We’ve made no secret of our love for boutique shops selling wares unique to Hawaii. Our argument for frequenting these outlets is simple: You don’t come all the way out here to buy the same things you can at home. Our culture is too rich, too diverse, and too inviting to pass these places by.
Now that we’re all on the same page, allow us to recommend two great Hawaii-centric stores on Maui. The first is called Maui Thing, a clothing and lifestyle brand begun in 2007 and premised on the slogan “Stuck on Good.” Translation: good feeling, good vibes, and good quality.
What Maui Thing has done is put a twist on the staid and, frankly, boring tourist T-shirt. You know, the kind you find at the airport with a picture of the beach and “Hawaii” emblazoned across the top. These aren’t exactly fashion-forward pieces. But, hey, they do go well with hip-packs!
Anyway, Maui Thing’s shirts have a restraint that allows the message to come across loud and clear without beating you over the head. So you’ll see “Have an Aloha Day!” with a neon-lit palm tree, not a cheesy beach scene. That type of personalized touch extends throughout the line, from yoga flow pants ($46) to tote bags ($10 to $20) to lanyards ($5).
We also highly recommend Native Intelligence. Like Honolulu’s Island Keepsakes (which we profiled here), this store is dedicated to selling locally made products. From Indigenous Soap ($8.50) to a coin purse made from Hala tree leaves ($25) to a bamboo kampa stamp ($35.95), the items here are as diverse as they are unique.
Where else can you get a surfboard made on the islands where surfing was invented and drums modeled on those used by ancient Hawaiians? Home Depot it is not.
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.