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We hope you’ve saved room in your suitcase. With our shopping guide, you can find the top shops for everything “Maui-grown,” from lilikoi (passion fruit) jams and fresh pineapples to koa wood bowls and swimwear. Style hunters can get their fill of bohemian-resort chic in Paia, luxury brands in Wailea, and paniolo (cowboy) threads in Upcountry’s quiet Makawao town. And before packing up your plunder, conjure up some Zen by soaking in Maui’s natural resources at one of the island’s top spas.
If you’re seeking authentic Hawaiian artistry, check out the handcrafted instruments at Mele Ukulele and Maui Divers’ jewelry designs. Splurge on an heirloom Niihau shell lei found in art galleries around the island or score pretty puka charms from the Maui Swap Meet in Kahului. Maxed out on your luggage weight? No problem. There’s Hello Makana ( www.hellomakana.com ), a subscription service that curates food and gift items from high-quality local artisans and ships to your doorstep. Although the cost of basic goods might be higher on the Islands, keep in mind that the state has a much lower sales tax (4%) than the mainland.
Specialty food products—pineapples, coconuts, or Maui onions—and “Made in Maui” jams and jellies make great, less expensive souvenirs. Cook Kwee’s Maui Cookies have gained a following, as have Maui Potato Chips. Coffee sellers now offer Maui-grown and roasted beans alongside the better-known Kona varieties. Remember that fresh fruit must be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture before it can leave the state, so it’s safest to buy a box that has already passed inspection.
Business hours for individual shops on the island are usually 9-5, seven days a week. Shops on Front Street and in shopping centers tend to stay open later (until 9 or 10 on weekends).
To unwind on your trip, you can rejuvenate in a yoga class and then enter one of the island’s world-class spas. Most treatments use ingredients indigenous to the Valley Isle, like kukui nut, coconut, ginger, and eucalyptus. With coveted beauty lines like Eminence or Epicuren sharing the shelves with locally made Ola Hawaii, you’re bound to find a spa product or two to bring home.
Traditional Swedish massage and European facials anchor most spa menus on the island, though you can also find shiatsu, ayurveda, aromatherapy, and other body treatments drawn from cultures across the globe. It can be fun to try some more local treatments or ingredients, though. Lomilomi, traditional Hawaiian massage involving powerful strokes down the length of the body, is a regional specialty passed down through generations. Many treatments incorporate local plants and flowers. Awapuhi, or Hawaiian ginger, and noni, a pungent-smelling fruit, are regularly used for their therapeutic benefits. Limu, or seaweed, and even coffee are employed in rousing salt scrubs and soaks.
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West Maui | South Shore | Central Maui | Upcountry | North Shore | Road to Hana
One of Maui’s top resort areas, West Maui supports abundant shopping options both cheap and high-end, from weekend crafts fairs under Lahaina’s historical banyan tree to golf apparel at Kapalua and the art galleries on Front Street. Souvenir tchotchkes can be found in local swap meets, and Hawaiian confectionery items are available in most grocery stores.
Fodor’s Choice | Maui Friends of the Library.
Behind the Wharf Cinema Center, this nonprofit bookstore is run by volunteers who are happy to let you spend a few minutes (or hours) browsing shelves filled with mystery, sci-fi, fiction, military history, and “oddball” volumes. There’s a nice section reserved for new Hawaiiana books. If you’ve finished with your vacation reading, donate it to benefit the island’s public libraries. There’s a second location at Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului. | 658 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/667-2696 | www.mfol.org | Closed Sun.
Hawaii’s largest manufacturer of aloha shirts also carries brightly colored blouses, skirts, and children’s clothing. You can pick up many trinkets and gifts here, but be aware that many are not made locally. | The Outlets of Maui, 900 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/667-7911 | www.hilohattie.com .
Honolua Surf Company.
If you’re in the market for colorful print shirts and sundresses, check out this surf shop. It’s popular with young women and men for surf trunks, casual clothing, and accessories. There are two locations on Front Street, plus branches in Lahaina Cannery Mall, The Shops at Wailea, and Paia. | 845 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/661-8848 | www.honoluasurf.com .
This local designer’s day-to-evening pieces add glam to resort wear. Her printed silk caftans and kimono-style tunics are worth a look. | 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy. | Lahaina | 808/344-6672 | www.maggiecoulombe.com.
