Maui Insider

SPRING 2015   Brought to you by the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau

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Craving Pizza? We've Got Pizzerias for you!

Balancing Vacation Activity with Yoga Serenity

Q & A Spring 2015

Chef's Corner

My Favorite Maui Moment

Events Calendar

Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
The Beautiful Playground of Maui

The Beautiful Playground of Maui

Maui's picturesque landscape is designed for pure enjoyment. Whether you're a foodie, a beginning or advanced yogi or someone who simply wants to enjoy the scenery, Maui offers a long list of ways to keep you entertained. Keep reading and find great tips and ideas for your next trip to the Islands.

 

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Craving Pizza? We've Got Pizzerias for you!

   

PizzeriasA new wave of pizzerias has hit Maui, where you can get America's favorite comfort food at a sit-down bistro, a walk-up counter and a roll-up food truck. No matter which setting you choose, you're sure to enjoy fresh pizza straight from a wood-fired oven.

Pi Artisan Pizzeria
This new eatery on Front Street in Lahaina has an upscale appeal in a fast, casual concept. Committed to the soul of the artisan movement, Pi Artisan Pizzeria uses all-natural products from local sources. They make their own sausages with pork from heritage pigs in Olowalu and beef from Maui Cattle Co. SimpliFresh Farm picks a variety of produce for the restaurant in the morning, and it goes on the pizza that day. When you walk into the restaurant and watch the exhibition line of pizza and sandwich makers, you realize how fresh the ingredients are and that you can have each dish made to your own desires. The focal piece of this bistro is an 8,000-lb. kiawe wood-burning oven that was custom built in Los Angeles and features two openings so more pizzas can be cooked simultaneously. With the heat ranging from 500 to 700° F, it takes only three minutes to bake a pizza. Along with signature "pis," the menu includes classic Italian salads and soups, thick and enticing panini, antipasti with cured meats and artisan cheeses, butcher meatballs, Pi sausages, and house-made desserts. A full-service bar offers handcrafted cocktails, local brews and boutique wines on tap. Menu items range from $8 to $14.50. Choose your seating area from an outdoor herb garden, inside with air conditioning, or on the lanai overlooking the ocean. Pi is open daily at 10 a.m.; it closes at 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and at midnight Friday-Saturday. Call 808-667-0791 or visit pi808.com

Prison Street Pizza
Opening his second pizzeria after the success of Serpico's Upcountry, Hatch Clarke continues the Italian pizza-making tradition handed down to him by his brother-in-law Anthony Serpico with Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina. Hatch's pizza-making style is New Jersey (read, New York) thin crust, and his new location is a surfer's paradise. The small storefront in an island plantation style home is very casual with self-service. You can eat at a large picnic table or on the counter under the windows, pick up to take home or have pizza delivered to your West Maui condo. The place was designed for locals who live or work in Lahaina, so visitors who stop in will appreciate the neighborhood feel and low prices. The Daily Surfer's Special includes two cheese slices and a large soda for $6.99 (slices are wide and long). Stromboli Special is a thick slice of calzone stuffed with pepperoni, ham, meatball and mozzarella cheese with marinara sauce and a salad on the side for only $8.99. The classic pizzas are huge and made with fresh ingredients; dough and sauce recipes have been in the family for generations. Specialties include Grandma's with Alfredo sauce, chicken, spinach and garlic; Windmills with pesto, roasted red peppers and goat cheese; S-Turns with sausage, mushrooms, mozzarella, ricotta and red sauce. A variety of sub sandwiches, calzones, pasta entrees and mixed salads are available as well as beer and wine. Open 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call 808-662-3332 or visit prisonstreetpizza.com

The Outrigger Pizza Company
Eric Mitchell founded The Outrigger Pizza Company in 2009 in a quest for a wood-fired pizza oven for his backyard. When he and his partner, Kevin Laut, decided that it would be a great idea to put the oven on a trailer and share Eric's cooking skills with the rest of Maui, the Outrigger Pizza food truck was born. For the first couple of years, this original, mobile wood-fired pizza oven was seen at special events and concerts. Then Eric began parking his rig at permitted locations in Kihei, Wailea and Kula. Today, the little pizza oven trailer has morphed into a bright yellow food truck complete with a counter and bar stools. The personal-sized pizzas are thin, crispy and delightful. Eric features eight varieties, including Lilikoi Pork made with kalua pork in aioli sauce, three cheeses and lilikoi dressing; BBQ Chicken made with chicken in barbecue sauce, fresh corn, bell pepper, onion, garlic and three cheeses; Spinach Delight made with olive oil, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, feta, mozzarella, Romano and parmesan cheeses. Pizzas are priced between $12 and $16 each; daily specials can pop up. Weekly schedules are posted on facebook.com/outriggerpizza. The food truck is parked at a location between 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. For details, call 808-870-7133 or email outriggerpizza@me.com

