Holiday Gift Guide

Compiled by Conn Brattain

old-lahaina-luauCoconut palms sway in the salt-scented breeze, but we know the holidays are upon us. Here where so many cultures mingle, we happily celebrate them all—and in the spirit of aloha, share our ideas on what to give, what to serve, and how to brighten the place where you will welcome home family and friends.

A Twist on Tradition

Hammond’s All Natural Candy Canes look old fashioned, but they’ll throw your taste buds a yummy curve. Flavors include butterscotch, nutmeg, pomegranate, root beer, gingerbread, pear, cinnamon and mint. Hooked? Find them for $3 each at Whole Foods, Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului.

For the Beach-lover

Tote-ally Cool
My Stuff Tote from Sassy Saks keeps your essentials beautifully organized—and makes a great gift bag, too! Lots of fun styles to choose from, each with a waterproof nylon lining and kukui-nut finish to the drawstring. 100% cotton, 16”x14”, $38 at Hale Zen, 180 Dickenson St., Lahaina; (808) 661-4802.

Sound Bites
iHome’s Crystal Tunes iHM60
speaker connects to any USB power source and offers size-defying sound in a device less than 2 1/2” tall. Beach-volleyball soundtrack, anyone? $20 each at Sports Authority, Maui Marketplace, 270 Dairy Rd., Kahului; (808) 871-2558.

Time & Tide
Water-resistant to 100 meters, Freestyle’s classic Shark tide watch (top, $50) has a countdown heat timer and night-vision backlight display; the Killer Shark (middle, $60) is twice the size, with chronograph and hydro pushers. The Trestles Oceansearch by Rip Curl (bottom, $150) features preprogrammed tide function and moon phase. Dude! At Neil Pryde Maui, 400 Hana Hwy., Kahului; (808) 877-7443.

Can-do Camera
GoPro’s 1080HD Helmet HERO is a high-performance, wearable video and still camera that records up to 2.5 hours on a charge. Shockproof, waterproof to 180 feet. $299 at Hawaiian Island Surf & Sport, 415A Dairy Rd., Kahului; (808) 871-4981; and Neil Pryde Maui, 400 Hana Hwy., Kahului; (808) 877-7443.On Standup! On Paddle!
For the guy or gal whose idea of glad tidings is a sweet north swell, Paddle Surf Hawaii’s Progressive Series standup paddleboard is a flat-out winner, ideal  for high-performance, aggressive wave riders. $1,299 includes fins and deck pad. At Hi-Tech Maui, 425 Koloa St., Kahului; (808) 877-2111;

Terry Christmas
Puka Puka’s tie-dyed Blue Crinkle beach towel surfs up a generous portion of comfort in 100% cotton. Available also in black crinkle that resembles a black-sand beach. 35”x59”, $45 at Puka Puka, 43 Hana Hwy., Paia; (808) 579-3080.Sound Investment
H2O Surge’s 100% waterproof/sweatproof sports headphones and Amphibix Armband offer high performance and comfort in or out of the water. Comes with five sets of Elastomer earplugs (XS–XL) to ensure a perfect fit, and the armband fits all mobile phones, iPods and MP3 players. And yes, it floats. Headphones $50, armband $62 at Hi-Tech Maui, 425 Koloa St., Kahului; (808) 877-2111;

For Her

Coral Performance
Collections in Makawao carries this see-worthy weekend bag by Maui Rose; your lady will carry it on every holiday getaway. The 100% cotton canvas bag features a coral print motif and embroidery details, leather handles, zipper closure and full lining. 17.5”x13.75”, $95 at Collections, 3677 Baldwin Ave., Makawao; (808) 572-0781.



Holiday Sparkle
Honokaa designer Paula Nurse envisioned parties and other celebrations when creating her Happy Necklace. Topaz, amethyst, peridot, citrine, ruby and other semiprecious gems suspend from the 14K yellow-gold wire wrap, just waiting to make her smile. By special order, with custom colors available. 17”, $1,390 at Maui Master Jewelers, 3655 Baldwin Ave., Makawao; (808) 573-5436.

Kiss & Makeup
Forgive us if we go overboard about Sassy Saks’ Starburst Cosmetic Bag. No problem if we do—its zipper top and waterproof lining keep everything safe and dry. The 100% cotton bag coordinates with larger totes, and comes in two sizes: 5”x8” (shown, $20) and 9”x10” ($24) at Spa Moana, Hyatt Regency Maui, 200 Nohea Kai Dr., Kaanapali; (808) 667-4725,

She’ll Tank You, Santa
This cranberry tank top turns some of Maui’s favorite places and things into a name-dropping view of the island: Jaws, Tasty Crust, Sugar Beach, pineapple, Black Rock. . . . With a map like this, who could go wrong? Rayon/cotton/poly blend in sizes XS–L. $22.50 at Maui Thing, 7 N. Market St., Wailuku; (808) 249-0215,

gift-ringsRing in the New
Dazzle her with a cocktail ring by Tiffany in amethyst, yellow quartz or citrine, cushion cut and set in 18k gold. $1,600 each at Tiffany & Co. in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, Wailea; (808) 891-9226, SheerWith its silver-ribbon-and-sequins trim, Peppermint Bay’s floral-print tunic is tops for turning even a trip to the store into a festive occasion. 100% polyester, sizes S–XL. $64 at Island Sunsations in The Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui, Wailea; (808) 891-3807.

