Kipona Aloha Makeup and Hair for Hawaii. Destination Wedding and Event Makeup and Hair servicing Maui and all of Hawaii. Founded by Celebrity Makeup Artist and Maui native, Cynthia Rose.

Ultimate Guide to Maui, from a Maui Girl.

Since this Maui girl moved back from the mainland, I have become a curator of all things amazing on the island.  And nothing says ALOHA like paying it forward and passing on this knowledge in a helpful list of amazing spots on Maui for all your needs. Enjoy! -Cynthia Rose

Olowalu Plantation. Hair and makeup by our Cynthia Rose. Photo by Tamiz. Wedding Planning by Opihi Love.

Olowalu Plantation. Hair and makeup by our Cynthia Rose. Photo by Tamiz. Wedding Planning by Opihi Love.


Where to stay:

Andaz Maui.

New and gorgeous. This is one of my favs to go to for brides and for my staycations.

3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753

Montage Kapalua Bay

Gorgeous views, gorgeous property and amazing service.

1 Bay Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761

And for those looking for off the beaten path:

Travaasa Hotel Hana Maui.

Hana is by far my favorite part of the island and any excuse to come here is a good one. Just a gorgeous hotel in a gorgeous place. 

5031 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713

Four Seasons Lanai

On a remote island in Maui county, the most stunning resort I have had the pleasure of staying at/working at.

1 Manele Bay Rd, Lanai City, HI 96763


We all know how important this one is. 

To Starbucks or not to Starbucks while on vacation.

I got one better for you: Akamai. It means smart in Hawaiian and you’d be smart to give it a try. Their location in Kihei has adorable swings for Instagram shots.

1325 S Kihei Rd Suite 100, Kihei, HI 96753


Admit it, that’s all you want from your trip. The most epic sushi outing ever. Don’t worry, I got you.. Nuka Sushi. Is it out of the way, yes. But that is part of the good story you’ll have to tell to your friends back home.

780 Haiku Rd, Haiku, HI 96708

If you’re looking for something less off the beaten path... try Three’s Bar and Grill or Sansei.

Happy Hour.

Now this... I am passionate about. 

My fav happy hour is Three’s Bar and Grill. Their happy hour menu is delicious and generous and their sushi is amazing as well.

1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

I also love Monkey Pod, but you have to ask for their happy hour specials because they don’t let you know it’s happy hour time. ;)

Or Dukes Maui. Dukes is on one of my fav beaches on Maui because it has great public parking and a shower. So I often partake in Duke's ambience and happy hour.


TinRoof. Trust me. And order ahead.

360 Papa Pl, Kahului, HI 96732


La Provence. Adorable French bistro in Kula. Take a pastry to go. 

Hot tip: Closed Monday and Tuesday. Cash only. 

3158 Lower Kula Rd, Kula, HI 96790


Mamas Fish House. Hands down the best on Maui. Best service. Best food. Best ambience. Best drinks. Amazing view. 10/10 every time I go.

Hot Tip: Not a well kept secret, so make a reservation well in advance if you want to go.

799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779

Acai Bowl & Poke Bowl

Jaws Country Store

On the way to Hana, or just exploring the north shore get some amazing food!

4320 Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708


Unique gifts for children (and maybe a gift or two for you)

Ohi’a Boutique. Adorable unique Hawaii centric children’s gifts. As well as artisan jewelry and clothing for adults.

Hot Tip: same complex as Nuka sushi, so make it a twofer trip.

810 Kokomo road Suite #120 Haiku, Hi 96708

Unique gifts for him

One Eighty

Awesome Maui shirts and hats and stickers.

Kaahumanu Center Kahului

Unique gifts for everyone:

Sun Days

Obsessed with this store! Trust me. Well curated and beautiful gifts!  

Hot tip: Get a shave ice from Ululani's down the street. Be sure to get haupia ice cream in it!

105 Baldwin Avenue in Pa‘ia


Looking for other Maui recommendations? Feel free to write:


Feature in Carats and Cake!

We are thrilled to announce that one of our weddings have been featured in Carats and Cake!

We loved working with the gorgeous Bride who happens to be the owner of Flower Girl Los Angeles, our favorite florist in Southern California!  

Here are some of our favorite images from the wedding!


Flowers by Flower Girl Los Angeles. Photos by Maui Maka Photography. Makeup and Hair by Cynthia Rose for Kipona Aloha. Location Hui No'eau Makawao, Hawaii.