Treasure Hunting: Japanese Dishes

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We trekked out to the South Shore of Maui over the weekend to pay a visit to the recently closed Makena Beach & Golf Resort.  All of the restaurant supplies are being sold in mass quantities. Their stacks of dishes, tea pots, steamers and more provided a every color and pattern you envision when you think ramen, sushi, green tea or miso soup. Enjoy the pattern play!

Shop Around The Corner: Rainbow Acres Cactus & Succulent Gardens

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Magical succulent garden? Check.

A few minutes and a few miles above Makawao Town sits Rainbow Acres Cactus & Succulent Gardens. This Olinda nursery is home to hundreds of varieties of cactus and succulents. The friendly staff is super knowledgable and love what they do.  Short, tall, spiny, furry, hanging, potted, you name it, they got it!  Drive about 4 miles up Olinda Road, you’ll see the sign on the left.

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RAINBOW ACRES CACTUS AND SUCCULENT GARDENS

2233 Olinda Road

Open Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday Closed

Historic Hale: Makawao Union Church

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Built in 1916, this iconic place of worship is nestled on Baldwin Avenue in between Makawao and Pa’ia.  It’s intricate stone exterior and carefully curated stained glass windows take you a walk down a lane from another era. It holds a place on the National Register of Historical Places and is a memorial for Henry Perrine Baldwin. The grounds are lovely, the people are friendly and the visual & spiritual experiences are unforgettably   melodic.

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MAKAWAO UNION CHURCH

1445 Baldwin Avenue

SHOP AROUND THE CORNER: SPORTING CLUB OF THE PACIFIC

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Question: Who’s got one of the prettiest (not to mention delicious) Acai Bowls on the North Shore of Maui?

Answer: Sporting Club of the Pacific

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Located on the Mauka side of Hana Highway at the entrance to Pa’ia, Sporting Club of the Pacific is tucked away right behind the charming Puka Puka, next to Aloha Bead Company. It’s an eclectic mix of healthy snacks, cold pressed juices, coffees as all as surfboards and more.

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The planter / garden wall had us smitten and wanting one of our very own. Such a creative and classy way to grow your very own greens in an area with limited space.

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The outdoor seating area is sunshiny, beachy and comfy and everything you think a juice bar in Pa’ia should be (and more).

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Their food and drinks are pretty, delicious, healthy, provide for an unlimited amount of colorful and swoon worthy IG opportunities and perfect after an epic surf sesh.

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SPORTING CLUB OF THE PACIFIC

43 Hana Highway

Open Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday Closed

DIY: Shibori Tea Towels

DIY Shibori tutorial #hawaiianstylehale
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DIY Shibori tutorial #hawaiianstylehale

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Shibori is a time honored tradition in Japanese culture of textiles being intricately prepared for indigo colored dye baths through various types of resist techniques including wood planks, round pipe shaped objects and twine wrapping.  The masters of this craft vary from traditional artisans learning from generations before, to modern day artists researching, experimenting and learning on their own.  This tutorial is simple, easy way using the work Shibori in it’s simplest translation.  The time, dedication and effort put forth by those who truly study and work to master these techniques (the same for any medium) deserves the appropriate respect and honor.  That being said, this tutorial is a very simple process to create beautiful, tea towels.

What you’ll need:

White tea towels

Rubberbands

Dye (we used RIT Royal Blue & Aquamarine)

Rubber gloves

Plastic buckets

Clothesline

Clothespins

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There are several ways to prepare the towels for the dye resist.  We stuck to two of the more simple yet ultimately gorgeous styles –

1) Accordion fold the towel (anywhere from 1-2 inch folds) all from top to bottom creating a long strip, then accordion fold lengthwise until you have a rectangular ‘stack’ of a towel. Wrap the rubber bands around the towel using as many, or as few as you’d like.  The more rubber bands you use, the more white you’ll have remaining on your finished towel.  The rubber bands should be somewhat secure to resist the dye.

