Brought to you by the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau | Winter 2016
In This Issue
Eat Like a Local at Maui Food Trucks
Celebrate Farm Fresh Goodness
Q&A Winter 2016
Chef's Corner
My Favorite Maui Moment
Calendar of Events
Maui, where food and fun go together.
Maui, where food and fun go together.
There are many reasons to visit Maui—stunning scenery, golf courses and activities full of adventure. However, one thing should not be missed: the delicious, local food. Keep reading and find great ideas for a trip worth savoring.
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If you're looking for a place to eat while on your way to or from Kahului Airport in Central Maui, we recommend you go where the locals go! There are two popular food truck stops, one near Kahului Harbor and the other near Costco, where you can sample a wide variety of freshly made dishes and specialty treats. As one visiting couple remarked, "We like to find smaller places where locals go, rather than touristy places to eat."
Kalei's Lunchbox
Central Maui's newest food truck is the brainchild of the chef from Cafe 808 in Kula. Specializing in local plates, Kalei offers a variety of island grinds in a menu that mixes it up daily. Those with big appetites will enjoy Da Big Kahuna, a combo plate of Chicken Mochiko, Hamburger Steak and Asian-crusted Mahi Mahi. You can also get a plate with each of these items separately, or you can try Breaded Pork Teriyaki, Island Roast Pork, Breaded Beef Teriyaki or Beef Stew. Each plate is served with white rice and macaroni salad. Loco Moco is also available along with a classic Surf & Turf (steak and shrimp) or Cheese Steak sandwich. Adventurous diners will delight in the Hurricane Brussels Sprouts that are mixed with pipikaula (dry-smoked beef) and topped with spicy mayo and furikaki sauce — so ono! Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday in the gravel lot at 591 Haleakala Hwy. Kahului. Call 808-633-6345 or visit facebook.com/kaleislunchbox
Like Poke?
One of the first lunch wagons to make a splash on Maui, Like Poke? is the quintessential place to get a heavenly bowl of raw fish poke, diced and marinated in an array of seasonings and spices. Hawaiian style is the simplest, combining sesame oil, sea salt and ogo (seaweed). Spicy is a popular flavor combo using a creamy, spicy aioli sauce. Two styles are made with shoyu (soy sauce) - one features wasabi oil and the other ginger oil - both are combined with sesame seeds, onions and watercress. Each bowl comes with a scoop of white rice, or you can get poke by the pound. Whichever way you choose, be sure to ask for a side of Furikaki Fries, which are curly fries seasoned with furikaki, a creamy sauce mixed with green crack seed. Fresh juice drink blends are available. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday in the gravel lot at 591 Haleakala Hwy. Kahului. Call 808-757-8402 or visit facebook.com/like.poke.1
Mo Ono Hawaii
Mo Ono Hawaii
A family of sisters and cousins took a chance to step out of the box and start their own business and a year later, have garnered success with this acai bowl food truck. Incorporating fresh produce from island farms, they build traditional acai bowls with strawberries, bananas, shaved coconut and granola while adding a signature twist with their toppings. Try purple poi, golden lilikoi butter or creamy Greek yogurt.
Bowls come in three sizes. Go early for breakfast or lunch because they often sell out. Hours vary, but you're likely to catch the cute lavender and yellow wagon open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday in the gravel lot at 591 Haleakala Hwy. Kahului. facebook.com/moonohawaii for more information.
Tacos Maui 8 Wonder
Mexican favorites in the Hawaiian style are what you'll find in Tacos Maui 8 Wonder's little lunch wagon. They've got delicious tacos made with carne asada, BBQ pork, chicken, salmon or a vegan version. Fresh mahi mahi ceviche is a specialty as well as a garlic shrimp plate. Try fajitas made with sizzling shrimp or a mega Wonder Burrito. They serve kids' size tacos and burritos, too. Breakfast dishes are served on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours of operation are generally 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday in the gravel lot at 591 Haleakala Hwy. Kahului. Visit facebook.com/tacos-maui-8-wonder
Thai Mee Up
This cute converted rail car with wood siding offers some of the best classic Thai food you can find on Maui. The portions are hearty and made to order; each dish is served with jasmine rice. Try Lemongrass Fried Chicken, Crispy Garlic Shrimp, Fried Pork Ribs, Cashew Chicken or Pad Thai noodles with chicken or shrimp. Savory curry bowls include Panang Curry Chicken and Green Curry Shrimp. Usually open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday in the gravel lot at 591 Haleakala Hwy. Kahului. Call 808-214-3369 or visit facebook.com/thaimeeup
The Original Hawaiian Shrimp Truck
Offering six innovative types of shrimp dishes and a steak plate, this shrimp truck is the go-to place for really flavorful shrimp dishes and steak-shrimp combos. Firecracker Spicy Shrimp is made with Aunty Tina's hush-hush sauce that's both spicy and sweet. Aunty Nikki's Stuffed Shrimp is a secret family recipe with Parmesan cheese. Waikapu Shrimp is "broke da mouth" delicious sauteed in garlic, shoyu and green onions. Double Shaka Shrimp is marinated in Asian aioli and wasabi sauce. These dishes come with rice and mac salad. There are two more: Hawaiian Style Scampi comes with Portuguese sausage on a bed of cabbage, and Papa Baire Scampi is breaded, sauteed with garlic, white wine and butter and served over fettuccine with a tossed salad. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday (until 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday with live music) at 591 Haleakala Hwy. Kahului. Call 808-359-1052 or visit facebook.com/hawaiianshrimptruck
EJ's Steak and BBQ
Known for island style and traditional Asian plates as well as barbecue dishes, EJ's lime green lunch wagon is a fixture on the waterfront by Kahului Harbor. A varied menu is available, featuring steak, BBQ pork and chicken, baby back ribs, kalbi ribs, fish katsu, garlic shrimp and chicken. Specialties like Wasabi Dynamite Shrimp with green onions and wasabi-aioli sauce, and Fish Loco Moco with lobster cream sauce are delightful surprises.
