2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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Compiled by Conn Brattain

We’re celebrating the best that Maui has to offer with great gift ideas to enhance the home, adorn and pamper the body, tempt the taste buds, quench one’s thirst and keep everything on schedule.

Maui gift guide

1 AH, THERE’S THE RUB!

Chef Paris Nabavi’s award-winning blend of spices, citrus, and smoky chipotle brings a South-of-the-Border accent to poultry, pork, lamb, rice and veggies. The 3.5-oz. tin is $13 at Sangrita Grill + Cantina, Fairway Shops, 2580 Keka‘a Drive, 808-662-6000, SangritaGrill.com.

2 ISLAND WEAR

RueBelle’s14k solid gold Maui map earrings and Maui gold script ring are made to order; allow 3 – 4 weeks for delivery. $414 each at RueBelle.com.

3 HAPPY ENDING

In Hawaiian, pau means “ended,” as in pau hana (“after work,” or more loosely, ”happy hour”). We conclude that the best way to celebrate such times is with Pau Maui Vodka, handcrafted here in small batches by Hali‘imaile Distilling Company. 750 ml., $18 at Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors, 199 Dairy Rd., Kahului, 808-873-8000; HaliimaileDistilling.com.

4 ON THE SHORT LIST

Heidi Cramer of Maui Sweet Cakes must be one of Santa’s elves. Why else would she bake such yummy cookies to set out for that jolly old elf? 12-oz. shortbread gift box with ginger spice and lemon rosemary, salted chocolate and classic vanilla, $18; 4-oz single-flavor boxes $7 each. 2-pack mini-sprinkles cookies (5 flavors), $3; 3-pack sprinkle cookies (tropical and traditional flavors), $10; single sprinkle cookies in liliko‘i, coconut lime, mac-nut chocolate, vanilla and chocolate, $3.50 each. Find them at The Market by Capische?, 10 Wailea Gateway Pl., Wailea, 808-879-2433; and at MauiSweetCakes.com.

5 NO NON-SCENTS

Shaka Street Soap Works handcrafts its luxury bars in five irresistible, natural fragrances: liliko‘i (passionfruit), melia (plumeria), wainila (Tahitian vanilla), poni ‘ala (lavender), niu (coconut), and kiele (gardenia). The 9-oz. bars are $14, and the new 2.5-oz. minis make great stocking stuffers at $5 each. At Nuage Bleu, 76 Hana Highway, Pa‘ia, 808-579-9792; and ShakaStreet.com.

6 SPREAD THE WORD

Haleakala Creamery makes decadent, spreadable caramel in 4 mouth-watering flavors: Maui vanilla and Hawai‘i cinnamon (shown), made with goat’s milk; dulce de leche and Maui coffee, made with cow’s milk. 3-oz. jars, $8; 8-oz. jars, $13; at Maui Coffee Roasters, 444 Hana Hwy, Kahului, 800-645-2877; and HaleakalaCreamery.com.

7 FOR YOUR HONEY

Ignite a little romance with Queen Bee’s hand-poured Lovers’ Spark candle, made with Maui beeswax and coconut fragrance. 2-oz. tins, $15 each at WaterLily, 100 Wailea Ike Drive, Wailea, 808-276-2764; and QueenBeeMaui.com.

8 FOR YOUR SUGAR

Zenziva’s organic sugar, chocolate, coffee and sandalwood-oil body scrub exfoliate, hydrate and polishes skin to perfection. 3.38-oz. pouch, $16. Available at Enchantress Boutique at The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, 808-891-6360; and ZenzivaLiving.com.

9 BREW HAWAI‘I

Island Press Coffee’s Ka‘anapali Blend is 100% Maui-grown coffee: robust, full-bodied, smooth and aromatic. Take some home for a Maui perk-me-up whenever you miss the Islands. Available in 1-lb. ($24) and 1/2-lb ($12) bags. At Island Press Coffee, The Fairway Shops, 2580 Keka‘a Drive, Ka‘anapali. 808-667-2003.

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10 CHOCOLATE HIGH

Hawai‘i Fudge Company’s yummy confection is everything it’s stacked up to be — made locally in flavors (shown, top to bottom) Maui mud pie, turtle, paradise, cookies-n-cream, chocolate mac nut, lava flow, white chocolate, chocolate coconut cream, maple walnut and dark chocolate. Sold in 1/4-, 1/2- and 1-lb. packages. $5 per 1/4 lb. In Kihei at 1945 B. S. Kihei Road, 808-495-6892; 915 Front Street, Lahaina, 808-661-2726; and HawaiiFudge.com.

11 WALL FLOWERS

Maui artist Valerie Mizner creates vibrant, affordable, one-of-a-kind paintings; pick one or more to brighten your home. 5”x7” watercolor on paper (8”x10” with frame), $45 at The Gallery Shop at Kaluanui, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, 808-572-6560, HuiNoeau.com.

12 TAKE A GOOD LOOK

and you’ll see the laser-cut, Polynesian-inspired design in Moku’s Ekolu rosewood sunglasses, featuring polarized lenses using UV 400 technology. So light, they float, and the price won’t sink you, either — $129 at Driftwood Maui, 1152 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, 808-573-1152; ShopMoku.com.

13 INNER BEAUTY

Derek Bencomo transforms anomalies in tropical woods into stunning works of art. He carved his 10”x23”x17” “Seabury Vessel” from a koa stump in Upcountry Maui. $5,800 at Maui Crafts Guild, 120 Hana Highway, Pa‘ia, 808-579-9697, MauiCraftsGuild.comy See more of Derek’s work at DerekBencomoMauiArtist.com.

