Maui Arts & Entertainment

PHOTOS: Makawao Third Friday Celebrates Holiday Season

December 17, 2011, 5:49 PM HST
* Updated December 18, 8:12 AM

By Madeline Ziecker

Vendors on Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

At only the second official monthly Makawao Third Friday Town Party on Friday, December 16, the town was already buzzing with activity and crowds of visitors all evening.

The theme for this month’s Makawao Third Friday Town Party was “Makawao Gives: A Hawaiian Holiday Party” and almost every shop on upper Baldwin Ave. was aglow with Christmas decorations. Most store doors stayed open with festive activities and food offered until 9 p.m.

Earlier in the evening, parts of Baldwin Ave. and Makawao Ave. were blocked off for the Paniolo Holiday Parade where Santa Claus was spotted on a farm tractor and several cowboys and cowgirls rode on horseback in festive costumes.

Entertainment began at various Makawao locations simultaneously around 6 p.m. with musicians performing live on at least six different stages around town, including Kalama Elementary’s ukulele group on the Center Stage.


The next Makawao Town party will take place on the third Friday of January next year, 2012.


For more information on Maui Friday Town Parties, visit

Some Makawao visitors tried to sneak out of traffic on a bypass road but found themselves in a jam. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

Traffic on Baldwin Ave. entering Makawao for Third Friday. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.


Horseback riders from the Paniolo Holiday Parade make their way through traffic. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

Performers near Makawao Steak House. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

Face painting on Baldwin Ave. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

Real cowboys wear pink. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

Live music on Makawao's Center Stage.

Vendors sell food and products in the space which usually houses Makawao's Wednesday Farmer's Market. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

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