Whatever month of the year you go down to any of the Lahaina vacation rentals, a day in the beach is not the only thing to look forward to. You can also join in their festivals and events and immerse yourself in their culture.
1. Art Night
Make it a point to step out of your Spreckelsville vacation home every Friday night between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and visit the town's art galleries. Wanting to live up to its "The Art Capital of the Pacific" moniker, several gallery shows are done during weeknights. Grab a walking map from the visitor center at 648 Wharf Street.
2. Ocean Arts Festival
With people as friendly as the locals in Maui, events such as the migration of the humpback whales find their way into their social calendars in March every year. The long weekend starts at Campbell Park near the Wharf Cinema Center. Artists and hula dancers showcase their ocean-themed pieces at the Banyan Tree Park too.
3. Banyan Tree's Birthday Party
The Banyan Tree at 649 Wharf Street is Lahaina's most popular landmark. An annual tribute to celebrate the tree's birthday is hosted every April 24 and 25 to coincide with its "planting day" on April 24, 1873. Activities include a craft fair and an art sale.
4. International Festival of Canoes
A Canoe carving contest can be a good medium to display one's culture. Thus, for 2 weeks each May, the Polynesian pride and skills are put forward when carvers from other countries like New Zealand or Cook Islands, and others, compete in the contest. Polynesian-themed crafts and cuisine are also highlighted along with warrior demonstrations. At the end of the festival, these canoes are then launched into the sunset.
5. Na Kamehameha Pa`u Parade and Ho`olaule`a
In the early 1800s, Kamehameha the Great united 8 islands, and the Kingdom of Hawaii came to be. Today, every year in June, a parade of horseback-riding Pa'us, floats go through Front Street.
6. A Taste of Lahaina and The Best of Island Music
If you want to have fun while supporting worthwhile projects of Maui's community youth groups on the side, then visit Honoapiilani Highway and Shaw Street in the second weekend of September when the Taste of Lahaina is held. Expect some live music by Hawaiian artists, cooking demos, rides, and the star of the festival: food samples and beverages from Maui County's finest restaurants.
7. Halloween in Lahaina
Front Street transforms itself into the "Mardi Gras of the Pacific" every October 31 as Lahaina plays host to hordes of visitors and locals who just want to wear elaborate costumes, dance or parade down the street, and enjoy the live music. Costume contests like the one in Banyan Tree Park or those sponsored by business owners, bring the party spirit upon everyone.
8. Banyan Tree Lighting
Art exhibits, carol singing, and a snow area with real snow, among the many fun activities, kick off the holiday season in Lahaina. The Banyan Tree will then remain lighted throughout the season.
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