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Lahaina to host old fashioned Fourth of July celebration

By Staff | Jul 2, 2015

The Wharf Cinema Center’s seventh annual Fourth of July Karaoke Contest will begin with keiki at 5 p.m.

LAHAINA – Lahaina Town will host an old fashioned Independence Day celebration with activities on Front Street, concerts on Lahaina Public Library’s lawn and a fireworks show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.

Front Street will be closed to motorists from 4 to 9 p.m. from Baker to Hotel streets for the annual event coordinated by LahainaTown Action Committee.

The fun starts at 2 p.m. with food booths and Fourth of July T-shirt sales in Campbell Park between the Baldwin Home Museum and Wharf Cinema Center.

Music on the library lawn begins at 5 p.m. with the University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Band, followed by the Chop Suey Jazz Band at 6 p.m. and Maui Community Band at 7 p.m.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Front Street, stilt walkers, face painters, balloon twisters and a strolling magician will entertain the crowds of thousands of people.

The fireworks display lighting the night sky over Lahaina is scheduled annually at 8 p.m. from a barge offshore of Front Street. Each year, Maui’s only public fireworks display is funded through donations by the community and businesses.

The Wharf Cinema Center will host its seventh annual Fourth of July Karaoke Contest, with registration for adults and children beginning at 4 p.m. near center stage.

The “Queen of Karaoke,” Toddy Lilikoi, will emcee the contest and spin the hits. The keiki contest for singers 18 years of age and under starts the evening off at 5 p.m., and the adult contest begins at 6 p.m.

There will be prizes for the top three finishers. This event is free and open to the public; for information, call 661-8748.

Radio station KPOA will conduct a live remote broadcast from the Hard Rock Cafe from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information on the Fourth of July in Lahaina, call LahainaTown Action Committee at 667-9175 or go to www.visitlahaina.com.

Headlining free Fourth of July festivities at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants will be well-known Maui magician Brenton Keith and his “Bag ‘O Tricks. The day will also feature face painting and an evening hula performance.

“We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the Fourth of July with us here at Whalers Village,” said Lisa Donlon, the center’s marketing manager.

“Kaanapali is already such a magical spot; we’re just adding a little more magic to it!”

Keith will perform at center stage from 3 to 4 p.m.

One of the island’s favorite magicians for the last 15 years, Keith charms audiences young and old with a blend of showmanship, humor, sleight of hand and, of course, good old fashioned magic.

From his early days at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, Keith brought his talents to Warren & Annabelle’s in Lahaina, where he starred in his own show for eight years.

These days, he performs at private and community events around the island, stages a weekly magic show at Mulligan’s on the Blue and hosts and produces his own zany show called “Gameshow Fanatics.”

At center stage, face painting will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m., and the Whalers Village Polynesian Hula Show is set for 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.whalersvillage.com or call 661-5806.

At The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 50,000 fresh orchids in shades of white and purple will be showered onto resort guests at noon on July 4 from a Blue Hawaiian helicopter as it hovers above the resort’s aquatic playground.

An annual tradition observed every Fourth of July for over a decade, the environmentally friendly activity promotes a clean and smokeless “flowerworks” alternative to fireworks and emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability and caring for the planet, the resort reported.

The Westin Maui will drop five specialty flowers with the thousands of orchids onto guests waiting in the resort’s outdoor pools. Guests who find the specialty roses receive prizes ranging from dining and spa certificates to activities, such as a sunset sail with Gemini Charters.

The event will also feature a gift and craft fair on the Ocean Lawn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free craft-making (such as a “Stars & Stripes Critter Magnet”) at the Molokai Pool Deck from 10 to 11 a.m., chair massages on the Ocean Lawn from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lei-making at Colonnade Cafe from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The resort’s culinary team will have traditional favorites and other offerings all day. For more information, visit www.westinmaui.com.

And The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas’ Red, White and Blue Festival on the Fourth of July will debut a patriotic-themed skydiving performance (weather permitting) above its property.

“We are always looking for unique, new ways to enhance our owners’ and guests’ experiences,” said Angela Nolan, general manager.

“Many of our owners and guests stay with us each year and have become a part of our ‘ohana (family). We want each stay to be truly memorable for them.”

The event also includes a helicopter flower drop, in which 80,000 flowers will be showered from the sky.

The festival, which is offered exclusively to the resort’s owners and guests, will be held from noon to 4 p.m.