SPRING 2016      Brought to you by the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
Brought to you by the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
IN THIS ISSUE
Get Ready for Golf on the Magical Courses of Maui Nui
Get a Real Taste of the Island with these Tours
Q&A Spring 2016
 
 
 
 
Chef's Corner
 
My Favorite Maui Moment
 
Calendar of Events
 

 

Discover Food and Fun on Maui
 

 

Discover Food and Fun on Maui
 
Maui offers a long list of ways to relax and have fun. From a fantastic choice of golf courses to incredible cuisine and breathtaking tours, Maui is sure to captivate you. Continue reading and learn more about the exciting activities offered on this stunning island.
 
 
Get Ready for Golf on the Magical Courses of Maui Nui
 
Get Ready for Golf on the Magical Courses of Maui Nui
 
The natural beauty of Maui, Lanai and Molokai provides a magical setting for golf course greens with spectacular scenery and challenging play at any level. We connected with our golf courses to learn what's new for 2016 and provide you with an overview.

West Maui
Kaanapali Golf Courses lie across fertile land that was once home to a thriving Hawaiian village known as Kekaa. The first resort course to open on Maui, in 1962, was the par-71, 6,700-yard Royal Kaanapali Course with expansive fairways and panoramic water views. The Royal Course has hosted 24 LPGA and Champions Tour events and presents a challenge for all levels of play. Complementing it is the modernized Kaanapali Kai Course with a par-70, 6,400-yard layout of strategically placed bunkers and contoured fairways offering mountain and ocean views. FootGolf is the latest adventure here. Available daily after 3:30 p.m. on the Kai Course, FootGolf is a way for families and non-golfers to enjoy the fairways. Each hole is assigned a "par" and players tee off using a soccer ball, strategically kicking it until they make it in a 21-inch cup. Players can bring their own soccer balls or rent a ball for $5 per round. Fees start at $15 to walk plus $15 to ride in a shared golf cart. Group events are welcome. kaanapaligolfcourses.com

Kapalua Golf is where the champions come to play and features two of the most famous courses in the world, The Plantation Course and The Bay Course. With a 7,411-yard, par-73 layout, The Plantation Course is challenging at any level, yet playable for the average golfer, and sure to be on most golfers' bucket lists. It is consistently ranked as the No.1 golf course in Hawaii with its dramatic elevation changes and powerful ocean views. It's home to the PGA TOUR Hyundai Tournament of Champions each January. Opened in 1975, The Bay Course has hosted over 20 major professional tournaments, providing great stories for its champions. A true resort course, the par-72, 6,600-yard course is known for its breathtaking 5th hole, which is the only hole to play over the ocean on Maui. golfatkapalua.com

South Maui
Wailea Golf Club features 54 holes of award-winning golf on the Blue Course, Emerald Course and Gold Course, which are ranked among America's 100 Greatest Public Courses and Best Resort Courses. Wailea's classic Blue Course boasts nine new tees, a reconfigured layout with the former 6th hole now the 1st hole, and a new pro shop across from The Shops at Wailea. With 6,545 yards of rolling greens among black lava rock and blue water, the par-71 course introduces weekly and monthly passes in 2016 for those who are visiting for an extended time. Good for 7 or 30 consecutive days of golf, these passes are for individuals. The 6,825-yard, par-72 Emerald Course was designed for practically every player and is known as a great course for women and for its picturesque lake shared by two holes. The most challenging of Wailea's courses, the 7,078-yard par-72 Gold Course was home to The Champions Skins Game for years. Its rugged design and distracting scenic beauty have caused it to be dubbed it as a "thinking player's course." Now, the Seahorse Swing package provides three days of unlimited golf on the Gold and Emerald courses. waileagolf.com

Maui Nui Golf Club (formerly Elleair Maui) stretches along the lower slopes of Haleakala, overlooking the beach town of Kihei. Suitable for any level of player, this course continues improvements to make it even more golfer-friendly with fairway widening, green reshaping and enlarging. The par-71, 6,801-yard greens offer classic design attributes, reachable holes and prevailing trade winds that test golfers and reward smart play. Its Play Card Program allows you to play more and save a lot. The Two Play Card is good for two rounds of golf with a cart, and the Six Play Card gets you and your golf party six rounds of golf with a cart. Part-time residents may want to check out The Players Program to save even more. mauinuigolfclub.com

Makena Golf Course is part of the private Makena Golf and Beach Club and is closed for 2016.

