This year, be a bad-ass Santa and stuff your stocking with these rockin’ local gifts…
by Jen Russo, Jacob Shafer and Anu Yagi
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Distilling your own beer and hooch sounds like a pain in the neck. Luckily there are plenty of local distillers, spirits producers and craft beer makers on-island to keep your holiday booze shopping local. Maui Brewing Company has begun canning two new flavors you didn’t get in your holiday basket last year: Mana Wheat and Island Root beer. Haleakala Distillers’ Okolehau Liqueur is exotic, as is their collection of Maui-distilled rums. Ocean Vodka is blended with desalinated deep-sea ocean water and makes mean holiday martinis.
Exploring Tedeschi Vineyards, our local winery, is a quintessential Maui outing. If you can’t get up to their charming Ulupalakua tasting room, pick up their concoctions at the Wine Corner, located in both Lahaina and Paia. Maui Prime has a monthly wine club that makes a great gift for vino-philes—you get a red and a white wine monthly with recipes and tasting profiles. Another great gift idea for the spirits enthusiast? Head over to your local liquor store, like the Liquor Shack in Makawao or Aloha Discount Liquor and Valley Isle Liquor in Kihei, pick up a selection of fine small bottles and create a gift basket of booze.
Maui is getting more recognition for its fine coffee grown here on island. There are two ways you can go: buy gift cards for latte lovers at local shops like Big Wave Espresso, Akamai Coffee and Wailuku Coffee Company in Central, Anthony’s Coffee Company on the North Shore, S&Q Coffee & Shave Ice Shack down South and Sir Wilfred’s out West. Otherwise, the home brewer will love a bag of Maui beans; you can find them at Maui Grown Coffee in Lahaina and Maui Coffee Roasters in Kahului.
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