For Him

Silk Tiki Chic Shirt
Try saying that five times fast. Better yet, have him try it on for sighs. This lightweight camp shirt from Nat Nast’s Fall 2011 Collection is 100% silk and features a front panel with subtle tribal embroidery in deep reds, creams and grays. Sizes S–XXL. $165 at Moonbow Tropics in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, (808) 874-1170; 612 Front St., Lahaina, (808) 667-7998; and 27 Baldwin Ave., Paia, (808) 579-3131.

Let the Holiday Go to His Head
He’ll look Yule cool in Martin and MacArthur’s Moorea sunglasses—and see even better through antiglare lenses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. The handcrafted koa frame contours for a natural fit. $349 at Martin and MacArthur in The Shops at Wailea, (808) 891-8844; Whalers Village, 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy., Kaanapali, (808) 667-7422; and The Westin Maui, 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy., Kaanapali (808) 270-0888.

For the Wrist—with a Twist
Paradisus captures the pulse of Island culture in sterling-silver and braided-leather bracelets inspired by traditional Hawaiian patterns, and designed for Kumu Sonny Ching. Choose from Hooko (to fulfill), Ka Pilina (connection), and Niho Mano (shark tooth) designs. 7.5” or 8.5”, stainless-steel clasp. $99 each at Native Intelligence, 45 N. Market St., Wailuku; (808) 249-2421,

corum-watchOne to Watch
Each Corum watch is crafted by a single watchmaker from start to masterpiece finish. We like the Corum Black Ti-Bridge Tourbillon Watch, a 21-jewel black beauty with sapphire crystal face, antireflective treatment and vulcanized rubber strap. It features a triple folding clasp, titanium grade 5 cover, and is water resistant to 50 meters. $58,100. Available on Maui exclusively at Baron & Leeds in The Shops at Wailea, (808) 874-4900.

Maui photographer Erik Aeder captures the beauty and bone-crushing power of the monster waves that have made this North Shore site the tow-in capital of the world. The coffee-table-sized book (11.75”x8.75”) features more than 115 pages of Aeder’s exquisite color photographs, with text by Gerry Lopez. Signed copies, $35, only at Imrie, 93 Hana Hwy., Paia; (808) 579-8303, to Wear ‘n the Hood
Perfect for chilly tropical nights, Alternative Earth’s lightweight hooded sweats have kangaroo-style pockets and are made with Eco-Fleece, a blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester and naturally occurring rayon. XS–XL. Shown: black, royal, cream, black heather, blue heather and olive, $46. At Imrie, 93 Hana Hwy., Paia; (808) 579-8303,

For the Love of Maui

Time Travel
Honolulu artist Nick Kuchar is the talent behind Everything Is Jake!—a company whose slogan is “Art to make you happy.” His retro-chic East Maui Love travel posters sure do. 12”x18”, $18 each; set of three, $48. At www.etsy.comPeni for Your Thoughts
Kiawe Peni
crafts its writing implements here on Maui, using 100% sustainably harvested local woods (shown: mango-wood pen, $130). Pair it with Kanaka Prints paper in kukui motif: 8.5”x5.5” notepads, $3.50; set of six 3.5”x5” note cards with envelopes, $6.50. At Native Intelligence, 45 Market St., Wailuku; (808) 249-2421.

fortune-cookies-mauiConfucius Say . . .
Do not be confused! These fortune cookies by Maui artist Christina Cowan look so real, you’ll be tempted to take a bite. This would be most unfortunate, as they are made of earthenware clay (which never goes stale). Available glazed or unglazed, with a variety of fortunes to choose from. Each approximately 2.5”x2.5” cookie sells for $18; set of three, $50. At Maui Hands, 84 Hana Hwy., Paia; (808) 579-9245,


Clean Living
Coconut, awapuhi, sandalwood, pikake, white ginger, plumeria, eucalyptus mint. . . . For the person who loves the fragrances of the tropics, Maui Soap Company’s skin-care products are heaven-scent. This little local business uses the most environmentally friendly ingredients in creating its handmade soaps, available for $4.95 a bar at Mana Foods, 49 Baldwin Ave., Paia; (808) 579-8078.

