The environment. Pets. The hungry. The houseless. The keiki. The kupuna. Maui is full of charities and nonprofits doing important work, and they all need your help. What follows is a list of worthy organizations, with some information about who they are and what they do. We encourage you to choose the ones that speak to you, contact them, find out what they need, and give. It’s in the holiday spirit, but please consider continuing to donate when you can throughout the year. It’ll warm your heart—and it makes a real difference.
Spirit Horse Ranch
The Spirit Horse Ranch helps heal adolescent and teen survivors of abuse through the healing energy of equine-facilitated learning, gardening, and art therapy in the foothills of Haleakalā. Their stated goal is to foster “strength to achieve a positive, productive, beautiful future and to learn to love and be loved again.”
18100 Piilani Hwy, Kula
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF MAUI
A nonprofit helping youth outside of school. Boys and Girls Club clubhouses provide a safe, supportive, inclusive, and nurturing environment where young people receive academic support, participate in health and fitness activities, and engage with positive role models. BGCM operates multiple clubhouses islandwide. Membership is $5 for a full year.
100 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului
EAST MAUI WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP
The group protects habitat for rare plant species and native birds. The partnership actively manages 40,000 acres of fragile, high-elevation forests on the windward slopes of Haleakalā. The partnership ensures East Maui’s upland watershed functions and protects habitat for native species. They provide opportunities for keiki to learn about watershed function and partner with other conservation agencies to provide training to tour guides about Maui’s natural environment.
P.O. Box 431, Makawao
MAUI HULIAU FOUNDATION
Founded in 2010 with the mission to promote environmental literacy and leadership among youth ages 12-18 throughout Maui Nui. Through diverse hands-on programs focusing on ecology, filmmaking, leadership, climate change, and waste reduction, they seek to educate and empower youth to become future stewards of our natural environment.
PO Box 977, Haʻikū
Hospice Maui provides care to maximize the comfort and dignity of those in their last months and weeks of life. Highly trained and experienced professionals, including an all-RN hospice nursing staff, care for the patient, support the caregivers and families, and anticipate and address the complex physical, emotional, and spiritual issues that can arise. They also offer bereavement support services provided by licensed professional counselors.
400 Mahalani St., Wailuku
MAUI HISTORICAL SOCIETY – HALE HŌʻIKEʻIKE AT THE BAILEY HOUSE
The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, study, interpret and share the history and heritage of Maui. Since 1951, the Maui Historical Society has been a community repository for Hawaiian, missionary and plantation era artifacts, documents, and photographs. They’re primarily a museum, offering tours and information about the various collections. They provide research opportunities to the public and special school tours for students of all ages.
2373-A Main St., Wailuku
MAUI NUI MARINE RESOURCE COUNCIL
Maui Nui Marine Resource Council works to protect coral reefs, promote clean ocean water, and restore native fish to the near shore waters of Maui County. This Maui-based non-profit organization was created more than a decade ago by the late community visionary Edwin Lindsey and marine biologist Robin Newbold, along with other Maui residents concerned about our island’s declining coral reefs and fish populations.
MAUI ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
Their mission says it best. They enrich individuals, building community and connecting our world through the performing arts. For more than 40 years, MAPA has brought performing arts to the people of Maui by way of after-school dance, drama, and music classes, in-school performing arts residencies, and educational theater tours, all while producing professional-quality theater and dance productions.
2050 Main St., Suite 3G, Wailuku
IMUA FAMILY SERVICES
Imua Family Services provides comprehensive early childhood development services to children and their families with the support and resources needed to reach their full potential in life. They provide a combination of services including speech language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and care coordination services. Their team works hard to get children a plan that best fits them and helps them reach those important milestones.
161 S. Wakea Ave., Kahului
KA LIMA O MAUI
Ka Lima O Maui’s mission is “Enhancing Lives through Self-Reliance” for persons with disabilities through employment related services. They’re Maui’s largest employer of persons with disabilities with 60 individuals working on groundskeeping and custodial service contracts. Established in 1955 to help tuberculosis patients rehabilitate, it is one of Maui’s oldest nonprofits. They also help individuals find work in the community and work closely with employers to garner successful job placements. Their Medicaid Waiver program focuses on helping persons with disabilities gain more independent living skills through a variety of individualized activities.
170 Mahalani St., Wailuku
HUI O WAʻA KAULUA: MAUI’S VOYAGING SOCIETY
Hui O Waʻa Kaulua is committed to developing and conducting model educational programs using traditional Polynesian voyaging to excite and challenge students and their communities to learn about, respect, and care for the natural and social environment. It’s their vision to have a healthy, productive, safe Hawaiʻi. It’s their goal to work with high school students in Maui Nui and start Jr. Voyaging Clubs within our schools.
