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 Current Events for 2001

          Friday, January 26 - Saturday, January 27 - CHINESE NEW YEAR: Lahaina welcomes the lunar New Year with colorful

 and exciting lion dances at the Wo Hing Temple on Front Street. On Friday evening, the lions parade through town visiting all
 the shops. On Saturday evening, the 800 block of Front Street is closed to vehicle traffic for a street festival that begins with a
 Chinese martial arts demonstration, followed by live music with traditional drums, gongs and cymbals, and firecrackers
 set-off every hour. Booths for food, children's crafts, calligraphy, Chinese massage and more. Free admission; hours:
 6 to 9pm.

 Wednesday, February 28 - Wednesday, March 7 - WHALEFEST: Lahaina celebrates the annual migration of the Pacific
 Humpback Whales with special guest Jean Michel Cousteau, who leads whale watching, sailing, and diving tours, as well as a
 beach clean-up, all departing from Lahaina. Watch and learn from marine biologist lectures with slide shows. Have fun
 over the weekend (Mar. 3-4) at the Ocean Arts Festival in Banyan Tree Park. Free admission to exhibits; fees for tours; day
 and evening hours.

 Saturday/Sunday, April 21 & 22 -BANYAN TREE BIRTHDAY PARTY: Honoring the 128th birthday of
 Lahaina's famous Banyan Tree, this fete includes a birthday cake, artists displaying nature artworks, hands-on art
 activities for children, and exhibits of historical information. Admission is free; hours: 9am to 5pm.

 Saturday, May 12 - Monday, May 28 - IN CELEBRATION OF CANOES, Maui's Signature Cultural Event: This celebration
 of Hawaii's rich heritage honors the voyaging canoe which united all of Polynesia. Cultural delegations from Pacific island
 nations come together with Master Carvers creating Polynesian canoes from wood logs throughout the event in Lahaina.
 Hosts from Hawai'i welcome each nation in a traditional 'awa ceremony at the beach on May 12. Enjoy cultural arts demo's
 and performances during the week, and a fundraiser lu'au feast on May 19. Memorial Day Gala takes place May 28, 10am to
 10pm, with the Festival of Canoes & Parade, including ancient warrior demonstrations, Polynesian crafts and food; watch a
 ceremonial launching of the carved canoes at sunset, followed by an outdoor concert with Hawaii's top musicians. Free
 admission to most events; fee for lu'au; day and evening hours.

 Saturday, June 9 - KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY PARADE & KAMEHAMEHA THE WARRIOR: A colorful float parade
 through Lahaina at 10am features Pa'u riders on horses decorated with exotic island flowers, marching bands, floats and
 more all honoring King Kamehameha the Great. An awards ceremony and exciting demo's of ancient Warrior Games are held
 at Banyan Tree Park with food, crafters and Hawaiian entertainment. Free admission; hours: 9am to 5pm.

 BANKOH KIHO'ALU SLACK-KEY GUITAR FESTIVAL: This free concert features a dozen of Hawaii's finest musicians
 showcasing the art of Hawaiian slack-key guitar playing. Sponsored by Bank of Hawaii; presented by Ka Hoku Productions;
 under the stars at Lahaina Library's oceanfront lawn, 6 to 10pm.

 Thursday, September 6 - MAUI CHEFS PRESENT . . . 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY: A Maui food-lovers tradition which
 spotlights twelve of the island's best and most innovative chefs at an elegant dinner and cocktail party under the stars, to open
 the annual A Taste of Lahaina. This year's Space Odyssey theme will blast-off at the Lahaina Special Events Arena.
 Admission of $95/person includes an evening of gourmet food, open bar, entertainment and silent auction. Benefits Maui
 community groups. Limited to 600 guests; hours: 6:30 to 10 pm.

 Friday/Saturday, September 7 & 8 - A TASTE OF LAHAINA & THE BEST OF ISLAND MUSIC: Maui's largest culinary
 festival celebrates 10 years showcasing new and popular restaurants in Maui County. Also features Hawaii farmers market, a
 beer garden, wine tasting, top chefs cooking demonstrations, kids' game zone, and continuous live entertainment on stage
 with Hawaii's current and legendary musicians. Benefits Maui youth groups. Admission is $1; kids 6 and under are free.
 Lahaina Special Events Arena; hours: 5 to 10 pm.

 Wednesday, October 31 - HALLOWEEN IN LAHAINA: Celebrated since 1990 as the "Mardi Gras of the Pacific," this is
 more than just a night on the town in costume! Over 30,000 revelers come to Front Street on Halloween night, which is closed
 to vehicle traffic from 4pm to 2am. Annual children's costume parade down Front Street kicks-off the evening. Other features
 are crafters, activities and food booths, live music and dancing. LahainaTown sponsors The Great Halloween Costume
 Contest in Banyan Tree Park which begins at 7pm. Restaurants and retail merchants offer costume contests throughout the
 evening. Admission is free. Shopping centers offer Haunted Houses for kids during the week.

 Friday/Saturday/Sunday, November 30, December 1&2 - FESTIVAL OF ART & FLOWERS, AND LIGHTING OF THE
 BANYAN TREE: At 6 pm on Friday, the historic Banyan Tree in Lahaina lights up for the remainder of the holiday season
 with thousands of colored lights. Santa Claus makes an appearance and students sing Christmas carols in Hawaiian. The He
 U'i holiday craft fair is held under the tree over the weekend. This tree-lighting kicks-off the Festival of Art & Flowers, a
 celebration of the natural beauty of the island's tropical and protea flowers, along with original art from Maui artists. Old
 Lahaina Courthouse is decorated as a tropical wonderland for the holidays. Enjoy fresh cut flowers and floral art displays,
 floral arranging and decorating workshops, artists-in-action, Hawaiian music and food. The festival runs from 6 to 9pm
 Friday, and 9am to 5pm Saturday/Sunday in Banyan Tree Park. Admission is free; fees apply for classes.

 1st and 3rd Weekends of Every Month - HE U'I CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL: A gathering of Hawaiian artists and crafters
 display, sell, and demonstrate cultural arts and crafts under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina, Saturdays/Sundays from 9am
 to 5pm. Hawaiian music is featured live, and community members give talks to relate the Hawaiian art of storytelling, or
 showcase the traditional uses of native fruits and plants. It's something special for the whole family to enjoy; free admission.

 Every Friday Evening,Year-round - FRIDAY NIGHT IS ART NIGHT: Stroll through the more than 15 art galleries in
 LahainaTown each Friday from 7 to 10pm for special gallery shows, featured artists-in-action, and refreshments, all free and
 open to the public! Lahaina has earned its nick-name of "The Art Capital of the Pacific," due to more art galleries per capita
 than any other American town.

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