A flag-draped Front Street will again take on a festive air on Wednesday, July 4, with the island's only community fireworks display, music at the Lahaina Public Library lawn and Campbell Park, keiki games and an appearance by Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty.
Funds raised by the West Side Committee of the Maui Chamber of Commerce from restaurants, merchants, excursion companies, hotels, the county and individuals will continue the tradition of Lahaina fireworks again this year, said Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
"We have had an amazing outpouring of contributions from businesses and organizations throughout all of Maui to make the fireworks centerpiece of the celebration possible," Tumpap said. "This reflects the fact that people come to the celebration from all parts of the island."
A flag-draped Front Street will again take on a festive air on Wednesday, July 4, with music at the Lahaina Public Library lawn and Campbell Park, keiki games and an appearance by Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty.
The chamber--the catalyst for the entire event--still needs contributions from businesses and the community to reach its fundraising goal and help establish a reserve fund to kick-start a similar campaign next year, Tumpap said. Contributions can be made on the chamber's Website at www.mauichamber.com.
Tumpap said the Maui Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting Fourth of July fireworks shows in Lahaina over the long term.
This year, Fourth of July revelers will be able to walk down Front Street (the road will be closed to vehicles during the celebration), purchase collectible Independence Day T-shirts from the chamber and hear music at two venues.
The only thing missing will be a parade.
The 2012 Maui Invitational Music Festival will present "Concert in the Park," featuring slack key master George Kahumoku Jr. and the University of Hawai'i Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music, followed by the Maui Community Band, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the library lawn facing the harbor.
The Maui Community Band will perform traditional holiday favorites and original medleys, including "America the Beautiful," "Stars & Stripes Forever" and "Gershwin Medley."
The Maui Invitational Music Festival is presented annually by Arts Education for Children Group (AECG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment. It is supported by county Office of Economic Development, Hawai'i Tourism Authority, Maui Chamber of Commerce and its West Side Committee.
The festival takes place throughout the year and includes a wide variety of concerts, classes and workshops for music lovers of all ages. For more information and a complete schedule, call (808) 283-3576 or visit www.aecg.org.
Between 5 p.m. and the start of the fireworks, LahainaTown Action Committee (LAC) will offer music and games across the street from the Pioneer Inn at Campbell Park. Waiola Church, custodian of the park, will sell food, with proceeds going to keiki charities.
A contributor to the fireworks, LAC is also supplying funds to decorate Front Street, provide extra restroom facilities and post signs prohibiting parking on Front Street before the event.
Next door, The Wharf Cinema Center will hold its fourth annual Fourth of July Karaoke Contest. Adult and children's registration begins at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., the "Queen of Karaoke," Toddy Lilikoi, will take the stage to emcee the contest.
From 5 to 6 p.m., contestants under 18 years of age will start off the evening. At 6 p.m., the adults get a chance to have fun and win lots of prizes.
Contestants should bring their "networks" along for support to help the judges out.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Wharf Cinema Center is located directly across from Banyan Tree Park on Front Street. Validated parking is available behind the center between Luakini and Waine'e streets, and the Maui Bus provides transportation from Kapalua, Ka'anapali, Ma'alaea, Central and South Maui directly to The Wharf.
For more information, call 661-8748.
The open-air celebration ends with the spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free.
More than 60 different businesses and individuals have so far made contributions to the pyrotechnics display. New major contributors include Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Feast at Lele, Lahaina Fish Co., Lahaina Yacht Club, Napili Kai Beach Resort, Pioneer Inn, ABC Stores, Atlantis Submarines, First Hawaiian Bank and Maui Princess.
Whalers Village in Ka'anapali will also honor the Fourth of July with entertainment (see page 13).
If you would rather head out to sea at sunset to enjoy unobstructed open-air views of the fireworks, plus appetizers and ice-cold drinks, see "Pacific Whale Foundation Offers Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises" on page 12.