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Awakening In Paradise bookstore to hold Kihei grand opening

August 15, 2013
Maui Weekly

Awakening In Paradise, Maui's newest bookstore, boutique and gallery, will open its doors on Friday, Aug. 16, at 11:11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The grand opening celebration will continue through Sunday, Aug. 18, until the store closes at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to share in all opening festivities.

The new gift and bookstore is located in the Long's Shopping Center, 1215 South Kihei Road, next door to Maui Brick Oven.

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Business partners Judy Levy (right) and Lavahna Taylor (left) will hold a three-day grand opening celebration for Awakening In Paradise beginning on Friday, Aug. 16.
Photo: Raama Stuart

On Friday, Eddie and the Promises will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Lei'ohu Ryder, Maui's beloved kupuna and teacher, will offer a Hawaiian blessing. Music will begin at noon with reggae entertainer Dezman at 3 p.m. and Maui's "Queen of Swing," Louise Lambert, from 7 to 10 p.m.

On Sunday, music and refreshments will begin at noon with a special store blessing by Rev. Kedar St. John and his wife, Shelley. Keith Ranney, Bentley Kaloway and Priscilla Sanders are scheduled to perform from 3 to 6 p.m., along with other local favorites earlier in the day.

Awakening in Paradise, a sister store of Lotus Heart Books and Gifts in Ha'iku, will offer eclectic and unique merchandise of the same genre, including a wide spectrum of books, visionary art, colorful clothing, jewelry, crystals, music, incense and more. The new Kihei gallery and boutique will feature the work of Artist-in-Residence Lavahna Taylor and will offer revolving exhibitions of other local artists as well.

The store will also offer classes, workshops, intuitive and tarot readings, beginning meditation, aura photography, monthly psychic fairs and diverse community events.

Holistic practitioners will be available throughout the week.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Awakening in Paradise is the sixth store created and operated by Judy Levy, a reiki master and inter-denominational minister.

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