   
 

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Balancing Vacation Activity with Yoga Serenity

   

Yoga"Yoga is nothing if it is not perfect harmony of the body, senses, mind and intellect, reason, consciousness and self." - B.K.S. Iyengar. Many of us balance an active daily routine with some form of meditation or workout that speaks to the body, mind and spirit. While vacationing on Maui, you can easily balance tour activities with a visit to one of many yoga studios in each area of the island.

Island Spirit Yoga - Lahaina
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Island Spirit Yoga is the best-known studio in West Maui. Tucked into a quiet corner of a retail complex on Wainee Street, Island Spirit is owned by Deb DiPierro and Christy Abelov, who started the studio with a vision to offer a tranquil place for residents and visitors to experience yoga's transformational benefits. They offer an array of yoga classes from basic to advanced every day at varying times. Certified instructors and visiting trainers teach classes and host workshops. In addition to a single class walk-in fee, you can purchase a 5-class, 10-class or monthly pass. Island Spirit also has a small boutique featuring clothing, jewelry and home decor items designed or made by instructors and students. Deb said, "Everyone who walks through the door is important to us; we welcome you with aloha." 808-667-2111 or islandspirityoga.com

Maui Yoga Path - Kihei
On a scenic beachfront site at the heart of South Kihei Road, Maui Yoga Path offers Iyengar yoga classes, workshops and retreats. Owner Deni Roman began her career as a fitness teacher and personal trainer while studying Kundalini yoga. She traveled to Pune, India to study at the Iyengar Yoga Institute, and then opened her yoga practice on Maui. With daily classes from morning through afternoon, Maui Yoga Path features classes for seniors and from beginner to advanced level in the studio and out on the beach. Fees vary for a drop-in class; 5-, 10- and 20-class passes. "My teachings emphasize alignment based asana and pranayama with clear communication, cultivating spiritual connection and living a healthy, disciplined life," remarked Deni. 808-874-5545 or mauiyogapath.com

Maui Yoga Shala - Wailea & Paia
Maui Yoga Shala opened 15 years ago on the north shore of Maui in Paia and has become one of the most recognized and popular studios on the island. Owner Nadia Toraman recently opened her second studio in the Wailea Gateway Center just off Highway 31 to accommodate more visitors. Daily classes from early morning through evening in Paia include Vinyasa and hot yoga along with a variety of ethnic dance classes. In Wailea, classes are also offered daily in morning, afternoon and evening, featuring Vinyasa flow, yoga fusion, workshops and yoga by candlelight. Passes can be purchased for 5, 10, 20 and 30 classes in addition to a drop-in rate. 808-283-4123 or maui-yoga.com

Makawao Yoga - Makawao & Haiku
Makawao Yoga was founded in 2011 by Maureen Gildersleeve with a vision of international and local yoga communities meeting in a place where knowledgeable and passionate teachers create yoga classes and workshops that keep students inspired. The Makawao studio is located behind Casanova's on Makawao Avenue; MY Studio North is on Kokomo Avenue in Haiku. Both studios offer daily classes in the mornings and afternoons. With descriptive names like Jungle, Island and Lava, classes feature Vinyasa flow, Yin-Yang and yoga fusion. They also offer pre- and post-natal yoga and candlelight yoga classes. Rates are available for a drop-in class; 5- and 10-class passes as well as monthly membership. 808-359-2252 or makawaoyoga.com

