Maui County’s largest products show, the 3rd Annual Made in Maui County Festival, is fast approaching and the island is gearing up for what is anticipated to be a “big draw” for both residents and visitors alike.
Presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, the Festival will be held on November 4 and 5 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). Over 140 vendors, including 40 companies new to the Festival, will showcase a myriad of Made-in-Maui-County products including foods, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, home decor, and collectibles.
With only days remaining until the event kicks off, Mayor Alan Arakawa declared October 29 to November 5, 2016 as “Made in Maui County Festival Week” in honor of our island’s small businesses. Preparations are also underway as the Festival Committee readies for this two-day event.
Last year, the Festival attracted over 10,000 to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. In anticipation of this year’s attendance, the County of Maui announced the following traffic and parking plan:
· Free event parking available at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and the UH Maui College paved parking lot on Wahinepio Avenue.
· Free Festival event parking will be located at the UH Maui College’s grass parking lot.
· Vehicles should enter Wahinepio Avenue from Kaahumanu Avenue or S. Papa Avenue, only right turns will be allowed into the parking area.
· Departing vehicles will exit through the UH Maui College on to Kaahumanu Avenue.
· Parking will be available at the UH Maui College paved lot after the Swap Meet is over at 1 pm.
· No left turns will be allowed from Wahinepio Avenue during Festival hours.
· Handicap parking will be available at the MACC. Seniors and handicapped persons may be dropped off in front of the MACC’s main gate even after the lot is full.
Free Saturday shuttle service from War Memorial Gym to the MACC:
· First shuttle will leave War Memorial Gym at 8 am with shuttles running throughout the day.
· Last shuttle will leave the MACC at 4:45 pm.
“This Festival is a big draw for both locals and visitors,” said Pamela Tumpap, President of the Maui Chamber of Commerce. “Not only does this event showcase creative entrepreneurial spirit, but the Festival is a true testament to the strong support for our business community. We all want these dedicated businesses to succeed.”
On Friday, November 4, serious shoppers who want a one-day head start are encouraged to attend the special “Shoppers Preview” from 1:30 pm to 6 pm. The opening ceremonies will be held a 5 pm and refreshments will be served. All attendees will receive a free Festival tote bag. Tickets ($35 per person) are available at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Box Office, (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or MauiArts.org.
On Saturday, November 5, the “Big Festival Day” will be open from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Public admission is $5 at the gate, children 12 and under are free. Saturday’s festivities will include product demonstrations, fashion shows, 12 food trucks, and prize drawings throughout the day. The first 2,000 attendees will also receive a free Festival tote bag.
On both days, attendees can also enter Hawaiian Airlines’ drawing for a chance to win 120,000 HawaiianMiles.
“The Festival’s presenters and organizers continue to keep this major products show fresh and the experience can’t be beat,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “Whether you’re looking for a special holiday gift, wanting to find something that’s uniquely Maui, Molokai and/or Lanai; or just want to come out and enjoy the food trucks and activities – this Festival has something for everyone.”
The Made in Maui County Festival is sponsored by: Hawaiian Airlines; Pasha Hawaii; HAWAI`I Magazine; Hawaii State Department of Transportation, Kahului Airport; The Maui News; Maui No Ka Oi Magazine; The Maui Visitor Channel; Pacific Media Group; HMSA; INNOVATE Hawaii; KAOI Radio Group; Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.; American Savings Bank; Courtyard Marriott, Maui Kahului Airport; HHawaii Media; Residence Inn Maui Wailea; Central Pacific Bank; First Hawaiian Bank; Goodfellow Bros., Inc.; HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union; Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club; Matson; Maui Electric Company; Maui Hotel & Lodging Association; Maui Printing Company; State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism; Expeditions; Richard Kehoe CPA; RedFin; and Roberts Hawaii.