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.

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.

 

February 2019

February 2-24
Annual Maui Open Studios Event
is a series of free self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibitions throughout the island of Maui. Visit MauiOpenStudios.com.

February 15-18
Whale Tales 2019 a whale research and education event, hosted by Whale Trust. Open to the public, this annual Maui event brings together international marine experts with residents and visitors from around the world. $20 per day donation. Visit whaletales.org.

 

March 2019

March 1-17
The Pirates of Penzance 
Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm. At Historic Iao Theater, 68 N Market St, Wailuku. Visit mauionstage.com.

March 2 
Art with Aloha: “Talk Story” & Demo with Dalani Tanahy the art of kapa-a Hawaiian cloth made from the pounded bark of the wauke (paper mulberry) plant. You’ll also get to see a bit of the complex process that goes into making these lovely pieces of natural Hawaiian cloth used as clothing, blankets, and for ceremonial purposes. Free. 1pm-2pm at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao. Visit huinoeau.com.

March 15
My Name is Opukahaia
is a one-person play written and performed by Moses Goods to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Opukahaia’s passing. Opukahaia was the pivotal person in a movement that had profound effects on Hawaii and Hawaiian history. 7:30pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. $21. Call 808-242-7469.

March 23 & 24
Prince Kuhio Maui Hoolaulea a weekend under the Lahaina Banyan Tree filled with Hula, Hawaiian music, ono eats, exhibits and Maui made crafters. 9am-5pm both days. Call 808-264-8779.

March 28
Stoke a one night-only screening of the Big Island-made lava drama “Stoke”. Winner of 1028 IndieFest Film Award. The film follows a struggling tourist who hires two wannabe tour guides to take her to an active volcano. Directors will be in attendance for a Q&A. 7pm at Kihei Cinemas. Visit stokethemovie.com.

 

April 2019

April 12-14
11th Annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival features master players in performances, workshops, and jam sessions along with presentations, exhibits and cultural activities. Locations in Lahaina on April 12 & 13 and in Kahului on April 14. Visit mauisteelguitarfestival.com.

April 13
27th Annual East Maui Taro Festival features Taro/Kalo in all its various forms, and to honor its symbolic status as the Elder Brother of the Hawaiian people. All day, hands on Poi pounding is popular with all ages, locals and visitors alike. Music and hula entertain all day. Twenty food booths feature a taro dish, over forty arts & crafts vendors. 9am-5pm at the Hana Ball Park in Hana. Call 808-264-1553.

April 13
Color Festival Hawaii family friendly food, performances, and of course color. Headliner Rayland Baxter along with Shea Butter and the Cream, Yum Yum Beast, DJ Boomshot and more. Free for keiki up to 5 years. $15 for ages 6-16. $20 for adults in advance, $25 on the day. 1pm-6pm at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

April 26-June 7
Themed Juried Exhibition: Six Word Memoirs 
Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Larry Smith brings Six-Word Memoirs to Maui, combining the written word with visual arts in this exciting and dynamic exhibition. 9am-4pm at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao. Visit huinoeau.com.

April 26-May 12
The Boys Next Door
in a communal residence; four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but “burned out” young social worker; Jack. Norman, works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he can read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs around; Arnold, is a hyper, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. In scenes from the daily lives of these four, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm. At Historic Iao Theater, 68 N Market St, Wailuku. Visit mauionstage.com.

 

May 2019

May 10, 13, 15 & 17
Maui Classical Music Festival 
Concerts are May 10 at Makawao Union Church, May 13 and 17 at Keawalai Congregational Church in Makena and May 15 at Wananalua Congregational Church in Hana. Visit mauiclassicalmusicfestival.org.

 

June 2019

June 12-16
19th Annual Maui Film Festival 
celebrate films and filmmakers from around the globe. Enjoy a variety of films under the starry Hawaiian skies at the Celestial Cinema as well as the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Visit mauifilmfestival.com.

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.

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