Makawao Friday Town Party Tonight

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Tonight from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, the Upcountry Maui town of Makawao will be hosting its monthly third Friday party. December’s Makawao Friday Town Party has the theme of “Makawao Gives: A Hawaiian Holiday Party.”

The event kicks off with a Paniolo Holiday Parade from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. The road will be closed from Makawao School on Baldwin Ave to the Liquor Shack on Makawao Ave for the parade, as cowboys and gals on horses, horse-drawn wagons, marching groups, farm tractors, and more fill the streets of Makawao.

Rev. Kimberly Fong from Pookela Church in Makawao will give a special blessing at 6pm on Makawao’s Center Stage, located at 3654 Baldwin Avenue. After the blessing, Kepa will play on the 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 be staying open late for sit-down dining. In addition, many of the merchants in the town center will be holding in-store promotions and giveaways to raise funds for local charities.

All stores will be open during the event. Here is a more complete list of events and activities scheduled for tonight’s Makawao Friday Town Party.

PARADE:
Paniolo Holiday Parade at 5pm, starting at Makawao School on Baldwin Ave. and ending at Liquor Shack on Makawao Ave.

BLESSING:
Pule from Rev. Kimberly Fong from Pookela Church at 6pm at Center Stage at 3654 Baldwin

MUSIC:
Center Stage at Makawao Farmer’s Market sponsored by Miyake Concrete: KEPA
Julie Galeva Art Gallery: ATYANA SHAPIRO-LEISTE on the Grand Concert Harp
BENNY UYETAKE (Ukulele/Jazz)
SAMUAL E KALAMA INTERMEDIATE UKULELE BAND
ELAINE RYAN (Singer/Songwriter)
LYDIA PANZIK (at Makawao Steakhouse Courtyard)

FOOD VENDORS:
Island Taco
Star Anise Indian Food
Zia Maria Gelato
Relish the Dog (Hot Dogs)
No Ka Oi Nut Company
Cake Walk Bakery
Lilikoi Express (Local Food)
King Kekaulike High School (Hot Drinks & Snacks)

OTHER VENDORS:
Infusion Oil (Cooking Oils)
Rainbow Acres (Succulent Plants)
Hale Ho‘omana (Tea & Gifts)
Plant a Wish (Living, Native Christmas Trees)

NONPROFITS:
Maui Huliau Foundation

ACTIVITIES
La Ti Da (Face Painting, Balloon Twisting)
Free Pilates Lessons & Wellness Coaching (at OnCore Studio)
Epic Entertainment Hawaii (Photo Booth)
Rotary Club Holiday Gift Wrapping (By Donation Only)
Bull Bash at Oskie Rice Arena from 7pm – 9pm
Open House at Maui102NINE Radio Station
“Quintessential Maui” Art Show (Viewpoint Gallery)
Open House at Paragon Salon supporting Boys & Girls Club

PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Makawao Base Yard (Across from St. Joseph’s Church)
Makawao Hongwanji
2 Parking lots on Brewer Road
Makawao Municipal Parking Lot on Makawao Ave near the Library
Komoda Store Parking Lot

I had the opportunity to attend last month’s inaugural Makawao Town Party and it was a rousing success. The streets were packed and the merchants did a great job hosting the party. I imagine this month’s event will be even better.

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