MauiTime Exclusive Fashion Interview with Michele Joy Thornton of Rainbow Jo

Michele Joy Thornton, Owner & Designer Rainbow Jo  808 283 5473   Website:   How many years experience in the industry? As I've been designing and wholesaling original artwork on clothing for over 27 years,  I believe I am the longest running Maui based clothing designer.   Please tell me about the textiles you use in your designs. Any specific fabrics and colors that you … [Read more...]

Eh Backpack Thief!

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Mahalo to the jerk who stole my daughter's backpack out of her car at our garage sale in Makawao. Not only did you steal her school books and schoolwork, you also got away with her iPad. That was her sweet sixteenth birthday gift and it contained tons of pictures, college essays and books for school. Thanks for the aloha and for letting her have a great senior year! Illustration by Ron Pitts … [Read more...]

MauiTime Exclusive Fashion Interview with Julia Forbes of Oneloa Maui

Julia Forbes of Oneloa Hats, Photo Courtesy of Oneloa Hats

Julia Forbes, Owner Oneloa Maui 808-298-2508   Website: Facebook: Oneloa Hats   How many years experience in the industry? I started my first business, Mitusa Designs (coin purses, cosmetic bags, and tote bags) about 4 years ago.   How did you get your start in the Fashion Design and/or retail industry? When was this? Did you have any formal training? I spent about a year in Chicago 4 … [Read more...]

Maui Gifts: The Queen Bee Royal Scrub and Body Products

The Queen Bee products made on Maui are hand-crafted by an artisanal herbalist and esthetician team with their own bees raised in Kula. The resulting honey-based organic products are both top quality and coveted. "This is one of the best exfoliants I have used,” says Haiku Esthetician Emily Grace. “Besides that it works amazing to get rid of those crusty dry skin cells. It’s made with organic ingredients like raw honey, green papaya enzymes and … [Read more...]

Cooling Spa Treatments to Beat Tropical Heat

Though the dog days of summer may be behind us, just because Sept. 22 has passed doesn't mean Mother Nature has mercy on the tropics. If you’re fed up with the steamy temperatures, it may be time to spend some down-time at the spa. Here are some treatments that can take the heat off:   Rain Massage, Spa Grande Wailea Nothing sounds cooler than a rainy day, and Spa Grande’s Rain Massage will make a cool splash. Relax to the sound of … [Read more...]

New Museum Will House Old Makawao Memories


Makawao is a charming little town with storefronts that look like they were built for an old-time Western. The Upcountry Maui village is a Paniolo town–a former and current home to the cowboy lifestyle. For tourists, it's an off-the-beaten-path destination en route to Haleakala. For many locals, it's just home–a place to run into friends while having coffee after dropping your kids off at school. The flavor of Makawao is being honored with … [Read more...]

MauiTime Best of Maui BEST HARDWARE STORE: Ace Hardware #BOM2013

Best Hardware Store Ace Hardware Do you like to spend your weekends at home building things like benches, shelves and solariums? Do you feel people with clogged drain pipes who call plumbers are just suckers? Do you get all tingly inside when walking down an aisle lined with dozens of hammers? Then you’re probably like our readers, who for year after year chose Ace and their three island locations as their source for all their DIY needs. … [Read more...]

2013 Spa Issue Interview with Esthetician Carrie Gebb of Paragon Salon @ParagonSalonHI

  Facial Treatment at Paragon Salon, Photo Courtesy of Paragon Salon Carrie Gebb, Esthetician Paragon Salon 1160 Makawao Ave,Makawao 808-573-1300 Facebook: Paragon Salon Twitter: @ParagonSalonHI   The basic info on yourself and spa or salon: Paragon Salon has been beautifying Maui for over 15 years. Paragon Salon is the only high end award winning salon in up-country Maui. We specialize in hair … [Read more...]

Is An Apple Store Coming Soon To Pukalani (or Makawao)?


That's the question posed by today's Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required–and thanks to Spirituality and Health managing editor Ilima Loomis for sharing the story on Facebook and thus alerting me to it). The Apple store speculation actually plays just a small portion of Erika Engle's TheBuzz column. Specifically, Engle reports that "An online job search by a friend of the Star-Advertiser revealed potential hiring locations in Aiea, on … [Read more...]

MauiTime Staffers Choose Maui’s Most Romantic Spots


Last week, the not very romantically named Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) saw fit to crown Maui the preeminent of 10 “lesser-known (but just as engaging!) wedding proposal sites in the U.S. and Canada.” “There’s nothing better than warm weather to beat the winter cold, and the Road to Hana in Maui offers lush rainforest, beaches, numerous waterfalls, and plenty of privacy,” the group announced on Feb. 7. “Considered one of the … [Read more...]