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What is the Weather in Hawaii Like During the Summer Months?

May 15, 2020

Hawaii is one of the best places to visit all year round. But just like any other vacation travel destination, the weather in the islands does change. This is why when you plan your visit to Hawaii, it’s important that you take into account what the weather is like in the islands during your vacation. For you to make the most of your vacation in this tropical destination, here are a few things that you should know about Hawaiian weather, and what makes the summer season so special.

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15 Hawaiian Phrases and Words to Learn for Your Hawaii Vacation

April 24, 2020

Visiting a new vacation destination is not always easy, especially if you need to learn something new just to blend in. Depending on the place you want to travel to, you might sometimes need to get a better understanding of their culture and norms, learn how to eat the type of food and drink they have available, be more at ease with the weather conditions or know how to speak their language. If you ever decide to visit Hawaii for the first time, you will have to do all of these, too. And if you want to be better acquainted with the locals, here are 15 popular Hawaiian phrases and words you will need to learn for your Maui vacation.

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Best Gifts from Hawaii for Someone You Love

April 10, 2020

Leaving Hawaii soon? After spending a wonderful time in the beautiful island of Maui, you might be wondering now what gifts from the Hawaiian Islands to bring home with you as mementos of your stay in this tropical paradise. Or maybe you are thinking about grabbing a few Hawaii souvenirs to give to your family, friends and loved ones as soon as you get home. Well, if you don’t know where to find them, we are here to give you some great ideas and top choices for some of the best Hawaiian crafts proudly made by some of the local artisans from the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai. Here, we are listing four great gifts that are available in the Made in Maui County Marketplace.

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Hawaiian Food: A Synergy of Local Flavors and Traditions

March 6, 2020

As a widely popular tourist destination, Hawaii has transformed into a melting pot of different cultures and traditions brought in by people from different origins. Be it the music, dances, customs or cuisine, Hawaii can offer a wide array of experiences to its visitors. More than just colorful traditions, beautiful sunsets, and extraordinary surfing experiences, this beautiful tropical destination is also home to a fusion of flavors that gave birth to several of traditional Hawaiian foods that are now loved by both locals and tourists.

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5 Must See Historical Places in Maui, Hawaii

February 28, 2020

The tropical island of Maui is the perfect destination for people who are looking for a relaxing Hawaii vacation getaway. But apart from its crystal clear waters, fine white sands and wonderfully abundant nature, Maui also boasts a number of must-see historical destinations that any history buff would love to visit. To help you learn more about some of the historic Hawaiian locations in Maui, we have rounded up 5 of the best places to visit if you want to learn more about the history of Maui and get a peek at the Hawaiian culture.

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9 Local Hawaiian Gifts to Give for Friends Moving to Mainland

January 31, 2020

Do you have friends moving back to the mainland from Hawaii? We are sure there will be a lot to miss once they leave our beautiful tropical Hawaiian island, but it doesn’t mean that they will have to leave everything behind. With so many craftsmen and artisans in Hawaii, especially in Maui, who are creating various pieces of artwork, fashion, jewelry, food, and drinks that define the beauty of Hawaii, you will have a lot of things to give as a going-away gift! Here are 9 of the best local Hawaiian gifts to share with your friends and loved ones who are moving away to remind them of the wonderful time they have spent in our tropical paradise.

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Top 10 Local and Fusion Food Hawaii is Known For

January 10, 2020

When it comes to mouthwatering fusion cuisine, Hawaii is definitely a melting pot of various culinary delights! More than just being a beautiful tropical destination, the Hawaiian Islands also offer an array of tasty experiences that you wouldn’t want to miss out on! In fact, in Maui alone, there are more than a hundred restaurants to choose from, featuring a variety of local and fusion food known in Hawaii.

If you are visiting paradise and wanted to get a taste of the most popular local Hawaiian dishes, here are 10 of the top foods to try in Maui!

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Top 10 Things to Do in Maui, Hawaii: Must See Destinations

December 13, 2019

Maui remains one of the highly visited tropical islands all around the world. In fact, as of 2018, around 2.9 million visitors traveled to Maui throughout the year, with tourism being the major driver for the influx of travelers towards the island. This definitely makes sense, considering the many things and places to see and do on the island. And if you happen to be one of the millions of tourists who are off to visit the lovely island of Maui, here are the top 10 places that you should visit.

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Keep’n TABS: Handbags & Accessories Designed with Recycled Can Tabs

November 14, 2019

In his seminal song “Margaritaville,” Jimmy Buffett famously laments, “Blew out my flip-flop. Stepped on a pop-top.”

