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.
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.
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.
8th Annual Maui Open Studios are free self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces. Visit mauiopenstudios.com.
Chinese New Year Celebration in Lahaina featuring Chinese lion dancing with drums, cymbals and firecrackers at the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street. After firecrackers are lit, the lions dance down Front Street, stopping in shops and restaurants. Call 808-661-5553.
February 23 & 24
Kumu Kahua Theatre: Wild Birds Amos and Juliette Cooke had the best intentions. In 1839 Honolulu, the couple was deeply honored to be chosen to personally oversee the education of the children of the kings and queens of Hawai‘i. But how does one enforce rigorous discipline on a sacred ali‘i child? When is education a form of imperialism? Inspired by historical events, Wild Birds, a historical drama by Eric Anderson, tells the story of intense cultural clashes, the effects of western education on the indigenous monarchy, and the ultimate disillusionment of a teacher. Tickets: $28. 7:30pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Songs of C&K Hana Hou Henry Kapono presents a tribute to the music of Cecilio & Kapono with Johnny Valentine, Alx Kawakami, and Blayne Asing, Tickets: $15, $35, $45, $55, with a limited number of $125 VIP Experience Tickets. 7:30pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Leilani Farm Sanctuary Tour a personalized guided tour at Leilani Farm.Sanctuary. Explore nature, meet friendly farm animals, and learn about the history of the land and the animals who reside there. Kiss a donkey or deer, cuddle a chicken, pet the friendly cats, give a pig a belly rub, brush the goats and feed carrots to furry rabbits. The tour lasts approximately one hour. $20 (kids are half price). 260 E. Kuiaha Rd., Haiku. Visit leilanifarmsanctuary.org.
Art with Aloha: Lance Genson Mahi La Pierre Free Talk Story & Demo a mixed-media artisan and educator from Maunalua and Kapalama on the island of Oahu. He has worked in the fields of education, conservation, and natural and cultural resource management for the last twenty years. 10am-11am at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. Call 808-572-6560.
Art with Aloha: Lance Genson Mahi La Pierre Ukeke Workshop learn to make your very own ukeke in this hands-on workshop! Using bamboo, students will fashion the Hawaiian musical bow, the ukeke (approximately 20 inches length). $25 plus $10 supplies. Noon-4pm at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. Register at huinoeau.modvantage.com.
Art of Aloha features nine captivating artists from around the world including Alexei Butirskiy, Guy Buffet, Ronaldo Macedo, Steve Matson, Robert Lyn Nelson, Roy Tabora, Michael Talbot, Steve Turnbull and Caroline Zimmermann. Free and open to the public. Refreshments & light pupus will be served. Noon to 4pm at Lahaina Galleries in the heart of Front Street. Call 808-856-3080.
Maui 5K will be a timed 5K race and a fun, untimed 1 Mile Run/Walk for Keiki and adults. Visit maui5k.org.
Jake Shimabukuro renowned for his super-fast and complex finger work, ‘ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has redefined the meaning of music that comes from that instrument. There is no doubt that Jake Shimabukuro embodies the heart and soul of ‘ukulele music. Tickets: $45, $55, $65, $85. 7:30pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
March 24 & 25
Maui Chamber Orchestra Presents Americana, a concert of American music on Sunday join conductors Wills and Russell for “Conversations with the Conductor” at 1:30 pm (this portion of the program is free to all ticketed patrons). Sat at 7:30pm/Sun 25 at 3pm. $27-$55. At Iao Theater, 68 North Market St., Wailuku. Visit mauichamberorchestra.org.
Kenneth Broberg, Piano Silver Medal winner in the 2017 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Kenneth Broberg has been playing since the age of six, and training like an athlete to compete for the prize in the most prestigious classical music contest in the world (held only every four years). A native of Minnesota, the 23-year-old pianist is pursuing graduate studies in Kansas City, while performing and competing in concert halls from Sydney to Seattle. Tickets: $35. 7:30pm at Castle Theatre, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Kuana Torres Kahele is one of the most popular entertainers performing in Hawai‘i and Japan, well known for his poetry-laden lyrics. Kuana currently maintains his own Hawaiian music and culture school in Japan, teaching more than 200 students in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Tickets: $40. 7:30pm at Castle Theatre, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.
Easter Brunch including a petting farm, face painting, Easter themed arts & crafts, live Hawaiian entertainment and, of course, an Easter egg hunt along the ground’s lush, tropical courtyard. Our award-winning Executive Chef Tom Muromoto has created a mouthwatering menu of fresh seafood, including local favorites ahi shoyu & raw crab poke and entrees like slow roasted beef striploin, stuff roasted pork loin, and homemade pork lau lau. Keiki menu offering favorites like pepperoni pizza, hot dogs and assorted ice cream & jello with toppings. Adults $58per person Children 6-12 yrs $26 per person Children 5 and under eat free with a paying adult. At Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy., Ka‘anapali. Call 808-667-0124.
April 6 & 7
Chinese Kite Festival & Kite Flying enjoy an exhibit of handmade kites in ancient and modern styles. Help make a large kite to be flown the next day; purchase one of the many kites for sale. Hear presentations on the history of kites around the world and kite sports. There will be Chinese music and entertainment, teas and food samples served in the garden. Friday from opening til 9pm. On Saturday, take the whole family to fly kites and watch kites soar from 9am-2pm. Free event. At the Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse on Front St., Lahaina. Call 808-661-5553.
10th Annual Maui Steel Guitar Festival a free, 3-day steel guitar festival includes a series of performances, presentations, instructional workshops and nightly jam sessions. April 13 & 14 at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel in Lahaina from 10am-8:30pm, April 15 at Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului Maui from noon-5pm. Visit mauisteelguitarfestival.com.
Kapa Making with Lisa & Lei in-depth, hands-on workshop, students will learn special techniques regarding the cultivation and maintenance of wauke plants, the harvesting and processing of the fiber, proper tool design and use, and traditional practices for making cloth with skilled kapa makers. Workshop fee includes all materials. 9am-3pm. $125. AT Maui Nui Botanical Gardens,150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahulu. Visit mnbg.org.
26th Annual East Maui Taro Festival focuses on Kalo/Taro as a staple food of the Hawaiian diet, as well as being the symbolic “elder brother” of Native Hawaiians. Admission is free. 9am-5pm ay the Hana Ballpark in Hana. Visit tarofestival.org.
Art with Aloha: Kumulaau & Haunani Sing Free Talk Story & Demo will talk about the origin of kites in Polynesia, biomimicry, and how kite designs were inspired from nature. 3pm-4pm at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. Call 808-572-6560.
Plant Dye Making with Lisa & Lei learn innovative processing techniques of many Hawaiian plants, and other substances, to produce traditional natural dyes used on kapa cloth. Workshop fee includes all materials. 9am-3pm. $125. AT Maui Nui Botanical Gardens,150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahulu. Visit mnbg.org.
Na Holo Wahine 5K & 1 Mile Walk an all-women’s event. Food, refreshments, and giveaways at the award ceremony immediately following the race. Visit virr.com.
Noni Workshop with Koi Lum Noni is a kinolau of the Hawaiian god, Ku. Though unpleasant in smell, noni is considered an exceptionally important medicinal plant. Learn more about the uses of noni with Hawaiian cultural Practitioner, Koi Lum. Cost: $50. 9am-noon. $125. AT Maui Nui Botanical Gardens,150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahulu. Visit mnbg.org.