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maui sunday market in kahului: ‘ono grinds, low-key fun, and more

When Luana Mahi and Kau‘i Kahaiali‘i, co-originators of the Maui Sunday Market, were brainstorming the concept of a weekly family-friendly event in Kahului, their mission was to create an experience where locals and visitors alike could gather each week, engage with one another, share stories, and partake in the diversity of Hawai‘i and the aloha spirit.

In addition, Mahi, who is president of the Maui Food Technology Center, and Kahaiali‘i, who serves as the event’s MC/host, were looking to help stimulate and revitalize the community of Kahului.

They realized events take place all around the island, but in Kahului, weekly community gatherings are a rarity, especially in the evening. The Maui Sunday Market debuted in July of 2018, and has been gaining in popularity ever since. Held every Sunday from 4 to 8pm at the Kahului Shopping Center, the event features free parking and admission, local foods, live entertainment, and vendors displaying a wide variety of products ranging from Hawaiian mamaki tea, to plants and succulents, to jewelry.

Event organizers say the Market draws visitors from the NCL cruise ship that docks in Kahului Harbor earlier in the day, as well as from nearby hotels. Visitors crave an authentic island experience, and the Market’s offering of local foods, entertainment, and vendor products really resonates with this audience. Locals, too, are attracted to the weekly festivities, with many making Sunday their “Maui Sunday Market Night.” What better way to kick off your new week!

With this summer having been so beastly hot, the last thing Janet and I want to do is heat up the kitchen even more by cooking dinner. So we head to the Maui Sunday Market to check things out and indulge in the ‘ono grindz being offered up by a myriad of food vendors. When we step out of the car at approximately 5:30pm, joyful strains from the recorded song “Africa” by Toto fill the late-afternoon air, putting us in a festive mood.

Food trucks and vendor booths are set up in four rows, and there’s a covered community picnic table area for chowing down, along with a live-performance venue. The Market features a wide array of local talent—the uber-popular reggae singer Marty Dread entertained the crowd at the first anniversary celebration in July—including local favorite George Kahumoku, who is notorious for inviting friends and family to join him on an impromptu basis. Tonight’s live music is being provided by Leo Kane, whose musical talents transcend generations as he performs genre-crossing classics from Hawaiian to Oldies.

The first booth Janet and I encounter is offering lupulu and vaifala drink, neither of which we’re familiar with. We learn lupulu is a Tongan favorite made with coconut milk, corned beef, onions, and taro leaves served over rice; and that vaifala originates from Samoa, and is a blend of pineapple, mango, sweetened condensed milk, and water.

The Corn Project’s booth offers four different versions of corn on the cob: Local (Hawaiian lava salt and special spices), Mexican (crema, lime, and cotija cheese), American (mayo, cheddar cheese, and bacon), and Italian (pesto mayo, sundried tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan); JB’s Kitchen has cooked up BBQ specialties like pork, beef, and chicken wings; and 3 Angels Farm has shoyu chicken, chow fun, and lumpia.
The lumpia has attracted Janet’s attention, so we begin our culinary adventure at 3 Angels Farm’s booth by purchasing veggie lumpia ($4 for 3 pieces). Being a bona fide Francophile, the Crepes d’Amour food truck beckons to me. I happily hand over $13 for a savory crepe filled with spinach, chicken, and brie.

Janet and I share our culinary treasures and compare notes. The lumpia are crisp, tasty, and nicely enhanced by a sweet chili dipping sauce. The crepe itself has a lovely texture, and the filling is delightfully gooey and seductive. An accompanying pesto is deliciously herbaceous, and so addictive it should be bottled and sold on its own. Janet likes the pesto so much she goes back for seconds!

One lumpia and half a crepe has left me wanting more, so I sidle up to the very popular, bright blue Shorebreak Grindz truck and order their garlic noodles with teriyaki chicken ($7). It’s a generous portion of savory noodles nicely complemented by the lightly sweet teri chicken. Okay I’m full.