Get Ready for Golf on the Magical Courses of Maui Nui
 
Central Maui
The Dunes at Maui Lani is billed as "a true test of golf, the way the game was meant to be played" and has been likened to a British Open course with its links style and majestic mountain backdrop. This par-72, 6,841-yard terrain of unspoiled dunes offers a wide-open range of scenery and a lighted practice range with grass tees. The Players Club is a limited membership available to the general public for a calendar year. Benefits include preferred reservations, a free round of golf for every six rounds played, discounted green fees, a logo golf shirt and discounted merchandise in the Pro Shop, along with benefits at the driving range, lessons and club fitting. dunesatmauilani.com

Kahili Golf Course is nestled in the east-facing foothills of the West Maui mountain range and features amazing bi-coastal views of Haleakala and the Pacific Ocean. It is known for its good value and ranked as one of the Top 20 Best Courses You Can Play in Hawai'i. The 6,570-yard, par-72 course showcases a lake, dry creek bed and elevation changes combined with doglegs in both directions. The Kahili Alii Card program offers benefits such as lower rates and point rewards for free golf, a bag tag, monthly golf specials, and discounts off merchandise in the Pro Shop and food in the Kahili restaurants. Kahili Mahalo Ticket package features two rounds of golf at Kahili and one round at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. kahiligolf.com

King Kamehameha Golf Club is a private 18-hole course with a distinctive clubhouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that overlooks the Kahili Golf Course. See kamehamehagolf.com for its Guest for a Day experience.

Upcountry Maui
Pukalani Country Club rests 1,100 feet up the slopes of Haleakala, providing cool playing conditions with wide, undulating fairways. Built in 1980, the Pukalani (entry to heaven) golf course is a par-72, 6,962-yard course, featuring 19 greens in its 18-hole layout along with an expansive range of island views. In this remarkable setting, visitors can play for low green fees that include a cart and rental clubs. Regular specials are: Terrific Thursdays with a twilight rate offered before noon; 7-Day Aloha Pass with unlimited golf for seven consecutive days plus cart fee per round, and a 30-Day Aloha Pass with unlimited golf for 30 consecutive days plus cart. pukalanigolf.com

Lanai
Manele Golf Course features ocean views from every hole, starting February 1st of 2016, tee times are available to guests of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai only. A stay on this lovely island is well worth the trip. The Jack Nicklaus signature golf course perches high above the crashing surf of beautiful Hulopoe Bay and is built on lava rock outcroppings. Three holes are on top of cliffs and use the sparkling Pacific Ocean as a water hazard. At 7,039 yards, the par-72 course is in the best condition ever and almost all of its ocean views are unobstructed. fourseasons.com/lanai

Koele Golf Course and The Lodge at Koele in Lanai City are closed for renovations this year. It is anticipated that they will reopen at the end of 2016.

Molokai
Ironwood Hills Golf Club offers a distinctive golf experience on the tranquil island of Molokai with its 9-hole regulation course. Situated on gentle mountain slopes at Kalae, it offers 3,088 yards of golf at par-34. Drink in views of both sides of the island from the 1500-foot elevation. There's no need for reserving tee times, just show up during the day, pay the affordable green fee, grab a cart and play. This course was established as one of Hawaii's plantation courses in 1938, the Hanekekua Golf Club. 808-567-6000

 
Get a Real Taste of the Island with these Tours
 
Maui has always been known as a haven for restaurants and dining trends, and recently, many boutique farms have sprouted on hillsides around the island. Naturally, farmers and chefs paired up to present farm-to-table menus. Now, activity providers have extended the trend by incorporating restaurants and farms into tours that highlight the tastes of the island. Here are a few to whet your appetite...

