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4th of July Activities

Aloha everyone!

Fourth of July on Maui is one of the most exciting times to be on the island. Along with the countless private parties and barbecues, there are many public activites for tourists and locals alike. I did a little searching and came across a great list of things to do:

Lahaina 4th of July Concert in the Park
The Maui Community Band will perform a pre-fireworks concert on the oceanfront lawn of the Lahaina Public Library on Saturday, July 4, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The concert will feature a medley of songs recorded in the past by Israel Kamakawiwoole. Make sure to make it as this is one of the better free concerts of the entire year!

Lahaina 4th of July Fireworks
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise is sponsoring a fireworks display that will begin firing at 8:00 p.m. from a barge moored in Lahaina Harbor.

Westin Maui 4th of July “Flower Works” Orchid Drop
The Westin Maui Resort and Spa on Kaanapali Beach in West Maui is hosting a 4th of July celebration on Saturday, July 4, 2009 that will feature an 11:00 a.m. orchid drop, during which 50,000 fresh orchids will be dropped from a helicopter and showered down onto the swimming pool deck of the hotel. The celebration will also feature lei making sessions, and prizes for those who find five roses that were dropped along with the orchids. This is going to be the tenth year, and certainly the best yet!

Whaler’s Village 4th of July Celebration
Whaler’s Village at Kaanapali usually hosts a celebration on the 4th of July featuring free activities for kids in the shopping center’s center courtyard. For more information call 808-661-4567.

Polipoli 15K Trail Romp
This 4th of July running event organized by the Maui running club known as the Valley Isle Road Runners is especially difficult because of the numerous difficult uphill sections and mile-high elevation, offering much less oxygen than any sea-level race. The parking area is at about 6400 feet and the highest point on the trail is about 7200 feet!

Makawao Paniolo Parade
Every year, on 4th of July Weekend there is a Hawaiian cowboy theme parade in the streets of Makawao in upcountry Maui. The parade is the opening event of the annual 4th of July Makawao Rodeo.

Makawao Rodeo
The Makawao Rodeo and Independence Day celebration takes place in upcountry Maui every year over the 4th of July weekend. The event is held at the Oskie Rice Arena on Olinda Road in Makawao and it includes bareback bronco riding, barrel racing, calf roping, live music, country and western dancing, and food booths. There is also a Paniolo Parade before the rodeo that runs up Baldwin Avenue and Makawao Avenue to the Eddie Tam Memorial Complex. The Makawao Rodeo has been held for more then 50 years.

On top of those wonderful events–if you are more of the nautical type–some of Maui’s best cruises offer great times and of course stunning views of the fireworks from the sea.

Pacific Whale Foundation 4th of July Cruises
The Pacific Whale Foundation offers 4th of July cocktail cruises on double-decker catamarans every year, with departures out of both Lahaina Harbor and Maalaea Harbor. The cruise price usually includes a 3 hour cruise, heavy appetizers, three cocktails for each adult, and a great view of the Lahaina Harbor fireworks show.

Pride of Maui 4th of July Cruise
Every 4th of July the 65-foot “Pride of Maui” cruise ship offers a special “Fireworks Over the Pacific” dinner cruise out of Maalaea Harbor in South Central Maui. The cruise check-in time is usually about 6:00 p.m. and it usually returns to the harbor about 9:45 p.m., but call 808-242-0955 or 877-867-7433 to confirm.

Spirit of Lahaina 4th of July Cruise
Every 4th of July the 65-foot “Spirit of Lahaina” cruise ship offers a special Independence Day cocktails and heavy appetizers cruise out of Lahaina Harbor in West Maui. The cruise check-in time is usually about 6:00 p.m. and it usually returns to the harbor about 8:30 p.m. Call 808-662-4477 or 866-623-0458 for more information.

A special thanks to Kathie Fry of hawaiiforvisitors.com for gathering all the information in one place.

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