Of course, pop-top soda cans have long gone the way of pogs – bottle caps for passion-orange-guava juice or milk (originally from Haleakala Dairy) and a popular preoccupation for school kids in the 1990s. They exist only in memory or eclectic collections.

In the place of pop-tops today are tabs that stay on the can. The tabs can be easily removed and now hold their own brand of fascination achieving a second life of sorts as shiny, durable baubles for fashion accessories.

That is the specialty of Maui’s Keep’n TABS, the creator Heather Pietras, a former caseworker in social services.

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Best Maui Made Souvenirs to Bring Back from Your Hawaii Vacation

November 8, 2019

The bountiful Hawaiian Islands offer both locals and visitors a wide variety of experiences as well as treats that appeal to all five of our senses. Maui, most specifically, promises its guests a selection of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food, and many other activities that are sure to quench your thirst for some R and R. Visiting this tropical paradise is sure to be a part of the bucket list of travelers from all over the world.

But what is a great Hawaii vacation getaway without souvenirs to share the experience with your closest family and friends? If you need some bright ideas on what are the best gifts from Maui to bring home after a great holiday, here are some of the top souvenirs that you can find during your stay!

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Best Places to Eat in Maui: Top 9 Restaurants Around the Island

November 1, 2019

The islands of Hawaii are more than just a paradise filled with adventures and tropical experiences. It’s also home to some of the most amazing cuisines, having a fusion of Hawaiian, Polynesian, American, and Asian flavors. And on the island of Maui, you will find a large selection of restaurants serving some exclusive gastronomic delights that every foodie will want to taste. To get you started on a fun-filled foodventure, check out 9 of the best restaurants that you can visit on the island of Maui.

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Where to Buy Quality Maui Art & Paintings

October 16, 2019

When it comes to beautifying your home, it’s a great idea to let your walls do the talking. If you are into visual arts, then you will enjoy having a number of paintings hanging around your home. Whether or not you have a home on the lovely island of Maui, you will surely enjoy having one of the finest artwork pieces sold by some of the best painters in the area. If you want to know where to buy top quality paintings on the island, here are a few places you might want to check out.

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Kapa Art, A Personal Journey

October 8, 2019

Just ask Kekai Kahokuka’alani, owner of Kapa Curious, what makes her company unique, and she’ll talk about her roots, her ‘ohana, and about sharing the art of kapa making with the world. Here’s her story . . .

Born into a family of hula dancers, kapa makers, wood carvers, and lei makers I have been blessed to grow up thinking that it is normal to have art everywhere in a home. The smell of wauke and natural dyes would permeate the air while the ringing of tools carving into wood echoed in our ahupua’a on Moloka’i. When I became a mother, art took a backseat to providing for my daughter so when she decided to graduate from high school early, I was not prepared and found myself at a loss for what to do with my spare time. One day I found a piece of my mother’s kapa that she left behind from one of her visits, and I was suddenly compelled to embrace my art again.

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The Secret to Ultra-Soft Skin – Sugar Scrub Hands Down

October 7, 2019

The key to soft, radiant hands may be no farther away than a tropical backyard garden.

That was the intriguing conclusion reached by Satoko Takahashi, owner of Maui Sugar Babe. Takahashi, a native of Japan, had long known that brewers of sake, working with fermented rice called koji, always had soft, moist hands from exposure to the enzymes – gentle, natural chemicals in the paste. In Japan, many skin-care products are crafted from koji, which is also a popular dietary supplement, and fermented rice bran, or nuka.

Often these come in the form of so-called sugar scrubs. Enzymes, Takahashi knew, help break down the keratin protein on dead cells on the upper layer of skin. This natural exfoliation without acid or other harsh chemicals works well for people with dry, sensitive skin, even those with eczema – red, itchy patches.

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Aloha Letterpress: Hawaii Stationery Inspired by the Islands

October 3, 2019

Linda Coleon of Aloha Letterpress, whose Hawaii-made stationery, invitations and greeting cards are printed by using antique printing presses, shares her inspiration for her business, her printing methods, eye-catching products, and what it means to live aloha.

Living in Hawaii, our beautiful environment from sea to land, flowers, plants, and culture are often a source of inspiration for my designs. My letterpress printed stationery also includes many other botanical designs for I am drawn to the beauty of the diverse flora and fauna that surrounds us.

