Over 50 products we love from the Made on Maui festival
The Made on Maui County Festival has a huge buzz, with 128 vendor booths filled with amazing creations by people from Maui County. Some of these pop-up shops only have this sale to meet customers face to face; others have a brick and mortar store but use this festival to promote themselves. We combed through the festival for two days last week to find all the life-changing stuff you need to purchase this annual extravaganza. This is by no means a complete list! There are so many wonderful artisans creating in Maui and it is almost impossible to see all the stalls. But if you missed the event or just couldn’t make it to all the cool booths this past weekend, here are a few Maui-made products you don’t want to miss. Good shopping!
Caption: Morgan Farl and Nicole Benedit
I love the discoveries you can make at the Made on Maui Festival. Skintight started his business at the Made on Maui Festival. Nicole Benedit sources deer from hunters and turns the hides into leather that otherwise would have bitten the dust. She partners with Morgan Farl of Maui Leathersmith, who creates end products such as one-of-a-kind Maui Axis wallets, bags and hat bands. SuiKeala is from Hana, with unique native plant jewelry. She captures plants in resins, and enjoys promoting awareness of endangered native species. Each of the sellers on this list was a joyous new find.
SKINTIGHT Micro Tannery LLC – Handmade leather goods in deer from the Maui axis. Skintightmaui.com
Aloha Botanicals Maui – Floriculture and potted plants, including tropical and subtropical ornamentals, fruit and food plants, orchids and bonsai. Alohabotanicalsmaui.com
SuiKeala indigenous jewelry – Jewelry made from native plants. Facebook: @suikealajewelry
Deep Sea Jewelry and Clothing Co. – Jewelry, indigo-dyed clothing and textiles https://www.instagram.com/deepseajewelryandclothing
Legend: Aaron Kondo, Hannie Joy
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Hannie Joy et Cie. – All natural and organic skin and body care products, such as Pitty Paste deodorant. Hanniejoyandco.com
‘Alohi Maui – Skin care and personal care products. Alohimaui.com
Aloha Aina Adaptogenics – Herbal health and wellness, reef safe sunscreen, herbal healing balms, herbal concentrates and herbal teas. www.mauiadaptogenics.com
Maiden Hawaii Naturals – Culinary oils and high-end beauty products made from locally grown ingredients. Maidenhawaiinaturals.com
Apothecary Bella Vita – Luxury, handcrafted, all-natural candles, soaps and body care in small batches. Bvapothicaire.com/
Legend: Kupu Spirits
It’s good that the festival can serve alcohol brought in by local producers. The mules made with Fid Street gin from Hali’imile were so refreshing. We were thrilled to see Maui Brewing Co.’s new canned spirits under the Kupu brand. Haleakala Supah Shots recommends combining their essences with a little champagne for a spicy mimosa. Here are some great drinks from the festival.
Haleakala Supah shots – Hawaiian pepper water and fresh fruit elixirs. Facebook: Hits of Haleakala Supah
Lavender Maui & Tea – Tea, coffee, lavender and locally grown plants. Mauilavendertea.com
Hali’imaile Distillery Company – Manufacturer of PAU Maui Vodka, Fid Street Hawaiian Gin, Paniolo Blended Whiskey and Mahina Premium Rum. Haliimailedistilling.com
Maui Brewing Company – The largest independent brewery and distillery in the Hawaii network, offering island-brewed craft beer, island-made spirits and craft sodas. Mauibrewing.com
Kohola Brewery – Malted drinks made locally. Koholabrewery.com
Legend: Hana Gold
The SoReal uncooked cookies were so good. Maui made exceptional chocolates. There was a lot of candy but these were the stars.
Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate, Inc. – Exceptional chocolates made in Maui grown in Lahaina in Ahupua’a Ku’ia. Mauicocolate.com.
So true – Healthy oatmeal cookie bars, suitable for allergies and dietary needs; all uncooked and made with local and organic ingredients. Livesoreal.com.
Hana Golden Chocolate – Chocolate, from the branch to the bar. Hanagoldmaui.com
Maui Cookie Lab (Maui Sweetcakes) – Classic handcrafted cookies with a tropical twist. Mauicookielab.com
Luscious maui – Specialty dessert bars. Mauiluscious.com
Legend: COOKIES Maui
We loved Maggie Welker’s upcycled t-shirts for kids under the COOKIES Maui brand, but there were plenty of other handmade keiki concepts to enjoy.
COOKIES Maui – Colorful and comfortable play clothes for babies, toddlers and women made from up-cycling t-shirts. VSookiesmaui.com.
