Maui Insider

WINTER 2014   Brought to you by the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau

IN THIS ISSUE

Explore New Authentic Ethnic Cuisine

Day Trip Mission: Upcountry Family Fun!

Q & A Winter 2014

Chef’s Corner

My Favorite Maui Moment

Events Calendar

Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
Maui Wows Your Senses

Maui "Wows" Your Senses

A trip to Maui is a wonderful way to awaken your senses. From restaurants offering authentic local and ethnic food to Upcountry adventures, there's much more to Maui than sand and sun. Read on and you'll discover some of the exciting Maui experiences that await you.

 

Explore New Authentic Ethnic Cuisine

   

Sale Pepe Pizzeria e CucinaHawaii's melting pot of ethnic cultures presents an opportunity to explore old-world cuisines with new-world interpretations. These new casual eateries feature authentic foods prepared by rising star chefs.

Sale Pepe Pizzeria e Cucina
One of the best new finds in West Maui’s vibrant dining scene is the recently opened bistro Sale Pepe Pizzeria e Cucina, located in Old Lahaina Shopping Center off Front Street. Husband and wife team Michele and Qiana Di Bari are the “salt and pepper” of Sale Pepe. Chef Michele is a certified pizzaiola who hails from Milan by way of Puglia and Basilicata. General Manager Qiana is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Together, they offer a warm, inviting dining experience with fresh, authentic Italian cuisine. From the moment you’re welcomed to their stylish bistro, you realize you’re going to be transported to Italy. The menu, which changes every few days, features high-quality ingredients imported from Italy with local vegetables, meat and fish. A mouth-watering selection of Salumi (cured meats) and Formaggi (cheeses) will tickle the palate. Sfizi (appetizers) range from a delightful Carciofi and Ceci Crostini, marinated artichoke hearts on a bed of chickpea puree, to Prosciutto e Melone, classic prosciutto di Parma on ripe cantaloupe, and Polpette, beef-pork meatballs in tangy marinara sauce. The pasta is made fresh in-house, and you can choose from short tubes to twisted, elongated strips in a variety of classic preparations. The Risotto con Asparagi, Prosecco and Parmiggiano is a masterpiece, as are the wood-fired pizzas from a state-of-the-art Marra oven. Italian aperitivi, beer, wine or craft cocktails can accompany your meal from the bar. A European espresso machine produces delicious coffees to complement traditional house-made desserts. This is the new neighborhood place and it’s 100% Italian. Open for dinner Monday-Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations suggested. Call 808-667-7667 or visit salepepemaui.com

Tante's Island Cuisine Tante's Island Cuisine
The story of Chef Tante Urban reads like the American dream: from humble beginnings in the Philippines to schooling in Hawaii and lots of hard work to become a successful business owner. Tante started his first restaurant on Hawaii Island in 1986 then moved from Kona Seaside Resort to Maui Seaside in Kahului to open Tante’s Island Cuisine. At both restaurants, Chef Tante creates local cuisine with fresh island ingredients in a mix that authentically captures Hawaii’s cultural melting pot. His menu is vast: breakfast specials range from Shrimp & Ahi Fried Poke Benedict to Japanese saimin, healthy omelets, Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes and Paniolo Steak & Eggs. For lunch and dinner, you’ll find dishes to please any palate. Tante’s signature dish is Shrimp Sari Sari, which is a Filipino-Hawaiian fish stew with fresh local vegetables in a savory sauce. Cajun Ahi Roll comes in a flour tortilla with avocado, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream. Famous Fish Burger blends Asian seasonings with locally caught fish served on a ciabatta roll with mixed greens and mango salsa. There are five salads to choose from, featuring tropical fruit, oriental chicken, crisp Romaine and Kula greens. Dressings are made in-house. Tante also offers several seafood and steak dishes, including Hawaiian lobster tails and baby back ribs. Traditional local favorites include a luau plate, island mixed plate and oxtail soup. The keiki menu features kids’ favorite foods such as hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. If you can save room for dessert, try this Filipino tradition: Halo Halo, a fusion of sweet tropical fruits and creamy purple potato ice cream served over shave ice. Stop in on your way to and from Kahului Airport and mix with the locals. Open daily from 7 a.m.to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m. For Maui information, call 808-877-0300 or visit tantesislandcuisine.com

