As we approach a new year, I am reminded that the first Friday in January (and 2011) is soon around the corner. Big deal you ask? Well, on December 3rd (the first Friday of the current month), I attended Wailuku’s evening street festival and found it to be quite an entertaining ordeal.
Market Street, the “main drag” in central Maui’s town of Wailuku, is often neglected by tourists who choose to remain in coastal towns like Lahaina, Wailea, and Ka’anapali. To spice up the street’s allure, Wailuku has been hosting a public event known as “First Fridays.” Market Street is closed down to traffic starting at 6:00 pm on the first Friday of each month to allow for pedestrians to explore art booths, food tents, beer gardens, and numerous stages hosting live music. Of course, Market Street also has great selection for window shopping, including a record store with some unusual offerings.
For December’s edition of First Friday, the festival welcomed a famous local blues guitarist named Vince Esquire. As Vince hammered away on the guitar, nearby barbecues were sending amazing aromas into the night sky. I walked up and down Market Street with the tough decision of selecting my dinner for the night. Would it be kalua pork at the Hawaiian food stand, barbecue chicken, or pork adobo from the Filipino tent?
So, as 2011 is around the corner, keep in mind that January 7th will be the first Friday of the month. I highly recommend an evening in Wailuku. To learn more about Wailuku’s First Friday, and be kept up to date on upcoming events, you may want to check out their page on facebook.
[Image Source: Wailuku First Friday facebook page]