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: Birch & Bone

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Theatre ticket booth by night, hippest floral shop by day….that’s Birch & Bone.  The Theatre at Ace Hotel, also known as The United Artists Theater was built in 1927.  It has featured numerous musical acts, comedians and the likes over the years.  It’s gorgeous decor and detailing are enough to leave you in awe after entering the lobby alone.  We could go on and on, alas, we digress.

This ticket cubby turned flower cubby offers a wide variety of colorful floral stylings including a very chic DIY Terrarium Bar. It’s the perfect pinch of color & vibrancy in the middle of S Broadyway, #DTLA.

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BIRCH & BONE

Ace Hotel / 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

Open Wednesday – Sunday

Monday – Tuesday Closed

 

 

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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SHOP AROUND THE CORNER: MA’ALAEA GENERAL STORE

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Looking for a hip new spot to stop for breakfast, lunch, shave ice, doughnuts, coffee, groceries, trucker hats, plate lunches or all of the above on your way to or from Lahaina?  Look no further!  Meet – Ma’alaea General Store.  Or should I say re-meet Ma’alaea General Store since they were established back in 1910?  Ma’alaea Harbor is home to whale watching tours, the old Buzz’s Wharf, some shops, a great beach some occasional surf and the Maui Ocean Center.

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The menu includes a whole host of offerings from breakfast burritos to fresh salads to plate lunches to specialty baked treats (and doughnuts!). There are tables and chairs on the lanai out front, there are swings and umbrellas and benches of reclaimed wood.  The coolest he’e (octopus) themed dining area features a black and white wall mural, colorful custom pillows and an open bar looking out to the harbor.

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MA’ALAEA GENERAL STORE

132 Ma’alaea Road

Open Monday – Saturday 6:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday 6:00am – 5:00pm

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

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Had a chance to rediscover the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens this past weekend as they hosted their annual native Hawaiian plant sale.  Lots to learn and lots of lovely photo ops as well!

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What a great place whose mission it to “protect Maui Nui’s rich native plants and cultural history”.  They offer self guided or docent led group tours.  It’s a magical garden filled with lots native and polynesian introduced plants.  Learn about how they grow, their unique and individual characteristics and their importance in the Hawaiian culture yesterday and today.

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MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS

150 Kanaloa Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732

Open Monday – Saturday, 8:00am – 4:00pm

Shop Around the Corner: Ku’au Store

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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!

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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!

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And P.S. Did I mention the food is ‘ono!?!

KU’AU STORE

701 Hana Highway

Open Daily, 6:30am – 7:00pm