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Pi‘ilani Village Party

July 9, 2009
Debra Lordan

Pi‘ilani Village Shopping Center in Kihei will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our 50th state with an all-out, blast-to-the-past ’50s party on Saturday, July 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. As a tribute to the state of Hawai‘i’s half-century mark, Pi‘ilani Village is setting the stage for music, dancing, fun, games, contests and an opportunity to spend some bread to help Maui students in need.

Musical entertainment includes the crazy sounds of Jimmy Mac & the Kool Kats, who will headline the event with some good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll and lots of crowd participation. The Community Swing Dance Academy of Maui, also known as Maui Swing, is also included in the entertainment lineup. Super-hip radio personality Dan Rivers from 99.9 KISS FM (KJKS) has the gig as emcee. He’s sure to make you go ape and razz your berries!

While mom and dad swing and sway to 1950’s classics and more, kids are sure to dig the fun and games, including a Hula Hoop contest and bubble gum blowing face-off.

The Maui Classic Car Club will make the scene with over 50 classic, vintage, exotic hot rods, chrome-plated chariots and other screamin’ machines.

You’ll flip for the door prizes, which will be drawn at the end of the evening (recipients must be present to win, so don’t split too soon!). Pi‘ilani Village will lay an assortment of great gift certificates on lucky winners: $100 from Roy’s Restaurant; $100 from Roger Dunn Golf; $100 from Borders Books; $50 from Jamba Juice; $50 from Coldstone and $100 from Outback Steak House.

Since Hawai‘i’s Statehood Commission is emphasizing community education this year, Pi‘ilani Village has partnered with Helping Hands Hawai‘i and the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center to conduct a Ready to Learn school supplies drive as part of the celebration.

The Ready to Learn program, started by U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye in 1998, has helped over 2,000 children each year, providing basic school supplies for children for more than 10 years. Without the collaborative program, over 20,000 children would have started their first day of school without many of the supplies we may take for granted, like pencils and crayons.

Pi‘ilani Village Shopping Center encourages everyone attending to donate new pencils, pens, notebooks and other classroom supplies. Volunteers will pack kits with the donations and distribute them before the start of the new school year to children in need from kindergarten through high school.

Pi‘ilani Village is one of South Maui’s most popular shopping centers, located just off Pi‘ilani Highway, in the heart of downtown Kihei. It offers residents and visitors a range of retail, medical, financial and dining experiences, including Go Wireless, ABC Store, Activity Warehouse, Ali‘i Dry Cleaners, Bale, Clinical Laboratories, Cold Stone Creamery, Bank of America, Dairy Queen, ERA Pacific, Hilo Hatties, Jamba Juice, Kihei Wailea Medical, L&L Drive-In, Minit Stop, Maui Radiology, Maui Tacos, Maui Tropix, Maui Waterwear, Roger Dunn Golf, Outback Steakhouse, Rehab Hospital, Round Table Pizza, Roy’s Kihei, Safeway, Shoe Fetish, Starbucks, Subway, Supercuts, Borders Express and Central Pacific Bank.

Don’t be a party pooper! Grab your dancing shoes, poodle skirt and letter sweater for a trip to fiftiesville at Pi‘ilani Village Shopping Center. It’s the word from the bird, daddy-o!

For more information, contact Yuki Lei Sugimura at 878-1888 or email



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