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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!  

 

 

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Paia Pop-Up Shop Happening this Weekend!

Check out some of Maui’s most unique, locally made items this weekend at the former Pearl location (across from the Paia Community Center) – with repurposed, refurbishes and creative furniture by BulletproofAura, gems and jewelry by Jasmine Honey Designs and some sweet honey loving from Queen Bee Productions.  

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  • Who: Open to the public!
  • When: Thursday, March 27- Monday, March 31  – 11am – 5pm
  • Cocktails on Friday from 5-7pm!
  • Where: 285 Hana Hwy (former Pearl Location, Park at the Paia Community Center across the street…)

Stocking Stuffers – Made on Maui

OK, so I haven’t even enjoyed my Thanksgiving pie yet (because it’s really all about the pie, isn’t it?), but Christmas is coming at us like the Sugar Cane Train.

It’s time to start thinking about Christmas and the all important STOCKINGS.

Hawaii Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea

Here are some fun ideas that are all made on Maui, and best of all, they are all available for online order!

First of all – the Stockings.

Check out the great inventory (but hurry – they are moving fast!) at this etsy shop – TikiTales – Now offering personalization!  Learn more about Happy Honu Maui and TikiTales from this earlier post. 

For the Fragrant Soap Lover (or a filthy friend)  –

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The Rainbow Gift Set Comes in this Beautiful Packaging

Soap from Maui Soap Company: “We started our company with a formula using organic coconut oil, wonderful aromas and cool colorful designs and began selling at the craft fairs. Here we are 5 years later with 2 full time employees and one part timer and sold throughout the Islands and now planning to export to Japan!” This holiday season we’re giving 25% of online sales to the Haku Baldwin Center in Makawao, as well as contributing 1% of total sales to a local conservation group through the 1% for the Planet organization.

For the Person who is always borrowing your Lip Balm –

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Can’t go wrong with natural lip balms by Queen Bee Maui – a Sweet Gift!

Lip Balms from Queen Bee Productions come in three flavors,  Plain Jane (Honey Inspired with Shea & Cocoa Butters), Chocolate Mint and Tangerine Dream.

For your Frequent Flyers –

queen bee travel kit maui facial products sampleThe  Travel Kit from Queen Bee Productions, which comes in Rose, Lavender or Citrus, contains samples sizes of the Honey Cleanser, Facial Toner, Luxurious Body Oil, Royal Exfoliant and Cocoa Body Butter in a reusable plastic zipper pouch that’s carry-on friendly! (see above for purchasing details) 

For your Sweet-tooth –

The Limited Edition Gift Box from Sweet Paradise Chocolate comes with flavors that include Kona Coffee, Macadamia Nut, Mango Ginger, Lilikoi Silk and more.

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For your soon to be tooth-less –

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These quality pillows will last through all the years of wiggly teeth…

The Tooth Fairy Pillows by BlueJane Maui are small enough to place beside you, but large enough that the tooth fairy will find it. Each one is made with quality, designer fabrics and professionally sewn and machine washable. Each pillow comes with a sweet little poem in the pocket.

For your Four-Legged Friends:

maui.dog.treats.pumpkinMaui Dog Treats are made by hand on Maui using wholesome, all-natural & organic ingredients. Available in Pumpkin Peanut Butter and Wheat Free Pumpkin.

Queen Bee Production – Maui’s Queens of Lotions and Potions

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2016 Update: Kether has just opened her own salon in Makawao, The Honey House, featuring waxing, facials and more!  Located just about Droplets., across the street from Casanova.

 

In 2007, Tiare Rietow, an herbalist, and Kether Quinlan, an aesthetician, met while working together at the Dragon’s Den Herb Shop in Makawao. They discovered they had a similar vision of creating their own line of body products with raw, natural, organic ingredients, as well as herbs and healing honey.   With this simple idea and a lot of hard work, Queen Bee Productions was born.

Their recipes are based on old Apothecaries, ancient Alchemy, and traditional women’s beauty products, using wild-crafted honey from around the Hawaiian Islands, including their own harvest of Maui honey and beeswax.

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Kether (left) and Tiare celebrate the harvest

Maui Made: What makes your products unique?

Queen Bee Production: Our Products are made by hand in small batches.  We use only raw local Honey & beeswax from Maui, and use only the finest natural and organic ingredients.  Our products are so natural they are nearly edible, all biodegradable, packaged in recyclable & reusable materials and made with integrity.

MM: What are the challenges of manufacturing on Maui?

QBP: The biggest challenge on Maui is that we are isolated, so shipping costs are high.  We pay a lot in shipping over here to the islands; such as our glass bottles, heavy liquids and other bulk supplies.  Also distribution is limited without shipping costs.  Marketing is also a challenge!  There are no billboards, thankfully, but advertisements are expensive, so we have to be creative and collaborative!

Queen Bee Maui Line

MM: Any tips for anyone looking to start their own product line?

QBP: Research Research Research first! Don’t give up, and don’t rush.  Also, its always going to take more time, money, and energy than you think.

MM: Was there a particular event that helped launch your company? 

QBP: Nothing in particular, but when our Distributor from Japan approached us that was a nice boost.  We have been mentioned in Maui No Ka oi Magazine which helped to spread the word here on Maui!

MM: What’s your best selling product?

QBP: Probably the Honey Rose Facial Cleanser.  But our Rose Facial Toner, Rose Cream, Cocoa Body Butter and Luxurious Body Oil are all very well loved.

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MM: What are your newest products?

QBP: We just launched our 4 foaming body washes in Maui inspired Scents: (KULA mint, WAILEA lime, HANA Jasmine, OLINDA eucalyptus), and 2 new Epsom Bath Soaks  – Purifying and Calming.

MM: What’s next for Queen Bee?

QBP: We are presently perfecting the formulation on baby products.  We will have a nice pack of essentials for mom & baby.  And there are some exciting new expansions on the horizon.

To purchase products directly from there website, click here   – or Click here to see their list of Retail Locations – across Hawaii, on the West Coast in Washington state and on the East Coast in New Jersey!

Still buzzing for more? Follow Queen Bee Productions on Facebook and Twitter.

Mahalo to Kether and Tiare for sharing your sweet story! (sorry, can’t help the honey bee puns!)

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