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.
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.
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.
September 15 & 16
Festivals of Aloha Banyan Tree Park Ho‘olaulea join under the banyan tree in Lahaina for cultural activities and crafts. 9am-5pm both days. Visit festivalsofaloha.com.
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.
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.
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.
Festivals of Aloha Hana Parade & Hoolaulea opening parade with Hana Royal Court, pa’u riders, floral floats, vintage cars, custom motorcycles, marching band and much more. Ho’olaule’a to follow. 11am-10pm. Visit festivalsofaloha.com.
Hana Legends Community Theatre allows cultural practitioners a platform to teach their skills and knowledge of hula (dance), mele (music), oli (chant), and noeau (artistic skill) by telling a legendary story through contemporary mediums. 6pm-8pm at Hana Ball Park. Call 808-248-7569.
October 6 & 7
10th Annual Paddle for Life over 200 cancer survivors and supporters will journey across the open ocean in six-man outrigger canoes to embark on a challenging physical, mental and emotional journey. The teams will travel in six-person outrigger canoes across the ‘Au‘au channel from Lahaina to Lana‘i. 6am start. Call 808-242-7661.
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. 9am-5pm in Lahaina under the Banyan Tree, 671 Front St. Visit facebook.com/EFSHF/.
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.
21st Annual Roy’s Golf Classic at Ka‘anapali Golf Course a dinner reception and award ceremony to follow at Roy’s Kaanapali. Call 808-554-3367.
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Spiked! thirteen distinguished chefs have been challenged to push their seasoning envelopes. Explore a world of flavor, from anise to za’atar, as you make your way from one station to the next. 5pm-9pm. At Sheraton Maui resort & Spa in Ka‘anapali. Call 808-738-6245.
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival: Symphony of Flavors six culinary masters known for orchestrating indulgence will create a six-course dinner of dishes that would make Mozart swoon. Each course will be harmoniously paired with wines by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Hawaii. 6pm-9pm at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Ka‘anapali. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.
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.
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.
November 2 & 3
5th Annual Made in Maui Festival features over 140 vendors offering a wide variety of made in Maui County products, including food, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, furniture, gifts, collectibles and more. Those who want to be first through the gate and who appreciate a leisurely shopping experience will enjoy an “Exclusive Shopping Day” on Friday from 1:30pm to 6pm. Festivities include the Opening Ceremony and complimentary pupus at 5 pm. Food will also be available for purchase from food trucks up to 5:30pm. Attendees will receive a free festival tote bag and have the opportunity to win a special Maui getaway (must be present to win). Tickets ($35 per person, children 12 and under are free) will be available via the MACC Box Office starting August 1st. Saturday is the gemayel public day from 8am-4:30pm. $5 admission and children 12 and under are free. At the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-281-0810.
Chinese Heritage Festival in Lahaina celebrates the town’s enduring Chinese heritage and also honors the achievements of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as The Father of Modern China, during this annual festival at Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street. Enjoy a film tribute and historical displays depicting the Sun family connection from Maui to China (available all day). In the evening, try your hand at cultural art activities like calligraphy, knot tying and printmaking. Free admission. 10am-8pm. Call 808-661-5553.
Turkey Trot annual run up in Kula at Rice park. The Turkey Trot is a unique race where the winners are the runners who are closest to guessing their time in the 16 mile or 8 mile runs, not who crosses the finish line first. No timing devices are allowed. Start: 8 Mile Starts at 8am, 16 Mile Starts at 7am. Donations of food for the Maui Food Bank accepted. Call 808-222-2484.
Pint Night for the Birds Maui Brewing Company hosts benefit night for the birds. Half the pub profits from house beers sold will go towards protecting native birds on Maui. Enjoy local beers while helping endangered species. 6pm-10pm at 4405 Honoapiilani Hwy, Kahan. Visit mbcrestaurants.com.
Christmas 5K, 1 Mile Walk, or Santa’s Half Mile Keiki Dash a special race for keiki 8 years and under – starts at 7:30am. There are no bib numbers or run times for the Keiki Dash. 5.5K Run: Starts at 7:35am. Note: This race will not be timed but there will be a clock set up. 1 Mile Walk: Starting immediately after the 5K runners leave the start line, the 1 Mile Walk starts from the parking lot and along the bike path and back. $20. Meet at 401 Alakapa Pl., Pa‘ia. Visit virr.com.
Erdman Maui 7’s Invitational watch top flight high school and youth rugby on the world’s best tropical island. At Keopulani Regional Park, 700 Halia Nako, Wailuku. Call 808-205-1723.