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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 2019

June 16-August 11
First Nations Art of British Columbia is among the most vivid, storied, and distinctive artwork in North America. It is rich in tradition and continually evolving with artists who hold a deep respect for traditional practice, yet emerge with unique interpretations, technical excellence, and mastery of materials. Free Admission. Maui Arts & Cultural Center Schaefer International Gallery, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

June 19
Concerts at The Shops – Kahulanui Hawaiian Swing Band Lower Level in the Fountain Courtyard at The Shops at Wailea. 5:30pm-7pm. Call 808-891-6770.

June 19-21
Fire It Up! live-fire food, wine, beer and bourbon event. Deliciously curated to showcase Hawai‘i’s bountiful meats, seafood and produce cooked exclusively with fire. Bringing together culinary stars from around the country for a weekend of oceanfront indulgence. At the Grand Wailea Resort. $180-$300. Visit grandwailea.com.

June 22
Plant Dye Making with Lis & Lei learn the innovative processing techniques of many Hawaiian plants, and other substances, to produce traditional natural dyes used on kapa cloth. $125. 9am-3pm at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave, Kahului. Call 808-249-2798.

June 22
Zenshin Daiko’s 20th Annual Taiko Festival a celebration of outstanding musicianship played with upbeat fun and boundless heart. Zenshin Daiko has also been recognized as a leading builder of taiko drums from used wine barrels, building most of their own drums and helping to repair taiko for other groups. They will be joined by Roy Hirabayashi, cofounder, and PJ Hirabayashi and Eien Hunter-Ishikawa. $25/adults, $12 kids 12 and under. 7pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

June 23
28th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival “Maui Style” will feature 15 of Hawaii’s Top Artists in the slack key guitar genre. Also, the festival will feature “Made In Hawaii” craft items along with food and snacks from some of Maui’s well known food vendors. Festival is free to the public. At Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. 1pm-7pm. Visit mauiarts.org.

June 23-30
Jazz Maui East Meets West Festival a week-long signature event series that brings together performers, educators and students from Hawaii, the US Mainland and SE Asia for a celebration of jazz music, contemporary dance and Maui’s multi-ethnic cuisine. Visit jazzmaui.org.


July 2019

July 1-August 11
First Nations Art of British Columbia is among the most vivid, storied, and distinctive artwork in North America. It is rich in tradition and continually evolving with artists who hold a deep respect for traditional practice, yet emerge with unique interpretations, technical excellence, and mastery of materials. Free Admission. Maui Arts & Cultural Center Schaefer International Gallery, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

July 3
Jazz at The Shops with Gina Martinelli and Jerry Kovarsky A Maui staple in the entertainment industry for 25 years. Upper level at the Shops at Wailea. 5:30pm-7pm. Call 808-891-6770.

July 4
Independence Day in Lahaina festivities begin in the afternoon with music, food, games and keiki (children) activities. Fireworks are set to display at 8pm from a barge offshore from Front Street. You can view the fireworks from ocean view areas and restaurants on Front Street and surrounding areas.

July 13
Run Iao 10K & 5K 
Distance: 10k, elevation is 780 feet gain and descent 5k, elevation is 300 feet gain and descent Course Description 10K : Starting at the Wailuku Municipal parking lot, runners follow Vineyard Street to Main Street up to the scenic Iao Valley State Park. After the turn around, enjoy a rolling downhill back to Wailuku. Starting at the Wailuku Municipal parking lot at 7:30am. There is also a 5K. Visit virr.clubexpress.com.

July 17
Concerts at The Shops – Amy Hanaialii, Na Hoku Hanohano award winning singer and music maker from Hawaii.  Lower Level in the Fountain Courtyard at The Shops at Wailea. 5:30pm-7pm. Call 808-891-6770.

July 31
Concerts at The Shops – Anuhea, Na Hoku Hanohano award winning singer and music maker from Hawaii.  Lower Level in the Fountain Courtyard at The Shops at Wailea. 5:30pm-7pm. Call 808-891-6770.


August 2019

August 1-4
Tortilla Curtain adapted from T.C. Boyle’s bestselling novel, this is a visceral, thought-provoking drama about peoples’ preconceived notions of those not like oneself. It is a portrait, sometimes dark, sometimes comical, about achieving social-economic upward mobility and the American Dream and explores the universal yearning to connect with and belong to a community. Tickets: $30/GA, $20/students with ID. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

August 1-11
First Nations Art of British Columbia is among the most vivid, storied, and distinctive artwork in North America. It is rich in tradition and continually evolving with artists who hold a deep respect for traditional practice, yet emerge with unique interpretations, technical excellence, and mastery of materials. Free Admission. Maui Arts & Cultural Center Schaefer International Gallery, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

August 7
Jazz at The Shops 
with longtime local favorites Gene Argel and John Zangrando. Whether on piano, keyboards or his beloved Hammond B-3 electronic organ, jazz artist Gene Argel demonstrates his passion for music. Upper level at the Shops at Wailea. 5:30pm-7pm. Call 808-891-6770.

