location: 89 Hana Hwy, Paia
  • Event Website: For More Info: 
  • Details: 2nd Annual Flatbread Fundraiser: A portion of sales of each flatbread is donated to Basketball Maui.
  • What They Do: Basketball Maui is dedicated to providing hope to Maui County youth through education, leadership training, character development, and world-class basketball instruction. (see more basketball maui events below)
  • Event: Maui Upcountry Ag and 4-H Farm Fair Fair
  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014
  • Time: 8am – 4pm
  • Location: Oskie Rice Field, Makawao
  • Details: The 34th annual Upcountry Fair features music, food, games, exhibits, a rodeo- a true upcountry experience! This year’s event features the Cowboy Church, a beauty pageant, paniolo awards, and the best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contests.
  • 4-H Livestock Show Saturday @8am – Followed by the auction – Bidding starts at 1pm sharp, continues 9am Sunday.
  • For More Info: 
  • What They Do: 4-H projects and activities help youth develop life skills through livestock projects includign feeding, managing and exhibiting their animals. Students acquire knowledge and skills in selection, production, processing and marketing.
  • Event: Used Book Sale by Maui Friends of the Library at Whole Foods
  • Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
  • Time: 9am – 2pm
  • Location: Outside Whole Foods at Maui Mall, Kahului
  • Website:
  • Details: Summer reading ahead — at bargain prices! A large variety of donated fiction and non-fiction book selection! Each keiki will be able to take home a free children’s book from the designated selection, while supplies last!
  • What They Do: Everyday, Maui Friends of the Library sells used books, DVD’s, CD’s and more at their three book stores around the island, as well as new Hawaiiana items. All proceeds benefit Maui County’s public libraries
  • maui poker night celebrity tournament Event: Poker with the Pros – Fundraiser for Basketball Maui
  • Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • Time: 6-10pm
  • Location: Grand Wailea
  • Event Website:
  • Details: 1st Annual Poker with the Pros charity poker tournament. Guests can play for a chance to bet against celebrity players including a lineup of NBA All Stars
  • What They Do: see above
  • Event: Night of Shooting Stars
  • Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • Time: Doors open at 4pm
  • Location: Lahaina Civic Center
  • Website: 
  • Details: 4th Annual Night of Shooting Stars celebrity and professional exhibition games :  Last year more than 2,400 basketball fans filled the Lahaina Civic Center to watch professional players go head-to-head and local celebrities play basketball Maui’s camp all-stars. Family Friendly event.
  • Event: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui’s 27th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Event
  • Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
  • Time: 9am – 5pm
  • Location:  Maui Bowling Center in Wailuku.
  • Website:
  • Details: Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun and easy way for you and your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui. If you care about keiki and can spare an hour to have fun with your friends, then Bowl for Kids’ Sake is for you! Don’t forget that this year’s theme is a “Western Paniolo” theme so find a fun outfit to wear representing our theme. Dressing up is not mandatory but there will be prizes for the teams that demonstrate the most team spirit.
  • What They Do:  Since their inception in 1968, Maui’s BIGS, LITTLES, donors, corporations and other community members have been coming together to change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever.
  • Event: Relay for Life of Central and South Maui
  • Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • Time: Starts at 6pm
  • Location: War Memorial Soccer Overflow Field, Wailuku
  • Website: 
  • Details & What They Do: Relay For Life – an overnight event – is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  Monies raised will fund educational programs, research, advocacy and services to cancer patients.

 

To Submit your event : (must have a non-profit beneficiary) – For any month – will run if I get enough events listed: please send two weeks out from start of month if possible. Email to lizsmithonmaui (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  • Event Name:
  • Date:
  • Time:
  • Location:
  • Website (for the Event):
  • Details:
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(Word count for ‘details’ and ‘what they do’ should be under 100 words combined) You may also send a small image.

