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Hula Cookies – Freshly Baked on Maui

I loved every day of the five years that I worked in the office at Maui Ocean Center (doing PR and marketing).  As a life-long lover of the ocean, I never envisioned a profession in which I would be in an office, but, as I often said, if I had to be in an office, it might as well be a few feet away from a couple dozen sharks.  And right next door to Hula Cookies.

In 1999, Hula Cookies started with a vision to create amazing cookies made with local ingredients such as macadamia nuts, mangos and Kona coffee.  Their retail store is located in the Maalaea Harbor Shops, across from the Pacific Whale Foundation store and check-in area.  In addition to their awesome selection of fresh-baked cookies, they serve up another ‘Made on Maui’ favorite – Roselani Ice Cream.  And yes- they’ll make you an ice cream cookie sandwich – for a true ‘only on Maui’ experience. Go ahead, you deserve it!

Fresh Baked Hula Cookies Surrounding Decadent Roselani Ice Cream - All Made on Maui!

Fresh Baked Hula Cookies Surrounding Decadent Roselani Ice Cream – All Made on Maui!

If you are having a wedding and corporate event coming up on Maui (or anywhere!), Hula Cookies can provide whatever you might need – whether its trays of cookies, small tins for your guests, or locally made hawaiian bamboo baskets.

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New! Two Dozen Cookies in a locally made Lauhala Basket – shipped worldwide!

And if you aren’t lucky enough to be on Maui, you can still do some online shipping at – they’ve received orders as far as Russia, France and Germany.

Sam Ballout, part of the Hula Cookies family, also recently shared that they were recently approached by an pool of investors out of Dubai to franchise the concept in their country and possibly all over the Gulf!

Congrats on all the success to Sam and his team – and Mahalo for sharing your story with the Maui Made readers!

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With flavors like Kona Coffee Chocolate Chip, Honey Papaya Oatmeal, and Pineapple Ginger Macadamia Nut – There’s something for everyone.

Maui Made Treasures at Maui Ocean Center Store!

Maui Ocean Center Store Shop

For the last ten years I have shopped at one store for just about every birthday, shower and Christmas gift that I have purchased.  The gift shop at Maui Ocean Center (aquarium), now called Maui Ocean Treasures, is a 6,000 square foot store featuring an unbelievable assortment of ‘treasures’.  There are the typical aquarium gifts: t-shirts, stuffed sharks, a wide assortment of logo-items, plus quality items that you would never expect in an attraction gift shop.  There is fine jewelry, hand-blown glass, beautiful artwork, home and kitchen wares, and more.  It would literally take hours to pursue all the sections at this store.

I went today to get gifts for a baby shower, a baby luau (first birthday party, a big deal here in Hawaii), and a birthday/care package for my family on the East Coast (sorry everyone to ruin the surprise!).  I also figured I’d take a few pictures of some of the made on Maui items.  First, let me just say that if I had taken pictures of each made on Maui item my phone would have run out of memory.  Second, I have to say that I go to the shop fairly often, and each time I am pleasantly surprised by all the new items.  Third, the store has filled the void recently left on Maui in two different genres- It has a wide variety of books and music, including a great children’s book section, which is awesome since the only book store on the island is all the way in Lahaina.  The shop also has a great children’s/toy section, and since there is (currently) no baby stores on the island, this is a great place to buy toys, books, and the ever important kids beachwear (including the hard-to-find reusable swim diaper)!

Before we get into all the great made on Maui items I found at the aquarium today, here’s some important information to know beforehand : Admission to the store is complimentary, just check in at the Front Gate and let them know you are going to the store!  Also, aquarium members get a 15% discount on all purchases at the store.  And, while the aquarium doesn’t have an online store, if you see something you like, they’ll help you out over the phone or email, and can ship stuff all over the world!  Maui Ocean Treasures has the same hours as the aquarium : 9am to 5pm, with hours extended until 6pm in July and August. Plus, its open every day of the year, including Christmas, for really last minute gifts…

Need A Bag to carry all your purchases home?  How about a bag made from recycled kite sails, made by Sailbags Maui:

Gifts Galore, including foods, bath and body products, kitchen wares and pet gifts:

A great assortment of Hawaiiana, Environmental, Ocean-Related and more Books and DVDs, and lots and lots of Hawaiian music:

Need a gift for a baby luau, baby shower, or kids birthday party?

Or get a child’s name hand-painted in fun, tropical letters!

Do you want to contact Mark by Facebook and order your Name Art online?  Click here for his new Facebook Page as of 2015 – 


Gifts for someone you REALLY like (or if you’ve been VERY, VERY good this year…)

And if all that shopping makes you thirsty, don’t forget about the Roselani Ice Cream at the Reef Cafe, or the Maui Brewing Company beers at the Seascape Restaurant (all, of course, made on Maui).

What gift would you get?

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