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First Friday Wailuku – May 2010

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Blooming of a new flower new lifeand the continuous evolution of Wailuku

Wailuku First Friday Celebration, May 7, 2010

Wailuku celebrates Wailuku First Friday festivities on May 7.  Kapono’ai Molitau a merchant in Wailuku town, cultural practitioner and Kumu Hula mentored by Kumu Hula John Keola Lake says this title is Wailuku.  “Mohala Mai is the blooming of a new flower, new life and the continuous evolution of Wailuku”.  The May Wailuku First Friday is also the one year anniversary of his store, Native Intelligence and special festivities are in store for the community!

To celebrate Native Intelligence’s first big year Molitau is welcoming the community to celebrate with him at the Wailuku First Friday festivities with his gift of entertainers Uncle Sheldon Brown and the Son’s of Waiehu; Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Napua Makua and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Kaumakaiwa Kanaka`ole.   Also at Native Intelligence is a laulau plate sale; Tattoo corner (Hawaiian Tattoo for kids); `Awa Bar; Fried Kulolo and a special cultural raffle prizes.

Market Street from Main to Vineyard will be closed to traffic between 6-8 pm the community is welcome to this free event.  Also at Wailuku First Friday is Maui’s living treasurer Falsetto Master,  Richard Hoopii with Falsetto winners and the Hoopii Ohana will be performing at the KPOA 93.5 FM Wailuku Banyan Tree Park.  Further down Market Street at Maui Thing and If The Shoe Fits is Tarvin Makia of Tuanan with more live Hawaiian music. Stroll up Main Street and see Feat with more live music at Main Street Bistro.

Wailuku’s own Baldwin High School, Tiffany Suh of the Class of 2010 is a National Silver Medal Award winner in the 87th annual National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is up for two (2) silver medals at the National Reception at Carnege Hall on June 9th.  Wailuku First Friday is helping Suh fundraise to get to Carnegie Hall as she will be selling her original works of art fronting First Hawaiian Bank.  Suh is a student of Jan Sato renowned art teacher at Baldwin High School.  Come buy her art and help send Suh get to Carnegie Hall to be honored!

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Special that night is also “EAT in Wailuku” with Wailuku restaurants, Gianottos Pizza; Main Street Bistro, Café O Lei, Saeng Thai, Maui Bake Shop, Kings BBQ and Uptown Chevron quick food and gas, check them out while at Wailuku First Friday

. At 8:00 pm Gallerie Ha Ha holds its monthly Aloha Poetry Slam with $20 first prize.  This event is growing in popularity with kids and adults alike!

Wailuku First Friday is a monthly street party with local artisans, jewelry and food of local flavor.  Wailuku town has a funky charm with a friendly small town warmth and welcomes residents and visitors alike.   The event is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui, Maui Thing, Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc.; Kamaaina Properties, Inc.; KPOA 93.5 FM; First Hawaiian Bank, Sae Design, Wailuku Community Association and Connec, LLC.

Become a fan on “Wailuku First Friday” on Facebook.  For sidewalk booth vendors contact Teri at If the Shoe Fits at 249-9710 or for general information e-mail 1stFridayWailuku@gmail.com or call Yuki Lei Sugimura at 878-1888.  Come join us!

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I am a little busy on the homefront but didn’t want you to miss this event so I posted their article here.  This is  a fun event – I had been to several First Friday Wailuku celebrations and loved it!  See you there! – Liza

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