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LAC to host tenth annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree

By Staff | Dec 2, 2010

Lahainaluna High School teacher Carol Rosetta said students’ baby deer, Flower, jumped its fence on Thursday night after a thunderstorm scared her. Students can’t find her and believe she is lost in the valley. “She is very tame — will come right up to you. She was raised by my students from a few days old. They love her so much and are heartbroken. She is sweet, tame and gentle and loves Pepperidge Farm goldfish,” she said. Call Rosetta at 283-8982.

LAHAINA — LahainaTown Action Committee will host the tenth annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree in downtown Lahaina on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday night, Lahaina’s historic Banyan Tree will be lit up with thousands of Christmas lights for the entire holiday season at 6:30 p.m. Santa Claus will also make an appearance.

The Wharf Cinema Center Shops & Restaurants, the Banyan Tree and Pioneer Inn will be lit simultaneously with the flip of a switch at 6:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., Santa will arrive in his sleigh at Santa Land located in the lower level of The Wharf to ring in the holiday season. Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa. Bring cameras for photos.

Immediately following the lighting, the Lahaina Baptist Choir’s angelic voices will be heard throughout The Wharf as they perform on center stage, followed by Lui Williams at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free; for information, call 661-8748.

At LAC’s event in Banyan Tree Park, there will be music beginning at 9 a.m., concluding with the Lahainaluna High School Band at 7 p.m.

Keiki are invited to come out and meet “Frosty,” a real Hawaiian snowman that will be onsite. Parents should bring cameras for this great photo opportunity.

Keiki activities will kickoff at 2 p.m. and include cookie decorating, face painting and Christmas crafts. In addition, there will be an inflatable jumping dome with dry slide for the keiki.

LahainaTown Action Committee requests one canned or nonperishable food item for admission to the inflatable dome. Donated food items will be given to Lahaina’s Light Bringers, a nonprofit agency founded in 1991 to help and feed the homeless and needy of West Maui.

Come meet Daryl Millard, the artist of the new 2011 Lahaina Poster. He will sign posters from 1 to 4 p.m., and posters will be available for purchase at the Lahaina Visitor Center.

Enjoy a holiday arts and crafts fair along with Hawaiian music both days.

All are welcome and admission is free. For more information, e-mail scott@visitlahaina.com or call 667-9175.