People shaping Maui NuI

let's talk story

From time to time, we all love a story. Some of the most memorable stories come from family, friends and neighbors. Maui Nui Made is a chance for us to talk story with the people behind the products we love to buy and the services we enjoy. They are the kama’aina entrepreneurs whose hard work, sacrifices, generosity and creativity make Maui County No Ka Oi. Mahalo for putting kama’aina first.

Maui Food trucks spread aloha, to go

March 29, 2021

“Prior to COVID-19, we had hoped to start hiring help, but the pandemic put a halt on our plans,” said Tim and Kai Bachard of Kai’s Kitchen and Da Taco Stand. “We thought the best way to survive was to stay open – which we did throughout 2020 and now through 2021 – at our main location (Island Tacos, Haiku). We also extended our work hours and did a little bit of radio advertising to let people know we were open.”


COVID-19 re-sets kama’aina businessman’s priorities

March 12, 2021

Charles Gray’s store of luxurious bath and body products shut down in Kihei after nearly nine months of operation due to the downturn in tourism caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nalu Koa’s shutdown, the death of four relatives including one who succumbed to COVID in 2020, and the positive COVID testing of two older sisters all led to Gray’s decision to stay home and focus on life’s priorities...


Potato Chip company thrives on kama‘aina support

February 10, 2021

After 65 years of serving up its local version of crispy goodies, Maui Potato Chip Factory thrives because residents and visitors cherish kama‘aina and buy local.

Owner and operator Mark Kobayashi traces the origins of the family-owned Kahului potato chip company to 1956 when his late grandfather, Yoshio, purchased the business. Kobayashi’s father, Dewey, Dewey’s brother, Joe; and Mark’s only brother, Edwin, all worked for the business. Truly a family business.