525 Front St., Lāhainā
MAUI FOREST BIRD RECOVERY PROJECT
They’re a research and management organization dedicated to the recovery of Maui’s native forest birds. Not only do the forest and birds benefit from what they do, so do Maui’s watershed and our whole island community. The fresh water on Maui mostly comes from native forests replenishing our aquifers and streams. Helping to restore our native forest will, in turn, help our water resources, reduce airborne carbon, and produce oxygen for our atmosphere.
2465 Olinda Rd., Makawao
PĀʻIA YOUTH AND CULTURAL CENTER
The Pāʻia Youth & Cultural Center offers a safe and nurturing environment where youth members learn as they experience and grow. By offering many high-quality programs and fun activities, the PYCC creates opportunities for youth to build skills, increase self awareness and self esteem and be more involved in their community. The center’s staff provides guidance and mentorship during daily cooking classes, radio broadcasts, video productions, skateboarding, ocean swimming, surfing, body-boarding, and during many field trips around the island.
PO Box 790999, Pāʻia
MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY
Maui Humane Society is Maui County’s only open-admission shelter, handling all animal management and adoption services. MHS is the only organization in the county offering humane education programs, and many local pet owners take advantage of their spay-neuter assistance program.
1350 Maui Veterans Hwy., Puʻunene
SAVE MAUI CATS: CAT CAFÉ MAUI
Save Maui Cats is the nonprofit organization that opened Cat Café Maui in the Queen Kaahumanu Center in August. The café serves as a comfortable, quiet place where guests can cuddle with kitties being fostered there for the Maui Humane Society. All of the cats are spayed or neutered, chipped, socialized, and ready for adoption. Special events include movie nights, yoga, and art classes.
275 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, 2nd Floor
NA KEIKI O EMALIA
Inspired by the 2014 loss of beloved mother and teacher, Emalia Guard, this group’s trained volunteer facilitators provide a safe, comfortable place where families can process their grief and form friendships with others who have had similar experiences. They do not provide therapy or counseling. They use art and creative expression in the groups, as well as toys and games for the younger keiki.
PO Box 1137, Wailuku
HUI NOʻEAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER
Hui Noʻeau is the only art center of its kind in Maui County. It’s a nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to sharing the benefits of the visual arts with the entire community. Free and open to the public seven days a week, the Hui’s exhibitions, facilities, and programs benefit over 30,000 artists, youth, educators, and community members in Maui County, as well as visitors.
2841 Baldwin Ave. Makawao
ALOHA MAUI PRIDE
The mission of AMP is to improve and honor the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Gender Non-conforming, Non-binary, Aikane, Mahu, Mahu Wahine, and Mahu Kane people; as well as to enhance a mutual understanding and acceptance of all people. AMP is committed to accomplishing this goal via education, sharing cultural values, and increasing awareness and visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies within the State of Hawaiʻi.
415 Dairy Rd., Suite E-612, Kahului
MAUI EQUALITY COALITION
The Maui Maui Equality Coalition is an agency whose goals are to serve as the public face and advocate for Maui LGBTQ+ Community.
The organization promotes human care, educational and social activities directed at furthering the well being and development of the transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay community and people with related concerns. They strive to be instrumental in promoting a better understanding of—and unity within—the community and in Maui County.
MAUI FOOD BANK
The mission of the Maui Food Bank is to help the hungry in Maui County by collecting and distributing food through community partnerships with soup kitchens and other social services agencies feeding people in need. They were instrumental in providing food boxes to families and kupuna during the COVID-19 pandemic.
760 Kolu St., Wailuku
PACIFIC PRIMATE SANCTUARY
The Sanctuary offers refuge and protection to Central and South American primates from research labs, tourist attractions and the pet trade. These victims of exploitation are given safe haven at Pacific Primate Sanctuary, where they are cared for with devotion and respect by volunteers. The Sanctuary provides rehabilitative care, which enables primates to recover from the trauma and abuse that they have suffered. They provide the primates with a life in the natural world shared with others of their own kind.
500 Hāloa Rd., Haʻiku
MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) is Hawaiʻi’s most comprehensive performing and visual arts facility–inspiring people through personal and shared experiences of the arts. All people on Maui stand to benefit from what happens at the MACC: the staff and administration strive to provide meaningful, enriching and entertaining arts experiences, through a diverse presentation of performing and visual arts. The MACC also serves as a launch pad for the community’s creative artists to express themselves.
