Maui - Shops
(tel. 808/871-1320): Bright and sassy tropical wear, and the
jewelry and accessories to go with it, are a cut above at Kahului's
Summerhouse. T-shirts are tailored and in day-to-evening colors,
while dresses are good for either the office or a night out.
Bailey House Gift Shop (tel. 808/244-3920): You can travel Hawaii and peruse its past with the assemblage of made-in-Hawaii items at this museum gift shop in Wailuku. Tropical preserves, Hawaiian music, pareus, prints by esteemed Hawaii artists, cookbooks, hatbands, and magnificent wood bowls reflect a discerning standard of selection. Unequaled for Hawaiian treasures on Maui.
Brown-Kobayashi (tel. 808/242-0804): At this quiet, tasteful, and elegant Asian shop in Wailuku, the selection of antiques and collectibles changes constantly but reflects an unwavering sense of gracious living. There are old and new European and Hawaiian objects, from koa furniture (which disappears fast) to lacquerware, Bakelite jewelry, Peking glass beads, and a few priceless pieces of antique ivory. Every square inch is a treasure trove.
Sig Zane Designs (tel. 808/249-8997): This Hilo icon didn't skip a beat in winning the hearts of Maui residents when he moved to Wailuku. It's just like the time he moved to the Hilo Bayfront from his first, more obscure location; his presence brought an infusion of energy to the area and helped revitalize the entire neighborhood. Located on Wailuku's Market Street, his new shop of aloha wear and Hawaiian lifestyle treasures is a boon to historic Wailuku.
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center (tel. 808/572-6560): Half the experience is the center itself, one of Maui's historic treasures: a strikingly designed 1917 kamaaina (native-born or old-timer) estate on 9 acres in Makawao; two of Maui's largest hybrid Cook and Norfolk pines; and an art center with classes, exhibitions, and demonstrations. The gift shop is as memorable as the rest of it. You'll find one-of-a-kind works by local artists, from prints to jewelry and pottery.
Village Galleries (tel. 808/661-4402 in Lahaina, or 808/669-1800 in Kapalua): Maui's oldest galleries have maintained high standards and the respect of a public that is increasingly impatient with clichéd island art. On exhibit are the finest contemporary Maui artists in all media, with a discerning selection of handcrafted jewelry. In Lahaina, the new contemporary gallery has a larger selection of jewelry, ceramics, glass, and gift items, as well as paintings and prints.
Viewpoints Gallery (tel. 808/572-5979): We love this airy, well-designed Makawao gallery and its helpful staff, which complement the fine Maui art: paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, woods, and glass. This is Maui's only fine-arts cooperative, showcasing the work of dozens of local artists.
Hana Coast Gallery (tel. 808/248-8636): This gallery is one main reason to go to Hana: It's an esthetic and cultural experience that informs as it enlightens. Tucked away in the posh hideaway hotel, the gallery is known for its high level of curatorship and commitment to the cultural art of Hawaii. The 3,000-square-foot (279m sq.) gallery is devoted entirely to Hawaii artists. Dozens of well-established local artists display their sculptures, paintings, prints, feather work, stonework, and carvings in displays that are so natural they could well exist in someone's home. The award-winning gallery has won accolades from the top travel and arts magazines in the country and has steered clear of trendiness and unfortunate tastes.