Maui Insider

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

IN THIS ISSUE

Multicultural Museums of Maui Nui

Arts & Entertainment Abound on Maui

Q & A Winter 2015

Chef's Corner

My Favorite Maui Moment

Events Calendar

Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
Warm Up Your Winter on Maui

Warm Up Your Winter on Maui

Maui is the perfect place to shed the winter blues and enjoy warm weather amid spectacular beaches and turquoise waters. Defrost your mind, body and soul in this picturesque tropical paradise where delicious food, unique sights and outdoor adventures enhance the island's natural charms. In this issue, we've provided even more reasons to consider heading to Maui this winter.

 

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Multicultural Museums of Maui Nui

   

Multicultural Museums of Maui NuiMuseums provide an interesting way to learn about the cultural heritage of a place. The islands of Maui Nui weave a colorful tapestry of multi-ethnic cultures through centuries of history. Here’s a list of museum highlights in various geographical areas of Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

West Maui
Lahaina Heritage Museum
Old Lahaina Courthouse, upstairs
648 Wharf Street, Lahaina


Both floors of the historic Old Lahaina Courthouse in Banyan Tree Park feature interactive exhibits, videos and photos about Lahaina’s rich and varied history along with the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary that can be seen from its vantage point at Lahaina Harbor. But it’s Lahaina Heritage Museum on the second floor that offers a comprehensive view of more than 600 years of history entitled, “Always Lahaina.” Priceless artifacts from Old Hawaii, like a lei niho palaoa (whale tooth pendant suspended on finely braided strands of human hair) and kapa moe (layers of kapa pounded, softened and dyed into an outstanding example of bed linen and covering), are on display. Read colorful storyboards and listen to narratives about pre-contact Hawaii, when the monarchs ruled, strict missionaries and rowdy Whalers, the multicultural plantation era and early tourism. Not only has Lahaina maintained an important presence through it all, but this picturesque town also played a significant role in the development of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Republic, Territory and State of Hawaii. Open daily, 9a.m. to 5p.m. Free admission. lahainarestoration.org

Lahaina is also home to seven other museums and outdoor exhibits, each with a focus on a different ethnic culture or historical time period, such as Wo Hing Museum, Baldwin Home Museum, Plantation Museum, Old Lahaina Prison & Botanical Garden, Pioneer Mill Co. Smokestack & Locomotives, Hale Pai Printing Museum and Whalers Village Museum.

East Maui
Hana Cultural Center & Museum
4974 Uakea Road, Hana


Step back into Hawaii’s storied past when visiting Hana. Its House of Treasures building contains over 500 Hawaiian artifacts, 600 antique books and bottles, and 5,000 historic photos from the Hana district. Visit Kauhale Village in the center’s backyard - a replica of a pre-contact Hawaiian compound, consisting of thatched houses for meeting, sleeping, cooking and canoe storage. Stroll through an ethno-botanical garden with plants used for food and medicine. The authentically restored old Hana Courthouse and Jail provide a glimpse of the small town’s plantation past, and the gift shop is stocked with beautifully handcrafted art and souvenirs. Open Monday-Friday, 10a.m. to 4p.m. $3 for adults. hanaculturalcenter.org

Central Maui
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
3957 Hansen Road, Puunene


Learn what sugar plantation life in the islands was like in six beautifully arranged exhibition rooms inside a plantation manager’s residence and an outdoor exhibit of plantation equipment in the yard. See a working model of sugar factory machinery and a scale model of a plantation camp house. Displays include historic photos, maps and artifacts about Maui’s plantation immigrants, water systems, plantation camps, sugar production and fieldwork. View a video about how cane is processed into sugar. The gift shop is located in the home’s kitchen and features Maui-grown sugar products, coffee, island made crafts, souvenirs and a wide selection of books and DVDs. Open daily, 9:30a.m. to 4p.m. Admission fees: $7 adults, $5 seniors (60+ years), $2 children (6-12 years). sugarmuseum.com

