Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Magical Maui Shopping - Hawaii

Where to Shop:

Most of my guide books claim that Wailea has the best shopping on Maui, but if you want hip boutiques with local goods, Paia is a must. Labled a sleepy bohemian town, Paia is the Robertson Boulevard of Maui. Stores open around 10 a.m. and close around 6:00 p.m. so if you take the infamous road to Hana early in the morning, you might be able to do a little shopping on your way back. If you feel like you need some rest and relaxation after the treacherous driving, spend the night at the chic Paia Inn.

1. Kimo's Tikki Glass 2. Tori Richards Hawaiian Print Dress 3. Maui Girl aqua "Sunshine Makes Me High" tee 4. Pacifica Hawaii Black Lava Sea Salt 5. Letarte Swimsuit 6. Sophie Grace Designs Necklace 7. Julia's Banana Bread 8. Big Island Bees Organic Hawaiian Honey 9. Hawaiian Botanical Lotion in Creamy Coconut
(Artwork compiled from various sources by Flitterin)

Maui Shopping highlights:

Best Gourmet Gifts:

In the Honua Kai Resort and Spa
130 Kai Malina Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Tel: 808.667.4341
Owned by the team behind Pacifico and I'O, this is a great spot to pick up sandwiches and the best culinary products Maui has to offer. They have a great selection of Maui coffees, Hawaiian Sea Salts (4.), honeys (8.), rums, cheeses and much more.
Note: On Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 1:00 p.m. you can tour the owner's farm and hand pick fresh herbs and fruits. Then, sit down for a gourmet lunch prepared from foods sourced from the farm. The cost is $50.00. www.oofarms.com

Photo from www.juliasbananabread.com

Julia's Banana Bread Stand
Follow the Kahekili Highway (340) to the Fishing village of Kahakuloa. Once you reach about 1/4 of a mile into the village you will see Julia's bright green stand by the side of the road.

Okay I'm recommending this, but it comes with a disclaimer because if you decide to go, be warned that to get there you will have to go on one of the most perilous roads on the island. Many car rental agreements will not cover you if you drive this road, as it is basically a one lane road with falling rocks on one side, cliffs over the ocean on the other, and blind curves. I think it is worse then the road to Hana, but with that said, Julia's banana bread (7.) is worth it, and is one of the most moist delicious recipes I have tasted as is her coconut "crack" candy. Make sure you stock up, because you won't want to do that drive again. If you think you don't have the stomach to go there yourself, she does ship. I will say that the scenery on this road, and the little village around Julia's little green stand is in my opinion some of the most beautiful on the island.

Best Hawaiian Clothing:

The Shops At Wailea
3750 Wailea Alanui
Wailea, HI 96753
Tori Richards has been in business since the fifties and has beautiful silk Hawaiian patterned dresses (2.) and tops with clean lines you won't find anywhere outside of Hawaii. Her only store on Maui is in Wailea in the Shops At Wailea mall.

24 Baldwin Avenue
Paia, HI 96779
One of Paia's best boutiques filled with beautifully embellished cover ups and swimsuits in exotic patterns (5.).

12 Baldwin Avenue
Paia, HI 96779
Another great Paia find stocked with Maui Girl swimsuits, coverups, and bohemian tees(3).

Best Jewelry Store:

790 Front Street Bldg. 2
Lahaina, HI 96761
A small boutique in the town of Lahaina with a small selection of clothing and a jewelry "bar" where you can customize earrings, necklaces (6.), and bracelets with pearls, crytals, stones, and shells.

Best place to buy locally made skin products:

Lahaina Longs Drugs
Lahaina Cannery Mall
1221 Honoapillani Hwy. #237
Lahaina, HI
This Lahaina Longs carries many of hawaiian made sunscreens and lotions at prices below ABC Store's and other Maui retailers. My favorite products they carry are: the Island Soap Hawaiian Botanical Lotion in Creamy Coconut (9.), Maui Babe Browning Lotion, and Maui Island Skin Sunscreens.

Best Tikki Glasses:

845 Front Street
Lahaina, HI

Kimo's Restaurant in Lahaina serves their mai tais in festive tikki head glasses (1.) that are available for purchase from $12. They are perfect for a fruity cocktail or hot toddy and give off an old school Trader Vics vibe.

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mark said...

To visit any of the Maui Home and any of the maui place and product is really great because it is amazing ti see it and use it's products.

Sophie Grace Maui said...

Sophie Grace Designs (Sophie Grace Maui) has now moved to the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa. You can find us poolside making one of a kind jewelry daily from 10-4, closed Monday and Fridays.