You can also get a combo plate with steak and fish, pork or shrimp, or the Big Kahuna with three protein choices. Most dishes are served with white rice and mac salad. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on Kahului Beach Road, Kahului. Call 808-494-4681 or visit facebook.com/EJs-Steak-BBQ-315072088847493/
EJ's Steak and BBQ
Geste Shrimp
Touting accolades like the "Best Food Truck" on Maui, Geste Shrimp has been a staple on the waterfront near Kahului Harbor for the past few years. This food truck is renowned for its shrimp plates that feature 12 pieces of shrimp, crab macaroni salad and white rice. There's garlicky goodness in the Hawaiian Scampi; Spicy Pineapple blends tart and sweet flavors; Lemon Pepper is light and tangy, while Hot & Spicy is more picante. Many customers choose to get a Party Platter of 60 shrimp in any style to share. There may be a long wait so it's advisable to call ahead and order. Open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday on Kahului Beach Road, Kahului. Call 808-298-7109 or visit gesteshrimp.com
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Farmers' markets are not only here to stay but they increase in number each year, and with good reason. You'll get to try the freshest produce available and you'll often find seasonal events associated with these markets, including chefs and farmers ready to share their food cooking tips and culture. Check out these West Maui open-air markets:
Olowalu Juice Stand & Open-Air Market
Roadside on Hwy. 30, next to Olowalu General Store, Olowalu  |  Daily from morning to evening
A roadside attraction on the way to Lahaina over the past 14 years, the Olowalu Juice Stand began as a Maui Gold® pineapple stop for visitors traveling to the airport and evolved into one of the largest open-air produce markets on the island. You can't miss its brightly decorated juice truck that offers fresh fruit smoothies and sugar cane juice. Under the shade of landmark monkeypod trees, you'll find rows and rows of produce: dragon fruit, mangosteen, rambutan, pineapples, mangoes, papayas, lemons, limes, onions, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes and avocados.
There are tropical flower seeds and macadamia nuts. In the back, find a picnic table under an umbrella on which to relax and enjoy your selections. There's no way to contact this place in advance but it's almost always open for business during the daytime.
Olowalu Juice Stand & Open-Air Market
The Outlets Outdoor Market
The Outlets of Maui, 900 Front Street, Lahaina  |  Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating Maui farmers, food purveyors and artisans, this new outdoor market takes place in the evening to attract both residents and visitors before and after dinner. Local merchants are arranged on the walkways throughout The Outlets shopping center in the heart of Lahaina. They offer locally grown produce and prepared foods in addition to made-on-Maui products, crafts and artwork. You can watch chef's cooking demonstrations and cultural activities like lei making. There's live music and hula performances, too. For more details, visit outletsofmaui.com
Launiupoko Co-Op Farmers' Market
At intersection of Hwy. 30 and Kai Hele Ku Street, Lahaina  |  Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Launiupoko Co-Op Farmers' Market
Residents of the agricultural land subdivision across from Launiupoko Beach Park have banded together to host a small co-op market, featuring the fruits of their home labors. Produce from these farms include limes, squash, avocados, bananas, coconuts and papayas. Many of the vendors feature homemade tasty treats and baked goods like energy bars, nut candy, banana bread, lilikoi chiffon pie and breadfruit hummus.
You can sample it all, even fresh-squeezed juice blends made with lime, guava and beets. At times there will be farm-fresh eggs for sale and in December, you may find Norfolk pine trees for the holidays. A different selection is offered each week, depending on the participants. Parking is available in the paved lot off Kai Hele Ku Street behind the frontage road. For more information, visit facebook.com/LpokoFarmersMarket
Farmers Market Maui in Honokowai
3636 L. Honoapi‘ilani Road across from Honokowai Beach Park  |  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The open-air, parking lot market was one of the first traditional farmers' markets on the island, and has been going since the mid-1980s. Today, it is associated with the Farmers Market Maui & Deli health food store and deli-cafe in Honokowai Beach Center. On three mornings a week you can still find tropical fruits and other produce freshly picked from Maui farms. Specialties include Maui onions, Maui Gold® pineapples, island papayas and apple bananas, Kula corn and tomatoes, local lettuce and avocados. You'll also find a wide variety of island made salsas, dips, jams and sauces along with baked goods. Inside, the deli's prepared foods are strictly vegetarian and very delicious as are the fresh fruit smoothie drinks. For more information, visit yelp.com/biz/farmers-market-maui-lahaina-3
Napili Farmers' Market
At intersection of Hwy. 30 and Napilihau Street, Napili  |  Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon & Friday from 8 am to 5 pm
This small co-op market packs a big punch. Local farm sourcers present a vast array of organic produce from farms around the island. Shop for colorful carrots, beets and sweet potatoes; check out yellow beans, green beans, cherry tomatoes and herbs. You'll see zucchini, eggplant and broccoli at times, too. Tropical fruits include Maui Gold® pineapples, mangoes, papayas, cacao and a variety of bananas. You can eat a rainbow of goodness here. Maui food purveyors sell mac nut spreads, muffins and breads along with raw honey, fresh juices and pickles. If you're lucky, you may be treated to a serenade by a local singer-guitarist fresh off the beach or down from the mountain. