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Tamara Catz New Collection and Bridal Sample Sale!

Anyone needing a fashion fix must run, not walk, over to Tamara Catzs Paia boutique to see the new Lifestyle Collection which just arrived!  The new styles include “bubble jersey prints in stylish yet comfortable styles like strapless jumpsuits, 3/4 sleeve short dress, and wide pants with crochet inserts at hem, sunset colored chiffon kimono jackets and long maxi hand batiked dresses. So many styles to choose from, all timeless and gorgeous…”  They encourage shoppers to come by to see it in person, they are all limited collections and may not even make it to the online store!

Here are a few of my favorites, view more on the website or follow the designs on Pinterest!  

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tamara catz sample sale bridal paiaIn addition to the new collection, Tamara Catz is having another of their popular sample sales on Friday, September 12, and this year it’s a Bridal Sale, with gowns up to 75% off!  According to a Tamara Catz spokesperson, “We will be celebrating with fresh local kombucha and champagne!  For ladies that are not get married, they are welcome to stop in and have a beverage and check out the new collection!”

Tamara Catz Bridal represents a romantic, beachy bohemian style. Elegant, sophisticated and not overwhelmingly full of fabric, Tamara Catz bridal silk gowns are perfect for beach, island and resort weddings.

Tamara Catz began her collections in 2000 on Maui, with immediate success, selling to boutiques and department stores all over the US and Japan. Continuing on with her success, in 2005 Tamara opened her first boutique in Paia, and 2 years later she launched her Bridal collection.

Tamara Catz Boutique is located in Paia at 83 Hana Hwy (near Flatbread).  The store is open from 10am – 6pm on Sunday – Thursday, and 10am – 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

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The Tamara Catz boutique is as dreamy as the clothing!

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Paia Truths and Rumors – September Edition

angelina hills trunk show paia Sept 10 Update:  Adding to the rumor mill is the last minute cancellation of the Summer Concert Series featuring Marty Dread at Rock N Brews, which was supposed to occur tonight.  I guess the live-music wars in Paia are not over, folks!

And – Check out a Trunk Show on Friday (September 12) with Art by Angelina Hills and Joya by Sarina! Takes place 6-9pm at the Paia Inn Hotel (click image to view larger) 

Original Post: With the departure of Tortillas leaving a gap in the ‘take-out’ category of Paia restaurants, Thai Spice quickly filled the void, pleasing everyone with the frequent craving of Pad Thai and Chicken Satay.

Thai Spice is open from 10am – 8pm daily and is located next to the Wine Corner (take-out and a liquor store in one parking lot???? BONUS!) Phone number is 579-8269 and here is their menu attached: (click to view larger) 

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prospect maui paia Hana Bay Picnic Lunch moved in with its sister business, Paia Gelato, leaving a void in Paia, which was of course quickly filled by Prospect, I can’t find out much information about this yet, except that it’s based out of Park City Utah.

Anyone who is (or even may be) getting married soon should make plans to attend the Tamara Catz Bridal Sale.  And if you aren’t about to head down the aisle any time soon, you will probably want to head over their soon to check out their recently released Fall collection. The pieces I’ve seen so far are so awesome they might just get their own post!

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A lot of people were disappointed to hear that Paia Bay Coffee closed down, but their disappointment was short lived, as they quickly reopened behind San Lorenzo.  I was only able to quickly poke my head back there, but its an awesome space and only on day 1 or 2 of boing open was pretty full!  Their regulars are a faithful bunch!  Can’t wait to try it myself.  Entrance is either through the garage behind Prospect (near the gas station side) – or San Lorenzo when its open.

pakaloha paia maui newPakaloha lovers will be thrilled to know that they can now get their bikini fix again in Paia – in the former Oceania Maui space, between Rock N Brews and Milagros.

Speaking of Rock N Brews, there are two more chances to see Marty Dread at their Summer Concert Series – TOMORROW – Wednesday, September 10 and September 24th!   Better get there early, heard it was pretty packed in August.

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dazoo paia dazoo maui news paia news Lots of changes for Dazoo – they are now open on Saturday AND Sunday for brunch (for everyone that missed their breakfast foods!) starting at 9am, and TODAY they are unveiling their new Fall menu – with more traditional entrees being offered, but if you were a fan of their mix and match small plates, there are still lots of options of those as well!   Fans of the bibimbap will be happy to know that its now being served at dinner!

