Fridays are the summit of the seven days we call a week, situated as they are at the end of a 40-hour marathon and the start of a two-day reprieve. It’s a day so hotly anticipated someone once exclaimed, “Thank God it’s Friday,” which became an acronym (TGIF), which became a restaurant chain.

Of course we humans are pathological tinkerers, always looking for ways to make good things better. That brings us to Maui Friday Town Parties (, the brainchild of the Maui County Office of Economic Development. We extend our sincerest kudos to those wild and crazy bureaucrats for devising an initiative that has added even more fun to the best day of the week.

Maui Friday Town Parties is essentially a community fair that rotates among five sites beginning in Wailuku the first Friday of the month. The parties then shift to Lahaina, Makawao, Kihei,and Lanai in that order. They are a great way to start the weekend under the stars and enjoy Maui’s small-town ambience.

Many retailers, galleries and boutiques operate extended hours and highlight special promotions. Crafters, artisans and chefs add their creativity to the event. If you’re looking for something different to do on a Friday evening, Maui Friday Town Parties offers a special night of fun, free entertainment and promotions from each town’s family of merchants.

If you’re staying at Kahana Villa ( on a Friday and looking for a fun way to spend the evening, check out a Maui Town Party. You’re sure to have a good time!