Kihei 4th Friday

 

Maui County has been hosting a town party every Friday for about three years now.  The Maui towns of Wailuku, Lahaina, Makawao, and Kihei trade off each Friday of the month as to which town will host the community party.  In the rare event that there are five Fridays in a month, then the island of Lanai hosts a town party, which can be a fun adventure! You can purchase a Fifth Friday package which includes round trip boat ferry tickets to Lanai and a shuttle from the harbor into Lanai City, where the festivities take place. This blog post however is dedicated to Fourth Friday, which is hosted in Kihei at the end of each month.

Located in Azeka Mall Mauka, the Fourth Friday festivities kick off around 6pm on the fourth Friday of each month. Visitors will enjoy walking through the rows of vendor stalls set up in the parking lot.  Local vendors sell anything from local art and photography to clothing and cupcakes. There are also a few sections reserved for children entertainment, such as face painting, bubble blowing, wooden horse riding, trampoline jumping, balloon animal stations, and more.

Once you are done shopping head over to the food truck area where over 10 food trucks are lined up to service your every culinary need.  Some of the cuisines offered include local Hawaiian food, Southern barbecue, Indian food, Thai food, Mexican food, shave ice, and even locally-squeezed lemonade.

After you have your meal in hand, walk over to the entertainment stage and plop down for some great music.  You can check the Fourth Friday website for the music line up for the night.  Some of Maui’s best bands have taken the stage and really get the crowds on their feet dancing.  If you want to continue the party once the town party is over at 9pm, you can head to Diamonds, which is a bar located less than 100 yards from the stage.  Some visitors even like to grab a drink in the barricaded off beer garden as they watch the bands perform.

All in all, Fourth Friday is a must-do if you find yourself on Maui during this time period.

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