Bailey House Museum
2375-A Main Street, Wailuku


Headquarters for the Maui Historical Society, this 1833 mission house was built on the site of Maui ruling chief Kahekili’s royal compound. It was formerly the Wailuku Female Seminary for Hawaiian girls, then home of missionary teacher Edward Bailey and his family until 1888. The grounds showcase shade trees and ethno botanical gardens, a koa canoe and surfboard from Duke Kahanamoku. In the house is an impressive display of 19th century furniture, quilts and paintings by Bailey as well as the largest collection of ancient Hawaiian artifacts exhibited on Maui. Docents share history and culture. The museum store features island-made crafts, books and music. Open Monday-Saturday, 10a.m. to 4p.m. Admission fees: $7 adults, $5 seniors (60+ years), $2 children (7-12 years). mauimuseum.org

Lanai
Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
730 Lanai Avenue (top of Dole Park), Lanai City


Serving as a hub to connect people with the traditions, history, land and cultures of Lanai, this museum and archive center offers a wealth of historic photographs, Hawaiian artifacts, plantation memorabilia, textiles, artwork and maps representative of Lanai’s heritage. Displays and archival collections span the island’s natural history, heritage sites, Hawaiian culture, ranching era along with the diverse populations who built the pineapple plantation and island community.

The center also features videos, hands-on workshops and educational programs about the folklore, culture, customs and historical sites of Lana‘i. Open Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.; Saturday, 9a.m. to 1p.m. Free admission; donations encouraged. 808-565-7177 lanaichc.org

Molokai
Molokai Museum & Cultural Center
RW Meyer Sugar Mill
Kalae Hwy. 470 at Mile Marker 4, Kualapuu


The intimate Molokai Museum introduces visitors to the island’s history from pre-western contact to the early 20th century with two films, artwork, memorabilia, artifacts and historic photographs of the Kalaupapa settlement. Once the location of the Rudolph Wilhelm Meyer Sugar Mill (the smallest in Hawaii), this scenic, historic property includes the restored sugar mill (in operation from 1878 to 1889) with a steam engine, mule-driven cane crusher and large redwood-evaporating pan. The gift gallery features locally crafted art, clothing and gifts. Open Monday-Saturday, 10a.m. to 2p.m. Admission fee: $5 adults. 808-567-6436 visitmolokai.com

 

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Arts & Entertainment Abound on Maui

   

When you least expect it, you may come across a stage production on Maui that turns out to be your most memorable vacation experience. Maui offers a world-class performance venue with two theaters and outdoor arenas, historic theater that’s home to one of the longest-running community theater companies in the U.S., award-winning magic and music shows in addition to a popular Hawaiian cultural stage show. Take a look at the latest offerings:

Elvis' musical legacy: Burn'n Love at Maui TheatreBurn’n Love at Maui Theatre
Elvis’ musical legacy and love of Hawaii continue in a dynamic stage show that was created particularly for visitors to the islands. Designed to capture the time Elvis spent in Hawaii and Hawaii’s influence on his life, movies and music, Burn’n Love has been called the “most authentic Elvis show ever presented.” Entertainer Darren Lee has performed as Elvis since he was 15 years old and was winner of the 1997 World Elvis Competition in Memphis. He’ll take you on a musical journey through the life of Elvis Presley, immersing you in the nostalgia of “Blue Hawaii” and the Aloha from Hawaii live concert with costumes, a full band, back up singers, lively dancers and visual effects that include photos, videos and recorded interviews of Elvis in Hawaii. Presented Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 7:30 to 9p.m. 808-856-7900 or burnnlove.com

Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater
Master illusionist Jody Baran and his partner-wife Kathleen have been presenting their extraordinary magical illusion stage show for the past decade at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. They’ve recently recreated their production with a new theme, transporting guests back in time to the 1920s-30s luxury liner era when visitors and entertainers arrived in the islands by steamship. Seven world-renowned magicians came to Hawaii to perform: Harry Houdini, Long Tack Sam, Thurston, Nicola, Raymond, Carter and Dante. The Barans perform illusions from the repertoires of these seven masters, including Houdini’s Straight Jacket Escape and Thurston’s Levitation of the Island Princess. You’ll view the show from a well-appointed dinner table after enjoying island cuisine served by white-gloved hotel staff. In between courses, hula dancers entertain you, a close up magician and big-screen projections of “Movie tone Newsreels.” Available on Tuesday-Saturday, 4:30 to 7:45p.m. 808-667-0128 or kupanaha.com

