By ECommerce Admin on January 22, 2016 With0 comments
Did you know that there are more than 2,000 different types of jellyfish in our oceans? In January, we're celebrating the Season for Sea Jellies, highlighting the moon jelly and upside down sea jelly species that reside at the Aquarium. Other than the Pacific Sea Nettle which we have seen in “Finding Nemo,” Moon Jellies are probably one of the most recognized jellyfish.
Jellyfish have no Heart
Jellyfish are pretty much brainless it is all a muscular reaction
Some jellies are bio-luminescent and glow in a variety of colors
The biggest jellyfish is the Lion's Mane Jelly, whose tentacles can reportedly grow to 120 ft long !!!
Turtles love eating jellyfish, and so do some people! Some people fry or eat jellies raw!! (ek!!)
I want a jellyfish !!!
Some people actually own jellies in their homes but they are a very hard animal to keep do to the water temperature and food source. I would very much like to own one someday, but until then I myself have a Dynasty glass blown glow-in-the-dark jellyfish like this one seen below!
All of the Dynasty glass jellies we have glow-in-the-dark and you can also purchase our light base so that your jelly can have a bio-luminescence feel and change colors! Imagine your own personal pet that you don't have to worry about feeding or cleaning up after. And for all you art lovers we have a beautiful dancing jellyfish print by Jeff Albrecht.
By ECommerce Admin on January 14, 2016 With0 comments
What is your 2016 New Year’s resolution?
For me it has been the same thing for the last 4 years to start that healthy eating and working out thing. But we all know that work and late hours stop us from going for a jog or the little rascal (s) that demand your attention 24/7 that makes it impossible to keep your floor clean long enough for you to work out to an exercise DVD.
But this year we will strive to make 2016 a healthy one! Let’s take stairs instead of elevators, strap the little ones inside of the stroller and take a stroll in the evening. Let’s dance in the living room with the lights off and Christmas lights on with all the kids or animals. Let’s make getting healthy fun and not so much of a horrible thing.
Food is my Kryptonite
I am very guilty of starting something and then quitting after a while hence why this is now the 5th year I am making this a new year’s resolution. And probably not going to be the last time I make the same promise, but if we start replacing things here and there I think that would still be victorious. It has to start somewhere right? For me personally it’s not the working out I have an issue with I can come home from a long day at work and go dance in my room for at least 2 hours. My kryptonite is FOOD!! I have such a bad sweet tooth and carb cravings. Also, soda is one of those things that I love to hate.
It’s so much easier to call in a pizza or order take out - than to actually stand there plan, and then prep, and then cook food that will probably taste way better than that take out; that will also probably be a lot healthier than that pizza. I know right?! Crazy thing to say. I find that if you make homemade meals family tends to eat together then having them go to their own rooms or at least putting their phones down to watch a T.V show or movie as a family unit.
So in one of my hangry moments I happened to walk through our store and then sat and looked online at some of those “small victories” (while eating a butter roll and drinking a soda). But I have composed a collection of some things that can be switched out and still taste good!! And that don’t require that much work or planning! And yes this collection does include chocolate. Some of the products that are listed do have recipes on our blog.
By ECommerce Admin on October 08, 2015 With0 comments
Flavors and Goodness of Maui
At the first sight of a jar of Jeff's Jams and Jellies, one gets the impression that it was purchased at a country store or a church bazaar. The quaint Hawaiian print top secured by a rubber band gives it that homemade appeal. But it's not the jar or the Hawaiian print that makes it special, it's the flavors and goodness of Maui's all natural fruits and spices that bring it to life.
Jeffrey Gomes who is the owner of Jeff's Jams and Jellies is a certified chef who graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from the University of Maui College. Jeff was a chef at various hotels and restaurants on the island before finally landing the career of his life.
Jeff's Commitment to Quality
Today, this local boy markets a variety of jams, jellies, seasonings, dressings and sauces - which he produces on a small scale with a passion that is evident in his commitment to the quality of each product. His products are made in a certified kitchen right here on Maui.
