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Wailuku First Friday 2014 starts this Friday!

Wailuku First Friday January 2014

Are you ready for the first Friday Town Party of 2014?  If you are still undecided, I encourage you to make the decision to come. Wailuku First Friday is on January 3rd and the organizers have put together a great program for the community to enjoy! As with all the previous #WailukuFF town parties, this Friday is filled with lots of family fun activities, ono grinds and top notch entertainment for all ages!

Wailuku First Friday is a free community street party, held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with Market Street closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30 p.m.  The event is held on the Main to Vineyard block of Market Street and all are welcome.   GPS address: Maui Thing, 7 North Market Street, which takes you to the heart of the event.

What’s on for this month’s celebration?

Push-O-Verse

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Island Rock Hoppin’ Tour-Maui kicks off  peace in collaboration with the World Peace Plan project and a performance by the Push-O-Verse at the Maui Thing Stage on January 3 at Wailuku First Friday. To support peace and to help others, Donovan Yonamine of the Push-O-Verse also has coordinated a clothing drive for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Maui County and also invited the kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui to sing their hearts out for this peace effort.  Also performing is the Freedom’s Progress band to open the event.  If The Shoe Fits also continues to collect shoes for this worthy cause.

Here is the  outline of this Friday’s program:

Push-O-Verse Maui Thing Stage, 7:30  pm

Freedom’s Progress , Maui Thing Stage, 6:15  pm

Boys and Girls Club kids,  Maui Thing Stage 7:15 pm

Joel Katz Wailuku First Friday

Joel Katz, Hawaiian Steel Guitar, 33 N. Market St. 6:00 pm

I Want Candy

I Want Candy, Wailuku Banyan Tree Park, 7:30  pm

Brenton Keith

Brenton Keith and His Bag of Tricks, Street Magic 6:00 pm

Hawaiian Music live music at Beer and Wine Garden, 5:30 pm

More activities during the party to check out:

Gently used clothes and good, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Drive courtesy of Push-O-Verse at If the Shoe Fits

WiFi Wailuku, Small Town Big WiFi Project, kick off, #WailukuFirst

“The Apartment” starring Jack Lemon and Shirley MacClaine, Iao Theater, Maui On Stage performance, Free, 8:00 pm

Free costume hat from  Honey A Sweet Boutique or First Friday, purchases over $75

Free yoga followed by free refreshments, Body Alive Yoga, Main Street 4:45

12,000 pairs of shoes for Big Brothers Big Sisters, donations accepted at If the Shoe Fits

View First Friday live on WWW.WAILUKUCAM.COM courtesy of Kamaaina Loans

Wailuku First Friday 2014

More about Wailuku First Fridays:

Vendors, merchants and entertainers are reminded that Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m. For the safety of all participants, everyone’s kokua is appreciated. Signage will remind the public that no cars will be allowed on Market Street during the event: Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Maui Medical Group offers free parking during Wailuku First Friday at the facility’s lot, located near the Main/High Street intersection. The Vineyard Street parking exit will close at 9 p.m.; patrons can exit the lot onto Main Street after 9 p.m.

The Wailuku First Friday event showcases Maui’s artisans, handmade crafters and food vendors. A fee of $100 for food vendors with State health permit will be assessed each accepted vendor; fee is $50 for table space for non-food vendors and $25 for informational non-profits. For vendor information and reservations, contact vendor coordinator Alan Takitani at 281-2801. A copy of vendor’s General Excise Tax license, health permit (for food vendors) and additional insured will be required.

Wailuku First Friday is a Community Street Party and is generously sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui, Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc., Sae Design, Maui Thing, Maui Redevelopment Agency, KPOA 93.5 FM, KAOI Group, KONI, First Hawaiian Bank, American Savings Bank, Kama‘aina Properties, Inc., Wailuku Community Association, Maui Time, IBEW Local 1186, Hawaii Carpenters Union-Maui, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, If the Shoe Fits, Connec, LLC.

Also check out Maui Friday Town Parties at www.MauiFridays.com for information on the County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development program. Friday Town Parties are celebrated every week, every month!

For more information on Wailuku First Friday, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura via email at yukilei.sugimura@gmail.com. Become a fan on Facebook at “Wailuku First Friday” to keep up with what’s happening!

