Lahaina unveils events for '99

LAHAINA -- The Lahaina Town Action Committee announced special events centered on the town, Hawaii's old whaling capital, and West Maui in general.

Events are:

  • Feb. 19. Chinese New Year, including a lion dance at the Wo Hing Temple on Front St., and food booths and firecrackers (admission is free).
  • March 5 to 14. Whalefest Week celebrates the annual migration of the humpback whale. It includes seminars, art exhibits and whale-watch snorkeling and other events (most events are free).
  • April 24. Banyan Tree Birthday Party, celebrating the 126th birthday of Lahaina's famous tree, historical displays, and children sketching the tree (admission is free).
  • May 22 to 30. In Celebration of Canoes, the second annual celebration includes canoe races, a luau fundraiser, cultural arts demonstrations, canoe-building exhibits, and a parade and a street festival on Front St. (admission is free to most events).
  • June 12. King Kamehameha Day Parade and Ho olaulea (street party), features riders, bands, floral floats on Front Street, plus entertainment, food booths and an awards ceremony at Banyan Tree Park (free).
  • Sept. 10. Maui Chefs Present, featuring 12 of Maui's top chefs preparing a cocktail party and dinner under the stars as a prelude to the Taste of Lahaina event (paid admission includes dinner, an open bar, and entertainment, with attendance limited to 600).
  • Sept. 11 and 12. A Taste of Lahaina, the eighth annual culinary festival that showcases 40 Maui County restaurants and features continuous entertainment, product booths, a beer and wine garden and children's areas, with an expected attendance of 30,000. Admission is $1; children ages 6 and under are admitted free.
  • Oct. 31. Halloween in Lahaina. Celebrated since 1990, the event, which is expected to attract 30,000, begins with a children's parade and includes food booths, crafts and entertainment with Front St. closed to traffic (free).
  • Late November and early December. The Festival of Art and Flowers celebration features flowers, flower displays, food booths, lei contests, artists and entertainment, and a banyan tree-lighting ceremony (free).
  • Dec. 31. The Millennium Celebration, with a Front St. block party.
  • For further information, call the Lahaina Town Action Committee, a nonprofit community group, at (808) 667-9193 or email [email protected]

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