Maui Insider

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

IN THIS ISSUE

Locals' Favorite Lunch Spots

Hawaiian Culture Tours

Q & A Summer 2015

Chef’s Corner

My Favorite Maui Moment

Events Calendar

Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
Maui Makes Summer Even More Fun

Maui Makes Summer Even More Fun

Summer is always an exciting time to visit Maui. Whether you’re interested in trying delicious local food or learning more about Hawaiian culture, you’ll find a long list of activities and places that will captivate the entire family. Take a look inside this issue and discover unique ideas to entice the palate and the soul.

 

Locals’ Favorite Central Maui Lunch Spots

   

Enjoy island-style food where the locals lunch, whether it’s grab-and-go for a road trip or a break between sightseeing stops around Central Maui.

The Manapua Bakery
Only a few years ago the last manapua shop disappeared from Maui. At the end of 2014, manapua resurfaced to rave reviews. One of the best places to grab this delicious Chinese bao treat is at The Manapua Bakery on Lower Main Street in Wailuku. Owners Natasha and Keone Smith wanted to take their experience in the Maui activity industry and do something a little different, so they decided to recreate Hawaii’s favorite comfort food, manapua, and open a bakery/take out restaurant.

If you like discovering places that are off the beaten path, you’ll definitely want to stop here, where the locals eat lunch. Walking through the door, you can’t miss the fragrance of warm, sweet bread wafting from the bakeshop. An original recipe from Natasha’s family in Portugal incorporating natural ingredients from the island is used for the baked buns. They’re light, sweet and delicious, and have become the most popular style for manapua these days. Of course, traditional steamed buns are also available.

But the fillings take center stage now. Keone says they have so much fun experimenting with filling combinations to match the buns. He’s known for his “epic” hoisin roast duck and Thai-style chicken as well as Indian masala curry that he blends with beef. Island favorite fillings of char siu, pork adobo and teriyaki chicken are offered, too. They’re planning on more flavor twists like kim chee-mushroom and shrimp-pasta manapua. Dim sum are also on the menu: traditional pork hash shumai and Hawaiian laulau hash made with kalua pork and taro leaves. Menu items are priced between 99 cents and $2.65. Desserts include rice cake or custard bites for $1.

Keone invites you to “come in and experience Hawaii’s broad palate and local flavor in the heart of Wailuku.” Open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 808-242-PORK or manapuabakery.com

Maui Manapua
Maui ManapuaUlulani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice has become a household name around Maui, so when locals came in for shave ice began asking for manapua, co-owners Ululani and David decided to combine the two island favorites in their newest location at the Maui Lani Parkway shopping center in Wailuku. Maui Manapua is fast becoming the next household name.

They started with the traditional steamed bao bun and two filling choices: pork belly in hoisin sauce and beef brisket in barbecue sauce. Soon after, Manapua Manager, Janis Young, added a baked sweet bun with popular fillings like char siu pork, chicken adobo, kalua pork and chicken curry.

“We wanted to make sure the menu was working, then we’ll add more choices. I’m always trying out a new dish,” said Janis.

Her elevated take on a classic local favorite is pork hash with shrimp in a shumai dumpling. Janis also features noodle dishes on the menu: chow fun and black bean-garlic noodles. Kim chee fried rice makes an appearance occasionally. Traditional almond cookies baked in-house practically fly out the door. Manapua is priced between $1.25 and $1.99; noodle dishes range from $3.95 to $5.95; four almond cookies are $1.99. On your way to or from Kahului Airport, get the best of both local worlds with manapua and shave ice. Maui Manapua is open Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice is served daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the same store. 808-280-8104 or facebook.com/pages/Maui-Manapua/883323205051157

Aria’s Restaurant & Catering
Locals who live and work in Wailuku are always on the lookout for a good sit-down restaurant. The new kid in town, Aria’s Restaurant on Vineyard Street across from a large parking lot, has become the hot spot for lunch. Brothers and co-owners, Chef Majic and Ed Carson, bring three decades of culinary and catering experience in a magical blend of styles and cultures to the island.

Ed explained, “We want to offer a bit of something for everybody so you can come in three or four times a week and not get tired of the menu.”

