Nuts Over Macadamia Nuts

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on July 22, 2015
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As a child growing up in a plantation camp in Puunene, I looked forward to getting the occasional box of macadamia nuts. In those days, a box of the coveted nuts were expensive and affordable only to the well-to-do. Gramma used to get them especially for me; and you can bet I savored every piece. I just could not get enough of them. I guess you could say I was nuts over macadamia nuts!  


But did you know?

Although Hawaii is a large producer of macadamia nuts today, it is actually indigenous to Australia.  And since its introduction to Hawaii in the late 1800's and it's commercialization in the 1920's, macadamia nuts have grown in popularity and is even referred to as the "Hawaiian nut".  
To explore the success of the macadamia nut industry, we journey to the big island of Hawaii to the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company in Kawaihae.  Here the soil is rich in nutrients and volcanic matter. Add to this the tropical climate in which this plant thrives and you have the perfect environment for growing the best macadamia nuts in the world.
The Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company prides itself in marketing only Hawaii grown macadamia nuts. Richard Schnitzler, founder and President of the company, is committed to the success of agriculture and the macadamia nut industry.  Hiring locals and working with private growers, the livelihood of farm workers in more than 200 farms and orchards are secure. For him, it's not all about the money but the good that can come from it. “Our goal is to provide a future for the growers, provide jobs for our local workers and produce great products to sell to the world.”  The company also employs best practices that are environmentally responsible and green.  The company takes this responsibility seriously, reducing waste and repurposing by-products. 
There are a variety of macadamia nut products, including dry roasted nuts, popcorn, macadamia nut brittle and glazed nuts, all in several different flavors,.  The masterminds at the factory have brilliantly come up with the most amazing combinations of flavors; some of them with catchy names like Hula Jalapeno, Black Peppah, Chili Peppah and Korn Krunch. Bold and innovative products continue to emerge; capturing the flavors of local favorites such as SPAM (the Hawaiian steak) and wasabi.  
So come on down to the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop and give yourself a treat. Pick up a few bags or cans and enjoy some of the best macadamia nuts in the world.  You too will go nuts over macadamia nuts.

Another Day in Paradise - By Beverly Lashey

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on July 08, 2015
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What's all the buzz about Maui Babe?  

What is it about this tanning product that has visitors and kama'aina coming back for more?  

Maui Babe Browning Lotion was formulated by owner and founder, Joseph Rossi.  A man of humble beginnings, he was generous and had a heart of gold.  Mr. Rossi passed away in March of this year leaving behind a legacy that is Maui Babe.  He was a progressive and ambitious businessman - an entrepreneur who started out selling flowers out of a flower cart on the side of the road. His floral creations soon made their way into elegant hotels on the south side of Maui and were sought after. But as the economy dipped so did his flower business.  

It's been said that necessity is the mother of invention.  In this case, it may have been desperation but quite possibly it was an act of God!  With a wife and four daughters, Joe desperately needed to find a solution to his financial dilemma.  He was facing foreclosure of his home, his bills were mounting and creditors were after him.  One day he went up to the rooftop of his home and had a conversation with God.  Shortly after, the conception of the original browning lotion evolved and a week later Joe had perfected his formula. He bottled it and gave samples to family members and friends to try and the rest is history. 

Today Maui Babe has a full line of sun care products which includes browning lotion, sunscreen and after sun moisturizing lotion. With the Maui Babe Browning Lotion you will get your desired tan in the fastest and safest way. Use the 30 SPF sunscreen under the browning lotion and your skin is protected from damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays.  The After Sun Moisturizing Lotion will help to maintain your tan.  Additionally, Maui Babe's products contain natural ingredients such as aloe vera, kukui nut oil and coffee extract and vitamins which are absorbed into the skin. These ingredients are not only good for you, it's been proven that coffee extract helps prevent skin cancer.  You will love the results you get and you will love that you can maintain it even longer.  

Stop by our Ocean Treasures Gift shop, or shop with us online to get your browning lotion today and get your tan on!




Lavender Heaven - Beverly Lashley

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on June 14, 2015
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Nestled at the 4000 foot elevation of Haleakala is one of Maui's popular visitor attractions known for its lavender scapes and products derived from them.The Alii Kula Lavender (AKL) Farm was the vision of Alii Chang, agricultural artist and horticultural master extraordinaire.

Alii's love for gardening was inherent as a young child growing up on his grandmother's farm on Oahu. The relationship she cultivated with Alii is the very foundation of his success and that of The Alii Kula Lavender Farm today.  Because of that success we are able to enjoy the fruits of his labor. 

Visit the Alii Kula Lavender farm and your senses experience nature the way God intended it to be--beautiful and serene.  The garden is so breathtakingly magnificent and vibrant; its beauty captivates you.

