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Tropical Moms – Guest Post by Cadencia Photography

Isn’t being a mom the best?  Don’t you love hearing about other inspiring moms around Maui?  When Cadence contacted me to see if I would be interested in a guest blog post about her new photography series about Maui moms, I jumped at the chance.  So, read on for our first ever guest blog post by Cadencia Photography:  

As a maui family photographer, I love capturing the potent and unique dynamic between children and their parents. This inspired me to create Tropical Moms, a series on Maui motherhood. An inspiring mom is featured every week, along with a short interview and a photography session. The posts offer an authentic glimpse into family life and raising the next generation on Maui — Tropical Moms aims to uplift, inspire, and connect mothers on island and around the world. We are always looking for mommas you admire, please nominate by emailing tropicalmoms@gmail.com.

(click on the mom’s name or the image for a link to their blog post)                                                                                                                            

“Maui is a wonderful place to live an alternative lifestyle. removed from the bustle and challenges of an urban life, I find it to be a nurturing environment to stay connected to nature and source and live a life of balance and harmony” – Annika Banko annika maui photography

“I always imagined raising my child/children on Maui from before I was ever ready to have them, I guess because I always felt blessed to have been raised there myself. The reasons being, the community aspect — which in a lot if places and groups has a strong bond of families and women who share and support each other and their children from prenatal to parenting…Also being surrounded by a potent energetic landscape that provides an easy access to know, love, understand and participate in nature and our planet, which is one of the most important issues a child should grow up knowing about. Maui allows that contact in an organic way that the child seamlessly evolves with.” – Callie Mahoney 

Callie Mahoney Maui Photography Child Beach Portraits

And meet more moms (click the image for link) :

Sunny Savage Maui Photography Author Wild Food

tropical mom Sunny Savage

Shaunna Maui Photography

tropical mom Shaunna

Pia Maui Photography

tropical mom Pia

Ellen Fisher Maui photo image boy children child kid keiki

tropical mom Ellen Fisher

 

For more about Cadencia Photography, please check out cadenciaphotography.com, follow instagram: @cadencia and like cadencia photography on facebook
Mahalo to Cadence for the guest post! 
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Judi Riley – Children’s Author and Clothing Designer

happy honu maui labels

If you have young kids, you may recognize the name Judi Riley.  Her children’s books, ‘When I am Quiet on Maui’ and ‘When I am Quiet on Oahu’ have lulled children on the islands, and around the world, to sleep for years.  But you may not know that Judi is also the creative force behind Happy Honu Maui, a line of colorful, island-inspired children’s clothing and blankets.  (Honu is Hawaiian for sea turtle)

Judi designs and sews blankets, girls dresses and skirts, and doll clothes on her current home island of Lanai, and the line also includes silkscreened shirts and onesies, all hand-screened on Maui by A Make Believe Company.

According to Judi, Happy Honu Maui started twenty years ago – “the day I learned to sew while making a shirt with a friend for John Travolta in the Haiku Jungle.”

Each of Judi’s hand-sewn items are boutique quality, with professionally serged seams, and made from 100% cotton designer prints.

Judi offers a variety of girls’ dresses and skirts, blankets ranging from 13” x 13” jet set travel silky to the king kamehameha duvet cover, silkscreened shirts, dresses and onesies, plus some other fun items, all in her signature tropical style.

Happy Honu designs can be found on Maui at Nuage Bleu in Paia, Designing Wahine in Makawao, Travaasa Hana, Hale Zen in Lahaina, and Proteas of Hawaii in Kula. On Oahu, they can be found at Aloha Aina Boutique and Boutiki, and on Lanai at the  Island Gentry.  She also has an online store set up on her website and an Etsy shop.

Judi’s books, which she wrote and illustrated, can be found at Target, Barnes and Noble, ABC stores, all the island book stores and Amazon.com, in addition to all the state’s public libraries.

