Made in Maui County Festival goes virtual again

Lauren Loor of Kahului purchases a Kealopiko piece from the Molokai vendor during the 2019 Made in Maui County Festival. The Maui News / KAHAULANI CERIZO photos

The Maui News

The 8th annual Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival will take place virtually for the second year in a row, as pandemic restrictions and “teetering of case counts” rule out the possibility of an in-person event, the Maui Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday.

“With the mayor re-reviewing the situation mid-October, there are significant uncertainties on where we will be then,” Maui Chamber of Commerce President Pamela Tumpap said in a news release. “Having vendors ramp up production for an in-person event that later gets cancelled could be harmful to our local vendors.”

The event will be held on Nov. 5 and 6 through an online marketplace. Participants can visit madeinmauicountyfestival.com to sign up for the email list to receive event updates.

Due to the change to a virtual format, the chamber is extending the submission period for product vendor applications, which will be accepted through Sept. 30 and can be accessed at the festival’s website. Vendors who participated in last year’s virtual event and wish to do so again will have an expedited approval process.

Shylene Paleka (left) and Ashton Greeleaf helped customers at the Kanemitsu Bakery booth during the last in-person Made in Maui County Festival in 2019. Festival organizers announced the event will go virtual for the second year in a row.

Along with expanding buyer reach beyond Hawaii, the virtual event platform has been improved, including better sorting by categories, a new pop-up when a vendor is available for a live chat, virtual booth brand color options and more, the chamber said. This year’s virtual event will also include special livestreamed demonstrations from the Maui Arts & Cultural Center for a select number of vendors.

For more event information and details, email office@ mauichamber.com or call (808) 244-0081.


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