Fourth of July at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

Hundreds of guests gathered earlier today for the annual “Hawaiian Flower Shower” organized by The Westin Maui Resort & Spa in celebration of the country’s Independence Day. Held outdoors within the resort’s aquatic playground on Ka’anapali Beach, eighty thousand (80,000) fresh orchids in shades of white and purple were showered onto guests as part of the festivities.

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A tradition observed every Fourth of July for over a decade, the unique Hawaiian Flower Shower creates an unusual buzz of excitement. The environmental-friendly activity 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.

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Festivities began early in the morning with the introduction of a new activity called 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.

Guests not only enjoyed the splashing fun but were also encouraged to take the balls home as a keepsake.

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The pool and beach lawn party continued all day with games for all age groups such as hula hoops, pie and watermelon eating contests and Beach Bingo with proceeds benefiting Maui United Way, a non-profit charitable organization that supports 40 health and human services partner agencies and 41 programs.

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Guests who participated in the various events received spa and dining certificates, tickets to Wailele Polynesian Luau dinner show, complimentary catamaran sails with Gemini Adventures and a Grand Prizeof three nights stay in Westin Maui’s ocean view room.

Barbeque favorites and delicious Fourth of July specials were served at SeaDogs including BBQ Beef Ribs, Hawaiian-Style Street Corn, Foot-Long Hot Dog and refreshing Shave Ice Cones with fun flavorings.