Section of Front Street to close for rock-and-roll themed party
LAHAINA – Lahaina Town will present the first annual Lahaina Classic Car Show along with a 1950s rock-and-roll themed party on Front Street for the Second Friday Town Party on April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Wear your favorite ’50s style attire. The street will be lined with 50 classic cars while the Mad Maui Awesome Dancers from Maui Onstage perform musical numbers from “Grease.”
Front Street will be closed from Dickenson to Prison streets from 6 to 9 p.m.
Donated by Cool Cat Cafe, prizes for the Classic Car Contest include $500 in cash for Best in Show, along with $100 Cool Cat Cafe gift cards for Best Classic, Best Corvette and Best Exotic cars.
To enter your classic car into the show, e-mail contact information and a photo of your car to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
At 6 p.m., the cast of ‘Ulalena will begin the night’s festivities with a street performance at the seawall across from Hard Rock Cafe.
In Campbell Park across from the Pioneer Inn, LahainaTown Action Committee is coordinating events and contests.
The Benny Uyetake Band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.
Soroptimist International of West Maui will hold a silent auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will fund scholarships for Maui students. Bid on hotel stays, restaurant certificates, artwork, baskets and much more.
The Mad Maui Awesome Dancers will perform at 7 p.m. A Keiki Hula Hoop Contest starts at 7:15 p.m.; the winner will receive four tickets to Lahaina Glow Putt at Lahaina Center.
At 7:30 p.m., celebrate Cool Cat Cafe’s Tenth Anniversary with the 808 Challenge.
Can you eat eight hamburger patties (three pounds), eight pieces of cheese and eight buns in 30 minutes? The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Cool Cat Cafe.
To qualify, go into Cool Cat Cafe up to April 11, purchase a Bonanza Burger and eat it in 15 minutes or less.
Cool Cat Cafe will also host a raffle throughout the night. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the LAC scrip table. Prizes will be awarded every 20 minutes.
A portion of the proceeds from the raffle and event T-shirts will be donated to Young Life Maui.
Nonperishable food items will be collected for the Maui Food Bank in Campbell Park. There will also be food booths supporting several West Side keiki nonprofit groups.
For more information, call LahainaTown Action Committee at 667-9175.
Live music slated on Second Friday includes a Hawaiian Story and Bagpiper presentation at 6 p.m. at Fleetwood’s on Front St., followed by rooftop music from 7 to 9 p.m.; Hawaiian entertainment at the Pioneer Inn from 6 to 9 p.m.; Willie K at Kimo’s from 9 to 11 p.m. (pick up your stamped Hula Pie card at the Lahaina Visitor Center for free admission); jazz at Longhi’s from 7 to 10 p.m.; Evan Shulman at Hard Rock Cafe from 6 to 9 p.m.; Johnny Ringo at Cool Cat Cafe from 7:30 to 10 p.m.; and Nacho Cardenas “El Mariachi” at Amigo’s from 6 to 9 p.m.
There will also be live music at Moose McGillycuddy’s Lahaina from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., at The Wharf Cinema Center’s stage and at Captain Jack’s Island Grill from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
Explore Lahaina’s unique history with Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s “Ha’ina Hou – Let the Story be Told” on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn on Friday from 7:30 to 8 p.m.
Steel guitarist Geri Valdriz will present “The History of Hawaiian Steel Guitar.” Learn how this popular technique was invented in Hawaii.
At one time, steel guitar players were in such high demand that they had little to no time to teach. Thus, in the 1960s, the art was almost lost.
Fortunately, two centuries after its birth, steel guitar remains synonymous with Hawaii and continues to influence music around the world, from blues, rock, pop and country to African and Indian music.
Also enjoy a musical demonstration by Valdriz and slack key guitarist Kevin Brown, as they share some of their favorite compilations.
Seats are limited for the presentation. Low beach chairs and mats are welcome.
Ha’ina Hou is a free monthly program held on the Second Friday of every month.
For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, contact Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
As the sun sets and “pau hana” begins, what better way to start the weekend than to shop Lahaina’s world-renowned art galleries, meet artists, talk story and share in some complimentary pupus and wine from 6 to 9 p.m.?
For up-to-date details on Maui Friday Town Parties, go to www.MauiFridays.com, connect with the events on Facebook and Twitter, or contact the county Office of Economic Development at 270-7710.