by Tania Ginoza on March 16, 2014 · 0 comments

Cindy Yokoyama founded Ginger13 in 2004 to create memorable and unique jewelry. I discovered Ginger13 and became a fan a few years later when I scooped up several pairs of her fun mismatched earrings at one of my favorite Honolulu shopping spots, Bamboo Sky. Lighting bolts and koi pendants dangling from beautifully formed hoops were perfect for weekends out or dancing downtown.

On a recent weekend jaunt to Honolulu, my sister and I decided to check out Chinatown, on the edge of downtown. Chinatown is undergoing a revitalization. Hip eateries are replacing dive bars and indie boutiques are filling once empty spaces. As we turned the corner by Hawaii Theatre, we stumbled upon the recently opened Ginger13 brick and mortar!

Ginger13 Collage 2

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Imagery beyond Borders: Life in Forty-Eight

by Tania Ginoza on February 16, 2014 · 6 comments

I first stumbled upon BodhiKai Imagery and its creator, Melanie Barrow, on instagram. I was admiring one of Melanie’s shots and discovered she was a travel and nature photographer. We chatted a bit more, I disclosed photography was a new love for me and she gave me a tip for a very cool lens to try out. Since then, I’ve followed BodhiKai Imagery on Facebook and have also struck up a virtual friendship with Melanie. Although we have yet to meet in real life, I’m already in awe of her passion, talent and spirit. She is a mother, a devoted military wife, a veteran, a former chef and an adventurer with a serious case of wanderlust.

I was so excited to read about BodhiKai Imagery’s latest project – Imagery Beyond Borders: Life in Forty-Eight.

bodhikai graphic

Imagery Beyond Borders: Life in Forty Eight is a global photography project with the goal to bring together people from diverse international locations to bridge cultures, customs and geography through photography.

Each month in 2014, BodhiKai Imagery will send two disposable cameras to a different location. The recipient will document their daily life over the next 48 hours.

BodhiKai Imagery will publish a sneak peek in its upcoming travel photography magazine. The full project will be published in a special edition or book once completed. In 2015, an exhibition in Seattle will feature the project. A portion of the proceeds from the project will benefit the Fisher House Foundation.


You can learn more about the project on BodhiKai Imagery’s Facebook page.

All images provided by Melanie Barrow and should not be used without her express permission. If you are interested in purchasing prints from BodhiKai Imagery, check out the Etsy shop here.

Melanie is a Chicago native with deep roots in Hawaii. She currently resides in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her family. BohdiKai Imagery photography has been featured in Hawaii Magazine and the L.A Times and on CNN and Hawaii Five O, just to name a few. Melanie has also written several travel guides that have been featured in international publications. She also offers photography instruction.



by Tania Ginoza on January 19, 2014 · 4 comments

I am so excited to learn about minted, an online shop chock full of all things stationery. Minted carries cards, address labels, invites, journals and more. They have everything you need to keep a well stocked writing and party planning desk for all occasions. Styles range from serene to quirky and you can even customize many pieces with a personal photo. What I especially love about minted is they crowdsource the artwork from independent designers and artists . Since 2008, they have hosted 119 design challenges. Submit a design and minted followers will vote on which designs they want to see sold on minted. If your design is selected you can win cash prizes and a percentage of revenues. Here’s just a few of my minted pics:


Minted Je t'aime bebe by Guess Who


I’ve been a bit obsessed with all things French lately and this birth announcement is so sweet. Designed by Lori James of Guess What? from Honolulu.

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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?


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.