Body Alive Yoga - Wailuku
Body Alive Yoga & Movement Studio is located in Central Maui on Main Street in Wailuku. Owner Rachel Gonzalez moved her practice in 2007 from Hawaii Island to Maui, where she inspires students to use yoga as a way to develop a deeper understanding of self, and strives to incorporate laughter and excitement in teaching. With a wide variety of yoga experiences, Body Alive offers classes that include Yin and Core yoga, Kundalini and Vinyasa as well as yoga with Pilates. Classes are held every day at varying times. Regular rates include a drop-in class, 5-class pass and monthly membership. 808-359-1060 or bodyaliveyoga.com

   

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Q&A Spring 2015

   

Hello Maui Insider,
My family is planning to visit Maui Island this fall and we'd like to visit some interesting historic locations in Lahaina. Do you have any suggestions?
Sincerely, The Rogers Family

Aloha Rogers Family,

Lahaina has over 60 historical sites of significance. You can start your tour at the charming Baldwin Home Museum at Dickenson and Front Streets, where you can also purchase the "Lahaina Historic Walking Trails" map. The map will give you three different walking routes to follow depending on your time and interests. If you arrive by ferry, you can also purchase the trail map at the Visitor Center at the Banyan Tree across from the harbor or from the Wo Hing Museum on Front Street. For more information on Lahaina's historical sites, go to lahainarestoration.org.

Dear Insider,
We have heard there is an exciting and challenging new sports activity in the beautiful Puohokamoa Valley in Hana, Maui. We really enjoy being active during our vacation and we are looking for something new to do.
Best Regards, The Petersons

Aloha Petersons,
There is a new activity in privately held Puohokamoa Valley, near Hana; it is hosted by Rappel Maui. The professional team there will teach you how to safely walk down waterfalls backward! The tour lasts 6-plus hours and generally includes a yummy lunch, safety briefing, hiking, swimming and several 30-foot-plus drops. You will be fully outfitted, trained and spotted by the experienced Rappel Maui staff. The minimum age is 10. For more information on the two daily trips, please go to rappelmaui.com.

Dear Insider,
We are coming to Maui this summer, and we're going to miss whale-watching season, which we understand is December to May. Since a whale-watching cruise won't be an option for us when we arrive in June, can you suggest a fun alternative?
Thanks so much, The Nelsons

Aloha Nelsons,
If you have fond memories of old time rock 'n' roll you might enjoy a cruise with the classics hosted by the Pacific Whale Foundation. This cruise features DJ spinning classic hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Enjoy fun dance music, Maui's beautiful sunset, premium appetizers, unlimited juice and soda, plus Maui Brewery Co. beer, wine and tropical cocktails for adults 21 and older. The cruise departs from Central Maui's Maalaea Harbor on the Pacific Whale Foundation's boat the Ocean Voyager. Visit the Pacific Whale Foundation website for more details at pacificwhalefoundation.org.

   

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Chef's Corner

   

Chef Riko Bartolome's Grilled Lamb Rack Chops with Spicy Mint ChimichurriMontage Kapalua Bay's signature restaurant, Cane & Canoe, is reminiscent of a traditional Hawaiian canoe house. In this historically rich locale, travelers and locals dine together and savor diversely influenced cultural cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Riko Bartolome.

With extensive knowledge of Hawaiian cuisine, Chef Bartolome serves modern local fare and created the menu at Cane & Canoe with Asian influences and inspiration from the island's multicultural heritage. For reservations, please call 808-662-6681. If you cannot dine at Cane & Canoe now, you can try Chef Bartolome's yummy grilled lamb chops at home using the recipe he supplied below.

Traveler's Tip: Every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. the bar at Cane & Canoe offers "Uncorked: A Guided Wine Tasting," with resort sommelier, Vanessa Lampson. Reservation recommended and fee charged.

Breakfast 7:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Dinner 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment daily 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Cane & Canoe Bar
Open Daily from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Happy Hour from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
caneandcanoe.com
808.662.6600

Chef Bartolome's Grilled Lamb Rack Chops with Spicy Mint Chimichurri

Serves 4-8 friends

  • 2 each — Whole Lamb Racks, flap removed
  • ½ cup — Spicy Mint Chimichurri (recipe to follow)
  • 1 cup — Vadouvan Carrot Puree (recipe to follow)
  • 1 head — Cauliflower Flowerets

If you own a BBQ grill, preheat or prepare your wood or coals. Prepare the lamb by cutting it into single or double chops. Coat chops with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

For the chimichurri:

  • ½ cup — Fresh Mint
  • ¼ cup — Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbs — Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tbs — Lime Juice
  • 1 tbs — Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp — Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp — Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp — Crushed Red Chili

Method:

Blend with immersion blender, blender or food processor. Reserve.