At this boutique you can snap up the latest styles without breaking the bank. A friendly staff, easy-breezy dresses, resort-perfect rompers, and loads of accessories await the smart shopper. There are branches in Kihei, The Shops at Wailea, and Paia. | 335 Keawe St., #208 | Lahaina | 808/661-0383 | www.shopmahina.com .
This vibrant clothing store champions locally made products from vintage aloha wear to embroidered hats. Owner Roy Wemyss personally makes earth-friendly Kula Herbs Excellent Soap, which he infuses with local flowers, herbs, and even red clay. The soaps are used in local resorts and spas. | 121 Dickenson St. | Lahaina | 808/661-0550 .
Lahaina Square Shopping Center Foodland.
This Foodland serves West Maui and is open daily 6 am-midnight. | 878 Front St., #6B | Lahaina | 808/661-0975 .
The grocery chain has four stores on the island open 24 hours daily. | Lahaina Cannery Mall, 1221 Honoapiilani Hwy. | Lahaina | 808/667-4392 .
Take Home Maui.
The folks at this colorful grocery and deli in West Maui will supply, pack, and deliver produce to your hotel. They can even ship pineapples, papayas, and sweet Maui onions straight from the farm to your door (U.S. mainland only). | 121 Dickenson St. | Lahaina | 800/661-1550 | www.takehomemaui.com .
Fine art photographer Peter Lik is known all over the world. It’s easy to understand why when you see his exquisite and hyperreal pictures of vast Maui landscapes displayed in this Lahaina gallery. | 712 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/661-6623 | www.lik.com/galleries/lahaina.html .
Village Galleries Maui.
This gallery houses the landscape paintings of popular local artists Betty Hay Freeland, George Allan, Joseph Fletcher, Pamela Andelin, Fred KenKnight, and Macario Pascual. There’s a second location at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. | 120 Dickenson St. | Lahaina | 808/661-4402 | www.villagegalleriesmaui.com .
If you’re shopping for gifts in West Maui, don’t miss this store packed with beautiful island-inspired pieces for the home. Most of the teak furniture and home accessories are imported from Bali, but local purveyors supply the inventory of clothing, jewelry, beauty products, kitchenware, and food. | 180 Dickenson St., Suite 111 | Lahaina | 808/661-4802 | www.halezen.com .
Here you can buy brooches, rings, pendants, cuff links, tie tacks, and collector’s items adorned with intricately carved sailors’ art. The store sells a few antiques, but most pieces are modern creations. | 845 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/661-8820 | www.lahainascrimshawmaui.com .
Maui Divers Jewelry.
This company has been crafting pearls, coral, and traditional gemstones into jewelry for more than 55 years. | 658 Wharf St. | Lahaina | 808/662-8666 | www.mauidivers.com .
Lahaina Civic Center Craft Fair.
An eclectic mix of vendors and artists set up shop here, offering the whole gamut of souvenir shopping, from towels to aloha prints. | 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy. | Lahaina | $1 suggested donation | Most Sun. 9-4 .
Lahaina Cannery Mall.
This building, housed inside an old pineapple cannery, has 50 shops. The mall hosts free events year-round like the Keiki Hula Festival and an annual ice-sculpting competition. Free ukulele lessons are available on Tuesday afternoon, and there are free hula shows throughout the week. Recommended stops include Na Hoku, purveyor of striking Hawaiian heirloom-quality jewelry and pearls, and Banana Wind, which carries ocean-inspired home decor. Whether you’re searching for surf and skate threads or tropical resortwear, Crazy Shirt, Hawaiian Island Creations, Serendipity, and other retailers give you ample selections. | 1221 Honoapiilani Hwy. | Lahaina | 808/661-5304 | www.lahainacannerymall.com .
Besides a pizza and burger joint, this plaza includes Barnes & Noble, Maui Dive Shop, and other stores selling sporting goods and beach-chic apparel. Also found here is Foodland Farms, the local grocery store with excellent Maui-grown, organic, and fine-foods sections. | 305 Keawe St. | Lahaina | 808/661-5304 | www.lahainagateway.com .
The Outlets of Maui.