Aria’s lunch/dinner menus are three pages filled with a tantalizing array of fusion dishes, reflecting Hawaii, Latin America, Asia and the Mediterranean. Appetizers include crispy Crab Cakes over a spicy sriracha aioli and sweet lilikoi sauce; Char Siu Bao sliders with Namasu slaw, and Mahi Fish Tacos with kim chee-ginger aioli. Sandwiches are taken to a new level: Try Braised Lamb with creamy tzatziki sauce and roasted garlic aioli on focaccia bread; Salmon BLT with bacon, Kula greens and lemon-dill aioli, or Chicken Caprese with Olowalu tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil vinaigrette. Dishes are reasonably priced from $10 to $13.

Local favorite entrees come with steamed rice and a macaroni or Caesar salad and feature hamburger steak, fried chicken or roast pork. The most popular entrees include Citrus Mahi Mahi in lemon-caper buerre blanc with mashed potatoes, and Asian Braised Pork Belly with shiitake mushroom risotto and ponzu slaw. A variety of burgers and pasta combos complete the menu. Prices range from $13 to $17. Aria’s is open for lunch Monday-Friday between 10am and 3pm. Brunch is served on Saturday-Sunday between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; dinner is served Monday-Saturday, 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 808-242-ARIA or ariasmaui.com

 

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Authentic Hawaiian Culture Tours

   

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Maui or a loyal returnee, you may be seeking a connection with Hawaiian culture from the perspective of Native Hawaiians. We recently discovered these tours that offer one-of-a-kind experiences in authentic Hawaiian culture and history. Get ready to expand your horizons...

Pohaku Cultural Tours
Authentic Hawaiian Culture ToursThe rugged, wind-swept coastline of southeast Maui offers expansive views of the dense basalt slopes on the backside of Haleakala and the deep blue Pacific with Hawaii Island emerging as a backdrop. Some of this remote area is dotted with fishing villages steeped in history and lore. Spend a half-day with archaeologists and co-founders of Pohaku Cultural Tours, Andree Conley-Kapoi and Colleen Medeiros, and you’ll become enriched with knowledge and wonder.

“Our objective is to share a real sense of Hawaiian culture, the history of the area and the legends,” said Colleen. “Visitors to the islands don’t often get the opportunity to see things through the eyes of an archaeologist with deep roots in Hawaii.”

Their work site is 82 acres of conservation land on which they guide guests to pre-western contact archaeological sites to view petroglyphs (scratched on rock) and pictographs (“painted” with a mixture of red alae clay and kukui nut oil). You’ll explore stacked lava rock walls that were once habitation sites filled with remnants of tools and implements, ceremonial platforms and a canoe shed by the beach. Hawaiian people lived and worked in the area from pre-contact times until 1946. Listen to legends of great warriors when Chief Kalaniopuu’s army came across the sea from the Hawaii Island to battle for land with Maui’s Chief Kahekili in the 1700s.

At the end of the hike across the dryland landscape, you’re treated to a sit-down lunch in a shaded grove. A colorful, elegant table is set next to a buffet with an impressive array of hot and cold dishes like grilled chicken breast and roasted vegetables, local breadfruit hummus and avocado dips, taro chips, fresh mixed greens and tropical fruits. Andree and Colleen answer questions over dessert, extending their warm hospitality and fount of knowledge. Group size is limited to 10 guests to minimize impact on the pristine area. Lunch tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A portion of the fee supports Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. The drive from meeting location to the tour site is about an hour. Check out pohakuculturaltours.com

Maui Nei Native Expeditions
Authentic Hawaiian Culture ToursOne of the most historically important places in Hawaii, Lahaina, is home to over 65 identified sites spanning 500 years of rich history and culture. When you see the former village known as Lele through the eyes of a Native Hawaiian guide, you’ll be amazed at the multi-sensory experience. Maui Nei Native Expeditions has woven its authentic cultural and historical tour with Hawaiian chants, multi-generational stories, views from green valleys to the aquamarine sea and a chilled tropical fruit snack.

On a recent tour, a guest remarked, “Forget Michener -- you get the real story with Maui Nei!” Each guide shows a genuine passion for the history of the island, its culture and people.

The walk is about a mile in length, but it goes off the beaten path so you discover sites that you might not find on your own and delve into their secrets. At one place, the presentation is enhanced with artifacts, renderings and photographs. At another point, you feel the sea breeze while you gaze at a stone formation that was used for births centuries ago. Standing where the Constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom was written, where a whaling ship cannon landed in Lahaina’s missionary compound, not to mention where Kamehameha III ruled Hawaii from his spiritual retreat is inspiring. Add to that, hearing an ancient Hawaiian chant about the place most revered throughout Hawai‘i, and you’re deeply moved.