Paia has also been featured in the actual news a bit recently –

On September 2,  Mike White ( Maui County Council rep for Paia, Haiku and Makawao) shared this on his Facebook page – “A big moment for the County – just moments ago, the Budget and Finance Committee approved the acquisition of approximately 4 acres in Maui Business Park II in Kahului for a new service center from A&B, which also comes with a 35.55 acre donation of land extending from Baldwin Beach Park towards Paia Town!”

And tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10) , the groundbreaking ceremony for Heritage Hall is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m.  Heritage Hall is the multi-purpose community complex that honors the history and culture of Portuguese and Puerto Rican immigrants to Maui.

The facility consists of two separate buildings that will house the cultural resource centers on the second floor.  The ground floors will be offered for lease to two nonprofit organizations serving the Paia area.

“Heritage Hall fulfills the long-standing dreams of both the Portuguese and Puerto Ricans to have a place where their respective histories and cultures can be shared with the general populace,” said Heritage Hall Board secretary Audrey Rocha Reed in a press release announcement.

The project is located on Baldwin Avenue near the former Paia Mill and Paia Train Depot sites.

According to Reed, the project is slated to take a year to complete.

To read more about the project, check out the article in MauiNow.com http://mauinow.com/2014/09/08/mauis-heritage-hall-groundbreaking-set-for-wednesday/

 

Blogging disclaimer: I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo 

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.”

What to Wear for a Wedding in Hawaii – The Maui Made Edition

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Our last blog post on weddings was all the unique venues that Maui has to offer.  Today’s post is about trends in bridal attire, and if you thought there were lots of choices for venues- there are even more for bridal gowns- because since we are in Hawaii, the sky is the limit!  And as usual, the below offerings are designed or made right here on the island of Maui!

Maui Made checked in with our go-to stylist, MeiLi Autumn, to see what’s trending with Hawaiian bridal gown styles in 2014:  “Maui brides run the gamut of adhering to a traditional style to having a unique style that is more beachy and casual,” MeiLi shared.  

(Above dresses by Maui-based clothing designer Tamara Catz, hair and makeup by MeiLi Autumn.  Photography by Maui Creative Photography)

“Instead of the fluffy, lacy merengue dresses, I am seeing more elegant and streamline dresses that could almost pass as a simple sun dress. Of course there are special embellishments when you look closely like a perfectly placed crystal, or shell detail. I think Maui is special in that brides can really experiment with their style whether its an all-out Victorian extravaganza at the Haiku Mill or a bohemian beachy soiree on the sand.”

Where to find these beautiful gowns? Tamara Catz offers several different wedding gowns, available online and in their flagship store in Paia.

Beach Wedding Attire Tips: If you are having a beach wedding, there are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your attire.  “Maui tends to be pretty windy, and on an exposed beach, veils and layers of fabric can tend to get caught up in our cooling trade winds,” explained Melissa Padilla of Opihi Love Wedding and Event Design.  “And if you are on the beach, stiletto heals aren’t going to work, so stick with wedges, or some brides will go with slippers (flip-flops) or even barefoot!” she continued.  (Melissa is the designer of some of Maui’s dreamiest weddings, check out her brand-new website here

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Bridal Gown by Tamara Catz

And for the bride who is looking to do something completely out of the box, with just a nod to the traditional, Maui Girl has just unveiled its line of Bridal Bikinis– handmade here on Maui!  According to Debbie Wilson, owner and designer of Maui Girl, “we’ve been looking to create a line of bridal inspired suits for a while, it just seems so fitting with all the destination weddings that come to Maui.  We were looking for an alternative to a white t-shirt with lifesavers and puffy paints for a beach or pool-side bachelorette party, plus we loved the idea of doing a bridal inspired photo-shoot!  Now we are just waiting for that island-hip bride to have all her bridesmaids in bikinis, and her in a full gown. How awesome would that be!?”

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(Above Maui Girl Bridal Bikinis are modeled by Jazmin Repollo, photography by Ben Pigao of Empire Green)

Mahalo to all of our contributors for this beautiful post!!!

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 

 

Maui-Based Clothing Designers

For a fairly small island, Maui has its share of talented clothing and swimwear designers and seamstresses :  Please add a comment below if you or someone you know should be added to this list!

