Holiday Gift Guide

One of the pleasures of celebrating the season Maui style is sharing all the flavors of its many cultures. Here are some of our favorite ideas for gifts with an island flair, and our wish that yours is a joyous holiday season.


Compiled by Conn Brattain


gg-dane-ward-jeff-johnson-stonewareStone Soul

Dane Ward and Jeff Johnson carve freehand patterns in their stoneware with striking effect. Vivid blue laulima vase, 9”x7”, $250. Coral chrysanthemum and Victoria green aloha-shirt-pattern pupu platters, 9”x4”, $45 each. Thursdays at Wailea Marriott Resort & Spa or 808-835-1745;


Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) transforms marine life into art. Debra Lumpkins created this snapper, 14”x18”, using oil-based ink and handmade mulberry paper. $175 at Bailey House Museum Shop, 2375A Main St., Wailuku, 808-244-3326;


gg-deck-the-hala(2)Deck the Hala?

Leave yourself open for praise with this brick doorstop wrapped in lauhala (pandanus leaves), woven by Big Island artist Jo Ann Park. $30 at Native Intelligence, 1980 Main St., Wailuku, 808-249-2421


gg-haleakala-book-jill-engledow-maui-mountainSneak Peak

Maui author Jill Engledow spent a decade penning the history of Maui’s major mountain. Our sneak peek found it worth the wait. $30, available mid-November at and Bailey House Museum Shop, 2375A Main St., Wailuku, 808-244-3326;


gg-tutu-nene-silkscreen-potholfers-coasters Take a gander

Tutu Nene’s silkscreened potholder ($12) pairs with four coordinating coasters ($12), and depicts the endangered Hawaiian goose. A portion of sales goes to protect the real bird. Bailey House Museum Shop, 2375A Main St., Wailuku, 808-244-3326;



gg-como-italia-yellow-diamond-necklaceO Como Italia

She’ll be joyful and triumphant in Como Italia’s 2.01-carat, radiant-cut, fancy light-yellow diamond surrounded by .30-pts white diamonds on an 18 KWY filigree setting and chain. $22,000 at Baron & Leeds in The Shops at Wailea, 808-874-4900; and Whalers Village, Kaanapali, 808-661-6806;


gg-silk-scarf-punawai-native-intelligenceSoft as new-fallen snow

Punawai, of Hilo, creates delicate prints on 100% silk chiffon. We picked this white-ginger scarf, 11”x78”, $60 at Native Intelligence, 1980 Main St., Wailuku, 808-249-2421


gg-havaianas-nuage-bleu-slippahsOn Dancer! On Prancer!

Or whatever she calls her tootsies — Havaianas’ khaki rubber slippers with gold-studded straps will have her walking on air. $66 at Nuage Bleu, 76 Hana Hwy., Paia, 808-579-9792;

gg-bracelets-jasmine-honey-designs-pearl-butik Shiny Bubbles

These bracelets by Jasmine Honey Designs each feature a pave of 3.6-carat champagne diamonds set in oxidized sterling silver, with hinge and clasp. Limited quantity. $1,350 each at Pearl Butik, 285 Hana Hwy., Paia, 808-579-8899;

gg-rockabella-jewels-ringTo the Nth Degree

Are your feelings for her all-encompassing? Let her know. Rockabella Jewels will hand-stamp this 4mm sterling silver band with your custom text or coordinates, like the latitude/longitude shown. High-gloss finish (pictured), matte or distressed. $65 to order at




Give her two, with Vs for good measure. Louis Vuitton’s perky Milla clutch with golden metal chain is crafted in canvas by Takashi Murakami. Price on request. At Louis Vuitton in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, 808-875-6980; and Whalers Village, Kaanapali, 808-667-6114;




