Holiday Gift Guide

When it comes to eclectic ideas, there’s no containing Maui. What’s inside? Here’s a hint: chocolate art, luxurious leather, a kitchen garden for your Siamese fighting fish, and ways to save an island . . . or inspire a child.

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Compiled By Conn Brattain

silver tin nesting boxes

Shining like silver (but made of stamped tin), Indonesian offering boxes sparkle as gifts, or as a bright alternative to giftwrap. Sold in sets of three nesting boxes. Set at left, $40; largest box 9”wide, 7.5” high. Set at right, $25; largest box 4.5” square, 4” high. At Pearl Butik, 71 Baldwin Ave., Pa‘ia, 808-579-8899; pearlbutik.com

 

gold fish hook pendantMaui goldsmith Gary Ewing’s elegantly masculine hook pendant is $2,575 in 14k yellow gold; custom orders in 18K yellow and white gold. Handmade 18”, 18k yellow-gold Italian chain by Rolo, $4,690, sold separately. Land them both at Maui Master Jewelers, 3655 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 808-573-5400; mauimasterjewelers.com

 

mens shaving kit giftHe’ll be ready for every holiday occasion with this luxury grooming set by L’Occitane. Set includes Cade Rich Shaving Cream and After Shave Balm, Cade Plisson Shaving Brush and Razor. $160 at L’Occitane En Provence in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, 808-419-6804; loccitane.com.

 

tudor watch giftTudor’s Heritage Black Bay watch reinterprets the 1954 model that left its mark on the history of diving. Waterproof to 200 meters, it features a self-winding mechanical movement, 41mm steel case and domed dial with burgundy bezel. Equipped with black fabric strap, and steel bracelet or second strap in aged leather. Price on request at Baron & Leeds in Whalers Village, 2345 Ka‘anapali Pkwy., Ka‘anapali, 808-661-6806; baronandleeds.com.

 

Louis Vuitton brown mens bagWhen he’s not toting a sack full of toys, St. Nick wouldn’t dream of leaving the North Pole without his Calypso MM messenger bag. Made of embossed Damier Infini leather, it has satin-finished hardware, adjustable shoulder strap and multiple interior/exterior pockets. 13” wide, 10.2” high, 2.8” deep. Price on request at Louis Vuitton in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, 808-875-6980; and in Whalers Village, 2345 Ka‘anapali Pkwy., Ka‘anapali, 808-667-6114; louisvuitton.com.

 

Louis Vuitton womens lock braceletsSecure her affection with these Keep It Twice bracelets, each with an easy-to-use palladium padlock inspired by vintage Louis Vuitton trunks. Made of bright Epi leather, they come in fuchsia, chili red, cyan, fig and citron. Price on request at Louis Vuitton in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, 808-875-6980; and in Whalers Village, 2345 Ka‘anapali Pkwy., Ka‘anapali, 808-667-6114; louisvuitton.com.

 

Maui jewelryIn sapphires or rubies — or both! Necklaces by Paula Nurse glow with 10.685ctw blue sapphires on a silver chain, $175; or 7.24ctw faceted ruby roundels on 14k yellow gold, $575. (Call for custom gemstones and prices.) At Maui Master Jewelers, 3655 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 808-573-5400; mauimasterjewelers.com.

 

Chanel womens watchMake her every moment one to remember with Chanel’s utterly feminine Premiere watch in stainless steel with mother-of-pearl dial and diamonds. Price on request at Baron & Leeds in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, 808-874-4900; and in Whalers Village, 2345 Ka‘anapali Pkwy., Ka‘anapali, 808-661-6806; baronandleeds.com.

 

light pink designer folli follie pursePut a song in her heart with the latest design from Folli Follie’s Heart4Heart collection. Handbag, $190, comes in pink, camel or black with a lucky-in-love heart motif. By and at Folli Follie in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, 808-879-5467; follifollie.com.

 

Aloha tshirtsThese 100% cotton tee is a fitting gift for folks who keep their aloha front and center. His is green/black, $22; hers is brown/pink, $24, both by and at Maui Thing, 7 N. Market St., Wailuku, 808-0215; mauithing.com.

 

pono teasInspired by the islands, PONOinfusions’ five loose-leaf teas are fair trade and certified organic. Wai (freshwater) marries mint and berry. Mauna (mountain) is a bold infusion of black tea and spices. Kai (ocean) blends herbs with green and white teas. Lani (sky) has a crisp infusion of citrus and tangy hibiscus. Nahele (forest) blends Pu-erh tea, raw cacao and botanicals. 4 oz. canisters, $20 each at Maui Coffee Roasters, 444 Hana Hwy., Kahului, 808-877-2877; ponoinfusions.com.

 

fancy room sprayGive a welcoming fragrance to your holiday home: vanilla, white musk, jasmine and oriental spices with amber and woody notes. The 3.4 oz bottle of Amber Home Perfume is $27; atomizer sold separately, $9. Both by and at L’Occitane En Provence in The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui, 808-419-6804; loccitane.com

 

Maui Human Society calendarWarm the heart of your favorite animal lover with a gift whose proceeds go 100% to caring for Maui’s homeless pets. This 2014 pet calendar is 13 months, 8.5”x11”, full color and all heart. $10 at Maui Humane Society, 1350 Mehameha Loop, Pu‘unene, 808-877-3680, ext. 34; the Society’s booth at Wailuku and Kihei Friday Town Parties; and www.MauiHumaneSociety.org.