Get a Real Taste of the Island with these Tours
 
Hawaii Tasting Tours
With an aim to "feed your five senses," Hawaii Tasting Tours on Maui offer social connections for the soul, historical trivia for the mind, and a wide array of savory and sweet delights for seeing, smelling and tasting. Maui tours are focused on the storied town of Lahaina, featuring a daytime lunch tour, Lahaina Aina Awakea, as well as the popular Lahaina Lights Dinner nighttime tour. Each tour provides guests with tasting plates from three to four restaurants along Front Street. Guests are seated together at each restaurant to enjoy drinks, food and lots of fun. The lunch tour spotlights Fleetwood's on Front Street, Lahaina Fish Co. and one other restaurant that presents a sampler of its signature dishes. Kids receive their own menu complete with a soft drink and smoothie. Adults who are 21 years or older are served a glass of wine or tropical cocktail. Once the sunsets and lights come up in Lahaina, the dinner tour stops include Fleetwood's on Front Street, Lahaina Fish Co., Sale Pepe and Koa's Seaside Grill. Guests dine on four large tasting plates paired with signature wines from three restaurants and enjoy a Polynesian Mai Tai. Walking between restaurants, your guide offers commentary about Lahaina's rich history and landmarks while serving as the group's restaurant hostess and travel concierge. Check hawaiistastingtours.com

Local Tastes of Maui
Maui's personable small towns and vibrant neighborhood centers are highlighted on Local Tastes of Maui tours. An experienced educator who moved to Maui later in life and was inspired to share the island's multi-cultural history and products made by local food producers and artisans developed these tours. In a two-hour guided walking tour through Paia, Makawao, Lahaina or Kihei, guests will discover hidden treasures about the town and hear colorful stories and sample locally made culinary specialties. For example, in Paia you learn about the sugar plantations and sample seasonal foods; in Makawao you listen to stories of the paniolo ranch lifestyle, visit art galleries and a famous bakery; in Lahaina you step back in time at historical sites and meet merchants who serve a variety of locally made treats, and in Kihei, you savor the scenic coastline while learning about Hawaiian villages and World War II connections and trying local favorite foods. Families with children are welcome. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and feature one town per day. Visit localtastesofmaui.com

Maui Country Farm Tours
Sharing the agricultural beauty and bounty of the island is what Maui Country Farm Tours set out to do. The owners, one of whom was born and raised on Maui and the other who has lived and worked here for four decades, have developed a successful series of tours taking guests by van to some of the most scenic spots on the island. Upcountry Farm Tours wind through the historic plantation town of Paia to Hookipa Beach Park for photo ops. The first farm stop is in the cool uplands of Haliimaile at the Maui Gold Pineapple fields. Climbing to the 4,000-foot level of Haleakala, the van next stops at Alii Kula Lavender farm for a walk among acres of flora and edible gardens with a break for tea and lavender scones. The tour turns south to Uluapalakua Ranch, home of Maui Wine, and features wine tasting and a wholesome lunch with fresh sandwiches, a large salad and local fruits. Heading back across the mountain, the final stop is at Kula Country Farms for a walk among strawberry fields, vegetables or pumpkin patches, depending on the season. Deluxe Upcountry Photo tour includes an extra farm stop at Surfing Goat Dairy or Ocean Vodka's Organic Farm in Omaopio. A new offering is the West Maui Farm tour, which features a visit to the Lahaina Animal Farm at Launiupoko-Makila, a tour of the neighboring Maui Dragon Fruit farm with tropical fruit tasting, followed by a farm-fresh picnic lunch at Launiupoko Beach Park. Afterward, the van rolls to MauiGrown Coffee Company Store for coffee tasting and cookies. The final stop is up Lahainaluna Road at SimpliFresh produce farms. Call 808-283-9131 or visit mauicountryfarmtours.com

