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!
Charming floral boutique in the middle of Kaka’ako? Yes please! Hello Paiko.
Paiko offers a vast array of plants, flowers, pots, planters, tiny plastic jungle animals, crystals, books and dare we say a lovely cup of coffee!?! Paiko shares a space with Arvo – a sweet little coffee bar that whips up a mean (and gorgeous) latte and yummy loaded avo toast!
Pick and choose your stems to customize a bouquet or arrangement, build your own terrarium or sign up for any of their workshops- including Flower Crowns!
Paiko is a breath of fresh air in the middle of Kaka’ako. Bright, colorful, local. Just how we like it. Our little partner in crime likes it too!
675 Auahi Street
Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00 – 4:00pm
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.
RAINBOW ACRES CACTUS AND SUCCULENT GARDENS
2233 Olinda Road
Open Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm
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.
MAKAWAO UNION CHURCH
1445 Baldwin Avenue
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
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.
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.
The outdoor seating area is sunshiny, beachy and comfy and everything you think a juice bar in Pa’ia should be (and more).
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.
SPORTING CLUB OF THE PACIFIC
43 Hana Highway
Open Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm
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
Dye (we used RIT Royal Blue & Aquamarine)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Strips of other material are sometimes interwoven to create different textures and colors.
You can feel the mana (power) and the aloha (love) that went into each and every piece translated through intricately woven shapes and patterns.
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
If you’ve ever driven through Pa’ia and continued down Hana Highway, there’s no way you could have missed this iconic row of surfboards long the makai (oceanside) of the road. You are moments away from the legendary, the iconic, Ku’au Store. Formally known and beloved as Ku’au Mart, this eatery was established in 1942. It sat idle for a few years but was recently re-enegerized with new life, new paint, and new food!
Their offerings include paninis, plate lunches, wraps, poke, smoothies, fresh pressed juices, an array of coffee beverages, local fruits, veggies and snacks as well as the local ‘mart’ fare that you would expect.
It’s the perfect spot to stop and have lunch or to grab and go. There are minimal table and chairs outside as well as the coveted wooden hightop right near the door which we envy every time we visit and which is why we think this shop is worthy of a post here (along with the rest of the charming details i.e. handwritten colorful chalkboards, light details, surfboard wall and more).
Next time you’re in Pa’ia and looking for a charming, quick, easy lunch spot- this is the place!
And P.S. Did I mention the food is ‘ono!?!
701 Hana Highway
Open Daily, 6:30am – 7:00pm
Whether you are a Maui resident or visitor, the Maui Swap Meet truly has something for everyone. While this isn’t a traditional ‘shop around the corner’ there are treasures galore here. About 200 vendors gather each week on the UH Maui Campus (parking is a breeze) each Saturday to offer Maui fresh produce, food, handcrafted goods and an array of traditional ‘swap meet’ style items.
The selection of fresh fruit ranges from common papayas, bananas, oranges, seasonal items like lychee and mango all the way to specialty treats like dragon fruit, jackfruit and sour sop. The selection of herbs and veggies runs the same gambit of variety.
Fresh cut flowers flowers are set up in buckets on several corners throughout the lot. Every tropical, colorful flower you’ve even seen makes an appearance ready to be a centerpiece for tonight’s dinner, a housewarming gift for friends, or a happy Saturday treat.
The array of food trucks and delectable desserts offers your usuals and some surprises. Mexican, Greek, local flair, specialty hot dogs, crepes, baked goods, shaved ice, macaroons, fresh pressed juices & lemonades & more meet any craving that might come your way.
There are booths filled with kitschy trinkets and genuinely handmade treasures that will leave even the most discerning of shoppers walking out with something.
THE MAUI SWAP MEET
UH Maui College Campus
310 W Ka’ahumanu Avenue, Kahului
Saturdays, 7:00am – 1:00pm
-Wear sunscreen, wear a hat
-Bring water and your own reusable shopping bag
-Have some cash on hand, the admission is .50 and the bulk of the vendors accept credit cards but just in case
-Go early! It’s cooler and you’ll have first pick!