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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. 

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New Children’s Clothing Line – Pilialoha Keiki

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It seems like at least a monthly occurrence, the invitation arrives in your email inbox for a baby shower, baby luau or child’s birthday party.  Time to head out again to shop around for the perfect present, but what kind of toys do they like?  Do they already have this book?  What is something every child can use and every parent can appreciate? Clothes – especially ones with eye-catching designs, inspired by the culture of Hawai`i.  Working mom and budding entrepreneur Rondy answered a few of our questions about her brand new children’s clothing line, Pilialoha Keiki. Rondy, a teacher, started the line along with her husband, a registered nurse.

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Le`ale`a means Joy and Fun in Hawaiian. The ‘i’iwi bird, or native Hawaiian honeycreeper, is also on the Pilialoha Keiki logo.

Maui Made: Where did the idea come from? 

Rondy: About 3 years ago my husband wanted to start a food based business so I decided to take a class put on by the Maui Economic Development board to learn how to start a business.  The food idea didn’t stick but I had to come up with a business idea quick so that I could write a business plan in the class.  At the time I had a young daughter at home and couldn’t find any clothes that reflected positive, local values and images.  I decided to write a business plan based on this idea and called the company “Pilialoha Keiki”. Pilialoha is my husband’s middle name and it means “My Beloved”.  I finished the business plan and the class, but after the class we didn’t pursue starting the company.  We were busy with work and we also had another addition to our family so we just dropped the idea.

On New Years Day 2014, my husband and I decided that we needed to do something for ourselves and we revisited the idea. I started drawing up designs and my husband worked on finding venues to sell the clothing.  So far we have met some obstacles but we love the opportunities that this business has given us.  My husband and I are introverted but by creating this business we go places we would normally wouldn’t go to, we meet so many great people, and we feel like we have grown so much by putting ourselves out there.  I hope that the meanings behind the clothing will transcend the Hawaiian culture and will be meaningful to all parents and their beloved keiki.

little opihi baby shirt onesie hawaii MM: Any items that are more popular so far? 

Rondy: So far our biggest seller is our “Little Opihi” onesies.  I think that term is so endearing in Hawaii and people are so proud to say that they have an opihi.

MM: Where are the shirts silk screened?

Rondy: When I was thinking about starting the business, a former student walked into my class and said that he just got a job at a silk screening company named All Island Printworks.  It was like fate, so we went with them.  They are located in Kahului by Ace Hardware.

mahalo greeting cardMM: You’ve also made a line of greeting cards, where are they printed? 

Rondy: At first I went with a mainland company because I thought it would be the cheapest and easiest.  After my first batch, I wasn’t too impressed so I searched around and found Ace Printing Services here in Wailuku.  They are so nice and have great prices!

hawaii onesieMM: Are you the artist behind all these designs?  

Rondy: Yes, I design all the artwork.  It’s so fun to do art again that I’ve been trying lots of techniques like drawing, linoleum printing, and computer generated art. I think I’m trying to be an artist again after about 10 years of not doing any art.

hawaii onesieMM: Where can people buy your products? 

Rondy: We have an Etsy shop, and right now we have been going to different craft fairs and events.  We keep people updated on where we will be at through Instagram (@pilialoha_keiki) and Facebook.  People also contact us to buy from us directly.

MM: What’s next for you company? 

Rondy: We’re so excited to be accepted to the Made in Hawaii Festival in August as well as the Made in Maui County Festival in November.  So far this experience has been amazing and we are just letting the business grow slowly and see where it takes us.

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Pilialoha Keiki Booth at their First Event: Merrie Monarch

Mahalo to Randy for sharing her story!  

 

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!  

 

 

News from Paia – February 2014

What’s happening in Paia?  Well, a lot!   Do you have more news to add?  Comment below to add your event or news!

Shopping News: 

Breaking News: Kuau Store has opened at the former Kuau Mart location!  More details coming soon but the pictures look beautiful!

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Temporarily Closed

Pakaloha Bikinis reports that their “Paia location will be temporarily closed due to remodeling of the all the small shops in that area. We will be reopening another store as soon as the remodel is complete.”  As a reminder, Pakaloha also has a shop in Lahaina, and online shopping. “We ship free for all of Hawaii!!!”

arie bikinis trunk show paia maui hawaii No end of options for buying bathing suits in Paia, and Tamara Catz recently announced a trunk show for ARIE BIKINIS on Saturday, March 1st from 5-7pm.  Local swimwear designer Ariana Hornkohl unveils her Coco Luxe Hawaii 2014 collection, which is available exclusively at the Paia boutique.  There will be fun dance music and fresh locally made Kombucha.

