1. Bark! The Herald Angels Sing
“We adopted our Labrador/pointer from the Maui Humane Society,” says Lisa, “and he has brought us so much joy. I would love to adopt another puppy as a playmate for Duke.” The Humane Society is happy to help. Visit the website for photos and bios of available pets, plus info on what you should know before you adopt. (808) 877-3680. www.mauihumanesociety.org
2 & 3. Holiday Wrap
Ceci thinks Letarte’s doily dress, by Lisa Cabrinha, is the perfect cover-up for winter days when the mercury dips below 80°. $238 at Letarte’s flagship store, 24 Baldwin Ave., Pa‘ia. (808) 579-6022.
Nina Kuna’s bracelet completes the outfit; it’s cast in sterling silver from puka shells found in Maui waters. The leather cord is available in turquoise, brown, black and white. $115 from Nina Kuna Designs, (808) 385-4569; www.nina kuna.com. Also at Sisters & Co. in The Shops at Wailea; the Fairmont Kea Lani; Maui Hands, Lahaina; Nuage Bleu, Pa‘ia; and the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
4. Move over, Rudolph!
The Hindu god Ganesh is the remover of obstacles. “What could be better,” says Shannon, “than having a divine elephant tromping barriers in your path?” The 18”x27” sculpture sells for $5,800 at Indigo Pa‘ia 149 Hana Hwy., Pa‘ia. (808) 579-9199.
5. Let Nothing You Dismay
Contemplating a serene monoprint by Linda Whittemore makes Rita’s holidays feel less hectic. This original viscosity monotype is OceanWalk, 20”x28”, $2,450 unframed. Find Whittemore’s work at the Village Gallery, Lahaina; and Maui Hands, Pa‘ia. Find the artist at her Kihei studio, 330 Ohukai St., #105, by appointment, (808) 283-9367, and Thursdays at the Four Seasons Resort’s Artist in Residence program. www.lindawhittemore.com
6. Oh, What Fun It Is to Ride!
Jonathan isn’t the only one singing the praises of Scott’s SUB 30 hybrid road bike. Donnie Arnoult, owner of Maui Cyclery, says this snazzy “speed utility bike” has the best components for the price. It’s a nimble urban steed ideal for commuting Maui’s roads and the occasional trail. $630 at Maui Cyclery, 99 Hana Hwy., Pa‘ia. (808) 579-9009; www.gocyclingmaui.com/store.html
7. Lords a-Leaping
“You had me at ‘Cirque,’” says Alix, putting tickets to Cirque Polynesia at the top of her list. The outdoor venue, Maui Moon Theatre, is at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort; the dinner show includes a three-course meal at Hyatt’s ‘Umalu restaurant. Seating from $65, $109 with dinner. (808) 667-4540. www.CirquePolynesia.com
8. Let Your Heart Be Light
“Our inventory changes with the tide,” says the website to Hawaiian Sea Glass. The company specializes in jewelry hand-crafted of sterling silver and sea glass that washes onto Hawaiian shores. “I love the way these earrings catch the light,” says Diane. “They’re lightweight and beautifully balanced.” $42–$62, available at Maui Hands, Hyatt Regency Maui; Village Gallery, Lahaina; Water Lily, Wailea Gateway Center; and www.hawaiianseaglass.com.
9. Christmas Break
Surf, that is. Josh covets a custom surfboard from Arclight Woods. Ryan Quigless, owner and shaper, designs and fabricates classic or Hawaiian-style wood boards to your body type, surfing style and ability. $800–$3,000. (808) 250-5518. www.arclightsurf.com