1 Cameron Way, Kahului
MAUI ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS
They provide a safe, nurturing environment filled with love and compassion for adults with physical or cognitive impairments, personal care that pampers and keeps them safe and comfortable, and daily reminiscent activities to bring a spark of life back into their days. They strive to support the needs of caregivers, allowing them the time to take care of their own needs, while helping them to provide compassionate care through gained knowledge of dementia behaviors.
11 Mahaolu St. Suite B, Kahului
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MAUI
Habitat for Humanity Maui has been providing low cost housing and repairs for almost 20 years on Maui. Recently, Habitat expanded its geographic area to include Lanaʻi so that they can help deserving families on Lanaʻi and Maui. They’ve completed more than 108 homes since 2003 and have plans to start a 10-house subdivision in Lāhainā next year. They also continue to do small critical repairs and major repairs for those families whose income doesn’t allow them to finance these repairs. All projects done by Habitat are at no profit and no interest, making it affordable for families earning below 80 percent median income. Habitat for Humanity Maui is a licensed construction company.
970 L. Main St., Wailuku
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN MAUI
They work hard to end domestic violence throughout our county and the world. They recognize that not everyone wants their relationship to end–they just want the violence and abuse to stop. WHW works hard with families to create safety plans and work with the community to support victims and educate ourselves about the many forms of domestic violence and how everyone can work together to end it. They help women, men, families and communities be safer. Literally–their tagline is “Until Every Home is Safe.”
1935 Main St., Suite 202, Wailuku
MAUI UNITED WAY
This umbrella nonprofit group works hard to ensure that there are vital services in place to provide support for those in need, specifically around the impact areas of Education, Income, and Health. It’s estimated that one in two people will be touched by the United Way in their lifetime.
95 Mahalani St., Suite 24, Wailuku
LAHAINA ARTS ASSOCIATION
The Lāhainā Arts Association provides no-cost art education for children on Maui and Molokai who need it most, through the Maui Youth Art Outreach program. Their focus is to bring quality art education to children who would otherwise have no access to creative arts. Currently, LAA reaches nearly 1,000 keiki every year. They partner with Hāna School and Kaunakakai School on Molokai to provide the students’ only art education programming. They partner with youth centers, homeless centers, and government housing sites to serve communities in need. LAA also provides annual scholarships and mentorships for high school art students.
648 Wharf St. Suite 103, Lāhainā
MAUI FAMILY YMCA
The Maui Family YMCA works hard to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families and our community through programs that foster moral growth and build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Maui Family YMCA also helps a large portion of our community through their Scholarship Program, providing financial assistance to individuals and families. Through this program, the Maui Family YMCA was able to produce over 200 membership opportunities and approximately 300 program services.
250 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului
KA HALE A KE OLA HOMELESS RESOURCE CENTER
Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Inc. is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness and serving the needs of the homeless and hungry on Maui by providing emergency food and housing, empowering them to take responsibility for their own lives, and calling on the community to assist in these actions. They operate two shelters on the island, in Wailuku and Lāhainā.
Central Center, 670 Waiale Rd., Wailuku
Westside Center, 15 IpuʻAumakua L., Lāhainā
ARC OF MAUI COUNTY
Arc of Maui County has promoted and protected the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1954. They actively support programs and services that assure full inclusion and participation in the community throughout life. People with developmental disabilities are defined by their strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability. They are entitled to the respect, dignity, safety and security enjoyed by other members of society; and are equal before the law. A developmental disability can be cognitive, physical or both, and begins before adulthood. Its effects are long term and alter essential life functioning activities.
140 N. Market St., Suite 202B, Wailuku
HAWAIʻI NATURE CENTER
Hawai‘i Nature Center seeks to foster awareness, appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of Hawai‘i’s environment by educating children with an interactive and immersive approach. Student programs and weeklong adventure camps are hosted at their ʻIao Valley site, recently purchased by the County of Maui, which they now lease back.
875 ʻIao Valley Rd., Wailuku
One of the main programs of ‘Ao‘ao O Nā Loko I‘a O Maui is to rebuild and maintain Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond. The community has been instrumental in assisting with this work as they help replace rocks that have fallen and rocks that have been uncovered after the sand shifts within the pond. They host numerous groups throughout the year who not only participate in fishpond restoration but also learn mo‘olelo (stories) and environmental and cultural history about this ancient fishpond.
