Celebrate the ‘Fresh Catch’ at Second Friday in Lahaina
LAHAINA – A Hawaiian proverb says, “A waste of bait to go for small fish; go for the big ones.”
From the royal freshwater fishponds of Mokuhinia to the annual Jackpot fishing tournament sponsored by Lahaina Yacht Club, Lahaina is known for the abundance of fish in waters surrounding this coastal historical town.
For Second Friday on July 13, residents and visitors are invited to celebrate and honor the lawai’a (fisherman) for the knowledge and skills that provide Lahaina’s daily “Fresh Catch.”
An opening blessing for Second Friday by the cast of ‘Ulalena Maui is set for 6 p.m. at the sea wall across from Hard Rock Cafe.
Hula Rock will have live Hawaiian music from 5 to 9 p.m., along with The Shops at 505 Front Street (Gary Larson in “Jazz in The Courtyard”), Pioneer Inn (live music from 6 to 9 p.m.), Kimo’s (Nuff Sedd from 9 to 11 p.m.; no cover charge), Moose McGillycuddy’s Lahaina (Visibly Shaken from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.), Longhi’s (jazz overlooking the water from 7 to 10 p.m.), Hard Rock Cafe (live music with Evan Shulman from 6 to 9 p.m., plus “All is One” DJ Industry Night from 10 p.m. until closing), The Wharf Cinema Center (live music on center stage from 5 to 7 p.m.), Captain Jack’s Island Grill (Bob Jones and the Drive from 8 to 10:30 p.m.), Cool Cat Cafe (live music overlooking the Banyan Tree by Johnny Ringo from 7:30 to 10 p.m.) and David Paul’s Island Grill (live jazz, island, reggae or contemporary guitar).
This month’s Concert in the Park presented by LahainaTown Action Committee in Campbell Park across from the Pioneer Inn will feature the Haiku Hillbillys from 5 to 8 p.m. The band from Maui’s North Shore plays bluegrass, blues, reggae, folk, funk and rock.
LahainaTown Action Committee partners with Lahaina restaurants to sponsor several West Side keiki non-profits. This assistance allows the non-profits to fundraise, and the event supports the community.
Campbell Park will come alive with local ono grinds, baked goods, desserts, coffee and live music.
Gemini Charters’ Aloha Friday Sail from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 13 will feature live music and Hawaiian storytelling by Wilmont Kamaunu Kahaialii Jr. Enjoy trade wind sailing, free bar featuring local craft beer from Maui Brewing Co. and island-style pupus catered by The Westin Maui. Tickets are $80; visit www.geminicharters.com or call 669-0508.
Explore Lahaina’s unique history with Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s “Ha’ina Hou! (Let the Story be Told!)” at the Baldwin Home and Wo Hing Museum on Front Street. The saga of Sun Yat Sen continues at the Wo Hing Museum, as Dr. Busaba Yip-Douglas shares the history of China’s revolutionary leader and his contribution to Maui’s unique past. This free presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes children’s crafts on the lawn.
In addition, LRF’s popular candlelit tour of the Baldwin Home will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A special admission fee of $5 per person for the tour also includes a tour of the Wo Hing Museum. Children accompanied by a paying adult are free.
As the sun sets and “pau hana” begins, start the weekend at Lahaina’s world-renowned art galleries, meet artists, talk story and share in some free pupus and wine from 6 to 9 p.m. Peter Lik Gallery will feature Deejay Scotty D, special promotions on art, wine and light pupus; Maui Hands will offer refreshments from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Lahaina Galleries will host Dario Campanile and serve wine from 5 to 10 p.m.; Village Gallery will feature a group exhibition and serve refreshments; Images Fine Art Gallery will offer wine and live music; Longhi’s Artisan Fair will showcase Made on Maui artwork, jewelry, photography, clothing and more from 5 to 10 p.m.; Bernard Passman Gallery will feature pupus, drinks and live music from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Sargent’s Fine Art will host artist Vjekoslav Nemesh from 7 to 10 p.m. and music by Curt Lee.
Keep an eye out for merchant, restaurant and “foodie” specials. Visit www.mauifridays.com or follow Maui town parties on Facebook and Twitter.