Forty-nine years ago when my husband and I started traveling together our souvenirs were post cards and found treasures like pine cones and rocks. Things have escalated since then. We both love to shop. He doesn’t buy as much as I, however he enjoys the hunt. On our six trips to Maui we have found shops that have become dear to us. It is also fun to find new things. Shopping can become a chore if over done, we would do a little every day or so. Sometimes if I saw something I liked but wasn’t ready to commit, I would put a note on my I-Phone, than I could find the shop later. Works for me. Lets break shopping down into categories:
TREATS: Honolulu Cookie Company makes tasty little cookies good for a treat for you or to take home for a gift. My favorite flavor is Lilikoi Mango but Kona Coffee flavor is a close second. They are located in Whalers Village, the airport, and on Front Street. ABC Stores sell Macadamia nuts in several size containers and at the best prices. We buy and ship home two flavors I can’t get in Iowa, Butter Candy Glazed and Maui Onion & Garlic. Hilo Hattie’s also sells mac nuts, but what I buy there is white chocolate /pineapple candy. Napoleon Bakery has wonderful malasadas and many more pastries and sweets with favorite Hawaiian ingredients. Oh, Broke da mouth!
CLOTHING: Blue Ginger is my new favorite clothing store for women. Style, fit, fabric and attitude are perfect. Bill’s favorite shirts have come from Tori Richard. Both of those stores are at Whalers Village. I always stop at the Crocs store on Font Street they have many many more styles that I have found available at home. Some of them are kind of sexy and all are comfortable for beach and sidewalk walking. Our friend is addicted to Crazy Shirt shops. She hit every one we saw and amassed a wardrobe of shorts and shirts. Bill and I each bought a Kliban cat T-shirt there. Hilo Hattie’s also is a source of aloha wear, but I highly recommend you try it on before leaving the store. Some good-looking shirts are cut skimpy. Others look and fit great.
SOUVENIRS and ART: My first stop shopping in Lahaina is the Courthouse Gallery and gift shop. This is located across from the harbor in Banyan Tree Park. There is a poster competition yearly in Lahaina where artists submit works and the winner has a limited number of prints made and sold for $30 each during the first year and lower thereafter. When they are sold out that is it. Over the years I have bought four of their posters at $10 apiece. Besides being a wonderful memory for me, I get lots of compliments from visitors. I have heard there are available higher quality prints, but I don’t know details. My husband has bought pottery art at this gallery. Maui Hands has three locations. My favorite is at 612 Front Street in Lahaina. All the art work in these stores are made locally. They have a variety including jewelry, prints, pottery, metal sculpture, glass and cloth items. These are all good quality items and have enough range in styles; I bet you could find something you like here. Whalers Locker is a unique shop mixing prehistoric fossils to antique scrimshaw to modern designed jewelry. I found a silver pendant designed by Ron Laes. It is called Aloha Makamae or Precious Love. Two traditional petroglyph characters form a heart shape. This shop seems to attract a lot of guys. Totally Hawaiian Gift Gallery at the Whalers Village offers lots of temptations. The highlights are the locally designed quilts and bed spreads using traditional Hawaiian quilting style. Under lock and key are precious Ni’ihau shell leis. I was surprised at the color range. Koa wood products are another favorite of ours. I am particularly fond of handcrafted items made by Tutu Nene. I have a full size Nene goose and a potholder both with lovely abstracted interpretations of the Hawaiian state bird. Martin and MacArthur is another shop specializing in koa wood. One unique item is koa wood watches and watchbands. There are three locations on Maui: Whalers Village, Shops of Wailea and Westin Maui. Prices are high, but so is the quality. Lush is a chain store selling fresh handmade cosmetics. What drew me there was perfume. I had been looking for tropical perfume to take home. They cheer me up on cold winter days. The Plumeria perfume I normally buy seems to have evaporated off the face of the Earth. The perfumes I have tested in other stores had an unpleasant sharpness to the scent. The Lush saleslady took me on a sniff tour of their selections. A bottle of each scent was sitting under a wide-mouthed tumbler. You hold the tumbler up to your nose to inhale the essence. After sniffing all, we started to eliminate and narrow down the search. That was a fun experience and less confusing than spraying various parts of your arms. My favorite was 25:43. It cost $42 for 1.1 fluid oz. well worth it,
Not everyone enjoys shopping but then not everyone enjoys snorkeling or zip lining either. It’s your vacation, have a good time!