Maui Arts & Cultural Center
In 1994 when Maui Arts & Cultural Center opened, it was the pinnacle of a long-standing dream for the Maui community to have a world-class gathering place for the arts. Affectionately known as “the MACC,” it has become the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary arts facility in Hawai‘i. Year-round programming features a season of cultural, theatrical, dance, comedy and musical performances; programs on arts education for students and professional development through arts for teachers; visual arts exhibits that present a broad view of cultures, places and issues; artists in the community opportunities for schools and social service agencies. There are many free programs, too, including Starry Night Cinema screenings for families, ArT-Mixx interactive social events, and Hawaiian cultural tributes to the ‘ukulele and slack key guitar. The MACC also opens its state-of-the-art theaters to community arts organizations for performances. You can catch stage productions by Maui Academy of Performing Arts and symphonic concerts by Maui Pops Orchestra. The museum-quality gallery hosts Art Maui, a community arts exhibition, each spring. Box Office is open Monday-Saturday, 10a.m. to 6p.m. 808-242-7469 or mauiarts.org

Maui OnStage at Iao Theater
When it opened in 1928, Iao Theater was the primary entertainment venue on Maui through much of the plantation era. Maui Community Theater, now known as Maui OnStage, has called the historic theater home since 1984. As the community’s affordable place for self expression, exploration and enjoyment of theatrical arts, Iao Theater hosts a full season of Maui OnStage productions, annual Fringe Theater Festival, Bare Essential Theater and One Night Only events, plus musical performances by top name artists. The past season’s productions included “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “The Addams Family.” In 2016, Maui OnStage will feature “Guys and Dolls,” “Inherit The Wind” and Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” Show times are Friday-Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday matinee at 3p.m. 808-242-6969 or mauionstage.com

Slack Key Show - Masters of Hawaiian Music
The art of ki hoalu (slack key) guitar playing has made its way around the world as a popular icon of Hawaiian culture, thanks for the most part to George Kahumoku’s Masters of Hawaiian Music productions. Slack Key Show is a weekly concert series that has been performed in West Maui since 2003. This stage show provides outstanding performances by Hawaiian music artists, the first of whom were masters of slack key guitar, but in recent years, expanding to include ukulele and kila kila (steel guitar) virtuosos. Compilation recordings from the live shows won four Grammy Awards for Best Hawaiian Music. The show’s regular talent includes host George Kahumoku Jr., his protégés Peter deAquino, Garrett Probst and Sterling Seaton, and lovely hula dancer Wainani Kealoha. They open the show and bring their warm aloha spirit to the stage. The special guest artist performs solo, sharing music and stories, and then is joined by George and others for a kanikapila style jam session. Offered Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 808-669-3858 or slackkeyshow.com

Ulalena at Maui Theatre
Exciting and educational, the Ulalena stage production is like no other on Maui. It vividly tells the story of the Hawaiian Islands from the first Polynesian voyagers, its legends, gods and people, to first contact with Europeans, the alii rulers, arrival of immigrant laborers, culminating in a cultural revival with the cleansing Ulalena (red-gold) wind and rain. With haunting musical instruments, graceful aerial-tissue acrobatics, Hawaiian chants and dancing, Ulalena provides a deeper understanding of Hawaii’s culture through entertainment. Offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5:00 to 6:30p.m. 808-856-7900 or mauitheatre.com

Warren & Annabelle’s Magic Show
The longest-running magic show of its type in Hawaii, Warren & Annabelle’s has become a Lahaina legend. Entering through a secret passage into resident ghost Annabelle’s parlor, you’re seated in a turn-of-the-20th century living room and entertained by the unseen Annabelle playing her piano. Cocktails, appetizers and desserts are served during interaction with the spectral performer. Showtime begins in the intimate 78-seat theater with a mesmerizing magic and comedy show. Owner Warren Gibson or one of his personally vetted magicians treats you to premier sleight-of-hand and performer-audience close up magic interspersed with laugh out loud comedy. Two performances most nights, Monday-Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00p.m. and 7:30 to 11:30p.m. 808-667-6244 or warrenandannabelles.com

