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   Maui Staging Group - Furnishing Homes Beautifully

“What can I do for you?” Discount Girl wants to know amongst other things.

That would be Betsy Talon of Maui Staging Group talking, who after 25 years of merchandising here on Maui has built a successful word-of-mouth staging and container-storage retail Continue Reading...



   What's Next from Fashion Icon,                                      Maggie Coulombe?

When you speak with Maggie Coulombe – Maui’s Leader in Fashion Forward Couture -- you will find that she is as versatile, imaginative, and free flowing as the outfits she designs. Her ideas are limitless. And, because she has been unafraid thus far in her career to push any boundary, the successes continue to mount.

These days she is looking ahead Continue Reading...



   Ocean Vodka: Enjoy a Sip of Maui in Every Martini

Is there any better way to end a gorgeous day on Maui then to watch the sun slip below the sea and witness its mango-red blush spread across the sky? It’s doubtful, unless you also manage to catch twilight’s last wink in the sparkle of its infamous green flash.

Either way, one thing we know from living here is that sunsets as extraordinary as ours are often reason enough to have a luscious cocktail in hand. It’s only too bad we can’t Continue Reading...




   Nalu Pearl: "Maui's Best Kept                                           Secret Source for Unique Pearl Jewelry"

Hawaiians call the pearl a “i’a hamau leo”, which translated means “sea creature that silences the voice.” Literally this term refers to those who harvest them and the taboo of speaking while collecting oysters. But figuratively it could sum up how the world at large reacts to the sight of a perfect pearl…it simply silences them in awe.

Here on Maui’s west side, Natalie Hoffseth, owner of Nalu Pearl located in Kaanapali at The Westin Maui Resort, has been inspired by pearls Continue Reading...



   Maui's Inside Scoop on Chef Mark Reinfeld
                              of Blossoming Lotus Restaurant


Rising star and vegan fusion chef Mark Reinfeld of Kauai’s beloved but closed Blossoming Lotus Restaurant (though still open in Portland, Oregon) has his heart set on a winter home and an identical restaurant on Maui! We don’t know exactly when that will be, but he says there is a “preliminary discussion” going on right now. Meanwhile, he has also been doing something totally different to expand his many kitchens in a way you might want to know about. Continue Reading...



   Manutea Nui E -- Beautiful, Affordable, and Authentic Polynesian Costumes by Local Designer, Joey Kehaunani Dang

There's something truly special about the Polynesian skirt worn for hula dancing and it's more than just the swish and sway of it. There are many different and distinct kinds, says professional costume designer, Joey Kehaunani Dang, and the one we all know and love is the original grass skirt that in Hawaii is called a Hau, while in Tahiti, a More'. The Hau skirt is made by hand from the shredded bark of the hibiscus tree that has been soaked in the ocean for up to four weeks to achieve a desired suppleness. This softer, shredded bark is then dried and strung for wear. Continue Reading...



   Get A Job -- The Movie

DVD now for sale at GetAJobMovie.com!!

Purely 100% Maui made and 100% Maui humor, GET A JOB provided employment for everyone and everybody from Maui County...well, except you know who and a few other friends. But no problem, brah, because this film is really about making you laugh at yourself and everyone in it.

Local "Barefoot Natives" musician, Eric Gilliom, is Merton -- a character remeniscent of Jerry Lewis, Don Knotts and Buster Keats all rolled into one -- and performing opposite is real-life musical partner Uncle Willie K as William, who takes his job seriously (and we do mean that literally).

Written and directed by first time filmmaker, Brian Kohne, we can only hope it comes to Netflix, Blockbuster and DVD soon so that we can watch it with all our friends who come to visit us on Maui.


   Haleakala Distillers -- This Rum's on a Roll!

What started as a rum-making hobby in 2003 for Jim "Kimo" Sargent and his wife, Leslie, has matured into an award-winning enterprise today.

According to Manager, Brian Sato, the first major leap happened when Jim realized he could make money on his rum and decided to go full steam. The second leap happened in 2010 when Haleakala Distillers doubled the production and sales of its Maui Dark Rum after a major, mainland restaurant began adding it to their pre-made Mai Tai mix. Continue Reading...