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Where to Buy New Furniture on Maui

There have been a lot of changes in the last year, stores opening, closing, moving… here’s the current news you need to find furniture on Maui.      (Scroll down for a Directory of New Furniture Stores on Maui) Latitudes, in Kahului, will be closing down, and HUE will be taking over the space as the anchor to a whole design center! The owners of Latitudes will continue their silk floral business, The Garden, at the design center, offering custom silk arrangements, artificial plants and flowers. Also at the design center, Suda Shades will be offering window treatments.  Current Latitudes inventory will be 40% off until May 30. As they prepare to enter their new location this summer, (and in honor of Memorial Day) HUE is offering 30% off special orders, 15-30% off store wide, 50% off rugs, additional clearance 50% off on May 26 (Memorial Day). (Shipping not included on special orders) Also new to Maui is Pacific Home, on Lalo in Kahului. Currently (during their soft opening, open Tue-Sat), but grand opening to be in a few weeks, with new hours.  More information coming soon! Furniture stores listed here carry primarily NEW furniture – for used furniture stores, click on this link.  This is not the complete list, stores will be added as I gather the information… also, seasonally Costco sells furniture, and Ross usually has a collection of smaller items in the back, side chairs, ottomans, occasional tables, etc. 

HUE

  • (New second location – at former Latitudes- opening Summer 2014)
  • Hours: M-F: 9-5, Sat :10-2
  • Location: 261 Lalo St, Kahului
  • And Coming Soon: 210 Alamaha Street, Kahului
  • Website: mauihue.com
  • Phone: 873-6910
  • Facebook:
  • Description: A home boutique furniture store and design studio featuring fresh and current furnishings and accessories, perfect for a modern island lifestyle. The pieces are described as “beach luxe, with bolder colors, modern patterns and very nontraditional pieces that are fun, playful and funky.”  HUE carries upholstered pieces by Lee Industries, and a wide selection of home accessories and gift items, including jewelry, candles, coffee table books and more.
  • Other Services: Full interior design services, staging, consultations, custom orders and upholstery, and delivery available.

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Home Remedies Interior Design and Remodeling

  • Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm
  • Location: 1993 South Kihei Rd, Suite 7
  • Website: CreativeHomeRemedies.com
  • Facebook Page:
  • Phone: 214-6559
  • Description: Home Remedies Interior Design and Remodeling is a luxury design-build firm and general contractor –  a one-stop shop from design conception to completion. Showroom features a working kitchen & bath showroom, they can order Murphy beds, cabinetry, countertops, tile & flooring. In store, view dozens of brands of furnishings, home art & accessories, lighting, custom window fashions such as plantation shutters, shades and drapery.  Many products are hand crafted on Maui such as home decor, jewelry, and their own signature line PIER 808.
  • Other Services: Free Delivery and set up, in-home automation including SONOS wireless hi-fi systems, motorized window coverings

Lifestyle Maui Furniture

  • Hours: M-F 10am- 6pm, Sat- 10am-4pm, Sun: 11am- 4pm
  • Location: 703 Lower Main Street, Wailuku
  • Website: www.Lifestylemaui.com
  • Phone: 808-242-1863
  • Facebook Page:
  • Description: Lifestyle Maui offers new, custom and special orders on furniture. They  keep a large inventory in stock and available for immediate delivery on Maui. Lifestyle works with over 200 vendors including Lexington, Tommy Bahama, Stanley, Stylus and Bassett. They also feature a large line of  solid mahogany and  mango wood bedroom sets, dining sets, occasional and entertainment pieces with hand carved designs made in Indonesia exclusively for Lifestyle Maui. Lifestyle stocks area rugs and a variety of wall art and accessories, as well as showcasing select local artists and photographers.
  • Other Services: Custom designed upholstery and Free Delivery over purchases over $1,000.00

Outdoor Living

  • outdoor furniture maui where to buyHours:  M-F: 11am-5pm, Sat 10-4: Sunday closed
  • Location:  261 Lalo Street, Kahului (1/2 block from Kahului Ace Hardware)
  • Website: www.Out-door-Living.com
  • Phone: 808-873-8325
  • Description: Specializes in outdoor furnishings — new, custom modifications, and special orders, main lines include European designed brand names, primarily Cane-Line, Kris Jensen Designs. In addition to furniture they sell outdoor accessories, such as cushions and throws, floor coverings, tabletop accessories and dining ware.
  • Other Services:  Restoration of teak outdoor furniture, Delivery complimentary with minimum order.

