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Festivals of Aloha Begin at Wailuku First Friday

September 2, 2010
Maui Weekly

The ceremony will officially open this year’s countywide events, which will take place from September through October on Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i and Maui, including the town of Hāna. The ceremony will be followed by four-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winner Weldon Kekauoha, who will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the main stage.

This free event is part of the Wailuku First Friday monthly celebration, which continues to expand with music at the Main Street Promenade building, courtesy of building owners Robert and Lisa Joslin. Everyone is welcome to the event, which begins at 6 and ends at 8 p.m.

Happenings on Market Street include Basic Bounce, a live jazz ensemble, which will appear along with a variety of artisans. The great service at Café O Lei will dazzle you along with their cuisine. And stop by Wailuku Banyan Tree park for Keoni Manuel and Te Tiare Patitifa Polynesian performance. Wailuku Coffee Store will host kids from the Arts Education for Children Group. The Maui Thing stage offers live music by Kua‘āina.

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Four-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winner Weldon Kekauoha will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the main stage at First Friday Wailuku.
Photo: Weldon Kekauoha

When the music slows down at 8 p.m., the Maui Young Business Roundtable will hold a Mayoral Forum at the ‘Īao Theater, which is free and open to the public. Gallerie Ha will hold its monthly poetry slam at 8 p.m., with a $20 prize for the best rhyme.

The Wailuku First Friday event is looking for artisans, handmade crafters and food vendors. A fee of $40 for food vendors (with a health permit), $25 for table space for non-food vendors and a $20 fee for nonprofits will be assessed each accepted vendor. Contact Teri Edmonds at 249-9710 at If the Shoe Fits on Market Street.

For more information, contact 878-1888 or visit Become a fan on Facebook at “Wailuku First Friday” to see what is happening!



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