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Frommer's best shopping in Maui

Frommer's best shopping in Maui: (tel. ): Bright and sassy tropical wear and the jewelry and accessories to go with it are a cut above at Kahului's Summerhouse. T-shirts are tailored and in day-to-evening colors, while dresses are good for either the office or a night out.
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Summerhouse (tel. 808/871-1320): Bright and sassy tropical wear and the jewelry and accessories to go with it are a cut above at Kahului's Summerhouse. T-shirts are tailored and in day-to-evening colors, while dresses are good for either the office or a night out.

Bailey House Gift Shop (tel. 808/244-3326): You can travel Hawaii and peruse its past with the assemblage of made-in-Hawaii items at this museum gift shop in Wailuku. Tropical preserves, Hawaiian music, pareus, prints by esteemed Hawaiian artists, cookbooks, hatbands, and magnificent wood bowls reflect a discerning standard of selection. Unequaled for Hawaiian treasures on Maui.

Brown-Kobayashi (tel. 808/242-0804): At this quiet, tasteful, and elegant Asian shop in Wailuku, the selection of antiques and collectibles changes constantly but reflects an unwavering sense of gracious living. There are old and new European and Hawaiian objects, from koa furniture (which disappears fast) to lacquerware, Bakelite jewelry, Peking glass beads, and a few priceless pieces of antique ivory.

Sig Zane Designs (tel. 808/249-8997): This Hilo icon didn't skip a beat in winning the hearts of Maui residents when he moved to Wailuku. Located on Wailuku's Market Street, his new shop of aloha wear and Hawaiian lifestyle treasures is a boon to historic Wailuku. (At press time, Zane was considering moving the store to Kahului; call before you go.)

Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center (tel. 808/572-6560): Half the experience is the center itself, one of Maui's historic treasures: a strikingly designed 1917 kamaaina (native-born or old-timer) estate on 9 acres in Makawao; two of Maui's largest hybrid Cook and Norfolk pines; and an art center with classes, exhibitions, and demonstrations. The gift shop is as memorable as the rest of it. You'll find one-of-a-kind works by local artists, from prints to jewelry and pottery. See "Upcountry Maui" in chapter 9.

Village Galleries (tel. 808/661-4402 in Lahaina or 808/669-1800 in Kapalua): Maui's oldest galleries have maintained high standards and the respect of a public that is increasingly impatient with clichéd island art. On exhibit are the finest contemporary Maui artists in all media, with a discerning selection of handcrafted jewelry. In Lahaina the new contemporary gallery has a larger selection of jewelry, ceramics, glass, and gift items, as well as paintings and prints.

Viewpoints Gallery (tel. 808/572-5979): I love this airy, well-designed Makawao gallery and its helpful staff, which complement the fine Maui art: paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, woods, and glass. This is Maui's only fine-arts cooperative, showcasing the work of dozens of local artists.

Hana Coast Gallery (tel. 808/248-8636): This gallery is a good reason to go to Hana: It's an esthetic and cultural experience that informs as it enlightens. Tucked away in the posh hideaway hotel, the gallery is known for its high level of curatorship and commitment to the cultural art of Hawaii. The 3,000-square-foot gallery is devoted entirely to Hawaiian artists. Dozens of well-established local artists display their sculptures, paintings, prints, feather work, stonework, and carvings in displays that are so natural they could well exist in someone's home.

Dis 'N Dat (Lanai; tel. 866-DISNDAT or 808/565-9170): This is my favorite shop on Lanai, where Barry (Dis) and Susie (Dat) have collected the unusual, the bizarre, and the hilariously funny. You'll find everything from finely crafted teak and exotic wood sculptures and carvings to mobiles and wind chimes (the more outrageous, the better), plus an impressive line of handmade jewelry, stained glass, and more.

(tel. 808/565-9130): This wonderful boutique, on the island of Lanai, features clothing and accessories that are not the standard resort-shop fare. You'll find fabulous silk aloha shirts by Iolani; Putumayo separates (perfect for Hawaii) in easy-care fabrics; a fabulous line of silk aloha shirts by Tiki; top-quality hemp-linen camp shirts; inexpensive sarongs; fabulous socks; and the Tommy Bahama line for men and women. There are also great T-shirts, swimwear, jewelry, bath products, picture frames, jeans, chic sunglasses, and offbeat sandals. The most recent additions are wonderful children's clothes.

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