HI FLYING: Trapeze school welcomes newbies


When it comes to being airborne, I think my resume is pretty impressive. Sky diving? Check. Bungee jumping? Check. Paragliding? Check. Hanging out of a helicopter overlooking massive surf at Pe’ahi (aka “Jaws”)? Check!

That said, never in a million years did I expect to find myself atop a 20-foot ladder about to trapeze my way back to solid ground. But I can now cross that one off the list, thanks to the folks at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Lahaina. (The video above shows me trying the knee-hang trick and dismount. See, if I can do it, ANYONE can do it!)

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A trapeze school on Maui, you ask? Indeed, I got a lot of confused looks and some skeptical reactions when I told friends and family I was headed to trapeze class. I also got a lot of chuckles.

“On Maui?!” a friend asked, scrunching her face in disbelief. “Are you joking?…Since when?”

Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Lahaina opened late last year, and people are really starting to catch on. I can see why, too — it’s outrageously addicting! It’s like taking a trip to yesteryear when hours were spent swinging from bar to bar at the nearest jungle gym. Except this time, falling is actually pretty fun too.

The good news is that EVERYONE is invited to Cirque Du Sunday this weekend, May 19, for a day of all things circus. This FREE event will feature a performance by one of the instructors, Anthony Delaney, who has “flown” in shows around the world, including the famed Cirque du Soleil.

If you dare, you can test your own high-flying skills on the trapeze ($10 per swing) or try various aerial arts and gymnastics for just $10. There will also be music, food, vendors and a movie screening — you know, in case you get bored of the trapeze (highly unlikely). The event runs from 2 to 9 p.m. at Emerald City Trapeze Arts, located at 111 Ulupono Street in Lahaina (next to Star Noodle). Check out the poster below for full details. See you there!

UPDATE (Aug. 24, 2013): Cirque du Sunday is now happening EVERY single Sunday! Show starts at 6 p.m. Or try the trapeze from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

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