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First Friday Wailuku OctoberFEST!

October 6, 2011
Maui Weekly
With a headliner performance by local sensation “Moth XP,” the sweet strumming of Kalama Intermediate School ‘Ukulele Band, two strolling magicians and a lively beer garden, Wailuku First Friday’s OctoberFEST event will transform Wailuku Town into yet another high-energy street party on Friday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The free event is open to all.

Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m.; ample parking is available off Main Street in the Maui Medical Group parking lot and throughout Wailuku Town.

Working its multi-sensory magic on the Maui Thing stage will be headliner Moth XP. The group’s all-original sets take musical creation to new heights without the use of any loops or prerecorded tracks.

Magician Timothy Wenk, who has performed in Europe, Japan and across America, will be joined on the street by Brenton Keith with his “Bag O’ Tricks.” The two strolling magicians will amaze children and adults alike with their sleight-of-hand and comic banter. And the musical artistry of Kalama Intermediate School’s ‘Ukulele Band, under the direction of Benny Uyetake, will take the stage at Wailuku Banyan Tree Park at 6 p.m. And hear a Wailuku First Friday favorite—Gene Argell band at Café O Lei, too!

Native Hawaiian culture will abound at Native Intelligence with fresh kulolo, an awa bar and Hawaiian food. Back by popular demand, the beer garden will feature cold drafts; proceeds benefit Na Leo Kako‘o, Hawaiian Immersion Kula Kaiapuni.

Artisans, crafters, sidewalk vendors and a rainbow of local cuisine can all be enjoyed streetside along Market Street. Other delights await along Vineyard, Church and up to Main Street as Wailuku First Friday expands to neighboring streets.

A “Mapping of Hawai‘i” exhibit at Bailey House Museum (toward ‘Iao Valley at 2375-A Main Street) will offer a glimpse into Hawai‘i’s geographical past, from Polynesian migrations and European explorations to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i and the state’s missionary and plantation days. The exhibit, which will be free to the public from 5:30 to 8 p.m., tells the story of discovery, adventure and conflict in Hawai‘i through dozens of large-scale reproductions of historic maps and prints.

Be on the lookout for the innovative local talent, art and healthy treats that will be showcased from 5 to 9 p.m. at EXHALE, located at 1995 Main Street on the second floor. And on Church Street, view the work of Swan Interiors’ featured artist Anna Good, and indulge in sweet and savory crepes and special desserts at Maui Bake Shop.

The wizards who make Wailuku First Friday happen invite all party-goers to fill out an HTA survey, available outside ‘Iao Theater, thanks to the help of Maui Redevelopment Agency and Wailuku Councilmember Mike Victorino and his volunteer pollsters. The perk for all completed surveys: a cool discount coupon valid at Maui Thing and Wailuku Coffee Company, and an entry into a door prize drawing.

Vendors, merchants and entertainers are reminded that Market Street closes at 5:30 p.m. For the safety of all participants, everyone’s kokua is appreciated. Signs will be placed to remind the public that no cars will be allowed on Market Street during the event: Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Maui Medical Group has graciously offered free parking during Wailuku First Friday at the facility’s lot, located near the Main and High Street intersection. The Vineyard Street parking exit will close at 9 p.m.; patrons can exit the lot onto Main Street after 9 p.m.

The Wailuku First Friday event showcases dozens of artisans, handmade crafters and food vendors. A fee of $40 for food vendors with State health permit will be assessed each accepted vendor; fee is $25 for table space for non-food vendors and $20 for non-profits. For vendor information and reservations, contact Teri Edmonds at “If the Shoe Fits” at 21 N. Market Street or call (808) 249-9710. A copy of vendor’s General Excise Tax license, health permit and additional insured will be required.

The Wailuku First Friday community street party is generously sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Maui, Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc., Sae Design, Maui Thing, Maui Redevelopment Agency, KPOA 93.5 FM, Maui Breakfast Club on KNUI AM900, First Hawaiian Bank, American Savings Bank, Kama‘aina Properties, Wailuku Community Association, Maui Time, IBEW Local 1186, Hawai‘i Carpenters Union-Maui, Young Brothers Ltd., Café O’ Lei, If the Shoe Fits and Connec LLC.

For more information contact Yuki Lei Sugimura at (808) 878-1888 or via email at'>'>'> Become a fan on Facebook at “Wailuku First Friday” to keep up with what’s happening!

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A Wailuku First Friday favorite, the Gene Argell band will perform at Café O Lei



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