A Holiday Poem

Posted on December 24, 2014 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

In the heart of Wailuku, there once was a little store,
Where each person was greeted with a smile at the door.
They were local and small, creative and bright!
Their apparel was thoughtful and fit just right.
During the holidays they worked like little elves at the North Pole,
Hoping to bring smiles and joy to every bright little soul.
They're able to flourish and grow because of people like you,
Who support Maui businesses through and through.
They’re more thankful year after year,
That they’re able to be a part of this community they hold so dear.
So Mahalo to you for all that you’ve done,
Cheers to a Merry Christmas and a week full of holiday fun!

Posted in Maui, Maui Christmas, Maui Thing, Shop Local, Shop Maui, Stuck on Good

Wise Cracks!

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

Wise Cracks

Introducing our newest product just in time for Christmas!!! Maui Thing Wise Cracks - local fortune cookies!

This rainbow flavor mix includes fun colors and onolicious flavors! 

Rainbow Flavor Mix

"Fortunes" range from sayings like:

"Baseball wrong, man with four balls cannot walk."

to inspirational quotes such as:

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."

and then there's golden tickets...

"It's your lucky day! 1 free manju from Sam Sato's!"

Our Sae Design & Maui Thing team gathered together our favorite quotes, created new jokes and puns and included our favorite local sayings. A super fun project, we even packed all the boxes ourselves! (so if you have less than 9 cookies, I apologize that I can't count and would be happy to give you an extra if you come back:)

Wise Cracks packing

Mahalo to Lucky Break - Maui Fortune Cookie Co. for partnering with us to make our fun dream a reality! Also, huge thanks to Sam Sato's and Tasaka Guri Guri for agreeing to be our "golden tickets!"

The perfect, unique Maui gift for your loved ones that's sure to "crack" a smile once they open it. 9 out of 10 agree lucky cookies taste better than lucky frogs ;)

Christmas Gift

Price is a lucky $7.77 per box. Each box contains 9 pieces. While supplies last.

*Disclaimer: some fortunes may be rated PG-13! So be careful when giving them to keiki ;)

Posted in Fortune Cookies, Lucky Break, Maui, Maui Fortune Cookies, Maui Gifts, Maui Thing, Sam Sato's, Shop Local, Shop Maui, Shop Small, Tasaka Guri Guri, Wailuku

Maui Thing and Maui Children's Bookstore Collab

Posted on November 04, 2014 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

Amanda and Ash

Local girl, Saedene Ota had always dreamed of creating a modern brand, inspired by all things “good” on Maui. Along with Sae Design, her award-winning design team, they opened Maui Thing in Wailuku in 2008 and provided the island with “clothing with a conscience.” They adopted the slogan “stuck on good,” and have been running with it ever since.

 

Another kama‘aina returned home from the big city with her husband and 3-year old son. Being a young mom, Amanda Robson decided to pursue her passion of providing Maui families with a place to gather and have access to a handpicked selection of books and toys for keiki aimed to spark their imagination and feed their young minds. So she brilliantly developed Maui Children’s Bookstore and have been seen doing pop-up events all across the island.

 

Amanda and Ashley Takitani Leahey, co-owner of Maui Thing and great friends with Amanda, worked closely in developing the business and finding ways for their companies to continually collaborate. A blessing in disguise, the Makawao location for Maui Children’s Bookstore fell through. So they turned to Ashley and Maui Thing, and did a pop-up bookstore. What seemed to be a hurdle in their journey, turned out to be a great blessing. By opening their doors to this start-up company, Maui Thing benefitted by having this nurturing, wonderful company within their walls for a day attracting new customers and families.

 

Maui Thing has been a business mentor to the start-up bookstore. Loving their delightful methods, handpicked inventory and thoughtful business plan, Saedene and Ashley saw a great opportunity for collaboration. After 6 years in Wailuku, the businesswomen see the potential in Wailuku and have been advocates to the town’s bright future. To be able to keep their business in their hometown that they love so much, Maui Thing recently decided to focus on women and children’s apparel. “Our bread and butter has always been women and children apparel and we finally decided it was time to make a change if we wanted to sustain our small business,” remarks Ashley who oversees inventory and finances. In an effort to revamp their store with minimal cost, they chose to develop their children’s focus and invited Amanda into the Maui Thing ohana. She excitedly accepted this win-win offer and in mid-September Maui Thing will host a permanent fixture of Maui Children’s Bookstore within their walls, complete with their vibrant children’s books, educational toys and interactive art and parent/child classes.

 

So next time you’re in Wailuku, come check out the new space. You can’t help but smile when you see the perfect, positive partnership of Maui family businesses, books and fashion.

 

All together now from Wade Robson on Vimeo.

 

Posted in Amanda Robson, Maui, Maui Books, Maui Children's Bookstore, Maui Thing, Shop Local, Shop Maui, Shop Small, Wade Robson, Wailuku

wrappily!

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

Now that our shopping should be coming to an end (hopefully!), its on to the wrapping!!!! Here's a cute, fun, festive and sustainable wrapping option. This brand new Maui company, started by Sara Smith, has definitely brightened my holiday season! With amazingly fresh designs and fabulous not-too-Christmasesque colors (I'm sooooo over red and green), I fell in love with this paper! All of them are made from 100% recycled newspaper and printed with soy ink here on Maui! Oh, and to top it off, they're reversible! There's even a cute black and white one that you can have the keiki color (photo below). You can get this paper at Mana Foods in Paia or just check out their website by clicking here! Aaaaahh I'm so proud of how cute my gifts are....thanks Sara :)

Posted in christmas, local company, maui christmas, shop maui, sustainable christmas wrapping

 

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