 

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Q&A Winter 2015

   

Aloha Maui Insider,
I am looking forward to my Maui visit this winter, but I have a question about the Maui County restaurants. I have to maintain a gluten-free diet, and I am wondering what my options will be in Maui? Can you give me some information?
Best Regards, Peggy from Portland

Aloha Peggy,
We are sure you will be able to enjoy a gluten-free stay on Maui. Many of our restaurants now mark the gluten-free items on their menus; some of them even have separate gluten-free menus. If don’t see the gluten free information, just ask your server as most places do have gluten-free items available now. You are in for a special treat if you like sweets as we have a new gluten-free bakery, called the Maui Sugar Shop Bakery. They have gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, pies, cakes, bread and more. They are open everyday at 878 Front Street, A-10, Lahaina. Their phone number is 808 662-0033 or go to mauisugarshop.com.

Dear Maui Insider,
Is there a new winery on Maui? We have noticed there is company called Maui Wine. Can you tell us what they offer?
Sincerely, Roger and Dana


Aloha Roger and Dana,
Tedeschi Winery is now called Maui Wine. You can visit them Monday through Sunday from 10a.m. to 5:30p.m. Maui Wine is offering complimentary tasting and tours of their historic estate and production facilities. Please go to www.MauiWine.com for the details.

Hello Maui Insider,
We are looking forward to relaxing days at the beach for our Maui visit. However we always seem to run out of reading materials while we are visiting. As avid book readers and recyclers, we are wondering where we can recycle our books and pick up some interesting used books to read while we are on Maui?
Yours truly, Trudy and John


Aloha Trudy and John,
You can recycle your books and pick up used books at any one of The Maui Friends of the Library bookstores. They have three locations for donating books and you call also pick up used books, the locations are: The Kahului Bookstore at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center that is open everyday, the Lahaina Bookstore at the Wharf Cinema Center that is open Monday through Saturday, and the Puunene Bookstore at the Old Pu’unene School that is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, store hours and phone numbers please go to www.mfol.org.
 
 

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Chef's Corner

   

Legend of Kaanapali Luau at the Kaanapali Beach HotelLegends of Kaanapali Luau at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel will take your breath away with an abundant feast and spellbinding dances and music from Lei Pono Productions. Experience the excitement of the authentic luau that brings the legends of Kaanapali and Polynesia to life through live Hawaiian music, dramatic hula performances and storytelling.

The night begins with an complimentary cocktail, traditional Hawaiian games and an exhibition of island arts and crafts. Hearing the Conch blow you will be invited to an evening buffet under the stars topped off with performance. The featured entrée is a whole kalua pua’a and a bountiful menu of local favorites such as house-made poi, fish and salads. As your night comes to an end under the spell of the moon, be amazed by the exciting fire walk and farewell ceremony.

Monday nights only. For reservations Call 667-0128 or visit www.legendsofkaanapali.com

If you can’t attend the luau on Monday night you, can still enjoy one of Chef Tom’s wonderful salads by following the instructions in the recipe below.

   

Lomi Lomi Salmon Salad
Servings: 4

Lomi Lomi Salmon Salad is one of the most popular side dishes found at luaus. In Hawaiian, “lomilomi” means to massage and the name refers to how the dish is prepared. The salmon is broken into small pieces by massaging the salted fish along with other ingredients. A Hawaiian classic, Lomi Lomi Salmon Salad is a great addition to any party or gathering. Executive Chef Tom Muromoto from Kaanapali Beach Hotel shares the recipe below. Enjoy!

Salad Mixture
Clean and prepare all ingredients. Place them in a large bowl and gently toss together

  • 1 cup Kula mixed greens
  • 1 cup smoked salmon, diced
  • ½ cup sweet Maui onion, julienne
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup watercress, chopped 1”
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup sesame soy vinaigrette (see recipe below)

Sesame Soy Vinaigrette

  • 1 Tbsp salad oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon or yuzu juice
  • 3 Tbsp sugar, white
  • dash of black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Directions: Combine vinaigrette in a bowl and mix well with salad mixture

 
 

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My Favorite Maui Moment

   

Maui Moment

Experience the magic of Maui hula entertainmentThere are so many things that make a vacation on Maui magic for our visitors. We got a nice note from one of our visitors from Atlanta, Georgia, who said, “My aunt and I enjoyed our birthday celebration at The Old Lahaina Luau on Front Street.” I can imagine what a wonderful night that would have been. Because the weather is so wonderful in Lahaina, year round, the Luau is able to hold their festive gathering by the sea outside under the stars.

Musicians and hula dancers usually fill the luau program with wonderful traditional performances. Their buffet typically has a wide selection of delicious authentic luau dishes. We have included a photo from the luau so you can see what fun it is.

This reader also enjoyed: the Flatbread Company (pizza style) eats in Paia, a day swimming at Maluaka Beach in South Maui and Humpback whale-watching aboard one of the Pacific Whale Foundation boats out of the Lahaina harbor. She especially enjoyed “the friendliness of locals, and their appreciation and respect for nature is notable.” The reader went on to say that although they went to Wal-Mart and Target for vacation supplies, they especially enjoyed also being able to experience authentic Hawaii!

 
 

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Calendar of Events

   

November

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 and Cultural Center, Kahului
November 7
The 2nd Annual Made In Maui County Festival will showcase a wide variety of Hawaii valued-added products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashions, gifts, collectibles, food trucks 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. This is an amazing course that 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 finishes with 3-mile ocean view run on the Manele Golf Course. For more information, go to trilanai.com

Moonlight Mele Concert
Bailey House Museum, Wailuku
November 7
This concert will feature George Kahumoku, Jr. & Friends. The museum will also have a night tour and arts & crafts. For more information, go to mauimuseum.org

Margaret Cho – The psyCHO Tour
Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului
November 7
Margaret is never one to shy away from a difficult, or even ‘taboo’ topic, there is no subject off limits. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader as well as a teacher to those with open minds and open hearts. For more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit mauiarts.org

Maui On Stage’s ONO Series
Iao Theater, Wailuku
November 9
On Monday at 6:30 pm, One Night Only Series presents a free evening consisting of a play reading, concert, comedy night or poetry slam. Come and enjoy theatre every second Monday of each month. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

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

Sun Yat-Sen Festival
Wo Hing Museum, Front Street, Lahaina
November 13-14
Lahaina pays tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as The Father of Modern China. The festival will include martial arts demos, learning the art on Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese tea and music, an exciting lion dance and a traditional fan dance, Cantonese foods, displays and presentations. For more information, please go to lahainarestoration.org

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

Day of Hope Run/Walk
Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea
November 14
The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea hosts the annual Day of Hope 10k run and 5k run/walk to benefit the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Finishers are invited to celebrate their success with a continental breakfast on the ocean front lawn at the Four Seasons Resort. The race will also feature its very first “Stroller Run” on the stroller friendly course. For more information, please go to dayofhopemaui.com

Hui Noeau Wailea Food & Wine Celebration
Hotel Wailea, Wailea
November 14
This annual benefit is to support community arts education. Wailea’s original food and wine event is a relaxing evening featuring the islands top chefs and vintners. For more information, go to huifoodwine.weebly.com or huinoeau.com/events

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
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

Hana Limu Festival
Hana Bay, Hana
November 21
The 7th Annual Hana Limu Festival is organized by the non-profit group, Na Mamo O Muolea, to provide a deeper understanding of native limu (seaweed) and to become mindful of the roles the public plays in ensuring ocean resources are available for future generations. The festival will include hands-on educational activities for youth, a silent auction, food, entertainment and crafts. For more information, please go to calendarmaui.com

2015 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 Kansas State, Indiana, St. John’s, 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

Bailey House Museum Bazaar
Bailey House Museum, Wailuku
November 28
The Bailey House Museum Bazaar features live music and live entertainment from some of Maui’s favorite Hawaiian musicians. There will be food, delicious treats, Christmas craft fair and shopping, demonstrations, special exhibitions, presentations and a keiki zone. For more information, please go to mauimuseum.org

December

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
December 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