 
Q&A Spring 2016
 
Aloha Maui Insider,
I am looking forward to my Maui visit this winter but I have a question about the Honu, the Hawaiian Sea Turtle. Where can I see these wonderful turtles?
Best Regards, Sue from Seattle

Aloha Sue,
We are sure you will enjoy your stay on Maui this winter and see some Honu. You are guaranteed to see them at the Maui Ocean Center at Maalaea. In fact, they often have "Turtle-rrific Thursday" which is a sea turtle talk at the aquarium at 2 p.m. on Thursdays. For the talk schedule, please go to mauioceancenter.com You may also see a live Honu as you enjoy Maui's warm ocean waters this winter. Please be sure to stay at least 50 feet away from the Honu for your safety and theirs.

Dear Maui Insider,
Is there a new hotel on Lanai? We have noticed there is now one called the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. Can you tell us what they offer?
Sincerely, John and Elizabeth

Aloha John and Elizabeth,
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay is now called the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. They have just completed a comprehensive lobby-to-roof renovation which features 217 redesigned guest rooms, including 51 suites; newly refurbished lobbies and seating areas; additional dining experiences such as the award-winning NOBU LANAI and ONE FORTY, American Steak, Hawaiian Seafood; a renovated Spa; luxury retail boutiques featuring Missoni, Jimmy Choo and the Lanai Collection; a newly outfitted Pro Shop at the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course; and the addition of a luxury transfer fleet. For more details and reservations, please go to fourseasons.com/lanai

Hello Maui Insider,
We are looking forward to our visit to Molokai. Is there a new restaurant in Kaunakakai, Molokai?
Yours truly, Travis and Ralph

Aloha Travis and Ralph,
There is a new restaurant on Molokai. The new Oceanside Hale Kealoha Restaurant is open daily from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Their bar is open from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. They are located at the Hotel Molokai in Kaunakakai. You can find details at hotelmolokai.com

 
Chef's Corner
 
Oceanside Restaurant is a New Maui Gem
 
Oceanside Restaurant is a New Maui Gem
Opened in December of 2015 at the Maui Harbor Shops of Maalaea, Oceanside's vision is to provide fresh and locally sourced food on a daily basis. A majority of their ingredients are sourced locally from Maui farms and surrounding Hawaiian Islands. Chef Gary King stays 100% true to his vision to ensure that guests receive incredible and delicious meals throughout the day. The kitchen team ensures every dish is masterfully crafted to capture the true beauty, freshness and taste of the food to provide a delectable dining experience. Dishes such as Hamachi Crudo, Whole Snapper and Spaghetti with Kauai Shrimp are offered. All pastry and desserts are made in-house. To accompany meals, a variety of Maui teas and coffee and fresh pressed juices are available. Oceanside has one of the best views in Maui. The beautiful, big bay window doors open up to a stunning view of Maalaea Bay and Haleakala. Whether you grab a quick breakfast-to-go or enjoy a great lunch or dinner with friends and family, the Oceanside restaurant has something for you. Visit oceansidemaui.us for more information or to make a reservation.

Here's a delicious Oceanside Restaurant recipe for you to try at home:

Beet Salad
Servings: 4

Step 1: Roast the Beets

  • 2 bunches Chioggia (Red) Beets
  • 3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Cabernet Sauvignon Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Cracked Pepper
Remove tops of beets, wash beets, toss beets with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and wrap beets in aluminum foil. Roast at 375 degrees for one hour until knife slides easily into center. Remove from oven and cool. While still warm, use a towel to gently remove skin of beet, slice beets into wedges.