Nohealani at the former Grace Beauty (see below) closed their ‘brick and mortar shop’ at the end of 2013.

And, Paia Pharmacy has also closed.  No word yet on what is coming.

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Restaurant News: 

Rock N Brews – Still under construction – No word yet on official opening date.

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Rock N Brews – Paia, Maui, Hawaii – No word on Opening Date yet –

Dazoo – Lots of news from Dazoo – They will be unveiling a new menu soon (the menu changes seasonally with availability of fruits and vegetables…) And they report that they are soon to open bakery and private dining room – as well as changing their hours with the impending arrival of the bakery!  Stay tuned to their Facebook page for all the details as they become available.

Health and Wellness News: 

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Formerly Known as Grace Beauty

As mentioned above, Grace Beauty Day Spa is transitioning, evolving, and expanding into a Health and Wellness Center called ‘The Hive’. Katy Grace Miller will still be offering facials and expert waxing, massage is still being offered as well as other new treatments that will be available soon.   As stated on their Facebook page: “’The Hive’ is a collective that provides various treatments from practitioners, therapists, healers, and skin care professionals. We will be serving smoothies, elixirs, teas, and providing local artisans a space to share their gifts and and talents. The Hive is part of a collective organization that focuses on integrity, empowerment, education, and community. In the evenings we will be hosting classes, workshops, meditations, music, film screenings and a variety of other events that inspire, empower, and educate.”

Shop Local, Save Big at Hue

Lee local hawaii couch upholstery sale furniture where to buy mauiOn Saturday, February 15, from 10am – 6pm, join HUE for the final day of “Lee Loves Local” with 25% off custom upholstery orders and FREE shipping.  It will be a fun-filled day with one lucky winner receiving a $500 HUE gift certificate.  The drawing will be around 12:30 – with other small prizes, too. To enter the drawing, you must spend $50 or more at HUE between today and Saturday.  Must be present to win drawing.

On Saturday only, all locally made goods will be 30% off!  Local vendors (including many Maui Made favorites):

Shoppers will enjoy complimentary food from Maui Fresh streatery, drinks from Wow Wow Lemonade and cupcakes from Maui Sweet Cakes. between 11-2.  Donations will be accepted, however, for JB and Kahalakea Guard, as Emalia Guard, their wife and mother, and the sister-in-law of HUE’s owner Jessica Guard, passed away this week Monday after a long illness with significant medical costs.

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A beautiful slipcovered couch at HUE by Lee Industries…

More on HUE:  Recently featured as Hawai‘i Luxury Magazine‘s “Best of Islands: Design,” HUE is Maui’s newest home boutique and design studio, featuring fresh and current furnishings and accessories, perfect for a modern island lifestyle. Owners/Designers, Jessica McLellan and Wendy Takemoto call it “beach luxe, with bolder colors, modern patterns and very nontraditional pieces that are fun, playful and funky. Our focus is to carry items that no one else on the island has – things you’d personally covet for your own space.” Design services are also available. 

Hue is located in Kahului on Lalo St. 

More on Lee Loves Local: Since 1969, LEE Industries has been handcrafting American made upholstery in North Carolina. We have built our business through our relationships and partnerships and our belief in supporting local. We are passionate about our retail partners and believe in the mission of supporting local communities. We have partnered with REstyleSOURCE to provide consumers with a national guide to local shopping, showcasing LEE dealers on REstyleSOURCE. Join us and become a part of the movement to bring back brick and mortar shops and local businesses. Celebrate local businesses by visiting participating stores during the week of LOCAL LOVE, February 9-16th.

 

Shop Makawao Part 2 – Art Galleries and Restaurants

(click here to view part 1: Clothing Boutiques and an Apothecary)

According to the HVCB website: This charming town was once named one of the top 25 arts destinations in the United States. 

And, unlike Maui’s other art capital, Lahaina, most of the art you’ll find in Makawao is actually made on Maui, and you’re more than likely to meet the artist as well.  Here is a virtual tour/shopping guide to Makawao’s art galleries.

