Top Ten Maui Souvenirs
Article by Shannon Wianecki
Besides that sunburn, bring something marvelous home from Maui. Any one of the following tropical souvenirs will tide you over when the mainland traffic jams or snowstorms start to chip away at your sanity...
Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Fish Plate
Can't pronounce the name of Hawaii's state fish? Never mind, you'll have fun trying when you dish up a meal for friends on this colorful souvenir—a ceramic plate in the shape of the famous triggerfish.
Where to buy: Maui Swap Meet, next to the Kahului Post Office, Puunene Ave., Kahului. Open 7:00am-noon every Saturday, 50 cents admission
Maui Mokka Coffee
A daily grind to savor. Packed with sumptuous hints of chocolate and bright floral notes, Maui Mokka is delicious and rare. The variety dates back 1,000 years to Ethiopia and now grows only in Kaanapali.
Where to buy: MauiGrown Coffee Company Store, 277 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina, (808) 667-2827.
Koa Wood Bowl
Hawaiians treasure koa, the largest native forest tree, for its strength and beauty. Local craftsmen carve gorgeous bowls, jewelry boxes, and picture frames out its multi-hued, swirling woodgrains. Bowls made from the wood (whose name means "bold, fearless, and valiant") make valuable gifts.
Where to buy: Maui Hands, several locations: at the Hyatt Regency Kaanapali, 200 Nohea Kai Dr., Kaanapali, (808) 667-7997, 612 Front St., Lahaina, (808) 667-9898, 84 Hana Hwy., Paia, (808) 579-9245, and 3620 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, (808) 572-9154.
Sig Zane Aloha Shirt
Forget Tommy Bahama's—the best aloha shirts are made by local clothing designer Sig Zane. His clean, modern designs incorporate island plants and flowers. Zane's subtle yet stunning patterns also adorn simple clutch purses, quilts, and new collection of hand-tied rugs.
Where to buy: Sig Zane, 53 Market St., Wailuku (808) 249-8997. www.sigzane.com
Tamara Catz Sundress.
Ladies will swoon over the tropical slip dresses and hand embroidered skirts created by island fashionista Tamara Catz. Their boyfriends might swoon too, when they catch sight of the sequined bikinis recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Where to buy: Tamara Catz, 83 Hana Hwy., Paia (808) 579-9184
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