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‘Alohi Maui: More Than Skin Deep

October 1, 2019

Hibiscus, noni, turmeric, astaxanthin, Kona coffee cherries, and other wild and organic plants grown in Hawai’i form the foundation of an exciting brand of environmentally conscious skin care products made only on Maui. They are mixed with filtered rainwater captured along the north slopes of Haleakala, one of the world’s wettest spots.

But at ‘Alohi Maui, the concept of sustainability extends beyond the ingredients of the hydrating lotions and protective oils. Even the packaging is pono. The refillable bottles come in reusable textile pouches – cotton aloha prints from local company Trendtex and sewn on Oahu. Refills come not in plastic containers but glass bottles with a metal cap and paper labels; they can be reused or recycled.

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Pack Your (Sail) Bags! – There’s a Bag For That

September 25, 2019

Let’s face it; bags are essential for everyday life. They carry all of our belongings, our necessities, our not-so-necessary items, and we feel much safer knowing all of our “stuff” is stored securely in a single contraption.

Some bags are not as orthopedic friendly, not eco-friendly, and well, just not as cute as others. Some bags weigh ten pounds before putting a single thing in them, while some are made from real animals, and some are just plain fugly (yep, this is a word). So why do we put ourselves through this distress when there is a simple solution?

Well, Gerilyn Emata, owner/creator of Sailbags Maui, has the answer.

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Na Koa Brand: Keeping Hawaii Close to Your Head & Heart

September 20, 2019

Channeling ancient tradition, deities, and culture, Maui-based Na Koa Brand marshals a minimalist style to create compelling pieces of wearable art. Na Koa translates to “fearless warrior”, and founder and clothing designer Daimus Kanahele says he strives to inspire adults and youth “to live life to the fullest, without fear”.

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Great Hawaiian Gifts: 10 Cool Maui-Made Products & Souvenirs

September 13, 2019

The Hawaiian Islands offer a wide selection of experiences that anyone, resident or visitor, will want to experience. Apart from the wonderful hospitality, the beautiful tropical scenery, the majestic Maui mountains and the mouthwatering dishes that you can only find right here in Hawaii, you can always bring home a selection of cool Hawaiian gifts and souvenirs that are proudly made by the local vendors of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai.

Not sure what products from Hawaii you want to bring home with you? Check out these 10 Hawaiian souvenirs that make the perfect vacation memento or even a unique gift for a loved one!

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all i see is ART by Leah M. Santos

August 27, 2019

Art has the power to transform our world. Just ask artist and designer Leah Santos owner of “all I see is ART.”

Leah creates lightweight laser cut and carved wood jewelry that embodies Hawaiian motifs on high quality, locally sourced and imported wood. Each design has a significant story and tells a little more about the beauty found on Maui where she grew up.

Utilizing natural materials, Leah transforms them by using modern technology to carve intricate designs that emulate the beauty seen in our Hawaiian environment. The blending of art and technology allows her to be creative in an emerging field of fabrication.

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Clutch as Canvas – A.M.I.T.Y. Designs Blends Fabrics, Flora and Fun

August 2, 2019

Maui-born and Kihei-based photographer Amity Mason has created a razor-sharp niche that embraces Hawaii’s unmistakable sense of place. Her one-of-a-kind handbags, adorned with iconic isle motifs, suit themselves to almost any occasion, be it a beach day, luau or a reception at the Arts & Cultural Center. This, she maintains, is a natural outgrowth of her island roots.

“When not sewing, you can find me in the ocean – surfing, swimming, paddling,” says Mason, whose name fittingly means friendship and love.

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Heirloom Delights – Cherished family concoctions go mainstream

One of Maui’s most successful new culinary enterprises had humble beginnings.

“My dad used to make his old family recipe caramel corn once or twice a year while I was growing up on Kaua’i”, recalls Chad Miller, co-owner and co-founder, with his wife, Tiare, of Grandpa Joe’s Candy Company.

“He would have a copper kettle and two sawhorses. My mom would hold the kettle by the handles so that my dad could stir the homemade caramel mixture and fresh popcorn with his wooden paddle.”

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Captivating Maui Made Jewelry – Sparrow Seas

January 14, 2019

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Whether it be memories of your romantic Maui wedding on Kaanapali Beach, or your nostalgic childhood home in Haiku, Sparrow Seas allows visitors and residents alike—anyone for whom Hawaii is a special place—to display a unique piece of the islands close to their heart.

Sparrow Seas is a Maui-based designer and retailer of captivating jewelry inspired not only by the islands, but by the people who love them. Owner and designer Lynn Baldwin recalls something her mother-in-law always said, that her “heart was in Maui.”

