Calendar of Events



Our Calendar has events listed throughout the year by the month they commonly occur, but sometimes dates will change. We will do our best to update dates, but please check websites or call to double-check dates before making any plans. You can use the Feedback button to send us events you would like to see added, or email bestofmauiapp@gmail.com.


JANUARY
HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
PGA TOUR champions from 2016 compete in this season-opening golf tournament at The Plantation Course in Kapalua Resort for a $5,900,000 purse. The Aloha Kick-off features a Hawaiian blessing and entertainment. Competitive rounds are televised. Portions of the proceeds benefit Maui charities. 808-665-9160 or pgatour.com/Hyundai 

TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS OF MAUI 
United States Tennis Association (USTA) Hawai‘i Pacific Section presents the only Men’s and Women’s Pro Circuit tennis event in the state. Held at Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch in Ka’anapali, this tournament showcases some of the finest tennis players in the world (ranked No. 50 and above) in singles draw and doubles draw play, competing for cash prizes. 808-585-9503 or tennischampionshipsofmaui.com 

KA MOLOKAI MAKAHIKI FESTIVAL
Molokai’s annual cultural event celebrates the end of the old Hawaiian Makahiki season (time for peace). Traditional Hawaiian games of skill are demonstrated in student and adult competitions at the baseball park  in Kaunakakai. The fun continues all day with ceremonies, cultural art workshops, land and ocean activities, and lots of island foods. 808-553-3673 or molokaievents.com 

FEBRUARY
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Lahaina Town celebrates the lunar new year with exciting lion dancing and sounds of firecrackers along Front Street, after martial arts demos and a traditional blessing at Wo Hing Museum. Enjoy a free celebration with kids’ crafts, cultural art activities and presentations, Chinese tea service and traditional foods. 808-661-5553 or lahainarestoration.org

MAUI OPEN STUDIOS
Enjoy a treasure hunt tour of as many artist studios and gallery spaces as you can visit in three weekends around the island. Visual artists in all media give demos, talk-story about their work, serve refreshments, and sell art. Pickup the MOS guidebook during the opening celebration and preview exhibition at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. See mauiopenstudios.com 

WHALE TALES
Learn about all things “whale” from top scientists, photographers and conservationists at this four-day educational event organized by Whale Trust Maui. Hear directly from renowned researchers about their recent discoveries, view stunning underwater photos and video of whales, and hop on a benefit whale watching cruise with the pros. Events take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. 572-5700 or whaletrust.org 

WORLD WHALE DAY
Maui’s longest-running celebration honoring humpback whales features Pacific Whale Foundation-sponsored Parade of Whales and the World Whale Day Celebration with Hawaii’s best live entertainment on stage, an artisan fair, kids activities and restaurant food booths at Kalama Park in Kihei. The Great Whale Count island-wide follows on the next Sat. 808-856-8362 or mauiwhalefestival.org 

MAUI PLEIN AIR PAINTING INVITATIONAL
25 top plein air painters from Hawai‘i and the mainland paint around Maui for a week in full view of the public. Highlight events include the Kick-Off Paint Out at Lahaina Harbor and Sunset Paint Out at Kapalua Bay, art lecture at Pioneer Inn, the Quick Draw on Ka‘anapali Beach, a Collectors’ Gala and Artists’ Reception at The Village Galleries in Lahaina. Visit mauipleinairpainting.org 

MARCH
WHALE & OCEAN ARTS FESTIVAL
Celebrate the annual migration of Humpback whales during this ocean-themed festival with marine arts, kids’ ocean art contest, lei making and island music performances in Banyan Tree Park. Whale research groups will offer educational and interactive displays. 888-310-1117 or visitlahaina.com 

PRINCE KUHIO HO‘OLAULE‘A
Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole Pi‘ikoi was the Kingdom of Hawai‘i’s last designated heir to the throne and Territory of Hawai‘i delegate to the U.S. Congress. This Prince of the People was dedicated to the advancement of Native Hawaiians and Hawaiian culture. A celebration of his life is held in Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina with exhibits, crafts, island food and entertainment. visitlahaina.com or facebook.com/PrinceKuhioMaui 

APRIL
MAUI COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FESTIVAL
Maui County Farm Bureau and County of Maui raise awareness about local agriculture with a Grown on Maui market, Victory Farm, ag workshops, baking and cooking contests, barnyard games and farm animals. Grand Taste Education dinner celebrates Mauiʻs famed regional cuisine based on locally grown produce. Held at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Check mauicountyfarmbureau.org

CHINESE KITE FESTIVAL
Celebrate the wonderful world of kites during a traditional Chinese festival at Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina on Fri. View an exhibit of handmade kites and a presentation on the significance and history of kites around the world. Help build a giant tetrahedral kite, try craft activities and Chinese music. Fly a kite on Sat. at an open space park in West Maui. Watch kite fighting and aerial displays of acrobatic sport kites by the Hawai‘i Kiteflyers Association. 808-661-5553 or lahainarestoration.org 