MiGRANT
MiGRANT The accolades and awards in less than a year for this open-air lounge and cafe are almost endless: Migrant recently won Best New Restaurant by readers of two Maui-based publications, and Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon (of TV’s Top Chef fame) was named Maui Time’s Best Chef and Food & Wine magazine People’s Choice Best New Chef for Pacific-Northwest. Located in Wailea Beach Marriott Resort, Migrant’s friendly faces, ocean view ambiance and culinary artistry create a winning combination by any standard.

Mala Wailea and Migrant are essentially the same restaurant but with different dining experiences. Migrant’s authentic local style is to share plates and conversation in the tradition of Hawaii’s plantation era or as if you’re at home with family. Chef Sheldon’s modern version of local cuisine spotlights traditional dishes from the island cultures of Hawaii with a twist from his award-winning flavor combinations. The menu reflects this diversity. Fresh Diver Scallops are flash-seared and served with yuzu aioli, palm sugar teriyaki and yukari sauces topped with won ton cereal. Hibachi Hanger Steak is rubbed with Migrant spices in Vietnamese nouc cham and served with pickled shallots and upland cress. Pan roasted belly of Ahi is infused with Chinese soy, Hawaiian chili, fried garlic crumble and local herbs.

Migrant is also a noodle house. Choose from Filipino Pancit with roasted pork belly and black tiger shrimp; Japanese Saimin with Kamaboko fish cake, Duroc pork shoulder and Launiupoko egg; Hand Cut Fat Chow Funn noodles with chopped lechon and pipinola shoot salad, or Ay Kudesh! And enjoy saimin noodles with garlic three ways and insanely spicy Hawaiian chili pepper sambal. Pupu dishes include Brick Oven Blistered Shishito Peppers with cooling ranch dressing, and Kumu Farms Organic Kale Salad with Calimyrna figs, roasted nori and toasted pepitas in shiro miso dressing. “Be Happy Hour” offers 50% off select dishes from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. The bar serves craft cocktails with a wide array of craft beers and wines. Dinner is served every day from 5 to 10 p.m. Free valet parking. Call 808-875-9394 or check out migrantmaui.com for more information.

 

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Day Trip Mission: Upcountry Family Fun!

   

Leilani Farm SanctuaryTraveling with kids? Chart an adventurous course for a successful Upcountry day trip, and use these insider tips to ensure it’s fun for the whole family.

North Shore
Start the morning early by heading out to the North Shore—there are beautiful tide pools to explore there. On your way, swing into the new Kuau Store for grab-and-go coffee, fresh-squeezed juices or smoothies, and wholesome breakfast goodies. They open at 6:30 a.m., so you’ll feel like a local rubbing elbows with dawn patrol surfers and tradesmen fueling up before work. With parking out front, you’ll be in and out in a flash, and just a quick turn away from the beach.

Often overlooked is Kuau Cove, which fronts Mama’s Fish House and shares its parking lot. It is a public beach with designated shoreline access stalls. (During business hours, valets kindly keep them coned off from customers). The beach, though tiny, is beautifully kept up by the restaurant. Kuau’s sheltered cove offers a natural windbreak and features an exposed reef with many pristine tide pools to explore. Still water and lots of little creatures to spot make it a fun place for babies and toddlers. (Trade off— no public restrooms). Congratulations on being the early bird. You’ve beat potentially strong trade winds and the intense mid-day sun. Your rewards, if you look, are shiny treasures like polished sea glass and puka shells, that you can photograph.

Older kids or parents wishing to sneak in a morning beach walk, may prefer Hookipa Beach Park. Famous for surf breaks and brawny windsurfers, this wide, sandy beach has surprising family-friendly appeal—multiple lifeguard stations, showers and public restrooms. A giant exposed reef fronts most of the coast, creating a natural barrier to crashing waves; the result is long stretches of calm, sandy-bottom tide pools. Plan ahead: bring fishing net and bucket to catch minnows. See how many types of urchins you can spot. Be on the lookout for honu (green sea turtles) or, if you are lucky, an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Both are known to sunbathe here. If conditions are calm, there are access points for a dip in the shore break at either end of the beach. Beware of very strong currents; swimming beyond the rocky reefs is only advised for experienced watermen. Head all posted warnings.

Time to pack up; there are more adventures to come. From here there’s a route decision: continue on to explore the Haiku hillside or backtrack a bit to begin a rewarding climb through the Kula Country.

Haiku Hillside
What kid wouldn’t love to be a farmer for a morning? Continue on into the Haiku jungle to meet the rescued animals at the Leilani Farm Sanctuary. The donkeys, goats, bunnies and hens here live a charmed second life, and couldn’t be more grateful for the adoration from young visitors. If volunteering is on the vacation agenda, chores start at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (you must call ahead to schedule).

Kaluani Estate - On the Wild Side Put the pitchfork down and mosey up to historic Makawao town, where independently owned shops, galleries and restaurants inhabit a corner of Maui seemingly frozen in time. There are choices for lunch and much to explore: at Hot Island Glass they blow molten glass on site, a dramatic process sure to fascinate young minds; brush up on the legendary folks that helped shape this charming town at the volunteer-run Makawao History Museum; taste a legend at Komoda’s Store and Bakery—their glazed stick donuts, coveted far and wide for generations, constitute a worthy splurge.

If the kids have extra energy to burn, perhaps from donut-induced sugar rush, head down Baldwin Avenue to the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center located on the grounds of the historical Kaluanui Estate. Explore the tunnels and huts of “On the Wild Side,” a whimsical, outdoor structure made of woven sticks. Parents will enjoy touring the house, which includes gallery exhibits and a gift shop. The large open lawns are a great place to stretch the legs before driving home for the day.

Surfing Goat Dairy Kula Country
First stop is Surfing Goat Dairy, a working goat farm in lower Kula. This family-run operation off a quiet, dusty road, leads casual walking tours throughout the day. While you wait for the next to start, the kids will love, well, the kids. A nearby petting area is full of rambunctious baby goats frolicking on an obstacle course of old surfboards and plastic lawn chairs. The helpful staff facilitates a hands-on experience that will delight toddlers and young children. Parents will like the flights of award-winning goat cheese and handmade chocolate truffles served in their tasting room. A shady dining area and clean bathrooms make it a great rest stop. Additional tours are offered that include milking and/or cheese making, details available on their website.

Zigzag your way up Omaopio Road until you get to Kula Highway. Pull into the Enchanting Floral Gardens of Kula for an idyllic stroll and lunchtime picnic. Nurture your little budding botanists on the self-guided tour (even at a gentle pace, it shouldn’t take more than an hour.) The path winds through the 8-acre property blooming with some1,500 species of tropical and semi-tropical plants and flowers. There’s even a designated Keiki Garden for young ones to explore. Finish up at the on-site Hibiscus Café, open Wednesday through Sunday. Grab sandwiches, salads and smoothies and claim a picnic bench. Keiki menu available.

If your older kids prefer bigger thrills, head up, up, up to Skyline Eco-Adventures off Crater Road. Their five-line Haleakala Adventure zipline was the first of its kind in the United States, and remains one of the most family-friendly. The hour-and-a-half tour is pleasant and is imbued with gentle lessons on native flora and fauna from the friendly and extremely safety-conscious staff. Kids must be over eight years old to zip. Call ahead for reservations and ask for special promos for young ones.

While in the area, it’s worth swinging into Kula Country Farms to pick up special treats at their local-grown farm stand and take advantage of the picturesque grounds for cute photo opportunities. Depending on the time of year, there may be pick-your-own strawberry fields, corn mazes or pumpkin patches to explore.