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One sweet cookie company: Maui Sugar Mamas

October 22, 2018

Leanne Ohta and Ana Magarin are the Maui Sugar Mamas. They are fun, dedicated mommies, hard-working business women and, ironically, are Dental Professionals who have the love and passion for baking.  The two have been best friends for over 25 years and ventured into entrepreneurship when a friend suggested they collaborate with a coffee shop and sell their ono banana bread.  That opportunity fell through, but their passion for baking allowed them to push forward and pursue their dream.

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Maui Made Snacks – Ono Moa Candies

October 15, 2018

Ono candies made from the heart

Since early 2018, Ono Moa Candies has been producing the finest candied macadamia nuts, candied pecans, and walnuts in the Hawaiian Islands. Their secret? They start with quality, locally sourced ingredients combined with their passion for producing great snacks, to create delectable treats with a true taste of Aloha.

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Announcing Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program

July 16, 2016

The Made in Maui County Festival is now part of the Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program. Book online with Hawaiian Airlines through this special link, and receive the lowest available web fare and, at the same time, help the MIMCF obtain air miles that we can use for free air travel in the future. You’ll also still earn flight credit in your individual HawaiianMiles account for flying Hawaiian Airlines.

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Product Vendor Applications, Sponsors Now Being Accepted for 3rd Annual Made in Maui County Festival

February 8, 2016

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The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today that vendor applications and sponsorship forms are now available for the 3rd Annual Made in Maui County Festival. Considered the largest products show in Maui County, the event will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016. The Festival is presented by the County of Maui, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

In 2015, over 10,000 residents and visitors attended the two-day event, which featured a Shoppers Preview and Buyers Preview on Friday, November 4; and the Big Festival Day on Saturday, November 5. A total of 140 vendors showcased a wide variety of made-in-Maui County products including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more.

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Local businesses rocked at 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival

November 8, 2015

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It was a big shopping day for local businesses during the Made in Maui County Festival held this weekend.

This weekend, over 10,000 residents and visitors converged on the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival setting a new attendance record. Taking center stage were the over 140 vendors who showcased the Islands’ depth and breadth of products during this two-day event held on November 6 & 7.

“The creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the people of Maui County was on display for all to see at this event,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa who also got into the spirit of the event by modeling a silk shirt by designer Sarai Stricklin. “The diversity of products attests to the wide-ranging abilities and talents of the vendors.”

“Small business is the core of the economic engine that drives our local economy,” said Arakawa. “We are truly fortunate to have such dedicated and hardworking business owners involved in this showcase of Made in Maui County products that attracts visitors and local people alike. Helping our local businesses succeed long-term will ultimately benefit our community and economy.”

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2nd Annual Made In Maui County Festival set for November 6 & 7, 2015

October 23, 2015

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The inaugural Made in Maui County Festival in 2014 attracted thousands of visitors and residents for a full day of shopping, activities, food and fun. This year, the Festival’s organizers anticipate the event will be bigger and better than ever!

Maui County’s largest products show, the annual Made in Maui County Festival, returns on November 6 and 7, 2015. Now in its second year, this popular event features over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of made in Hawaii products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more ALL in one location – the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

Serious shoppers who want a one-day head start will be allowed to purchase tickets for a special “Shoppers Preview” to be held on Friday, November 6th from 2 pm to 6 pm. Attendees will enjoy the Festival’s opening ceremonies at approximately 5 pm in the Yokouchi Pavilion. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees will also receive a free Festival tote bag. Cost is $35 per person, tickets are limited. Purchase tickets at the MACC Box Office, (808) 242-SHOW (7469), or MauiArts.org.

On Saturday, November 7th, the Made in Maui County Festival 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 demonstrations, a fashion show, over 12 food trucks, and prize drawings throughout the day. The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free Festival tote bag.

On both days, attendees can also enter Hawaiian Airlines’ drawing for a chance to win 120,000 HawaiianMiles.

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2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival announces the 2015 product vendors

September 29, 2015

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When Maui County’s largest products show, the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival, opens to the public on November 6 and 7, 2015 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, the event will boast a larger format with more products, more vendors, more food trucks, and more reasons to buy local.

This week, the Festival announced the final list of vendors who will be participating in this upcoming event. In total, nearly 150 product vendors and food trucks are confirmed, over 40 of which are new to the event.

