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Local artist Sherri Reeve is known for her vivid watercolors depicting Hawaiian marine life. Original paintings, prints, gift cards and even designer T-shirts are available in her Upcountry store. Sherri's work can be seen in various other galleries and shops, but this store has the widest selection by far. Brightly colored yet somehow gentle, her style is very different from most local artists'. It focuses on simple beauty rather than hyper-color surrealism.
The soothing atmosphere of this place is augmented by whirring fans and gently burbling fountains. Upon walking in, one can shake off the lethargy brought on by the humid Maui weather and get down to the serious business of shopping.
All kinds of locally made merchandise is available, including hand-sewn quilts and lovely stained glass. The entire line of Paradise Fragrances is for sale. Among the more expensive items are the Ni'ihau shell leis, made on the Forbidden Isle out of hundreds of tiny shells hand-strung onto many strands.
Located in the Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei, Maui Quilt Shop is the best place on the island for fabric, patterns and other quilt related items. The selection of fabrics are especially selected for quilters who appreciate heirloom quality and fade-resistant colors. In addition to a wide range of supplies, the shop also has organized lessons for those who want to learn traditional quilting techniques, Hawaii quilt pattern making. The shop attracts also many island quilters who come to socialize, trade tips and much more. The shopping center offers ample free parking and is easy to find in South Maui. - Lottie Tagupa
Clothing and surf gear are sold at this Paia Town store, which caters to the international windsurf contingent. The apparel mostly follows the upscale hippy styling that's so popular in Pai'ia; you'll see a wide selection of Aloha shirts, surf shorts, flowered dresses and flirty swimsuits. While a large part of business is derived from the sale and rental of surf equipment, you'd never know it by looking. The boards are somehow hidden away, while the other equipment is tucked neatly into one corner of the store.
Aesthetically a notch above its across-the-street neighbor the Aloha Marketplace, this bazaar sells local arts, crafts and gift items. A number of local artisans and vendors have booths in the open-air market, while specific business such as Jabooka Jooce and Alexander's Fish & Chips are clustered around the bazaar area. A sunny outdoor patio in the center is the perfect spot for an informal meal. It is fairly easy to spot this place; it looks like a gigantic warehouse with no front doors. Credit card acceptance policy and hours of operation vary by merchant.
This shop is not your typical airport chain store. Located just a few steps from airport security, they offer a long list of items including fresh pineapples, casual wear and trinkets. The selection is good for an airport shop and they also have items that high quality and long-lasting. The t-shirts have exclusive designs that are perfect as gifts for family and friends. As expected, the pineapples are the most popular item. Packed well, they will be ready to eat after a long flight across the Pacific. They also carry a long list of travel accessories and necessities. - Lottie Tagupa
Just steps away from the restaurant and gates, this shop is located in the secured area at Kahului Airport. Additionally, this shop is a lifesaver for travelers who need last minute gifts or other items before they leave the island. The open-air airport is smaller than most airports and although there are not many shops, this is one that seems to have everything anyone would need. The staff is helpful and patient, even during the busiest times during the day.
When you are planning on buying little hula dolls for about 100 people back home, this is the place to visit. Great quantities of every stereotypical Hawaiian souvenir are on the shelves. You will find sarongs, souvenir license plates, macadamia nuts, hats and more. This is also the place to find flip-flops, trashy paperbacks or any other beach essential. The store is large, well-lit and well-organized—which is good, because the service can be sluggish. There are other store locations throughout Maui.
Small, quiet and charming, this is much more of a neighborhood mall than neighboring Ka'ahumanu Center is. Locals come here to pick up new books, music or sundries. After a recent facelift, the mall is more appealing to the crowds of cruise ship passengers who visit weekly. There are specialty shops and a few eateries, including an International House of Pancakes.
Tropical fashions to outfit the entire family—literally—are sold here. Vivid, lovely batik prints are cut to fit children, women and men. Several pictures on the back wall show families, all dressed in exactly the same outfit, posing against a background of tropical palm trees. If you absolutely must do the matching-outfits thing, this is a very good place to look for them. Somehow, the clothes here can flatter men, women or messy toddlers. The store itself is a rainbow of color, drawing customers in from across the fairway.
This mom and pop shop in the Happy Valley area of Wailuku is one of the more authentic and especially successful grocery stores in Central Maui. For example, they offer everything national convenience stores have and then some. The shop opens early for those who want to grab a quick cup of coffee and a bear claw before work and a bento for lunch. The after work crowd stops in for a case of cold beer and poke. Yes, that's right: ahi poke. All kinds of ahi poke, sashimi and island style sushi. Please note that parking is a bit tight, but it's worth the extra effort. - Lottie Tagupa