If discounted designer brands don’t entice you to visit this Lahaina retail spot, the dining options most definitely will. Once you’re done perusing goods at Adidas, Gap, Calvin Klein, or Maui Jim sunglasses, refuel with wood-fired pizzas and crafted cocktails from Pi Artisan Pizzeria. Hard Rock Cafe, Ruth’s Chris, and the ultrapopular Warren and Annabelle’s Magic Show are also on the property. | 900 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/661-8277 | www.theoutletsofmaui.com .
Lahaina Printsellers Ltd.
Available here are Hawaii’s largest selection of original antique maps and prints of Hawaii and the Pacific. You can also buy museum-quality reproductions, plus paintings and photographs, many from local artists. Visit their production gallery at 1013 Limahana Place in Lahaina for an even greater selection. | 764 Front St. | Lahaina | 808/667-5815 | www.printsellers.com .
Specializing in black pearls, Jessica’s Gems also has a sublime selection of Hawaiian heirloom jewelry and locally made sterling silver, including custom designs by David Welty, Dave Haake, and Cici Maui Designs. | Whalers Village, 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy. | Kaanapali | 808/661-4223 | www.jessicasgemsmaui.com .
Fodor’s Choice | Whalers Village.
Chic Whalers Village has a whaling museum and wonderful oceanfront restaurants and shops. Upscale haunts include Louis Vuitton, Barron & Leeds, and Kate Spade New York, and beautyphiles can get their fix at Sephora. Elegant home accessories at Martin and MacArthur and Totally Hawaiian Gift Gallery are perfect Hawaii-made souvenirs, while the many great surf and swimwear shops will prepare you for a day at the beach. The outdoor mall also offers free weekly entertainment, lei-making classes, and hula lessons; check their website for a complete schedule. | 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy. | Kaanapali | 808/661-4567 | www.whalersvillage.com .
The South Shore resort area is best known for expensive designer shopping, but you can find some cheaper, more local options. Browse ornate beaded accessories while listening to island rhythms at Kihei Kalama Village Marketplace, or splurge on high-end labels at The Shops at Wailea. Otherwise, turn to a strip mall—or seven—to fulfill your gifting needs.
In Kihei town center, this is the most convenient supermarket for those staying in Wailea. It’s open daily 5 am-1 am. | 1881 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/879-9350 .
Open 24 hours a day, this store is a convenient place to stock up for South Maui stays. | 277 Piikea Ave. | Kihei | 808/891-9120 .
In the middle of Kihei Kalama Village is this humble nook with an abundant supply of coffees, teas, cookies, jams, and other specialty-food items made on Maui. You’re encouraged to ask for samples. | 1941 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/874-6400 | www.tutuspantry.com .
Azeka Place Shopping Center.
Spread across two phases on either side of South Kihei Road, this no-frills shopping center in the heart of Kihei caters to locals and visitors alike. The mall is comprised of more than 50 stores, including a scuba shop for rentals and dive bookings, a gas station, several great take out and dine-in restaurants, a coffee shop and post office. Ample free parking make this an easy stop to fulfill your basic needs. | 1279 and 1280 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/879-5000 .
Kihei Kalama Village.
Encompassing more than 40 specialty shops and restaurants, this area known as “the Triangle” attracts visitors and locals alike. In addition to the brick-and-mortar establishments, there are shaded outdoor stalls selling everything from printed and hand-painted T-shirts and sundresses to jewelry, pottery, wood carvings, fruit, and gaudily painted coconut husks—some, but not all, made by local craftspeople. | 1941 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/879-6610 .
Condo guests can do some one-stop shopping at this mall—it offers spa treatments, Hawaiian gifts, local art, plate lunches, snorkel rental, and a liquor store. There’s also a henna tattoo shop and another doing the real thing. | 2439 S. Kihei Rd. | Kihei | 808/879-1145 | www.rainbowmall-maui.com .
Sundresses, swimwear, sandals, bright beach towels, and stylish resort wear fill this upscale resort boutique. There is a second location in Whalers Village. | Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/874-3998 .
Painted silk gowns and glittering tiaras command attention in the window of the Enchantress—the only boutique on the island where you can buy a fantasy wedding gown off the rack. Indulge the feminine whims with a woven leather handbag from Isabella Fiore, or Swarovski-studded sandals. | The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/891-6360 | www.mauienchantress.com .