August 17
Maui Calls sample delectable creations by chefs from stellar Maui restaurants. Silent and live auctions offer the chance to bid on hundreds of items, from fabulous Hawaii stays to “uniquely Maui” items, like one-of-a-kind Maui adventures, and “uniquely MACC” items, like autographed music instruments and more. Wrap up the evening with live music and dancing under the glowing roof of Yokouchi Pavilion. All attendees must be over age 21 with valid photo ID. Individual tickets: $195, $225, $300, $500. Tables of 10: $2,250-$10,000. 6pm-10pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center Schaefer International Gallery, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-243-4237.

August 21
Concerts at The Shops – Henry Kaponoi, Na Hoku Hanohano award winning singer and music maker from Hawaii.  Lower Level in the Fountain Courtyard at The Shops at Wailea. 5:30pm-7pm. Call 808-891-6770.

August 24 & 25
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. Visit facebook.com/EFSHF/.


September 2019

September 4
Jazz at The Shops 
a special evening of music with Angela and Phil Benoit. Upper level at the Shops at Wailea. 5:30pm-7pm. Call 808-891-6770.

September 7
3rd annual La Ulu: Breadfruit Day 
free community event will include food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations, Pacific ulu varieties for sale, Hawaiian plant sale, free cultural activities, Hawaiian music and hula. 10am-3pm at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave, Kahului. Call 808-249-2798.

September 13-November 8
Malama Wao Akua 2019 a juried art exhibition celebrating the native species of Maui Nui (Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe). Artwork will also be selected based upon a number of criteria, including originality of concept, creativity, technique, professionalism, and presentation. 9am-4pm at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao. Call 808-572-6560.

September 14
Pailolo Challenge 2019 is a 26-mile race from DT Fleming Beach, Maui to Kaunakakai, Molokai. Paddlers gather from Hawaii, USA, Canada, Australia and more to test themselves in excellent channel crossing conditions. 7am-4pm. Call 808-893-2124.

September 14
Moon Festival celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival and taste traditional tea and mooncakes in the beautifully decorated Tea Garden. The Tea Master presents the history and traditions of tea, along with tea tasting and moon cakes for sampling and sale. Special moon cakes are available; sweet, round cakes in the shape of the moon. There will also be presentations and displays in the historic Cookhouse. Chinese music entertains the attendees, cultural practitioners offer free hands on cultural activities, such as Calligraphy, and a special craft activity for the keiki (children). Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front St, Lahaina, will be open from 10am-9pm on Friday with free admission. Call 808-661-3262.

September 29
14th Annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival 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 Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.


October 2019

October 13
Maui Marathon & Half Marathon 
the longest consecutively held running event in the state of Hawaii and is the oldest marathon west of the Mississippi River. 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 Kaanapali with beautiful ocean views along the way. Visit mauimarathon.com.

October 16
Concerts at The Shops – Kupaoa & Halau on the Lower Level in the Fountain Courtyard at The Shops at Wailea. 5:30pm-7pm. Call 808-891-6770.

October 19
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival—Wicked Cocktails, Wicked Plates Head down the yellow brick road to Maui as Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa transforms into the Land of Oz for an evening of wicked good plates and beverages under the stars with a fireworks finale. Step behind the emerald curtain, and you’ll fall under the spell of bewitching dishes from 13 culinary wizards, along with winemakers’ choice vintages and mixologists’ craft cocktails that will make you feel like you can defy gravity. 5pm-9pm. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

October 20
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival—Pasta la Vista a taste of la dolce vita at this six-course dinner by chefs celebrated for their mastery of Italian cuisine. Collect a new stamp in your culinary passport, traveling to the land of Italian excellence to taste authentic ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano and prosciutto. Travel around savoring traditional dishes with modern flair, perfectly paired with regional Italian vino from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Hawaii. 6pm-9:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa. Visit hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

October 27
XTERRA World Championship–Maui world’s premier 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. At The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Visit xterraplanet.com.


November 2019

November 1 & 2
6th Annual Made in Maui County Festival 
event features over 140 vendors offering hundreds of made in Maui County products all in one location – the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. The first 2,000 attendees will receive a free festival tote bag. Complimentary shuttles will be available on Saturday to/from War Memorial Gym and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Parking is free. 1:30pm-6pm Friday, 8am-4:30pm Saturday. Visit madeinmauicountyfestival.com.

November 16
Chinese Heritage Festival sharing Chinese culture through food. The Food Booths offer a variety of taste treats and distinctive cultural dishes available for purchase. There will be a powerpoint presentation in the historic Cookhouse about food, along with an informative display and demo of Chinese herbs. Live Chinese music entertains the attendees, with hands on cultural activities available to engage the keiki (children), as well as adults. 10am-9pm at Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front St, Lahaina. Call 808-661-3262.

November 18
Hui Holidays 2019 showcases “Made on Maui” artwork by local artists in a festive historical setting. 9am-6pm at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao. Call 808-572-6560.

November 28
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.. no cheating. Start: 8 mile starts at 8am, 16 mile starts at 7am. Course: Starts and finishes at Rice Park in Kula in the parking area off of Lower Kula Rd. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food items for the Maui Food Bank. Visit virr.clubexpress.com.

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