Step 2: Creme Fraiche

  • 1 cup Creme Fraiche
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Cracked Mixed Peppercorn
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
Mix Creme Fraiche, Peppercorn, Salt, Lemon Juice and chill

Step 3: Toasted Pistachios

  • ¼ cup Pistachio
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp. Salt
Toast pistachios in oil in medium pan over medium heat. Drain pistachios and lay on paper towel. Season with salt. When cool, rough chop pistachios.

Step 4: Assembly of Salad

  • 1 bunch of Mustard Greens, Roasted Beets, Creme Fraiche, Pistachios
  • 3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vinegar
  • ⅛ cup Finely Sliced Chives
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
Toss beets with olive oil, vinegar, chives, salt and pepper. Equally divide Creme Fraiche in 4 bowls. Place beets on top of Creme Fraiche, reserving the liquid from the beets. Toss mustard greens in reserved liquid and place on top of beets. Garnish with pistachios.

 
My Favorite Maui Moment
 
Maui Moment

My Favorite Maui Moment
 
There are so many things that make a vacation on Maui magical for our visitors. We decided to make Maui memorable for some of the PGA Golfers who visited Maui with their friends and family for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The Golf Channel videotaped these tournament winners enjoying various Maui activities. Maybe you will see their Maui adventures in the future on the Golf Channel. Here's a list of what they did in case you want to try some of these activities yourself. They spent a long weekend doing all these activities so please don't try to do them all in one day.

First, we went on one of Trilogy's catamarans for some whale watching and snorkeling. We saw lots of beautiful coral, colorful fish and playful humpback whales. Please note however, the whales are very challenging to photograph. Then, some of our pros joined Rappel Maui for an exciting journey down a waterfall or two. Next we took another golfer and his family paddling on Outrigger canoes. They saw the gorgeous scenery of West Maui with the Maui Paddle Sports team as their escort as well as some Honu, Hawaiian sea turtles. And last but not least, we did an upcountry swing. Marilyn Jensen Lopes of Maui Country Farm Tours ably escorted us. We started at the beautifully scented Alii Kula Lavender Farm, and had their Lavender scones with Lavender honey, which were yummy. We went on to the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm, where everyone had fun feeding the darling baby goats. Our group tasted many different delicious flavors of goat cheese too. Our last stop was the newly opened Hawaii Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery. During their very interesting tour we learned that on the farm they grow their own sugar cane for their vodka and process it and bottle right on site. Then we had some samples of their award-winning water, vodka and rum.

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.

 
Calendar of Events
 

March

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
March 4
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

Maui Onstage: "Guys and Dolls"
Iao Theater, Wailuku
March 4-20
Maui Onstage presents "Guys and Dolls" an oddball romantic comedy set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

Santana
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
March 5
Santana delivers a high level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar. The sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more information, go to mauiarts.org

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
March 11
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

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
March 18
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 up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

Hoomau Concert
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Wailuku
March 19
This is a Hawaiian Educational Hoolaulea (Festival) to benefit Punana Leo O Maui. The festival is free to the public and includes Hawaiian music, crafts, plant sale, food booths and keiki games. For more information, go to facebook.com/HoomauMaui

Maui Pops Orchestra - Spring Pops
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
March 20
This year's Spring Pops concert features internationally acclaimed pianist Ian Parker, who has performed with many of the finest orchestras in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
March 25
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

Celebration of the Arts Festival
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
March 25-27
The annual Celebration of the Arts will feature hands-on art projects, 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. For the event schedule, please go to celebrationofthearts.org

April

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
April 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

Maui County Agricultural Festival
Maui Tropical Plantation
April 2
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. Experience Maui's wonderful local produce, fruit, flowers, coffee and more. For a schedule of the events, please go to mauicountyfarmbureau.org

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
April 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