What to our wondering eyes did appear but a sunglasses company offering cheer: Toms helps repair vision for persons in need when you purchase their sunglasses. What a good deed! Shown: Beachmaster, $121 at Shapers, Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, 808-877-7873


gg-surf-fever-movie-poster-john-seversonWave If He Loves Surfing

This image created for John Severson’s 1960 film Surf Fever was distributed as handbills as he was starting Surfer Magazine. The 12”x18” print is available unframed, signed by the artist, for $30 at Puka Puka, 43 Hana Hwy., Paia, 808-579-3080


gg-jack-spade-tote-cabana-four-seasonsCoal Porter

Jack Spade makes this Charlie-stripe-printed coal bag with removable shoulder strap. It’s available for the lump sum of $245 at Cabana in the Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, 808-874-8000


gg-louis-vuitton-gaspar-walletWhat Wise Men Want

Louis Vuitton’s Gaspar Wallet is sleek and sophisticated in monogram Macassar canvas with luxurious black cowhide trim. Price on request. At Louis Vuitton in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, 808-875-6980; and Whalers Village, Kaanapali, 808-667-6114;


gg-rockaballa-jewels-braided-braceletShow Him Some Latitude

Have Rockabella hand-stamp your personal message — like the coordinates for where he was lucky to meet you — on this  ruggedly handsome bracelet with hammered silver and leather self-tie band. Adjustable, approx. 10”, $65 to order from


gg-ferrari-golf-collectionGive Him a Ferrari. Make It Two.

Fast company never looked so good! Ferrari Golf Collection’s mercerized polo ($120) and performance cap ($50) have superior moisture-wicking properties for optimal comfort. Exclusively at Wailea Golf Club, 100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, Wailea, 808-875-5103



gg-sunset-cruise-trilogy-mauiSun Sinks. Boat Sails.

Take that certain someone on a two-hour Aloha Friday sunset sail along the West Maui coast. Enjoy live Hawaiian music, luau-inspired appetizers and drinks. Adults $85, teens $64, kids $43. Trilogy Excursions, 180 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina, 808-874-5649;


gg-missoni-towel-four-seasons-mauiButterfly Effect

Relax on this plush, 100% Italian cotton velour Jamelia butterfly beach towel by Missoni Home, and feel every knot of tension disappear. 40”x71”, from $150 at 22 Knots, Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui, 808-874-800


Leodas-pineapple-dessert(1)Good Taste

Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop makes these mini marvels in flavors like apple crumb, pineapple-lemon (shown) and mac-nut chocolate praline. They’re small enough to get an assortment. Do. Yule love ‘em. 820 Olowalu Village Rd.; 662-3600


gg-jensen-designs Nothing Doing?

Here’s the perfect place to do it: the Sherena all-weather daybed by Jensen Designs, with fade- and mold-resistant canopy. As shown, with mattress and six toss cushions, $4,900 at Outdoor Living, 261 Lalo St., Kahului, 808-873-8325


gg-surfing-spa-westin-maui The Gift of R&R

Give the best of two worlds with the Westin’s “Rip It & Relax It” surf/spa package: a two-hour group surf lesson with Island Style Adventures and 50-minute Tropical Scented Massage at award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin. $200, Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy., Kaanapali, 808-661-2588;

gg-electra-bike-west-maui-cyclesBike Coastal

Electra Coasters’ “flat foot technology” has an efficient, upright riding position and lower center of gravity, so you bike longer with power and ease. With Shimano Revo 7-speeds and Alloy linear-pull brakes. $499 at West Maui Cycles, 1087 Limahana Pl., Lahaina, 808-661-9005



gg-bananagrams-maui-toy-works-Banana Split

What makes Bananagrams so appealing? It’s not just a puzzle. It’s a race. Everyone tries to make as many words as possible, all at once. $16 at Maui Toy Works in Lahaina Cannery Mall, 1221 Honoapiilani Hwy., 808-661-4766; and Whalers Village in Kaanapali, 808-661-7911


gg-humpback-ocarina-sweet-wahine-pioneer-innThar She Blows!

