Friday Art Nights in Lahaina

When you're planning a vacation to Maui, it's nice to know when the reoccurring events take place so you can easily fit them into your schedule. For example, every Friday is Art Night in Lahaina. Since we run our Maui ocean tour company out of the scenic Lahaina Harbor, it would be easy for our guests to enjoy one of our excursions on a Friday and follow it up by exploring everything featured in Art Night.

Lahaina is a fun, beautiful and historic town situated on West Maui's stunning coastline. You'll find it full of shops, restaurants, art galleries and other unique establishments. It's the ideal spot for grabbing a bite and searching for souvenirs, but what really makes it stand out from other places on the island is its impressive number of art galleries. If you're interested in paintings, sculptures, glass art, specially designed jewelry, and numerous other keepsakes, Lahaina is the place to find them. There's something for everyone, whether you are looking for fine art or unique, locally made crafts.

Friday Art Nights are Lahaina's time for putting the spotlight on this fantastic array of creations. From 6-9pm, there are opportunities to meet artists, mingle with like-minded art enthusiasts, and enjoy pupu (hors d'oeuvres) and wine. The Lahaina Visitor Center will even provide you with a free Art Map to guide you on your exploration. You'll find the center at the old Lahaina Courthouse in Banyan Tree Park.

Here is the Lahaina Visitor Center's list of Art Night highlights for your perusal:

  • Kai Pua Gallery – Live glass blowing and painting by local artists. Special deals, fabulous seconds and clearance sale, serving wine.
  • Peter Lik Gallery – Special promotions on art.
  • Maui Hands Gallery – Light refreshments also served.
  • Lahaina Galleries – Serving wine from 5-10 p.m. Featured artists Andrea Razzauti and Steve Turnbull
  • The Village Galleries – Featured Artist Kathleen Alexander. Refreshments will be served
  • Images Fine Art Gallery – Complimentary wine and live music
  • Simon Jon Gallery – Unique Hawaiian wood bowls by artist Jonathan Somaoang, offering 10-20% off select items
  • Sargent’s Fine Art – Enjoy the music of Curt Lee every Friday Art Night at the gallery, featured artist: Roman Czerwinski.
  • Martin Lawrence Gallery – Serving Wine and Pupu’s
  • Kingwell Island Art – Live music 6-8pm. Demonstration of Plein Air painting. Wine and pupu’s will be served.
  • Daryl Millard Gallery – Daryl will be painting at the easel and talking about his work.
  • Contemporary Masters – Live entertainment
  • Lahaina Printsellers – Wine and Pupu’s
  • Vintage Posters – Wine and Pupu’s
  • Diamond Head – Serving wine
  • Joelle – Joelle will be painting at the gallery. Wine and pupu’s will be served
  • Higgins Harte Gallery International

As you can see, this event is rich with activity and enjoyment for anyone who appreciates cultural and creative experiences. Lahaina isn't just a place where art is bought and sold. It is also the source of great inspiration for many artists, so you will sometimes be able to find paintings of the town or the Lahaina Harbor, from which we operate our West Maui cruises. You'll find that many talented artists make their home here, with the island itself acting as a muse full of dynamic qualities.

We hope that all of you art loving visitors will take advantage of Lahaina's Friday Art Nights during your stay, and that you have an enjoyable time. We hope to see you on one of our unforgettable ocean tours as well! Mahalo for reading this week!

Five Interesting Things to do on Molokai

It’s indisputable that Molokai is one of the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands. Whether you’re a Hawaii local who goes to bring some Molokai hot bread home or a tourist who doesn’t want to miss out on visiting historic sites, there are so many places to see and accomplishing them all in a day just doesn’t seem possible. We’ve assembled a list, presented here in no particular order, of five eclectic things to do while you’re visiting Molokai.

  1. Eat! Trying new foods is always interesting and if you eat where the locals do, you know you’re going to eat well. Popular places to grind include Kanemitsu Bakery, Kualapu’u Cookhouse, Paddler’s Inn, and Mana’e Goods & Grindz.
  2. Post-A-Nut. We’re serious! Everyone loves receiving mail (that isn’t a bill), and this attraction is #1 of the top 60 things to do on TripAdvisor’s “Things to Do in Molokai” list. This attraction is very straightforward: visit the post office, decorate a coconut and mail it out with help from the visitor proclaimed “nicest Post Master in the world.”
  3. Ka Ule o Nanahoa also known as the “Phallic Rock.” Legend has it that this sacred rock has the power to help women fall pregnant. In addition to the interesting legend, we think it’s a pretty neat place to visit because of the short hike you’ll have to take to get to the rock (the hike is relatively easy and generally accomplishable by a person of any age) and you can also check out the Kalaupapa Lookout while you’re in the area.
  4. Kumu Farms. Whether you’re looking for a fresh organic banana to snack on (see item 1 on this list – everyone loves food!) or natural body creams and body scrubs, Kumu Farms is the place to go!
  5. Father Damien’s Church. This attraction is on our list of places to visit during our Molokai Alii Tour, but it felt prudent to include it on this list considering the contributions Father Damien (also popularly known as Saint Damien of Molokai) made to the population of Molokai during his lifetime.

Our Molokai Ferry runs 7 days a week between Lahaina, Maui and Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai; two carry on items are allowed per person, and children under the age of three are free. For more information, visit our Molokai Ferry page, or if you think a planned tour is more your speed then we’d recommend our Molokai Alii Tour, where your day is planned and you’re taken around Molokai in a comfortable air conditioned bus with a knowledgeable local tour guide.