It’s hard to find a man on Maui who isn’t wearing a TB-logo aloha shirt. For better or worse, here’s where you can get yours. And just to prove you’re on vacation, grab a postshopping drink or dessert at the restaurant attached to the shop. | The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/879-7828 | www.tommybahama.com .
The Shops at Wailea.
Stylish, upscale, and close to most of the resorts, this mall brings high fashion to Wailea. Luxury boutiques such as Gucci, Cos Bar, and Tiffany & Co. are represented, as are less expensive chains like Gap, BCBG Max Azria, and Tommy Bahama. Several good restaurants face the ocean, and regular Wednesday-night events include live entertainment, art exhibitions, and fashion shows. Island Gourmet Markets offers everything from grocery essentials to locally made food products, plus a wide selection of takeaway food options. Don’t miss the wonderful galleries here, including Mouche Gallery, where you can find legendary Melvin Sokolsky prints. | 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/891-6770 | www.shopsatwailea.com .
Wailea Gateway Center.
Although lunch at chef Peter Merriman’s Monkeypod is reason enough to venture to Wailea Gateway Center, you might also be enticed by the artisanal confections from Sweet Paradise Chocolate, fine foods at Market by Capische, and all things lovely, local, and stylish at Otaheite Hawaii. | 34 Wailea Gateway Pl. | Wailea .
Locals come here in droves for their monthly Costco run or to catch the latest flick at Queen Kaahumanu Center, but Central Maui can also be an ideal shopping destination for visiting families who are passing time on their way to or from the airport. Most of the stores here can be found on the mainland; however, some specialty shops are worth a peek for Hawaiiana or water-sports goods.
Fodor’s Choice | Hi-Tech.
Stop here immediately after deplaning to stock up on surf trunks, windsurfing gear, bikinis, or sundresses. You can also rent a surfboard or sign up for windsurfing or kitesurfing lessons while you’re at it. You’ll find additional branches Kihei and Paia. | 425 Koloa St. | Kahului | 808/877-2111 | www.surfmaui.com .
Maui Coffee Roasters.
The best stop on Maui for Kona and Island coffees is this café and roasting house near Kahului Airport. Salespeople give good advice and will ship items, and you even get a free cup of joe in a signature to-go cup when you buy a pound of coffee. | 444 Hana Hwy. | Kahului | 808/877-2877 | www.mauicoffeeroasters.com .
If you’re coming from the airport, this grocery store (one of three on the island) may be a useful stop. It’s open 24 hours daily. | 170 E. Kamehameha Ave. | Kahului | 808/877-3377 .
Maui Swap Meet.
Crafts, souvenirs, fruit, shells, and aloha attire make this flea market in a college parking lot the island’s biggest bargain. Maui’s food trucks and specialty doughnuts are an added draw. | Off Kahului Beach Rd. | Kahului | 808/244-3100 | www.mauiexposition.com | 50¢ | Sat. 7 am-1 pm .
Longs Drugs anchors the mall, which also has a Whole Foods where you can put together a great picnic lunch. There’s a decent ramen house, Oritsu Ramen, and the cult fave Tasaka Guri Guri Shop—it’s been around for nearly a hundred years, selling an ice cream-like confection called guri guri. The mall also has a whimsically designed 12-screen megaplex. | 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave. | Kahului| 808/877-8952 | www.mauimall.com .
On the busy stretch of Dairy Road, this behemoth mall near Kahului Airport couldn’t be more conveniently located. The 20-acre complex houses several outlet stores and big retailers, such as Pier One Imports, Sports Authority, and Old Navy. Sample local and ethnic cuisines at the Kau Kau Corner food court. | 270 Dairy Rd. | Kahului | 808/873-0400 .
Queen Kaahumanu Center.
Maui’s largest mall has more than 100 stores and restaurants, a movie theater, and a food court. The mall’s interesting rooftop, composed of a series of manta ray-like umbrella shades, is easily spotted. Stop at Camellia Seeds for what locals call “crack seed,” a snack made from dried fruits, nuts, and lots of sugar. Fresh Hawaii-based streetwear like 808 All Day or In4mation can be found at 180 Boardshop. Other stops include mall standards such as Macy’s, Pacific Sunwear, and American Eagle Outfitters. | 275 W. Kaahumanu Ave. | Kahului | 808/877-3369 | www.queenkaahumanucenter.com .