For the carrot puree:

  • 2 each — Jumbo Carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1½ tbs — Vadouvan Curry Powder (you can substitute Madras curry)

To taste Maple Syrup:

  • 2 tbs — Whole Butter

Method:

In a medium saucepot, add the carrots and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover. Cook until soft. Once the carrots are soft or fork tender, pour the carrots into a strainer to drain water, reserving it for adjusting. In the empty pot, melt half of the butter. Add the curry powder and heat to infuse the butter. Transfer the carrots to a blender. Add the curry butter and blend. Add the reserved liquid to start the puree. Add the rest of the butter. Reserve.

For the eggplant:

  • 2 each — Japanese Eggplant, peeled & cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 4 tbs — Whole Butter
  • 2 cups — Chicken Broth

Melt butter in a medium size skillet. Place the eggplant cut side down. Brown. Flip. Brown. Add chicken stock and seasoning. Boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook for five minutes. Flip eggplant. Cook until liquid almost evaporates into a glaze. Reserve.

For the dish:

Grill the chops to desired doneness. Sauté the cauliflower in butter. Cook until it starts to soften. Portion the lamb onto plates. Suggested plating is carrot puree and chimichurri on the bottom, eggplant and cauliflower on the sides.

   

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My Favorite Maui Moment

   

Wow, Maui is better than I ever imagined

Ginny and BillWe absolutely had a fabulous trip. The road to Hana is a great trip through the hills with ocean views, beautiful trees, and beautiful water. The tour of the pineapple field was more fun than we ever imagined. Yes, it was cold on top of that mountain, but what a view. The beaches of Kaanapali, the red sand beach, all the wonderful places to eat, an all day snorkel trip...there is so much to do. Oh yes, I almost forgot, a luau. It was a very fun experience. I want to come back soooo bad.

We are getting older and have some health issues, but believe me, we WILL COME THERE AS SOON AS WE ARE ABLE. A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. I don't think Heaven could be more beautiful.

Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts.
Ginny and Bill, Oklahoma

Share your favorite Maui moment or memory with Maui Insider E-newsletter readers. Please email us with your written description and photo (optional) to lynn@mauivb.com and include your name, address and phone number. (Only your initials will be printed, not your full name, in order to protect your privacy). If we reprint your story, you'll receive a gift of thanks from the Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

   

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Calendar of Events

   

April

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
April 3
Historic Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun the first Friday of each month. Come for this special night, when Market Street is traffic-free so everyone can enjoy the complimentary entertainment, delicious dishes, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from local merchants. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/wailuku

Maui County Agricultural Festival
Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku
April 4
The annual Maui County Agricultural Festival is an event designed to raise awareness about Maui's agriculture and its vital role in the economy, environment and lifestyle of Maui. For more information, please go to mauicountyfarmbureau.org

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
April 10
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more than 40 art galleries and unique restaurants. Many historical and cultural treasures still exist in Lahaina for you to discover. We invite you to celebrate on Front Street and in the charming side streets of Lahaina every second Friday. You can also enjoy special discounts from Lahaina's merchants and restaurants. For a complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to mauifridays.com/lahaina

Maui On Stage's ONO Series
Iao Theater, Wailuku
April 13
On Monday at 6:30 p.m., One Night Only Series presents a free evening consisting of a play reading, concert, comedy night or poetry slam. Come and enjoy theatre every second Monday of each month. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
April 17
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community makes Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to spend the third Friday of each month. You will be delighted with a host of special discounts and mini-parties in the shops around town and unique activities for the whole family. Come join us on the third Friday of every month to celebrate. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

The Molokai Earth Day Celebration
Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai, Molokai
April 17
Since 1995 the Nature Conservancy has sponsored the annual Earth Day celebration on Molokai. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, food and Hawaiian games from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, go to facebook.com/MolokaiVisitorsAssociation/events

Wo Hing Museum's Chinese Kite Festival
Front Street, Lahaina
April 17 - 18
Celebrate this traditional festival of kites at the Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina. Enjoy an exhibit of handmade kites and a presentation about the significance and history of kites in China as well as music and entertainment. Participate in a hands-on workshop to make your own kite or purchase one of the many kites that will be for sale. For more information, go to lahainarestoration.org

