For decades Cane Haul Road shirts and other objets d’art have helped to define a treasured style of local humor: sly, gnomic, Dada, kinda gross. Stemming from the sketchbooks artist Grant Kagimoto has kept for the past 35 years, the designs have now made it into the kitchen through a line of dishtowels. Available for sale around $9 at Shirokiya, Marukai, and Kaimuki’s Wabi Sabi, Kagimoto’s island-influenced towels include their best-seller prints of “Home,” which features the Hawaiian island chain, as well as the “Choy Family,” depicting a set of cartoon bok choy. Where does this stuff come from? “Whether I want to or not” he remarks, “I’m thinking of ideas… but ideas run away.”
As with anything meaningful, authenticity is the key to giving. Gift items that are not ripoffs, knockoffs or sweat-shopped reinforce the idea that you’re being genuine. “It’s the thought that counts,” while simultaneously throwing down a decent sum for the thought, can be your guide at Martin & MacArthur, specialists in Koa wood serving and cutting boards, all solid, bonafide wood–no laminates or veneers here. Koa is endemic to Hawaii, and Martin & MacArthur source theirs from Big Island trees, which are then cut and transformed at their Honolulu workshop. Let your gift nudge someone you love into hosting a mean holiday dinner (prepared with local ingredients of course), served up on a locally handmade serving board.
Cover It Up
At Nohea Gallery, a showcase for various MIH pieces by local artists, the table accessories are many and splendid, in particular the table runners by C Water Designs. Combining old world tradition with contemporary prints, the runners incorporate pineapple, coral, shells and floral details. (They go perfectly with the Maui Potpourri tablecloths, available for $56–$68.) Let these fashionable accents add an undertone of elegance to a decked-out holiday table. In fact, there’s no reason you can’t use them without a tablecloth, to highlight a table’s handsome wood. Lengths are cut to either 60 ($88) or 40 (starting at $56) inches, with more than 31 classic designs to choose from.