So what is lavender and what is it used for?  Lavender is an herb versatile in its usage from medicinal to culinary; and Alii Kula Lavender farm's line of products encompasses it all. Their food products are made with natural, botanical and organic ingredients; and are earth and animal friendly. Products include lavender infused honey and jelly and a scone mix, a seasoning mix and tea. For soothing and comfort, there's bath salts, essential oils and sachets; and for bath and body, there's bath gel, lotions, gardener's salve, soaps and lip balm.

The Maui Ocean Treasures Gift shop is sure to have the product you are looking for. Shop the collection and prepare to be relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Cookie Lover's Delight

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on May 21, 2015
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"Love what you do and do what you love." That's one of the reasons for this cookie maker's success! But the foremost reason for her success is her love for Maui and the community which she has become a part of.  

Mitzi Toro is Maui's resident cookie entrepreneur and her love for Maui coupled with her generous spirit is how The Maui Cookie Lady evolved.  She started out baking her cookie concoctions for her friends and colleagues at Kalama Intermediate School where she is employed. Little did they know they'd become the guinea pigs and taste testers...and they loved them! Seeing her passion and her talent, they got together and surprised her at a faculty meeting with her first mixer. You see, this savvy cookie maker has been crafting her cookies with the recipe she received from her high school English teacher. That was 20 years ago; and she's been paying it forward ever since.

Her generosity has no bounds. She continuously gives of herself through numerous fundraisers and causes. Go to her FaceBook page and you will see how she genuinely and creatively gives--even to the most favorite dentist! Her first cookie fundraiser was for the Maui Memorial Medical Center nurses, whom she gained a respect for when her dad was hospitalized. Her efforts raised enough money to buy them new uniforms. 

Maui Cookie Lady cookies are making waves with islanders and tourists. One taste and you are hooked! These cookies are handmade here in Maui with the finest organic flour and some of the freshest local ingredients such as mango, passion fruit, lychee, coconut, and macadamia nuts. These are not your ordinary round flat cookie either. They are big and bulky with chunks of nuts and fruit.  It's evident that this cookie maker aims to please. 

The Maui Ocean Treasures Gift Shop has a variety of flavors to choose from.  The Butter Rum Triple Chunker is a triple threat with dark, milk and white chocolate and butter rum.  Perhaps you may want to try Da Half Baked, made with Reese's, Oreo and Rolo stuffed in a chocolate chip cookie or the Turtle Treasures, Maui Ocean Center's signature cookie which is made with pecans, caramel, Kentucky bourbon, milk chocolate.  The Pineapple Lychee Passion is one of my favorites. One bite into it and I'm in tropical heaven.  Come in and grab a few today!  Also, for a limited time we'll be giving a FREE Maui Cookie Lady tote bag with every purchase of a 20 or more cookies, both in-store and online!

Awaken Your Environmental Consciousness

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on April 19, 2015
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On April 22, 1970, the environmental movement known as Earth Day was born. The movement, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, resulted in twenty million Americans rallying together for a great cause--mother earth.  Peaceful protests and teach-ins were organized in parks, auditoriums, colleges and universities across the country educating participants about the effects of air pollution to our health, of toxic waste spills and dumps to our environment, and of many other adverse conditions affecting our earth.  The result?  A resounding plea for change. From it organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was founded and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts evolved.

Today, the event is more than 180 countries strong, with hundreds of millions of participants involved and engaged in events organized world-wide. Organizers of these events seek to bring awareness to the heightened urgency of issues such as global warming and climate change and wildlife extinction, to name a few.  

Here on Maui we have a wide range of environmental concerns such as the eradication of invasive species, water conservation and renewable energy, agricultural sustainability and marine protection; and we look to our legislators, community leaders and environmental organizations to protect our parks, wildlife and resources for generations to come.

At Maui Ocean Center we are doing our part to be environmentally conscious and responsible. We are looking at ways to lower our carbon footprint and look to bring in products from vendors who have the same environmental philosophies and practices.  One such product is the Aquaclip.  Made in the USA of durable 100% recyclable polycarbonate material.  The inventor of this innovative product, Brian Cizek, uses this while on his Stair Master.  He says, "Once your water bottle is empty, the Aquaclip makes it easy to carry your water bottle hands free to a recycle bin preventing from littering, or why not reuse your water bottle and fill it up with tap or filtered water.  Every time you refill your water bottle you save money, less chance your bottle will end up in a landfill with Aquaclip in use."

On April 21st and 22nd, visit our website at for more of our collection of ecologically relative products.  To commemorate Earth Day, the Ocean Treasures Gift Shop is giving away free Aquaclips with every purchase and a 7" wooden fish dish with purchases of $25 or more.  

What can you do to help save our earth you ask?  Awaken your environmental consciousness by attending one of the many Earth Day events and get educated on how you can reduce your carbon footprint, volunteer your services with a community work day event, and always look to ways in which to reduce, reuse, and recycle!


International Shipping!

