Fun Things To Do In Maui

January

SBS Championship
PGA season opener played at Kapalua’s Plantation course.

Molokai Makahiki Festival
A celebration of all things Hawaiian including arts, crafts and food. The festival takes place in Kaunakakai on the island of Molokai.

Hula Bowl Football All-Star Classic
The annual all-star college football classic kicks off at War Memorial Stadium.

Chinese New Year
Hosted in Lahaina in Maui, the celebration of the New Year begins with the traditional lion dance at Wo Hing Temple on Front Street. Food, fireworks and a host of activities follow the lion dance.

February

Senior Skins Tournament
Golfing greats hit the links in this four man tournament at Wailea Golf Courses.

Wendy’s Champions Skins
Legends of the game compete on the Wailea Gold Course of Wailea Resort in Maui.

March

Whalefest Week
In celebration of humpback whales, the largest winter time visitors, the island celebrates with whale watching, Hawaiian entertainment and much more.

Run to the Sun
This marathon from Paia to Haleakala, Maui takes runners from sea level to the top of Haleakala over 37 miles.

Celebration of the Arts
A celebration of Hawaiian art and culture takes place at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua with workshops, demonstrations and entertainment.

East Maui Taro Festival
A celebration of taro (a tropical potato) allows visitors to sample taro dishes, food exhibits and preparation demonstrations.

Ocean Art Festival
A continuing celebration of humpback whales with food, entertainment and activities takes place at Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina.

April

Buddha Day
Each year the Lahaina Jodo Mission of Lahaina, Maui holds a flower festival pageant honoring the birth of Buddha.

David Malo Day
Hawaiian luau and hula performances celebrate Hawaii’s famous scholar at Lahainaluna High School.

Annual Trash Art Show
An eclectic and entertaining art show with all show pieces created out of garbage. Banyan Tree Birthday Party
Celebrate the birthday of Lahaina’s famous and historic Banyan Tree on Front Street with birthday cake and activities.

That Ulupalakua Thing!
Maui County’s agricultural trade show and sampling at Ulupalakua Ranch and Tedeschi Winery in Ulupalakua, Maui. Sample Hawaiian grown products, visit exhibits and demonstrations at this popular event.

Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Mother Earth with a days worth of entertainment, demonstrations and activites at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului.

May

Kapalua Jr. Vet/Sr. Tennis Championship
Now in its 27th year, men and women ages 35 to 70 years enjoy singles and doubles competition in age division play during this exciting event. For more information call 808-665-9112.

Annual Lei Day Celebration
May Day is also Lei Day in Hawaii. Participate and celebrate with lei-making contests, activities and concerts.

Outrigger Canoe Season
All Hawaiian islands participate in weekend outrigger canoe races through September.

Verizon Hawaii Hall of Fame Pro-Am and Championship
Professionals and amateurs compete on the Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.

Mother’s Day Orchid Show
The Maui Orchid Society puts on their annual exotic orchid show at Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului, Maui.

Kapalua Jr. Vet/Sr. Tennis Championships
Annual singles and doubles tennis championships for men and women 35 years and over at the Tennis Garden at Kapalua.

Maui Classical Music Festival
The island of Maui celebrates classical music at various locations throughout the island.

Maui Matsuri
Maui’s Japanese cultural festival features entertainment, food and children’s activities at Maui Community College.

International Festival of Canoes
This two week cultural celebration of canoes features master canoe carvers, entertainment and parade on Front Street in Lahaina.

June

Kapalua Clambake Pro-Am Golf Tournament
The Kapalua Resort’s Bay and Plantation Courses share the challenge for this 22nd annual pro-am event. Highlights include awards ceremony and a Clambake Feast at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. For more information call 808-665-9198.

Kapalua Wine amp; Food Festival
A Kapalua Resort Signature Event
The Kapalua Wine amp; Food Festival hosted by Fred Dame, Master Sommelier and President of the Court of Master Sommeliers, attracts world-famous winemakers, chefs and visitors to the Kapalua Resort for a series of wine tastings, festive gatherings and gourmet meals. Celebrating its 27th year, this nationally acclaimed food and wine extravaganza includes The Grand Tasting, an alfresco sampling of reserve bottlings and the popular “Kapalua Seafood Festival” featuring cuisine prepared by Hawaii’s top chefs. For more information call 808-665-9160 or 888-665-9160.

Na Pohai Keiki Nalu
Maui’s top keiki surfers compete in shortboard, longboard and bodyboard events at Launiupoko Beach Park in Lahaina.

King’s Trail Triathlon
Starting along the trail at Maui Prince Hotel in Makena, this Olympic distance race consisting of swimming, biking and running retraces a path ancient Hawaiians used.

