First Friday, Second Birthdays
Friday (July 2), 5:30 – 8pm (street closed at 6pm), Market St., Wailuku, Free
There’s a panging sensation at the back of my eyeballs, whenever I must suppress my misty pride for Wailuku’s Market Street. Sure it’s home to MauiTime, but it’s the composite of our cooler-than-cool neighbors that make this place so gosh-darned special.
Daytime strolls may best capture the street’s sunny charm, but for one night a month—when the sun dips low and traffic is stopped—Market Street proves why it’s the best host for full-effect First Friday fare. July’s festivities celebrate a special second-birthday for purveyors of HI-style hip, Maui Thing. Their Summer Line will make its grand debut down the catwalk, while Kathy Collins hosts and Willie K performs (6:30 – 8pm). If you missed last year’s baby luau bash, you missed out. That fashion show may well have been the best ever, on the island—and this year, they’re bound to outdo themselves (as seems to be Maui Thing’s way). Mana’o Radio will do a live broadcast from the show, and 15percent of sales at MauiThing will benefit the local station… Recently reincarnated, Wailuku Coffee Company (formerly Café Marc Aurel), celebrates their rebirth with grand (re-)opening festivities (thank goodness). There, Sheryl Renee & The Hand Jive Trio will perform (8pm), as a benefit for the Arts Education for Children Group. Too, check out Gene and Shea Argel at Café O’Lei, the Pam Petersen Band at Banyan Tree Park, a cash-prize poetry slam at Gallerie Ha, and ‘awa bar at Native Intelligence. Event Info: 808-878-1888, Booth Info: 808-249-9710, [email protected]