The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has teamed up with Expeditions Maui-Lanai Ferry and the Lanai Chamber of Commerce to urge Maui residents and visitors to support Lanai businesses. The group has set up round-trip ferry and ground transportation between Maui and Lanai—including a special late-night ferry that leaves Manele Harbor at 9:30pm–as an incentive to encourage the public to attend the upcoming 5th Friday Town Parties on Lanai; Expeditions’ last ferry to Maui on a regular Friday would be 6:45pm.
“Our Friday Town Parties are very popular and it is with great pleasure that we extend this community celebration to the island of Lanai,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “I encourage our Maui residents to take the ferry ride over so they can experience Fifth Friday Lanai for themselves and support our sister island’s community at the same time.”
The 5th Friday Lanai Package includes a round-trip ferry ride between Lahaina Harbor and Manele Harbor, round-trip ground transportation between Manele Harbor and Lanai City, and an event passport. Those using the package can collect passport stamps from participating businesses to enter a free prize drawing; additional details can be found at Fifthfridaylanai.com.
Teena Rasmussen, OED Director, noted that Lanai businesses are facing a very challenging time. “In June, both major hotels on the island will be closed for renovations so we are doing everything we can to urge Maui residents and visitors to help our neighboring island by taking a day trip to Lanai.”
Residents and visitors can select a variety of Lahaina departures from Expeditions’ regularly scheduled times (6:45am, 9:15am, 12:45pm, 3:15pm and 5:45pm); however, the return departure from Manele Harbor to Maui is limited to 9:30pm only.
The cost for the package is $60 per adult and $50 per child and can be booked online at Goo.gl/MmtcmG. A discounted price is also available for kamaaina who already have a ticket booklet from Expeditions; please visit the 5th Friday Lanai website for more details. The 5th Friday Lanai Package will be available for all 5th Friday Town Parties in 2015.
All Lanai businesses will be open throughout the Friday Town Party event, which runs from 5:30-8:00 p.m. There will be food booths and restaurants serving local favorites as well as several music and entertainment venues. Additionally, visitors will be able to tour the newly renovated Lanai Theater and the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.
Photo courtesy of Mayor Alan Arakawa’s Office