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Where to find coffee-spiced meat rubs and rum-flavored sea salt on Hawaii's islands

Where to find coffee-spiced meat rubs and rum-flavored sea salt on Hawaii's islands
Jennifer Throne applies clay and paint to dried gourds to create her whimsical ornaments that will be on display at the Made in Maui County Festival next month. (Made in Maui County Festival)

Skip the magnets and T-shirts to take home when you go to Hawaii. Small businesses on the islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai make cool artisan and handcrafted gifts, and they will be on display next month at the Made in Maui County Festival.

The event runs Nov. 4 and 5 and brings together 140 vendors who sell everything from crafts to jewelry to potato chips at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

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As the festival's name implies, all products must be made in Maui County, which includes not only the island of Maui, but also Lanai and Molokai.

Among the offerings:

Using locally grown coffee, Molokai's family-run Barking Deer Farms creates rubs that flavor and naturally tenderize meat.
Using locally grown coffee, Molokai's family-run Barking Deer Farms creates rubs that flavor and naturally tenderize meat. (Made in Maui County Festival)

Barking Deer Farm. In addition to growing organic vegetables, this family-run farm also produces meat rubs made with Molokai-grown coffee. Owner Jamie Ronzello recommends the Original Spiced Coffee Rub for steak and venison and the Sweet N' Spicy variety for chicken and pork.

Jennifer's Gourds. Artist Jennifer Throne creates clever pieces by starting with dried, ornamental gourds and then adding polymer clay and acrylic paint. Her designs include porpoises, turtles and even surfers atop their boards.

Pacifica Hawaii Salt puts a modern spin on an ancient tradition by adding various spices and flavors to its sea salts.
Pacifica Hawaii Salt puts a modern spin on an ancient tradition by adding various spices and flavors to its sea salts. (Made in Maui County Festival)

Pacifica Hawaii Salt. Creator Nancy Gove is reintroducing the ancient Hawaiian tradition of sea salt farming. Her products come in flavors such as Hot Black Lava, Koloa Rum and Red Hot Cinnamon. Gove said she got the idea after tasting the salt that had dried on her arm during an ocean paddle.

If you are visiting Maui, get a shopping preview of the festival from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 4 . Tickets cost $35 and include light refreshments.

Visitors can buy tickets to Shoppers Preview on Nov. 4, the day before the festival opens.
Visitors can buy tickets to Shoppers Preview on Nov. 4, the day before the festival opens. (Made in Maui County Festival)

The main festival, complete with food trucks and a fashion show, runs 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5. It costs $5 per person at the gate; children 12 and under are free.

Info: Made in Maui County Festival, (808) 270-7710

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