This Week’s MauiTime News Quiz Tests Your Knowledge Of Larry Ellison And MECO Blackouts

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1. According to a Feb. 21 Pacific Business News blog post, Larry Ellison–who bought 98 percent of the island of Lanai in the summer of 2012–has also been buying up resort properties near the Four Seasons at Manele Bay. Of the 26 resort properties sold in the Manele Bay area since 2012, how many have been bought by Ellison? A. 26 B. 23 C. 21 D. 18 E. 14   2. On Feb. 22, 1,300 MECO customers lost power in Kahului for 30 … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens To Start Charging Admission In January

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[NOTE: I finally heard from MNGB Exec. Director Joylynn Paman on Dec. 31, and updated the story below to include her statement on the new fees] Since 1976, the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului has provided a unique (and free) oasis of indigenous and endemic plants. It's a serene place, full of benches to sit and admire botanical specimens that exist nowhere else on earth. "By collecting, cultivating, and distributing native and … [Read more...]

2013 MauiTime Gift Guide

By Jen Russo and Sarah Gerlach By now, we’re all much too familiar with the horror stories of Christmas shopping. Big Box retailers here and on the Mainland are cramped, frantic places even with the holiday pressure. Why do we put up with endless lines in parking lots and checkstands, to say nothing of aisles and aisles filled with junk made largely by poor people thousands of miles away working for giant multinational corporations that are only … [Read more...]

Condiment Revolution: Hot handmade Gifts on Maui

Little spicy bottles of flavor sensations will stoke out your foodie friends and keep well under the tree. Read more of this post here … [Read more...]

Maui Gifts from the Bee Keepers – Handmade Maui Honey

The sweetest gift Maui has to give is a little jar of liquid gold. Read more of this post here … [Read more...]

Hawaiian SUP Boards at Second Wind

The Hawaiian flag design by Elua Makani is eye-catching. Look for more sharp stand-up sport boards this Christmas and paddle your way to health and serenity. Second Wind, 111 Hana Hwy., Kahului; 808-877-7467 … [Read more...]

Who wears a Suit And Tie on Maui? Buy your Maui boardshorts here

Boardshorts are standard kit on Maui and are pretty much always a good gift. Guys can never have too many! Sailboards Maui, 22 Baldwin Ave., Paia; 808-579-8432 Honolua Surf Co., Island-wide, Honolasurf.com Adventure Sports Maui, 400 Hana Hwy., Kahului; 808-877-7443 … [Read more...]

Santa Got A Light? The Vape and other smoky gifts

The big deal this year at all the smoke shops is the advent of the electronic cigarette. The Vape market has grown in leaps and bounds, and now various flavors and fancy vape cigarettes in a rainbow of colors exist to smokers’ delights. If your beloved smoker is a traditionalist, stick to the essentials–organic tobaccos, tobacco water pipes, stash cans to keep your leaves fresh, quality rolling papers and lighters. Hawaiian Holy Smokes, 320 … [Read more...]

Deck The Halls – Skateboard solutions for a Maui Christmas

Searching for that perfect deck? Take a ride on the wild side where you'll find everything you need to put together the perfect skateboard. Hi Tech, 425 Koloa St., Kahului; 808-877-2111; Surfmaui.com Lahaina Skate Co., 687 Waine‘e St., Lahaina; 808-661-1637 … [Read more...]

Maui Lei Hulu-Gift the ancient art of Feather work

Feather arts is one of the oldest practiced art forms on this island. It’s the ancient practice of very carefully stringing and sewing feathers into bands, leis, capes, standards and garments. In fact, Maui is renowned for its pheasant hat bands. These days, the art form takes contemporary and traditional forms but either way, these items will become family heirlooms. Maui Feather Lei, 58 Central Ave., Wailuku 808-280-1517 Maui Creations, Maui … [Read more...]