This two-hour tour is personalized for any age, attractively priced and available daily. Proceeds go toward restoration of Hawaii’s paramount cultural heritage site, Mokuula island and surrounding Mokuhinia pond. Visit mauinei.com

 

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Q&A Summer 2015

   

Aloha Insider,
We heard there is a new event in November called the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Can you give us some details to help us plan our autumn visit?
Best Regards, Betty and Bob

Aloha Betty and Bob,
You are correct. There is an event called the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, but it is not a new event, it is the collegiate basketball tournament that is held annually at the Lahaina Civic Center. The title sponsor for 2015 will be Maui Jim, whose sporty and attractive sunglasses you may be familiar with. The Maui Jim Maui Invitational event will be November 23-25 and you can get more information at MauiInvitational.com

Dear Insider,
We have heard there is a new restaurant with a private dining room at the Hotel Molokai. Can you provide some more information about these dining options?
Sincerely, Susie and James

Aloha Susie and James,
The Hotel Molokai had an electrical fire that damaged their dining room, kitchen and laundry areas. They are in the process of rebuilding these facilities and they expect the project to be done soon. When the building project is completed the beautiful new ocean front dining room will have a second story private dining room with a spectacular view of the Pacific. It is expected to seat about 40 people so it will be a wonderful venue for meetings and events of that size.

Hello Maui Insider,
We heard that there is a new safety video that talks about what precautions to take when one is out exploring Maui’s seaside coast and warm ocean waters. Can you tell us where to find the video online? Our family wants to watch the video with our children in preparation for our summertime visit to Maui.
Best Regards, The Rogers Family

Aloha to the Rogers Family,
Before swimming, it is always a good idea to check with the lifeguard on duty for any unusual conditions. And, we want to remind you and your children to always swim with a buddy. We are happy to provide the YouTube link to the new Maui County Ocean Safety video below. You can also see it in the baggage claim area at the main airport in Kahului, Maui.
Maui County Ocean Safety Video 2015

   

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Chef's Corner

   

Pailolo Bar & Grill Rolls In A Unique Food Truck Experience

Pailolo Bar & Grill Rolls In A Unique Food Truck ExperienceThe Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas partnered with California Cart Builders to craft the first full-service food truck exclusively owned and operated by a Maui hotel or resort. The food truck is the centerpiece of Pailolo Bar & Grill, the resort’s open air, oceanfront sports bar that features live sports and pay per view events year round on multiple high definition, large format TVs. Overlooking North Kaanapali Beach with unrivalled ocean views and sunsets, the restaurant bar offers an eclectic menu of local, contemporary twists on classic food truck favorites that highlight the farmers, growers and products of Maui.

“We are very pleased to be the first resort in Maui to have our very own food truck,” said Brandon Maeda, Director of Food & Beverage for The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. “Food trucks are known for being fun, energetic and unpredictable, yet with a touch of comfort and approachability. We are excited to capture this feeling and atmosphere at Pailolo Bar & Grill, and have the opportunity to create this experience for our guests without them having to seek it out,” continues Maeda. In addition to the introduction of the food truck to Pailolo Bar & Grill, the resort recently enhanced the restaurant seating with an outdoor venue that is centered around a fire pit and lit nightly. This affords guests views of the oceanfront and boardwalk fronting the resort, an ideal location for people watching and enjoying the venue’s daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The new menu features food truck inspired fare that blends local ingredients with creative and unique preparations to showcase the breadth of island-style cuisine. Some examples are the Duck, Duck, Goose and Pailolo Ceviche: fresh-caught fish, shrimp, pico de gallo, Moloka’i sweet potato, and Kula corn, with yuzu coconut.

“After listening to the voices of our guests and associates, we acknowledged that Pailolo Bar & Grill had great potential for innovation. What we wanted was a new idea that would transform our menu and allow us to build upon our long-standing relationships with local growers and farmers,” says Chef Francois. The food truck is an innovative and engaging way to expand the menu and incorporate fantastic ingredients with items such as Duck, Duck, Goose poutine: duck foie torchon with goose meatball and duck sauce and Bi Bim Bap Blistered Shishito Peppers with Maui Cattle Company steak, farm fresh egg and tobiko aioli on shishito peppers. Other specials include Classic Malasadas, Shrimp Tempura Dynamite and Kimo’s Fire Fries. For more information, visit westinkaanapali.com.

