Maui County is gearing up for its largest products show, the annual Made in Maui County Festival, which returns on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). Now in its fifth year, this popular event will feature over 140 vendors from Maui, Molokai and Lanai offering hundreds of locally made products.
According to the event’s presenters – the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce – with only days remaining until the festival kicks off on Friday, Nov. 2, hundreds of people are putting the last minute touches to ensure a successful event.
“While the annual festival is only a two-day event, preparations for this major product show is a year-round effort with many of our event committee, staff, volunteers, and festival vendors putting in countless hours to make sure attendees have a wonderful shopping experience and that participating vendors reap the benefits through product sales,” said Pamela Tumpap, President of the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
According to Teena Rasmussen, Director of the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, “This final week is especially important as the County gears up for this major event. It’s a well-orchestrated affair with many of our County departments and festival stakeholders working with our festival team on all facets of event operations from transportation, traffic flow, parking, MACC set-up, volunteer schedules, and more. We’re also encouraging everyone to help us spread the word about this incredible event that benefits our local entrepreneurs.”
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. 2, 1:30-6 pm. Friday’s festivities include an Opening Ceremony sponsored by Alaska Airlines and complimentary light pupus 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 roundtrip air travel for two on Alaska Airlines and a Grand Wailea Resort getaway prizes (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 Friday, November 3, 8 am-4:30 pm. Saturday’s festivities include live entertainment by Marty Dread; Pat Simmons Jr.; George Kahumoku Jr., Kaui & Kamaunu Kahaiali‘i; fashion and talk shows with MC Malika Dudley on the Hawaiian Airlines Presentation Stage; 15 food trucks in the Pasha Hawaii Food Court; shoppers have a chance to win 120,000 HawaiianMiles, a Pasha Hawaii Certificate of Passage good for shipping one personal vehicle to/from San Diego & Maui, as well as a myriad of products from this year’s festival vendors; and the first 2,000 attendees will receive a free festival tote. Complimentary shuttles will be available on Saturday to/from War Memorial Gym and the MACC. Free parking will also be available at the UH Maui College’s grass parking lot.
Public admission: $5 (purchase that day only at MACC Box Office), children 12 and under are free.
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 2nd from 1 pm to 6 pm.
This annual 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.
The festival is presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce. Event sponsors are: Hawaiian Airlines; Pasha Hawaii; Alaska Airlines; Minit Stop; HAWAI‘I Magazine; KAOI Radio Group; The Maui News; Maui No Ka Oi Magazine; Pacific Media Group; Paradise Television Network; Maui Visitors Bureau; American Savings Bank; HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union; HHawaii Media; Maui Printing Company; Na Koa Brand; Bank of Hawaii; Central Pacific Bank; First Hawaiian Bank; Matson; Maui Electric Company; Maui Hotel & Lodging Association; Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center; and the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT).