Category: Events

Made in Maui County Festival – this Saturday!

This Saturday the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is holding its second ever Made in Maui County Festival! There will be over 130 different vendors represented, all of which have their headquarters on Maui County (Maui, Molokai and Lanai). A minimum of 51% of their products’ value must have been added in Hawaii. This makes it sound like these are ‘big business’. Actually, a lot of these are mom and pop operations, and so cool!

I went to this event last year. What a great place to do some Christmas shopping! I love buying local when possible, and what an event to showcase locally made products!

The public is invited Saturday, November 7th from 8-4:30pm on the lawn (outdoors) at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Admission is $5/person, children 12 and under get in free. There will be vendor demonstrations, a fashion show, food trucks, prize drawings etc.

If you’re on Maui – check it out! Last year it rained (I picked up an umbrella at the Foodland nearby). Despite the rain, there were over 9400 people in attendance. It was awesome!

For more information – check their website.


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Upcountry Pumpkin Patch

It’s that time of year again – almost Canadian Thanksgiving – and the Kula Country Farms pumpkin patch is in full swing! I took the kids today – we had a lot of fun! The corn maze,

the mini-golf,


choosing the perfect pumpkin (our rule is the kids must be able to carry them all the way up the hill to the cashier and then to the car themselves – this avoids getting big ones),
protea appreciation (for me while the kids had some snacks)….



it was a great afternoon! Sadly the view was a bit hazy, but we sure enjoyed ourselves!


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Jake Shimabukuro at the MACC Dec 11th!!

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) just announced a special concert by Hawaii’s very own ukulele whiz Jake Shimabukuro. I was at his concert in February 2015 – he is amazing!

Mark your calendar – Friday, December 11th at 7:30pm in the Castle Theater. The concert will also be featuring guests from the Maui Songwriters Festival (December 8-13).

REVISED SALE DATES: Tickets go on sale October 9th only to MACC members, starting Oct 23rd for the general public.

If you are on island and enjoy ukulele music, you will not want to miss this! His new album Travels is being released October 9th.

Here’s a live video clip by Jake Shimabukuro at last month’s Ukulele Festival on Oahu. The song starts at about the 3rd minute, a tribute to the Jackson Five.


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10th Annual Ukulele Festival on October 11th!

Coming up next week is the 10th annual Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. This is a FREE outdoor afternoon (1-6pm) event.

Bring a beach chair, bring your ukulele (optional) and prepare to relax, visit and listen as great Island musicians serenade you with ukulele music! There will be food trucks for you to buy snacks and drinks, and ukulele door prizes!

Also, there will be a free ukulele workshop the day before (Saturday Oct 10th), registration begins at 9am, workshop runs from 10-12pm. This is for kids and adults, beginner to intermediate. Must be able to play the C, F and G7 chords, bring paper and pencil. You will perform at the Ukulele Festival, and there will be a draw for a new ukulele among participants.

Check it out – don’t forget the sunscreen!!

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Learn to Cook Breadfruit!

Here’s something unique to do on Maui next week!

Learn to Cook Breadfruit with Chef John Cadman,
Owner of Pono Pies and Maui ‘Ulu Hummus (I wrote about his pies last month – soooo ono/good)

When: Wednesday, September 16 and Sunday, September 20 from 11am-1pm
Where: Whole Foods Market, Kahului

“Anything you can do with potato, you can do with breadfruit… better!”

Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu is a project to revitalize ‘ulu (breadfruit) in Hawai’i. Breadfruit vs Potato is co-sponsored with the State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture. For more information about breadfruit, check out these two websites:,

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The 93rd Annual Maui Fair – Sept 24-27!

What is your favorite part of a fair? I must admit, I hate crowds and you typically will not see me anywhere there’s a crowd. Fairs and parades included.
But, many love them – so please, tell me your favorite thing at the fair!
A few years ago the kids did talk me into going, and I must say, there was a robotics competition in the Baldwin High gym (which is at the far side of the fair grounds). I really enjoyed watching the teens battle it out with their robots 🙂
I attended a marching band parent meeting last night, so you guessed it, this year I will be attending the Maui Fair parade on Thursday September 24th! 
The actual fair hours are:
Thursday, Sept 24th – 5pm-11pm
Friday, Sept 25th – 5pm-midnight
Saturday, Sept 26th – 10pm-midnight
Sunday, Sept 27th 10am-11pm
For more information, check out their website!
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10th Annual Hula Competition – Sept 10-12

Have you ever been to a hula competition? Me neither…. Once a year one of the TV stations broadcast the Merrie Monarch hula competition, and I must say, I enjoy watching.

Guess what – we have our own hula competition here on Maui, Ku Mai Ka Hula, and it’s coming up at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, September 10-12. The solo competitions are on September 11th, group competitions on September 12th. Check here for tickets and more information!

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