Looks like the second ever Made in Maui Festival went off all right this weekend. According to Linn Nishikawa & Associates, which sent out a press release on the event on Nov. 8, more than 10,000 people showed up at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, which was apparently more than attended last year. There were also 140 vendors present.
“The creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the people of Maui County was on display for all to see at this event,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa in the press release. “The diversity of products attests to the wide-ranging abilities and talents of the vendors. Small business is the core of the economic engine that drives our local economy. We are truly fortunate to have such dedicated and hardworking business owners involved in this showcase of Made in Maui County products that attracts visitors and local people alike. Helping our local businesses succeed long-term will ultimately benefit our community and economy.”
According to the press release, at least one vendor (who hadn’t attended last year) was very happy with the event.
“As a first-time vendor we didn’t know quite what to expect, but we were really impressed with the support that we got by the Festival folks helping us get prepared for this major products show,” said Hula Cookies owner Tami Cadwell in the press release. “We absolutely love this event and are excited with the amount of contacts we’ve made with big retailers.”
You can see a run-down on the festival highlights at MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com.