RECIPE: “Duck, Duck, Goose”

“Duck, Duck, Goose”Goose Meatballs:

  • 16 ounces ground goose meat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ounces day-old bread
  • 8 ounces milk
  • 5-spice mix: 1 teaspoon
  • kosher salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • white pepper: 1/4 teaspoon

Sauce:

Mix to taste plum sauce, applesauce, vinegar, mirin and garlic or use your favorite sweet and sour sauce.

Preparation of Goose Meatballs:

  1. Soak bread in milk for 1 hour, strain excess milk.
  2. Mix eggs with 5-spice mix, salt and white pepper.
  3. Add ground goose meat to egg mixture, mix well, add bread.
  4. Form meatballs with an ice cream scooper.
  5. Place meatballs on an oiled sheet pan.
  6. Bake in oven at 350ºF until almost cooked through.
  7. Finish cooking in the sauce.

For one serving:

  • 4 ounces tater tots
  • 3 goose meatballs
  • 1 ounce foie gras torchon, sliced
  • 3 ounces duck demi-glace
  • 0.1 ounce green onion, chopped
  • kosher salt

Preparations to finish the dish:

  1. Cook tater tots in a deep fryer at 375ºF for 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  2. Toss with kosher salt.
  3. Place on a serving dish.
  4. Add goose meatballs, foie gras and duck demi-glace.
  5. Garnish with green onions.

If you cannot find one of the ingredients listed at your favorite gourmet food shop, please free to make a substitution or come and enjoy the dish at the Pailolo Bar & Grill Westin at the Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas.

   

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My Favorite Maui Moment

   

Ono GelatoAfter visiting Maui in both 2001 and 2002, my wife and I visited again in September 2014 to celebrate our 42nd anniversary. There were many memorable moments so it’s hard to choose the best one. Finding Ono Gelato, in Lahaina, probably has a slight edge. We were really looking for a good cappuccino, in a real cup, when we happened upon Ono. The display of 25 daily made, delicious looking flavors made us forget about the coffee. At the time we entered, we were the only patrons. As we controlled our drool, the young, energetic, gentleman server began furiously reaching over the cooler top with small, metal sample spoons heaped with the different flavors. We couldn’t keep track of the flavors being presented with every one seemingly better than the previous one. Ultimately, we made a choice, Sandy Beach. We quickly came to realize the presence of a coffee menu that included cappuccino and that they had real cups. It was apparent that orders for real cups were rare and as the delightful young server presented the cup with the floral design in the foam, I was quite impressed and took a cell phone picture. We passed through to a shaded, elevated deck with seating overlooking Lahaina harbor. The gelato and cappuccino were both superb and left us craving more. Does it get any better than this, we asked ourselves? Since we were staying nearby, at the Royal Lahaina (great place!), we returned the following morning for great breakfast sandwiches, cappuccino and of course, a gelato chaser. Great food, excellent service, beautiful shop, unbeatable view, and fantastic memory. Well done, Ono Gelato!

From Dave in Canada

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Calendar of Events

   

June

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
Kapalua Resort
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 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 will be at the Banyan Tree Park starting at 9:00am 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 canoes, will start at Kaluakoi 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 up-to-date 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 showcasing the unique work by Native Hawaiian artists and designers creating 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
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 lineup 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 up-to-date 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 and shopping. A fireworks display that can be seen throughout Lahaina Town is scheduled for 8 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 and it’s 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 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 up-to-date 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
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 up-to-date 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 nonstop singing, dancing, musical fun for the entire family. For more information, go to mauiarts.org

TriLanai 3Hills Ultramarathon
Lanai City, Lanai
July 25
TriLanai 3Hills offers ultramarathoners, road cyclists, and running relay teams the opportunity to traverse nearly every paved road on Lanai – twice! 3Hills starts and ends at Hulopoe Beach Park, including sweeping views of Lanai’s Palawai Basin, as well as Molokai and Maui on the way toward Keomoku. The final hill of the three hills provides views of the cliffs of Lanai, and ends with food and refreshments at the beach party for athletes. For more information, go to trilanai.com

