Holiday Gift Guide

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Maui gift guide

10 CHOCOLATE HIGH

Hawai‘i Fudge Company’s yummy confection is everything it’s stacked up to be — made locally in flavors (shown, top to bottom) Maui mud pie, turtle, paradise, cookies-n-cream, chocolate mac nut, lava flow, white chocolate, chocolate coconut cream, maple walnut and dark chocolate. Sold in 1/4-, 1/2- and 1-lb. packages. $5 per 1/4 lb. In Kihei at 1945 B. S. Kihei Road, 808-495-6892; 915 Front Street, Lahaina, 808-661-2726; and HawaiiFudge.com.

11 WALL FLOWERS

Maui artist Valerie Mizner creates vibrant, affordable, one-of-a-kind paintings; pick one or more to brighten your home. 5”x7” watercolor on paper (8”x10” with frame), $45 at The Gallery Shop at Kaluanui, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, 808-572-6560, HuiNoeau.com.

12 TAKE A GOOD LOOK

and you’ll see the laser-cut, Polynesian-inspired design in Moku’s Ekolu rosewood sunglasses, featuring polarized lenses using UV 400 technology. So light, they float, and the price won’t sink you, either — $129 at Driftwood Maui, 1152 Makawao Avenue, Makawao, 808-573-1152; ShopMoku.com.

13 INNER BEAUTY

Derek Bencomo transforms anomalies in tropical woods into stunning works of art. He carved his 10”x23”x17” “Seabury Vessel” from a koa stump in Upcountry Maui. $5,800 at Maui Crafts Guild, 120 Hana Highway, Pa‘ia, 808-579-9697, MauiCraftsGuild.comy See more of Derek’s work at DerekBencomoMauiArtist.com.

14 EASE INTO SUNSET

Annie Fischer adorns her hand-painted, ombre pillows with button shells collected from Maui shores. Various sizes, $85-$195 at Pearl Butik, 71 Baldwin Avenue, Pa‘ia, 808-579-8899, PearlButik.com.

15 GO NATIVE

Bring a fun, retro touch to your home bar with these hand-sculpted, slip-cast tiki mugs. They’re made of ceramic and feature glossy interiors in a variety of colors. The 9.5” tall Kona tiki mug (left) holds 22 oz., $100; 8” tall Kahu the Cannibal (right) holds 24 oz., $80. Both by TikiRob at Beachbumz in the Kihei Kalama Village marketplace, 1941 South Kihei Road; and at TikiRob.com.

16 MATS THEY’LL WELCOME

Palapala Designs creates drink mats in a variety of Hawaiian motifs, individually block-printed and sewn on Maui. Each mat has thick liner layers to protect surfaces from condensation. 4.5” square, set of 2 for $15 at Kula Marketplace, 15200 Haleakala Highway, Kula, 808-878-2135. For other retail locations, visit PalapalaDesigns.com.

17 FOR WHAT YOU HOLD DEAR

This koa treasure case by Tom Calhoun features a 22K gold-leaf design that mimics a waterfall. The inner lid is fragrant ‘iliahi (Hawaiian sandalwood); Japanese brocade and leather line the interior. A leather-covered cork bottom protects both the box and the lucky place where it sits. 4.25”x7.5”x4.5”, finished in durable conversion varnish. $2,000 at Native Intelligence, 1980 Main Street, Wailuku, 808-249-2421. Learn more about Tom and his work at WorldWoodWorks.com.

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