It’s Thanksgiving next week and while we’re making our grocery lists and Black Friday lists, we wanted to share ways you can give back this holiday season and support local.

Gift art

Mele Kalikimaka! The Hui’s highly anticipated holiday shopping event returns starting 11/20 through 12/24 with a winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone on your list. During this magical Hui Holidays season, the Hui gallery shop will expand and be filled to the brim with artworks in many media including one-of-a-kind handmade gifts by local artists and crafters, paintings, ceramic pieces, hand blown glass ornaments, locally made beauty products, and more! Our elves are happy to help you check off your shopping list. By shopping local, you’ll take part in the season of giving by supporting local artists and the Hui No’eau. 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao 572-6560 •

Gift food

Azeka Shopping Center is excited to announce that its Holiday Food Drive begins this week! Participating tenants including AA Oceanfront, ACE Hardware, Azeka Management Office, Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill, Island Art Party, NextHome Pacific Properties, South Shore Studio, Studio 151, and Vietnamese Cuisine will have bins inside their stores accepting all canned and dry goods. Now is the time the local community can come together and help all families enjoy a holiday meal,” said Evelyn Long, property manager. “100% of the donation drive proceeds will go to the Maui Food Bank”. For more information about the donation drive, please visit

Gift the holiday spirit

Haleakalā Waldorf School Holiday Faire created a holiday online marketplace where they are offering festive ways to create the warmth of Waldorf in your home for the holidays. Beautiful wreaths, baked goods, meals, and sweet craft kits for kids like the felted acorns above. 10% of sales will be donated to the Maui Food Bank.

Gift an angel

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center welcomes back their Salvation Army Angel Tree and will be collecting through Dec 12th, from 11am-7pm. Visit the Angel Tree in center court, purchase gifts from the list of suggested items on the tag, and return the toys or gifts to the Angel Tree at QKC. All gifts will be donated in time for Christmas!

Gift from a small business

Seek out the small, local markets for gifts this season. The Lahaina Loft is hosting a local marketplace on Saturday, November 21st from 11am-2pm. Shop from local artists and small businesses and find unique gifts for your entire list. 736 Front Street, Lahaina •

Gift toys

Maui Country Club’s Imua Annual Holiday Toy Drive deadline is two weeks away. As you are shopping, include this organization on your shopping list and fill the toybox at the Maui Country Club. This toy drive benefits over 500 Maui children and their families.