726 S. Kīhei Rd., Kīhei
Goodwill Hawaiʻi is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that helps people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Since 1959, their stores nationwide have provided job placement, career development, education, training, employment, and support services for people throughout the state. Thousands of Hawaiʻi residents each year benefit from their services and have found employment in our community.
250 Alamaha St., N10B, Kahului
HAWAIʻI WILDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTER
The Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center is a nonprofit, multi-media venue featuring a dynamic blend of art and science celebrating Hawaiʻi’s marine life and showcasing the fieldwork of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. They have filled 5,000 sq ft. in Whalers Village with over 30 stunning exhibits about Hawaiʻi’s undersea life, whaling era, cultural values, and conservation. Exhibits include an Immersion Room with a floor to ceiling film spanning 3 walls, a Kid’s Zone art & play area, marine debris art & exhibits, and 45 locally produced videos on an interactive kiosk.
2435 Kaʻanapali Pkwy., Lāhainā
FEED MY SHEEP
Feed My Sheep is a unique mobile food distribution program, delivering food to neighborhoods in need each week. They pass out bags of groceries to anyone who needs help and give emotional support by offering a listening ear and prayer, so that they can experience love and not judgement in their time of need. Each month they serve up 69,000 half-pound meals. In the last year they have given food to 3,200 people including working but poor families, seniors on fixed incomes, and homeless men and women. Each person who comes has a few moments with someone who cares and food for their week.
Corner of Camp 5 Rd., Puʻunene
NISEI VETERANS MEMORIAL CENTER
The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center ignites human potential by inspiring people to find the hero in themselves through the legacy of the Nisei Veterans—American-born soldiers of Japanese ancestry who served in the U.S. Military during WWII, often as translators of intercepted Imperial communications. They envision a community where all people act selflessly for the greater good.
665 Kahului Beach Rd., Kahului
MAUI ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
Maui Economic Opportunity is a nonprofit Community Action Agency committed to helping low income individuals and families become stable and achieve economic security. MEO’s services are constantly changing to meet the needs of children and families, persons with disabilities and medical needs, the elderly, and low-income individuals.
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center, 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku
Hana Neighborhood Center, Uakea Rd., Hāna
Lanaʻi Branch Office, 1144 Ilima Ave., #102, Lanaʻi City
Molokai Branch Office, 380 Kolapa Pl., Kaunakakai
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HAWAIʻI
Behavioral Health Hawaiʻi came about to fill a need for comprehensive substance abuse treatment services in Hawaiʻi. We know how important it is to get the right kind of care and how difficult it can be to find. Our commitment to excellence, and expanding our referral base on the Mainland and Hawaiʻi gives us the opportunity to pass that knowledge on to you, your loved ones, and professionals that refer for these types of services.
1325 S. Kīhei Rd., Kīhei
MAUI AIDS FOUNDATION
The mission of Maui AIDS Foundation is to promote the sexual health and well-being of the members of our community. With over 480 diagnosed HIV positive people living on Maui, Maui AIDS Foundation (MAF) is the only comprehensive HIV/AIDS organization in Maui County providing assistance with services including linkage to medical care, access to HIV medications, financial housing assistance, food, and emotional and educational support to those in need.
1935 Main St., #101, Wailuku
PACIFIC CANCER FOUNDATION
Pacific Cancer Foundation provides free support services to cancer patients and caregivers including navigation, nutritional support, transportation, counseling, wellness classes, and education.
95 Mahalani St., #8, Wailuku
MAUI FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
Since its founding in 1980, MFSS has been providing quality, evidence-based services to families on Maui, Molokai, and Lanaʻi. They promote healthy family functioning by providing supportive services which build on family strengths. They utilize their collective resources toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
1844 Wili Pa Lp., Wailuku
The Alzheimer’s Association of Hawaiʻi serves all residents of the state, with staff located on ʻOahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. They help all those facing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by providing local support groups and educational resources, while advancing crucial research and public policy initiatives.
Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
270 Hookahi St., Suite 311, Wailuku
MAUI TOMORROW FOUNDATION
Maui Tomorrow Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization, protects Maui’s precious natural areas and prime open space for recreational use and aesthetic value, promotes the concept of ecologically sound development, and preserves the opportunity for a rural lifestyle on Maui. Current focus includes: long-range sustainable planning; reef and shoreline protection; sustainable energy development; improved air quality; water conservation and reuse; and stream restoration.
55 N. Church St., Suite 4, Wailuku
MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS
The mission of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is to foster appreciation and understanding of Maui Nui’s plants and their role in Hawaiian cultural expression by providing a gathering place for discovery, education, and conservation.
