we wanted to create a sense of place …
an expanded island ‘ohana
The Maui Sunday Market is presented by the Maui Food Technology Center.
Created by Kau‘i Kahaiali‘i (who also serves as the event coordinator) and Luana Mahi (president of the Maui Food Technology Center), the Maui Sunday Market came about from our desire to help stimulate and revitalize the community of Kahului. We saw events happening all around the island. But in Kahului, weekly community events, especially in the evening, was a rarity. With the Maui Sunday Market, we wanted to create an event where locals and visitors alike could gather each week, engage with each other, share stories, and experience the diversity of Hawai‘i and the aloha spirit.
One of our goals with the Maui Sunday Market was to create a sense of place – a place where we all can be free to express ourselves, share some poi or break bread. (LOL) And, be comfortable enough to absorb each other’s genuine aloha spirit amidst an informal venue.
Held at the Kahului Shopping Center, the venue draws visitors from the cruise ship that docks in the harbor earlier in the day, as well as from nearby hotels. Often visitors crave an authentic island experience and our Market’s offering of local foods, entertainment and vendor products really resonates with this audience. Locals too are attracted to the weekly festivities, many making Sunday their “Maui Sunday Market Night.” What better way to kick off your new week!
Hele mai! Hope to see you there!
who is MFTC?
Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides multi-faceted services to Maui County residents seeking to start and/or grow a business founded on local agriculture and value-added food production. Throughout the year, they organize events, conduct workshops, and provide one-on-one consultations to fulfill their organization’s mission.