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 to 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

August

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
August 7
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 Calls
Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Yokouchi Pavilion
August 14
The MACC’s signature annual fundraiser gala is from 6-10 p.m. The gala starts with a fresh flower lei greeting and Hawaiian music serenade, followed by a concert featuring a surprise musical guest, and ends with dancing under the stars. Silent and live auctions offer the chance to bid on hundreds of items. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
August 14
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

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
August 21
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

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
August 27
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
August 28
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

September

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
September 4
Historic Wailuku town will kick off Festivals of Aloha week. 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

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali
September 4 - 6
The Festival will have an event at the Hyatt Regency Maui. Enjoy reserved seating and savor a culinary feast produced by internationally renowned chefs that highlights Maui grown products. To purchase tickets and for more information, please go to hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com

Kapalua Open Tennis Tournament
Kapalua Tennis Garden, Kapalua
September 5 – 7
The Kapalua Open tournament courts the best in men’s and women’s singles, doubles tennis play in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 4.5 and Open Division play at the Kapalua’s award-winning Tennis Garden. For more information, go to golfatkapalua.com

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

Ku Mai Ka Hula
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
September 10 - 12
This international hula competition features group and solo dancers from Japan as well as Hawaii Nei. The groups compete in adult men and women’s categories in kahiko (traditional) and auana (modern) hula. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org

Hana Relay
Kahului Airport to Hana Ball Park
September 12
This relay is an incredible 52-mile race along 617 curves and over 56 bridges through some of Maui’s most breathtaking scenery in all of Maui. The relay will begin at 5:30 a.m. For more information, please go to hanarelayhawaii.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
September 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

Pailolo Challenge
D.T. Fleming Beach, Kapalua to Kaunakakai, Molokai
September 19
The Pailolo Challenge is a 25-mile outrigger canoe race from D.T. Fleming Beach in Kapalua, Maui to the Kaunakakai Pier in Molokai. For more information, please go to pailolo.com

Slappy Cakes Maui 10K
Whalers Village, Kaanapali Resort
September 19
The Slappy Cakes 10K has been added to the 45th Annual Maui Marathon weekend. The race will start across from Whales Village, in the marathon finish grounds, at the Kaanapali Beach Parkway at 6:30 a.m. For more information, go to mauimarathonhawaii.com

Maui Tacos 5K Run/Walk
Whalers Village, Kaanapali Resort
September 19
The course heads south along Kaanapali Drive to Honoapiilani Hwy, where you do a u-turn and come back past the start line. The race will start at 8am sharp! For more information, go to mauimarathonhawaii.com

Bubba Gump’s Front Street Mile
Front Street, Lahaina
September 19
This is the 15th Annual Run Forrest Run that Bubba Gump Shrimp Company has sponsored. The course is a 1-mile race down Front Street in Lahaina (half-mile down and a half-mile back). The start time is 3 p.m. in front of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant. For more information, go to mauimarathonhawaii.com

Maui Marathon and Half Marathon
Kahului to Kaanapali
September 20
This year is Maui’s 45th Anniversary of the Maui Marathon and Half Marathon. The Maui Marathon is recognized as one of the most scenic courses in the world with its point-to-point route starting in Kahului at the Queen Kaahumanu Center and finishing in Kaanapali near Whaler’s Village within the Kaanapali Resort area. The start time is 5 a.m. this year. For more information, please go to mauimarathonhawaii.com

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
September 24
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 County Fair
War Memorial Complex, Kahului
September 24 - 27
93rd annual Maui County Fair opens with a traditional parade on Thursday. The fair will feature arts & crafts, hobbies, concerts and entertainment, ethnic food, amusement, rides, animal related events and a grand orchid exhibition. For more information, please go to mauifair.com

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei
September 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

Chinese Moon Festival
Wo Hing Temple Museum, Front Street, Lahaina
September 25 - 26
The Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated at the Temple. Enjoy lion dances, children’s crafts and demonstrations of calligraphy, Chinese food booths, live traditional Chinese music and a ribbon dance performance. Moon cakes will be available for purchase. For more information, go to lahainarestoration.org

Maui Okinawa Festival
Maui Mall, Kahului
September 26
The Maui Okinawan Festival is presented by the Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai, (MOKK), and co-sponsor Maui Mall. The entertainment program will feature continuous Okinawan music and dance. For more information, go to mauimall.com

