WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) announced today a special incentive to urge Maui residents and visitors to support Lanai businesses by attending the upcoming 5th Friday Town Party on Lanai on Friday, May 29.
To accommodate the special Friday event, OED has teamed up with Expeditions Maui-Lanai Ferry and the Lanai Chamber of Commerce to provide round-trip ferry and ground transportation between Maui and Lanai, including a special late-night ferry that leaves Manele Harbor at 9:30 p.m. Expeditions’ last ferry to Maui on a regular day is at 6:45 p.m.
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.” Visitors may collect passport stamps from participating businesses to enter a free prize drawing; details can be found at www.fifthfridaylanai.com.
Residents and visitors may choose to depart from Lahaina at any of Expeditions’ scheduled departure times (6:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.); however, the return departure from Manele Harbor to Maui is limited to 9:30 p.m. only.
The cost for the package is $60 per adult and $50 per child and can be booked online at http://goo.gl/MmtcmG. A discounted price is also available for kamaaina who already have a ticket booklet from Expeditions; please visit the above website for more details.
All 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 up special 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.
The 5th Friday Lanai Package will be available for all 5th Friday Town Parties in 2015.
“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.”
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.”
For more information on 5th Friday Lanai, visit www.fifthfridaylanai.com. For details on all Maui County’s Friday Town Parties, visit www.mauifridays.com.