Arts and Crafts
Fodor’s Choice | Mele Ukulele.
For a professional quality, authentic ukulele, skip the souvenir shops. Mele’s handcrafted beauties are made of koa or mahogany and strung and finished by the store’s owner, Michael Rock. There is a second location in The Shops at Wailea. | 1750 Kaahumanu Ave. | Wailuku | 808/244-3938 | www.meleukulele.com .
Fodor’s Choice | Native Intelligence.
This store in the heart of Wailuku champions cultural traditions and craftsmanship. It has curated Hawaiian and Polynesian works of art that include traditional wear, weaponry, photography, books, music, and even surfboards. | 1980 Main St. | Wailuku | 808/249-2421 | www.native-intel.com .
At this clothing store, statement Polynesian prints are redefined in vibrantly colored blouses, pareos (beach wraps), dresses, and aloha shirts. All clothing is designed and made locally, as is most of the jewelry. | 53 N. Market St. | Wailuku | 808/344-1642 .
Beyond the resort areas and the airport retail strip you can find some of Maui’s most distinctive shops. Discover Upcountry Maui’s treasures like gourmet cheeses from Surfing Goat Dairy, and traipse around Makawao for fashion-forward tropical pieces and paniolo gear.
Arts and Crafts
Hot Island Glass.
With furnaces glowing bright orange and loads of mesmerizing sculptures on display, this glassworks is an exciting place to visit. The studio, set back from Makawao’s main street in a little courtyard, is owned by a family of glassblowers. There’s one day each week when the furnace is at rest, so call the studio if you’re visiting to see the artists at work. | 3620 Baldwin Ave., #101-A | Makawao | 808/572-4527 | www.hotislandglass.com .
This eclectic boutique is brimming with clothing, pretty jewelry, humorous gift cards, housewares, leather goods, yoga wear, Asian-inspired silk shirts, and local beauty products. | 3677 Baldwin Ave. | Makawao | 808/572-0781 | www.collectionsmauiinc.com .
Designing Wahine Emporium.
At this Upcountry haven for Hawaiian merchandise and Balinese imports, you can find endless gift options like authentic aloha shirts, jams and jellies, children’s clothes and books, bath and beauty products, and home decor crafted from wood. | 3640 Baldwin Ave. | Makawao | 808/573-0990 .
Pink By Nature.
Owner Desiree Martinez knows what the modern bohemian wants to wear. She keeps her rustic store stocked with local jewelry and feminine pieces from Indah, Bella Dahl, and Novella Royalle. Versatile plaid shirts from Rails are popular, as are their selections of Toms sunglasses and Frye boots. An equally stylish men’s and home branch is located a few shops down. | 3663 Baldwin Ave. | Makawao | 808/572-9576 .
Volcano Spice Co. Store.
This family operation sells spice blends and hot sauces. Try the fiery Hawaiian Style sea salt with local chilies. The store also carries locally made artwork, jewelry, and bath products. | 3621 Baldwin Ave., Suite 2 | Makawao | 808/572-7729 | www.volcanospicecompany.com .
Sherri Reeve Gallery and Gifts.
Watercolor enthusiasts rave about Sherri Reeve’s pastel expressions of Maui’s landscapes, flora, and fauna. Her origami-like sculpted works are sublime, and her designs have been applied to houseware goods that make for ideal gifts. | 3669 Baldwin Ave. | Makawao | 808/572-8931 | www.sreeve.com .
This friendly gallery is co-owned by six local artists and offers eclectic paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and glass, along with locally made jewelry and quilts. In a courtyard across from Market Fresh Bistro, its monthly exhibits feature artists from various disciplines. | 3620 Baldwin Ave. | Makawao | 808/572-5979 | www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com .
Maui Master Jewelers.
The shop’s exterior is as rustic as all the old buildings of Makawao and belies the elegance of the handcrafted jewelry displayed within. The store has added a diamond collection to its designs. | 3655 Baldwin Ave. | Makawao | 808/573-5400 | www.mauimasterjewelers.com .
Shops in the North Shore’s Paia are as diverse as the town’s history and eclectic as its residents.
