National Association of Counties (NACo) recognized the Made in Maui County Festival (MIMCF) with an Achievement Award in the category of Community and Economic Development.

National Association of Counties (NACo) recognized the Made in Maui County Festival (MIMCF) with an Achievement Award in the category of Community and Economic Development.

Testimonials

The following are comments from our previous Festival vendors:

I thought the Made in Maui County event was one of Maui’s most significant events, ever! It showcased so many great start-up businesses, as well as long standing ones.
— Becky Speere, Dining Editor of Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine
So fun. 75% of Christmas shopping pau!
— Elizabeth Tomoso
Our biggest festival success story is that we have had a business boom. We now have 2 brick and mortar stores and 6 full-time and 5 part-time employees that have access to full medical and benefits.
— Shanna Kanahele, Na Koa Brand
I really love this event! I started my business in April as an online store so this is the first time I’m actually showing my products at a major event. It’s been great talking with customers and hearing their feedback about my laser cut, engraved wood jewelry..
— Leah Santos, all I see is ART
Every year I add more wholesale accounts and fine tune my products and learn what sells and why. Also I love to hear from the happy return customers.
— Andrea Palmer, Snoops K9 Gourmet
We were super busy on Friday. Everything went very well. Thank you to all the staff involved in putting on such an awesome event. It is a big success when you realize that next year you need more inventory and not less.
— Maxine Dias, Lako Kula Design
The festival definitely helped my business move forward. I took over to Maui about 1,200 more breads than previous years and I still sold out.
— Blossom Poepoe, Kanemitsu Bakery (Molokai)
The festival is always the best event I do! The only place on Maui that I get the most foot traffic and business in one weekend!
— Patricia Huntley, Hapa Maui Designs
The festival was really good for exposure and brand building and I had such great responses to my merchandise! I had one wholesale prospect from Alaska and that was the furthest state-wise for a wholesale prospect.”
— Rebecca Elwell, Water Element Creations Jewelry
I thought this year’s festival was excellent as far as businesses selling their products. I want to say much mahalo to everyone involved in putting this annual festival together... We love you guys!
— Lyndon Dela Cruz, Lanakila Designs (Molokai)
The festival has helped my business grow by providing us with opportunities to network and connect with other businesses as well.
— Dave Mireles, Something for Everybody (Molokai)
The exposure we received was more than I ever could have done on my own. Mahalo for choosing us to participate!
— Ruby Makuch, exfolicare
The festival also motivates me to seek ways to expand and diversify my product lines. I continue to seek ways to improve my Etsy online shop and am considering opening my own online shop.
— Linda Coleon, Aloha Letterpress
This festival helped me understand a lot more about business as a whole. I launched my online shop in 2018, which I want to continue to promote. I also want to become wholesale ready for specific accounts and seek funding for growth.
— Amity Mason, A.M.I.T.Y. by Amity Mason Designs
The festival always pushes me to release new products and update our point-of-sale marketing materials.
— Rebecca Woodburn-Rist, Haleakala Creamery
It’s heart warming to have people find us each year at the festival. They share their stories of how they use/enjoy our product and eagerly try whatever we have that is new. Our Bacon Crack is becoming infamous, and sold out for the first time this year.
— Wendy Acosta, Maui SweetnSpicy
This has to be the best event on Maui. The attendance on Saturday was outstanding and the level of public interest was amazing.
— Max Fushman, Hawaii Fudge Company
The exposure of being in MIMCF is unlike any other. So many people come through to see our truck, buy our food. They remember us and we always get a surge of new likes and new followers in social media after the event.
— Christina Pagaduan, Pastele House Maui
I truly feel that the festival is the Gold Star of vendor events on Maui. It’s the only one I participate in because of the prestige it has. I’m very particular where I put my art and I feel so privileged to be a vendor.
— Laura Mango, Laura Mango Art
An uplifting, encouraging experience. Great to have so much positive feedback on my work.
— Jennifer Throne, Jennifer's Gourds
Local product means local business and local jobs. MIMCF brings awareness and activity both locally and off-island. We need this badly as local tourist trade is down significantly in our sector – offshore is the future!
— Roy & Jenny Wemyss, Kula Herbs
This was a great event that showcased many of the creative, diverse and wonderful products our Maui County artists, entrepreneurs and farmers have available. We at the Maui Coffee Association look forward to the second annual Made In Maui County event!
— Sydney Smith, Maui Coffee Association
This one event did more than all our annual advertising could do to ‘introduce’ our company to the public.
— Mike Okazaki, Maui Coffee Roasters
The Made in Maui County Festival was a dream come true.”
— Sarai Stricklin, Sarai Stricklin
It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season! Our biggest benefit came in the form of mass exposure to locals and visitors alike. No where else could one find a concentration of buyers and sellers on the island all at the same place. The sheer number of attendees was staggering for a first-time event.
— Christine Vestfals, Shaka Pops
This event provided a wide range of exposure from wholesale to retail. It gave people a chance to know
my product so when they see it in the stores they will be more willing to purchase.
— Andrea Palmer, Snoops K9 Gourmet