Maui Film Festival
Five days and nights of screenings of premieres and special films, along with traditional Hawaiian storytelling, chants, hula, and contemporary music.

Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Festival
Musical performances by Hawaiian musicians at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului celebrate the slack-key guitar.

King Kamehameha Celebration
This statewide holiday celebrating the King Kamehameha the Great culminates with a massive floral parade and party.

Neil Pryde Slalom
The world’s top windsurfers race through a slalom course at this popular North Shore event held at Kanaha Beach Park.

July

Kapalua Junior Open Tennis Championship
A great chance for the junior players to practice their skills learned at camp and to gain tournament experience. Boys and girls ages 10-18, singles and doubles. For more information call 808-665-9112.

Makawao Rodeo
Celebrate Independace Day in Maui at the rodeo in Oski Rice Arena.

Old Fashion Fourth of July
Lahaina’s Independence Day celebration complete with fireworks.

Polo Season
Witness Hawaii’s top polo players competing at Olinda Polo Field.

Pineapple Festival
The ultimate celebration of pineapple includes live entertainment, cooking contests and pineapple sampling in Lanai City.

Makawao Parade and Rodeo
This annual parade and rodeo is a classic in Makawao, Maui.

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival
Foodies and wine connoisseurs decend on Kapalua, Maui for this famous wine and food event held at the Ritz Carlton and Kapalua Bay hotels.

Bon Dance and Lantern Ceremony
This Buddhist ceremony honors the souls of the dead in Lahaina.

Hawaii International Jazz Festival
Annual jazz festival takes place throughout the island and is open to the public.

August

Annual Maui Sugar Plantation Festival
Celebrate Hawaii’s sugar plantation heritage with entertainment, food and demonstrations.

Maui Onion Festival
The ultimate onion celebration with celebrity chefs, demonstrations, and contents takes place at Whalers Village at the Ka‘anapali Resort.

Hawaii State Windsurf Championship
The world’s top windsurfers compete at Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului.

Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest
Spend the day sculpting a dolphin out of the sand on Keawakapu Beach in Wailea.

International Cultural Festival
Celebrate the rich multi-cultural heritage of the islands at Lahaina Cannery Mall.

September

A Taste of Lahaina
Maui’s largest annual culinary festival includes cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and live entertainment. The festival is held at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui and hosts over 30,000 visitors each year.

Life Fest Kapalua
A three-day event featuring activities, lectures and panel presentations by leaders in the health and wellness held at Kapalua Resort.

Maui Chef’s Presents Broadway on the Beach
A foodie’s delight! This annual event showcases Maui’s most innovative chefs at an themed dinner and cocktail party at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort amp; Spa on Kaanapali Beach.

Maui County Fair
Hawaii’s oldest county fair features a parade, rides, live entertainment and plenty of fair foods.

October

Kapalua LPGA Classic
A Kapalua Resort Signature Event
The inaugural event will take place on The Bay Course. The top women golfers in the world, including Morgan Pressel, the youngest LPGA golfer to win a major and Kapalua Resort’s official Touring Professional, will compete in the full-field tournament for a $1.5 million purse.
For more information call 808-665-9160 or 888-665-9160

Aloha Classic Wavesailing Championship
The world’s greatest windsurfers converge on Hookipa Beach, Maui for this final event in the Pro Boardsailing World Tour.

Aloha Festivals Ho’olaule’a
An all-day cultural festival held in Banyan Tree Park featuring Maui’s Royal Court, traditional foods and entertainment.

Halloween
Halloween on Lahaina Front Street is a huge event. Over 20,000 costumed guests make this one of the largest costume parties held world-wide.

November

Hula O Na Keiki Festival
Hawaii’s keiki compete in ancient and modern hula during this weekend long events at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel.

Stingray Week
Witness and learn about these fasinating sea creatures during this weeklong event at Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku.

EA Sports Maui Invitational Collegiate Basketball Tournament
College’s finest basketball teams compete at the Lahaina Civic Center during this preseason tournament.

Welcome Home the Whales
Whale watch and celebrate the return of the Humpback whales to Maui’s waters in Ma‘alaea Harbor.

Hawaii International Film Festival
This Maui cinema festival features films and filmmakers from around the world.

December

Billabong Pro Maui
The last Triple Crown contest of the year and the only women’s stand-alone ASP event in Hawaii, the Billabong Pro Maui brings host to amazing international talent.

Festival of Lights
This island wide festival includes parades and tree-lighting ceremonies early in December.

Festival of Trees
The Lahaina Cannery Mall in Maui celebrates the season with decorated trees, entertainment and more.

Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree
Holiday festivities kick into high gear with holiday art displays, entertainment and the lighting of the Banyan Tree in Banyan Tree Park.

First Light
The Academy of Motion Pictures holds major screening of top films at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.