Shopping AND supporting local just got easier! Maui Mompreneur Event is back by popular demand, just in time to get a jump on those holiday gifts.
This special shopping experience will feature around 60 local vendors over two days, Saturday Dec. 4th and Sunday Dec. 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maui Beach Hotel.
“There will be handmade crafts, jewelry, baked goods, artisans and much more,” explains event co-founder Luana HueSing-Ammasi. “We feature a few select vendors in each specialty so they can thrive, and shoppers don’t feel overwhelmed.”
HueSing-Ammasi and Jovina Ka’eo are the two “mompreneurs” behind the event. Both longtime vendors themselves, they launched their own event in 2012 striving to value local brands, support the island and showcase quality local products. Spread out in a spacious, air-conditioned ballroom, the event features free parking and free admission.
“A lot of our vendors and customers, for like the whole year, have been wondering, ‘When, when, when?!’ They’ve been really excited for the event to happen again,” says event co-founder Jovina Ka’eo. “Some vendors have side gigs, but for others, this is their livelihood, so the event is really important to support them and Maui.”
A focus on not only the shopper experience, but also vendor experience is part of what makes this event unique. Organizers help their vendors with community outreach, provide marketing support and keep event setup easy.
“We really want our vendors to succeed and try to be mindful of our vendor fees and logistics,” says HueSing-Ammasi. “Setting up for the event is simple; the hotel has the indoor space ready for us and provides tables and chairs. Vendors don’t need to have a tent or haul equipment; they can even pull up right outside to unload. So they really just need to show up with their products and start connecting with customers!”
The Maui Mompreneur also sponsors a nonprofit at every event. This year, Make-A-Wish® Hawaii will have a table at the event, where people are welcome to donate a toy or gift to support the start of Maui’s first Toy Closet for keiki.
Masks are required, and sanitizing stations will be provided at this event. Learn more and get updates at the Maui Mompreneur Winter Event Facebook page.