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: PaikoStandard
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
Charmed Spaces: Back Yard LanaiStandard
Shop Around The Corner: Birch & BoneStandard
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.
BIRCH & BONE
Ace Hotel / 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles
Open Wednesday – Sunday
Monday – Tuesday Closed
Shop Around The Corner: Rainbow Acres Cactus & Succulent GardensStandard
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
Historic Hale: Makawao Union ChurchStandard
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
SHOP AROUND THE CORNER: SPORTING CLUB OF THE PACIFICStandard
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
DIY: Shibori Tea TowelsStandard
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!
Ho Mai Ka Hala: Bring Forth The HalaStandard
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.
This practice was used for creating mats, roof thatching, hats and baskets. The display showcases ancient and modern day uses.
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
SHOP AROUND THE CORNER: MA’ALAEA GENERAL STOREStandard
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.
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.
P.S. The Samoas doughnuts (yes, as in Girl Scout cookie!) are on point!
MA’ALAEA GENERAL STORE
132 Ma’alaea Road
Open Monday – Saturday 6:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 6:00am – 5:00pm