 

Maui ceramic giftsMaui ceramist Christina Cowan makes this folded tray and cups from earthenware clay in muted or bright colors. Sold separately or as a set, tray is 9” long, 6” wide, 2” high ($125); cups are 3.25” wide, 4” high ($50 each). Allow 7–10 days for special orders. At Viewpoints Gallery, 3620 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 808-572-5979; viewpointsgallerymaui.com. To see additional work, visit christinacowan.com.
Maui Book TrustAnd your gift to Book Trust helped put books like A Visit from St. Nicholas in the hands of low-income kids. Book Trust encourages literacy by providing books children choose for themselves — nearly 115,000 books given to more than 5,000 keiki in Maui County so far. Make your contribution at www.booktrust.org/donate.

 

kahoolawe islandFor 20 years, the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission has worked to restore Maui’s closest neighbor island — once a U.S. Navy bombing target — from decades of environmental devastation, and make it a focal point for Hawaiian culture. Here are three ways to help: Donate to the Kaho‘olawe Rehabilitation Trust Fund. Commit to a 5-day volunteer program on the island. Make an in-kind donation from the commission’s wish list. 808-243-5020; kahoolawe.hawaii.gov

 

island pillowsIf someone on your list loves all things Hawaiian, these ‘ulu (breadfruit) and ‘ukulele pillow covers are just the right stuff. Each cover features a signed block print by Barbara Chung of Palapala Designs. Fits an 18” square pillow form (sold separately). $75 each at The Fairway Shops, 2580 Keka‘a Dr., Ka‘anapali, 808-667-7028; and Island Attitudes, 411 Huku Li‘i Pl., Kihei, 808-879-4147; islandattitudesmaui.com.

 

Botero chocolate giftIn the lobby of the Grand Wailea, you can devour sculptures by Fernando Botero with your eyes. Island Chocolate Company goes them one better with the Grand Wailea Botero Bar — a 2 oz. milk-chocolate bar modeled after Botero’s “Woman Smoking Cigarette.” It’s made with 38% Maui cacao, sweetened with honey from the hotel’s beehives. $7 each at Cafe Kula, Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, 808-875-1234.

 

Clark Little photography bookClark Little takes risk-defying photos where big waves meet land. His latest book, Shorebreak, features 100 new images in 160 pages, shot in California, Japan, French Polynesian and the Hawaiian Islands. A collector’s edition of 500 signed and numbered copies comes with leather-bound cover, clamshell case, and 8”x8” aluminum print of the cover photo, “Big Blue.” Collector’s edition is $250; standard edition $49. At clarklittlephotography.com.

 

Malama Maui NuiTo malama means to care for. Folks who help Malama Maui Nui to create and maintain a clean, beautiful environment gain a sense of ownership money can’t buy. Get involved. Get empowered. Volunteer to pick up litter, restore native plants, improve parks and roadsides . . . and give back to the island you call home. 808-877-2524; malamamauinui.org

 

maui dog treatsGive your pooch a happy holiday with Maui Dog Treats’ lei of all-natural pumpkin/peanut-butter dog treats. Available in large (shown, $13) or small ($9) at The Pet Shop in Maui Mall, 70 E. Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului, 808-877-3040; petshopmaui.com. For other locations: dogtreatsmaui.com.

 

HILTHeadquartered on Maui, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is dedicated to restoring and preserving our wild, open spaces. Give your time as a volunteer, or buy a membership that supports HILT’s endeavors. Gift memberships start at just $15. Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, 2371 W. Vineyard St., Wailuku, 808-244-LAND (5263); www.hilt.org

 

best lilikoi jam made on mauiSweeten their holidays with liliko‘i butter by Jamie’s Jams, made in small batches with fresh Ke‘anae liliko‘i (passionfruit), butter, sugar and eggs. 8 oz. jars are $14 each at Caffe Ciao in the Fairmont Kea Lani, 4100 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, 808-875-4100; Fairmont.com; and by special order at jamiewoodburn1@gmail.com.

 

fish tank with herbs on topGrow fresh herbs and baby greens with Back to the Roots’ AquaFarm. This aquaponic garden is a closed-loop ecosystem: fish waste fertilizes the plants, while the plants clean the water for your fish. Kit includes 3-gallon fish tank and aquatic supplies, organic seeds from Seeds of Change, and a coupon for a free betta fish (up to $4.99) from The Pet Shop in Maui Mall. $70 at Whole Foods, Maui Mall, 70 E. Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului, 808-872-3310; wholefoodsmarket.com

 

Ka Lima o MauiFor more than 50 years, Ka Lima O Maui has provided challenged Maui adults with job training and placement, long-term support and help with living skills. When you make a donation or hire a Ka Lima landscaping or custodial crew, you’re giving the gift of independence. 808-244-5502; kalimaomaui.org

 

Maui t-shirtsPut your little critter in a 100% organic cotton tee shirt by Kealopiko, made in Hawai‘i with eco-friendly materials and methods. A koa‘e (tropicbird) soars across one shirt; on the other, pololia (jellyfish) and paimalau (Portuguese man-o-war). Sizes 6 months–8T, $25 each at Native Intelligence, 1980 Main St., Wailuku, 808-249-2421; native-intel.com

 

Hawaiian salt giftThat tasteful gift on the tip of your tongue? Hand-harvested Hawaiian sea salt by Shavonn Eason of Waimea Salt Company. Red (‘alaea) or 100% organic ginger salt, exclusively at Designing Wahine, 3640 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 808-573-0990; and Hale Zen, 180 Dickenson St., Lahaina, 808-661-4802, halezen.com.

 

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