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.
Among the offerings:
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. 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.
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