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Hawai­ian-style hol­i­day or­na­ments to re­mem­ber your Maui va­ca­tion yule­tide season af­ter season.

Here, you’ll find your­self im­mersed in Santa’s work­shop— or­na­ments hang­ing from ev­ery shelf, rein­deer trin­kets wear­ing

and even hut gin­ger­bread lei tiki houses. For a spe­cial keep­sake that will re­mind you of your ad­ven­tures in Maui, pick an or­na­ment to per­son­al­ize with your name, child’s name, an­niver­sary date or even your dog’s name— the op­tions are end­less!

Af­ter all, Hawai‘i cel­e­brates its own unique set of Christ­mas tra­di­tions: “MELE KALIKIMAKA” is the greet­ing use and kama‘aina Santa wears ALOHA SHIRTS, not win­ter coats.

Vis­i­tors can cre­ate their own Maui Christ­mas with a keep­sake or­na­ment from LA­HAINA CHRIST­MAS

STORE, lo­cated in­side the fa­mous Koa’s Sea­side Grill Restaurant (839 Front St.).

22. SOOTHE YOUR BODY AND SOUL

There’s no bet­ter way to max­i­mize your time in par­adise than with a top-notch SPA EX­PE­RI­ENCE. Whether you want to undo the stress of a day filled with rush­ing through air­ports, un­wind af­ter an ac­tive round of shop­ping (or surf­ing!) or add a lit­tle ro­mance to a cou­ple’s get­away, Maui’s many spa of­fer­ings are sure to fit your need. Many is­land spas have taken cues from Hawai‘i’s host cul­ture and cre­ated treat­ments that use HAWAI­IAN HEAL­ING PRAC­TICES. is just one Lomilomi of the tech­niques that spas have adopted; there are also treat­ments that use salt, (a ‘awa na­tive medic­i­nal shrub) or other botan­i­cals to re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate body, mind and soul. While there are nu­mer­ous cou­ples and sin­gle pack­ages avail­able at spas around the is­land, listed be­low are a few good spots to get started. For trav­el­ers seek­ing sol­stice, SPA HELANI, THE HEAV­ENLY SPA BY WESTIN, prom­ises sen­sory—and, nat­u­rally, heav­enly—experiences. Housed in the lux­u­ri­ous THE WESTIN KA‘ANA­PALI OCEAN RE­SORT VIL­LAS, Spa Helani’s skilled ther­a­pists heal your body with cus­tom­ized, Hawai­ian-in­spired treat­ments that high­light lo­cal beauty prod­ucts. Wrap your­self in a plush robe to laze on a sig­na­ture treat­ment bed. Then pause to sip on tea and sa­vor nour­ish­ing cui­sine be­fore a re­fresh­ing lomilomi. Or re­treat to the COU­PLES’ “TREE HOUSE” SUITE to share a mem­o­rable mo­ment with your loved one. You can also try VAL­LEY ISLE DAY SPA in Ki­hei, which of­fers COU­PLES

PACK­AGES— some in­clud­ing cho­co­late, cham­pagne and roses— and other com­bi­na­tions.

Es­cape to the award-win­ning SPA MON­TAGE KA­PALUA BAY, sur­rounded by the West Maui Moun­tains and Ka­palua Bay. Treat­ments to try in­clude the ‘Awa & Ca­cao Hawai­ian Co­coon and the in­dul­gent Jour­ney Through the Ocean, a syn­chro­nized treat­ment per­formed by two ther­a­pists. An­other highly rec­om­mended op­tion is MAUI HEAL­ING RE­TREAT, which holds MULTI-DAY RE­TREATS that fo­cus on re-en­er­giz­ing health, re­la­tion­ships and spir­i­tual wellbeing out of its two lo­ca­tions, SOUL TRANS­FOR­MA­TION (505 Auli‘i Drive) and THE SA­CRED GAR­DEN ON MAUI (460 Kalu­anui Road). Maui Heal­ing Re­treat also gives clients the abil­ity to cus­tom­ize their heal­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. For ad­di­tional sug­ges­tions, con­sult your concierge. SPA TIPS: • Ar­rive early, be­tween 15 to 30 min­utes be­fore your ap­point­ment. You want to be re­laxed be­fore your treat­ment. • Turn off your mo­bile phone. • Let your ther­a­pist know of any health con­cerns you may have. • Tips are usu­ally 15 to 20 per­cent. • If some­thing is not quite right (the pres­sure of the mas­sage, for ex­am­ple), let your ther­a­pist know.

23. HIT THE MAIN STREET

The is­land of Lana‘i doesn’t have a sin­gle stop­light and is home to a pop­u­la­tion of only 3,100 peo­ple. Where bet­ter, then, to find small­town charm than Lana‘i City’s main square?

Marked by tall pine trees and a grassy park, LANA‘I CITY boasts shops, a vis­i­tor cen­ter and nu­mer­ous eater­ies. Head to LANA‘I ARTS

CEN­TER to see works by nu­mer­ous artists, all of them is­land res­i­dents. In fact, while you’re at it, just make a loop and check out all of the GAL­LERIES, CAFÉS, RESTAU­RANTS and BOU­TIQUES lo­cated around the square. You can even catch a flick at the is­land’s only play­house, a his­toric 1920s build­ing. At the cen­ter of the square is

DOLE PARK, which has ta­bles and a com­mu­nity cen­ter per­fect for a pic­nic or family gath­er­ing. Also found at the park are sev­eral WAR MEMO

RIALS hon­or­ing soldiers who fought in WWII and the Korean War.

The park also was cre­ated in the early ’20s, around the same time an im­por­tant part of is­land his­tory was es­tab­lished on Lana‘i— DOLE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION

VIL­LAGE, where thou­sands of work­ers lived dur­ing the hey­day of Hawai‘i pineapple pro­duc­tion.

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