All this exploring builds an appetite. Take the scenic drive out to Keokea for a late lunch (or early dinner?) at Grandma’s Coffee House. It’s a local favorite for breakfast, but they’re open until 5 p.m. daily. (If potty breaks are on the agenda, make a pit stop at Keokea Park’s facilities before you arrive.) With savory specialties, a deli case and baked goodies, it’s home cooked comfort food. Relax here, or take your food to go and continue on Hwy. 37 to historic Sun Yat Sen Park, past mile marker 18. Roll out the beach towels and relax. While the kiddies roam the small roadside park, soak in the quiet wonder of Upcountry Maui. Panoramic mountain-to-ocean views may tempt you to stay until sunset—an idea we highly encourage.

   

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Q&A Winter 2014

   

Dear Maui Insider,
We are planning a vacation to Maui in the future. We want to know if there is rainy season in Maui?
Best Regards, Ron and Jean

Aloha Ron and Jean,
The rainy season in Maui is generally from November through March. However, there can be rain throughout the year. The north and east sides of the island usually get more rainfall annually than the south side of the island. For more specific weather information, go to hawaiiweathertoday.com/trip-planning-weather

Greetings Maui Insider,
We would like to take advantage of the specials that we heard are usually offered by various vacation vendors during Maui’s less busy season. Can you tell us when that off peak season would be?
Best Regards, Kathy and Howard

Aloha Kathy and Howard,
The high season in Maui generally runs from Thanksgiving to Easter and then again from Memorial Day to Labor Day. So the non-peak months are usually May, September and October. During those months, since most of the school age children are in school it is less busy on the island and specials are often offered by providers for those shoulder season months. You can check our Maui partners’ offers by going to visitmaui.com

Aloha Maui Insider,
We always enjoy our visits to Maui. We would like to give back to the island on our next visit. Can you give us some tips on how to do some volunteering?
Sincerely, Nancy and Nora

Aloha Nancy and Nora,
We appreciate that you want to give back to the Maui community. There are volunteer opportunities that range from several hours to a full day and from the mountains to the coast. One option would be to go through a volunteer program that is coordinated by the Pacific Whale Foundation. You can view the various options at volunteersonvacation.org

   

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Chef's Corner

   

Kaana Kitchen’s Watermelon Salad

Kaana Kitchen's Watermelon SaladAt the beautiful and modern Andaz Maui at Wailea you’ll find several dining choices, including the elegant Morimoto Maui poolside, the casual Bumbye Beach Bar and the delightful open air Kaana Kitchen. Enjoy the friendly service and the fantastic ocean views at breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Kitchen. Chef Isaac Bancaco has kindly provided his delicious and colorful Watermelon Salad recipe to try if you are not able to come the Kitchen to taste it. For more information on the delicious dishes at the Kitchen and the other wonderful Andaz Maui dining outlets, go to maui.andaz.hyatt.com

Components:

  • Watermelon, 1
  • Li Hing Mui Marinade
  • Surfing Goat Feta Cheese, .5 oz per portion
  • Toasted Walnuts, chopped 1 cup
  • Black Lava Salt, to taste

Equipment:

  • Vacuum Seal Machine (Food Saver for home use)
  • Plastic Vacuum Bags

Watermelon:

Remove outer green and white husk until there is no white left and all you can see is bright beautiful red. Portion into 5.5” x 3” x 1” cuboids; please expect a lot of waste.

Marinade:

  • 1 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 1 Tsp Li Hing Mui Powder (Amazon will have it)

Heat all the ingredients until sugar is dissolved and li hing powder is fully incorporated, reserve.

In an appropriate vacuum bag lay all portions of watermelon in one layer comfortably in the bag with a lot of room to wiggle. Add 1 oz of marinade per portion of watermelon, seal and vacuum until all air is removed from the fruit. Watermelon should turn a deep, dark red. Leave under vacuum for 15 minutes then cut the bag open and store portions in the refrigerator.

For the assembly, place watermelon on a plate of choice, season with black lava salt, add Surfing Goat cheese and walnuts, and garnish with Arugula or watercress or your favorite green from your neck of the woods. Enjoy!

