The streets will be twinkling with merriment as the town rings in the holiday season at Wailuku First Friday (WFF) on Dec. 2.
Santa himself will appear in a parade on Market Street from Vineyard to Main Street at 6 p.m. The Maui Cheer Babes will lead the parade, courtesy of high-spirited Wailuku Councilmember Mike Victorino and his 'ohana, who will pass out holiday cheer and best wishes!
Santa will be available for photos at Kama'aina Properties at the corner of Main and Market Streets, courtesy of Epic Entertainment Hawai'i; $10 per photo with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit.
December’s headliner is Na Leo Lani O Maui, a community choir under the direction of Gale Wisehart and Uluwehi Guerrero (right), which will perform on the Maui Thing Stage at 6:30 p.m.
December's headliner is Na Leo Lani O Maui, a community choir under the direction of Gale Wisehart and Uluwehi Guerrero, which will perform on the Maui Thing Stage at 6:30 p.m. Na Leo Lani O Maui has been a longtime dream of kumu hula and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner Uluwehi. With the combined efforts of Uluwehi and Gale, the dream became a reality in March 2007. Since its inception, the choir has grown to 85 members. The mission of Na Leo Lani O Maui, in partnership with Halau Hula Kauluokala, is to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and language through the gift of song and dance and to share these gifts with the community.
The group's WFF performance will be a pre-show to the choir's planned Third Annual Christmas Concert at Wailuku's historic 'Iao Theater on Saturday, Dec.17. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Ka'ahumanu Church in Wailuku.
Live Christmas carolers from Victorian England will perform in front of 'Iao Theater from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. as a sneak preview of Maui OnStage's "A Christmas Carol," playing at 'Iao Theater at 7:30 p.m. (family discount night).
Other WFF entertainment begins at 6 p.m., including Gene Argel and 'ohana performing in front of Caf 'O Lei, and Joel Katz with his Hawaiian steel guitar at Wailuku Banyan Tree Park.
Back by popular demand are the high school rockers, Visibly Shaken, performing at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Street Promenade stage fronting Gianotto's Pizzeria. Grab a slice of pizza and enjoy the group's high-energy sound under the stars!
Falsetto award-winner Dane Fujiwara and his talented Hawaiian group will perform on the Maui Thing Stage at 8 p.m.
This month, WFF will recognize individuals and organizations that helped start and build this successful event during the past four years. Certificates will be presented by Councilman Victorino and WFF coordinators to WFF organizers: Teri Edmonds, Stan Rippy, Bob Horcajo, Darla Palmer, Kainoa Horcajo, County of Maui and the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Stuart Funke-d'Egnuff, Tri-Isle RC&D, Inc., and Wailuku Community Association.
Ongoing supporters to be recognized include, Pierre d'Avignon, Sae Design, Maui Thing, Maui Police Department, Maui Fire Department, Caf 'O Lei, Maui Redevelopment Agency, IBEW Local Union 1186, Hawai'i Carpenters Union Local 745 Maui, Michelle Parker for 33 N. Market Street, American Savings Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Jonathan Starr, Giovanni Rosati, Teens on Call, Maui Visitors Bureau, Maui Hotel and Lodging Association and Pacific Radio Group.
View WFF live on www.WailukuCam.com, courtesy of Kama'aina Loan Cash for Gold!
WFF, a free event that is open to all, closes Market Street at 5:30 p.m.; ample parking is available off Main Street in the Maui Medical Group parking lot and throughout Wailuku Town.
WFF showcases dozens of artisans, handmade crafters and food vendors. A fee of $100 for food vendors with a state health permit will be assessed each accepted vendor; fee is $50 for table space for non-food vendors and $25 for informational nonprofits.
For vendor information and reservations, contact Edmonds at "If the Shoe Fits," 21 N. Market St., or call (808) 249-9710.
Also check out Maui Friday Town Parties at www.MauiFridays.com for information on the County of Maui's Office of Economic Development program. Friday Town Parties are now celebrated every week-every month!
For more information on Wailuku First Friday, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura at (808) 878-1888 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Become a Facebook fan for more information.