Wahine week 2017

Wahine Week is an annual event geared to celebrate, educate, and empower the women of Maui through a series of professional development workshops, social gatherings, pop-up shops, and a music festival. Wahine Week welcomes anyone and everyone who appreciates women and supports their prosperity to participate in the lunch-hour, after-work, and weekend festivities taking place April 10-15 at Nalu’s Southside Grill in Kihei and Front of House Event Resource Center in Kahului.

This year’s Gatherings include a social media workshop for beginners; a look at the increasingly-complex landscape of short-term rentals on Maui; and a discussion with retailer Michelle Earl on the ins-and-outs of boutique store ownership.

“The Gatherings provide a positive space where people can get together and share information, discussing challenges and offering solutions for the topics at hand”, says Wahine Week Co-Founder Deborah Vial, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker and the namesake of the Deborah Vial Band.

New to Wahine Week this year is a free screening on Thursday, April 13 of the documentary film “Equal Means Equal” that reviews the treatment of women in the U.S. There will also be a series of pop-up shops Thursday through Saturday of the festival as an additional way to support Maui’s businesswomen.

Wahine Week concludes with its signature event, a celebratory music festival April 14-15. Friday night’s acoustic set presents an all-female lineup of Maui musicians: Cheryl Rae, Gail Swanson, Lily Lee, and Seda. Saturday night will host notable bands Yum Yum Beast, The Deborah Vial Band, and Teleporter to close Wahine Week in high-energy fashion.

With the political climate being what it is, plus an increase in event offerings and sponsor support from reputable Maui businesses Paia Mercantile, the Mermaid Inn, Ceramic Tile Plus, and Village Audio, Wahine Week is expecting to engage a significantly bigger crowd for its second year.

“While Wahine Week is not a political festival per se, we do want to encourage people to share what they value and what they need; and most importantly, to feel empowered to be able to do something about it, whether it be political, professional, or personal in nature.”

Most Wahine Week Gatherings are free to attend, with participants responsible for their own food and beverage. The music nights on April 14 and 15 are ticketed events and attendees must be 21 and older; $20 each advanced online sales only. Event details and ticket sales are at wahineweek.com.

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