Janet finishes her Market meal with a half dozen mochi balls from Dee’s Poi Mochi ($5). She’s chosen three varieties: original poi, coconut, and chocolate brownie. She declares the mochi balls to have a nice texture, and the white chocolate dipping sauce highly recommended by Dee herself is the icing on the cake, so to speak. Although they’re all yummy, Janet declares the original poi to be her favorite.

Maui Sunday Market is presented by the Maui Food Technology Center, which encourages, trains, and incubates a wide range of local residents, students, entrepreneurs, and emerging agribusinesses seeking to earn a meaningful living from agriculture and value-added food production, including culinary arts, food science, and food technology. Located at UH Maui College, the MFTC provides both technical and business consultations for existing and emerging food-related businesses. Maui Sunday Market is also sponsored by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

–heidi pool

AT A GLANCE…

WHAT •

Maui Sunday Market, a weekly event featuring ‘ono grindz, live entertainment, product booths, and a whole lot of community and aloha spirit.

WHERE •

Kahului Shopping Center on Ka‘ahumanu Ave.

WHEN •

Every Sunday from 4 to 8pm.

HOW •

Parking and admission are free. You just need to show up with an appetite, sense of community, and willingness to have some fun, local style!

6th annual hawaiian airlines made in maui county festival November 1 & 2: maui county’s biggest shopping event of the year!

Maui County’s largest products show, the 6th Annual Hawaiian Airlines Made In Maui County Festival features over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of locally made products, including food, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashions, furniture, gifts, collectibles and more. Held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, you’ll enjoy a full day of shopping along with live entertainment, fashion shows, food trucks, prize drawings, just to name a few. Come down and see why Maui County is No Ka ‘Oi! Continue reading ‘6th annual hawaiian airlines made in maui county festival November 1 & 2: maui county’s biggest shopping event of the year!’

seabury hall 46th annual craft fair – May 11, 2019

Seabury Hall will celebrate its 46th annual Craft Fair from 9am to 4pm, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, on the Seabury Hall Campus at 480 Olinda Road in Makawao.

The Craft Fair has been raising money to fund financial aid for Seabury students since 1973, giving hundreds of kids the opportunity to pursue their dreams and hope for a brighter future.

The hugely popular event brings together more than 100 of Hawai‘i’s best artists and crafters, in addition to great entertainment, specialty foods, beautiful flower arrangements, exciting children’s games, a silent auction, and the island’s largest rummage sale. All proceeds from the Craft Fair support Seabury Hall’s financial aid program. Continue reading ‘seabury hall 46th annual craft fair – May 11, 2019’

outlets of maui launches guest services club

Hospitality Industry Members are invited to join the Outlets of Maui’s new Guest Services Club, the place were hospitality industry insiders can get up-to-date information along with special, exclusive incentives for both you and your guests. Membership is free, and, best of all you’ll enjoy benefits including:

• Monthly giveaways
• Complimentary VIP Coupon Books worth hundreds of dollars in extra savings
• Store sale and limited-time offer notices
• Special event and entertainment schedules
• Transportation information & more!

Some of the sample offers on the VIP coupon book are: Kay Jewelers Outlet $100 Off of Purchase of $499.99 or more; Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse complimentary dessert with the purchase of two entrees; Carter’s 20% Off Your Purchase of $40 or more; Banana Republic Factory Store 15% Off Purchase of $100 or more; GUESS Factory Store $20 Off a Purchase of $100 or more and many many more!

Visit this site where you can join today: http://www.outletsofmaui.com/concierge-club/.
For more information please call 661-8277.

queen ka‘ahumanu center announces opening of the keiki playhouse

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center is pleased to announce the recent opening of The Keiki Playhouse. Located in the south concourse, on the second level, The Keiki Playhouse is a premier playhouse and party venue for keiki 2-12 years.

