On Friday, Dec. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m., Makawao will continue its series of monthly "Friday Parties" held on the third Friday of each month.
December's theme is "Makawao Gives: A Hawaiian Holiday Party," and the event will feature a Paniolo Holiday Parade from 5 to 6 p.m. The parade will start at Makawao School, turn right onto Baldwin Avenue, turn right at Makawao Avenue, then right again into the Makawao Municipal Parking Lot.
The road will be closed from Makawao School on Baldwin Avenue to the Liquor Shack on Makawao Avenue for the parade (see sidebar), as cowboys and gals on horses, horse-drawn wagons, marching groups, farm tractors and more fill the streets of the Upcountry town.
Rev. Kimberly Fong from Po'okela Church in Makawao will give a special blessing at 6 p.m. on Makawao's Center Stage at 3654 Baldwin Ave.
After the blessing, Kepa will perform on Makawao's Center Stage, and many other musicians will be featured on stages around town. A variety of outdoor food and activity vendors will be available for the entire family, and restaurants will stay open late for sit-down dining.
In addition, many of the merchants in the town center will hold in-store door prize drawings and giveaways to raise funds for local charities.
Members of the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui will be on hand to provide gift wrapping services in front of Makawao Hair Saloon on Baldwin Avenue.
Spectators may park at the Maui County parking lots across from St. Joseph's Church, the veteran's cemetery, Makawao Post Office and the Eddie Tam Memorial Center. A free shuttle will run from Oskie Rice Arena to town from 4 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. from town to the arena for the Bull Bash at 7 p.m. (The Oskie Rice Memorial Island Championship Rodeo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and 18.)
The "Makawao Town Friday Party" monthly series offers a unique opportunity for the Maui public to kick-off the weekend in leisurely exploration, to connect and mingle with the many merchants, artists and neighbors in the area, and to enjoy a festive outdoor event in the quaint atmosphere the historic paniolo town provides.
The Makawao Town Friday Party is also an excellent opportunity for Maui's visitors to explore Makawao's one-of-a-kind town center. A core team of merchants has come together to coordinate the event, and numerous significant donations of time, materials and space have been provided to create outdoor areas for participants to enjoy the festivities.
Following in the footsteps of Wailuku's successful "First Friday" and Pa'ia's "Fourth Friday" celebrations, Maui County has partnered with Makawao Town coordinators for its new "Maui Fridays" initiative.
The Makawao Friday Town Party inaugural event on Nov. 18 attracted nearly 4,000 attendees. The series will continue the third Friday of each month going forward.
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Two lots on Brewer Road
Makawao Municipal Parking Lot on Makawao Avenure near the library
Komoda Store Parking Lot
Baldwin Avenue at the intersection of Ke'e Road
Makawao Avenue at the intersection of Brewer Road
Olinda Road at the intersection of Po'okela Road
Makawao Avenue at the interaction of Ai Street and the municipal parking lot.
The roads will open at approximately 6 p.m., or as soon after the parade as possible.
Traffic on Makawao Avenue can bypass Makawao Town by turning down Makani Road. Traffic on Makawao Avenue on the Kokomo side of town can use Ke'e Road to bypass Makawao Town. Traffic on Olinda Road can bypass Makawao Town by using Po'okela Road. Detour signs will be placed at these intersections.