Marla McManus, a dear family friend, asked me to introduce the keiki models at a fashion show during the 2nd Annual Made in Maui County Festival held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. It was a blast to announce the adorable children wearing Three Coconuts aloha fashion onto the Hawaiian Airlines Event Stage in the Yokouchi Pavilion. One strength I have is my total comfort speaking on stage in front of an audience; add adorable children to the mix and I am in my “zone.”
The festival is a gathering of talented business owners from Maui, Lanai and Molokai to showcase their products to wholesale buyers and residents and visitors to Maui. Ten thousand people attended the two-day event where 140 vendors showcased their locally made products. After announcing the fashion show, I walked around the festival with my sister and enjoyed looking at so many amazing products. The weather was Maui-perfect. I loved the chance to walk at a leisurely pace in and out of the booths, especially since Jon was home with the boys and no one was pulling my arm and asking me for a toy…just one toy!
It was so cool to see a photograph I took enlarged and printed onto a banner at the Three Coconuts booth. Other personal highlights included seeing my friend who owns Sailbags Maui. Geri Emata repurposes kite board sails into colorful and rugged bags perfect for the beach and travel. I fell in love with Lynn Baldwin’s jewelry business Sparrow Seas. Her Maui-shaped rings and necklaces are so sweet. ‘Opihi Maui creates fun island inspired signs and magnets. I picked out a wooden magnet that says “I Love You Like A Mango.” It’s in reference to a favorite song by Hawaiian recording artists The Mana’o Company called Drop Baby Drop/Who Loves you Pretty Baby.
Maui is very much like a small town. I recognized a Pixiebug Studio baby I photographed for his one year birthday Cake Smash. He was getting hugs from his Auntie Jennifer Matsumoto, one half of the duo behind Matsumoto Studio.
Did you have a chance to attend this year? Who were your favorite vendors? Share links to your company in the comments section if you were one of the vendors this year. Aloha! June Harper