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Big Island’s First “Cash Mob” Planned for June 2nd

Mama’s House Thrift Shop & 12-Step Bookstore in Waimea is gearing up for the Big Island’s first-ever “Cash Mob” on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The Cash Mob happens at Mama’s House, in the industrial complex off Mamalahoa Highway, just past NAPA Auto and across from Kamuela Liquor Store.

“A Cash Mob is sort of the local business version of a flash mob,” said Executive Director Beth Mehau.  “It’s a fun, fast way to encourage shoppers to ‘buy local’ by showing up and shopping en masse at a certain place and time.  We’re really excited, and hoping it’s only the first of many local Cash Mobs yet to come in our community.”

According to NPR.com, the first Cash Mob was started last fall by Buffalo, NY blogger Chris Smith.  The idea was to stimulate small businesses economically, by giving them a sudden surge of customers.  Nearly 200 Cash Mobs have happened since then, in 35 states and several other countries.  Hawaii’s first Cash Mob happened March 24, 2012 at Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop and The Source health food store in Kailua, Oahu.

Although it’s an informal happening, according to www.CashMobs.com, there are three simple rules for Cash Mobbers:  1.) Try to spend $20 at the business, 2.) Meet three new people, and 3.) Have fun!

Afterwards, Cash Mobbers are invited to an “After Mob” at Solimene’s Italian Restaurant and Expresso Bar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for more socializing and no-host refreshments or lunch.  Solimene’s is located in the Waimea Shopping Center (“KTA-side”).

To keep up with the Cash Mob at Mama’s House, follow @CMmamashouse on Twitter.

More than a thrift store, Mama’s House offers consignment furniture, art, hand-poured all natural soaps, hundreds of used books, affordable keiki clothing and unique recovery gifts.  Their extensive recycling programs keep tons of reusable goods out of island landfills and provide work opportunity in a safe environment.

Mama’s House Thrift Shop & 12 Step Bookstore is a project of The Pantry 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that includes Waimea Artists’ Guild and other groups, serving community, supporting recovery.  For additional information, contact: Beth Mehau at 887-2289.

Wordless Wednesday – Flash Mob Hula on Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii with Te Tiare Patitifa

A typically placid morning on Kaanapali Beach became a swirl of song and dance in a flash on July 22, 2011. Visitors, hospitality workers and other onlookers experienced a Tahitian dance flash mob as more than 20 youth, who moments prior appeared relaxing along Maui’s golden sand, began to rise and sway to the sound of Polynesian percussion. The performance culminated in an all-halau display of dance.

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The dancers were students from Te Tiare Patitifa, a halau (school) based in Wailuku. The group’s director, kumu hula Keoni Manuel, choreographed the performance.

The flash mob concept isn’t new, but this incarnation puts a cultural spin on a topical phenomenon.

“It’s a bit unconventional, but we’re proud to showcase the talent of our performers — especially the kids — and promote the culture of our islands,” said Lynn Okamoto, general manager of Lahaina Cannery Mall. “There have been other flash mobs in Hawaii, but they’re dancing to Katy Perry and Usher. We wanted to represent the host culture. We wanted to share a little aloha.”

The purpose of the performance was not only to find a creative way to share the culture, but also to raise awareness of the 13th annual Keiki Hula Festival held at Lahaina Cannery Mall, which was held July 23 and 24. The annual, two-day event features halau from across Maui County presenting richly choreographed kahiko (ancient hula) and auana (modern) hula that express the traditional values of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

The performance was coordinated by Gilbert & Associates, the Maui-based advertising agency for Lahaina Cannery Mall.

It’s a Flash Mob at Aloha Tower

Check it out!  Aloha Tower was the sight of a recent “Flash Mob” and the people participating in it are some of the most unlikely folks that I would think to participate in something this spontaneous.

Normally these “Flash Mob’s” are done to promote something but I just see a bunch of folks having fun!

Well done folks!

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