Wise Cracks!

Posted on December 16, 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

Christmas Art Activites for the Keiki!

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

Here's a sneak peek at our art activities we have planned for Second Saturday Art tomorrow morning! We'll be making candy cane mice and Christmas trees!

Here's what you need:

Supplies

First the candy cane mouse! 

1. Cut out green felt in a water drop shape. Note to cut 2 slits for the ears to fit through. 

2. Cut out red felt for ears and a little nose.

3. Glue eyes and nose on. Pull ears through the slit.

4. Push the candy cane through the loop the ears made on the bottom of the mouse. See photo below.

 

Second, the Christmas Tree! It can be a fun photo frame or an ornament! 

This one's really easy...

1. Cut out 3 strips of poster board or construction paper. 2 a little longer (about 6"), one shorter (about 5") for the bottom of the triangle.

2. Cut out a brown stump.

3. Glue the corners together and add the stump! We used a glue stick.

4. You can either cut out a star or use these little stars we found in our crafts bin :)

5. Decorate with sequins, polka-dots, anything you want. For these, we used tacky glue.

Posted in Christmas DIY, Christmas Kids Activities, DIY, Keiki Art, Second Saturday Art, Wailuku

A 2014 Kalikimaka Reminder

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

I’m a Maui girl. This gorgeous island has given me the most beautiful childhood I could imagine and has provided a wonderful place for me as an adult. It holds everything that is dear to me on one small rock in the middle of the Pacific. Award winning and exquisite, Maui is much more than a great vacation spot. It is an endless book of lessons from our ancestors and an incubator for modern technology. It’s the perfect location to remotely run a global business yet the perfect place for a breezy nap in a hammock. It is full of happiness and opportunity, exploding with potential in every aspect. I love this. And for creating all this, I love Maui’s people. Warm, kind-hearted, and overly generous. I mean, we surely all have those Auntie’s and Grandma’s that live to stuff your belly with yummy, homemade goodies every time you’re over. Or that Uncle that makes the most perfectly salty smoked meat you’ve ever tasted. This love of food, value of family and abundance of friends that become family is what makes Maui Maui. Simply said, it’s the people - the sweet moms, comedic dads, kolohe brothers, loud aunties, crazy uncles, best friends who turn out to be lifelong sisters and local surfer boy heartbreaks that make you stronger…a lifetime of love, lessons and laughs that I’m overly thankful for.

 

So this is just a quick reminder to really take the time to enjoy the holiday season. Before we know it, we’re exhausted from holiday parties and 2015 is knocking at the door. Being in the retail industry especially, we can easily overlook the real meaning of Christmas as we plan for the biggest sales and try to take advantage of all the Black Friday steals for ourselves. Trust me, I know this all too well. Every time a cute bag or pair of new boots pop up in my email inbox, it takes an immense amount of restraint not to click on it! So no, reading this blog post isn’t going to make your Christmas list any shorter nor will it make the season any longer…but it may inspire you to reflect. It may give you a sentimental gift idea or motivate you to buy a gift for a child in need. It might dare you to shop 100% local this season. Or it might just spark a smile. Whatever it is, all I ask is that you take a moment to enjoy this holiday season, be happy and spend time with the people that make life worth living.

 

xoxo, 

Ashley

Posted in Ashley Leahey, Ashley Takitani Leahey, Christmas, Holiday Reminder, Maui, Mele Kalikimaka, Shop Local

Zenziva!

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

Our newest obsession...Zenziva scrubs! Here's a bit about the product and it's bright and beautiful founder, Andrea.
1. Tell me a little about yourself.

I moved to this beautiful island over four years ago and am originally from Texas:) My passion for natural healing and wellness inspired my journey to Maui. My A-MAZING & beautiful friends have kept me here with a big smile on my face:) I feel so fortunate to be one of the lucky ones that get to enjoy this island to the fullest! I am a beach girl and an ocean lover, nature explorer and luxury enthusiast! Creating and concocting organic beauty treatments is my passion! Making the products by hand is especially sacred and I consider it my art.
2. How did Zenziva start?

Since I was a child I always loved to "create" secret potions out of common ingredients found in my home. From mud masks to hair packs I loved experimenting with many different recipes and elements. Upon arriving to Maui, I discovered very pure essential oils that are so healing, nurturing and beneficial to the skin. This precious plant medicine re-ignited my zest for alchemy through DIY products. I started making my own lip balms, masks, moisturizers, and scrubs. My dear friends loved my creations so much, and experienced incredible healing results, so I started to bottle them up!
3. Where did the name Zenziva come from and what does it mean to you?

