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Having made a major impact in Lahaina with his popular Fleetwood’s restaurant on Front Street, Mick Fleetwood is set to launch an establishment on the North Shore which he envisions as a one-of-a-kind store and gallery that will mirror the legendary musician’s journey through of the past 50 years.
Opening at the end of October, the two-story House of Fleetwood is located at the entrance to Paia at 43 Hana Highway.
“It’s a labor of love” Fleetwood said in an interview at his home in Kula. âMy nephew Kells (Jesse) and his wife Sylvia are in the process of setting it up, so it’s a family affair. We have a lovely restaurant in Lahaina, and now we’re breaking into a retail business. It’s not about music, but there is a connection to family, and there is brand and style, colors and fun. It is a beautiful thing to do. I like Paia.
The store’s yellow exterior reflects her family’s love for color. Fleetwood recalled how much her mother loved bright colors and she once turned down her gift of a black leather designer handbag.
With both a physical and online presence, the House of Fleetwood will showcase various of the brand’s products, including the drummer’s iconic ukuleles, handcrafted in Maui in collaboration with Mele Ukulele. The store will also carry ukuleles designed by George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison.
“We’re going to have some of Dhani’s ukuleles there, and for me that’s my connection to George, who was my brother-in-law” Fleetwood noted. âHe was a big fan of the ukulele, and I learned to play a bit. I literally won’t go anywhere without one.
There will be Maui-made t-shirts, Fleetwood Mac merchandise, artwork, local designer Sherri Dhyan pottery, books, music, and fun merchandise like “Yellow submarine” coolers on display.
The project is overseen by Fleetwood’s nephew, who worked on some Fleetwood Mac tours and guided the publication of the lavish book “Love Burning: A Fleetwood Mac Chronicle, Volume One: 1967-1974.” A production designer who works in LA, Jesse explained “the store is more on Mick’s journey.”
The building will house a mini gallery upstairs.
“We will have pictures of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Bob Marley, people that Mick loves or is inspired by”, Jesse said.
“It will be more of a gallery upstairs and a point of sale downstairs”, Fleetwood added.
Making Maui his home base for many years, as well as his restaurant, where he occasionally enjoys pop-ins to greet diners, he plans to become a familiar presence in Paia.
Along with the store launch, Fleetwood formed a new island group called House of Rumors, to present occasional concerts. Former New York session guitarist Joe Caro is the musical arranger and the group includes Gretchen Rhodes, Eric Gilliom, Mark Johnstone, Lenny Castellanos and Paul Marchetti. Hawaiian falsetto star Raiatea Helm and percussionist Lopaka Colon will also perform with House of Rumors at select shows.
“Over 10 years ago I had planned to start a band on the island here, then I got really busy with Fleetwood Mac”, he explained. âRaiatea will be part of it, but not permanently. She is happy. We get serious about how we present the group with appropriate rehearsals. This is where I live, and I really want to focus here, knowing that there are no more two-year tours with Fleetwood Mac, and I will be on the island no longer.
The group will shoot a “sizzle” video at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center as a promotional tool.
“We are going to film at the MACC so that we can say that this is who we are and what we do”, he said. “We’re having fun. The songs I love will increase our show.
Enjoying drums again with musicians from Maui, he reported, âI haven’t really played hard since the tribute to Peter Green in London in February of last year. It was the COVID blues. For a while the music really stopped. I missed it.”
With Fleetwood House likely destined to become a popular link for visitors to Paia, Fleetwood concluded, âWe want this to be a real stopover in Paia. We try to create real stories, and there is a connection with things that I love. We want people to feel it’s nice to go. We want them to have a great experience.