The whole family can shop for stylish threads at this boutique. Charming items—including pillows, shoes, and earth-friendly bags—are on display along with comfy Splendid and James Perse cotton tees, airy tunics, Mother Denim jeans, and statement Joya necklaces. The store has a great menswear selection that include Velvet and vintage Aloha shirts. Repurposed kids’ clothing and home accessories are locally made. At Rose’s Closet, the women’s consignment area in the back, you can score designer pieces on a dime. | 104 Hana Hwy. | Paia | 808/579-8602 | www.biasarose.com .
These sultry swimsuits and cover-ups have graced countless magazine covers and wowed celebrities. Letarte’s eco-friendly Maui flagship store carries cool gift items, including local jewelry by Maui Mari and Taurus Moon. Founders and sisters Michele and Lisa have also opened locations in California, New York, Palm Beach, and other coastal hotspots. | 24 Baldwin Ave. | Paia | 808/579-6022 | www.letarteswimwear.com .
If you’re looking for an aloha shirt that won’t look out of place on the mainland, make a stop at this store, which sells nicely designed pieces by Nat Nast. The women’s store across the street carries work-friendly casual wear in luxurious and breatheable fabrics. If you can’t make it to the North Shore, there are branches in Lahaina and Wailea. | 27 Baldwin Ave. | Paia | 808/579-3131 | www.moonbowtropics.com .
Los Angeles meets Maui at Nuage Bleu, a good spot for the coveted resort collections of Mara Hoffman, the downtown flair of Rebecca Minkoff and J Brand, and beachy Joie A La Plage sandals. The entrance emanates exotic scents from Comptoir Sud Pacifique, a fragrance line from Paris. If you’re looking for something Maui-made, grab some Shaka Street Soap Works, Annie Fischer clutches, Hula Hoops jewelry, or stylish children’s clothing by Bitty Bambu. | 76 Hana Hwy. | Paia | 808/579-9792 .
Fodor’s Choice | Tamara Catz.
This Maui designer has a worldwide following, and her superstylish threads have appeared in many fashion magazines. If you’re looking for ethereal tunics, delicately embroidered maxis, or beaded wedge sandals, this is the place. Catz also has a bridal line that is elegant and beach-perfect. Her pieces cost a pretty penny, but if you visit around May or December, you might luck out on one of her sample sales. | 83 Hana Hwy. | Paia | 808/579-9184 | www.tamaracatz.com .
Fodor’s Choice | Mana Foods.
At this bustling health food store you can stock up on local fish and grass-fed beef for your barbecue. You’ll find the best selection of organic produce on the island, as well as a great bakery and deli. The healthy and beauty room has a dizzying selection of products that promise to keep you glowing. | 49 Baldwin Ave. | Paia | 808/579-8078 | www.manafoodsmaui.com .
Fresh gelato made with organic fruit is the draw here. Try the lilikoi quark cheese flavor and thank us later. You’ll also find jams, jellies, and dressings from Jeff Gomes, coffees from Maui Oma Roasters, and treats from the Maui Culinary Academy. | 115 Hana Hwy. | Paia | 808/579-9201 | www.paiagelato.com .
Art Project Paia.
Photographer and gallerist Tatiana Botton brings a stark and fresh perspective to the Maui art community with a well-curated selection of contemporary photography, sculptures, ceramics, and paintings. | 77 Hana Hwy. | Paia | 808/214-6949 | www.artprojectpaia.com .
Fodor’s Choice | Maui Crafts Guild.
The island’s only artist cooperative, Maui Crafts Guild is crammed with treasures. Resident artists produce lead-glazed pottery, basketry, glass and feather art, photography, ceramics, and pressed-flower art. The prices are surprisingly low. | 120 Hana Hwy. | Paia | 808/579-9697 | www.mauicraftsguild.com .
This gallery shows work by hundreds of local artists: exquisite woodwork, lovely ceramics, authentic Niihau shell lei, wave metal etchings by Richard DiGiacomo, and famous wave photography by Clark Little. There are locations in Lahaina, Makawao, and at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali. | 84 Hana Hwy. | Paia | 808/579-9245 | www.mauihands.com .
Fodor’s Choice | Maui Girl.
