Each Friday in Maui County is a celebratory cultural gathering. First Friday happens in Wailuku, second Friday in Lahaina, third Friday in Makawao, fourth Friday in Kihei and fifth Friday on neighboring island Lana’i.
The idea for town based Friday celebrations was developed by the Maui County Office of Economic Development to encourage everyone on the island to enjoy the unique nature of each historic town. Through the exchanges on Friday, local businesses receive recognition and support.
On the West Side, Lahaina is a land of its own. It was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Lahaina celebrates on Front Street. The street dates all the way back to the 1820s. It is lined on both sides with stores and restaurants, also offering a beautiful view of the harbor. Located near the port is the historic Banyan tree planted in 1873 by an American missionary. The canopy spreads over more than half an acre.
On Second Friday, locals and visitors gather on Front Street to enjoy local foods, drinks, art and music. In keeping with modern day Hawaii, the food is a fulfilling mix of many ethnic cultures. Walking along the street, visitors can expect to find such ono (delicious) desserts as mochi, kettle popcorn and shave ice.
The Friday events are a perfect place for families. There are often many places for children to enjoy free arts, crafts and musical performances. Adults have access to a twenty-one and over area where alcoholic beverages and live music are enjoyed.
Municipal parking for second Fridays in Lahaina is available at the intersection of Front Street and Mokuhina Place. Paid parking can be found along Front Street. The event is from 6pm to 9pm. Admission is free! To stay updated on upcoming Friday events, check out the Maui Friday’s Twitter and Facebook pages.