Cultivating widespread preservation, conservation, and integration of Hawaiian native plants throughout Maui Nui.
150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului
Their mission: to alleviate hunger by providing nutritious meals to the hungry and homebound in a safe, loving, and supportive environment. Hale Kau Kau has been feeding the hungry daily since August 1991 and has served more than 1.5 million meals to date.
25 W. Lipoa St., KĪhei
FRIENDS OF HALEAKALĀ NATIONAL PARK
The mission of the Friends of Haleakalā National Park is to assist the park and the National Park Service to achieve the purposes and goals for which they were established: to preserve Haleakala’s unique ecosystems, scenic character, and associated Native Hawaiian cultural and spiritual resources. The Friends also provide educational, inspirational, and recreational opportunities compatible with preserving the many natural, cultural, and spiritual resources of Haleakalā so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
25 W. Lipoa St, KĪhei
WEST MAUI IMPROVEMENT FOUNDATION
The mission of the West Maui Improvement Foundation, with 501(c)(3) Public Charity designation 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) from the IRS, is to improve the West Maui Community by receiving and expending funds for the erection and maintenance of public buildings and services as well as community facilities. The WMIF is restricted from direct political campaigning and lobbying or raising funds for those purposes.
P.O. BOX 10338, Lāhainā
HAWAIʻI STATE PUBLIC LIBRARIES
The Hawai‘i State Public Library System nurtures a lifelong love of reading and learning through its staff, collections, programs, services, and physical and virtual spaces.
The Hawai‘i State Public Library System is the educational, informational, and cultural heart of Hawai‘i’s communities.
LAHAINA RESTORATION FOUNDATION
Lahaina Restoration Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Hawai‘i nonprofit organization chartered in 1962. Its purpose is to restore, preserve and protect the physical, historical and cultural legacies of Lāhainā, and honor the era of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Its vision is that Lāhainā’s prominent place in Hawai‘i’s history and rich cultural traditions are celebrated and, through authentic preservation of significant sites, buildings and artifacts, its story is shared.
LRF has restored and preserved more than one dozen landmarks and historic structures in Lahainā. LRF maintains several collections of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, maps, logs and other materials representative of Lahainā’s colorful past. These collections are available to the public and researchers by request.
MAUI INVASIVE SPECIES COMMITTEE
The Maui Invasive Species Committee exists to “fill-the-gap” in addressing invasive plants and animals throughout Maui County. They are a species-led management organization removing the high-threat invasive species that can be addressed with the resources available. Teams work to identify and eradicate pests like miconia, tiny fire ants, and coqui frogs.
1000 Holomua Rd., Makawao
MAUI ANIMAL FARM
The Farm’s mission is to provide animal-assisted therapy and therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with emotional and physical needs. Tiny Hoof Animal Therapy of West Maui is headquartered at the Maui Animal Farm in Launiupoko on five and a half acres. The farm is in the planning process of creating a 60-foot covered, round pen for the comfort of their participants and horses. Long-range plans include a covered, open-air riding arena for outreach programs. Fundraising plans are in process. A separate website for Tiny Hoof Animal Therapy of West Maui is in the works.
264 Haniu St., Lāhainā
LEILANI FARM SANCTUARY
Leilani Farm Sanctuary is an island paradise for rescued animals where compassion for all living beings reigns. Located on eight lush acres of pure love, this non-profit sanctuary on Maui saves animals destined for slaughter or orphaned after hunters took their mothers and educates the community on the humane treatment of animals. Tour the farm, meet the Leilani Farm Sanctuary ambassadors, and consider sponsoring one or more of the animals who touch your heart to help us continue our mission of providing hope and education, one life at a time.
260 E. Kuiaha Rd, Haʻikū
LOVE THE SEA/OCEAN AID
Founded by big wave surfer Campbell Farrell in 2017 after witnessing large amounts of marine debris washed up on many of Maui’s isolated, inaccessible beaches, Love The Sea organizes teams of small boat captains and watermen and -women on personal watercraft to remove garbage—most of it plastic—from these otherwise pristine areas.
33 Hoe St., Pāʻia
Mana’o is a 100% volunteer organization. While many non-commercial stations employ a small staff, no one at Manaʻo Radio takes a dime for their efforts at the station, including their small team of managing volunteers. This means that your generous donation goes entirely to keeping the lights on and the manaʻo flowing. Plus, you’ll hear a whole lot of passion, because thier volunteers are in it for the love of radio and sharing great music!