Open during center hours, The Keiki Playhouse offers an array of keiki friendly play spaces including an enchanted castle, pirate cove, veterinary clinic, grocery store, pizzeria and more.  Keiki costumes including tutu’s, butterfly wings, super hero capes and other fun imaginary dress up options are available for purchase, along with light refreshments. Continue reading ‘queen ka‘ahumanu center announces opening of the keiki playhouse’

let it snow! returns to maui; grammy winner kalani pe‘a performs

Back by popular demand, Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center will again transform into a giant snow globe with its award-winning “Let it Snow!” snowfall experience. Let it Snow! Returns on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from December 2 through 23, with a special live performance on December 5 by Grammy winner, Kalani Pe‘a who will debut his new holiday song to the Maui community. Let it Snow! will also serve as a fundraising backdrop for several non-profit organizations.

“We were amazed by the incredible support and tremendously positive response we received from the community with our ‘Let it Snow!’ show last year, and to have Kalani Pe‘a honor us with his beautiful voice,” said Toni Rojas, director of marketing for Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. “Our goal is to help families and friends create heart-warming memories and traditions they will cherish and talk about. We are doing just that and giving back to our local community.” Continue reading ‘let it snow! returns to maui; grammy winner kalani pe‘a performs’

upcountry farmers market: indulge your senses in maui’s plentiful bounty

Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, Upcountry Farmers Market Manager Neil Coshever and his capable assistant Katy Bayley orchestrate an extraordinary symphony at the Kulamalu Town Center in Pukalani. Now in its 7th year at this location, the Upcountry Farmers Market (UFM) boasts more than 100 vendors, and attracts between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors to its cornucopia of enticing products.

No other farmers market has been operating on Maui as long as UFM. For more than 40 years, UFM has made its home in various locations—first at St. Joseph’s Church in Makawao; then at the Eddie Tam Gymnasium, also in Makawao. In 2010, the market moved to its current site in Pukalani, which has allowed for exponential growth. In fact, the market is now officially “full,” and new vendors are able to rent a booth only when a regular vendor is absent. Continue reading ‘upcountry farmers market: indulge your senses in maui’s plentiful bounty’

let it snow! snow falls on maui at queen ka‘ahumanu center

letitsnow-qkcIt’s snowing on Maui! Residents and visitors will be treated to a “White Christmas” this holiday season as Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center transforms into a giant snow globe. “Let it Snow!” is a snowfall experience occurring on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from December 1 through 24 as part of its “Let’s Celebrate the Holidays Together” yuletide program.

“Nothing is more unexpected and special than snow falling on Maui,” said Toni Rojas, director of marketing for Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. “Our goal is to help families and friends create heart-warming memories and traditions they will cherish and talk about with great happiness for generations to come.” Continue reading ‘let it snow! snow falls on maui at queen ka‘ahumanu center’

outdoor market to debut at outlets of maui

BLOG_Outdoor Market Outlets of MauiOutlets of Maui is pleased to announce the opening of the new Outlets Outdoor Market on Wednesday, August 31, from 4pm to 7:30pm. This new weekly event will celebrate Maui farmers and artisans, featuring locally-grown produce, hand-made goods, creative crafts, apparel, island artwork, and much more.

Outlets Outdoor Market will also feature chef demonstrations, live music, hula shows, and cultural activities such as poi making, coconut juice making, lei making, and wood carving alongside our local merchants.

“We are excited to bring this unique event to Outlets of Maui,” said Lisa Donlon, General Manager for Outlets of Maui. “We look forward to this becoming an evening outing for local families, and showcasing our local culture to visitors to Maui.” Continue reading ‘outdoor market to debut at outlets of maui’

wailea le‘a at the shops at wailea: a celebration of joy

THE_SHOPS_AT_WAILEA_MAUI_CONCIERGE_OCTOBER_2014_MAUNALUA.inddLe‘a is the Hawaiian word for joy, pleasure, happiness. It’s also one half of the name of The Shops at Wailea’s new monthly event, Wailea Le‘a—a lively celebration held under the stars in the center’s fountain courtyard.

Featuring live music performed by award-winning local musicians, delectable menu samplings, make-up touch ups, and a genuine good time, Wailea Le‘a also offers an opportunity to take advantage of special discounts from participating merchants available only during the event. Continue reading ‘wailea le‘a at the shops at wailea: a celebration of joy’