Maggie Couloumbe Dress, Davis Chu Photography

Maggie Couloumbe Designs, Davis Chu Photography

Maggie Coulombe –  Cutting-edge women’s fashions 

If you are lucky enough to be wearing a Maggie Coulombe dress, all eyes are on you. She has dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet and her designs have been featured in Elle, Instyle and other fashion and celebrity magazines.  Inspired by her globetrotting lifestyle and the natural beauty of her Hawaiian home, Maggie Coulombe has created a collection that accents the essence of all women. Fashionistas from around the world frequent The Maggie Coulombe Store, located at Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali, Maui, click to shop online. 

Tamara Catz – Contemporary resort clothing, bathing suits, wedding and bridesmaids dresses.  

Born and raised in Argentina, Tamara started designing her own lines at age 18. After traveling the globe with her husband, professional windsurfer Francisco Goya, they decided to settle on Maui.  In 2000, she launched her line with immediate success, selling to boutiques and department stores all over the US and Japan. In 2005, Tamara opened her first boutique in Paia, Maui and two years later she launched her Bridal collection.  In 2013, a second shop was opened in Venice, CA.  Click to shop online.

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Pink and Floral Skater Dress by Box Eleven

BoxEleven –  Handmade women’s clothing and accessories. 

A few years ago, Katie Browne combined a few of her favorite things, fabric, shopping and thrift stores, with a talent for sewing, and started creating unique women’s apparel and handbag designs, which she now sells under the label BoxEleven. On Maui, you can see her designs at Wings Hawaii in Paia, the Hui Noeau shop in Makawao, and on Hawaii Island at Pueo Boutique in Kailua Kona.

Wings Hawaii – Handmade and silkscreened clothes, jewelry. 

Wings Hawaii grew from a school art project at University of Hawaii into one of Maui’s most successful clothing lines.  Wings features a hand-sewn collection, which are designed and fabricated from scratch in their Haiku studio. They are also known for their hand dyed and screen printed line, complete with original artwork.  Wings also has their own jewelry line, each item handmade in the studio.  Visit Wings Hawaii in their beautiful flagship store in Paia, Maui, click for list of stockists, or Click to shop online

Ha Wahine / Cy Maui handpainted silks and Hawaiian designs

Featuring two distinct shops on Maui, Cy Maui in Wailea, at the Shops at Wailea, and Ha Wahine in Wailuku on North Market.  Cy Maui is known for their handpainted silk in flattering cuts and designs, and Ha Wahine, featured Hawaiian-inspired designs on rayon, with each item sewn on Maui.  Give them a call to place your order.

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Maui Girl Fashions, Photo by AshleyCamper.com, as featured in Mokulele in-flight magazine.

Maui Girl Swimwear – Designer boutique bathing suits, sporty mix and match bikinis, coverups

Maui Girl & Co.has been a landmark on the North Shore of Maui for over 30 years. Located in the heart of Paia, Maui Girl & Co., has been voted the “Best Bikini Boutique” of Maui for the last 5 years. Designer and boutique owner, Debbie Kowalski Wilson, has been designing and selling her pieces since the 70’s. She made the switch from vintage reconstructed pieces to bikinis in the early 80s.  Maui Girl Swimwear frequently makes appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, with a record 14 suits in the 2013 issue. Maui Girl suits are available online, but to make things even easier for mainland customers, the line will be looking to expand to stockists across the country in 2014.

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Pashey Bella’s Royal Bright Purple Lolo Tube Top and Bottoms

Pashey Bella –  handmade sporty swimwear and accessories

Pashey Bella was created by two water girls, born and raised on Maui. At the ages of 14 and 12, Talia and Tehani Gangini, learned how to make bikinis, which blossomed into a small business in 2007 called Manini Gangini Bikinis. Their goal is to design active swimwear that is functional and flattering.   In 2012, they changed the name of the company to Pashey Bella (Pashey being Talia’s middle name and Bella being Tehani’s). While they currently still make all their swimwear by hand in their 400 square foot shared room, this coming January 2014, Pashey Bella will be launching their first collection which will be made in the USA. The line will include all new designs and patterns, and will enable active women to have a functional, active swimwear with good coverage. In addition to designing swimwear, Talia Gangini Decoite started her own jewelry business at the age of 12, and in 2009 became the youngest designer to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with a featured necklace.  She also travels the world as a professional stand-up paddler.  Click to shop online.