Maui to Molokai Race
Fleming Beach to Kaunakakai Harbor, on Molokai
April 18
This 26-mile outrigger canoe race is for OC-1/OC-2/SS/SUP participants, and you must have open ocean experience. For more information, go to mauipaddlinghui.org

Hawaiian Music Institute Concert
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Wailuku
April 18
This event will celebrate Maui's rich musical heritage. The Institute of Hawaiian Music, its instructors, mentors and other performers will present a day of free Hawaiian food, cultural and educational exhibits and workshops from 10a.m. to 4p.m. For more information, go to mnbg.org

Hoomau Concert
Lanikeha Center in Hoolehua, Molokai
April 18
This is a Hawaiian Educational Hoolaulea (Festival) to benefit Punana Leo O Molokai. The festival is free to the public and includes Hawaiian music, crafts, food booths and keiki games. For more information, please go to molokaievents.com or facebook.com/MolokaiVisitorsAssociation/events

Banyan Tree Birthday Party
Lahaina Town
April 18 - 19
This special celebration honors the 142nd birthday of Lahaina's famous landmark, The Banyan Tree. It was planted on April 24, 1873. For more information, go to visitlahaina.com

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
April 24
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great grinds (food), live entertainment, arts & crafts and shopping specials. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Lahaina
April 24 - 26
This event features Hawaiian steel guitar performances by master players, along with music and cultural workshops. For more information, go to mauisteelguitarfestival.com

Maui Onstage: Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs
Iao Theater, Wailuku
April 24 - May 10
Maui Onstage presents one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogies. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

East Maui Taro Festival
Hana Baseball Park, Hana
April 25
Celebrate Hawaiian culture, with taro as the staple and symbol, at this year's 23rd annual cultural event. Saturday features an all-day celebration at Hana Ballpark with hula, cultural demonstrations, Hawaiian music, arts and crafts, a farmers market and food booths with taro dishes. On Sunday, enjoy a taro pancake breakfast. For more information, go to tarofestival.org

Kaiwi Channel Relay
Molokai to Oahu
April 25
The Kaiwi Challenge is a 39-mile Relay race for one-man canoes. The race starts at Kaluakoi Resort on Molokai and finishes at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki. For more information, go to hawaiipaddling.com

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
April 30
Relax under the stars and enjoy the free concert with great live Hawaiian music. This concert is part of The Lahaina Restoration Foundation's ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program. For more information, go to lahainarestoration.org

Maui Classical Music Festival
Varies: Makawao, Makena, Hana
April 30 - May 8
Annual chamber music series presents concerts by world-class musicians at various locations. For more information, go to mauiclassicalmusicfestival.org

May

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
May 1
Historic Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun the first Friday of each month. Come for this special night, when Market Street is traffic-free so everyone can enjoy the complimentary entertainment, delicious dishes, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from local merchants. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/wailuku

The Brothers Cazimero Lei Day Celebration
Maui Arts & Cultural Center Kahului
May 1
The Brothers Cazimero annual tradition of performing a “May Day-Lei Day” concert lives on at the Castle Theater. For more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit mauiarts.org

Lahaina Town Action Committee Annual Golf Classic
Kaanapali Royal Golf Course, Lahaina
May 2
The Lahaina Town Action Committee invites golfers to participate in a four-golfer scramble-shotgun start format where prizes, food and fun can be found at every hole. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Lahaina Junior Golf. For more information, go to visitlahaina.com

OluKai Hoolaulea SUP Race
Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului
May 2
The annual OluKai Hoolaulea Ocean Festival is a celebration of the ocean and the culture that surrounds it. The event blends elite competition with family-friendly cultural activities and gathers some of the world's best SUP paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run. For more information, go to olukai.com

OluKai Hoolaulea “The Maliko Downwind Run”
Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului
May 3
The annual OluKai Hoolaulea Ocean Festival is a celebration of the ocean and the culture that surrounds it. The event blends elite competition with family-friendly cultural activities and gathers some of the world's best OC1 paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run. For more information, go to olukai.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
May 8
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more than 40 art galleries and unique restaurants. Many historical and cultural treasures still exist in Lahaina for you to discover. We invite you to celebrate on Front Street and in the charming side streets of Lahaina every second Friday. You can also enjoy special discounts from Lahaina's merchants and restaurants. For a complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to mauifridays.com/lahaina

