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Wailuku First Friday – It’s A Block Party!

Today, August 6th, 2010, Wailuku First Friday is expanding the street party up the block to include entertainment on Main Street fronting the Main Street Promenade building. Pizza and Italian food owner David Giannotto of Giannotto’s Pizzaria is hosting Basic Bounce a live jazz ensemble. Everyone is welcome to rock the night away for Augusts’ Endless Summer bash! The block party starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm along with the happenings on Market Street on August 6. No admission.


Maui Thing is still celebrating its 2nd anniversary featuring another-not-to-miss entertainers, Kimie Miner from Kona Hawaii. Kimie describes her sound as acoustic/soul/reggae. Although her music is built on a reggae cornerstone, it’s accentuated with funk and R&B. Kimie also is quick to acknowledge- edge the Hawaiian undertones in her songs. “Although my musical genre is not Hawaiian it is deeply rooted in Hawaiian music,” states Kimie. “No matter what we as Hawaiian people do we should always have the perpetuation of our culture in mind.”

Kimie honors her heritage through her original songs. Her music is constantly paying homage to the beauty of aloha (love) and the dichotomy of opposing forces. Check out the Maui Things stage.

Café O Lei is opening its doors at 5 pm to 6 pm for a Spanish Wine Tasting and Paella with Jim Powlan for $12 per head charge. And jazz continues with, father and son, Gene and Shea Argel playing outside of Café O Lei. Stroll down the street and Head High a 4 piece rock and roll band to play fun and danceable music at the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park. And at the Wailuku Coffee Store, Gabe and Friends perform to benefits the Arts Education for Children Group.

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.

For questions on the event contact 878-1888 or Become a fan on Facebook at “Wailuku First Friday” to see what is happening!

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A Maui Blog On Facebook Promotes Hawaii Biz

I was taking a shower this morning when this great idea came to mind. I tell yah, most of my great ideas are conceived in the shower while I am shampooing my hair! Back to that great idea, bear with me as I think this out loud with you.

Most of you know that A Maui Blog also has it’s presence on Facebook. It now has about 336 fans (or friends who “like” it). I enjoy posting photos on it and I also plan on posting events that are coming up on Maui – kinda like “A Maui Blog’s pick”.

This morning (yes, while I was in the shower) I thought … why not use that page to help promote the small businesses on Maui? Moreoever, why not use it to promote businesses in Hawaii?  Brilliant, eh? the question is “how?”

Here’s how:

Every Wednesday night I will post a call on my wall inviting Hawaii biz owners who have chosen to engage in social media to share the link to their Blog or FB Page on the comment of that post to introduce themselves to A Maui blog readers. That way people who are interested on that particular biz can have this resource readily available. I am making this up as I go along but I thought it’s better to implement this right away than for me to keep on thinking and overplanning this thing. So, let’s give it a go … let’s just do it.

Oh, before I forget, here is another component of this “promotion”. I want to keep the posting “by theme” or “business category”. For example, this week I will invite all Hawaii realtors to post their links and introduce themselves. Next week I will invite the foodies (restaurants, chefs, etc.), and then the coming week maybe photographers, then clothing stores, or wedding industry biz.

OK, I think we’ve brainstormed enough. Please let me know what you think in the comment section of this blog. Feel free to share with me any ideas you may have to improve this FB Promo for Hawaii Biz by leaving a comment.

After you left a comment, hop on to A Maui Blog. LLC on FB and check it out. If your biz is in line with this week’s theme, by all means, share your link! Aloooha!

P.S. – I am working on a post “Maui By Air”. I just want you to know that – it’ll be uploaded soon :)

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