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when you visit the magical island of Maui, you will find yourself
in the middle of the Pacific ocean, a couple thousand miles from anywhere.

but once there, you have a choice about which Maui you inhabit...

you can follow the Tommy Bahama clad tourists to a fabulous resort,
eat in fancy joints, and never see a local who is not wearing
Hawaiian garb, smiling, and serving you Mai-tais...

or you can head north...

on the road, stop in the village of Makawao for some jazz
and a trip to the wine shop...

then head for the hippie haven of Pahoa, stock up on world class health food,
supplies from the psychedelic shop, and a prayer shawl and incense
from the Buddhist temple...

finally, hit the local beaches, to watch the children of the sun
frolic and make salutations to the sun...

when you have reached an alpha state, drive the fabled Hana road,
3 hours up coast on a two lane highway full of switchbacks and shave ice.

at the end of the road, you will find a sleepy village,
where the old Maui can still be felt.

life in Hana is laid back, lush, and less about what you earn,
than about what you feel...

smell the view, taste the tradewinds, and touch something inside you
that longs to feel at home...

step away from your bluetooth and your ipad,
climb off the grid, and find your island vibe.

then you will be ready to make the long drive back down the mountain
to find a Maui of your own...

there are back roads with fields full of flowers and fruit.
there are whales dancing in every bay.
there are farmers and seekers and artists, and locals
ready to talk story for the price of a smile.

hell, why not serve one of them a Mai-tai,
and see what wisdom they have to share?

a roadtrip to old Maui is the perfect excuse to own a tote.

and if that tote is like this one, you can carry everything you need
for a yoga retreat, a picnic, or an overnight in the village where you
feel most at home.

take it from me: when in Maui, choose the road less travelled...
and take along a tote.

this tote is the perfect example of a collaborative custom KITA bag.
the lovely old Hawaiian bark cloth gracing the exterior, and the Mexican sterling silver pin, came from the collection of Jan, an artist and collector of my bags. the rest of it came from my workshop and my imagination...

vintage: art deco Hawaiian bark cloth exterior; Mexican sterling silver pin; embroidered water maiden from vintage tablecloth; conch shell bangle from India; yellow and black hand-woven cloth from Bhutan; green apple print pockets.

upcycled: placemats from India; Hawaiian bark cloth lining from my lanai; cotton webbing belt for straps; yellow linen and rose linen from the thrift store; cord, beads and coins.

(wall to wall inside pockets, one exterior pocket for ipad or water bottle)

this bag is shown is shown as a SAMPLE of a CUSTOM ORDER,
and has gone to live in Scottsdale with Jan...
if you are interested in one of your own, everything is negotiable...

to learn more about MAUI visit:

(KITA bags are constructed on a 1962 Aldens and a 1952 Juki sewing machine,
using upholstery thread and Gutermann sewing/top stitching threads)

MAUI -- Yoga Travel Tote, one of a kind, vintage, handmade -- CUSTOM ORDER


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage barkcloth, linen, cotton, bells, pin, belt, placemats, scarab, cord, conch shells
  • Made to order
  • Only ships within Mexico.
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