Independence Day Weekend – Makawao and Lahaina
The 4th of July is about celebrating that we live in a country where we are free to do as we please. Say what you will, but compared to the rest of the world, we’ve really got the freedom thing going on here. Let’s exploit it, take advantage of it, appreciate it, and love it to the fullest. (And fight for more freedoms, but maybe not today. I’m kind of busy.) For starters, are you open minded enough to head over to little Makawao Town for the big Parade on Saturday morning and spend the day appreciating and mocking (or appreciatively mocking) the the horses and riders bedecked in all their paniolo finery, kiddos marching in formation with banners, Shriners men zooming about on electric scooters, and schmoozing politicians? The Haiku Hillbillies will be there too. Right up the road, at Oskie Rice Arena, the most liberated (read: drunk or fatalistic) ones will mount bucking broncos and rope calves with gusto. The younger ones are fearless too: kids I wouldn’t let walk to the park by themselves will ride horses five times their size around obstacle courses, doing leaps and jumps, the whole she-bang.
If you’re having such a good time with the Makawao paniolos that you don’t want to leave, then stick around that evening for Spurlesque
at Casanova’s for $10. It’s a Kit Kat Club Cabaret and Hoedown… with the gents on one side and the ladies on the other, this old-fashioned country night takes on a modern, sexy twist with the belly dancing beauties, Karli, Kristyn, and Brooke, as well as Swing Maui, and Jason Wulf who can teach you and your date how to swing. Oh, and some guy named Trevor Arnholt is going to dress up as Yankee Doodle Dandy! Why? Because he can. Right across the street, Stopwatch is hosting a Makawao Sunday Jam from 5-9 pm for free, so stop by and say hello to all the cowboys enjoying a pint. If something a little “classier” is what you’re looking for…
It’s a sultry hot night in Lahaina, the stars lighting the curves of a lone wave. Suddenly, reds, blues, and gold explode overhead, illuminating the smooth, white nuances of the crystal ocean, as his finger brushes hers… Paperback romance novel enough for you? Thought so. Nothing could ruin this night short of a nuclear holocaust or ill-timed run-in with the ex-wife (or the current one.) In honor of the holiday and exciting fireworks show, Front Street closes to traffic at 4 o’ clock on Sunday, and the happy spectators will flood in. The fireworks themselves will start at 8 pm. It’s fun to watch the show from the boat pier, the beach right below front street, or the park next to the library. This year, you can also buy tickets (price TBA) to the Old Oyster Bar and Rooftop, 744 Front St., where the only rooftop party in Lahaina will provide a prime spot to view the fireworks, drink cocktails, and enjoy BBQ and pupus from Lulu’s Lahaina, as well as live music and dancing featuring Jamallad, The Haiku Hillbililys, Sheryl Renee, and Dj sets by Dury and Nate Castro. They plan on throwing some good, old fashioned patriotism into the mix too, with a “surprise” (sorry, guys, cats out of the bag) reading of the Declaration of Independence, old fashionedwatermelon eating and spitting contest, and Best pie in Lahaina Town Bake-off and contest. Call 808-357-0920 or email email@example.com for more info.
My best advice? Do whatever you feel like doing. I mean, jeez, Foodland is selling multi-colored explosives right next to the fruit aisle. How could this possibly end badly?