 Moore Interiors

  • moore interiors maui furniture lahainaHours: M-F: 9-5, Sat: 9-4 Sunday: Closed
  • Location: 975 Limahana Place, Lahaina
  • Website: mooreinteriorsmauihi.com
  • Facebook Page: 
  • Phone: (888) 397-1949 Toll Free
  • Description: Moore Interiors features a large selection of island style furniture, with lines including Tommy Bahama by Lexington, Malin Minson, Tropitone, Barcalounger, Hooker and Somerton.
  • Other Services: Interior Design Services, Free Local Delivery, Free Design Consultations, Licensed Contractor On Staff For Your Renovation Needs

Homeworld

  • Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am – 6pm, Sun: 11am – 4pm
  • Location: 374 Hanakai St, Kahului (off Hana HWY)
  • Website:homeworld.com
  • Facebook Page:
  • Phone: 877-5503
  • Description: Lines include Ekornes, Human Touch, LaZBoy and Natuzzi
  • Other Services: Custom orders.

Mind’s Eye

  • minds eye mauiHours: Mon – Sat: 9am – 5pm
  • Location: 1068 Limahana Place, Lahaina
  • Website: www.mindseyeinterior.com
  • Phone: 667-7748
  • Description: 13,000 square feet of hand selected furnishings, island style furniture, rattan, wood and wicker.  Also features urban rainforest meets Eastern influences, modern and contemporary mixed with asian inspired furniture, along with lamps, artwork, rugs and unique accessories.
  • Other Services: Complimentary professional decorating services, delivery and set up.

Pier One

  • Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm
  • Location: 270 Dairy Road, Kahului
  • Website:pier1.com
  • Facebook Page: 
  • Phone: 873-7878
  • Description: Candles, furniture and all kinds of accessories and gifts.  It’s Pier One.
  • Other Services: Can special order furniture.

Kimo’s:

  • Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm, Sat: 10am – 4pm Sunday Closed
  • Location: 151 E Wakea, Kahului
  • Website: www.kimosfurniture.com
  • Facebook Page:
  • Phone: 873-8655
  • Description:
  • Other Services:

Nest

  • Hours: Thur-Sat: 10am – 5pm (closed Mon-Wed)
  • Location: 330 Ohukai Rd, Kihei
  • Phone: 891-2010
  • Description: Other websites describe the furnishings and accessories as shabby chic, beach cottage…

Get Listed:  To get your furniture store featured on this list (you must primarily sell new furniture) – send Hours, Location, Website, Facebook Page (if applicable), and a less than 100 word description of what you sell. Also please list other services (design, staging, free delivery, etc) to lizsmithonmaui (at) yahoo (dot) com

Maui-Designed Cover Up Featured on The Grommet

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This is NOT ME – but this is kind of what it looked like… 🙂

True Story: Last weekend, we were packing up from a day at the beach, getting ready for the requisite stop at Ululani’s on the way home, when I threw on my coverup and rinsed my sandy slippers in the shower.  As I went to turn off the reliably untrustworthy beach park shower, I ended up absolutely soaking myself, much to the amusement of everyone watching.  Luckily, I was wearing my new coverup from RipSkirt Hawaii, which is made from water shedding fabric, and I was able to enjoy my shave ice without looking like a drowned rat.

RipSkirt Hawaii is the brainchild of Alecia Elsasser, a Maui mommy and former business owner, who was just looking for a solution to her daily dilemma of leaving the beach in a wet bathing suit, where normal pareus or cotton coverups just get wet and leave tell-tale bathing suit marks.

“I just wanted something to wear that wouldn’t soak through when I made a stop on the way home from the beach,” Alecia shared.  “I couldn’t find exactly what I envisioned on the market, so I decided to start making my own cover-ups. I had a skirt with a Velcro closure and I started with that as a template. My friends and daughter helped me with my logo, the sizing, and the colors.

“The result was RipSkirt, a water-repellant wrap cover-up with no snaps or zippers, only adjustable Velcro tabs. You rip it off to change. It’s made out of a water-repellant, modern board short material with just enough stretch to give but not to cling, and it quickly covers your bum and thighs without soaking up water.”

Today, May 9, RipSkirt Hawaii was featured on The Grommet, a product launch platform.  According to the Grommet website: “we find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed.  We have launched over 2,000 companies since 2008, many of which have gone on to become household names, like SodaStream and Banagram.” The Grommet was also named one of the Hottest Companies of 2013 by Internet Retailer.

