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There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a place, than taking classes about its culture, history, food and more. Much of that can be done on Maui for free.
You can take ukulele lessons from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.
The Whalers Village shopping center in Ka’anapali offers a bunch of different classes — all for free:
- Learn how to make a lei — the garland of flowers given as a tradition to guess arriving or departing — at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the lower courtyard.
- Watch a free movie with free popcorn on Tuesday and Thursday nights (shows start 15 minutes after sunset) at the lower level courtyard. Recent movies included “Aladdin” and “Goosebumps.” Check the weekly movie schedule online.
- Learn how to weave with coconut fronds from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the front entrance of the Whale Pavilion.
- Learn about the coconut and watch a husking demonstration from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays at the beach entrance.
If you stay at the Ka’anapali Hotel, you can participate in a dozen Hawaiian cultural activities — all free for guests. (It will cost non-hotel guests $20.) Activities include lei making, hula dancing, learning to cloth print and weave with plants, learning how to play the ukulele, learning about Hawaiian storytelling and learning some common Hawaiian words and phrases and a coconut hulking demonstration.
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