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5th Friday returns to Lanai for July Town Party

By Staff | Jul 30, 2015

Carriage rides are offered at the 5th Friday Town Party in Lanai City.

WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development last week announced a special incentive to urge Maui residents and visitors to support Lanai businesses by attending the upcoming 5th Friday Town Party in Lanai City on Friday, July 31.

To accommodate the special Friday event, OED has teamed up with Expeditions Ferry and the Lanai Chamber of Commerce to provide round-trip ferry and ground transportation between Maui and Lanai, including a special late-night ferry that departs Manele Harbor at 9:30 p.m. Expeditions’ last ferry to Maui on a regular day is at 6:45 p.m.

The 5th Friday Lanai Package includes a round-trip ferry ride between Lahaina Harbor and Manele Harbor, round-trip ground transportation between Manele Harbor and Lanai City, and an event passport. Visitors may collect passport stamps from participating businesses to enter a free prize drawing; details can be found at www.fifthfridaylanai.com.

Residents and visitors may choose to depart from Lahaina on the Expeditions ferry at 9:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m. or 3:15 p.m.; however, the return departure from Manele Harbor is limited to 9:30 p.m. only.

The cost for the package is $60 per adult and $50 per child and may be booked online at http://goo.gl/i1S2RP. A discounted price is also available for kama’aina who already have a ticket booklet from Expeditions; visit the above website for more details.

All businesses will be open throughout the Friday Town Party event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be food booths and restaurants serving up special local favorites; several music and entertainment venues; a special 1980s double-feature movie screening of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” part of Pulama Lanai’s Summer Family Park Film Series; as well as a number of classic and custom cars on display. Visitors will also be able to tour and watch movies at the newly renovated Lanai Theater and visit the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.

The 5th Friday Lanai Package will be available for all 5th Friday Town Parties in 2015.

“Our Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is diligently working to assist the businesses of Lanai while the island’s hotels are closed for renovation,” said Teena Rasmussen, OED director. “During the 5th Friday party in May, the late-night ferry we chartered was completely full of happy people that thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and evening on Lanai.

“Lanai City is such a special place and has a treasure trove of small shops with friendly staff. We encourage our residents to support these businesses by attending these great 5th Friday events.”

For more information on 5th Friday Lanai, visit www.fifthfridaylanai.com. For details on all of Maui County’s Friday Town Parties, visit www.mauifridays.com.