Compiled by Conn Brattain
Coconut palms sway in the salt-scented breeze, but we know the holidays are upon us. Here where so many cultures mingle, we happily celebrate them all—and in the spirit of aloha, share our ideas on what to give, what to serve, and how to brighten the place where you will welcome home family and friends.
A Twist on Tradition
Hammond’s All Natural Candy Canes look old fashioned, but they’ll throw your taste buds a yummy curve. Flavors include butterscotch, nutmeg, pomegranate, root beer, gingerbread, pear, cinnamon and mint. Hooked? Find them for $3 each at Whole Foods, Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului.
For the Beach-lover
My Stuff Tote from Sassy Saks keeps your essentials beautifully organized—and makes a great gift bag, too! Lots of fun styles to choose from, each with a waterproof nylon lining and kukui-nut finish to the drawstring. 100% cotton, 16”x14”, $38 at Hale Zen, 180 Dickenson St., Lahaina; (808) 661-4802.
iHome’s Crystal Tunes iHM60 speaker connects to any USB power source and offers size-defying sound in a device less than 2 1/2” tall. Beach-volleyball soundtrack, anyone? $20 each at Sports Authority, Maui Marketplace, 270 Dairy Rd., Kahului; (808) 871-2558.
Time & Tide
Water-resistant to 100 meters, Freestyle’s classic Shark tide watch (top, $50) has a countdown heat timer and night-vision backlight display; the Killer Shark (middle, $60) is twice the size, with chronograph and hydro pushers. The Trestles Oceansearch by Rip Curl (bottom, $150) features preprogrammed tide function and moon phase. Dude! At Neil Pryde Maui, 400 Hana Hwy., Kahului; (808) 877-7443.
GoPro’s 1080HD Helmet HERO is a high-performance, wearable video and still camera that records up to 2.5 hours on a charge. Shockproof, waterproof to 180 feet. $299 at Hawaiian Island Surf & Sport, 415A Dairy Rd., Kahului; (808) 871-4981; and Neil Pryde Maui, 400 Hana Hwy., Kahului; (808) 877-7443.On Standup! On Paddle!
For the guy or gal whose idea of glad tidings is a sweet north swell, Paddle Surf Hawaii’s Progressive Series standup paddleboard is a flat-out winner, ideal for high-performance, aggressive wave riders. $1,299 includes fins and deck pad. At Hi-Tech Maui, 425 Koloa St., Kahului; (808) 877-2111; www.surfmaui.com.
Puka Puka’s tie-dyed Blue Crinkle beach towel surfs up a generous portion of comfort in 100% cotton. Available also in black crinkle that resembles a black-sand beach. 35”x59”, $45 at Puka Puka, 43 Hana Hwy., Paia; (808) 579-3080.Sound Investment
H2O Surge’s 100% waterproof/sweatproof sports headphones and Amphibix Armband offer high performance and comfort in or out of the water. Comes with five sets of Elastomer earplugs (XS–XL) to ensure a perfect fit, and the armband fits all mobile phones, iPods and MP3 players. And yes, it floats. Headphones $50, armband $62 at Hi-Tech Maui, 425 Koloa St., Kahului; (808) 877-2111; www.surfmaui.com.