July 4th Celebrated Throughout Kaanapali Resort - Kaanapali Resort
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July 4th Celebrated Throughout Kaanapali Resort

UFO ParasailingMaui’s favorite resort is celebrating Independence Day with fanfare, and you’re invited. Many activities are open to the public and noted below.

The signature holiday Hawaiian Flower Shower is held annually at both The Westin Maui Resort & Spa at noon and The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas at 1 p.m. The public is invited to witness the annual holiday “flowerworks” display when more than 60,000 specialty flowers and orchids are dropped by helicopter over the beachfront properties. Those finding a specialty flower will win prizes ranging from dining and spa certificates to activities such as parasailing. The flowers are then gathered for guests’ lei-making activities.

The Westin Mau Resort & Spa Fun in the Sun games are planned 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas will host an Independence Day Carnival featuring a dunking booth, carnival games, bounce house and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Plan to arrive for the watermelon-eating contest open to all ages at noon. Special holiday menus are featured at the resorts’ restaurants, and an overnight package can be found on the websites.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa celebrates the holiday traditionally with a family barbeque from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the lawn near the Statue Gardens and Halona Kai coffee bar. A bouncy house, face painting and balloon artist will keep the keiki (children) busy. A 21 and over party is planned at ‘Umalu Restaurant and Bar with entertainment by Maui’s own DJ Illz and DJ Deviant.

DuckiesSheraton Maui Resort & Spa scheduled a day of fun with their Rubber Ducky Race benefitting charity. Race begins at the Mai Tai poolside at noon and prizes are included. Lucky Duckies can be purchased at the front desk or the concierge for $7 per duck or 2 ducks for $12. There will be a watermelon-eating contest, jumping castle, face painting, games, shave ice and popcorn for sale.

Royal Lahaina Resort features many American classics poolside with burgers and hot dogs on the menu, as well as St. Louis baby back ribs and All-American apple pie at the Royal Ocean Terrace from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music performed by Ryan Robinson.

An all-day Arts & Crafts Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club sets a festive backdrop for the day’s fun. Grab your picnic items for the beach from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Beach Walk Kau Kau including many items we’ve come to love on July 4th and the local favorite shave ice. The resort’s activity schedule starts at 9 a.m. with a Hawaiian-style horseshoe tournament. Then it’s on the watermelon-eating contest at noon and pie-eating contest at 1 p.m., both at Longboards Lawn. The water balloon toss will cool off participants at 2 p.m. Registration for activities is required and begins at 8 a.m.

The guests of the Kaanapali Alii enjoy their independence with a toast at sunset amid the serene oasis beachside. The complimentary Grill Masters are available to assist resort guests with grill tips for their own holiday grilled meats and sides.

If you’re planning to step out and enjoy the beach path on the 4th, then stroll through Whalers Village for the scheduled complimentary face painting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., magic show by Brenton Keith and His Bag O’Tricks from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and hula lessons from 3 to 4 p.m.

Keiki_w Ball 8.5wThe summer golf Juniors Play Free special includes July 4th when one free junior (age 7 – 17) can play for each paying adult at Kaanapali Golf Courses on either course after 2:30 p.m.

Let your colors fly as UFO Hawaii Parasailing and Ocean Adventures lifts you in the air under a patriotic stars-and-stripes parachute. Active military always fly free and their families are 50 percent off, every day. A portion of the proceeds benefit Homes for Heroes.

Maui’s only fireworks display takes place at 8 p.m. on July 4th from a barge offshore of Lahaina’s Front Street. Early arrival is advised, as parking is limited. Fireworks are not permitted in Kaanapali Resort.

Although already sold out for this year, you may consider booking early for next year on the Teralani 4th of July Dinner Sail leaving Kaanapali Beach and sailing over to Lahaina for the show.