August–November Events Scheduled for the Island of Lāna‘i
By Maui Now Staff
August, September, October and November promise to be an eventful time for the island of Lāna‘i. Four major events are scheduled:
Aug. 22: TriLāna‘i City Run
The 5th Annual TriLāna‘i City Run kicks off the fall season on Aug. 22. This popular community event offers runners and walkers of all ages a virtually traffic-free course through historic Lāna‘i City. Participants can choose the 21k, 10k and 5k courses, as well as a Keiki Run around the perimeter of Dole Park.
Register by Aug. 22. The fee is $50 for participants age 20 and older, $30 for participants under 20 and $20 for the Keiki Run. For more information, go online.
Sept. 12: Festivals of Aloha
On Sept. 12, the Festivals of Aloha brings its observance of Hawaiian culture to the island. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a “True Hawaiian Spirit Celebration Parade” through downtown Lāna‘i City. After the parade, visitors are invited to the festival’s ho‘olaulea (celebration) at the Old Dole Administration Building for live entertainment, cultural demonstrations, Hawaiian-style food and local artisan displays.
The mission of Festivals of Aloha is to honor Native Hawaiian culture and traditions from generation to generation, and share these with visitors and residents from communities across Maui Nui.
Go online for more details.
Oct. 30: Fifth Friday Town Party
On Oct. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce presents its Fifth Friday Town Party at Dole Square, in the heart of Lāna‘iCity. The family-friendly event will feature live music, food and drinks, and free prize drawings.
All businesses will be open during the Town Party event, with restaurants and food booths offering lots of local favorites to nosh on. The evening is designed to be a fun and interactive way to discover local businesses, encourage a continued sense of community, and celebrate the unique way of life on Lāna‘i.
Go online for more information.
Nov. 22: TriLāna‘i
TriLāna‘i concludes the fall 2015 season with its seventh annual triathlon on Nov. 22. This community-sponsored event includes a .5-mile swim in the beautiful marine preserve of Hulopoe Bay, followed by an exhilarating 10-mile mountain bike-ride passing the La Ola Solar Farm, and a scenic three-mile run along the Manele Golf Course.
The triathlon may be tackled individually or as a relay team, and is suitable for both casual and experienced triathletes. Event organizers are offering Lāna‘i residents a discounted registration rate of $75 for individuals and $120 for relay teams. Hawai‘i residents can register individually for $85, or with a relay team for $130. For all others, rates are $110 for individuals and $150 per relay team. All rates are based on registration on or before Aug. 31, 2015.
Go online for complete registration rates, official course maps, training tips and accommodation ideas.
Fifth Friday Lāna‘i Travel Package
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has teamed up with Expeditions Ferry and the Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce to offer a Fifth Friday Lāna‘i Package for Maui residents and visitors, which includes round-trip ferry between Lahaina Harbor on Maui and Manele Harbor on Lāna‘i, ground transportation to and from Dole Square and an event passport. Event attendees can collect passport stamps from participating businesses to enter a free prize drawing.
Expeditions has arranged for a special late ferry departing Manele Harbor to accommodate Fifth Friday attendees.
The cost for the package is $60 per adult and $50 per child and may be booked online. A discounted price is also available for Hawai‘i residents who already have a ticket booklet from Expeditions.)
Lāna‘i offers fishing, swimming, diving, hiking and golf. Embark on four-wheel-drive adventures to picturesque Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach), mysterious Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and along the eight-mile Munro Trail, which meanders through rainforest to the highest point of the island, where Maui, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island all come into view. Lāna‘i offers a variety of cuisine, from upscale to down-home.