Alecia and her husband Ed ran a handbag company when they lived on the mainland, and she heard about The Grommet from one of her former employees. “He thought my skirts would be good match for The Grommet. We were selected in February, but they wanted to wait until spring to launch.

yoga pants cover up skirt“I sent them some samples to try out, but since it was winter in Massachusetts, they weren’t heading to the beach.  As they were testing them out though, the women in their offices started wearing them over their yoga and gym attire, and we discovered that it is more than just a swim skirt. We are now marketing it as all purpose athletic wrap skirt and cover up.”

The RipSkirts are available in sizes XS – L, and feature water resistant, quick dry material, an interior key/card pocket, adjustable velcro closure and a flattering kick pleat in the rear.  Skirts are machine washable, hang dry (or dry clean) They come in solid colors : Ocean Blue, Poppy and Black, and in prints: Ulupua Blue and Ulupua Black.

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On Maui:

Alecia is also looking for more retail locations if you might be interested in carrying her product! Click here to contact 

Want more?

beach hat cover up sun skirt bikiniWatch the video of Alecia explaining how RipSkirt came to life,

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http://ripskirthawaii.com

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Maui Brewing Company Invades Paia

maui brewing chalkboardMaui Brewing Company is hitting the road, and North Shore residents will be stoked to learn they are bringing their brews to Paia for some special events in honor of American Craft Beer Week!  I’ll admit, the call of the enormous chalkboard filled with delicious varieties of beer is sometimes enough to get us to drive over an hour… but it will be much more convenient for them to bring their beers to me!

On Sunday, May 11, (Mother’s Day!) Maui Brewing will be taking over the taps at Flatbread, with their flagship brews of Bikini Blond, Big Swell IPA and Coconut Porter, plus 5 limited releases all on tap.  The limited releases will be La Perouse Belgian Wit, Dry Irish Stout, Shifting Winds Belgian IPA, High Standards IPA, and Vienna Waits for You, a Vienna Lager named after the Billy Joel song.  The beers will be there all day (as will the pizzas) – and the Maui Brewing crew will be there at 6pm…

On Wednesday, May 14, from 5-7pm, Maui Brewing Company will be taking over the taps at Dazoo Restaurant!  Special pupus and beer cocktails will also be on hand!  Follow on Facebook to find out more about the timeline of the event.

Special Plates from Chef James:

Pickle plate – Carrot, green papaya, green beans, golden beets

Tempura green beans with Dipping sauce

Chojang chicken wings

Green “caesar” salad (vegetarian) with Herbed croutons

Braised pork jowl (cheek)

Baked adzuki bean steam bun and orange-rosemary demiglace

Special Beer Cocktails from Bartender Jimmy:

Tropical Swim – Okolehao, Kona Gold coffee liqueur, Maui Brewing Coconut Porter beer, Black pepper bitters, Nutmeg

Carlos Danger-  El Jimador blanco tequila, Campari, Maui Brewing IPA, Fresh lime, Agave, Volcano spicy salt

 

Beer Descriptions

Bikini Blond

A filtered Munich Helles Lager brewed with floral hops and Pilsner and Munich malts. Bold, smooth and refreshing! ABV 5.1 | IBU 18

Big Swell IPA

A handcrafted India Pale Ale brewed with four different kinds of Northwestern hops and malted barley…dry-hopped to perfection. Its flavor begins smooth and malty and is followed with a big burst of hop flavor. ABV 6.8 | IBU 82

Lorenzini Blood Orange IPA

Brewed with Blood Orange Puree and local citrus and a heavy amount of Azacca, El Dorado and Sorachi Ace hops to compliment the citrus. A very large beer but deceptively smooth and drinkable.  ABV 9 | IBU 70

Red Cock Dopplebock

It is a stronger version of a German-style bock and has a deep ruby color with a chocolate and dried cherry aroma. This lager is known for its low hop bitterness and intensely rich caramelized malt profile. ABV 8.5 |  IBU 18

Imperial CoCoNut PorTeR

The Imperial CoCoNut PorTeR is a stronger version of MBC’s robust porter, spiced with all natural toasted coconut. It is black in color and crowned with a creamy, dark tan head. It begins with a malty, toasted coconut aroma followed by a rich, silky mouth feel with tastes of dark malt, chocolate, and hints of coffee. ABV 9.4 | IBU 35

 

 

 

And finally, next weekend is the return of the very popular Maui Brewer’s Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center!

