One of the things I adore about Maui is the creative energy and love of farming. Maui is home to many artists, makers and growers. This weekend, 130 of these local businesses will offer their wares at the first Made in Maui County Festival. Presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, the festival was modeled after the popular Made in Hawaii event. The event strives to showcase and promote locally made products and will be open to the public from 8 to 4:30 on Saturday, November 8th, at the MACC.
I’m excited for the opportunity to meet the artisans behind BoxEleven (handmade women’s apparel and accessories), Aloha Letterpress (custom designed stationery printed on an antique press) and Kalapaki Girl Dezigns (women’s contemporary apparel made from vintage fabric on Molokai). I will also be visiting familiar friendly faces like Libby Behn of Maui Island Love (handmade tote bags) and Roxanne Tiffin of Kula Fields (products made from local produce by our favorite home farm box delivery service). The Festival will feature products made with love for your closet, tabletop and kitchen.
In the first year of MauiShopGirl, I successfully completed a challenge to purchase my entire holiday gift list from local makers. If you’d like to do the same this year, Made in Maui is the perfect event to kick off your holiday shopping. The full list of vendors is here.
As for me, I’ll be browsing for gifts and searching for product lines to feature on MauiShopGirl in future posts. I hope to see you there!