Maui Calendar of Events
In guidebooks before Maui Revealed, we listed a calendar of local events for the island. It was a colossal waste of time! Things change so often in Hawaii that we couldn’t keep it current. The Web fixes that. Don’t get me wrong. Some of the events listed below will not occur or will change time or place. That’s because decisions about these things are made quite capriciously in the islands, often the day of the event. We’ll change this page daily if we have to, but you can’t bet your life on the timeliness of these events. Nonetheless, if you’re interested in attending a local event, these might be worth checking into.
Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert at the indoor amphitheatre at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. Tickets $40 Seating Limited. Show at 7:30pm. Call Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Productions for more information at 1-888-669-3858.
Last Thursday of the Month
Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina the event is free from 11am-12:30pm on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn. Call (808) 661-3262.
First Friday of The Month
First Friday of The Month in Wailuku shop, eat, drink and enjoy Wailuku town on Market Street. 6pm-9pm. Call 808-878-1888.
Second Friday of The Month
Free Concert in the Park (acorss from the Pioneer Inn) in Lahaina, crafts and food. 5pm-8pm.
Art Gallery Night in Lahaina, 7pm-10pm special displays at Lahaina art galleries.
May 31-June 2
8th Annual Waa Kiakahi Hawaiian Canoe Sailing Festival dedicated to traditional Hawaiian canoe sailing and the education of its history. Friday at 3pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 8am at Ka‘anapali Beach Resort. Call 808-661-3271.
32nd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival includes a golf tournament, winemakers’ dinners, signature finishing event and the Kapalua Seafood Festival featuring 15 of Maui’s finest restaurants. Tickets may be purchased at: www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com or call 1-800-262-8440.
Zenshin Daiko’s 14th Annual Taiko Festival will open with Taiko Center of the Pacific Youth Group. TCP-YG is the children’s group of world-renowned taiko drummer Kenny Endo’s school of taiko on Oahu. The second half of the evening features Maui’s Zenshin Daiko. At Maui Arts & Cultural Center Castle Theater in Kahului, 7pm. Tickets: $20/adults, $10/kids 12 years & under. Call 808-242-7469.
Maui Film Festival along with the films, the star tributes, and filmmaker panels, the five-day festival is about having a good time, Wailea-style. Aloha wear is the dress code at culinary feasts and star-studded parties that take place throughout the resort. The Celestial Cinema at Wailea is located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, on the amphitheater-like slopes of the golf-course driving range. Bring something to sit on. Call 808-579-9244.
Republik Music Festival Year 3 Jamrock Edition with Damian Marley, Santigold, Ghetto Youths Crew and The Throwdowns. Tickets: $42.50/gen adm, $90/VIP ($5 increase on show day). At Maui Arts & Cultural Center Castle Theater in Kahului, 6pm. Call 808-242-7469.
Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau parade & Ho‘olaulea parade & ho‘olaulea (festival). Parade starts from Front St to Kenui St to Shaw St in Lahaina starting at 9am. Ho‘olaulea will follow the parade at Kamehameha Iki Park with music, dance, food and displays. At Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina from 9am-5pm. Call 808-264-8779.
14th Annual Taste of Wailea presented by Wailea Resorts’ celebrated chefs and restaurants, complimented by a delightful assortment of fine wines provided by Southern Wine and Spirits, refreshing Stella Artois beers on draft, Specialty Cocktails, and exotic Maui-tinis. Event is 21 and over only. Live music. David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Kihei 4:30pm-7pm. Call 808-579-9244.
Taste of Chocolate Mabanzi Marimba Maui, an eight piece band playing Dance Music from Africa, the Birthplace of Chocolate, will perform. Specialty Cocktails will flow at the ice bar alongside fine wines, port, and premium beers. At Four Seasons Maui at Wailea 8pm-11:45pm. Call 808-579-9244.
22nd Annual Kihoalu Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival an afternoon of great music in the setting of the renovated amphitheater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. 1pm-7pm. Call 808-226-2697 or visit www.slackkeyfestival.com.
Independence Day in Lahaina a free fireworks display just after sunset, at 8pm. Fireworks can be viewed across Lahaina from the beach, charter boats, or from viewpoints on Front Street.
Niu Festival celebrates the importance of the coconut plant to Native Hawaiians. Enjoy non-stop entertainment, educational workshops, coconut food booths, Coconut Marketplace and Coconut Cook-off. At Grand Wailea (Molokini Garden-Luau Grounds). 4pm-8pm. Call 808-283-9149 or visit www.niufestival.com.
August 30 & 31
2nd Ka‘anapali Fresh a two-day summer event highlighting Kaʻanapali as the premium spot for exquisite cuisine and activities. Offer visitors opportunities to sample chefs’ menus, learn about Grown on Maui products with Maui’s farmers, savor the beauty of Kaʻanapali. Visit www.kaanapalifresh.com.
3rd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival along Maui’s Kaanapali Beach, will provide an evening of delicious food and wines. Attendees will enjoy reserved seating and savor a culinary tour produced by each chef and highlighting Maui grown products. The event runs from 6pm-10pm. Tickets start at $250 per person at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Lahaina. Call 808-738-6245.
Maui Marathon & Half Marathon is an 80% flat course and coastal running event. With a beautiful view throughout the race and great aid stations along the course. 5:30am starting in Kahului. The half marathon starts at Whalers Village in the Kaanapali Beach Resort. Call 808-280-5801.