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Westin Maui Celebrates 4th of July with “FlowerWorks”

July 5, 2017, 1:17 PM HST
* Updated July 5, 1:20 PM
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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa celebrated Fourth of July with a “flower shower” with 60,000 fresh orchids dropped onto hundreds of resort guests from a Blue Hawaiian helicopter as it hovered above the resort’s aquatic playground overlooking Kāʻanapali Beach.

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An annual Eco-friendly tradition has been observed every Fourth of July for over a decade.  Resort executives say it promotes a clean and smokeless “flowerworks” alternative to the usual fireworks and emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability and caring for the planet.

Adding a cultural touch, the resort held a Lei Making session immediately after the flower drop for guests to make fresh leis using the flowers they gathered to present their token of love to their families and friends.

First time visitors to Maui, Scott Butcher and his family from Austin, Texas were among those who spent their Fourth of July vacation at the resort. “The flower drop was very creative and a cool idea,” said Scott. His wife Jean initially thought that there would be several individuals sprinkling flowers from the upper pool deck area and was surprised when flowers were released from above.

Maui resident Kim Villanueva took the opportunity to indulge in a family staycation at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Joined by her spouse Sean and children Atticus and Anias as well as her mother Beth, they spent time making fresh flower lei from the orchids they gathered during the flower drop.

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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa also introduced a new feature to its annual festivities by having two female aerial artists perform a dangling rope act at the resort’s pool deck area.

60,000 fresh orchids were showered onto hundreds of resort guests at the Westin on the Fourth of July from a Blue Hawaiian helicopter as it hovered above the resort’s aquatic playground overlooking Kāʻanapali Beach.

Festivities began early in the morning with Beach Ball Extravaganza where the resort’s pools were decorated with over a thousand beach balls of different shapes and in colors of red, blue and white.

There were also swan and flamingo- shaped pool floats to depict the resort’s wildlife as well as four resort associates in mermaid costumes who were a hit with children and adults alike as they swam and played with guests.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa also introduced a new feature to its annual festivities by having two female aerial artists perform a dangling rope act at the resort’s pool deck area.

The pool and beach lawn party continued all day with games for all age groups such as hula hoops, pie and watermelon eating contests.

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