Art Galleries:

(In Alphabetical Order – click on the name to view the website, if applicable, and click on the shop link to see what’s available to purchase online!)

Hot Island Glass: 

See the amazing artwork of talented glassblowers Chris Richards and Chris Lowry at this combination gallery and studio.  On most days, visitors will find them there creating new pieces right before their eyes.  Set back a bit off Baldwin Ave., (near Makawao Steak House), make a point to check out this gallery.

Visit their online shop

Jordanne: 

If you’ve been to Lanai in the past decade, you may recall Jordanne’s artwork as the Artist-In-Residence for both Four Seasons Resorts from 2003-2012.  In 2012, she moved to Maui to focus on a new collection of work and Plein-Air shows across America.  Jordanne is known for her paintings of Hawaiian landscapes, plantation homes, bouquet arrangements and signature gold-leaf pineapple paintings.

Visit her online shop

Julie Galeeva:

The interesting thing about walking into the Julie Galeeva art gallery, right on the corner of Makawao Avenue and Baldwin, is the great variety of works and styles. There’s abstract, impressionist, realist, fantasy…  so I asked the guy painting away if this was all Julie’s work, “Yes, she can do anything,” he agreed.  He pointed to one corner, “But that’s mine, she lets me have that section… she’s my mom” he added.  Wow, two talented artists in this family!

Kirsten Bunney Gallery:

Originally from Australia, Kirsten Bunney has been living and working on Maui since 1987.  Kirsten combines pen and ink with gouache and watercolor to express the bright, tropical beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.  Kirsten’s unique sense of style and color has been developed from a mix of cross-cultural influences, particularly times spent living in Bali.

Maui Hands :

Now back where it started- in Makawao, Maui Hands represents over 300 fine artists, artisans, jewelers, woodworkers, glassblowers, potters and sculptors, all 100% local to the state of Hawaii.  There’s something in every price range, and don’t miss the jewelry counters.  Did we mention the jewelry? Maui Hands has three other locations – Paia, Lahaina and Kaanapali.

Visit their online shop 

Sherri Reeve:

If you’ve been around Maui at all, you know the artwork of Sherri Reeve.  If not, your next stop in Makawao will change all that.  Known for her vibrant and playful watercolors, Reeve opened her Makawao gallery in 1997, where she can often be found greeting her faithful fans and new followers.  Her shop is so colorful and cheerful that you just want to stay for a while.   Besides wall art, you can find Sherri’s designs on mugs, mousepads, playing cards, soap and more!

View her online shop 

Viewpoints:

Another must-see stop in Makawao is Viewpoints Gallery.  There is a constantly changing featured show at this gallery, with the current theme : “It’s all about Hawaii”, which runs June 28 – August 7, 2013, and features the iconic painters Betty Hay Freeland and Suzy Papanikolas.  Each artist in this gallery must also be a current resident of the island.

Zforrest:

This carefully curated gallery has only been open 4 months, but I hope it will be around for a long time.  Just a few of the fun pieces that are made on Maui are Wicked Ono bags, cyanotype on silk pillows and scarves by Gwen Arkin, and these cute journal earrings by Julia Spector.

And another gallery I didn’t get the chance to visit this time: Piero Resta

Food & Snacks:

To keep this from being the longest blog post ever (and it might be, anyway) – I’m just going to hit the highlights of food and beverage in Makawao – all this shopping is bound to make you hungry.

Best use of local ingredients: Market Fresh Bistro – open 9-3:30 (2 on Sunday), some days for dinner (call 572-4877 to confirm hours).

Best Donuts: Komoda’s- there’s no sign near the door of this hole in the wall, when you smell the deliciousness, you’ll know you are there.  (closed Wednesday and Sunday)

Best place to sit and enjoy colorful Makawao/catch up on all the local gossip, while enjoying a coffee: Casanova Deli’s outdoor porch (daytime)

Best Wood-fired Pizza: Casanova Restaurant (nighttime- although I do think they serve the pizza for lunch too, I’m just too busy sitting on the porch)

Best Chips & Salsa: Polli’s

Best on-the-run/take-out: Rodeo General Store

And don’t forget to check out Makawao every Third Friday for the evening Town Party

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What’s your favorite art gallery/food in Makawao?

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