 

Disclaimer: I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo.

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!  

 

 

Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe Pop Up Shop This Weekend!

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Still on the hunt for the perfect permanent location, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe is teaming up with locally owned shops for one-day pop-up events this Spring and Summer.

Their first event is this Saturday, April 19 at Maui Thing in Wailuku. The event will take place from 10am – 1pm, with nature-themed story times at 10:30 and 11:30.  Children’s books, toys, snacks, Maui Thing apparel, and natural Easter baskets will be available for purchase.  The Easter baskets are $15 for the large kit or $12 for the small, and include a reusable natural wood farm basket (yellow or pink trim), 1 bag Wrappily paper eco-grass (recyclable and compostable), and a Wrappily embellishment (paper flower or pinwheel). Quantities are limited so contact MCB+C to reserve your basket. 

Once they find their forever home, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe plans to provide a unique experience that will delight the senses of children and their loved ones through books + art + food. They will carry a handpicked selection of new books including children’s literary classics and contemporary stories for babies to tweens. They aim to spark wonder and deep appreciation for the beauty of books, story and language.  Knowing young children are attracted to books via their lush illustrations, they plan to have an interactive Art Space, for their guests’ open canvas to express creativity in a fun and tactile way.

For their cafe, they will serve creative menu items that are catered to little mouths and hands but sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy as well. The cafe will feature food that is wholesome, nutritious and delicious, and they are committed to using ingredients that are local and organic when possible, with NO hormones, antibiotics, synthetic pesticides or refined sugars. Drink offerings will be local juices, organic milks, fine teas and local coffee.

maui children's bookstore logoCheck out Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe’s website, and follow them on Facebook.

Carden Academy Jamboree Tickets Now On Sale!

Carden Academy Jamboree 2014

Usually before Maui’s fancy fundraisers, the big question is, which pair of slippers am I going to wear? (we are a pretty casual group) For next weekend’s 14th Annual Carden Academy Jamboree, the question is, which pair of cowboy boots?  The theme for this popular soiree is ‘Paniolo’, and jeans, cowboy hats and of course boots are all welcomed!  The event takes place at the Oskie Rice Polo Field in Makawao, and features a BBQ dinner by Three’s Bar and Grill and dancing until 11pm with the Country Knights.

Returning this year will be the amazing auction for which the Jamboree is famous, and the homemade pie contest.  In a new spin on an old tradition, the Carden students have again made quilts, but this year they only made two, and they will be part of a special giveaway contest!  The Jamboree supports the programs and tuition assistance at Carden Academy of Maui.  This year’s event will be Friday, April 25, from 5:30 – 11pm.  (Please note the new date for the event, which had to be rescheduled due to a conflicting event)

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This year’s menu from Three’s features Kiawe Smoked Root Beer Glazed Brisket, 3’s BBQ Ribs with Guava-Chipotle Sauce, Mesquite Char-Grilled BBQ Chicken, 3-Bean Garden Fresh Chili, Mac n’ Cheese with Herb Breadcrumbs, Char-Grilled Chimichurri Vegetables, Honey Chipotle Glazed Corn Bread, and Caesar Salad.

A cash bar will also be available, with cocktails by Dazoo Restaurant’s mixologist, Jimmy Shoemaker.  Jimmy will be serving up his famous mixed drinks, along with Dazoo’s Bald Sodas, the non-alcoholic sodas made with fresh fruit, macerated and mixed sparkling water and a touch of vinegar.

Click here to See the auction items:

Click here to Buy Tickets: 

or call 573-6651 (must be 21 and over to attend)

Carden Academy of Maui is an independent, non-denominational private school located in Pukalani.  Founded in 1998, the school serves children in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, with one class per grade and a maximum enrollment of 144 students.

The school is committed to educating the whole child through a balance of academic excellence, character development, and enrichment through the arts in a nurturing, small classroom setting.

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