Maui News

The Party Is On: Maui Friday Town Parties Begin

November 14, 2011, 11:54 AM HST
* Updated November 14, 11:05 PM
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By Wendy Osher

Teena Rasmussen. Photo by Wendy Osher.

A “soft opening” sets the stage for an official kickoff in December of the Maui Friday Town Parties initiative.

The program features monthly community gatherings in some of Maui’s most iconic settings.  It was developed to showcase the island’s historic towns and celebrate the unique nature of the businesses communities in each.

Officials with the Maui County Office of Economic Development today said the program will likely expand to showcase additional towns for months that have five Fridays, instead of four.

For now, the schedule includes: First Fridays in Wailuku; Second Fridays in Lāhainā; Third Fridays in Makawao; and Fourth Fridays in Pāʻia.

Logo created by Gilbert & Associates.

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Attendees of the monthly gatherings can expect a special night of interaction, entertainment, and small town charm.  Those in attendance also have the opportunity to support the island’s economy by by visiting vendors and becoming patrons of small businesses.

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The economic boost from the Friday events is expected to help in revitalizing Maui’s historic towns.

The events are punctuated with free entertainment, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from each town’s family of merchants.

Retailers, restaurants, galleries and boutiques typically operate extended hours while crafters, artisans and culinary wizards add their creativity to the events.

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For up-to-date details on individual town festivities visit MauiFridays.com.

*** The official logo and website for the Maui Friday Town Parties was unveiled during a press conference earlier this month.

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