Maui County Readies for 6th Annual Hawaiian Airlines Made In Maui County Festival
Maui County is gearing up for its largest products show, the annual Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival, which returns on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). Now in its sixth year, this popular event will feature more than 140 vendors from Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi offering hundreds of locally made products.
The Festival is presented by the Maui Chamber of Commerce and supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development. Hawaiian Airlines is the event’s title sponsor.
Those who want to be first through the gate and who appreciate a leisurely shopping experience will enjoy the Exclusive Shopping Day on Friday, Nov. 1, 1:30 to 6 pm. Friday’s festivities include an Opening Ceremony with Maui Taiko and complimentary light pupu at 5 pm; food will also be available for purchase from 3 food trucks in the Pasha Hawaii Food Court; attendees will have a chance to win a two-nights stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (must be present to win); and all shoppers will receive a free festival tote. Free event parking is available at the MACC and the UH Maui College paved parking lot on Wahinepio Avenue.
Exclusive Shopping Day tickets are $35 per person; children 12 and under free. Tickets available at MACC Box Office: 808-242-SHOW / www.mauiarts.org/MIMCF
Then, it’s the Big Festival Day on Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Saturday’s festivities include live entertainment by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Hawaiʻi, Papana; George Kahumoku Jr.; Ron Kualaʻau; and Marty Dread; fashion shows; and 13 food trucks in the Pasha Hawaii Food Court. Shoppers can enter to win Hawaiian Airlines’ drawing for 120,000 HawaiianMiles, and Pasha Hawaii’s drawing for a free Certificate of Passage for a personal vehicle to/from Maui and San Diego. First 2,000 shoppers get a free Festival tote. Shoppers can even get a massage.
Public admission: $5 (purchase that day only at MACC Box Office), children 12 and under are free.
On Saturday, free parking will be available at the MACC, War Memorial Gym and Stadium, Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, and Kahului Shopping Center. Free shuttles from War Memorial Gym and Stadium, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, and Kahului Shopping Center to/from the MACC will also run every 20 minutes starting from 6:30 am thru 5 pm.
“Every year, we look for ways to make everyone’s shopping experience a memorable one,” said Pamela Tumpap, President of the Maui Chamber of Commerce. “This year, in addition to the fabulous shopping; on Saturday, we’ve added drawings for Festival Bucks, which winners can use to purchase products from this year’s vendors at the festival. We have more live entertainment on stage, new food trucks offering ono menus, a bag check so people can leave their purchases and keep on shopping, and even massages when you want to relax and rejuvenate. On Saturday, the festival will also offer more parking locations. In addition to the MACC, free parking will also be available at War Memorial Stadium and Gym, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center and Kahului Shopping Center. Shuttles will run from these locations every 20 minutes starting at 6:30 am thru 5 pm, and will take you right up to the MACC entry. No more walking to your car with all your shopping bags!”
Qualified wholesale buyers and distributors may also register online at http://madeinmauicountyfestival.com/preview to receive complimentary admission to attend a special “Wholesale Buyers Event” on Friday, November 1 from 1:30 pm to 6 pm.
“This year’s festival literally has something for every age, gender and cultural background and we encourage everyone to come out to the MACC on November 1 and 2,” said Tumpap. “The best part about this event is you’ll be helping to support our islands’ local businesses.”
The annual Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival is the most sought-after products show in Maui County offering a springboard for local companies to take their business to the next level by being able to unveil new products, meet with prospective wholesalers and connect with new customers. The event is also a showcase of the islands’ entrepreneurial spirit and a representation of the diverse microcosm of Maui County’s niche manufacturing industry.
Event sponsors are: Hawaiian Airlines; Pasha Hawaiʻi; Minit Stop; HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union; Maui Visitors Bureau; HAWAI‘I Magazine; KAOI Radio Group; Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine; Pacific Media Group; MauiOnLine, The Maui Visitor Channel; The Maui News; American Savings Bank; HHawaii Media; Maui Printing Company; Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center; Waste Pro Hawaiʻi LLC; Bank of Hawaiʻi; Central Pacific Bank; First Hawaiian Bank; Maui Electric Company; Maui Hotel & Lodging Association; Maui Research and Technology Center; State of Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism; and Nā Koa Brand.