This is the place on Maui for swimwear, cover-ups, beach hats, and sandals. Maui Girl designs its own suits, which have been spotted in Sports Illustrated fashion shoots, and imports tinier versions from Brazil as well. Tops and bottoms can be purchased separately, increasing your chances of finding the perfect fit. You can also find Tori Praver Swimwear designs here. | 12 Baldwin Ave. | Paia| 808/579-9266 | www.maui-girl.com .
These Maui-designed bikinis are manufactured in Brazil and come in itty-bitty cuts that stay put during surfing or beach-volleyball sessions. There is a second branch in Lahaina. | 123 Hana Hwy. | Paia | 808/579-8882 | www.pakalohamaui.com .
ROAD TO HANA
Hana’s shopping scene consists mainly of flower and fruit stands, but you won’t want to miss the fine art collection at Hana Coast Gallery.
Arts and Crafts
Hana Cultural Center.
The center preserves ancient Hawaiian artifacts like distinctive quilts, fishing nets, and kapas (traditional cloth made from the beaten bark of a tree). It also sells books, jewelry boxes, and other cultural crafts. A small donation is requested at the museum entrance. | 4974 Uakea Rd. | Hana | 808/248-8622 | www.hanaculturalcenter.org .
Fodor’s Choice | Hana Coast Gallery.
One of the most well-curated galleries on the island, this 3,000-square-foot facility has handcrafted koa furniture, marble sculptures, photography, and jewelry on consignment from local artists. | Travaasa Hana, 5031 Hana Hwy. | Hana | 808/248-8636 , 800/637-0188 | www.hanacoast.com .
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Kamahao a Marilyn Monroe Spa, Hyatt Regency Maui.
The spa’s oceanfront salon has a million-dollar view and is a convenient beach stroll away from its adjacent parking lot. The facility is spacious and well appointed, offering traditional Hawaiian lomilomi and hot stone massage, in addition to refreshing treatments such as the detoxifying volcanic clay body wrap, and the Marilyn kopa’a scrub, a sugar scrub infused with lilikoi. Tap into the powers of aromatherapy with the Marilyn Signature Massage and Best of Both Worlds options; the latter also includes reflexology techniques. Facial treatments use the Marilyn Monroe organic skin care line. | Hyatt Regency Maui, 200 Nohea Kai Dr. | Lahaina | 808/667-4500 | www.maui.hyatt.com | $135 for 50-min massage, $200 spa packages .
Heavenly Spa by Westin.
Reward yourself at this oceanfront spa with an exquisite lime-sugar body scrub for better circulation or a green-papaya milk bath in a hydrotherapy tub to ease sore muscles. Other options include a cabana massage (for couples, too) and sunburn relief with a nurturing aloe and dilo blend. Facial and body treatments use eco-friendly emerginC organic products. The retail space also carries chic resort wear and locally made Ola products. While you wait for your treatment, sip on ambrosia tea or pineapple-mint water in the spacious, ocean-view relaxation lounge. | The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy. | Kaanapali | 808/661-2588 | www.westinmaui.com | $145 for 50-min massage, $270 day spa packages.
Fodor’s Choice | Spa Montage, Kapalua Bay.
This spa’s nondescript entrance opens onto an airy, modern beach house with a panoramic view of Kapalua Bay. With amenities including a gym, a saltwater infinity pool, and outdoor hydrotherapy circuits, you can easily spend a day meandering about the spa’s three floors without feeling cooped up. The menu includes some ancient Hawaiian healing practices. The ‘awa and cacao cocoon, designed by Big Island resident and healer Darrell Lapulapu, begins with a special kava tea for instant relaxation, is followed by a body wrap of cacao and kukui oil, and finishes with lomilomi. | 100 Bay Dr. | Kapalua | 808/662-8282 | www.spamontage.com | $195 for 60-min massage; 15% discount on 3 or more treatments .