Last year, the inaugural event attracted over 9,500 visitors and residents and 130 vendors participated. Vendors reported over $300,000 in product sales transactions, over 180 new accounts and wholesale orders closed, and over 1,000 leads for future sales and wholesale accounts generated. This year, the Festival is focused on expanding the event’s impact.

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Announcing Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program

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The Made in Maui County Festival is now part of the Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program. Book online with Hawaiian Airlines through this special link, and receive the lowest available web fare and, at the same time, help the MIMCF obtain air miles that we can use for free air travel in the future.  You’ll also still earn flight credit in your individual HawaiianMiles account for flying Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian Airlines is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Made in Maui County Festival.

Special room rate at Courtyard Marriott Maui

September 21, 2015

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Great news for event attendees! Book a room at the Courtyard Marriott Maui Kahului Airport and receive a discounted rate of $169 plus tax per night. Offer valid from November 3 to 12, 2015. Go to www.marriott.com/hnmmk, select your dates, click on Special Rates, select Corporate/Promotional Code, and enter code PX3. Enjoy your stay!

Experience Maui’s premier hotel, centrally located near Kahului Airport and close to all Maui attractions and activities. Enjoy our outdoor pool, hot tub, fire pits, private cabanas, onsite restaurant and bar, and plenty of Aloha hospitality, without the resort price tag!

The Courtyard Marriott Maui Kahului Airport is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Made in Maui County Festival.

2nd Annual Made In Maui County Festival announces special “Shoppers Preview”

September 11, 2015

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At this year’s Festival, Maui Gourmet Popcorn will once again be selling their popular coffee cookies, taro cookies, macadamia nut brittle, gourmet popcorn and cereal treats.

Serious shoppers who want a one-day head start during the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival now have their chance. The general public will be allowed to purchase tickets for a special “Shoppers Preview” to be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) in Kahului on Friday, November 6th. Event hours are 2 pm to 6 pm. Cost is $35 per person. Tickets are limited, only 500 tickets will be sold to the general public. Tickets are available at the MACC Box Office or (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or MauiArts.org.

The Made in Maui County Festival is the largest products show in Maui County featuring over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of made in Hawaii products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more – ALL in one location!

During the Shoppers Preview on Friday, November 6th, attendees will also enjoy the Festival’s opening ceremonies at approximately 5 pm in the Pavilion. Light refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, November 7th, the Made in Maui County Festival 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 include demonstrations, a fashion show, food trucks, and prize drawings. The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free Festival tote bag.

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Made in Maui County Festival announces first round of product vendors

June 25, 2015

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WAILKU, Maui, HI – With nearly 19 weeks to go until the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival opens on November 6 and 7, the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce announced the first group of approved vendors who will be participating in this year’s event.

Considered the largest products show in Maui County, the 2015 Festival will feature over 140 vendors. The event will also be increasing the number of food trucks from 7 in 2014 to 16 this year. To date, a total of 68 local businesses have been approved to participate and over 50 applications are pending review early next month.

While the 2015 Product Vendor Application submission deadline was originally announced as August 31st, due to the high number of applicants and limited vendor space, the Festival committee is encouraging local businesses interested in participating to submit their applications sooner rather than later.

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Support of the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival, an investment in our local businesses

May 30, 2015

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“The exposure to the Maui community was fabulous. Sharing my Aloha Letterpress stationary and services with people in person was a wonderful experience as I have only dealt with customers online. Receiving their positive feedback and responses was very encouraging and uplifting!”  – Linda Coleon of Aloha Letterpress

This week, the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce released a new brochure outlining the impact of the annual Made in Maui County Festival on our local businesses. This information is part of an effort to encourage private sector sponsorship of this year’s Festival, a popular event dedicated to growing our islands’ business community.

The 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival (MIMCF), the largest products show in Maui County, will be open to the public on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.  Event hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm. Public admission is $5, children 12 and under are free.

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2nd Annual Made In Maui County Festival Now Accepting Vendor Applications, Sponsors

February 24, 2015

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Despite a steady downpour of rain, the inaugural Made in Maui County Festival in 2014 still managed to attract over 9,400 residents and visitors for a full day of shopping.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today that vendor applications and sponsorship forms are now available for the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival which will be open to the public on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. The event is being presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

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First “Made In Maui County” Festival a Resounding Success: Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Releases Full Report on the Festival

February 4, 2015

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The inaugural Made In Maui County Festival attracted records crowds to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) announced it has issued a full report on the results and successes of the first-ever Made In Maui County Festival (MIMCF), which was held on Nov. 7-8, 2014.