Ziva is sanskrit for BLISS. I absolutely adore the word bliss, it encompasses everything I am and hope to radiate into the world! Zen represents balance to me, it is a ying and yang symbol, in order to be in bliss one must be in balance. It is a beautiful daily reminder that breathing in balance and exhaling bliss keeps me focused on the good in my life and in a state of gratitude. 

4. Whats your favorite part about this business?

I am so lucky to be able to channel my creativity and passion through Zenziva. This company represents my healing journey to wellness, and I hope to inspire others on their journey as well! I love creating unique, valuable and artisinal products as they are discovered in my own life! Hearing the feed back from zenziva lovers who experience healing in their skin fills me up with love and joy! Creating products that people benefit from feels so rewarding and uplifting!
5. What’s your “Maui Thing”?

Maui Thing holds a special place in my heart, The women who work there represent and share the most beautiful Aloha! Ashley, Les, and Celina are by far the most loving and welcoming group of people I know! Just seeing their smiling faces in the store uplifts and inspires me to embody that love, that aloha! My Maui thing is most definitely the feeling and experience of aloha, I feel so fortunate that people on this island share this sacred way of living so lovingly and freely with all! Many Mahalos to Maui Thing for all you do for Maui's community and for small business like myself!

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

DIY hangers!

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

Want to spruce up your closet a bit? Or maybe make an affordable, cute Christmas gift for your girlfriends? Here's a great DIY we're doing in our store! 

 

All you need are wooden hangers, paint (I used acrylic), a paintbrush and masking tape! (and alcohol and Q-tips if you're anal with these kinds of projects like I am ;)

 

First you mask. Tape off the areas you DON'T want painted. I don't suggest doing it freehand, masking may take longer, but it's the only way to make straight lines!

Next, paint! 

Once your paint is dry, take off the tape and fix your lines with your Q-tip, if necessary. Continue the taping and painting process till you love the look of your hanger! 

 

 Enjoy your cute hangers!!!

Posted in Christmas DIY, DIY, DIY hangers, Maui Thing, Maui Thing Store, Wailuku

Hina

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Ashley Takitani | 0 Comments

 

Throughout September, we've been doing a September Selfie Contest! Check it out here. We wanted to give everyone an excuse to post happy, smiley selfies while doing something fun! We've gathered the most amazing photos and inspiration from all of the posts! Here's last weeks winner...the most amazing and meaningful piece of art. Read more about this artistic adventure...

 

Whats your inspiration?


This is a difficult question to answer;) What are we not inspired by? We find inspiration in everything, but more specific to this project: our keiki, they are and always will be the greatest muses in our life...and our love, itʻs a beautiful thing to share a creative life with someone you love. 


What inspired this piece?


The super moon. It was on the news noted as the last of the year. Our daughter Lux holds a very meaningful genealogy name ʻHinamaikalaniamahiʻ and she is the brightest light of our lives. It only made sense to create a tribute to her and the mahina. It was all Alaulaʻs idea;) 


How important is art education with your keiki?

 

It is life. We lead a creative life with hopes that it will just become life to them. A life where painting on walls, sculpting with pohaku and drawing in the sand is a normal, everyday thing. 


Give us the rundown for this creative adventure…basically, take us through the night with you guys, step by step.


We actually did it in the late afternoon…and got busted…lol. The owner of the property saw us painting and was pretty upset, but when he saw what we were doing he softened up a bit. He thought Lux was beautiful and what we were doing was beautiful, but there are a lot of people who tag that building with ridiculous (and sometimes) profane things. Another guy stopped by because he was shocked someone was actually painting it while light was still out. He was really cool and showed us all these photos of the bunker artwork heʻs been collecting. Heʻs done a few himself and tries to document the building whenever it changes. He was stoked to document the piece with the artists. When we were done we sat on the cliff, watched the sun go down with a couple honuʻs in the bay and drank a bottle of wine from the bottle;)

 

If you could use one word to describe your art, what would that be?

 

Meaningful. We rarely share all of the manaʻo behind our creative endeavors, and sometimes our creative process gets so deep and complex that even we loose sight of where it all began.

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