There are so many fun, interesting, and educational things to do on Molokai that it was difficult to limit our list to just five. If you’ve done any of the things on our list, we hope you’ll share your experience with us!

Go on a Molokai Adventure with Hawaii Ocean Project

Whether this is your first visit to the Hawaiian Islands or you call Hawaii home, Molokai is a place that needs to be on your bucket list of places to visit; its lush and unspoiled beauty hearken back to the days of old Hawaii. Nicknamed the “The Friendly Isle”, you will feel at home in the verdant oasis while you are greeted with aloha by the locals.

Because we proudly operate the only interisland ferry that runs between Maui and Molokai, we are in the unique position to be able to offer fun day adventure tour packages! We can’t think of a better way to take Molokai off your travel bucket list. We offer two different tour packages to suit your needs – The Alii Tour Package and the Cruise and Drive Package.

The Alii Tour Package will see you explore beautiful Molokai with a knowledgeable local tour guide. You will travel by air conditioned bus to see important historic sites, such as Father Damien’s church. This package includes a continental breakfast, lunch at a local restaurant in Kaunakakai town, and round trip tickets on our interisland ferry.

Our Cruise and Drive package is very straightforward. Book with us and we provide you with round trip tickets on the Molokai ferry, assist in booking your rental vehicle, and provide a map to start you off on your adventure!

Book online using our website and you will receive our moderately lower Internet only rates. Additionally, we are currently in whale watching season which runs through May and although we can’t guarantee it, you might definitely see some whales while aboard our beautiful interisland yacht, the Molokai Princess.

And don’t forget – whether you book a Molokai Adventure, or any of our other tours, we would love to hear from you on social media if you have anything fun and noteworthy to share! Join the conversation with us on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

Spending The Day in Beautiful Lahaina

Are you coming from another part of the island to join Hawaii Ocean Project on one of our excellent boat tours?  While in Lahaina be sure to check out some of the other things to do.  For example, the Lahaina Historical Trail is a must see for visitors.

Below is some information about the trail to help plan your day in Lahaina:

  • The trail begins at the Baldwin House, located off of Dickenson and Front Street.  This is walking distance from HOP’s dock in the harbor.
  • There are three different walking trails to explore.  The Founder trail takes you around the famous Banyan tree, showcasing 23 different sites and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
  • The Navigator trail will direct you up and down Front Street, pointing out 17 historical sites, taking approximately one hour to complete.  We suggest grabbing lunch at one of the many restaurants to choose from on Front Street while exploring this trail.
  • After lunch, start off on the Voyager trail.  This trail will take 45 minutes to complete, depending on how many picture-taking stops are made at the 22 different historical locations.
  • Maps and more may be found on site or at

One of our morning Whale Watch Tours is a perfect choice for those wanting to make a day out of coming to Historical Lahaina.  With multiple departure times to choose from, returning to the harbor before lunch, you’ll be able to explore all the historical and cultural sites of Lahaina in one day.  To book your Lahaina adventure, starting with a whale watch, contact HOP today!

Halloween on Maui

Are you going to be on Maui for Halloween this year?  If so, be sure to check out the festivities happening in Lahaina.  The atmosphere created by the costumed guests closely resembles a Mardi Gras theme.  Below is the schedule of events to take place on Friday, October 31, 2014:

  • From 3pm until midnight the roads will be closed to vehicular traffic from Baker to Prison Street.  Front Street parking will be closed as well.
  • The 36th annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade will take place, down Front Street to the Banyan Tree Park, starting at 4:30pm.
  • Live entertainment will feature The Haiku Hillbilly’s at Campbell Park, beginning at 6pm until 8pm.
  • An adult costume contest will run from 7pm to 9pm at Banyan Tree Park.  Sign-up begins at 6pm at the Pioneer Inn.  The winner will be announced at 9:30pm.
  • Other activities throughout the evening, at Campbell Park, are to include: keiki activities, face painting, photo opportunities, and food booths.
  • Both, Campbell Park and Banyan Tree Park, will close at 10pm.

Last year this event attracted approximately 28,000 participants.  Accordingly, parking will be a challenge; ensure plenty of time to get there early or, better yet, reserve a taxi or shuttle for transportation to and from the festivities.  While in the West Maui area, consider booking a Hawaii Boat Tour or Cruise with Hawaii Ocean Project.

Hawaii Ocean Project at Lahaina Second Friday

hop stuffReady to enjoy a bit of fun whale education on the shores of West Maui’s famous Front Street? Then mark your calendar to come on down to Lahaina’s Second Friday celebration this February 14th. Among the many exhibitors, food vendors, and entertainment on hand during the Second Friday street party, representatives from the Hawaii Ocean Project will be on hand with our friends from the Whale Trust Maui with an educational exhibit for whale and marine life lovers of all ages at Campbell Park. come discuss the many qualities of our beloved humpback whales with our Hawaii Ocean Project experts, view a number of great educational materials, and even pick up a HOP “whale’s tail” souvenir or two!

Once the sun sinks into the horizon (a magnificent event in itself, perfectly viewed from Front Street’s wonderful waterfront walkway,) Campbell Park will play host to an exclusive screening of Flip Nicklin’s fantastic documentary film “Whales in Love.” A fantastic, fun, and FREE celebration of the whales which grace our islands’ waters this time each year, this February’s Second Friday event will definitely be a “must attend.”

For more information on the HOP booth, or to book your Maui whale watch, contact our staff at the Hawaii Ocean Project today! Mahalo!