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Makawao Update + DRIFTWOOD’s Grand Opening!

MAKAWAO signs maui where to shop

2016 Update: I’m hoping to head up to Makawao to scope out all the new stores and coffee shops, but wanted to mention that one of the owners of the beloved brand Queen Bee Productions 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.

You know something special is happening when driftwood washes ashore and makes it all the way up the hill to Makawao.  And you know it’s something extra special when that DRIFTWOOD turns out to be a brand new boutique by the force behind Paragon Salon, Carrie Gebb.  The women’s and home goods shop enjoyed its soft opening on April 30, but the official grand opening will be Sunday, May 3 with 10% off purchases and fun surprises all day.

driftwood maui clothes women's makawaoAccording to their website, “DRIFTWOOD features carefully curated merchandise for the distinguished buyer, encompassing all that a Maui lifestyle has to offer from the mountain to the sea. We feature women’s clothing and accessories, all-natural beauty products, as well as home goods and edibles.”  Their website is worth a look just by itself, with swoon-worthy photographs and an impressive and extensive selection of labels.   But I’m not the style expert, if you want to get the scoop from a real fashionista, head on over to mauishopgirl.com to check out her take!

carrie gebb makawao

Carrie Gebb launches her newest project – Home and Women’s Boutique – DRIFTWOOD

sensitivity clothing sensitivity dresses

These reversible dresses by SewHiKai are designed to be comfortable, even for girls with sensitivity issues!

And now for the rest of the news from Makawao:

Across the street from DRIFTWOOD, children’s consignment and boutique droplets. is celebrating its first anniversary, and has turned into THE place to buy children’s gifts and clothes, with an ever-growing selection of locally made children’s clothes, including one of our favorites, bitty bambu, and these darling reversible dresses by SewHiKai ——–>, made specifically for children with sensitivity issues (why am I only learning about these now!!!)

 

Next door to droplets., the Julie Galeeva gallery moved into a smaller space, and Kama Lei Design jewels moved in.

And speaking of art galleries, after several years, Kirsten Bunney closed down her gallery, but I believe you can still contact her about purchasing art through her website.  In the former gallery’s place is now Crystal Harmonics (you may have also seen them on Kauai), with some amazing ‘singing’ crystal bowls!   According to the owners, who also offer sound healing, “the singing alchemy bowls are made of the highest grade pure crystal quartz blended with gemstones or other mineral elements.  The sine waves of their sound are clear, consistent and sustained and amplify the essence of the minerals as well as expressing their note.” You have to check this place out – you have to HEAR it to believe it, or they have some samples to listen on their website!

crystal bowls

In the building just behind Crystal Harmonics, Vanity Salon has been sold and renamed Jewel Salon, but if you are looking for any of the Vanity ladies, Jeffie is now at Haleakala Hair Lounge, (right above DRIFTWOOD), Sara and Trisha are at Beauty Bar in Wailuku, and Kourtney is at Salon Tiare in Haiku.

And another cute store that’s new-ish to Makawao is the ‘brother’ store to Pink by Nature Homme  by Nature, which has things for men (get it? Homme means man in French) and home (and some cute kids stuff too).

What’s your favorite place to check out in Makawao?

And a few more pictures from our beautiful day shooting around Makawao…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  

paia maui pop up shop

  • 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…)

Buy eskyflavor Hats Online

Aloha Maui Hawaii Trucker Hats Custom Colors

Update June 2016: EskyFlavor now has a Facebook page (click this to be linked)

One of the top comments that I have received on this blog is ‘Where can I buy eskyflavor Hats Online?’ Well folks, I’m excited to tell you all that FINALLY, there’s a shop that sells these super hot and trendy trucker hats online –

So without further ado, start clicking and head on over (online or in-person, they will have a big display in their gorgeous gift shop too!) to Maui Ocean Treasures at the Maui Ocean Center aquarium.  They also have some special, aquarium specific designs if you are looking for an eskyflavor original that you won’t see everywhere else.

Each hat is available in a variety of colors, and there are even more styles online than shown here.

Here are some direct links to your favorite eskyflavor hats: MAUI, ALOHA, dolphin design, HAWAII, HONU (means turtle in Hawaiian), JAWS, KAI, 

eskyflavor hats are made by the Maui-based artist Mickey Eskimo.   To see more of Mickey’s wide array of talents, check out this earlier post 

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Shopping News for This Friday!

