Celebrating Labor Day in HawaiiAugust 8, 2012 By: Jena Tesse Fox
This Labor Day, Hawaii will be one of the top 10 vacation destinations in the country, according to Fly.com. If you have clients headed to the islands for the last weekend of summer, they can always relax on the beach, eat at a luau (which is almost like a barbecue...almost), hike up volcanoes (or near volcanoes, anyway)…but there are other fun events that are worth exploring, too. Here are just a few:
Kaanapali Beach Resort is presenting the first annual Kaanapali Fresh, a new three-day summer event that focuses on the cuisine of Kaanapali. The entire resort will come together to offer visitors opportunities to sample chefs' menus and learn about Grown-on-Maui products with Maui's farmers. There's exciting entertainment by Spyro Gyra and Makana at the "Kaanapali Food & Wine Festival" and Third Eye Blind at the "Concert Under the Kaanapali Moonlight".
On Hawaii Island, the Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races is the world's largest outrigger canoe race in the world, with participants speeding through Kailua-Kona's waters for the whole Labor Day weekend. The race weekend also includes a luau, craft fair, Hawaiian paddling clinic, Torchlight Parade, concert and much more.
Several museums throughout the islands will offer free admittance to active members of the military. Visitors can tour the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii State Art Museum in Honolulu, Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Lyman Museum and Mission House in Hilo, Laupahoehoe Train Museum in Laupahoehoe, and Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum in Puunene.
Photo courtesy of Kirk Lee Aeder and the HTA