Holiday Gift Guide

If Santa can travel the world to give the perfect gift, why, we asked ourselves, can’t we? Our search did yield a treasure or two from afar . . . but we also found that, when it comes to having great presents, there’s no place like home — especially when home is in the Islands.

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11. PLATE TECTONICS

Ceramist Sharon Ransford’s decorative Maui plates come in a variety of colors and patterns. Approx. 11.5”x6”. $40 each at Maui Hands, 1169 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 572-2008; and 84 Hāna Hwy., Pā‘ia, 579-9245; MauiHands.com.

12. WATER LOG

Collette Leimomi Akana’s Hānau ka Ua is the most complete collection to date of Hawaiian rain names (there are hundreds) and their lore. Illustrated on vellum by Sig Zane. 328 pp., 6”x9”, $30 at Native Intelligence,1980 Main St., Wailuku; 249-2421.

13. SEA NOTES

Deborah Lumpkins reproduces these colorful notecards in 4 different sets (Peahi shown) from her original gyotaku (fish rubbings). Set of 4 assorted, blank cards and envelopes, $16 at Maui Crafts Guild, 120 Hāna Hwy., Pā‘ia; 579-9697; and DebraLumpkins.com.

14. ROAD LESS TRAVELED

In 2013, photographer Daniel Sullivan set out to find what remained of an ancient roadway that once circled the island. The Maui Coast: Legacy of the King’s Highway chronicles his quest, and his hope to inspire others to appreciate the beauty of Maui and preserve its history. 204 pgs. $86 standard edition at Indigo Paia, 149 Hāna Hwy., Pā‘ia; 579-9199; and DanielSullivan.Photoshelter.com.

15. HEARD THE LATEST TWEET?

Wild Republic worked with Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project to create these plush toys with song recordings of each endangered bird (give them a squeeze): the kiwikiu (Maui parrotbill), ‘i’iwi (scarlet honeycreeper) and ‘ākohekohe (crested honeycreeper). $15 each at Native Intelligence, 1980 Main St., Wailuku; 249-2421; and online at MauiForestBirds.org.

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