Renaissance Man
Educator, naturalist, engineer, artist . . . Edward Bailey was a self-taught master of many trades. His landscapes are among the finest visual records of 19th-century Maui. Drawing from family journals and letters, Edward Bailey of Maui, by Linda McCullough Decker, captures the man and his legacy in 352 beautifully illustrated pages. $35 at the Bailey House Museum Shop, 2375A Main St., Wailuku; (808) 244-3326;

Spartan Reef by John Severson
In 1978, a wave breaks on the reef at Baldwin Beach, and is immortalized in a B&W photograph by John Severson—filmmaker, champion surfer, and founder of Surf Magazine. Digitally printed directly on aluminum and signed by the artist, it’s available by special order; allow 2–3 weeks. 24”x36”, $1,254. Also available in signed, open-edition, digital prints on Epson paper, 16”x20”, $175; 20” x24”, $275; 24”x36”, $375. Exclusively at Puka Puka, 43 Hana Hwy., Paia; (808) 579-3080

For the Cook

Put the “X” in Xmas with these cheery kitchen towels. Block-printed by John Robshaw, they’re 100% cotton, with a texture reminiscent of kapa and a bricklike pattern familiar to any chimney-sliding Santa. Set of two 21”x28” towels, $30. Set of four matching napkins, 22”x22”, $40. At Pearl, 285 Hana Hwy., Paia; (808) 579-8899

Spread the Love
Send a little Maui sunshine to distant loved ones. Maui Upcountry Jams & Jellies come in scrumptious tropical flavors like guava, lilikoi, papaya-pineapple and mango. Mini jars are 1.5 ounces; create your own assortment, or use as stocking stuffers. $2.30 each; buy 5, get 1 free. At Ulupalakua Ranch Store on Hwy. 37 in Ulupalakua; (808) 878-2561.

Take It for a Spin
Hugs and kisses to OXO for a food mill perfect for fresh purees, sauces, soups and more. (We love it for removing seeds from lilikoi and guava.) The stainless-steel inner bowl is ideal for hot foods, and three grinding discs offer coarse, medium or fine texture. Dishwasher safe. $60 at Marmac Home & Kitchen, 334 Alamaha St., Kahului; (808) 877-3931.

Role with It
Tenderpress™, by Fusion Brands, tenderizes meat with a gentle rolling motion that reduces tearing and eliminates splatter. Its nonstick, food-safe surface is great for flattening and docking pizza dough and pie shells. Dishwasher safe, 9.5”x2.5” $12.50 at Marmac Home & Kitchen, 334 Alamaha St., Kahului; (808) 877-3931.

‘Tis the Seasoning
Dried in Molokai’s sun and sea breeze, Pacifica Hawaii’s gourmet sea salts are at once piquant and subtly sweet. 8 oz. bags, $10 each. At Bailey House Museum Shop, 2375A Main St., Wailuku; (808) 244-3326,; and Whole Foods, Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului; (808) 872-3310.

Oh, Honey . . .
Who needs sugarplums, when you can give Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey by Volcano Island Honey Company? Hawaii’s bees produce the world’s finest honey—this one with organic ginger puree. 8 oz. jar. $20. Limited quantities. At Kula Marketplace, 15200 Haleakala Hwy., Kula; (808) 878-2135,

A Party in a Bowl
These lively ceramic bowls take food from fridge to oven (up to 425°) to table. Made by DCI Cookware, they’re also freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Solid white interior, orange silicone lids. Set of two: small (6.5” diameter, 2” deep) and large (7.4” diameter, 2.5” deep), $25 at Collections, 3677 Baldwin Ave., Makawao; (808) 572-0781.

For the Adventurer

crater-cabins-mauiCrater Comforts
Send that wild thing packing—with a stay in a wilderness cabin at Haleakala National Park. Holua, Kapalaoa and Paliku cabins each offer a different crater experience, from moonscape to rain forest. Learn more at, then reserve your cabin up to 90 days in advance at (808) 572-4400 or

High Tea
Who says adventure can’t be civilized? The Four Seasons Lanai serves an afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, lemon curd and Devonshire cream. Gentlemen may prefer the Golfer’s Tea: manly sandwiches and pies. For kids, the Peter Rabbit Tea has hot chocolate and PB&J. At $15 to $21, only the tea is steep. Four Seasons’ Lodge at Koele, 1 Keomoku Hwy., Lanai City; (808) 565-4555-concierge.

Ride a Kite
Hawaiian Island Surf & Sport
offers one-on-one kitesurfing lessons with Action Sports Maui’s certified pros. Beginner to advanced, these one-, three-, and five-day lessons adhere to International Kiteboarding Organization practices. Headgear, live vests and booties are included—and mandatory. Rates start at $240 for a three-hour intro class. HISS, 415A Dairy Rd., Kahului; (808) 871-4981/(800) 231-6958.

Put some zip in their holidays. Skyline Eco-Adventure offers a five-zipline course (with an Indiana Jones-style swinging bridge) on the slopes of Haleakala for $95. Skyline’s eight-line course soars over the West Maui Mountains’ rugged valleys; $150 includes breakfast or lunch. Offices: 12 Keopaa St., Ste. 202, Pukalani; (808) 878-3037,

Go Native
Year after year, MNKO readers vote Old Lahaina Luau the best, most authentic luau on Maui. Experience the flavors of the Islands. Let your pulse race to the beat of ancient drums. $95 adult; $65 child. 1251 Front St., Lahaina; (808) 661-5176 / (800) 248-5828,

Give It a Swing
Listed among Golf Magazine’s top 25 golf schools in America, Kapalua Golf Academy offers instruction in all aspects of the game, with individual lessons, daily clinics, and custom off-site instruction. $225–$4,500. 1000 Office Rd., Kapalua; (808) 6620-7704 / (888) 708-9705,