The full MIMCF report can be viewed at www.mauicounty.gov/OED. Some of the highlights of the report include:

–    130 vendors, including 12 from Molokai, sold about $300,000 in products over the two day period
–    Despite the bad weather that weekend, more than 9,400 people attended the festival
–    Besides the sales, vendors reported gaining 180 new wholesale accounts and 1,070 new business leads for future sales

“We want to thank the entire Maui community for their support for this first festival,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa, “Building the capacity of our locally made product companies will strengthen our community, not only with the jobs they create, but with the diversification this brings to our economy.”

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Local businesses thrive at Made In Maui County Festival

November 8, 2014

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Despite the steady rain, the first-ever Made in Maui County Festival drew over 9,000 residents and visitors to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for a full day of shopping.

Inaugural event draws thousands despite steady rainfall at Maui Arts & Cultural Center

WAILKU, Maui, HI – A steady downpour only seemed to whet the appetite of thousands of residents and visitors who turned out Saturday, November 8th for businesses showcasing their locally made products at the first-ever Made in Maui County Festival.

Within the first 90 minutes of the daylong event, more than 2,000 people walked through the gates of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, snatching up orange logo festival bags and buying a variety of items at what was being dubbed the largest product vendor show in the county. By day’s end, event organizers counted more than 9,000 in attendance. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “We’re so grateful for support of the community, our sponsors, our vendors, volunteers and the general public.”

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First-ever Made In Maui County Festival will focus on growing islands’ local businesses

October 2, 2014

WAILKU, Maui, HI – This week, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce announced the 130 vendors who will be participating in the 2014 Made in Maui County Festival. Considered the largest product vendor show in Maui County, this inaugural event will offer a wide variety of made in Maui County products – including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more – plus demonstrations and food trucks ALL in one location!  

Held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, the event will kick-off on Friday, November 7, with an invitation-only event for retailers and wholesalers. On Saturday, November 8, the event will be open to the public from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  Public admission is $3, children 12 and under are free.

“This Festival was created to help grow our islands’ businesses,” said County of Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. “There’s such incredible talent here at home and we’re hoping to open doors for these hard-working entrepreneurs by providing opportunities for them to meet with prospective retailers and wholesalers and connect with new customers. Our small businesses are the backbone of our islands’ economy and their success will ultimately benefit our community at-large.”

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Made in Maui County Festival announce upcoming informational sessions for interested vendors

June 24, 2014

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Festival organizers will be assisting interested vendors at upcoming informational sessions.

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai‘i – Two informational sessions will held in July for local businesses interested in participating as vendors at the first-ever Made In Maui County Festival (MIMCF) in November.

Upcoming Informational Sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays, July 8 and 15, from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

“To date, a number of local business owners have taken advantage of these informational sessions,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “Our Festival organizers are available to answer questions and to provide assistance to owners wanting to complete their Vendor Application.”

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Made in Maui County Festival on Akaku Community Television, May 22, 2014

May 23, 2014

Mahalo to Akaku Maui Community Television for giving Teena Rasmussen (Mayor’s Office of Economic Development) and Pamela Tumpap (Maui Chamber of Commerce) some airtime to talk about the Made in Maui County Festival. This public service announcement is currently running on Akaku’s channel 54.

First-Ever “Made In Maui County” Festival Accepting Vendor Applications, Sponsors

April 29, 2014

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development today announced that the inaugural “Made in Maui County” Festival will be held November 7 and 8, 2014 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Approximately 6,000 to 8,000 residents and visitors are anticipated to attend the event, which will showcase a wide variety of made-in-Maui County products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, gifts, collectibles and more in one location.

Planning for the first-ever festival is in full swing with vendor applications and sponsorship forms now being accepted on the event’s official website: www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com. The event is being presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in partnership with the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

“This new festival will benefit our local economy in many ways,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Besides giving local merchants the chance to showcase and sell their locally produced items, it stimulates our economy as a whole by bringing in interested shoppers to our island. In other words, everyone benefits both directly and indirectly from the festival.”

Vendors must be based in Maui County and feature a minimum of 51 percent, value-added in Hawaii. Booth space will be assigned based on type of product and on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendor applications can be downloaded from www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com; click on “Vendors” button.

Sponsorship opportunities are another way for companies to show their support of Maui County’s entrepreneurs and their products while increasing visibility for their own business. To receive a Sponsor Packet, click on the “Sponsors” button on the festival website.

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