If you are visiting Maui and is not familiar with Wailuku First Friday, here is a video for you to watch to know more about it:

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Wailuku First Friday: MauiPride

 Wailuku First Friday

Maui Things is celebrating its 4th year anniversary and Pride Ink its first.  The two local businesses decided to do a combined celebration this July 6, 2012  Wailuku First Friday. Creatively, they coined a name for the celebration and came up with a brillant name: “MauiPride“.

Wailuku First Friday has a soft spot in my “social media heart”.  Back in the day when it was starting and it’s just a small town event, I adopted the event by promoting it here on A Maui Blog every month.   As we know, Wailuku First Friday’s concept was adopted by other towns and now there are Friday Town Parties very Friday of the month on Maui.  Because I got busy with so many other commitments, I stopped promoting Wailuku First Fridays regularly – but this month is special so here  I go again :)

This month, the one and only Willie Kahailaii, also known as Willie K,  will perform and rock Wailuku town on Friday to celebrate MauiPride. Willie K. has been entertaining with his music since the age of 10. He has evolved into an eclectic and charismatic singer/songwriter/entertainer. He has earned multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Everyone on Hawaii knows Willy K., and maybe even beyond Hawaii.

Aside from Willie K, there are many other entertainers spread throughout the heart of Wailuku.  One of my favorites is the Visibly Shaken which will perform at Giannotto’s Pizza on Main Street. Those good looking young guys rock!  I am also looking forward to listening to Brett Moore.  He is my son’s base teacher and he is performing there as well.

Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m. A fashion show by Maui Thing and Pride Ink will start at 6:30PM. For the safety of all participants, everyone’s kokua is appreciated. Signage will remind the public that no cars will be allowed on Market Street during the event: Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Maui Medical Group offers free parking during Wailuku First Friday at the facility’s lot, located near the Main/High Street intersection. The Vineyard Street parking exit will close at 9 p.m.; patrons can exit the lot onto Main Street after 9 p.m.

The Wailuku First Friday event showcases dozens of artisans, handmade crafters and food vendors. One vender I look forward to visiting is our friend Luana and her Maui Clothing Company. Gotta check out her “Mauilicious” shirts – they are cool! She also sells a lot of cute baby and toddler clothes so make sure you look for her stall at Wailuku First Friday.

Wailuku First Friday is a free community street party, held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with Market Street closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30 p.m. I think I’d go there early to find good parking. I’d be eating at Cafe O’lei instead of eating at home .

 

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10 Alternative Things To Do On Maui

 
This list is geared to people who are not typical tourists, and want to see or experience things that may be a bit more alternative.
 
  1. Do nothing. Ignore the glossy activity brochures. Sit on the beach and vegetate. Stare at the ocean. Have lots of time to be, without needing to be anywhere in particular.
 
  1. Go to Mana Foods in Pa’ia. This is the best health food store on the island, and often has better prices than the regular grocery store. Explore the wall of specialty chocolate bars near the entrance to the store.  Aisles are narrow, and you’ll overhear interesting bits of conversation while bumping into people. Linger outside the store and read the bulletin board next to hippies who are playing guitar or drumming.
Mana Food Paia
 
  1. Discover an unusual fruit or vegetable at a local farmer’s market.  Taste it.  Visit Perlita at the Makawao Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm (on Baldwin Avenue ) and try some moringa pods.  Taste a fresh lilikoi or passion fruit.
 
  1. Go somewhere remote and gaze at the stars. It’s hard to do in Kihei or Lahaina, but if you go up to Kula, up the mountain, you may be blessed with clear skies.
 
  1. Watch geckos and other lizards. Rent a place where you’ll hear them chirp at night, and see them running around during the day.
 
  1. Visit Hana, and stay overnight or for a few days. If you can afford it, stay in a nicer cottage. If you have a budget, then Wai’anapanapa State Park has some cabins and plenty of tent spaces.  Lodging is rustic, but the black sand beach and rock formations are spectacular.
 
  1. Go on Kahekili Highway from Wailuku around the north end of the island to Lahaina.  It’s like a mini version of the road to Hana, with a narrow winding road and beautiful views.  There’s also a beautiful outdoor labyrinth in Ka’anapali.
 
  1. Go on a guided hike at Waikamoi Nature Preserve on Haleakala Crater . You’ll see rare native plants and forest.  If you’re lucky, you may see native birds flying overhead. Link to Waikamoi Nature Preserve.
 
