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Kahului Gets a Party

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.

Maui Friday Town Parties

Everyone loves Fridays and Maui does too. Every Friday in Maui is Aloha Friday and Maui celebrates by having a town party every Friday evening that highlights one of Maui’s historic small towns.  Come for great food, meet local artists, enjoy live music and enjoy the kid friendly activities.

The first Friday of the month is celebrated in Wailuku. The second is in Lahaina, the third in Makawao and the fourth Friday party is in Kihei.  When a fifth Friday occurs in a month, the town party happens on the neighboring island of Lanai and extra ferries from Lahaina to Lanai are put in service.

Best of all the parties are free to attend – what you spend is up to you. There’s always lots to enjoy!


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Ready, Set, Shop!

Interested in doing some shopping while on vacation? Maui has many shopping options to choose from, ranging from  souvenirs to handmade items to luxury goods.  While souvenirs can be found at many locations,  basic Maui items ranging from t-shirts to sarongs, and hats to beach bags can be found at stores such as Whalers Village, located near Makena Surf in the Wailea Shops and in Kihei on South Kihei Road, and the ubiquitous ABC Stores which can be found virtually on every corner; the closest one to the condo is in the Wailea Shops.  There is a new grocery store at the Wailea Shops, known as Island Gourmet Markets, which also carries souvenir items.

Having already mentioned the Wailea Shops several times, let me be sure to mention that this mall is the best place to find upscale and luxury items from stores such as Rolex, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Tiffany & Co.  This mall has a number of other stores for those not wanting to break the bank, ranging from classics such as Banana Republic and Gap to Maui favorites such as Tommy Bahama and Honolulu Surf Company.  This mall is a beautiful outdoor mall with good dining options and a nice collection of stores to suit every budget.


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Handmade items can be found at roadside stands, street corners, especially in Lahaina,  farmers markets and craft shows – see our blog post dated July 26, 2014 about where to find farmers markets which are often run hand in hand with craft shows.   Many of the local resorts including The Grand Wailea,  the Fairmont and the Four Seasons allow local artisans to display and sell their wares on resort grounds.  These are regular occurrences and each hotel has a varying schedule as to when the artisans will be present.

Another good option for finding gifts, especially locally made items,  are the Friday celebrations held on Maui. Each Friday, there is a local street fair held on a rotating basis between Wailuku (1st Friday) Lahaina, (2nd Friday),  Makawao (3rd Friday) and Kihei (4th Friday). When there is a fifth Friday in the month, it is held on the island of Lanai and extra ferries are normally put into operation. The ferry leaves from Lahaina.

Lahaina is a great town to spend some time shopping. Walking along Front Street, which is a beautiful ocean front avenue, there are numerous trendy and classic stores, and lots of restaurants to help sustain you throughout your shopping trip.

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Also in Lahaina is a fairly new Outlet Mall which has outlets from stores such as Coach,  Michael Kors,  Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

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As you can see, there are many places to enjoy shopping, so be sure to bring extra luggage to carry all your treasures home!