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Maui – Free things to do

11. Whale Museums. The Whalers Village Museum is located on the third floor of Build­ing (i, Whalers Village Shopping Center. High­lights include a film presentation about I lawai is whaling era, harpoons, sailors jour­nals, tools and historic photographs. Open 9:30

A.M.-10:00 P.M. daily. 661-5992. Hale Kohola (House of the Whale) provides an in-depth look at the biology and physiology of the great whales, focusing primarily on the humpback. Many important specimens, including a baby humpback skeleton and the skull of one of the largest humpbacks recorded are display. Open 9:30 A.M.-10:00 P.M. daily. 661-6752. The Lahaina Whaling Museum is housed at Crazy Shirts retail shop, 865 Front Street in Lahaina, Among the items tin exhibit are harpoons, ships logs and lovely examples of scrimshaw. Open 9:00 A,M.-10:00 P.M. daily. 661-4775.

23- Whale Lectures. A lecture and slide show are sponsored by Ocean Mammals Institute at the Aston Kaanapali Shores Lanai Lounge. Tuesday and Friday evenings, 8:00 P.M. 667-2211. From December through May, whale lectures are held at 8:00 P.M. on Thursday in the lobby of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. 661-0011. Whalers Villages Whale Center of the Pacific hosts an educational slide show Tues­day and Thursday evenings at 7:00 P.M. at the Whalers Village Center Stage (on rainy or windy days, it is held at Hale Kohola). The presentation is led by a naturalist from Hui Moana, a coalition of researchers and educa­tors on Maui who are dedicated to the con­servation of the marine environment. 661-4567.

24. Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Hour-long tours offering a behind-the-scenes look at the $32-million performing and visual arts center are conducted Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. Tour highlights of the twelve-acre complex, located in Maui Central Park in Kahului, include works of art commissioned for the Center and a pa hula, which is used exclusively for ancient Hawaiian chants. Reservations are required. In addition, free art exhibits are held year round at the Center. Each spring, Art Maui, one of Hawaiis most prestigious juried shows, is housed at the Center. Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and collages represent­ing Maui county are included in the show. Open 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Monday). 242-2787.

25. Hula Shows. The Lahaina Cannery (661-5304) presents a keiki show every Sunday at 1:00 P.M., and a hula kahiko performance the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M. At Whalers Village in Kaanapali (661-4567), hula shows are scheduled every Monday, Wednes­day and Friday at 7:00 P.M. Wailea Shopping Village (879-4474) puts on a hula presenta­tion every Tuesday at 1:30 P.M.

26. Hula Moons Don Blanding Collection.

Aston Wailea Resort. Blanding initiated Lei Day, the long-standing tradition of wearing leis on May 1, in 1928. The work of this poet, artist, writer and lecturer is housed in Hula Moon restaurant. The collection includes books and magazine articles written by Blanding, as well as original ink drawings. Open 11:00 A.M.-10 P.M. daily. 879-1922.

27. Maui Tropical Plantation. Honoapiilani Highway, Waikapu. This oasis flourishes with a large variety of fruits, flowers, vegetables and nuts, including sugarcane, banana, guava and macadamia nut trees. A video on the sugar

industry is shown in the Pavilion. There is also an optional forty-minute tram tour (cost is $8.50) of the fifty-acre site. Open 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. daily, 244-7643.

28.  Celebration of the Arts. Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. This tribute to the traditional and contemporary arts of Hawaii is held each year during Faster weekend. Free hands-on work­shops on hula, lei making, lau hala weaving, basket weaving and other crafts are held. Fes­tivities also include an outdoor Hawaiian Food Celebration and concert (admission is charged). 669-6200.

29.  Friday Night is Art Night in Lahaina.

Each Friday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M., Lahainas bustling Front Street becomes the site of art demonstrations, gallery shows and strolling musicians. Maui artists frequently are on hand to sign autographs and share their love for art with the public. An annual block party in July features food booths, entertain­ment and hands-on art projects. Also, dont miss Halloween in Lahaina, the annual Mardi Gras of the Pacific featuring costumed revel­ers. 667-9175.

30.   Tedeschi Winery Tasting Room.

TJlupalakua Ranch, ten miles past the junc­tion of Highways 377 and 37 tip the slopes of Haleakala Crater. Tastings of the winerys prod­ucts—including Maui Brut Champagne, which was served at the inaugural banquet of Presi­dent Reagan—are offered between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. daily. In addition, half-hour tours of the winery and its picturesque grounds are held between 9:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. 878-6058.

Tedeschi Winery. Photo by Anthony At/jo.

31.  Na Mele O Maui. The Kaanapali Beach Resort hosts a celebration of Hawaiian music each December. Events include hula perfor­mances, a keiki song contest, and arts and crafts exhibits. 661-3271.

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