Clothing from India, silk scarves, hand-painted sarongs and more can be found in the front section of the store. Look on the ... More
Mandala Ethnic Arts
Clothing from India, silk scarves, hand-painted sarongs and more can be found in the front section of the store. Look on the shelves and you'll find a boggling array of accessories and ornaments, including wallets, journals, statues, oils and more. The merchandise is imported from India, Bali, Tibet and other exotic locations. The interior of the store is lovely, with wood floors and slatted ceilings. The back door leads to a shaded patio area surrounded by trees and adorned with Buddhist sculptures.
Love my mesh wrap and get all kinds of compliments on it. I can't wait for them to be online so I can view all the colors. The owner, Satya was gracious and friendly and showed us all the ways to wear the wrap. Loved the other selections in the store also.
We also bought a wrap from this place, the owner said there was an instructional video online... this is all I can find for her shop, no video. The owner was snobby and condescending when we needed to exchange one of the wraps because of a defect. Loved the town though!
I read the review that the store is supposedly exploiting people in the third world. That is why I decided to write an answer. This person obviously has no clue what they are talking about. I know the owners personally and have great respect for them.
When you buy electronics or anything at Walmart, you are supporting factory slave labor from China. But when the owners of Mandala go overseas they support cottage industries. In America small businesses tend to get swallowed up by big cooperations, there family businesses are still thriving and the owners of Mandala make sure that is who they are buying from!
They organize Earth Day every year, where they volunteer weeks of their time without getting paid for it to raise awareness about different environmental issues. They buy all their goods in Thailand, Bali, India and Nepal and support many small businesses and families that way.
Also the Aloha spirit is really alive at Mandala: They invite anyone to bring their lunch from the Deli of the local Health Food Store and come, sit and enjoy the back patio. Everyone I know loves the store. It is also a great community resource because some evenings they have live music and dance.
This is a very unscrupulous store. Buying cheap goods that exploit 3rd World workers. Also the owners are very snotty and arrogant and highly dishonest. The staff is very stuck up too. Do not shop here unless you support 3rd world EXPLOITATION.
I couldn't believe the shame I felt when I dragged my dad from Kihei back to Paia so I could purchase a silk shawl I saw the day before. When we got there, the sales person was fighting with a customer and when I approached the cash to pay, the sales woman seems so completely out of it that it took her almost 10 minutes to ring me up. And all the while trying to sell another customer a shirt.
Completely unimpressed. Weird, unattentive staff is such a turn off.
I purchased two mesh wraps and was quoted a price of 126.00 plus tax. My husband signed the charge receipt not knowing the price and actually paid 141.67. I later checked the receipt and found the overcharge. I returned to the store and was supposed to receive a credit of 10.00 plus the return of the tax. When I returned home to the mainland and checked my bank statement, I found that instead of a credit I was charged an additional 58.00 making my purchase now 199.00. Now it is up to the credit card company to sift through this mess.
I found the manager and the owner extremely snotty and inattentive. They do not have their return policy sign in a location where people can see it. It is on the top of the counter where it is blocked and hard to see. If you buy something from these people make sure you really want it because they will not let you return it. Furthermore, I found out that they have a reputation for overcharging their customers as well as buying their merchandise from developing countries in order to make a large profit. This is explotation and they should be ashamed. If they are going to buy from developing countries they should be involved in a fair trade program...
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