MAUI STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Join master steel guitar players and aficionados from around the world for a celebration of music created on the Hawaiian steel guitar. Watch performances and kanikapila jam sessions with local stars and students. Take workshops by a team of Hawaiian music educators and enjoy Hawaiian cultural activities, all at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel. View mauisteelguitarfestival.com 

CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
This premier cultural event honors the people, arts and traditions of Hawai‘i, hosted by The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Experience seminars and films on Hawaiian current events, talk with cultural practitioners, enjoy hands-on workshops in art and traditional crafts, hula performances and the closing Celebration Lu‘au and Show over Easter weekend. 808-669-6200 or celebrationofthearts.org

BANYAN TREE BIRTHDAY PARTY
The 144th birthday of Lahaina’s famous Banyan Tree is celebrated with a birthday cake, artists displaying nature artworks, games and hands-on art activities for children and multi-cultural entertainment. 888-310-1117 or visitlahaina.com

HAIKU HO‘OLAULE‘A & FLOWER FESTIVAL
Haiku Community Center hosts this celebration of flowers and cultivation with a plant and flower growers market, arts and crafts, live music, kids’ games, a bake sale, floral design and lei contests and restaurant food booths.  Visit haikuhoolaulea.org 
 
EAST MAUI TARO FESTIVAL
Hana’s annual cultural event celebrates Hawaii’s traditional staple, taro. Enjoy the all-day festival with live music, chant and hula, demos of poi pounding, kapa cloth making and lauhala weaving, 40 arts and crafts and food booths. Watch games of old Hawai‘i. Check tarofestival.org 

KA‘ANAPALI BMW GOLF CHALLENGE
Ka‘anapali Golf Courses present a 36-hole modified Stableford format tournament, featuring teams of two amateurs and one PGA professional. The winning Pro-Am team and Amateur-only team earn spots in the BMW U.S. Finals at Pinehurst, North Carolina in the Fall. 866-454-4653 or kaanapaligolfcourses.com 

MAY
OLUKAI HO’OLAUL‘EA & RACES
On Maui’s rugged north shore, this event gathers elite athletes competing in the world’s best SUP, OC1 and OC2 paddle races, and culminating in the 8-mile Maliko Downwind Run. Friends and families can enjoy canoe sailing and surfing, ancient Hawaiian games, traditional foods, hula and live music at Kanaha Beach Park near Kahului Airport. See olukai.com/hoolaulea

MAUI ONION FESTIVAL
Ka‘anapali pays tribute to the Maui Onion, known worldwide for its sweet, mild flavor, during this family-fun celebration. Watch the Ka‘anapali Restaurant recipe and cocktail competitions, sample foods and onion products, see celebrity chefs’ cooking demos and the Maui Onion-eating contests for kids and adults at Whalers Village. Get updates at 808-661-4567 or whalersvillage.com 

MAUI MATSURI
This annual event honors Japanese cultural traditions “for the sake of the children.”  Young and old alike will delight in Obon dancing, Japanese and Okinawan entertainment, art contests, kids’ activities and a bunkamura (village) dotted with stalls selling crafts and traditional food. Takes place on the UH Maui College lawn in Kahului. Visit mauimatsuri.com 

MAUI BREWERS FESTIVAL
This MACC fundraiser showcases the best craft beer made in Hawai‘i and across the U.S. Join hosts Maui Brewing Co. and Maui Arts & Cultural Center for a leisurely day of tasting beers from craft breweries, and appetizers from island restaurants and food trucks. Dance to live entertainment and win prize giveaways. Enjoy a VIP rare beer tasting before the public event. 808-242-7469 or mauiarts.org 

WAILEA OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The longest-running USTA sanctioned tennis event on Maui attracts players from Hawai‘i as well as the Mainland. Held at Wailea Tennis Club, the tournament features competition in men’s and women’s singles and doubles, Open, A, B, C and D divisions. 8am to sunset. 808-879-1958 or waileatennis.com 

JUNE
WA‘A KIAKAHI SAILING CANOE RACE & EVENTS
Ka‘anapali Beach Resort is the place to be for Hawaiian cultural activites combined with ocean sports. Enjoy a welcome ceremony for Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association crews; get free rides and talk-story with crew members. Watch a farewell blessing ceremony as the sailing canoes race across the waves from Ka‘anapali to Molokai. 808-661-3271 or kaanapaliresort.com 

MAUI JIM OCEANFEST  
Over the course of two days, Maui Jim Sunglasses’ hosts an ocean sports contest at Ka‘anapali Beach in front of the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel. In this ocean lifeguard-style event, watch watermen and waterwomen compete in ten individual sprint races spanning five different disciplines (swimming, paddle boarding, surf-ski, 1-person outrigger canoe and SUP) as well as iron-man type races. Check mauijimoceanfest.com 

MOLOKAI KA HULA PIKO 
A celebration of the birth of hula on Molokai showcases hula performances and includes a cultural site excursion.  Enjoy Hawaiian entertainment on stage, handmade crafts, a series of lectures on hula origins and cultural workshops. Held at Lanikeha Community Center in Ho‘olehua. Visit kahulapiko.com  