14 EASE INTO SUNSET

Annie Fischer adorns her hand-painted, ombre pillows with button shells collected from Maui shores. Various sizes, $85-$195 at Pearl Butik, 71 Baldwin Avenue, Pa‘ia, 808-579-8899, PearlButik.com.

15 GO NATIVE

Bring a fun, retro touch to your home bar with these hand-sculpted, slip-cast tiki mugs. They’re made of ceramic and feature glossy interiors in a variety of colors. The 9.5” tall Kona tiki mug (left) holds 22 oz., $100; 8” tall Kahu the Cannibal (right) holds 24 oz., $80. Both by TikiRob at Beachbumz in the Kihei Kalama Village marketplace, 1941 South Kihei Road; and at TikiRob.com.

16 MATS THEY’LL WELCOME

Palapala Designs creates drink mats in a variety of Hawaiian motifs, individually block-printed and sewn on Maui. Each mat has thick liner layers to protect surfaces from condensation. 4.5” square, set of 2 for $15 at Kula Marketplace, 15200 Haleakala Highway, Kula, 808-878-2135. For other retail locations, visit PalapalaDesigns.com.

17 FOR WHAT YOU HOLD DEAR

This koa treasure case by Tom Calhoun features a 22K gold-leaf design that mimics a waterfall. The inner lid is fragrant ‘iliahi (Hawaiian sandalwood); Japanese brocade and leather line the interior. A leather-covered cork bottom protects both the box and the lucky place where it sits. 4.25”x7.5”x4.5”, finished in durable conversion varnish. $2,000 at Native Intelligence, 1980 Main Street, Wailuku, 808-249-2421. Learn more about Tom and his work at WorldWoodWorks.com.

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18 PINEAPPLE PRINTS FOR YOUR PINEAPPLE PRINCESS

Blue Jane Maui’s 16”x24” pillow features hand-stenciled pineapples on unbleached natural canvas. Includes down insert. $110 at HUE, 210 Alamaha Street, Kahului, 808-873-6910, MauiHue.com.

19 FROM THEIR HANDS TO YOURS

Maui Hands offers an eclectic array of works by Island artists. Shown: Jamie Stokes’s hand-built bottle, $40; Curt Stevens’s porcelain sgraffito vase, $135; and Michael Wisner’s clay vessel, inspired by the American Southwest, $250. Selections vary; visit MauiHands.com for store locations.

20 EDIBLE ART

Master chocolatier Melanie Boudar creates more than 45 delectable flavors, 25 flavors available daily. From top: lime in the coconut, POG (passionfruit/orange/guava), pineapple habanero, vegan chocolate mousse, coconut creme brulee. $2.50 per piece. Gift boxes from $26 (8 pc.) to $140 (48 pc.), by and at Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, 34 Wailea Gateway, Pi‘ilani Highway at Wailea Ike Drive, 808-344-1040, SweetParadiseChocolate.com.

21 LEAF-RAPT

Keani Jewelry’s Lau Lani collection transforms the beauty of tropical leaves and trees into wearable works of art. This Lush ring captures the leaf of the banana in sterling silver. $90 at KeaniJewelry.com.

22 IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

Kamera’s Mu‘olea Palm bag features grade-A luxe cowhide leather, chic mesh, gold embellishments, pockets, and 24” adjustable/removable cross-body strap. 8.5”x2.5”x8.5”, $250 at Driftwood Maui, 1152 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, 808-573-1152; and KameraJewelry.com.

23 MOON WRITE

Fishermen, gardeners, wayfinders, chefs . . . all will find a home for their observations in this Hilo Ia a Pa‘a (Moon Phase Journal). $10 by and at Kealopiko.com. Find more info at MoonPhaseProject.com.

Maui gift guide

24 HOLIDAY SPICE

Maui Sweet N Spicy’s 100% dark cacao comes in flavors like chili, mint, spicy & sweet, lavender, and coco cacao infused with coconut milk. Sprinkle in coffee or smoothies, on yogurt, ice cream or fruit. 10-gm pouches, $2; 4-oz jars $20. At Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, 808-868-4351; and MauiSweetNSpicy.com.

25 FOR YOUR CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Bluesmith’s award-winning Spartan boardshorts come in multistretch Swiss fabric, with three pockets and recycled, noncorrosive zippers. Shown in Hawaiian Ocean and Lava Red. $185, exclusively at Bluesmiths.com.

26 ORIGINAL VISION

Maui Jim’s beautifully comfortable sunglasses feature Charlie Lyon’s art on acetate frames. Limited editions; prices vary. Shown: GS208-51 in the You Move Me collection. At ILORI Optical in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, 808-875-1188.

27 PACKING HEAT

Share the warmth of the Islands with Adoboloco’s hot sauces, from mild to three-alarm fire. Gift boxes of hamajang (very hot), pineapple, and habanero (hot) are $26 at Whole Foods in Maui Mall, 70 E. Ka‘ahumanu Avenue, Kahului, 808-872-3310. Or create your own gift pack at Adoboloco.com.

28 NOTEWORTHY

Matsumoto Studio offers 2 calendars inspired by Hawai‘i (shown) or hanafuda (Japanese flower playing cards). $20 for the calendar alone, $25 with envelopes, $28 with envelopes and acrylic stand or magnetic clip (shown), MatsumotoStudio.com.

29 ITTY BITTY PRETTY

Bitty Bambu’s sunny dresses come in bright and cheerful fabrics. Shown: rainbow-pineapple dress with adjustable ric-rac straps. $48 at Droplets, 1169 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, 808-205-1751; and BittyBambu.com.

30 CANOE CARVING

Dane Ward’s Holokai Wa‘a original woodblock print of a Polynesian sailing canoe is 8”x10”, 11”x14” with blue mat. $85 at HUE, 210 Alamaha Street, Kahului, 808-873-6910.


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