Upcoming Events in Maui
(please reconfirm dates)
MAKAWAO PARADE & RODEO (July 2-4, check this years exact dates)
Oski Rice Arena, Makawao
Celebrate Independence Day, Maui-style with street parade, rodeo, entertainment and down-home fun. These are real cowboys and they will amaze you. Lau-laus (chicken and vegetables wrapped in taro leaf) are the food choice of the day! This is a great day-trip. Also checkout the Tedeschi Winery and Vineyards at the Ulupalakua Ranch.
WHALE QUEST KAPALUA (February, 2009)
The inaugural Whale Quest at Kapalua celebrates Maui’s most famous visitors, the humpback whale, through lectures, interactive displays and events, art and photo exhibitions and whale sightings and interpretive walks. Naturalists from leading scientific institutions join visitors and residents for this fun and interactive weekend. A golf tournament to benefit host charities tees off at The Plantation Course.
Maui Marathon 38th (September 12-14, 2008)
Maui Marathon , Half Marathon & 5K Race
We love to watch- just can't do a marathon! This is a very exciting event to watch as teh runners are just overcome with joy as they finish. Photo is Jacob Rotich after winning his 3rd Marathon in a row!
Pineapple Festival Wailuku (September, 2008)
First festival was September, 2006 to celebrate reopening of Maui Land & Pineapple packaging facility located in rear of Wailuku Shopping Center. Word is it will repeat next year due its initial success and popularity.
Kapalua Food & Wine Festival (June, 2009)
Kapalua and Ritz Carlton Hotels
Hosted by Fred Dame, Master Sommelier, this renowned event attracts world-famous winemakers, chefs and visitors for a series of wine tastings, festive gatherings and gourmet meals. Celebrating its 25th year, this nationally acclaimed food and wine extravaganza includes alfresco samplings of reserve bottling and the bounty of Hawai‘i’s ocean prepared by Hawai‘i’s top chefs. Nice photo of Bev Gannon, owner/chef of HailiiMaile General Store at the 2005 event. This is also our favorite restaurant on Maui! Note or Tip: This event is pricey but worth it! You can buy daily tickets for the food demonstrations by the chef's. Tickets for the final night Seafood Spectacular sellout early so order in advance of your trip!
Halloween is the Mardi Gras of Lahaina!
Ghouls and goblins galore will take to the streets of LaHaina, Maui on “All Hallows Eve”. Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3:00 PM until shortly after midnight on Halloween to accommodate the night’s festivities and the thousands of spectators expected at the event. Banyan Tree Park is the site of the Halloween Arts Festival, there is a Children’s Costume Parade, Non-profit groups will offer up local food delights like roast pork sandwiches, Hawaiian shaved ice and more. Local musicians will perform along various venues on Front Street. There is also a costume contest with cash prizes.
Christmas and New Years in Maui
Plan ahead! Christmas and New Years are busy times in Maui. Make your reservations early as the best places to stay go early. Also the popular Old Lahaina Luau (http://www.oldlahainaluau.com, 800-248-5828) is usually sold out during the holiday season plus restaurant reservations are a must!
Kapalua Mercedes Championship - (January, 2009)
The 2009 Mercedes Championship returns to The Plantation golf course in Kapalua during the first week in January. The PGA Tour season opener features Qualifying players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Stuart Appleby, John Daly and many more. Michelle Wie usually plays in the practice rounds at this event. This event is totally accessible by the public. There are minimum crowds and you can get up close and personal with the golfers and celebrities. This is the only way to take in a PGA event- at the fabulous Plantation course in Kapalua. Just 10 minutes from Kaanapali. Next year Stuart Appleby will go for 4 in a row! Nice photo of Tiger teeing off with Moon over Molokai!
Hawaiian Slack Key Masters Guitar Concerts- Ritz Carlton
Every Wednesday night get into the true Hawaiian Spirit at the best concerts in Maui. This is our personal favorite event. Slack-Key Guitar is simply amazing and this show is not to missed! Featured Musicians: Masters such as: Cyril Pahinui, Led Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, Ozzie Kotani, Owana Salazar, George Kahumoku Jr. and more! Performing at 7:30 pm every Wednesday evening in the theatre (small venue so you truly get up close and personal, not a bad seat in the house) at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui.
PWA Windsurfing World Tour and other Events
Hookipa, Maui Hawaii
In 2005 Professional Windsurfing returned to it’s spiritual home on Maui, Hawaii. The PWA and other windsurfing and surfing events take place at Hookipa Beach Park throughout the year. (Check with locals or the Internet for exact dates and time). Hookipa is a great place to see windsurfing and surfing everyday of the year! Don't miss it!
Jaws Tow-in World Cup
Peahi (located about 8 km past Hookipa in Maui), also known as JAWS, is the premiere big-wave, tow-in surf spots of the world, where the annual Jaws Tow-in World Cup is held. The holding period for the next Annual Jaws Tow-in World Cup officially begins in December and goes through March, as the extreme surfers wait for the big sets to arrive. This is quite the event but you have to be lucky enough to be in Maui when the surf is up. 25-50 foot sets are required. Peahi is a bit difficult to find so you are going to have to ask the locals in the area how to find the access road. In Maui at the wrong time- Just rent the DVD "Step into Liquid" and see one of the most exciting surf movies ever made! Satisfaction guaranteed!
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Maui Cultural Center Events
Maui Film Festival - weekly movie titles TBA
Wednesdays, 5:00 & 7:30 pm,
MACC’s Dance Series