KAPALUA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Epicurean and oenophiles connect with world-renowned winemakers, master sommeliers and top chefs at exclusive wine tasting seminars and winemaker dinners in Kapalua Resort. This nationally-acclaimed event includes The Grand Tasting, Celebrity Chef Cooking Demos and Maui Seafood Festival at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Tickets:  kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com 

NA KAMEHAMEHA PA‘U PARADE & HO‘OLAULE‘A
The commemorative parade on Front St. in Lahaina features colorful pageantry with traditional pa‘u riders on horses decorated with exotic island flowers. Entries include marching bands and floats, all honoring Kamehameha the Great and his lineage. Afterward, enjoy a celebration in Kamehameha Iki Park with island food, crafts and Hawaiian entertainment. 808-264-8779 or Facebook.com/NKCPPH

MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT WAILEA
Celebrating screen entertainment that enlightens, Maui Film Festival features more than 40 film screenings on the Celestial Cinema big screen at Wailea Golf Club’s driving range and in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Special Events include Taste of Summer Opening Party, Celebrity Tributes and Filmmaker Panels, Taste of Chocolate, Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema Lounge, and Taste of Wailea. 808-579-9244 or mauifilmfestival.com

KI HO‘ALU (SLACK KEY) GUITAR FESTIVAL
Hawai‘i’s top slack key guitarists showcase this traditional art form in a free concert outdoors from afternoon to dusk. Browse arts and crafts and sample local-style food while enjoying your favorite Hawaiian music tunes. Held at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. 808-242-7469 or mauiarts.org

JULY
MAKAWAO RODEO & PANIOLO PARADE
A true island tradition, Maui Roping Club presents the largest rodeo in Hawai‘i with more than 350 cowboys from all over the world. For two days from 1 to 4pm at Oskie Rice Arena, watch competitors ride and rope for top prizes, then enjoy country music and dancing in the evenings. Paniolo Parade opens the event at 9am on Sat. along Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. See facebook.com/SaveOurParade2015 

LAHAINA’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS
West Maui and Lahaina Town businesses host an old-fashioned celebration of food and fun on Front Street. A variety of bands perform throughout town, followed by a fireworks display over the Lahaina roadstead at 8pm that can be seen from miles away. 888-310-1117 or visitlahaina.com 

LANA‘I PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL
Lana‘i honors the island’s nostalgic pineapple plantation days. Enjoy an opening parade, live entertainment with Hawai‘i’s top artists, local food, crafts and an evening fireworks display at Dole Park in Lana‘i City.  808-565-7600 or lanaipineapplefestival.com 

AUGUST
EMMA FARDEN SHARPE HULA FESTIVAL 
Cultural treasure of Lahaina and hula master, Emma Farden Sharpe, is honored through this invitational hula festival, showcasing the beauty of hula and Hawaiian music. Held at Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina, the tribute features lots of entertainment, hula workshops, arts and crafts, and island foods. 888-310-1117, visitlahaina.com or facebook.com/EFSHF

SEPTEMBER
KU MAI KA HULA COMPETITION
This international hula competition features winners from Japan’s competition and hālau from Hawai‘i and California in adult solo and group performances over two days. Hula enthusiasts will enjoy dancers performing kahiko (traditional hula) and ‘auana (modern hula stylings) in male, female and senior categories in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. 808-242-7469 or mauiarts.org 

CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL
Lahaina celebrates the island’s agricultural harvest during a traditional Chinese Moon Festival at Wo Hing Museum. Shop the Farmers’ Corner market in the yard. Enjoy Chinese tea and moon cakes served under the sky to the accompaniment of an erhu string performance and fan dance each evening. Try activities like calligraphy, mah jong, and lantern making for kids. 808-661-5553 or lahainarestoration.org

46th ANNUAL MAUI MARATHON
The oldest continuously held running event in Hawai‘i, this 26.2-mile course, and half-marathon course, from Kahului to Ka‘anapali on Sun. is ranked as one of the world’s most scenic marathons. Over the weekend, enjoy the Health & Fitness Expo, Slappy Cakes Maui 10K and Maui Tacos 5K Fun Runs along with the Bubba Gump’s Front Street Mile Run.  Visit mauimarathonhawaii.com

FESTIVALS OF ALOHA HO‘OLAULE‘A
The Banyan Tree Ho’olaule’a, part of the annual Festivals of Aloha on Maui, is a showcase of Hawaiian culture. Renowned falsetto master, Richard Ho‘opi‘i, headlines the musical entertainment. The day is filled with hula, cultural exhibits, island art and food under the cool shade of Lahaina’s Banyan Tree.  For a full schedule of island events, see festivalsofaloha.com 

MAUI FAIR
Everyone from kids to seniors can find something to appreciate at the largest event on Maui. A parade down Ka‘ahumanu Blvd. to the fairgrounds in Wailuku opens the weekend. Families can enjoy carnival rides, art and photo exhibits, trade show expos, horticulture, livestock, great local grinds and live entertainment day and night. See mauifair.com 

ST. JOHN'S KULA FESTIVAL
Sept 23rd, 9am-4pm, ono food, produce, plants & flowers, Kids zone, crafters, live entertainment all day. $1 admission - kids under 10 free, park



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