Here’s a quick post about two BIG shopping events happening this Friday – one on Maui and one online!

The Annual Sample Sale for Tamara Catz

  • Date: Friday, November 15, 2013
  • Time: 4-9pm
  • Details: Up to 50% off samples and more! Enjoy pupus, champagne, and locally made kombucha, See models showing off the styles and designs, Groove to live music from Maui Makers
  • Location: 83 Hana Hwy (next to Flatbread), Paia, Maui

Online Shopping with Maui Ocean Center Store

  • Date: Starting Friday, November 15
  • Details: The island’s best gift store will finally have its own online shop.  Get ready to virtually shop!
  • Website: click here 

 

An Etsy Score – Ke Aloha Jewelry

Made on Maui Jewelry Druzy Gold Earrings Necklace Shark toothEtsy is a literal gold mine for jewelry lovers, the only hard part is separating the great stuff from the really great stuff.  I know that taste in jewelry (as in a lot of things) is subjective, but to my eye (for anyone that has me on their Christmas list), this is really great stuff.

Lisa of Ke Aloha Jewelry describes her work as  ‘modern and delicate, handmade on Maui with aloha’, and I couldn’t have said it any better myself.  As two moms of little kids, we bonded over sleepless nights (and days!) via email, but we managed to discuss some work as well (thanks to caffeine).

modern delicate silver bar bracelet

A modern and delicate silver bar bracelet

Maui Made: How long have you been making jewelry?  

Lisa: I’ve only been doing this for a little over a year and a half.  I got into jewelry a couple years after my son was born.  I needed something to do at home that would fuel my creative side, and that’s when making and designing jewelry came into the picture.

MM: Where can people buy your jewelry?

Lisa: Right now I sell exclusively online in my etsy store.

shark tooth gold silver necklace hawaii

Mano (shark tooth) necklace – available in silver and gold

MM: What are your most popular pieces?  

Lisa: The white Mano (shark tooth) and Mano Jr. necklaces have been consistent best sellers, but my new druzy post earrings are in high demand and sell out fast.

MM: You have well over 2,000 sales on Etsy, (congratulations) – Do you have any Etsy tips to share?  

Lisa: I have to reiterate everything that has already been covered many times over – great photos, great customer service (be nice to everyone!), great packaging and branding, SEO, browse the forums, ask questions if you have any, promote outside of Etsy, and find your own style.  Also, don’t be afraid to fail.  I had an Etsy store back in 2008 which sold my photography.  It was not a success, but its failure was essential.  It allowed me to reevaluate what I really love and wanted to do.  It led me to jewelry and I’m very thankful.

druzy gold necklace

Hoaka Necklace – Druzy and Gold

MM: What’s next for Ke Aloha Jewelry?  

I’m looking forward to growing my line and getting a few pieces in some local stores.

MM: Anything else you want to add?  

Lisa: I love making jewelry.  It really is a culmination of everything I love – from photography to designing to creating. And, most importantly, it allows me to make my own hours so I can be there for my son during his early years – which go by way too fast.

Mahalo to Lisa for the interview!

Check out her Etsy shop here

www.kealohajewelry.etsy.com

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Turning a New Leaf at Maui Tropical Plantation

The new entrance to Maui Tropical Plantation

The new entrance to Maui Tropical Plantation

When my daughter was young, I’d take her over to Maui Tropical Plantation to feed the ducks.  The place was getting a bit run down, but you could see new things were starting to happen, beginning with the ziplines.  Then my son was born, and apparently I never went back, until a couple weeks ago.  I decided it was time to visit the ducks again, plus I heard there was a chocolate factory and a soap factory, so off we went.  Imagine my surprise when I walked into the main building and found a completely renovated new gift store.  It’s beautifully done, with a really nice selection of gift items and art (and even cold beer for purchase!)  Past the first building are the little hales or cottages – which I believe used to be little museums about Maui’s agricultural history, which now house various shops, including the Sweet Paradise Chocolate shop, where they make beautiful little chocolates onsite.  Off to the right is also the brand new Moku Pua soap company (more on this start up coming soon!)

