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Wailuku First Friday – Practice Aloha

It’s that time of the month once again!  September 3 is the first Friday of the months, and you know what that means: It’s the street party kine fun on Market Street, Wailuku!

This Friday, the theme is “Festivals of Aloha”. Maui Nui Style is launching the Countywide 2010 season at Wailuku First Friday on September 3.  A special opening ceremony will take place at 6 pm performed by Kumu Hula and Cultural Advisor Kaponoai Molitau, Native Intelligence storeowner, along with Council Chair Danny Mateo who is the Honorary Chair for the 2010 Festivals of Aloha.  This ceremony will officially open this year Countywide events which will take place from September through October on Molokai, Maui, Lanai and also the town of Hana on Maui.  The ceremony will be followed by four times Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Weldon Kekauoha who will perform from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the main stage.  This free event is part of the Wailuku First Friday monthly celebration.

Wailuku’s street part continues to expand with music at the Main Street Promenade building courtesy of building owners Robert and Lisa Joslin.        Basic Bounce a live jazz ensemble appears along with more artisans.  Everyone is welcome and the event begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm along with the happenings on Market Street.

Café O Lei great service will dazzle you along with their cuisine. and stop by the Wailuku Banyan Tree park for Keoni Manuel, Te Tiare Patitifa Polynesian performance, the keiki are great!   And the Wailuku Coffee Store has kids from the Arts Education for Children Group. Check out the Maui Thing stage with live music by Kua`aina.  When the music slows down at 8:00 pm the Maui Young Business Roundtable holds a Mayoral Forum at the Iao Theater, which is free and open to the public.  Also at 8 pm is Gallerie Ha ‘s monthly poetry slam with a $20 prize for the best.

The Wailuku First Friday event is looking for artisans, handmade crafters and food vendors.  A fee of $40 for food vendors with Health Permit, $25 table space for non-food vendors and $20 for non-profits will be assessed each accepted vendor.  Contact Teri Edmonds at 249-9710 at If the Shoe Fits on Market Street.

The Real Aloha With These Aloha Wear

Note to the the Aloha Friday Meme participants, please scroll down at the bottom of this post.  That’s where my question is.

I find myself getting involved in many projects nowadays. Sometimes it seems a bit too many.  And yet … but then … lo and behold… another project comes to mind! I could not shake this out of my head.  I knew it must be done, and so it will be. Here’s the scoop:

The Shiraishi family and I are partnering in a venture to sell Aloha shirts with some good old fashion aloha spirit.  I am tempted to tell you the whole story of how this came about but I won’t because that would be long.  I would like this post to be short and amazing. I would like this post to motivate you to buy because you too want to spread the Aloha around. Let me now talk in bullet points to highlight why these shirts exudes aloha:

1. Part of the profit will be donated to our friend Curt who is battling brain cancer at this time.  He and his family do not know that we are doing this.   It’ll be a surprise.  So I am hoping we sell a lot so we can give a lot. I know that what we will give them would only be a drop in a bucket of their huge expense, but whatever little bit helps.

2. The prices of these Aloha Wear are almost half of the retail price. The Adult Aloha Shirts or Aloha Dresses are being sold for $25 each (retail $45) ; the Children’s wear are $10 each (retail $24). I am not kidding! Go to Salt & Light Designs for you to see, and all of those items are half price when you buy from A Maui Blog.

3. These clothing are very high quality aloha wear! The people sews the Reyn Spooners shirts are the same people who sews these.  People who are into Aloha Shirts know that Reyn Spooners shirts are top quality shirts. You are getting the same craftsmanship and fabric quality for a lesser price.

4. Christmas is almost here, and you can buy these for presents. You will be happy to know that you bought it for a cause and that you got a great deal.  With this economy, being frugal is a necessity, and buying these aloha wears are defibitely being frugal.

I am hoping to be at the Wailuku First Friday tomorrow. Their theme this month is Practice Aloha!  I am hoping I can sell these shirts there. Since I procrastinated on calling them to save a booth, I will not know until tomorrow wether they have a space left for me or not.  If they don’t I will still sell these shirts online.  Here’s how you can order:

1.  First, go to Salt & Light Design and choose the what Aloha Wear you’d want to buy. Do not place your order on that website, or else you’d have to pay full retail price.

2. E-mail me (see the contact tab above) the size, design and quantity of your order.

3. I will send you a paypal bill which you must pay before I ship the item. Most likely I sill use the Priority Mail in mailing if you live outside of Maui.

I can think of many possible uses of these Aloha Wear.  Give it as an appreciation gift to your pastor and church workers.  On wedding these can be the groomsmen’s aloha attire.  These can be used as uniform for  small company.  This can be the attire for a choral group or halau. The possibilities are endless.

Now,  if you really do not need to buy or do not want to buy or cannot afford to buy, would you at least spread the word? Tweet, Re-tweet, Share on your  Facebook, or even share in your YouTube Channel.  Please leave a comment or any suggestions you may have.  Mahalo!

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Note: For ALOHA FRIDAY participants, my question for you today is “How do you express “aloha”?  It does not matter if it’s in a small way or a big way, it’s “doing” the pono and aloha thing that matters most.  After you answer that question, be sure to stop by Kailani at An Island Life to see the other participants

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