Handmade gifts are not only unique and personal, they genuinely convey the time and thought that goes into finding the perfect gift. The island of Maui is brimming with artists whose imaginations see beyond natural elements and envision these magnificent creations. From sea glass jewelry and Koa wood carvings to island-scented soaps and handmade slippers (that’s Hawaiian for flip-flops) – this island is teeming with one-of-a-kind gift-giving possibilities. So take a break from today’s fast-pace and “slow down and smell the Plumeria”!
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04 Oct 2012 Leave a Comment
There’s something magical that happens when the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with the sweet scent of Maui’s morning air. Throw in some just-baked banana bread and a view of the Pacific Ocean and it really is the best part of waking up.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HAWAII’S COFFEE
Although coffee is not native to the Hawaiian Islands, the islands’ climate and topography are ideal, providing the perfect conditions to grow some of the richest coffee in the world: rich soil, proper elevation (between 500 and 3000 ft.), sunshine, afternoon cloud cover, occasional rain and a moderate slope for optimal drainage.
Hawaii’s original coffee trees, grown from plants brought to Oahu from Brazil in the early 1800’s, were later introduced to the other islands, including Maui. Today, on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, sits a 500-acre coffee farm, watered naturally from the West Maui Mountain streams, where the coffee beans are roasted daily and sold under the Maui Coffee Company label. (Coffee makes a great gift!)
28 May 2012 Leave a Comment
Located in the outdoor shops of Kihei Marketplace is Tutu’s Pantry, a small space stocked full of spices, jams, dressings, syrups, seasonings, coffee, tea, candy and more – all made in Hawaii which makes it easy to bring a taste of the islands home with you. Generous with the samples, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting, and once you start smelling and tasting some of the combinations of flavors even those of us who don’t particularly like to cook begin planning a menu. Perfect for those looking for a souvenir for the cook in their life! From the Kihei Road entrance, Tutu’s Pantry will be on your left a few stalls in.
Personal recommendation: Try the Thai Basil spice on fish and chicken! It’s ono!
28 May 2012 Leave a Comment
One of the best things about living in Hawaii is being able to spend so much time outdoors. Whether you’re playing in the water, biking, hiking or enjoying a picnic under the palms, there’s a delectable island recipe to fuel your fun and please your palate.
Here are some island favorites to help put a little aloha on your plate this summer.