One of the joys of life on Maui is our charming historical towns–from the oceanfront town of Lahaina to the Upcountry town of Makawao, where I grew up. One of my favorite things to do on a day off is to stroll down Baldwin Avenue and soak up the cool Upcountry air (and stop by Komoda’s bakery for their famous cream puffs, my childhood favorite).
Each Friday, Maui hosts a town party in one four historic towns. The schedule is:
- First Friday–Wailuku (Market Street)
- Second Friday–Lahaina (Front Street)
- Third Friday–Makawao (Baldwin Avenue/Makawao Avenue)
- Fourth Friday–Paia (Baldwin Avenue/Hana Highway)
Tonight is the Second Friday of the month, which means visitors and kama’aina alike will descend upon Front Street in the historic town of Lahaina to enjoy music, food, art and local culture.
The entertainment is free, and there are special offerings from merchants and restaurants. The them of today’s Friday celebration is “The Sounds of Lahaina” with music in Campbell Park (located next to the Baldwin Home on Front Street)
- 5-6 p.m. Wilmont Kahaiali?i
- 6-7 p.m. Al Nip
- 7-8 p.m. Eddie Tanaka
You’ll find booths supporting local charities in the park, more music up and down Front Street, and kama’aina specials at the Ono Gelato Company, Kimo’s:, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, The Pioneer Inn, Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Food, Cool Cat Café, and Blue Lagoon Lahaina,
And, because Friday night is art night in Lahaina, tonight you’ll find galleries have opened their doors with featured artists, wine and pupus. Stop by the Peter Lik Gallery, Maui Hands (this gallery represents my mother, Sarah Howard), Images Fine Art, Gallery 505, Village Gallery (a little off the beaten path on Dickenson Street–this is one of my favorite galleries), Martin Lawrence Gallery, Lahaina Galleries, Thomas Barbey Art Gallery, and Lahaina Print Sellers to view their featured artists.
For more information on this ongoing series of Town Parties, visit www.MauiFridays.com. You can also follow them on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/MauiFridays or Facebook at www.facebook.com/MauiFridays
Artwork courtesy of Sarah Howard, www.SarahKHoward.com