Maui Upcoming 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.

 

On-Going Events

Wednesday Nights 
Kihei Wednesday Night Group Run meets at the Kihei Aquatic Center parking lot located at 303 Lipoa St. for the 4.1 or 2.4 mile run. Walkers are also welcome. Two start times, 5:15pm and 5:30pm. Visit virr.com.

Wednesday & Thursday Nights
Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert at the indoor amphitheatre at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. Tickets $38 pre-sale or $45 at the door. Seating Limited. Show at 7:30pm. Dinner show also available. Visit slackkeyshow.com.

Last Thursday of the Month
Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina the event is free from 6pm-7:30pm 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 808-270-7710.

Second Friday of The Month
Free Concert in the Park (across from the Pioneer Inn) in Lahaina, crafts and food. 5pm-8pm. Call 808-270-7710.

Third Friday of The Month
First Friday of The Month in Makawao
shop, eat, drink and enjoy Makawao town. Baldwin Avenue will be closed between Brewer Road and Makawao Avenue. 6pm-9pm. Call 808-270-7710.

Fourth Friday of The Month
Street Party at Azeka Shopping Center
 in Kihei with food trucks, activities, entertainment, crafters and kids games. 6pm-9pm. Call 808-270-7710.

Friday Nights
Art Gallery Night in Lahaina
, 7pm-10pm special displays at Lahaina art galleries.

 

July 2017

July-August
Bon Dance Festivals celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. For a schedule of days and places on Maui visit hongwanjihawaii.com.

July 1
52nd Annual Makawao Rodeo Parade “Ka Nahono Paniolo” starts on Baldwin Avenue, marches through Makawao town and ends on Makawao Avenue at the Eddie Tam Gym. 8am-2pm on July 1st. Parking is available at Oskie Rice Arena with a free shuttle to Makawao town from 7am-1:30pm There is a rodeo takes place July 1 & 2 at Oskie Rice Arena. Call 808-268-8729.

July 2
Maui Taiko 20th Anniversary Concert the group invites you to celebrate with them and their friends: Uneme Daiko (Koriyama, Japan), Marco Leinhard –Taikoza (New York), Nakayama & Maui Minyo Kai (Maui), and nationally acclaimed, San Jose Taiko. 2pm-5pm at at Maui Arts and Culture Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

July 4
Fireworks & More 
Lahaina town is the place to be as they host fun for all ages including arts, face painting, lots of live music and more. Maui’s best Independence Day celebration tops off with a grand fireworks show starting at 8pm. Jazz Maui will perform music on two stages. Call 808-667-9175.

July 15
8th Annual Maui2Molokai providing the local and international SUP Community with two weeks of epic downwind racing. At Honolua Bay. Visit maui2molokai.com.

July 26
Migrations Lu‘au Show an audience of no more than 50 guests per night. Performers are not set off in a distant stage. Plated, locally sourced Pacific Rim-Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Traditional ‘awa ceremony with performer at each table. 5:30pm-8:30pm at Sugar Beach Events, 85 N. Kihei Rd., Kihei. Visit sugarbeacheventshawaii.com.

July 29
The MayJah RayJah Music Festival with the biggest line-up in its 8-year history. Featuring one super solid night of premiere island entertainment with Grammy nominated reggae group, SOJA, along with New Zealand’s reggae heavyweights, KATCHAFIRE and MANALION, and always more surprise guests. Ticket range from $39-$109. Ticket go on sale May 27. 5pm-10pm at Maui Arts and Culture Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

 

August 2017

August
Bon Dance Festivals celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. For a schedule of days and places on Maui visit hongwanjihawaii.com.

August 4
Youth Art Exhibition 
showcases the work of 250+ youth participating in the Hui’s summer arts programming. 9am-4pm at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. Visit huinoeau.com.

August 12 & 13
Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival through a celebration of hula, auana (new) and kahiko (old), with a day of exhibits, workshops, artisans and a lifetime achievement award dedicated to a pillar in the hula community. Daily at the Lahaina Banyan Tree. Call 808-264-8779.

