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Flower shower of ‘green fireworks’ at Westin; real deal in Lahaina may be viewed from sea

July 3, 2012 - Carla Tracy

On the 4th of July, the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas will drop 60,000 orchids from a Blue Hawaii helicopter to shower onlookers witth thousands of fresh flowers. The colorful display will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday showering down from above the resort. Make sure to bring your camera.

Located on Maui’s west side, the resort will also offer barbecue specials you may pair with beer from the Maui Brewing Co. beverage truck from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pailolo Bar & Grill. And, you may enter a watermelon eating contest at 3:30 p.m.

“The environmentally friendly activity promotes a clean and smokeless ‘flowerworks’ alternative to the traditional fireworks and emphasizes the importance of sustainability and caring for the planet,” says the Westin’s Director of Public Relations Sumithra Balraj. “As in the past year, The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is dedicating the Hawaiian Flower Shower to all those who have served the country worldwide.”

Or, you may head out to sea at sunset to enjoy unobstructed open-air views of the Lahaina fireworks, plus get appetizers and ice-cold drinks, on one of several 4th of July Cruises aboard the Pacific Whale Foundation catamarans.

“These popular annual holiday cruises depart from Ma’alaea on Pacific Whale Foundation’s ultra-stable, smooth-riding catamarans,” says Anne Rillero. “Departures are timed to coincide with sunset and offer spectacular golden and rose-hued views of the Pacific, the West Maui Mountains and the neighbor islands.

“The evening also includes a buffet of hot and cold appetizers, including Hawaiian glazed ribs, marinated roast chicken breasts, rolls, Mediterranean pasta salad and potato-mac salad. Wrap up the feast with slices of watermelon and fresh-baked triple chocolate brownies for dessert.”

Throughout the cruise, guests can quench their thirst on locally brewed Maui Brewing Co. beer, plus wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks. (In the interest of a safe holiday for all, alcoholic beverages are limited to three per adult; valid i.d. required to show proof of age.) The galley will also serve unlimited ice-cold sodas and juices.

Departure times are 6:30, 6:45, and 7 p.m. from Ma’alaea Harbor. (The cruises departuring from Lahaina Harbor are now sold out.)

Cost is $69.95 for adults and $49.95 for children ages 12 and under. You may book online at Pacific Whale Foundation Website.


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The July 4h fireworks off of Lahaina Photo courtesy Pacific Whale Foundation