44 S. Market St., Wailuku
We already explained why it’s important to shop local for the holidays and keep your dollars on Maui. Now, we’ll offer some examples of products that allow you to do exactly that. From broke da mout edibles to unique wearables to handcrafted furniture and much more, these are things being made on Maui, by Mauians. That’s worth supporting, during the holidays and every day.
HI Spice Hot Sauce
Locally sourced farm-to-taco hot sauce in all kinds of flavors and heat levels: pineapple, guava, mango, lilikoi, dragonfruit, lime, turmeric-ginger, and loads more. Feeling brave? Try their “Ho Brah!” extreme scorpion pepper sauce and get ready fo’ put out da fire!
Sold at ABC Stores, Foodland, Mana Foods, Down to Earth, and the Upcountry Farmers Market.
Justin Orr & Katie Cook
Maui Jelly Factory
Simply delicious pineapple and coconut jams and fruit syrups ready to sweeten your holiday kitchen. Savory chutney, mustard, and BBQ sauce, too. Their website offers three holiday gift packs to choose from.
Retail store: 1464 Lower Main St., Suite 104, Wailuku. Also sold at the Maui Tropical Plantation Country Market.
“Farm-to-spoon” dulce de leche caramel sauces: original, coffee, Molokai sea salt, coconut rum, vanilla and chocolate. Made from goat’s milk, like their “goatlato” ice cream. Variety gift packs of three flavors available.
Sold at Whalers General Store, Mana Foods, Pukalani Superette, Tutu’s pantry, Kihei Foodland, Honolua Store, and the Maui Tropical Plantation Country Market.
Moku Pua Skincare
Brighten up any bathroom with whimsical, colorful handmade bar soap, then pamper the one you love with their Moku Pua (“island flower”) body butter and body mist.
Sold at the Maui Tropical Plantation Country Market.
Maui Tea Farm & Pono Infusions Teas
Savor those peaceful moments between the holiday chaos with organically-grown, hand-picked black, white, and green tea blends and Hawaiian mamaki tea from Kula. Order fruit-infused loose tea and their spicy chai tea blend online, or gift your favorite tea lover a tour of the farm.
Teri Gleason Ceramics
Gleason’s handmade ceramics often have a tropical leaf theme, as do many of her block-printed linoleum-cut greeting cards. A lifelong artist, she has shared her talents as a Kaunoa Senior Center art instructor for 17 years.
Sold at Maui Ocean Center, Maui Tea Farm, and the Maui Tropical Plantation Country Market.
Former math teacher Dan Bennett has been making hand-thrown pottery bowls, mugs, and serving ware on Molokai since 1974. Locals love his blue-glazed Molokai mugs, and fish-themed wall art. Ask nicely and he might ship you something, but he’d rather you visit his home studio.
Shed the chemical soaps and lotions and celebrate the tropics with salve, balms, natural deodorant, and other body care products made with locally-sourced botanical extracts.
Briana & Ryan Mabbutt
A light wrap for the beach or an evening stroll, Serenity’s colorful ulu (breadfruit), hibiscus, monstera, and pineapple-themed sarongs, scarves, and wraps echo the lush, tropical island where they were born.
Sold at Holiday & Co., Biasa Rose, Water Lily, and Mālama Studio at the Maui Tropical Plantation.
Oneloa means long, sandy beach. Their simple, colorful clutch bags, hats, and coin purses make lovely gifts or stocking stuffers, but you might want to grab one of their handy dry bags for yourself. Perfect for stashing a wet swimsuit for the trip home, so everything else in the beach bag doesn’t get damp.
Edana Joy Crochet
Started by high school student Edana Phillips as a hobby, these whimsical hand-crocheted stuffed animals, succulents, and keychains are fun for kids and grownups, alike.
Edana Joy Phillips
Cool Blue Maui & Baby Blue
Whether mothers and daughters like go matchy-matchy or pick their own colors, these lovely women’s and girl’s flower print dresses bring the aloha. Then dress baby up Hawaiian style with keiki clothes from Baby Blue.
Made from a variety of beautiful hardwoods, Mime’s hand-crafted furniture is painstakingly assembled using the old-school glue and dowel method, so no nails to rust and weaken over time. Their chairs, tables, benches, and cutting boards are finished to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
Subtlety is the theme of Kūlua’s aloha shirts, dresses, and keiki clothing. Light colors and pastel shades give their line a feeling of understated elegance.
These leather-strapped purses, shoulder bags, and backpacks are as durable as they are stylish and come in a variety of bold, eye-catching fabrics. Suitable for beach or boardroom.
