WAILUKU - Wendall DeVera is a man that has flowed with the changes of his life and the business landscape of the Valley Isle to propagate the healthy lifestyle that has made Maui an attractive icon around the world.
DeVera was born and raised on Oahu and came to Maui in 1971 following his military service in the Army. He worked at the old Lahaina Broiler on Front Street during the heyday that preceded the boom of the 1980s which brought the spotlight - and big changes - to the islands.
He left Lahaina for what he thought would be greener pastures in life and in the business world, and relocated to Southern California to start a rubber stamp and engraving operation.
Wendall DeVera and his wife, Marcella, have run Maui Marking Device for 35 years. PHOTO BY WALTER CHIHARA
After a decade in the Golden State, DeVera began to yearn for - literally and figuratively - the clearer, cleaner waters of Maui. He also found the clear blue eyes of the woman that would one day be his wife.
Wendall met the lady of his life, Marcella, as they enjoyed the ocean waters of Maui in outrigger canoe paddling. They soon married and established Maui Marking Device, the rubber stamp and laser engraving business he had started on the Mainland.
"It's been 35 years now that we've been doing this - engraving plaques, rubber stamps, corporate awards," Wendall explained last week from their store at 54 Market St. in old Wailuku Town.
"Along the way, we made some paddle awards, and from that, we turned half of our store into the Tri-Paddle business," he continued.
"It's the only full-service paddling store on Maui," featuring one-man canoes, paddles, clothing and accessories.
Both Wendall and Marcella have stayed in touch and tune with the sport in the OC-1 and six-man canoe seasons here on Maui.
They also pay close attention to their diet and maintain life equilibrium through the practice of Tai Chi.
"We want to get it out there that we are available to create awards for people and businesses on the West Side," Wendall added.
Maui Marking Device has created unique trophies and plaques for TS Restaurants (Kimo's, Leilani's on the Beach, Hula Grill, Duke's Beach House), the Hawaii Society of Professional Journalists, Lahainaluna High School, The Lahaina News and others through the years.
"Just give us a call (808-244-3344) or e-mail at mauimarkingdevice @gmail.com, or come in and see us. We'll deliver to the West Side businesses if needed," Wendall concluded.