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The Arts of Giving

Share creativity, beauty and goodwill this season.

December 24, 2009
Trisha Smith · Staff Writer/Office Admin

No need to worry—there’s still time to give and receive joy. And besides, the real meaning of the holidays has nothing to do with materialism.

Here’s some last-minute presents that support Hawai‘i’s own artistic community, environment and our island ‘ohana.

Give the gift of music and the arts.

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Trisha Smith

Staff Writer/Office Admin

Award-winning Hawaiian songbird Amy Hānaiali‘i’s latest project Friends & Family of Hawai‘i features 16 duets with 16 of the best male vocalists and musicians of our isles, including her brother Eric Gilliom, Willie Nelson and John Cruz. Purchase online or stop by any Longs Drugs.

Local boy Derick Sebastian’s first major release From His Heart is a must-have for any music lover and exhibits why he’s an ‘ukulele virtuoso. Visit

Maui’s own rock outfit, The Throwdowns, recently finalized a distribution deal that will see their debut Don’t Slow Down repackaged, remastered and available nationwide in 2010. Grab the current version on Maui at Requests Music, Borders Books & Music or online.

Discover the creative forces of the arts in our community and beyond with a Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) gift certificate of any amount or an annual membership. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW. Maui OnStage offers a $75 five-show, flexible punch card that’s good for the plethora of shows offered at the Historic ‘Ïao Theater. Call 242-8680 or visit

Or how about a makeshift coupon that promises a tour of Maui’s own Surfing Goat Dairy, Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm or Maui Brewing Co.?

Support our environment by purchasing a Surfrider Foundation Holiday Membership Gift Pack, perfect for that special beach enthusiast in your life. It includes organic goodies and an annual membership, all for $44. Go to

Bestow nature’s beauty with a Hawai‘i Tri-Park Annual Pass, only $25. It admits the pass-holder and passengers to Haleakalā National Park and the historic volcano parks on Hawai‘i Island. Visit

Donate your extra time—spend your days off cleaning the beaches, highways or volunteering. And as you feast, remember the hungry. Visit

A great suggestion was from a lady who told me to “create smiles” this Christmas Day by simply standing on the side of the road wearing a Santa hat and holding a sign that wished residents and visitors Happy Holidays—a simple moment of goodwill.

Or just tell someone special in your life you love and appreciate them—that may be the greatest gift of all.



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