August 26
1st Annual Ulu Festival spend the day at the Gardens learning about the delicious, nutritious, affordable Breadfruit! Native Hawaiian plants will be sold at this event. 9am-3pm at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului. Visit mnbg.org.

August 30
Migrations Lu‘au Show an audience of no more than 50 guests per night. Performers are not set off in a distant stage. Plated, locally sourced Pacific Rim-Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Traditional ‘awa ceremony with performer at each table. 5:30pm-8:30pm at Sugar Beach Events, 85 N. Kihei Rd., Kihei. Visit sugarbeacheventshawaii.com.

 

September 2017

September 16
Maui Jim Pailolo Challenge 
location (Venue): DT Flemings Beach, Maui to Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai. Start 7:30am. An incredible 26-mile downwind canoe race from D.T. Fleming Beach on Maui to Kaunakakai Pier on Molokai. Paddling teams from all over the globe come to participate in “The World’s Funnest Canoe Race.” Free for spectators. Visit pailolo.com.

September 23
St. John’s Kula Festival there will be live entertainment all day long including: Kanekoa, recent Hoku recipients, the halau of Kumu Makaala Palmore, Joel Katz, Jamie Lawerence, Brian & Meryl, and Soul Kitchen. There will be ono local food. $1 admission with children under 10 years of age are free. 9am-4pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8992 Kula Hwy, Kula. Visit stjohnsmaui.org/kulafest.

September 27
Migrations Lu‘au Show an audience of no more than 50 guests per night. Performers are not set off in a distant stage. Plated, locally sourced Pacific Rim-Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Traditional ‘awa ceremony with performer at each table. 5:30pm-8:30pm at Sugar Beach Events, 85 N. Kihei Rd., Kihei. Visit sugarbeacheventshawaii.com.

September 30
Chinese Moon Festival in Lahaina pays tribute to the island’s harvest of locally grown produce as well as honored traditions from China at Wo Hing Museum on Front Street. Chinese teas will be served to the accompaniment of traditional music with an erhu string instrument and gu zheng harp instrument in the evening. Enjoy a display of lanterns and cultural activities like calligraphy and knot tying. Kids can learn how to make paper lanterns and plant moon flower seeds. Hear a talk on the history of moon festivals in China. Watch Chinese cooking demonstrations; traditional moon cakes will be offered for sale. Free admission. 10am-8pm. Visit lahainarestoration.org.

 

October 2017

October 13
Maui Marathon & Half Marathon
one of the top 10 Most Scenic Marathons in the nation by Runner’s World magazine. Noon-5pm at Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Ka‘anapali. Visit mauimarathon.com.

October 20
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Roy’s Annual Golf Classic at Ka‘anapali Golf Course. Perhaps the most delicious golf event around, this 18-hole benefit tournament for IMUA Family Services features six culinary tastings, six wine, cocktail, and beer stations, and luxurious prizes. With a shotgun start and bramble format, your threesome will be treated to the best par-tee. Noon-9pm. Visit hfwf.me.

October 25
Migrations Lu‘au Show an audience of no more than 50 guests per night. Performers are not set off in a distant stage. Plated, locally sourced Pacific Rim-Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Traditional ‘awa ceremony with performer at each table. 5:30pm-8:30pm at Sugar Beach Events, 85 N. Kihei Rd., Kihei. Visit sugarbeacheventshawaii.com.

October 31
Halloween in Lahaina the host of one of the largest Halloween parties in Hawaii, often dubbed the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific”. Front Street closes off all streets to traffic, allowing costumed visitors and residents the chance to walk freely down the street and enjoy the many events held throughout the evening. An annual keiki parade and costume contest are some of the main attractions, but many bars and restaurants also offer their own entertainment in the form of live music, drink specials and smaller-scale costume contests. Visit lahainatown.com.