Fodor’s Choice | Waihua Spa, Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
At this gorgeous 17,500-square-foot spa, you enter a blissful maze where floor-to-ceiling riverbed stones lead to serene treatment rooms, couples’ hales (cabanas), and a rain forest-like grotto with a Jacuzzi, dry cedar sauna, and eucalyptus steam rooms. Hang out in the coed waiting area, where sliding-glass doors open to a whirlpool overlooking a taro-patch garden. Exfoliate any rough spots with a pineapple-papaya or alaea salt (Hawaiian red sea salt) and coconut oil scrub, then wash off in a private outdoor shower garden before indulging in a lomilomi massage. High-end beauty treatments include advanced oxygen technology to tighten and nourish mature skin. The boutique has a highly coveted collections of organic, local, and high-end beauty products, fitness wear, and Maui-made Nina Kuna jewelry and natural skin-care lines. The fitness center is handsomely appointed. | The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr. | Kapalua | 808/669-6200 , 800/262-8440 | www.ritzcarlton.com | $175 for 50-min massage, $315 spa packages .
Awili Spa and Salon, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.
The Japanese term omakase means to trust the chef to create a fulfilling dining experience. The Awilii Spa and Salon uses this concept at its apothecary or blending bar (awili means “to mix”), where freshly dehydrated organic and local fruits and herbs are made into oils and blended together according to a guest’s preferences. Papaya or pineapple pulp are made into powder for scrubs, and local chilies are made into a warming a massage oil. Set aside an extra hour to fully indulge in the blending bar, or opt for ready-made concoctions like the kava, noni, and aloe combo for body exfoliation. The cool, soothing interior of this spa is an extension of the minimalist, monochromatic style of the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Relaxation lounges are stocked with thoughtful amenities like tea, coconut macaroons, and edamame hummus. | Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/573-1234 | maui.andaz.hyatt.com | $175 for 60-min massage.
Fodor’s Choice | The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui.
The resort’s hawklike attention to detail and genuine hospitality are reflected here. Thoughtful gestures like fresh flowers beneath the massage table, organic ginger tea in the relaxation room, and your choice of music ease your mind and muscles before the treatment even begins. The spa is romantic yet modern, and the therapists are superb. The Lomi Mohala massage uses muscle-relaxing oils blended exclusively for the treatment. Shop for sustainable and organic beauty products like ISUN and Ola Hawaii from the Big Island, or book an appointment at the Ajne blending bar to customize a scent according to your body chemistry. For the ultimate indulgence, reserve one of the seaside open-air hale hau (traditional thatch-roof houses). You can have two therapists realign your body and spirit with a lomilomi massage. Taking wellness to heart, the spa partnered with a clinical nutritionist, Dr. Mark Emerson, who gives a complimentary consultation and then designs a “Wellness Your Way” program befitting the guest’s health needs. Offerings include noninvasive laser body shaping treaments, indoor or outdoor fitness activities, and a nourishing menu created by the hotel’s culinary team. | Four Seasons Resort Maui, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr. | Wailea | 808/874-8000 | www.fourseasons.com/maui | $165 for 50-min massage .
Fodor’s Choice | Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Kea Lani.
This spa makes meticulous use of Hawaii’s natural elements to replenish your Zen. Give a full hour to enjoy the fascinating amenities, two if you plan to work out. At the mud bar, small bowls of volcanic ash eucalyptus clay or white lavender and taro clay can be applied to the body before you head to the steam room. From there, rinse off in a high-tech shower that combines color, sound, and hydrotherapy to mimic different types of Hawaiian rain. A heated stone bench awaits to deepen the relaxation before the treatment. The spa has advanced technology like a wave massage table to simulate floating or LED light and microcurrent electric pulse to tighten the skin. | 4100 Wailea Alanui | Wailea | 808/875-2229 | www.willowstreamspamaui.com | $165 for 60-min massage, $345 spa package .
ROAD TO HANA
The Spa at Travaasa Hana.
A bamboo gate opens into an outdoor sanctuary with a lava-rock basking pool and hot tub. At first glimpse, this spa seems to have been organically grown, not built. The sprawling garden that overlooks Hana Bay. Ferns still wet from Hana’s frequent downpours nourish the spirit as you rest with a cup of Hawaiian herbal tea, or take an invigorating dip in the cold plunge pool, or have a therapist stretch your limbs as you soak in the warm waters of the aquatic therapy pool. Luxurious skin-care treatments feature organic products from Amala, and body treatments incorporate organic Maui-made Ala Lani Bath and Body products. | Travaasa Hana, 5031 Hana Hwy. | Hana | 808/270-5290 | www.travaasa.com/hana | $130 for 60-min massage, $200 spa package.