maui tropical plantation duck pond

Expansion of the pond with sugar mill wheels to be added as a water feature

There are also lots of changes happening with the site, like the extension of the pond, and the renovation of the restaurant.  I checked with the staff at the MTP and this is what they reported back:

Completed Improvements

  • Redesigned Tram Station and renovated trams.
  • Live music on select days.  Call to confirm performance dates.  Regular performers include Joel Katz, and the Hula Honeys.
  • Renovated restrooms throughout the plantation.
  • Improved outdoor dining area and tram station seating area.
  • Expanded lagoon with historic sugar mill gears, bridges and other photo opportunities.
  • Improved Village shops and attractions including: Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, Moku Pua Soap Factory, Ron L Jewelry Designs, The Bailey House History of Waikapu, Maui Zipline, Edible Hawaiian Magazine, Maui Paddler Company, and a Glass Blower kiosk.

Pending Improvements

  • A free “guidebook.com” smartphone app for visitors to use.  They simply download it to their phone and explore the plantation.  It will go live in December.
  • Coffees of Hawaii cafe at Tram Station opening in Q1, 2014.
  • Plantation bar with historic Claus Spreckels steam engine and Kalakaua Coach Car opening in Q1, 2014.

Have you been to the renovated Plantation yet?

San Lorenzo Hawaii Gets Some Esky Flavor Love

Earlier this month, San Lorenzo Bikini closed its Queen Kaahumanu Center store and opened in a location that, previous to opening, had been described as a ‘secret and undisclosed’.  I racked my brain to figure out where could be so special, so exciting that they wouldn’t even disclose it.

 San Lorenzo Paia Maui Hawaii

For months, the restoration of Paia Center was taking place, behind the dozens of event posters and weathered boards between Ono Gelato and Honolua Surf Co.  Then one day, holes were cut in the exterior to expose the door and windows, leaving the old wood and a decade worth of flyer staples, and VOILA, a brand new, fresh and funky store was open!  I don’t know how they did it – but I’m impressed!  What had been an eyesore for years instantly became a fantastic storefront (and the talk of the town) – this image below taken on opening day!

san lorenzo bikini shop paia maui

Artist, waterman, visionary and entrepreneur Mickey Eskimo was the visionary behind this restoration (he’s also responsible for the amazing restoration of Haiku Mill!)

“I am the restorer first, then the designing fun starts,” Mickey explained.    “I mean its all fun, but i like to get my canvases ready first.  I love restoring and preserving, especially here in Hawaii where very little old structures are left, a person like me is very needed.  The Paia Center was yet another labor of love, as was Haiku Mill, my Pauwela Cannery Gallery Space and several other smaller projects.

At the Paia Center, i also had the challenge to blend retail space function, with keeping an edgy “eskyflavor worthy” romantic modern/industrialism style. I blended the mega industrial sugar history and raw surf culture of Paia with New York and Paris to result in an innovative retail space design.

The center stood empty well over 15 years and I am glad it was me to give it new and lasting life.”

Mickey is also the man behind Esky Flavor.  Esky Flavor, the surf culture brand (you’ve seen the hats around… everyone has at least one by now…)  is a reflection of Mickey’s ‘love of various cultures, ideas and flavors this still beautiful, but threatened, planet has to offer.’

And now enjoying the fruits of Mickey’s labors is the newest San Lorenzo Bikini shop in Paia.  The company was established as a small sewing shop in 1991 in Lima, Peru, with the production of clothing and swimwear.  A decade later, they expanded production to add a facility in Brazil.  Their designs then reached Hawaii, and a daughter company was established in 2002.  In 2005, they opened two retail stores on Oahu, and the company has been growing ever since.

I was just in this week to shoot these pictures and the word is they just got over 700 new bikinis in the shop, so NOW is the time to check it out!  Besides an extensive collection of their signature line of bikinis, the new shop features bathing suits and cover ups by Tiare Hawaii, Esky Flavor Hats, and an exclusive line of Kamera Jewelry!

The Facts: San Lorenzo Hawaii, Paia Location is currently open from 9am to 9pm daily. (perfect for your bikini shopping after hitting up Flatbread for dinner…) It’s located square in the middle of Paia town, at the stoplight. Follow San Lorenzo Maui on Facebook

Buy Esky Flavor Hats online: Shop coming soon!  We’ll keep you posted here on Maui Made Blog!  This is where the site will be…

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