This is the “week” in “Wahine Week”. We invite you to participate in a series of free networking luncheons, social gatherings, and pop-up shops! These casual Gatherings from April 10-15 are for EVERYONE to get together, share knowledge and experience, and most importantly, support one another as we do this thing called Life on Maui.

The spirit behind these Gatherings come from a simple question: If you have never seen something done–how do you know how to do it? How are we supporting our fellow entrepreneurs to make our community stronger?These speakers will give you a peek behind the curtains of building your event/business/movement here on Maui. Our vision is for attendees to get the motivation to do something different, something that encourages growth and confidence in your self and as a member of our island community!

Details for each Gathering are listed below. While free to attend, all Gatherings are “No Host” events with food available for purchase at most Gatherings (read the details)!

We also welcome YOU to post on the Wahine Week Facebook page whenever you and your friends are gathering during the Week…even when you are at da’ beach, let us know so the community building may continue! And of course, we hope to see you at the Wahine Week Music events that will close out the Festival on April 14-15!

Jen Cox Basics of Social Media Wahine Week Gatherings

Basics of Social Media

Monday, April 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Front of House (312-C Alamaha Street in Kahului).
Bring a brown bag lunch if you’re coming on your lunch break
This networking luncheon is for those of you who realize social media has to be part of your business marketing plan, but you just haven’t gotten around to it yet (or you are really dragging your feet to get started!). Jen will walk through how to create a Facebook Page, an Instagram account, a Twitter profile, and basic best practices to get you up and running. Bring your laptops if you want to do the work on the spot!

Paia Mercantile Wahine Week 2017 Gatherings

Boutique Store Ownership

Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Nalu’s in Kihei.
Participants are responsible for purchasing their own meals.
This networking luncheon is your chance to pick the brain of Paia Mercantile‘s Michelle Earl about starting and operating a successful boutique on Maui!

Tom Croly Deborah Vial Vacation Rentals Maui Wahine Week 2017


Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Nalu’s in Kihei.
Participants are responsible for purchasing their own meals.

Navigating the Short Term Vacation Rental Process
Tom Croly is a Maui Vacation Rental Association Board Member and has dedicated many years working with Maui County to create the permitting process for Short Term Rentals. If you are interested in the history of the Short Term Rental Home (STRH) Permits, how the process works and/or if your home qualifies for Permit, you will not want to miss this luncheon.

Understanding the VRBO Platform
Deborah Vial, locally dubbed the ‘Queen of VRBO’, will walk us through the popular Vacation Rental by Owner website, offering tips and tricks to make the most out of your short term vacation rental listing!

Manakai Swimwear Wahine Week 2017 Gatherings

Pop-Up Shop featuring Manakai Swimwear and More

Thursday, April 13, 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Front of House (312-C Alamaha Street in Kahului)
UPDATE: No food will be sold on-site; you are welcome to bring your own snacks!

Maui is home to several swimwear designers, but Manakai Swimwear co-owners Kelley Chapman and Anna Lieding are inspired to “lead the high-end swimwear industry into a more sustainable practice using top of the line recycled materials, help empower women to feel good in their skin, and bring awareness to ocean conservation”. Join us to hear their story and then rifle through their racks of gorgeous eco-conscious bikinis and one-pieces!

This is the first of three nights of Pop-Up Shops also featuring the goods from Pristine Pieces Jewelry and Maui Luxx in addition to Manakai Swimwear.

Equal Means Equal film screening Wahine Week Gatherings 2017

Equal Means Equal Film Screening

Thursday, April 13, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Front of House (312-C Alamaha Street in Kahului)
UPDATE: No food will be sold on-site; you are welcome to bring your own snacks!

EQUAL MEANS EQUAL offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Pop Up Shops Fri Sat Wahine Week

Pop-Up Shops featuring Local Artisans and Businesses

Friday AND Saturday, April 14-15, 6:00 – 10:00 pm at Front of House (312-C Alamaha Street in Kahului)
Ogo Food truck and Lono’s Rolling Stove will be on the premises offering food for purchase.

An additional opportunity to support local commerce and independent business during Wahine Week’s Music Nights! Come see the goods from local Maui businesses: Manakai Swimwear, Pristine Pieces Jewelry, and Maui Luxx.

Entry to the Pop-Up Shops is free, but please note that the Music Nights are ticketed events.