Maui, Hawaii

Category: Made in Maui

Souvenirs

Yes – we own this little guy, I am guessing
he’s originally from China.

Do you collect souvenirs? My husband owns a small shot-glass collection, though we haven’t added to it in years. He also likes to buy tshirts from wherever we’ve been, especially for the kids. The result is that our kids look like tourists, ha! We also collect Christmas ornaments – we have several favorites that we hang on the tree every year. I love it!

Others scrap-book with pictures and other collectibles from their trips – maps, ticket stubs, dried flowers etc. There’s a cute scrap-booking store here in Kihei – Embellished Memories. I just finished a photo book from our most recent Canada trip – it’s ‘fake’ online scrap-booking, but hey – I was pretty impressed with myself for doing it.

Of course, then there are the perishable souvenirs (some of my personal favorites) – chocolate, coffee, wine…

My parents used to travel a lot for work. They started collecting original art from everywhere they went. Nothing big, nothing expensive, but they now have an original framed painting from every European country they’ve visited hanging in their condo. I love it! We started doing the same thing, but at the time the only place we traveled was Hawaii, so we have one original painting and a number of prints by local artists. Some are hanging in our house – others have moved into our vacation rental condos.

resin-dipped orchid jewelery – my mom LOVES it!

Where to get your souvenirs? There are many touristy stores on Maui. I prefer to steer clear from the ‘made in China’ souvenirs. My friend Dany owns Maui Memories in the Wailea Gateway Plaza (directly underneath the Monkey Pod restaurant) – she has some gorgeous local art (paintings, prints, cards, jewelry, women’s clothing…). There’s also a neat little store underneath Denny’s in Kihei – Maui Ocean Arts – that sells (among other things) gorgeous orchid jewelry (yes, real orchid blooms that have been dipped in some sort of resin). Another great place is at the Lahaina Arts Society which has a gallery in the old courthouse next to the Banyan Tree. They also organize art fairs underneath the banyan tree.

What do you collect? I’d love to hear!

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Another Maui Vodka

I’ve toured, drank and written about Maui’s Ocean Vodka… but I just found out about Maui’s pineapple vodka, called Pau Maui Vodka. Have you tried it? I haven’t… yet… but now I’m on a mission to find some (I am of course incredibly dedicated to my readers!)

Pau Maui Vodka is bottled and distributed by the Hali’imaile Distilling Company in upcountry Maui (Makawao) and is distilled from locally grown pineapples. The master distiller claims it does not taste like pineapples though.

Are you intrigued? I sure am…. Have you ever tried it? Let me know if you see it in a store – I don’t recall seeing it, but then I haven’t been looking either.

pineapple field picture from the Haliimaile Distilling Company website
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Shaka Pops

Have you had a shaka pop? I had my first one today at the Maui Agricultural Festival. Shaka pops are handmade gourmet ice pops, made on Maui with locally sourced ingredients.

Shaka pops at the Maui Ag Festival

I had one of their ‘specials of the day’ – grapefruit rosemary. It was unbelievably good. In fact, my mouth is still tingling from the flavors…. I want another one…

Where can you find them? They are at most town parties, festivals and even have some retail locations… check out their website for more details. Four dollars an ice pop – well worth it!

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What’s your favorite local coffee?

Are you a coffee drinker? What kind of coffee do you drink when you go on vacation? Do you stick with what you know, bringing your own can of Timmy’s coffee? Or do you experiment?

Generally, I like to stick with what I know… but when we moved to Maui, I couldn’t get my ‘usual’ coffee anymore (and no, it wasn’t Tim Hortons coffee)… So we’ve been trying our way through different coffees, and I’ve discovered that my former ‘usual’ wasn’t that great! I’ve also discovered that I prefer to grind my beans every morning. We’ve added coffee grinders to all our condos last year so you too can grind your coffee if you like.

We are currently drinking Pekelos Hawaiian Coffee’s 100% Maui Red Catuai medium roast. There was a friendly gentleman from the Hawaii Coffee Association at the farmer’s market at Queen Kaahumanu Mall this week, selling a variety of beans. This one is quite lovely. The beans are grown on West Maui and Upcountry Mountains and sold by the Vineyard Food Company Catering.

This is the coffee we usually drink – the 10% Maui Coffee Blend from Maui Coffee Roasters. We buy a 2 lb bag at Costco for under $18 (you’ll find it next to the Starbucks and Kirkland brands). Of course, I realize it’s just 10% Maui coffee. Maui Coffee Roasters have a store in Kahului, close to the airport. Go have a look, try some of their 100% Maui coffees and see which of their coffees is your favorite.

Another coffee we’ve enjoyed several times is the Kihei Sunrise Rotary Club’s 100% Maui Red Catuai roast. It’s a fundraiser for the local Rotary Club, and yes, you can order it online, or arrange to pick it up here in Kihei.

If you’ve stayed at one of our condos since this past September, you will have found a small one-pot packet of Coffees of Hawaii whole coffee beans for your first pot (those coffee grinders in our condos will come in handy) or to take home with you. This coffee is grown on Molokai. You can buy more online, or pick some up at Hilo Hattie’s.

Here is another coffee that I’ve had tucked away in my closet for a while, saving it for a special occasion. I know, you coffee connoisseurs out there probably would say it’s ruined as it’s been sitting so long. I’m sure it will still be fine for my non-gourmet taste buds. Keokea Farms won 2nd place for the Maui district at the Hawaiian State Cupping Competition this past July with this roast. It is grown in Kula, upcountry Maui.

So how about it? Which coffee will you try when you come to Maui? Let me know which new favorites you find!

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