“When I am Quiet on Maui” was featured in the 2006 and 2007 celebrity gift basket for the Maui Film Festival. It also found its way into the Maui County Time capsule — which will be opened in 100 years!  “When I am Quiet on Oahu” was nominated for the prestigious 2006 Ka Palapala Po’okela Readers’ Choice Award, and on January 20, 2009, the O‘ahu book was featured in the Inaugural Ball Gift Basket for the Hawaii State Society in DC.

Judi has also has a bunch of other fun goodies available on her website, like party penants, coffee cup sleeves (all created with her fun, tropical fabrics) and she’s also created these really cute postcards and posters!

Padilla Designs- Masters at Work

Padilla Designs Custom Metal Gates Maui Hawaii

The fun thing about having this ‘made on maui’ blog is I get to profile everyone from artists just starting out, to masters of craft.  Larry Padilla, along with his four sons, are true Masters.  Padilla Designs was started by Larry in the late 70’s when he moved to Maui as a metal sculptor. He started doing functional artwork in the early 80’s in the form of gates and railings. After having four boys, Padilla Designs evolved into a family business, as they were able to create larger and more elaborate functional metal sculpture.  Padilla Designs now specializes in custom functional and decorative artwork, using a variety of materials including copper, brass, bronze, stainless steel and numerous hardwoods.  You’ve probably seen their gates and other metal creations around the island, and if you attended TEDxMaui 2013, you saw their Mountain Backdrop on the MACC stage, as well as their eye-catching displays in the MACC amphitheater (more TEDxMaui photos at bottom).

Padilla Backdrop Metal Stage TEDxMaui

The stunning backdrop for the TEDxMaui stage

I checked in with Kaleo Padilla, one of the sons and the company’s RME, to talk story about Padilla Designs:

Maui Made: This is a true family business- how do you all get along working together? 

KP: My brothers and I have a very close family bond. We grew up fishing, diving and surfing together. Having that in common has helped us work together for common goals for the business.  Working in a family business has its real perks. You can’t get fired but at the same time you can’t quit!  We really have the flexibility to work hard and play hard while raising our families on Maui.  I work with people I love and get to create pieces of art that will last for ever.

MM: You were featured on HGTV-  How did that happen? 

KP: HGTV contacted the family when we started doing our unique fire sculptures. I was in college at the time but they did a episode on our beautiful hawaiian flower tiki torches. It was cool to see us on national TV. I think everyone was a bit nervous for the whole production. Island boys with cameras in their face tend to be quite shy!

padilla gates and water featuresMM: What’s the biggest project you’ve ever done? 

KP: Our larger projects we call Estate Metal Design. This is when we are hired to work with the designer, architect and owner to incorporate metal sculpture into the architecture of the property. For one property we did over one million dollars in metal sculpture in the form of railings, gates, fire, water and decorative sculpture.

MM: What’s the key to a successful business on Maui? 

KP: Maui is a very small community and work of mouth is the best form of advertising. We have built our business on reputation and satisfied clients. If you do great work, have a great, honest attitude and do what you say, Maui will welcome you.

MM: What’s the best part about working on Maui? 

KP: Working on Maui has so much to offer. Working in such a beautiful environment lowers the stress level. It’s hard not to take for granted but when I get stressed a quick dip in the ocean, trip to the river or run on the beach and i’m back to new.

MM: Do you have designs on each island now?  Where is the furthest Padilla Design? 

KP: Besides Maui, we have done work on Oahu and Kauai. We’ve designed for clients all over California, and even as far as New York.  We currently have some interest from a client in Japan.

MM: What’s next for Padilla Designs? 

KP: Padilla Designs is growing really fast. This year will be a record year for us. There are more mouths to feed as the boys have children of their own so it’s going to be demanding but Maui is such a unique place and I really feel our small family business will thrive for many years to come. You may even see us as a reality TV show some day. 🙂

More Photos of some of my personal favorite Padilla designs :

Larry Padilla stands next to his client's new Custom Surf Board Racks

Larry Padilla stands next to his client’s new Custom Surf Board Racks

The boys at work :

and more photos from TEDx Maui:

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