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Celebrating Fourth Of July

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One of the biggest holidays is coming up this weekend.  The Fourth of July for many people is a favorite holiday celebrating America with friends and family. There will be plenty of fun activities to do this weekend.

The Maui Obon Festival starts July 3rd at 6:30 pm with dancing starting at 8:00 pm.  The Lahaina Jodo Mission temple has a beautiful lantern floating ceremony with messages to loved ones sent out to sea.  This is the Obon Festival that is a must see!  Other Obon Festivals will be happening throughout Maui on various dates.  Check the schedule here via Maui Magazine for other ceremonies.

The annual Pineapple Festival will be happening on Lanai both Friday and Saturday July 3rd and 4th from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Dole Park.  Come enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, and prizes.  A special 10:00 pm ferry will bring those from Maui back to Lahaina on July 4th.  You can make reservations through Expeditions Ferry.  The Pineapple Festival website has more details.

In Lahaina, The Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 4:00 pm.  Holiday specials will be had at many of the local shops and eateries.  Spend the afternoon shopping and enjoying keiki activities before the fireworks start that evening scheduled for 8:00 pm.  Jazz Maui will be having a concert on the Lahaina Library Lawn featuring the Chop Suey Jazz Band, University of Texas Arlington Jazz Faculty, and the Maui Community Band.  There is no cost for the concert that starts at 5:00 pm and runs until 9:00 pm.  Official Fourth of July t-shirts will be on sale starting at 2:00 pm in Campbell Park.  The fireworks in Lahaina is the only public fireworks displayed on Maui.  Visit the Lahaina website here for more information.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July weekend!

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Happy Canada Day!

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To all our Canadian family and friends Happy Canada Day!

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Your Weekly Events Update

This Friday at the Azeka Shopping Center is the Kihei Fourth Friday Town Party!  This free event runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Make sure to bring your appetite because the food choices are going to be delicious!  Donations of non perishable food items greatly appreciated for the Maui Food Bank.  Lots of vendors, food, local entertainment, and the popular keiki zone will make this Friday a fun family event.  Mark your calendars for Kihei Fridays this week!

On Saturday June 27th and June 28th, Lahaina Arts Society Art Fair from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Banyan Tree Park.  Some of the most talented local artists will be displaying their work.  Ceramics, handmade jewelry, watercolors, are just a few of the types of art you may expect to be displayed.  This event is a great way to support your community.  Check out the Lahaina Arts Society page here for information on events and local artists.

24th Annual Ki Ho’Alu Festival on June 28th at 1:00 pm at the A&B Amphitheater will showcase key guitar musicians.  This all day outdoor event is sponsored by The Maui News.  Bring your own blankets and chairs to enjoy the various musicians on the lawn.  Admission is free, and the gates will open at 12:30.  For a list of the line up, view the Maui Arts page here.

Have a wonderful week!

Did You Know?

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Tomorrow, June 20th, marks the beginning of the Dragon Boat Festivals.  A Dragon Boat team consist of 20 paddlers, one tiller, one caller, and one flag catcher.  It is a sight to be enjoyed as the teams rhythmically glide across the water.  Dragon Boat Festivals will be celebrated in many parts of the world on different dates.

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Upcoming Events

One of the best things about Maui is there are lots of events happening weekly. With so many things to do, it’s definitely hard to choose just one!  Here are a few options for the upcoming week.

The Mui Nui Farm Farmers Market located in Kula runs every Thursday-Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The 40 acre farm is known for delicious produce.  Zucchini, avocados, bananas, and squash are just a few of the crops grown here.  If you don’t have a chance to make it out to the farm, produce is sold on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at TJ’s Oriental Food Mart.  To learn more about the farm, including catering and tours, visit the Maui Nui Farm website.

Makawao Friday Town Party is every third Friday.  Happening this Friday, the theme is “Summer Lovin”.  Music on the main stage will be performed by local band Kanekoa.  The Keiki Zone will have pony rides, henna tattoos, balloon animals, and face painting.  Enjoy foods from Makawao award-winning restaurants.  For more information on events, and parking visit the Makawao Third Friday Facebook page here.

On Saturday the Maui Comedy Festival presents comedian Tim Barry.  Tim Barry has made stand up appearances on shows such as David Letterman, Late Night with Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live just to name a few.  Event location is at Charley’s Saloon & Restaurant in Paia with a ticket cost of $20.00.  You can purchase your tickets online, and view upcoming comedy events via the Maui Comedy Festival website here.

Shop and help out a good cause!  Every Sunday from June 7th through September 6th The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina present Summer Block Party for the Make-A-Wish Hawaii.  Sidewalk sales, Happy Hour pricing at Hard Rock Cafe, plus entertainment will be had at this free event.  Come to the Outlets on Front Street from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.