Na Wahine O Ke Kai
Hale O Lono Harbor, Molokai
September 27
This is the finale of the 9-month outrigger canoe-racing season for women around the world. The 40-mile race to Oahu is celebrating 36 years of Na Wahine O Ke Kai. It begins at Hale O Lono Harbor in Molokai and ends at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki. For more information, go to nawahineokekai.com

October

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
October 2
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

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
October 9
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 Ukulele Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
October 11
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of island music, food and crafts on the lawn. Student and senior ukulele bands will also take the stage. For more information, go to mauiarts.org

Molokai Hoe Canoe Race
Hale O Lono Harbor, Molokai
October 11
OHCRA is the organizer of the Molokai Hoe – the Men’s Molokai to Oahu canoe race, which is regarded as one of the outstanding outrigger canoe events in the world. Canoe paddlers from around the globe are going to be competing in it. For more information, please go to ohcra.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
October 16
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

7th Annual Plantation Days
Pioneer Mill Smokestack in Lahaina
October 16 - 17
Enjoy West Maui’s rich plantation heritage with historical displays, exhibits, cultural areas, restaurant food booths, beer tent, kid zone and entertainment by some of Hawaii’s popular entertainers. For more information, go to lahainarestoration.org

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei
October 23
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

American Windsurfing Tour Aloha Classic
Hookipa Beach Park, Kuau
October 28 – November 10
The American Windsurfing Tour will host the Aloha Classic, which is the final stop on the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT). For more information, go to americanwindsurfingtour.com

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
October 29
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
October 30
The Lanai Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to our Fifth Friday from 5:30 to 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

XTERRA Maui 5K
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
October 31
The Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run is a race for everyone (the 5K is open for walkers too!). Start time is 9 a.m. For more information, go to xterraplanet.com/maui

XTERRA Maui 10K
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
October 31
The Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run is open to one and all. Competitors will experience the famed XTERRA World Championship run course. Paul Mitchell stylists will be there cutting hair in exchange for a donation to the Challenged Athlete Foundation. Start time is 9:20 a.m. For more information, go to xterraplanet.com/maui

XTERRA Maui Keiki K
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
October 31
The Kimo’s XTERRA Kapalua Keiki K Run is free for kids 12 and under. Parents are welcome to run with their children. Start time is 11 a.m. For more information, go to xterraplanet.com/maui

Halloween in Lahaina
Front Street, Lahaina Town
October 31
Halloween festivities will begin on Front Street with annual Keiki (child) Costume Parade at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please go to visitlahaina.com

November

XTERRA World Championship
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
November 1
The XTERRA Championship off-road triathlon will be held on Sunday, November 1, and promises to be an all-time classic as athletes and crew prepare to celebrate XTERRA’s 20th year in Maui. Start time is 9 a.m. For more information, go to xterraplanet.com/maui

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
November 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

Made In Maui County Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
November 7
On Saturday, November 7 the festival will open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be approximately 100 vendors offering made in Maui products, local produce, food demonstrations, food trucks, arts & crafts and more. General admission is $5.00; children 12 and under are free. For more information, go to madeinmauicountyfestival.com

TriLanai Triathlon
Hulopoe Beach Park, Lanai
November 7
Participants can enter as an individual or relay team. The race starts with a half-mile open-water swim in Hulopoe Bay, followed by a 10-mile mountain bike, which passes the La Ola Solar Farm, and 3-mile run completes the course. For more information, go to trilanai.com

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

Hula O Na Keiki Festival
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
November 13 - 15
The Hula O Na Keiki, a children’s hula competition, is to educate our children in the ways of the Hawaiian ancestors so the culture can be carried forward. Children from ages 5 years old to 17 years old will perform kahiko (traditional) and auana (modern) style hula. For more information, please go to hawaiiculture.com

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
November 19
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

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
November 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

Maui Jim Maui Invitational
Collegiate Basketball Tournament, Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina
November 23 - 25
The Maui Jim Maui Invitational is the premier early season college basketball tournament held annually Thanksgiving week at the Lahaina Civic Center. This year’s tournament features Indiana, Kansas, St Johns, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and host Chaminade. For complete tournament information, please visit mauiinvitational.com

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei
November 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

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