LAHAINA - Front Street from Baker to Hotel streets will be closed from 5 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday when the Maui Chamber of Commerce puts on its annual fireworks show and entertainment in Lahaina town for the Fourth of July.
Front Street will be a tow-away zone beginning at 3 p.m. No bicycles or mopeds will be allowed. Also banned are alcohol, coolers, open burning and fireworks. People parking in lots that only exit onto Front Street will not be able to leave during the road closure.
The fireworks show is at 8 p.m., and people may tune their radios to 99.9 KISS FM for simultaneous music during the show. About 18,000 residents and visitors are expected to attend.
Slack key master George Kahumoku Jr., the Maui Community Band and the University of Hawaii Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music will perform beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn facing the harbor.
Between 5 and 8 p.m., LahainaTown Action Committee will offer music and games at Campbell Park, which is across the street from Pioneer Inn. Waiola Church, custodian of the park, will sell food with proceeds going to children's charities.
The Maui Chamber of Commerce will sell Independence Day T-shirts and have its Fourth of July Spinning Wheel, which people can use to compete for prizes from merchants.
There also will be keiki games and appearances by Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty.
The Maui Chamber of Commerce West Side Committee raised funds for the event. The chamber still is in need of contributions from businesses and others to reach its fundraising goal. It is seeking funds to help establish a reserve fund to kick-start a similar campaign next year. Contributions may be made at the website mauichamber.org.