Lola + Elia – Baby bodysuits, toddler t-shirts, burp cloths, bibs and vests and mom’s t-shirts. Etsy.com/shop/lolaandelia
Hapa Maui Designs – Baby products: cotton and bamboo diapers, blankets and rags; cotton and minky blankets; and teething rings and teething toys. Instagram.com/hapamaui
Malia and corporate clothing – Locally inspired designs, hand printed silkscreen print on overalls, baby / toddler / youth t-shirts, and adult t-shirts and tank tops. Maliaandcompany.com
Three Maui coconuts – Clothes for babies and children with Hawaiian names on animal motifs, and a new collection of keiki palaka. Facebook.com/threecoconutsmaui/
I’ve always been a fan of Kulua, and their new designs that I saw at the festival made me want to visit their Makawao store. The designs of Kainanea, Kealopiko and Kupu A’e are from Molokaʻi, and they are so cool. Palapala hand prints fabrics for his designs, all of which are original.
Palapala designs – Original block print art made in Maui featured on home decor, accessories and apparel. Palapaladesigns.com
Kupu A’e Molokai – Women’s and men’s clothing, ties, sarongs, clothing accessories in silk and rayon fabrics.
Kūlua – Clothing and accessories for wahine, keiki and kane. Kuluamaui.com
Kealopiko – Hawaiian clothing for men, women and keiki, bags and sarong. Kealopiko.com
Kainanea – Outdoor, ocean and active clothing for all ages and sizes, both for kane and wahine. Kainanea.com
Caption: Cover all Maui
There are tons of great bags to find at the festival, here is a list of those that caught our attention.
Cover all Maui – Cork fabric bags, table runners, placemats, napkins and luggage tags.
Lilinoe Handbags – Unique pouches in rare vintage Alfred Shaheen fabric. Etsy.com/shop/Lilinoe Handbags
Nicci Hawaii Designs – Printed and handcrafted canvas handbags and wearable accessories inspired by Kapa. NOTiccihawaiidesigns.com
Only good juju – Small handbags, ranging from cosmetic bags to large beach and travel bags. Onlygoodjuju.com
Maui sail bags – Eco-designed tote bags and accessories made from kitesurf sails. Sailbagsmaui.com
You must love the amazing hand lettering art of Amanda Joy Bowers at Skelefin. Here are some of the other amazing works of art we found at the festival.
Skeleton Studios – Island-inspired and hand-drawn designs available as stickers, clothing and prints. Skelefinstudios.com
Stacy Vosberg Fine Art – Original Maui Art and Paintings: Matted Prints, Canvas Prints, Metal Prints, and Notecards. Stacyvosberg.com
Lori C Unfus – Original hand painted paintings, prints, maps, ornaments and folk art panels.
Maui Island Love – Tote bags, bracelets, zipper pouches, wallets, pillows, accessories, cutting boards, ornaments, art photos and more handcrafted from repurposed materials and reused. Mauiislandlove.com
Ceramic Arch – Handmade ceramic art and tableware that is both functional and decorative. Arkceramics.net/
Caption: Sandee leaves
What do you get from the person who has it all? Any of these things should be enough.
Sandee Maui Sheets – One of a kind handmade beach towel for outdoor activities. Instagram.com/sandee_sheets_maui
BDC Designs – Hand buttoned Hawaiian print earrings, zippered pouches, pouches and key rings. Bdcdesignsbybrandi.com
Aloha Typography – Stationery, invitations, business cards and greeting cards printed in typography. Alohaletterpress.etsy.com
Knots by Kate – Macrame hangers, wall hangings and supplies. Knotsbykate.com
‘Opihi Maui – Decorative wooden panels and magnets made and painted by hand. Opihimaui.com
Legend: 808 Clothing
Get away from the scorching sun and look stylish at the same time! These hats are functional, fashionable and one of a kind.
The Maui store – Airbrushed t-shirts and hats. Facebook.com/theshopmaui
808 Clothing inc. – T-shirts, hats and bags featuring original artwork by Maui artists. 808vetements.com
Brand Na Koa * – Clothing, hats and accessories for men, women and keiki designed and printed in Maui with cultural diversity in mind. NOTakoabrand.com
Heaven now – Hand-painted t-shirts for the whole family, hand-painted hats and original artwork. Shopparadisenow.com
Hulalei Drawings – Shell jewelry and papal lauhala (hats). Makingmoolelos.com
Legend: Curious kapa
My favorite booth was Kapa Curious, a Hawaiian arts and crafts cooperative with lei hulu and kapa, and trendy handcrafted jewelry. Then there was Kālai Lā’au’s beautiful intricate woodworking and their new resin and woodworking launch. Hanos’ koa wood, feathers and seed jewelry were breathtaking. All of these stalls were filled with amazing cultural crafts.
Curious kapa – Kapa products, pen work, art and woodwork. Kapacurious.com
Kālai La’au – Handcrafted wooden jewelry and accessories, custom ukuleles, and handcrafted kitchen, office and household items. Kalailaau.com
Kapahikaua – Wooden umeke bowls and translucent pine containers made from local woods; Koa earrings and hooks (makau). Kapahikaua.com
Kanilehua Companies – Modern lauhala jewelry handcrafted by Hawaiian artisans. Kanilehuaenterprises.com
Hanos – Hawaiian koa products, head and feather necklaces, and shell and seed jewelry.