Humpback whales make music. Your youngster will, too, with this ceramic ocarina shaped like the cetaceans that visit Maui each winter. Includes scale chart; 3.5” or 6”. $30 and $65 at Sweet Wahine in The Pioneer Inn,
658 Wharf St., Lahaina, 808-661-3222


gg-string-doll-gang-kamibashi-paper-garden-queen-k-mauiString Beings

Meet the String Doll Gang, kookie characters by Kamibashi who each possess their own positive power. Attach them to key rings, backpacks . . . go knots! $11 each at Paper Garden in Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, 808-871-5541


gg-little-wings-paia-kids-clothesFlight Pattern

Dress your angel in Little Wings — Wings Hawaii’s collection for boys and girls. Onesies, tanks and tees feature prints of honu (turtle), pueo (owl), starfish and other island creatures. $16 to $22 at Wings Hawaii, 71 Baldwin Ave., Paia, 808-579-3110;


gg-amy-hanaialii-my-fathers-granddaughter-albumMusically Gifted

This collection of lullabyes in English and Hawaiian became both a gift of song for Amy Hanaialii’s daughter, and a sweet remembrance of her father. Available for $13 from; and wherever CDs are sold


gg-kazuma-kids-surfboard-hitech-mauiS’no Sled

Why do your kids deserve a Kazuma surfboard? Kuz it’s the best, and they’ve been good! The Milkman Jr. is available in any size, color or graphics. $445 at Kazuma Surfboards Hawaii, 75 W. Kuiaha Rd., Unit 62, Haiku, 808-575-7510;, or Hi-Tech Maui, 425 Koloa St., Kahului, 808-877-2111;



gg-mini-fonue-set-boska-hollandWhat a Friend We Have in Cheeses!

Especially when they’re melted in Boska Holland’s Tapas mini fondue set, 5”x5”x5”. Includes ceramic pot, mahogany base, and two fondue forks. A tea-light candle keeps cheese or chocolate warm for dipping. $22 at Guava, Gouda and Caviar, 10 Wailea Gateway Place, 808-874-3930



Trim your tree with an island theme. Ukulele, pineapple and palm tree decorations are made of koa and slide apart to store flat. $24 to $28 at Martin & MacArthur in The Shops at Wailea, 808-891-8844; Whalers Village, Kaanapali, 808-667-7422; and the Westin, 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy., Kaanapali, 808-270-0888


gg-pillows-surf-line-hawaii-jams-world-hyatt-regencyPillow Fight

Got a surfer on your list? Give the right stuff. Surf Line Hawaii’s 100% cotton terry pillow is 18”x18”, with 100% nonallergenic polyester polyfil. Patterns vary. $49 at Jams World, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, 200 Nohea Kai Dr., Kaanapali, 808-661-0026


gg-shadow-box-banana-wind-mauiLet it Stow, Let It Stow, Let It Stow

Store your treasures in this albizia-wood shadow box from Banana Wind in Lahaina Cannery Mall, 1221 Honoapiilani Hwy., Lahaina, 808-661-1600. Comes in small (shown), 11.75”x15.5”x5.5” for $35; and medium, 15.5”x19.5”x6.5” for $39. Need treasures? Find ones like these sold separately at Banana Wind, too!


gg-vintage-license-plate-art-nuage-bleuAuto Spell

Transformers have nothing on these vintage license plates recycled as wall art. Each letter is mounted on an aluminum base; custom words available. State your preference and buy ‘em in droves! $94 to $115 as shown at Nuage Bleu, 76 Hana Hwy., Paia, 808-579-9792;


gg-ishiyaki-stone-faimont-kea-laniRock Star

Ishiyaki Stones are a fun way to cook — heat them on your stovetop and place on a heatproof dish or bowl of sea salt. The manmade stones stay hot 10 minutes, perfect for searing ‘ahi or thin-sliced beef at the table. $40 each at The Fairmont Store, Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui, 808-891-3810


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