I’m back from my Hawaiian getaway, & let me just say…it was FAB-U-LOUS!
The last time I visited Maui was over 14 years ago…I was a mere 25 years old…wow.
Maui is still gorgeous as ever! And we both got to experience the Big Island of Hawaii for the first time which was a complete treat for us…as well as our cameras! (More on that in a later post…)
Now it’s time to get down to business…
A big thank you to those of you who entered the contest.
So you must be wondering what treasure(s) I found.
I have to admit, it was tough work! There were so many fun goodies to choose from that I actually bought 2 items, and the winner will get to choose one! (The other one will go to a family member or friend…or me!)
On day 3 of our Maui getaway, we traveled to the artsy town of Paia filled with quaint boutiques, delicious eateries and beautiful art galleries. One of the shop owners suggested we check out the “cowboy” town of Makawao about 10 minutes south that had even more boutiques and rustic charm…so off we went.
We decided to check out the store “Designing Wahine Emporium” filled with local arts and crafts.
As my husband paid for some jasmine soap that I was salivating over earlier, I looked to my left and saw a basket of what appeared to be lava rocks in the shape of feet. Intrigued, I inspected them closer…
…and fell in love!
I’m all about clever and creative ideas, and this was both…and it’s super cute!
Wrapped in a turquoise ribbon are these adorable pumice stone footsies and sweet smelling tuberose soap.
Who wouldn’t want their feet to smell scrumptious while scrubbing away the stress of the day away using a little piece of aloha (literally!)
Needless to say, we snatched up the footsies and continued on our journey.
I was pretty certain that this was the giveaway prize.
Then the very next day as we neared the finish of the famous Road to Hana on Maui’s east coast, we came upon a random row of shops, outdoor eateries and free ranging chickens, roosters and chicks. (Yes, you read right.)
I decided to check out the shop “Nahiku Ti Gallery” and started browsing around.
I don’t know about you, but I love shell jewelry…and this shop did not lack in that department!
Strewn across the back of a door were dozens of unique shell necklaces. My heart beat faster, and my eyes widened at the sight of them.
The heavens opened…the birds sang…and I quickly snatched up a mother of pearl necklace (for me) and this lovely abalone shell necklace for the giveaway:
I love the design and delicate finish of this necklace. The way the light plays off of the shell is just gorgeous, and it’s a really striking piece. It gets my seal of approval!
OH…and bonus! The shop keeper let me choose a cute decorative bag to keep the necklace in…and that, my friends, is included with the necklace…SCORE!
So there they are – the 2 giveaway prizes.
But WAIT – there’s MORE!
While on the Big Island of Hawaii, we did a lot of sunset watching and beach strolling. The thing I loved most was what was scattered all over the beach – CORAL!
The beaches were full of them!
It was like Christmas morning for me!
I spent so much time just looking at the various shapes, sizes and intricate cuts. But my favorite had to be the ones in the shapes of hearts!
So along with the prize you choose, you will also be receiving a heart-shaped piece of coral.
Now it’s time for the second item of business – who won?!
Today I had my partner-in-crime, the hubby, do the honors of choosing a winner.
Can we have a drum roll please?
And the winner of the Aloha Mystery Giveaway is…
(Round of applause echoing through cyberspace!)
Congratulations to Christine, whose idea of paradise is “a week of no work”. I hope this little piece of paradise brings you bliss! 🙂
Christine, please email the prize you would like and also your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I don’t hear from you by midnight on Friday, June 14th, another winner will be announced on Saturday, June 15th.
Thanks again to all who entered.
Many happy alohas to you all!