Valley Isle Excursions Sky
Valley Isle Excursions Sky

Explore Maui

Tool Box

Top Ten Maui Souvenirs - Part 2

Hawaiian Quilt

When the missionary ladies taught their Hawaiian counterparts how to quilt, they had no idea the artistic revolution they'd inspire. Hawaiian women created a unique appliqué style all their own. Today, Hawaiian quilts are known around the world for their bright, contrasting patterns that reflect the beauty of the islands.

Maui Family Vacations

Where to Buy: Hawaiian Quilt Collection at the Hyatt Regency Maui

210 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali, (808) 667-7660


While away the hours back home strumming your ukulele. And don't buy a toy uke. Get the real thing. You'll be glad you did.

Where to buy: Mele Ukulele, 1750 Kaahumanu Ave., Wailuku (808 )244-3938

Hasegawa Store T-shirt

Mom and pop shops like Hasegawa's were once the mainstay of Hawaiian households. Many of them have closed, now that we have Costco and Kmart just like everybody else. Not Hasegawa's. After the nearly 100-year old store burned to the ground in 1990, the family rebuilt and is as busy as ever. Wear the shirt with pride.

Where to buy: Hasegawa General Store, Hana Hwy., Hana, (808) 248-8231

Chocolate Macadamia Nuts

Caramel macadamia nuts are ono (delicious), but even whole mac nuts dipped in bittersweet chocolate are even better. Trust us.

Where to buy: Maui Coffee Roasters, 444 Hana Hwy., Kahului (808) 877-2877

Sand Between Your Toes

Nothing says "vacation" quite like a few golden granules clinging to your toes. Before boarding the plane, take one last dip at Kanaha beach. The beach park's entrance is adjacent to the airport, so you can soak up paradise to the very last minute.

Shannon Wianecki investigates the often-contentious territory dividing her two passions: sustainability and luxury travel. Her articles on food, travel, social dilemmas, and the environment have been published in magazines throughout the US and Australia. As Food Editor for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, she takes the pulse of the Pacific dining scene in "Gossip Gourmet." She's the author of several travel books, most recently Fodors Maui 2007. Read her work at

< back   find more by Shannon Wianecki