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Annual Made in Maui County Festival Begins Today

November 7, 2015, 7:41 AM HST
* Updated November 7, 7:43 AM
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Hali‘imaile Distilling Company, captured first place in the Mayor’s Made in Maui County 2015 Booth Decorating Contest. Located in the heart of Maui’s pineapple region, Upcountry Makawao, Hali‘imaile Distilling Company produces handcrafted, locally made, authentic Hawaiian brand spirits. Their goal is to create “Hawai‘i in a bottle.” Photo credit: Casey Nishikawa.

Over 600 shoppers and wholesale/retail buyers attended the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival’s Shoppers Preview day on Friday, Nov. 6.

Today’s “Big Festival Day” is anticipated to attract thousands of visitors and residents to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The event will open its gates at 8 a.m., event concludes at 4:30 p.m.

Public admission is $5 at the gate; children 12 and under can attend for free.

Saturday’s festivities will include demonstrations, a fashion show, over 12 food trucks and prize drawings throughout the day.

The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free Festival tote bag.

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PARKING

  • Attendees should assume the UH Maui College paved lot will be full until the Swap Meet is over; proceed directly to the grass parking lot during Swap Meet hours;
  • The MACC parking lot is available until it is posted full; however, seniors and handicapped persons may be dropped off in front of The MACC’s main gate, even after the lot is full;
  • Additional handicap parking at The MACC has been added and will be coned off;
  • All cars exiting from the UHMC grass parking lot will be directed out to Ka‘ahumanu Avenue to alleviate congestion on Wahinepio Ave.;
  • Additional off-duty police officers will help direct traffic; this year, eight officers will be present;
  • Additional parking signage has been posted along Wahinepio Avenue and additional traffic direction will help improve traffic flow into the grass parking lot at UHMC.
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For more information, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com, email i[email protected] or call (808) 270-7710.

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Made in Maui County 2015

First-time festival vendor Maui Woody’s talked with shoppers about his custom sunglasses made using local, salvaged and exotic hardwoods. Photo credit: Casey Nishikawa.

Made in Maui County 2015

Aloha Spiced Cacao’s 100% dark cacao with rich spices, cookies and candies drew shoppers to their booth. Photo credit: Casey Nishikawa.

Made in Maui County 2015

Some shoppers literally shopped till they dropped. Photo credit: Casey Nishikawa.

Made in Maui County Festival 2015

Hali‘imaile Distilling Company, captured first place in the Mayor’s Booth Decorating Contest. Located in the heart of Maui’s pineapple region, Upcountry Makawao, Hali‘imaile Distilling Company produces handcrafted, locally made, authentic Hawaiian brand spirits. Their goal is to create “Hawai‘i in a bottle.” Photo credit: Casey Nishikawa.

Made in Maui Coutny Festival 2015.

Maui Taiko kicked off the Opening Ceremonies during the Shoppers Preview event. Photo credit: Casey Nishikawa.

Made in Maui County Festival 2015

Wayne and Jayne Kinoshita enjoyed the myriad of products in the Upcountry Maui Favorites’ booth. The vendor won “Best in Show” for the Mayor’s Booth Decorating Contest. Photo credit: Casey Nishikawa.

Made in Maui County Festival 2015.

First-time Made in Maui County Festival vendors ‘Opihi Maui talked with shoppers about their hand-crafted decorative wooden signs and magents. Photo credit: Casey Nishikawa.

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