Things I’m Loving Now

by Tania Ginoza on January 15, 2014 · 4 comments

First up, da best lemonade, ever…

Things Lemonade

Wow Wow Lemonade

Wow Wow Lemonade makes ono hand pressed lemonade, puts it in a mason jar and serves it up from a hip hut outside Hawaiian Island Surf & Sport (corner of Dairy Road and Hana Highway). They favor local ingredients and have an extensive menu of refreshing liquid concoctions. Lilikoi, ginger, coconut water, limeade, guava…yum. The only thing you won’t like is how freaking hard it is to choose. I also couldn’t fit the mason jar in my CRV beverage holder but it was a small price to pay because that sucker lasted me all day.

Things Cafe Carmen

Cafe Carmen

One day I texted a fellow Maui SMUGerErik Blair, and asked for a good place to write and get a good meal. He turned me on to Cafe Carmen at the Tech Park. Aiii, da coffee is so good, it’s heaven in a giant cup. Dad and I like to go out for father daughter brekkie on the occasional Sunday and Carmen is one of our new favorite spots. I’m addicted to the salted caramel latte (pictured) and dad prefers his American style (made with Maui Coffee Roasters beans). The interior is also fantastic, very Brooklyn meets Maui, with a ton of great ideas for upcycling and DIY art play.

What are your favorite Maui spots to grab some grindz or a yummy brew?

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Hale Lani, House of the Heavens…Maui Meadows

by Tania Ginoza on January 4, 2014 · 4 comments

My family moved to Maui Meadows in the early ’70s. Maui Meadows is a neighborhood in South Kihei located directly above Wailea. I was four when our house was being built in 1972 and I remember our home being one of just a few. We were surrounded by hills of empty lots filled with thorny kiawe trees. A few of my father’s family and friends wondered why he would want to live so far away from central Maui. My oh my, how things have changed. Maui Meadows is now a desired area nestled between mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) with very few undeveloped lots. Residents enjoy cool mountain breezes, an ocean view and a close proximity to some of the best beaches on the island.

When I decided to return to Maui a few years ago I began to search for a rental until my dad suggested he expand the family house so I could live with them. I eagerly agreed. My intent on returning home was to spend time with my parents after more than two decades away and also to be available to them if and when they needed me in their senior years. I could think of no better location to live than Maui Meadows. I cuddle up at night in the crisp evenings, see amazing sunsets on my daily walks and wake up to birds chirping. I can also be at my favorite beach in Wailea, shopping at a boutique or sitting at Monkeypod’s bar enjoying wine and gnocchi in mere minutes. Since the 70s, highways have been built and expanded so Maui Meadows is also conveniently just a 25 minute drive from the central area and a few minutes drive from lower Kihei and its many grocers and other retail.

I live in the lower  portion of Maui Meadows where our view is a bit obstructed so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend an event behind the gates of Kaimanu Estates, at Hale Lani, House of the Heavens, on the upper portion of Maui Meadows where the views are unobstructed and jaw dropping.

Kaimanu View Round

This is the view from poolside at the estate (image courtesy of Erik Blair). It doesn’t get any better than this. Mountain and ocean views with a lush landscape immediately put everyone at ease and ready to chat while enjoying cocktails, pupus and bite sized sweets as the sun set. If you’ve never had the opportunity to view a South Maui sunset, imagine a kaleidoscope of color with the sun dropping amongst the clouds over the ocean. It is a treat I never tire of.

Kaimanu Pool Round

The 7 bedroom, 6,857 square foot home boasts several living areas, kitchens and dining rooms. My favorite feature was the ability to completely open up the living areas for the full indoor and outdoor experience. The rooms, indoor seating and outside recreation areas were all perfectly situated to take full advantage of the amazing view.

The architecture and interior spoke of island life but with modern touches throughout. One of my favorite areas was one of the kitchens with high end stainless appliances, white cabinetry and dark hardwood floors. The craftsmanship was gorgeous, streamlined and with quality materials for a luxurious yet inviting feel.

The property is private and you feel the connection to upcountry Maui’s crisp weather but also to the oceanfront below you, the best of both worlds.

My own pictures didn’t do this home justice so I’m opting instead to encourage you to take a peek at the listing hereThank you to Dano Sayles who organized and hosted us during our visit. He is also a longtime Maui Meadows resident. Be sure to check the other listings on his site after taking a peek at this property.

If you’d like to inquire with the listing agent for this property, you can contact Lucas Woodford at 808-280-2312. 

To see more pictures of Hale Lani and a video of fun candids at the event, check out the Maui Information Guide.

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A Happy 2014 Fukubukuro Giveaway

by Tania Ginoza on December 31, 2013 · 22 comments

Happy New Year! 2013 has flown by. I feel like I blinked and bam! It was over.

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To celebrate the new year, I’d like to extend a huge mahalo to all of you for taking the time to visit MauiShopGirl and host my very own version of fukubukuro.

Fukubukuro is a popular New Year custom for Japanese retailers. The merchants fill grab bags with an assortment of lovely products with a retail price of at least twice the price of the mystery bag.

I’m taking my fukubukuro one step further and giving it away for free for one lucky reader. My bag will be filled with a few of my favorite Maui product picks. It will contain at least one food item, one personal care item and one apparel or accessory piece. The retail value of the bag contents will exceed $50. The only thing I ask of you is you leave a comment below and share a bit of your 2013 with us. It could be an accomplishment, a happy event, a life changing moment…anything you wish to share.

The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on January 10th. January 9th, 2014 is the final day to enter. Very sorry international friends but this giveaway is open to those with a US mailing address only. Mystery bag will be mailed on January 13th via Priority Mail.

If you haven’t commented here before, don’t fret if you don’t see your comment right away. I have my settings set to require approval for new commenters so those nasty spammers don’t get all spammy on us.

If fukubukuro sounds right up your shopping alley, check out Ala Moana shopping center’s fukubukuro event tomorrow.  Participating merchants and hours here.

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Uniques…Da Pop-Up at the MACC

by Tania Ginoza on December 18, 2013 · 1 comment

It’s the week before Christmas and I assume many of you are doing the frantic OMG I’ll buy anything tango at the mall. My suggestion is to keep calm and shop on at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s pop-up gallery gift shop, Uniques.

MACC Popup 1

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machine machine

by Tania Ginoza on December 16, 2013 · 2 comments

#1 on my must go list for the next Kauai jaunt is a Hanapepe spot called the Workshop. I’d love to meet Shannon Hiramoto, tour her studio and try on ALL of her handmade up-cycled vintage pieces.

machinemachine handmade vintage skirts

Shannon’s line, machine machine, is absolute perfection. I love her girlie yet edgy creations with an appreciation of all things vintage. Pretty colors in cute casual styles are ideal for our island lifestyle.

machinemachine trucker vintage hat

See her blog (great behind the scene peeks) and portfolio to get a feel for machine machine. Also be sure to find a local boutique near you or visit her online shop. Her instagram is freakin awesome too.

All images courtesy of Shannon Hiramoto.

I also want to extend a warm mahalo to my posh bestie @oshariegirl for knowing me so well and turning me on to machine machine.

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