   

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My Favorite Maui Moment

   

Maui Moment for Winter 2014

Banyan TreatsYou may know that coffee beans are grown on Maui. What you might not know is that you can visit the Coffee Farm of the MauiGrown Coffee company on Maui’s west side at no charge. Just pick up the free map at their store at 277 Lahainaluna Road next to the Lahaina smokestack. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., there you can taste and purchase the delicious and award-winning Maui Mokka coffee beans. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and that is where you see me in the photo with this article. The peak season for viewing the ripe red coffee beans is September through December, but visitors are welcome anytime of year. For more information, go to mauigrowncoffee.com

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

   

December

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
December 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

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
December 18
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
December 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

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
December 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

January

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
January 2, 2015
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

Hyundai Tournament of Champions
The Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort
January 8 - 12
The 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, scheduled for January 8-12, features an elite field of champions from the prior PGA TOUR season vying for their share of the $5.7 million purse on the famed Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui. The unique Pro-Am takes place on Thursday, January 8 followed by the professional competition Friday – Monday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pgatour.com/Hyundai

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

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
January 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

Maui Oceanfront Marathon
Wailea Resort to Lahaina
January 18
This racecourse from Wailea to Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina is a lovely seaside run. A half marathon and 10k are also available. For more information, go to mauioceanfrontmarathon.com

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
January 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

Run and Walk For the Whales
Maalaea Harbor, Maalaea
January 31
Runners and walkers are invited to take part in one of Maui’s largest fun runs and walking events. Choose from the 5K/10K walking and running courses, half marathon running course and 2K running course for kids. This racecourse begins and ends at the Maalaea Harbor Shops. The post-run festivities take place in the plaza and include live entertainment and a continental breakfast for runners. For more information, go to mauiwhalefestival.org

Open Studio Maui
Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku
January 31
The free grand opening is at the Maui Tropical Plantation, January 31, in the evening. The participating artists will show samples of their artwork. To review the schedule for the self-guided tours, artwork samples and driving directions please go to mauiopenstudios.com

February

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
February 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 Open Studios
Various locations on Maui
February 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22
The annual Maui Open Studio event spans over three weekends in February and is free to the public. Weekend 1: Enjoy visiting the artists’ open studios and the self-guided tours in West and South Maui with tours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend 2: Upcountry Maui from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend 3: Central, North and Hana from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To review the schedule for the self-guided tours, artwork samples, and driving directions and or to receive an interactive map, please go to mauiopenstudios.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
February 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

World Whale Day Celebration & Maui's Parade of Whales
Kalama Park, Kihei
February 14
Maui’s largest celebration of whales is an all-day family event that starts off with the Parade of Whales at 9 a.m. along South Kihei Road. The celebration continues through 6 p.m. at Kalama Park, on South Kihei Road. The day features live entertainment, great food by Maui restaurants, activities for kids, a huge “Made on Maui” artisans’ fair, environmental displays and more. For more information, go to mauiwhalefestival.org

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
February 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

The Great Maui Whale Count
North, South & West Maui Shores
February 21
Join the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team and count the humpback whales that can be seen from Maui’s shores. All training and materials are provided and there is no cost to participate. For more information, please visit mauiwhalefestival.com

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
February 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

March

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
March 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

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
March 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

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
March 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
March 27
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great food choices for everyone. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

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 up-to-date 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 complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to mauifridays.com/lahaina

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 up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
April 24
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great food choices for everyone. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

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

May

Maui Onion Festival
Whalers Village, Kaanapali Resort
May 2
This annual event promotes the world-famous Maui Kula Onion. This event features chef demonstrations, live entertainment, food booths and a Maui sweet onion-eating contest. For more information, go to whalersvillage.com

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
May 8
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

Seabury Hall Craft Fair
Seabury Hall Campus, Makawao
May 9
The annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair will feature over 100 arts and crafts booths. 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

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 kapaluacelebrationofthearts.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
May 15
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
May 22
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 29
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 special events listed are subject to change at any time and at the sole discretion of the provider.

   

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