Celebration of the Arts
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
May 8 - 10
The annual Celebration of the Arts will feature: hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance that will allow both visitors and residents the opportunity to interact with each other and enjoy the Hawaiian culture. Please go to celebrationofthearts.org

Seabury Hall Craft Fair
Seabury Hall Campus, Makawao
May 9
The annual Seabury Hall craft fair will feature more than 100 local artisans. Enjoy delicious food, island entertainment, fresh produce, cut flowers, children's games, a huge rummage sale, and special items at the silent auction table. For more information, go to seaburyhall.org

Maui On Stage's ONO Series
Iao Theater, Wailuku
May 11
On Monday at 6:30 pm, One Night Only Series presents a free evening consisting of a play reading, concert, comedy night or poetry slam. Come and enjoy theatre every second Monday of each month. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
May 15
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community makes Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to spend the third Friday of each month. You will be delighted with a host of special discounts and mini-parties in the shops around town and unique activities for the whole family. Come join us on the third Friday of every month to celebrate. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

Maui Matsuri – A Japanese Festival
University of Hawaii Maui, Kahului
May 15 - 16
This annual festival celebrates Japanese culture on Maui. This two-day event features a movie night, contests, food and craft booths, cultural exhibits, keiki activities, live entertainment and demonstrations on the Great Lawn. For more information, go to mauimatsuri.com

Maui Brewers Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
May 16
This year's annual fundraiser showcases the best in craft beers made in Hawaii and beyond. Enjoy a leisurely day of tasting beers from two-dozen craft breweries, sampling appetizers from Maui's popular restaurants and live entertainment with local bands. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit mauiarts.org

Ukulele Ohana Molokai
Puu O Koku Ranch & Halawa Valley, Molokai
May 22 - 26
Come experience this five day ukulele workshop on Molokai. For more information, go to ukeohana.com

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
May 22
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great grinds (food), live entertainment, arts & crafts and shopping specials. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
May 28
Relax under the stars and enjoy the free concert with great live Hawaiian music. This concert is part of The Lahaina Restoration Foundation's ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program. For more information, go to lahainarestoration.org

Lanai Fifth Friday
Dole Park, Lanai
May 29
The Lanai Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to our Fifth Friday from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. This community event will take place in the heart of Lanai City around Dole Park and feature live music, food, and drinks, free drawing prizes and more. For more information, go to fifthfridaylanai.com

June

Maui Film Festival
Wailea Resort, Wailea & Kahului
June 3 - 7
Hawaiian culture meets the big screen at this annual film industry event in Wailea Resort. Film premiers are set up outdoors in Wailea and indoors at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. For more information, go to mauifilmfestival.com

Ka Hula Piko Hula Festival Celebration of Hula
Mitchell Pauole Community Center, Kaunakakai, Molokai
June 4 - 6
A celebration of the birth of hula, this cultural festival offers a variety of traditional dances and musical entertainment, lectures, Hawaiian food and hand-made crafts by the people of Molokai. For more information, go to facebook.com/MolokaiVisitorsAssociation/events

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
June 5
Historic Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun the first Friday of each month. Come for this special night, when Market Street is traffic-free so everyone can enjoy the complimentary entertainment, delicious dishes, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from local merchants. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/wailuku

Maui On Stage's ONO Series
Iao Theater, Wailuku
June 8
On Monday at 6:30 p.m., One Night Only Series presents a free evening consisting of a play reading, concert, comedy night or poetry slam. Come and enjoy theatre every second Monday of each month. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
June 11 – 14
This year marks the 34th anniversary for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Events include the Grand Tasting, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs and a Seafood Festival. For more information, go to kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
June 12
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more than 40 art galleries and unique restaurants. Many historical and cultural treasures still exist in Lahaina for you to discover. We invite you to celebrate on Front Street and in the charming side streets of Lahaina every second Friday. You can also enjoy special discounts from Lahaina's merchants and restaurants. For a complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to mauifridays.com/lahaina

Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau Parade & Hoolaulea
Front Street, Lahaina Town, Lahaina
June 13
The Hoolaulea opens at 9:00 a.m. and a colorful pau parade will begin at 9:45am. The pau parade will commence from Kenui Street down Front Street and end at Shaw Street. Free admission. For more information, go to visitlahaina.com

Kaiwi Channel Solo – OC-1, OC-2, OC-3
Kaunakakai, Molokai
June 13
The Kaiwi Challenge, a 39-mile solo race for one-man canoe, will start at Kaluakoi Resort on Molokai and finish at the Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki. For more information, go to hawaiipaddling.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
June 19
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community makes Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to spend the third Friday of each month. You will be delighted with a host of special discounts and mini-parties in the shops around town and unique activities for the whole family. Come join us on the third Friday of every month to celebrate. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

Mamo on Maui: Wearable Art Show
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion, Kahului
June 20
This is a runway featuring unique work by Native Hawaiian artists and designers. See haute couture and contemporary fashions and accessories, modeled by local halau and residents. For more information, go to mauiarts.org

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
June 25
Relax under the stars and enjoy the free concert with great live Hawaiian music. This concert is part of The Lahaina Restoration Foundation's ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program. For more information, go to lahainarestoration.org

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
June 26
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great grinds (food), live entertainment, arts & crafts and shopping specials. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

Ki Hoalu Guitar Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Amphitheater & Pavilion, Kahului
June 28
Enjoy free Hawaiian slack key music at the 23rd annual festival featuring an all-star line-up of Hawaii's best slack key guitar musicians and recording artists. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org

July

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
July 3
Historic Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun the first Friday of each month. Come for this special night, when Market Street is traffic-free so everyone can enjoy the complimentary entertainment, delicious dishes, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from local merchants. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/wailuku

Lanai's Annual Pineapple Festival
Dole Park, Lanai City
July 3 - 4
The Pineapple Festival celebrates and commemorates Lanai’s pineapple plantation and ranch history. Everyone will enjoy local food, crafts and kids’ game booths. For more information, go to lanaipineapplefestival.com

July Fireworks
Lahaina Town, Maui
July 4
Enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day with a variety of live bands playing, great food, shopping and a fireworks display that can be seen throughout Lahaina Town scheduled for 8:00 p.m. For more information, go to visitlahaina.com

Maui Onstage: The Addams Family
Iao Theater, Wailuku
July 10 – August 2
Maui Onstage presents The Addams Family featuring an original story that is every father’s nightmare. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
July 10
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more than 40 art galleries and unique restaurants. Many historical and cultural treasures still exist in Lahaina for you to discover. We invite you to celebrate on Front Street and in the charming side streets of Lahaina every second Friday. You can also enjoy special discounts from Lahaina’s merchants and restaurants. For a complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to mauifridays.com/lahaina

Maui On Stage’s ONO Series
Iao Theater, Wailuku
July 13
On Monday at 6:30 p.m., One Night Only Series presents a free evening consisting of a play reading, concert, comedy night or poetry slam. Come and enjoy theatre every second Monday of each month. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
July 17
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community makes Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to spend the third Friday of each month. You will be delighted with a host of special discounts and mini-parties in the shops around town and unique activities for the whole family. Come join us on the third Friday of every month to celebrate. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

M4Molokai
Kamalo Harbor to Hotel Molokai
July 19
This is an 8.5-mile downwind paddle from Kamalo Harbor to Hotel Molokai. This race is designed for both the experienced paddlers outside the reef and the recreational paddlers inside the reef. For more information, go to supmolokai.org/events/M4M

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
July 24
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great grinds (food), live entertainment, arts & crafts and shopping specials. For details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

Sesame Street Live – Let’s Dance
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theatre, Kahului
July 24 - 26
Enjoy Sesame Street Live with nonstop singing, dancing and musical fun for the entire family. For more information, go to mauiarts.org

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
July 30
Relax under the stars and enjoy the free concert with great live Hawaiian music. This concert is part of The Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program. For more information, go to lahainarestoration.org

Lanai Fifth Friday
Dole Park, Lanai
July 31
The Lanai Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to our Fifth Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This community event will take place in the heart of Lanai City around Dole Park and feature live music, food, and drinks, free drawing prizes and more. For more information, go to fifthfridaylanai.com

The special events listed are subject to change at any time and at the sole discretion of the provider.

   

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