Handcrafted Pieces of Paradise
Kauai Inspired, Island Sourced
and Aloha Made
Handmade on Kauai by me, Amy Christmas and my husband Ron-a passion which became our business! We have been creating and perfecting them for more than 20 years. The baskets are assembled from a wealth of recycled local plant materials, each starting with the shaping of a single palm frond into the base. Several varieties of palms are used, offering different sizes, colors, and textures. All of the baskets are adorned with unique combinations of other indigenous plant parts including leaves, pods, fruits, branches, and flowers. The natural earth-tones accentuate any decor, while the range of sizes offer endless possibilities for display. They are "Pieces of Paradise" made with Aloha that reflect the beauty of the "Garden Isle" and will truly be treasured by all who receive them.
And More. . .
Following a strong desire to escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland, we moved to Kauai about 30 years ago. Ron made the exploratory trip and he convinced me to take the leap of faith and move here sight unseen-we have never regretted that decision!
I had a degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University, so was definitely in awe of our surroundings from the moment we arrived. Here, all of the plants were new to us. I had to forget about the Maples, Dogwoods, and Oaks from the Midwest and learn about a different classification of plants. I became quickly immersed in the volunteer program as a tour guide for the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
One day while hiking and experiencing the natural beauty of Kauai, Ron and I came across some fallen palm fronds. Their rich colors, textures, and pliability offered inspiration. I had made baskets from other materials in the past on the mainland, so after seeing an example of this heritage craft, I began to manipulate the fronds into baskets. Other dried, and locally foraged Kauai plant materials were also collected to further adorn and enhance each basket. "Much of the fun is in gathering and finding new components to use while continually using your creativity. It makes you look at nature in a new way, with more attention to detail. You appreciate the natural beauty of each pod, leaf, branch, or flower.”
The baskets are our way of sharing the spectacular natural beauty of Kauai with others. The organic colors and textures fit any type of decor and appeal to almost any taste. We both are quite aware that Kauai is a very wondrous and unique place and that all of the visitors who come here are quick to realize this. We feel that anyone giving or receiving one of our baskets is actually acquiring a small "Piece of Paradise", literally. With each basket comes the essence and aloha of Kauai, and is a unique way to bring back many joyous memories of a special time spent in Hawaii.
Green Business Initiative Award-2009 Winner for A Home Business
We are proud to be one of the charter licensed members of the Kauai Made Program. Screening is County regulated to ensure you are getting a product that is truly a piece of Kauai.
We are proud to be one of the licensed members of this State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture Program. Screening is State regulated to add another layer of assurance you are getting a product created here in the Aloha State.
Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha promotes Hawaii businesses and Hawaii-made products. Created by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT)
"I have collected crafts from all over the world for more than 40 years and your baskets are some of the most original and beautiful things I have seen. The entire process of collecting the plant materials, preparing them and making the baskets by hand is something found in so few crafts"
" We returned to Nebraska and the wonderful box filled with your creations awaited us. It was a treat to open it and recall our wonderful time in Paradise"
"I wanted to let you know how excited my sister-in-law was to receive your beautifully crafted basket.....Christine is the one person I know who has always loved making crafts from "Natures Gifts"....so she really appreciated it."
Mark-Santa Rosa, CA
"My Hawaiian Palm Baskets arrived this evening in perfect condition. My husband John, sister Debbie and I had such fun carefully opening the boxes to expose the most beautiful authentic handmade baskets which will be a wonderful addition to our Hawaiian themed formal front room.
You are a true Artisan Amy - your vision and talent is most evident in your work - the baskets are breathtaking...
"The baskets are GORgeous!! Amy you are amazing!!! I literally gasped when I pulled the first one out of the box. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!"
"I just wanted to get back to you to tell you how many wonderful comments your baskets received from our guests! In particular, I appreciated your note about them being made for Callie and Brian's big event!!"
"I wanted to let you know that my palm basket arrived and it’s BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely love it and have put it in my office as a daily reminder of how much both John and I love our annual Kauai vacation. Every time I look at it, I think to myself, “Oh, the stitching is definitely my favorite part. No, no, the pod is. No, wait, the leaves are. Oh – I think the colors are…..” Ha! Suffice to say I’m in love with my basket.
I’ve bookmarked your website so that when I’m ready to buy a special gift I know exactly where to go."
Janet -La Conner, WA
"Just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying the basket we bought in Kauai! Such a nice reminder of our wonderful vacation."
Joy-Federal Way, WA
"Just wanted to let you know that my palm baskets arrived in Iowa last week. I love them both. Thank you for picking out a different, larger basket for me. Can't wait to get them hung up for display.
You and your husband are very talented. It is so hard to find true artisan and crafts people as we travel anymore. I appreciate that you use your local treasures to create pieces that people can take home with them to remember the beautiful places they've been."
Where to find us
*Due to Covid-19 Some locations have not yet reopened to Artisans and/or have very low occupancy. We estimate this will continue until at least January 1st, 2021. We will wait, probably until the end of November, to ensure it is safe to return-please check back for updates and feel free to contact us directly by email or phone with special requests!
*Virtual Paradise Craft Fair
Friday November 27th-Tuesday December 1st
A great sampling of Local Kauai
Artisans and just in time for the holidays!
Westin Princeville Ocean Villas
Outside the Restaurant-Princeville, HI
Kauai Marriott Beach Club
Above the Pool-
Grand Hyatt Kauai
Outside Ilima Terrace-
Kauai Marriott Waiohai
Just off the lobby-