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Purple and Teal Sleeveless Dress with Dandelion Pocket and adjustable ties

Bitty Bambu-  Modern, handmade children’s clothes and accessories

Bitty Bambu’s designs are influenced by the beauty of the natural environment, and the spirit of childhood.  Designer and seamstress Taryn has a background in Landscape Architecture, but discovered her passion for sewing not long after having kids.  “I enjoy making clothing that is beautiful, colorful, and playful – all the elements that I believe every childhood should be full of.”   Bitty bambu can be found in boutiques around the islands, on the mainland and as far as Australia, and on Etsy.

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Happy Honu Skirts – Handmade in Hawaii

Happy Honu Maui – colorful, island-inspired children’s clothing and blankets.  

Happy Honu Maui is made in Hawai’i with creative dreams mixed with the aloha warmth of the islands. Maui author, painter, illustrator, designer, teacher, and mom Judi Riley has been known in Hawai’i since the early 1990s for her creative, one-of-a-kind and tropical colored Happy Honu Maui kids clothes and Tiki Tales books. What began as a book series that celebrates the Hawaiian islands, evolved into a whole line of island-inspired, quality, durable and comfy creations for keiki.   Judi Riley’s designs  also include silkscreened shirts, dresses and onesies, all hand-screened on Maui by A Make Believe Company.  Available in boutiques across Hawai’i and on the mainland USA, and click here to visit the website or the Etsy Shop.

Maui Made Weddings – A ‘make your own’ Wedding Guide

As a popular location for destination weddings, Maui has no shortage of talented people who can help make your wedding a unique and memorable event.  Once you settle on the big stuff, the venue, caterers, photographers, the groom, here are some of the options available to put the icing on the proverbial wedding cake.

Gown with the Wind {The dress}:  If you arrive on Maui without the perfect dress, fear not, since Maui-based designer Tamara Catz has a beautiful shop in Paia with a selection of bridal gowns that would be ideal for a beach wedding.  The dresses are available online as well.

One of the gorgeous bridal gown options at Tamara Catz

One of the gorgeous bridal gown options at Tamara Catz

From Ear to Eternity {The jewels}: Looking for the perfect earrings, or a one-of-a-kind gift for your bridesmaids?  Jewelry designer Valerie Dunne has just launched a bridal collection and will create custom jewelry for the bride or bridal party, whether you are getting married on Maui, or she offers shipping and gift wrapping if not!   Valerie shared that this line was “inspired by the beach, and designed for brides who love the islands.  They would also make great anniversary gifts.”  These designs would be the perfect compliment for your tropical attire, or bring a touch of aloha to any mainland wedding.

Something borrowed, something old {the props}: Perhaps we have Pinterest to thank for the current popularity of the wedding prop rentals industry. Maui is lucky enough to have Melissa Padilla, a talented event designer who happens to have an impressive collection of furniture and decor rentals for Maui weddings and photo shoots. Melissa’s new company Opihi Love offers a unique blend of Hawaiian, industrial, rustic, and vintage décor, with items ranging from local bottles and skeleton keys to steamer trunks and custom made floral living walls.

{and i know you are going to ask anyway: These amazing photos are by Tamiz Photography}

“All my tables are made on Maui,” stated Melissa, “the vintage items I find are all from estate sales and auctions on Maui, and I have collected a wide selection of Hawaiiana Treasures, including wooden dairy boxes from Puunene Dairy.  I try to bring one element to each wedding that is made on Maui even if I sneak in a Maui Soda bottle with some flowers for the powder room.” With Opihi Love at the helm of your décor, you’ll end up with your own Pinterest-worthy event!

A Touch of Glass {cake toppers, favors and gifts}: With all the ways to personalize a wedding, cake toppers are certainly no exception.  Kai Pua Gallery on Lahaina’s Front Street now offers custom made glass sculpted cake toppers.  Kai Pua also offers a wide variety of glass wine-stoppers, wine charms, and sculptures which would make unique gifts for wedding party, fun wedding décor, or memorable favors for your guests.

{even more amazing photographs courtesy of Natalie Brown Photography}

The glass items can be customized for your wedding, incorporating personalized color options and more: “Let us know your theme and we can create something special for your big day!” shared Anna Keay and John Lindquist of Kai Pua Gallery.

Pretty as a Painting {portrait of your bouquet}: For something a little different than the typical photographs, Anna Keay can also create a custom oil painting of your bridal bouquet, just supply a picture!

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A portrait of your bridal bouquet by Maui’s own Anna Keay

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