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.

Saturday Nights
Chef’s Table is an interactive, multi-course dining experience.  As each course is served, a Chef speaks to the ingredients and source of the dish as well as its inspiration and composition. Seating is communal, offering diners the opportunity to connect with fellow food and drink enthusiasts. At Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy, Waikapu. Call 808-270-0333.

First Sunday of the Month—March 4 through December 2
Jazz Sundays Prem Brosio from Maui headlines with friends on the main stage from 11am-noon at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. Call 808-283-3576.

 

June 2018

June through August
Bon Dance Season on Maui 
summer usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition — the observance of Obon, held in memory of our departed family members. Festivals feature food and, of course, a big group Obon dance. Everyone is welcome. Details to follow.

June 23
Zenshin Daiko’s 19th Annual Taiko Festival will start with Stanford Taiko, one of the leading collegiate taiko groups in North America. The 50 members of Zenshin Daiko will perform some of their favorite pieces and premier new works written by its members. Kenny Endo, a renowned professional taiko artist from Honolulu, will be the special guest. $20/adults; $10/children 12 and under. 7pm at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

June 24
27th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival Maui Style feature some of the top artists in the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Genre performing for six solid hours at the Amphitheater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Festival will also feature local arts and crafts, snacks, soft drinks and other favorite local foods. Call 808-226-2697.

June 29 & 30
East Meets West Festival encourages cross-cultural dance and musical collaborations in a variety of traditional and original styles inspired by east and west. This two-night concert program features an exciting lineup of professional jazz fusion and international dance artists along with community and student performers. At King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center, 121 Kula Hwy, Makawao. Visit jazzmaui.org.

 

July 2018

July through August
Bon Dance Season on Maui 
summer usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition — the observance of Obon, held in memory of our departed family members. Festivals feature food and, of course, a big group Obon dance. Everyone is welcome. Details to follow.

July 4
4th of July fireworks
in Lahaina start at 8pm and are visible offshore from Front Street. Call 808-667-9175.

July 4
Jazz Maui 4th of July on Lahaina Library’s oceanside lawn next to Pioneer Inn, the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra with special guests will kick-off the concert at 5 pm. Entertainment continues with the Maui Community Band until the fireworks show begins at 8pm. Free. Call 808-283-3576.

July 14
‘Iao Valley 10K & 5K starting at Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot off Vineyard Street Distance: 10k, elevation is 780 feet gain and descent 5k, elevation is 300 feet gain and descent. Visit virr.com.

 

August 2018

July through August
Bon Dance Season on Maui 
summer usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition — the observance of Obon, held in memory of our departed family members. Festivals feature food and, of course, a big group Obon dance. Everyone is welcome. Details to follow.

August 10-12
Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival a weekend of hula in Lahaina under the Banyan Tree. Come check out Maui made artists, free keiki activities and sign up for a hula workshop.

August 14
Benefit Night for the Birds Get one of the many delicious flatbreads at Flatbread Company in Paia and a portion of the profits will go to the conservation of Maui’s native birds. 89 Hana Hwy, Paia. 5pm-10pm. Call 808-573-0280.

August 18
Maui Calls 2018: In Celebration of Hula mix and mingle as they sample delectable creations by chefs from stellar Maui restaurants. Silent and live auctions offer the chance to bid on hundreds of items. Live music by Jimmy Mac and the Cool Cats, as you dance away the night under the glowing roof of Yokouchi Pavilion. All attendees must be over age 21 with valid photo ID. Individual tickets: $195, $225, $300, $500. At the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

 

September 2018

September 8
2nd Annual La Ulu 
is a free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, Pacific ulu varieties for sale, a multi-grower Hawaiian plant sale, free cultural activities, Hawaiian music and hula. 9am-3pm at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului. Call 808-249-2798.

September 21
Ohina Short Film Showcase an evening of incredible independent films from Hawaii. Hawaii’s largest annual short film festival dedicated to gathering and presenting original works by students, amateurs, and professional filmmakers. Although entries can come from around the world, there is only one requirement: a creative relationship to the Hawaiian Islands. 6pm-9pm. At the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-224-8417.

September 22
Chinese Moon Festival pays tribute to the island’s harvest of locally grown produce as well as honored traditions from China during its annual Moon Festival at the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street. Local artists will demonstrate painting the moon in honor of the festival, and youth will perform traditional fan and ribbon dances. Hear a talk on the history of moon festivals in China. Free. 5pm-9pm. Call 808-661-5553.

September 30
Maui ‘Ukulele Festival 2018 a relaxed afternoon on the lawn as acclaimed ukulele musicians fill the air with island music. Fine ‘ukulele will be featured as door prizes, and the festival also features displays of made-in-Hawaii arts and crafts and ono-licious island foods available for purchase. Free admission. 1pm-6pm at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

 

October 2018

October 14
Maui Marathon & Half Marathon 
is the longest consecutively held running event in the state of Hawaii and is the oldest marathon west of the Mississippi River. It has been chosen as one of the top 10 Most Scenic Marathons in the nation. There is a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and a newly added full marathon relay. The full marathon and marathon relay starts in Kahului and ends in Ka‘anapali with scenic views along most of the course. The half marathon, 10K and 5K starts and ends in Ka‘anapali. 5am start. Visit mauimarathon.com.

October 28
XTERRA World Championship – Maui an off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim that starts at D.T. Fleming Beach in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike that climbs 3,500 feet up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5-miles) trail run that traverses forest trails, and beach sand. 9am start. Visit xterraplanet.com.

October 31
Halloween in Lahaina get dressed up or just spectate on one of the biggest nights of the year in Lahaina. Lots of restaurants have specials and contests that night. Bring your camera and be ready to party with the crowd.