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5th Friday Returns to Lanai for October Town Party

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) announced today a special incentive for Maui residents and visitors to support Lanai businesses by attending the upcoming 5th Friday Town Party in Lanai City on October 30, 2015.

To accommodate the special Friday event, OED has teamed up with Expeditions Ferry and the Lanai Chamber of Commerce to provide round-trip ferry and ground transportation between Maui and Lanai, including a special late-night ferry that departs Manele Harbor at 9:30 p.m. Expeditions’ last ferry to Maui on a regular day is at 6:45 p.m.

The 5th Friday Lanai Package includes a round-trip ferry ride between Lahaina Harbor and Manele Harbor, round-trip ground transportation between Manele Harbor and Lanai City, and an event passport. Visiting participating businesses and collecting stamps for the passport gains entry into a free prize drawing. Details can be found at www.fifthfridaylanai.com.

Residents and visitors can choose to depart from Lahaina on the Expeditions ferry at 9:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m. or 3:15 p.m.; however, departure from Manele Harbor is limited to 9:30 p.m. only.

The cost for the package is $60 per adult and $50 per child and can be booked at http://goo.gl/IsdVCw. A discounted price is also available for kamaaina who already have a ticket booklet from Expeditions; please visit the above website for more details.

All businesses will be open throughout the Friday Town Party event, which runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be food booths and restaurants serving up local favorites as well as several music and entertainment venues. Additionally, attendees will be able to tour and watch movies at the newly renovated Lanai Theater as well as visit the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.

“Our Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is diligently working to assist the businesses of Lanai while the island’s hotels are closed for renovation,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of OED. “During the 5th Friday parties in May and July, the late night ferry that we chartered was completely full of happy people that thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and evening on Lanai.

“Lanai City is such a special place, and has a treasure trove of small shops with friendly staff. We encourage our residents to support these businesses by attending the final 5th Friday Town Party for 2015,” she said.

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