Block print fabric art graces these toss pillows, clutch bags, t-shirts, and dresses, lending them a classic vintage look and the feel of old Hawaiʻi. Native plants and animals and the beauty of the Hawaiian culture and its music are rendered in stunning artistry and detail.
Sold at Native Intelligence in Wailuku, Biasa Rose in Pāʻia, and Maui Ocean Center.
Baz Maui Art
This former Caribbean windsurfing champion creates mixed-media botanical collage “paintings” using banana bark, bamboo, coconut, and palm fronds. He says, “Mother Nature is the artist.” Cumberbatch takes his inspiration from the natural world, shaping his canvases like the islands, surfboards and other iconic Hawaiian outlines, then filling them with mountains, beaches, jungles, and leaping whales.
Da Beehive is an active beekeeping sanctuary Upcountry where honey bees thrive. They sell natural beeswax lip balms, creams—and of course honey—at their retail store in Pāʻia, but it’s their delicate, highly detailed beeswax candles that are screaming to be boxed up under the tree this year.
Retail store: 16 Baldwin Ave, Pāʻia
Kula Crafts & Flowers
Jon makes classic hand-carved wooden bowls, cutting boards, lazy Susans, and platters. Then Arlene finishes some with a unique seafoam design, like waves washing up on a beach. They also grow flowers at their home in Kula.
Look for Kula Crafts at the Upcountry Farmers Market in December.
Jon & Arlene Emerson
kulacrafts.square.site (Online store closed until Dec. 1.)
Black Sheep Swimwear
Step away from the herd. Mix and match bikini tops and bottoms, then class up the ensemble with swim dresses or beach wraps, and “mermaid” jewelry.
Wraps sold at Maluhia Collective, Wailuku.
Valley Isle Chocolate
Stuff stockings and mouths with these rich, decadent small-batch, single-origin chocolate bars, like their 70 percent cacao bar made from beans grown in Kona. They even make vegan coconut milk chocolate! Or buy a bag of roasted cacao beans and try making your own.
Sold at Alive & Well, Take Home Treasures, Sun Spot Boutique & Gallery, Down to Earth, Mana Foods, and Ho’olawa Market.
Maui Fruit Jewels
“Fruit jewels” are jelly candies made from tropical fruit, organic cane sugar, pectin, and glucose—nothing else. For the kids, consider experimenting with their fruit pastes and purees, and everybody loves their fruit-flavored shortbread cookies.
Lin and Chris ter Horst
Chutney Swamy Foods
Bring the exotic tastes of India to your holiday table with these inspired condiments from the saucy Swamy. Their popular tamarind sauce, mango sauce, and cumin hot sauce are bursting with flavor.
Sold at Mana Foods, Pauwela Store, Tutu’s Pantry, and at the family’s Satrang food truck.
Jason and Harpreet Murthi
Harness the power of plants to maintain your good health. Ami’s organically sourced anti-viral botanical extracts, ailment-specific herbal remedies, and longevity supplements are “built by nature, backed by science.”
Jimmy Lewis Boards
A shaper since 1968, Lewis makes some of the lightest and toughest surfboards, SUPs, kiteboards, and foil boards on the water. Their sandwich construction layers high-density foam over the core blank, with a layer of carbon fiber or fiberglass in between to lend it greater strength, before wrapping it all in carbon or glass again and finishing it with automotive-quality paint. Although manufactured at the Kinetic factory in Vietnam, every prototype is hand shaped by Lewis and tested by his team riders here on Maui.
ʻAlohi Maui Skincare
Rejuvenate your skin with full-spectrum botanical oils and beauty products in waste-free, refillable packaging.
Sold at Imrie Boutique, Mana Foods, Brown Eyed Bella, and Jaws Country Store.
Joelle Lambiotte du Lac
“The Long Corner”— a novel by Alexander Maksik
The fourth novel from Maui author Alexander Maksik. It is early 2017 in New York City, Donald Trump is President and Solomon Fields, a young Jewish journalist-turned-advertising-hack, finds himself disillusioned by the hollowness and conformity of American life. A personal tragedy drives Sol to accept an invitation to an artists’ colony on a tropical island, whose mysterious patron, Sebastian Light, seems to offer the escape Sol desperately needs. But the longer he remains, the more Light comes to resemble Trump himself, and the games he plays with Sol become more dangerous.
Available at Barnes & Noble and bookstores everywhere.