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on March 25, 2015
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We are thrilled to announce that Maui Ocean Treasures Now Ships to the Countries Listed Below! Yay!

We will happily ship to our international visitors & if your country isn't listed here, let us know. We will do our very best to accommodate you!

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States


*Shipping Rates Vary & are Available at Checkout

Our time to Shell-a-brate!

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on March 02, 2015
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It's Maui Ocean Center's 17th Birthday! For the next 17 hours, shellabrate with us and receive 17% off your entire purchase!**

Also, FREE SHIPPING for all US orders $65 and over. At checkout use coupon code: SHELL17

**excluding sale merchandise

Jeff Albrecht's Massive Mural!

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on February 18, 2015
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"Feel the energy of Jeff Albrecht. Inspired by the colors, drips, and splatters of the modern masters, Jeff Albrecht has been producing original artwork for clients and private collectors for over 20 years. His paintings can be found in hotels, restaurants, private collections throughout the country, and galleries across the Hawaiian Islands and California." -

Yesterday, on February 17th, Jeff started an absolutely massive project: Henry Perrine Baldwin High School, in Wailuku, will soon have a massive mural painted across two walls. It's part of a project on giving back to the community. 

Jeff hard at work on A Perfect Wave

What started as a dinner conversation with his cousin over a year and a half ago has now become a massive two-wall art piece in a major feature on campus. As Jeff explained it, "For a long time, I've wanted to donate a mural to a school. There's definitely a need for arts and education." 

Working with a contact, the location at Baldwin High School in Maui was chosen. The school was extremely supportive of Jeff's project, and went through great lengths to prepare the space for him.

"It was more than just slapping a few coats of primer on a wall. They removed fixtures, repaired the walls, really did all they could to get it ready for the mural."

The final location is in a central spot, next to the cafeteria, where students frequently hang out and eat lunch. This place was chosen with great intent, and the focus from the start was on the students that would be enjoying the mural every day.

"I believe it's extremely important for students to see value in art... and to feel appreciated. These students are just bursting with energy and creativity, and I think it would be terrible for them to have to stare at a couple of brown walls every single day. I really wanted to give them something that could possibly inspire them."

Even though it's only "seventy-five percent" complete, as Jeff says, it's already an incredibly impressive image. When the mural is completed this Friday, it'll be prime material to begin inspiring all of Baldwin High's 1,800 students. 

- Jake Velasquez

Mea Hoʻonani Kino

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on February 13, 2015
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The history of Ni'ihau shell lei goes back a long time, but evidence only surfaced in 1778 when Captain James Cook first landed on the islands. Queen Emma and many prominent dignitaries throughout the years have worn these shell leis. Today Ni`ihau shell lei are enjoyed and worn not only by women, but also by men. 

From the Island of Ni`ihau comes the beautiful and breath-taking gems known as "Pupu `O Ni`ihau”. These are tiny little shells found on the beaches of Taununui, Pahuhau, Waiapalo, Tahi`o, Ohi`a, Puketua, and Putaiti surrounding the Island Ni`ihau.During the winter, artisans wake up before dawn to collect these tiny precious shells sprawled across the shore. The artisans then turn these beautiful shells into leis and exquisite jewelry. The knowledge and skills required to make these leis are rare. The Ni’ihau shells are perceived with the value and lure of a precious gem. Therefore, they are the only lustrous shells, gemologist pass as a gem. These beautiful leis are endorsed with a Certificate of Authenticity. 

There are three different shells that are commonly used to make Ni’ihau shell lei named Kahelelani, Momi, Laiki and a fourth named Kamoa which is frequently used to add contrasting color to lei.  These shells are identified also by their common colors such as Ke`oke`o (white), `Akalaa (pink), Lenalena (yellow) and ‘Oma`oma`o (green).

Shades of colors are identified as `Ahiehie (light) or Ikaika (dark). They are also identified as Kahakaha (striped), `Onikiniki (spotted), `Apu`upu`u (bumpy) and Waha ‘ula’ula (red tip or mouth). To finish the ends of the lei four different types of shells are commonly used  they are identified as Poleholeho ‘Apu’upu’u, Poleholeho ‘Opule, Poleholeho Ke’oke’o and Poleholeho Lenalena they are little cowry shells.

These beautiful lei are fashioned into styles of Pikake, Heliconia, and Crown flowers as well as Poepoe (rope style) and Kipona.

As you gaze upon the beauty of Pupu `O Ni`ihau, each lei was entwined with love, joy, and “Aloha”. The “Ha” or breath that is taken to give life to these beautiful leis gives life to our culture and those whom adorn them.

If you want more information or history about Ni'ihau shells, please visit Ni'ihau Cultural Heritage Foundation.

If you would like to view more of this beautiful collection of leis and earrings from the forbidden island, visit: Ni'ihau Shell Jewelry Collection


-Written by Maria, a jewelry consultant at Maui Ocean Treasures

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