Christmas Light Parade and Hoolaulea
Kaunakakai, Molokai
December 5
Santa comes to Kaunakakai with the annual Christmas Light Parade, featuring storybook theme. Following the parade is the Hoolaulea (festival) with entertainment, tree decorating contest, food booths, holiday desserts and great fun for everyone. For more information, please go to visitmolokai.com

Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree
Lahaina Town, Front Street
December 5 - 6
Come celebrate the lighting of Lahaina’s historic Banyan Tree. On Saturday, the Banyan tree will be lit up with thousands of Christmas lights for the entire holiday season. Santa makes an appearance, island-style, and community choirs sing Christmas carols. Enjoy a holiday arts and crafts fair along with Hawaiian musical entertainment. Free admission. For more information, please go to visitlahaina.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
December 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

Maui On Stage’s ONO Series
Iao Theater, Wailuku
December 14
On Monday at 6:30 pm, One Night Only Series presents a free evening consisting of a play reading, concert, comedy night or poetry slam. Come and enjoy theatre every second Monday of each month. For more information, go to mauionstage.com

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
December 17
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
December 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

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei
December 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

January

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
January 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

Straight No Chaser: The New Old Fashioned Tour
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
January 3
The Straight No Chaser (SNC) is a professional a cappella group. The New Old Fashioned Tour comes to Maui on the release of their new album “The New Old Fashioned.” For more information, please go to mauiarts.org

Hyundai Tournament Champions
The Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort
January 6 - 10
“Where Champions Come to Play.” The PGA TOUR returns to Hawaii with the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Scheduled for January 6-10, this prestigious golf tournament features an elite field of champions only from the prior year vying for the first title of the year at the famed Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui. The unique Pro-Am takes place Wednesday, January 6, followed by the professional completion Thursday-Sunday. Tickets are on sale at pgatour.com/Hyundai.

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

Hope On Wheels 5k Run/Walk
Whalers Village, Kaanapali
January 10
The Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K Run/Walk benefits childhood cancer research and programs and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. For more information, go to hyundaihopeonwheels.org

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

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
January 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 Oceanfront Marathon
Wailea Resort to Lahaina
January 17
This racecourse from Wailea to Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina is lovely seaside run. A half marathon, 15k, 10k and 5k are also available. For more information, go to mauioceanfrontmarathon.com

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
January 21
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
January 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

Whale Run and Walk
Maalaea Harbor, Maalaea
January 30
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 2.5K running course for kids. This racecourse begins and ends at the Maalaea Harbor Shops. For more information, go to mauiwhalefestival.org

February

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

Open Studio Maui
University of Hawaii Maui College, Wailuku
February 6
The free grand opening is at the Paina Culinary Arts Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Enjoy food and beverages for purchase, live acoustic music and meet and review the artist’s artwork in person. To pick up a copy of the MOS Guidebook please go to mauiopenstudios.com

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

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
February 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

World Whale Day Celebration and Maui’s Parade of Whales
Kalama Park, Kihei
February 13
Maui’s largest celebration of whales is an all day family event that starts off with the Parade of Whales at 9am along South Kihei Road. The celebration continues through 6pm at Kalama Park, on South Kihei Road. The day features live entertainment, great food by Maui restaurants, and activities for kids, huge “Made on Maui” artisan’s fair, environmental displays and more. For more information, go to mauiwhalefestival.org

Maui Open Studios
Various locations on Maui:
February 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28
The annual Maui Open Studio event spans over three weekends in February and is free to the public. Weekend 1: Enjoy visiting the artist’s open studios and the self-guided tours in Upcountry from 11am to 6pm. Weekend 2: North Shore, Central and Hana from 11am to 6pm. Weekend 3: South and West Maui from 11am to 6pm. To review the schedule for the self-guided tours, artwork samples, and driving directions and or an interactive map, please go to mauiopenstudios.com

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
February 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
February 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
February 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

The Great Maui Whale Count
North, South & West Maui Shores
February 27
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.org

Art Affair 2016
Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao
February 27
The evening fiesta features a live and silent auction, live music, dancing, and a gourmet seated dinner, open bar and an opportunity to gather and celebrate with a wonderful community of art supporters. For more information, please go to huinoeau.com

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

   

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