Every time Bill and I travel we look for consignment or antique stores where we might stumble on some indigenous treasures or finds for our collections. Fortunately our travel companion Marilyn also liked these shops. We decided to make a day of it, searching Maui for treasures you can’t get on Front Street. One thing we forgot was the element of Hawaii time. Our website searches listed open times, but apparently that is just a suggestion. We sat outside a couple of places waiting for them to open.
The first store we gained entrance to was Rainbow Attic at 1881 S. Kihei Rd in a small strip-mall. This was a mixed bag of consignment items, more of a thrift store. Some of the items looked like garage sale leftovers. It also smelled bad, like unwashed clothing. No purchases here.
Our next stop was at La Jolie Maison at 357 Huku Li’i Place at the Kihei Trade Center. Awesome! This store had lovely pieces of quality furniture and décor. There was a heavy leaning to Oriental style, but still the range was wide. If I lived in Maui I would love to decorate my home with items found here. I did find a Savonarola chair I would have loved to take home. But talking with the manager I learned shipping would be prohibitive. We didn’t find any small items.
Bill announced that he was hungry and he spotted a small café across the way. We dutifully followed his directions and headed to the Blue Moon Café at 362 Huku Li’i Place. The breakfast crowd had dispersed and the lunch hour was yet to come, so we had the place to ourselves. Our waitress was a newbie to Maui, but had all the confidence of every small town waitress, that all was right with the world if you have a cup of coffee. We decided to call it brunch and ordered breakfast for lunch. Bill had a plateful of scrambled eggs, bacon and pancakes. I was thrilled to find Spam on the menu. Hawaiians eat more Spam per capita than any other state. (I learned that at the Spam Museum in Minnesota). Marilyn tried it too…at least one or two bites before giving up. It is not for everyone…can I have your leftover? The place was clean with lots of space between tables. Service was slow, but that gave us time to chat with the waitress. Breakfast for two with lots of coffee and a generous tip was $26.
Our next destination was across the island in Wailuku. This is the "normal" Maui town north of the airport town Kahului. It has some lovely art deco and arts and crafts buildings. At one time North Market Street was referred to as Antique Row. That doesn’t seem to apply anymore, as there are lots of empty storefronts. We visited two diverse shops. One specialized in jewelry and small art objects. Again the styles displayed leaned heavily to the Oriental. Very nice looking pieces, but nothing went home with us. The other store, Bird of Paradise Unique Antiques lived up to its name. This is an old fashioned junk to antique shop, dusty books, dusty dishes, and dusty tools all along narrow aisles. The shop owner and a couple of regulars didn’t budge from their coffee drinking chairs. We heard lots of shop gossip as we picked through the items on the shelves. I did find a unique antique to take home. It is a Japanese flower arranging frog. It is made of intersecting circles of metal, very pretty on its own. Only after I carried my treasure in my purse for the rest of the day did I question my wisdom of buying a lead weight to pack in my 50lb only suitcase!