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Lahaina Chinese Kite Festival 2017

This year's festival will span four days, and include community construction of a giant Chinese serpent kite.
April 07, 2017

Lahaina Chinese Kite Festival 2017


This year's Chinese Kite Festival in Lahaina will span over four days of fun, from April 13th to the 16th. There will be kite making, kite flying and fascinating demonstrations and presentations. To top it off, the event will include a delightful spread of food, kids' craft activities and Chinese cultural arts. Since the festival is fun, free and educational, it has become a popular family favorite among visitors and residents alike. If you're thinking about dropping by on your Maui vacation, here is the lowdown on what will be happening on each of the four days of the festival this year.


Thursday, April 13th – Drop by the Lahaina Cannery Mall to join a community kite-making project with Master Kite Artist George Peters of Airworks Studio in Colorado. Together, you and the other participants will help to build the largest serpent kite that Lahaina has ever seen. When completed, it should be quite the marvel to behold. Luckily, Maui's steady trade winds are ideal for keeping a large kite afloat. This one will take about two days to complete, and will be flown during the kite flying festivities that will take place on Saturday. The hours for this part of the event are from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 14th – The festivities will continue at the Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse on Front Street in Lahaina Town from 10:00 a.m. all the way to 8:00 p.m., and admission is free. There will be a fascinating array of kites on display, including ancient and modern styles from all around the world. Dr. Busaba Yip will hold presentations on Ancient Chinese Kites, and George Peters will share his knowledge on Modern Kite Flying at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. He will also help the kids make unique kites of their own, with a variety of shapes and colors to choose from. Construction of the giant Chinese serpent kite will pick up from where it left off on the previous day, so you can participate any time from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. if you so choose. Between 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Brenda Wong will demonstrate Chinese knot tying, while 'Ono BBQ will provide Chinese food and tea for purchase. Their menu includes Char Siu Manapua for $3 and Char Siu Chinese BBQ plate or Crispy Roast Pork plate for $10.

Saturday, April 15th – All the kite-building efforts of the prior two days will culminate for the Kite Flying Day of the festival, which will be held on the Lahaina Cannery Mall's south lawn. Kids will still have a chance to design and build a kite from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with the help of Kite Artist George Peters. His Airworks Studio will provide displays of kites and colorful banners. The giant Chinese serpent kite will fly at 11:00 a.m., and then folks can fly their own kites with the pros until 2:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Sunday, April 16th – This one is being called the bonus day, and from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., it will feature a kite flying air show by the kite masters, which include kite masters Robert Loera of Hawai‘i Kitefliers Association and George Peters of Airworks Studio. The show will be held over the Lahaina Recreation Center's park. The kites will be hard to miss, so you shouldn't have trouble finding it.


If you need more information about the event, you can call Wo Hing Museum at 808-661-5553 or visit lahainarestoration.org. If you're looking for convenient accommodations, we have some beautiful Lahaina vacation rental homes and Kaanapali vacation condos located nearby the festivities of this event, and many others that are happening in West Maui. If you need our assistance finding the right accommodations to suit your needs and preferences, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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