  1. Take a yoga or meditation class, or meditate on a labyrinth walk.  There are yoga studios all over the island, as well as meditation centers in Paia and Ulupalakua (links for Paia: www.mauidharma.org and Ulupalakua www.vipassanametta.org) There is a labyrinth walk at the Sacred Garden of Maliko where you can also meditate while walking. (linkwww.sacredgardensmaui.com)
 
  1. If you’re more daring, go to the Sunday drum circle at Little Beach – around sunset. It’s not mentioned in most of the guidebooks, and ahem, many people do not wear clothes (of any kind) although many others will be dressed. There are fire dancers who twirl sticks around sunset, hula hoopers and people doing yoga in the trees. It is like going back to the 60s.  If you go, keep an eye on your valuables. Don’t lock them in your trunk either, since cars often get broken into on Sunday nights. Sometimes it can be a bit rowdy, if there are people who have been drinking too much, even though alcohol is illegal at the beach. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Special thanks to our guest blogger  Courtney Turner for this wonderful post!   Courtney is a Maui resident who blogs about Maui at Maui Jungalow At Maui Jungalow,  she offers perspectives on authentic rural and upcountry Maui life, living in a jungalow, tips and hints for dealing with termites, Maui issues, lizards, bugs, gardening, art, weeds, and tropical life by local residents.
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Wailuku First Friday – November 2011

Rain or shine – we’re gonna have a lot of fun!

Wailuku First Friday in November

Wailuku’s November First Friday will energize Market Street from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4th; the free event is open to all. Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m.; ample parking is available off Main Street in the Maui Medical Group parking lot and throughout Wailuku Town. Headliner “Owaila” will rock the Maui Thing stage starting at 6:30 p.m. From the Hawaiian word for “who,” Owaila plays “modern rock for the energetic music lover.” This hot new band is comprised of familiar local talents Chad Kaya, Kanoa Kukaua, Ryan Rego and Tavi Tenari, and rips with its own island flavor of progressive rock. And also on the Maui a Thing stage are the teenage sensation Visibly Shaken who will also rock you away!

At 6:00 p.m. Gene Argel and ‘ohana will perform in front of Café O Lei, and Maui Rumba will bring its lively rhythms to the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park. Also performing will be Andy Kaina & Old School, with live music at Chris Hart & Partners parking lot on Vineyard Street.  New to Wailuku First Friday, but not new to live music mixing is Ben Brandes the DJ DUB performing at Main Street Promenade by Gionatto’s Pizzeria.  Grab a pizza, under the stars and enjoy the mixing!

Other highlights include:

•    Murder and mystery will haunt the Iao Theater at 8:30 p.m. with
silent movies, doors open at 6:30 pm. In the theater’s front lobby,
party-goers can fill out an HTA survey and receive a coupon for 20%
off a Chocolate Stout Latte at Wailuku Coffee Company.

•    At the “Pono- Do What is Right” store on Vineyard Street, a drawing
for a Thanksgiving turkey will be held; the lucky winner can choose
traditional or kalua preparation.

•    The Rinko Maui store’s grand opening at 51 Market Street will
feature moon cake sampling to celebrate longevity and happiness.

•    Artisans, crafters, sidewalk vendors and a rainbow of local cuisine
can all be enjoyed streetside along Market Street.

•    Keep your Body Alive with live Music @5pm, Art, and healthy treats
at Wailuku’s yoga studio. 7pm flag dance performance!, Main Street

•    In this month of thanksgiving, drop a Maui Food Bank donation at
Swan Interiors on Vineyard and Church Street.

•    Beer Garden: Na Leo Kako`o, benefiting Hawaiian Immersion Kula Kalapuni

•    Awa Bar, Hawaiian Food and Fresh Kulolo, Native Intelligence Store

•    Maui Bake Shop sweet and savory crepes and WFF specials, BYOB

•    Artisans, crafters, sidewalk vendors and a rainbow of local cuisine
can all be enjoyed streetside along Market Street.

Vendors, merchants and entertainers are reminded that Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m.  For the safety of all participants, everyone’s kokua is appreciated. Signs will be placed to remind the public that no cars will be allowed on Market Street during the event: Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Maui Medical Group has graciously offered free parking during Wailuku First Friday at the facility’s lot, located near the Main/High Street intersection. The Vineyard Street parking exit will close at 9 p.m.; patrons can exit the lot onto Main Street after 9 p.m.

 

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