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2) The second method we used was literally a ‘kapakahi’ (anykine) method.  Scrunch the towel up in a ball  and wrap as many rubber bands around the ball as you’d like.

Follow the instructions and prepare your days bath. The RIT dye suggests adding salt for cotton fabrics.  Quickly dampen your rubber banded towels before submerging them in the dye bath.  The Aquamarine dye seemed to take a lot quicker than the Royal Blue did.  Let the towels site for anywhere between 30 -60 minutes depending on how dark you want your final color.  Keep in mind the final product will be lighter than when you first pull it out of the dye.

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Once your dye time is up, rubber gloves on, rinse the towels until the water runs clear.  Now comes my favorite part- slowly wring out any excess water, unwrap each of the towels and hang to dry.  Each is towel is a unique creation and I want to say it’s almost fool proof.  We unwrapped each one to oohing and aahing as they were all so pretty!

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We let them air dry, ran them through the washer with no detergent and then dryer dried them.  Our front yard looked like a folk concert / market and was so pretty!  These were so much fun to make with girlfriends!  Kids can help too!  Wrap them up or use them as wrapping, half the fun is sharing your stunning creations! Enjoy!

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Ho Mai Ka Hala: Bring Forth The Hala

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Had the opportunity to visit the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center last weekend and was blown away by the gorgeous lauhala exhibit – Ho Mai Ka Hala, Bring Forth The Hala.

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The ancient form of weaving entails picking, drying and cleaning the leaves from the Hala tree (Pandanus).  Leaves are then cut into strips of various widths depending on the task at hand.  The weaving process can take hours or weeks depending on how elaborate the project.

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Strips of other material are sometimes interwoven to create different textures and colors.

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You can feel the mana (power) and the aloha (love) that went into each and every piece translated through intricately woven shapes and patterns.

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SCHAEFER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY

MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER

1 Cameron Way, Kahului, HI 96732

October 18 – December 20, 2015

Open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Doris Duke’s Shangri-La

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Shangri-La

[shang-gruh-lah, shang-gruhlah]

noun
1. an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic  utopia.
2. a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
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We recently had the opportunity to experience a true hidden gem on the South Shore of O’ahu.  Doris Duke’s Shangri-La is one of the most amazing, breathtakingly beautiful sites to see.  Doris Duke visited Hawai’i on her honeymoon with James Cromwell in 1935.  She fell in love the people, the culture, the spirit and the land.
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The 4.9 acre property they acquired boasts sunset & Diamond Head views and fronts the ocean including the well-known swimming hole “Cromwell’s”.  Doris Duke was said to be friends with the famed Kahanamoku ‘ohana and had a deep love and appreciation for the ocean.
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Doris’ love of Islamic architecture, style, color, history and culture  is infused in almost every aspect of the home.  The collection of cultural and historical items are meticulously displayed throughout and this famed collection is said to be the second largest collection of Islamic Art in the United States, right behind the MET in New York. Details small and large speak volumes to the amount of time, energy, money and imagination that went into every aspect of this estate.
2015-04-09 14.59.04While it was a very private personal residence during Doris’ life, in her later years, she proactively began to prepare it to be a museum of sorts that would be open for generations to come after her passing.  There are a plethora of opportunities to visit the home.  The tour guides are charming storytellers who are passionate about Doris, her legacy, Islamic art and sharing these magical moments with anyone willing to listen.  For more information, visit the Honolulu Museum of Art’s side here: http://honolulumuseum.org/385-about_shangri_la
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While some definitions of shangri-la refer to an imaginary or far away magical land – Doris Duke’s Shangri-La is real and closer than you think.

Mya’s DIY Ombre Beach Art

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We LOVE when our readers share their DIY projects!  Our 10-year old friend Mya shared these photos of her ombre canvas beachy wall art pieces.  Please send us pictures of your Hawaiian Style Hale DIY projects, we’d love to share them here.

They look fabulous up in your new bedroom, great job Mya!  You can find the link to the DIY tutorial here.

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