Tracy Morgan: Picking Up The Pieces
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
April 8
Tracy Morgan is no stranger to comedy and is bringing on the laughs as he crosses the country in a nationwide stand up comedy tour. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
April 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 up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Lahaina
April 15-17
This event features Hawaiian steel guitar performances by master players, along with music and cultural workshops. For more information, go to mauisteelguitarfestival.com

M2M - Maui to Molokai Race
Fleming Beach to Kaunakakai Harbor, on Molokai
April 16
This 26-mile outrigger canoe race is for OC-1/OC-2/SS/SUP participants, who must have open ocean experience. For more information, go to mauipaddlinghui.org

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei
April 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

The Molokai Earth Day Celebration
Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai, Molokai
April 22
Since 1995 the Nature Conservancy has sponsored the annual Earth Day celebration on Molokai. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, food and Hawaiian games from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, go to facebook.com/MolokaiVisitorsAssociation/events

Maui Onstage: "Inherit the Wind"
Iao Theater, Wailuku
April 22-May 8
This is a play about the notion of sending a man to jail for teaching evolution biology. At stake was the freedom of every American. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

Molokai Heritage Rodeo
Maunaloa, Molokai
April 23
Molokai Ranch is hosting its second annual Molokai Ranch Heritage Rodeo at the Duvauchelle Arena on the Ranch's property located on the West end of Molokai. This event will include contestants from all over the State and will feature events ranging from mixed roping to keiki barrels to bull riding. For more information, go to molokairanch.com/rodeo

Banyan Tree Birthday Party
Lahaina Town
April 23-24
This special celebration honors the 143rd birthday of Lahaina's famous landmark, The Banyan Tree. It was planted on April 24, 1873. For more information, go to visitlahaina.com

Lanai Fifth Friday
Dole Park, Lanai
April 29
The Lanai Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to our Fifth Friday from 5:30 p.m. - 8 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

Olukai Hoolaulea
Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului
April 29-May 1
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, OC1 and OC2 paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run. For more information, go to olukai.com

East Maui Taro Festival
Hana Baseball Park, Hana
April 30-May 1
Celebrate Hawaiian culture with taro as the staple and symbol, at this year's 24th 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

May

Cazimero Lei Day Concert
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
May 1
The Brothers Cazimero annual tradition of performing a "May Day-Lei Day" concert lives on. Enjoy contemporary Hawaiian music and hula. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
May 6
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

Maui Matsuri - A Japanese Event
University of Hawaii Maui, Kahului
May 6
This event is part of the annual Japanese festival that celebrates Japanese culture on Maui. Come and enjoy a movie night or storytelling event on the lawn. For more information, go to mauimatsuri.com

Seabury Hall Craft Fair
Seabury Hall Campus, Makawao
May 7
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

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
May 13
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 Brewers Festival
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
May 14
This year's annual tribute to craft brews from Hawaii and beyond. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of craft tasting and island-style sampling appetizers from Maui's favorite restaurants and caterers all accompanied by live music and door prizes. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
May 20
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 up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
May 27
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

Ukulele Ohana Molokai
Puu O Koku Ranch & Halawa Valley, Molokai
May 27-31
Come experience this 5-day ukulele workshop on Molokai. For more information, go to ukeohana.com

June

Ka Hula Piko Hula Festival Celebration of Hula
Lanikeha Community Center, Hoolehua, Molokai
June 2-4
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 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 up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/wailuku

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

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
Kapalua Resort
June 9-12
This year is the 35th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. Events include the Grand Tasting, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs and a Seafood Festival with live entertainment. For more information, go to kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
June 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 complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to mauifridays.com/lahaina

Maui Film Festival
Wailea Resort, Wailea & Kahului
June 15-19
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

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
June 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 up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
June 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 up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

Mamo on Maui: Wearable Art Show
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion, Kahului
June 25
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

Ki Hoalu Guitar Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Amphitheater & Pavilion, Kahului
June 26
Enjoy free Hawaiian slack key music at the 25th 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

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