It was a Wailuku First Friday that drew the Maui community together from every edge of the island. Well over a thousand free spirits poured onto Market Street to help us celebrate our second anniversary on Friday, July 2. Locals and tourists alike freed their individuality and let loose on the catwalk while dancing the night away to the vibes of recent Na Hoku Hanohano winner, Willie K.
The birthday bash was a benefit for Mana‘o Radio, with 15 percent of our sales going to the local, non-profit radio station. Willie K. put on a mind-blowing show as usual, while the massive crowd grooved to his mix of oldies, goodies, and Uncle Willie originals.
We kicked off the night by debuting their brand new summer line with a high-energy fashion show through Market Street. Local Maui models grooved down the runway to Uncle Willie’s vibes while decked out in Maui Thing’s fun and free summer fashions. They were decorated with flowers and tribal tattoos while the crowd hooted and hollered for the stunning locals. For the rest of the night, Willie K. rocked the street with his feel good music while Market Street boomed with excitement. “The street was so alive, I’ve never seen so many Maui people come together to have a good time! It was a mix of the young and the old, tourists and locals, families and friends. Its great to see people come out for such a wonderful event and it made me really appreciate the wonderful community that I’m a part of,” said Yuki Lei Sugimura, an integral leader in making Wailuku First Fridays such a success.