Jeff's jams and jellies are made with tropical fruits and therefore, may not be available year round but when the fruits are in season.The unique blend of fruits and seasonings and the process in which they are produced are the secret to his success.
Jeff's Jams and Jellies products are so versatile and can literally make your life a little easier. For the busy working mom, it can be a life saver. Pop open any one of Jeff's sauces or dressings, marinate the meat of your choice and voila, you've got a great dish. The rubs and seasonings are great on steaks, fish, pork or vegetable. My friend, Tracy, marinades her chicken in Jeff's Maui Kalbi Style Marinade overnight and throws it on the grill. Or, how about combining ground beef or turkey and everyone's favorite teriyaki sauce, infuse it with one of Jeff's jellies and spices to make a sweet and spicy meatball. You will savor the flavor! With the many products and flavors Jeff has to offer, the possibilities are endless.
Shop Jeff's Products
The Maui Ocean Center has a wide variety of Jeff's Jams and Jellies products. There are a large variety of sauces with the most interesting melding of flavors. Just reading the ingredients on the label makes my mouth water!! The Thai Chili Dipping Sauce and Dressing for instance, is made with Hawaiian Cane Sugar, Vinegar, Chili Peppers, Kula Onions, Garlic, Ginger, Green Onions and Spices. I think I'll pick me up a few. You should too!
By ECommerce Admin on August 31, 2015 With0 comments
A retired fireman and a retired school teacher respectively, Vicki and Steve Pillar are the founders and owners of Moku Pua. The name Moku Pua came to Vicki's sister in a dream. Translated, Moku Pua means Island Flower. How serendipitous it is that the name which came to light from a dream be the beginning of their dream come true.
The Sweet Smell of Success
So how is it that they came to be in this island paradise? Well, according to Steve, they were made an offer of a lifetime to open up a factory store in Waikapu's Maui Tropical Plantation. And with the location being so "peaceful and serene" it was an offer they could not refuse.
Vicki began making sugar scrubs, giving them as Christmas gifts to friends and family. Their scrubs were so overwhelmingly popular that she began getting orders from friends to give as gifts.The popularity of her scrub lead her to venture into creating fragrance and body care products. With both of them being retired, the opportunity to open up the store came at the perfect time. Facing the opportunity of a life-time they could not have possibly anticipated how successful their venture would be. With Steve's hard work and Vicki's vision and ideas, this couple's factory store is truly a success.
Quality Skin Care at a Premium
At a time when beauty and skin care is a multi-billion dollar industry, Moku Pua has found its niche here on Maui. Women are always looking out for the next big thing in skin care where the trend is maintaining youthful skin while looking fresh and rejuvenated. All of the products are made with all natural ingredients, including natural exotic oils to nourish and hydrate your skin. Moku Pua's tropical ingredients include coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, pure cane sugar, and aloe vera. Historically, coconut has been used by polynesian women for its moisturizing effects as well as for reducing fine lines and wrinkles and Hawaiian cane sugar is used as an exfoliant leaving your skin soft and rejuvenated. What better place to be than where both of these tropical ingredients are naturally grown.
What makes this company special is their commitment to the environment. They have proven this commitment by employing greener, more sustainable practices in the processing of their products and by eliminating the use of damaging parabens, sulfates, and formaldehyde. Their products are made with ingredients that are food grade, natural and organic.
Moku Pua offers nine varieties of fragrances to choose from in a variety of soaps, sprays, sachets and bath salts. The nine fragrances in their product line include three florals, four citrus/fruit combinations and two scents that are vanilla-infused. You will love how soft and supple your skin feels and you will love that they are made with the finest quality of natural ingredients. After all, aren't we worth it?
By ECommerce Admin on July 22, 2015 With0 comments
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 HamakuaMacadamia 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.
By ECommerce Admin on July 08, 2015 With0 comments
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!
By ECommerce Admin on June 14, 2015 With0 comments
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.
"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!