“‘Ohu’ohu na Mauna o ‘E’eka: Place Names of Maui Komohana” by Cody Kapueola’akeanui Pata
Published by University of Hawaiʻi Press, this impressively comprehensive volume of West Maui place names was compiled from dozens of historical maps, 19th & 20th century Hawaiian and English language newspapers, traditional mele (poetic verse), various print publications, recordings of Kanaka Maoli from the region, online databases, and information provided by Pata’s elders.
Says the author, “For Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), inoa ‘aina have always served to encode and relay meaningful information across space and time, from one generation to the next. Inoa ‘aina continue to be revered as inseparable from genealogies, individual and collective narratives, mele, and prayers, and they persist into modern times as cherished and sacred legacies deserving of deference and appreciation.”
“Good Night, Maui” by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper & “Goodnight, goodnight, Lahaina Town” by Jim Mayfield and Monika Iwata
The perfect bedtime stories for local kids. These vibrantly illustrated children’s books, filled with friendly creatures and familiar scenes from daily life on Maui, are a delightful way to send your keiki off to dreamland.
Sold at bookstores everywhere.
Liquid Sunshine Jewelry
Adorn yourself with gifts from the sea! Made in Hana from high-quality Tahitian and freshwater pearls, natural crystals, and seashells collected over 25 years of beachcombing. Strands are 14K gold fill, sterling silver & soft leather.
Mel Ross Canoe Paddles
Grace the walls of your home or office with an authentic koa wood canoe paddle, hand crafted by master woodworker and lifelong waterman, Mel Ross. These gorgeous creations are accented with other beautiful hardwoods like purple heart, maple, and ebony. Each paddle is a unique, functional work of art and reflects the strength and beauty of the Hawaiian people and their seafaring culture.
Sold at Maui Hands retail stores in Lāhainā, Wailea, Makawao, and Pāʻia.
Haliʻimaile Distilling Company
Stoke those spirited family debates in the smoothest of ways this season with craft spirits born of an historic upcountry pineapple plantation. The sweet, ripe Maui Gold fruit is crushed, fermented, and distilled in proprietary glass stills to make clean, crisp Pau Maui Vodka with its hint of fruity brightness; Fid Street Hawaiian Gin crafted with eleven botanicals and fruits; Mahina Premium Rum infused with Kona coffee, Madagascar vanilla, cocoa, clove, cinnamon, and citrus oils; and Paniolo Blended Whiskey, in which fine whiskeys from around the world are blended with neutral pineapple spirits for a clean, smooth finish.
Distillery: 883 Hali’imaile Rd., Makawao
Mark & Cory Nigbur, distillers
The County Department of Transportation rolled out a half-dozen new hybrid electric, 35-foot buses produced by California-based GILLIG BAE, which will initially be deployed in Central Maui. They can carry 40 passengers and have rooftop batteries powered and restored by a diesel generator.
The buses also have a feature that allows a wheelchair to be secured in less than a minute, according to the county.
“These hybrid buses represent an investment in protecting the environment and improving the health and quality of life of our residents,” said outgoing Mayor Michael Victorino. “With improved fuel efficiency, we save money and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change.”
The environment. Pets. The hungry. The houseless. The keiki. The kupuna. Maui is full of charities and nonprofits doing important work, and they all need your help
From broke da mout edibles to unique wearables to handcrafted furniture and much more, these are things being made on Maui, by Mauians. That’s worth supporting, during the holidays and every day
Tiny homes can be attractive in many ways. Some are just plain cute, while most boast appealing economic and environmental benefits. Conservation-minded nature lovers, perhaps inspired by Thoroeau’s “Walden,” like the idea of shrinking their footprint while living outdoors, immersed in the natural environment
Sumiko Inaba’s latest fight was tough. But she was tougher. The Pukalani-born, King Kekaulike High graduate’s most recent mixed-martial arts victory came at Long Beach Arena’s Bellator 286 in Southern California
Maui singer-songwriter Lily Meola could give a master class in discovering the beauty and grace within the paralyzing sadness of losing a loved one. Through her emotional appearances on “America’s Got Talent!”, she already has
“I will never let my kids play on a lawn that doesn’t have dandelions.” This emphatic statement came from a professor visiting my school to give a talk on how pesticides act as endocrine disruptors—chemicals that act much like hormones in both animals and plants
Places to eat on Maui that will make your mouth water
Mosquitos are more than just a blood-sucking nuisance. They’re a significant invasive species that can spread avian malaria and pose a threat to endemic birds. To combat this threat, the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) has been setting traps on the North Shore, trying to capture male Southern house mosquitos