Maui Friday town parties rotate between Kihei, Makawao, Lahaina and Wailuku, with the occasional 5th Friday occurring on Lanai. Kahalui has now, forgive the pun, joined the party as well. A Sunday market at the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot runs from 4pm – 8pm in a cordoned off section of the shopping center parking lot along Kaahumanu and Puunene avenues.
More than a dozen food trucks and a couple dozen vendors participate. There is also a stage for live entertainment. The market was originally designed to attract tourists disembarking from cruise ships that dock nearby as well as to help revitalize the city. The market is succeeding with an average of 1, 500 to 1,700 people attending the market each Sunday evening. Many of the attendees are locals that come to shop and often stay to socialize.
Going where the locals go has always been a favorite trick of ours in experiencing the local atmosphere plus finding more off the beaten path sources of fun. This market started after our last visit to the island and I’m looking forward to experiencing it in person! Been there? Let me know what you thought.