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.
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.
Third & Fifth Wednesday of the Month
Concerts at The Shops at Wailea monthly concert series that is open to the public and features headlining musicians from across the Hawaiian Islands. 5:30pm-7pm free event. Call 808-891-6770.
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.
Art Gallery Night in Lahaina, 7pm-10pm special displays at Lahaina art galleries.
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.
Sundays—Dec. 1, 2019 through Oct. 25, 2020
Jazz Sundays Prem Brosio from Maui headlines with friends on the main stage from 10am-11am at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. Call 808-283-3576.
Maui Pops Broadway Pops Concert features the vocal talents of Jodi Benson, who received worldwide recognition and critical acclaim as the beloved, original voice of Ariel in the Academy Award winning Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Little Mermaid.” 3pm-5pm Tickets: $60, $50, $35, $22 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
10th Annual Maui Open Studios is a series of free self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibitions throughout the island of Maui. 5pm-8pm at the UHMC Paina Culinary Arts Center in Kahului where visitors can meet many of the artists, preview their work, pick up guidebooks, enjoy live music, and complimentary wine throughout the evening. Opening celebration is followed by three weekends of artist open studios when the public is invited to visit over 100 artists at their venues. Call 415-450-1307.
Maui Whale Festival celebrate the return of the humpback whales to Maui. Events will engage ages and interests of all kind, including the Run & Walk for Whales on Feb 1, a reimagined Whale Day and Parade of Whales on Feb 8, the World Whale Film Festival on Feb 14, concert cruises, photo safaris, VIP ecotours and so much more. Visit MauiWhaleFestival.org to see the full line-up of festival events. Visit mauiwhalefestival.org.
Moses Goods in “Paniolo” the fascinating history and legacy of the paniolo is brought to the stage. The production includes both traditional and original songs and brings to life key moments in the evolution of a unique and treasured facet of Hawaii’s culture. Tickets: $28. 7:30pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Whale Tales 2020 featuring talks from world-renowned researchers on cetaceans and the ocean environment, stunning underwater photography and video of whales, immersive hands-on educational opportunities presented by marine research and conservation organizations, and benefit whale watches. Suggested donation of $20 per person. Benefit Whale Watch tickets will start at $65 per person. At the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. Visit whaletales.org.
Observe & Play Family Day brings families together to experience our world-class gallery, view the exhibit, and engage in hands-on art-making fun. Free event. 10am-noon at at Maui Arts & Cultural Center Schaefer International Gallery, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-2787.
Maui Pops Winter Pops Concert an afternoon of great music as Keola Beamer, Master of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar recently inducted into Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, and one of the premier singer/songwriters in Hawaii, performs with the 50+ member Maui Pops Orchestra. 3pm-5pm Tickets: $60, $50, $35, $22 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
9th Annual Maui for Kids 5K a timed 5K race and a fun, untimed 1 Mile Run/Walk for Keiki and adults. 7am start from Maalaea Harbor Shops. Visit maui5k.org.
India Ink Theatre Presents Mrs. Krishnan’s Party an utterly disarming comedy that seats the audience around the dining table and at the kitchen bench in the back room of an Indian-run convenience store. 7:30pm at at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Maui Pops Spring Pops Concert an afternoon of pure bliss – this time sharing the spotlight with the phenomenal vocalist/pianist Tony DeSare. DeSare was named the 2009 Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, and his career has been on fire ever since, performs with the 50+ member Maui Pops Orchestra. 3pm-5pm Tickets: $60, $50, $35, $22 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Lucky Plush Presents Rink Life combines theater, physical comedy, full-throttle postmodern dance, and social commentary that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970’s roller rink culture. Tickets: $20, $35, $45. 7;30pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Great Whale Count brings volunteers together to count whales from 12 survey sites along the shoreline of Maui as part of a long-term survey of humpback whales in Hawaii. 8am-noon. Visit mauiwhalefestival.org.
Proof of Loyalty—Kazuo Yamane & the Nisei Soldiers of Hawai‘i a Nisei Japanese American from Hawai‘i, played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of U.S. history. Tickets: $20. 6pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Banyan Tree Birthday Party the most famous landmark in Lahaina – the Banyan Tree was planted in 1873 by the Sheriff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Missionaries. The tree was brought from India, and was only 8 feet high at the time of planting. It now has a dozen main trunks, and spreads over two-thirds of an acre. Festivities include a birthday cake, live music, silent auction, Maui artists, and more. Free, 9am-5pm. Call 808-667-9175.
Women Poets of Oceania Showcase exploring the survival of culture and story with a cast representing Samoa, the Marshall Islands, Fiji, and Hawaii, this multimedia spoken-word performance reimagines the Pacific in contemporary times. $28. 7:30pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Kumu Kahua Theatre: “The Conversion of Kaahumanu” by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, a playwright of Hawaiian and Samoan descent, this drama focuses on the lives of three Hawaiian women and two missionary women as they experience personal and cultural changes in response to Western contact in Hawaii. $28. 7:30pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
27th Annual Ha‘iku Ho‘olaule‘a & Flower Festival with fabulous live entertainment, an artisan marketplace, culinary delights, the Ha‘iku Living Legacy, new HCA community mapping project, book sale, farmers market, silent auction, various keiki activities and much more. The event will have a new interactive Keiki Zone with games and activities and the addition of Digital Bus Maui, a Mobile Science & Technology Education Laboratory, offering the keiki hands-on educational adventures. 9am-4pm at Ha‘iku Elementary School, 105 Pauwela Rd, Haiku. Visit haikuhoolaulea.org.
28th Annual East Maui Taro Festival features all day Hawaiian music and hula, featuring local entertainers. The large Ag Tent is where the Farmers Market is located, with vendors selling plants, flowers, taro and taro products, pressed cane juice, coffee and fresh poi among many other offerings. The Lind Ohana offers poi tasting and fills bags of fresh poi to go. Large Demo Tent where cultural practitioners share their expertise with hands-on activities: poi-pounding, kapa cloth making, toy making, lauhala weaving, lomi sticks. 9am-5pm at Hana Ballpark. Call 808-264-1553.
The Tonga Sisters five-part harmony to ring out from the Tonga home in Kahuku, where five sisters break into song at the drop of a note. $30, $40. 7:30pm at at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.