Our store windows are very big and finding something creative to put in them is fun, but it also puts a little pressure on us. We like to do things that are unique, creative, and most importantly eye-catching. We have witnessed a lot of "almost accidents" from admirers walking and driving past our store. Last year we teamed up with our beautiful and talented friend Wailani....she is like the Hawaiian Goddess of Creativity. This year we put our ideas together and came up with something pretty amazing. It is creative and fun, but most importantly it reminds us of the real meaning of the holidays.. sharing and giving back!
We got together on a Thursday evening, put on some Mariah Christmas music, and let the creativity flow....
Our tree is constructed out of driftwood I collected after a big North swell. Thousands of pieces were awaiting me at Sandpiles in Waiehu. You need to be strategic when choosing your pieces. Be mindful of the Christmas Tree shape...big at the bottom, small at the top. I suggest laying out your pieces prior to hanging and definitely have someone assist you with the hanging process. Grab some sugi(found at fishing stores) and hang your tree to something stable. This part definitely requires a lot of patience and finesse, but once it is done you won't be disappointed.
String away! Wrap around the branches and light it up!
You can get creative and hang anything you want. Photos, ornaments, plants...nothing is off limits. We bought plain ornaments and decorated each one. We wanted to add a personal touch to each ornament. Some were bedazzled in glitter, wrapped in vintage fabrics, or hand-painted. Our talented tattoo artist and friend Boze Kapoi even tattooed ornaments. Each unique and made with lots of aloha.
Each ornament is for sale with all proceeds going to A KEIKI'S DREAM FOUNDATION which helps kids on Maui. Attached to each ornament is a special discount to use in our store.
We couldn't be happier with our beautiful Maui Thing Christmas Tree. The most important part of this whole process was the moments my friends and I shared creating it. We ate, drank, laughed, and spent time together talking about life. It was therapeutic and reminds us of the real reason for the holidays....to share moments with people you love.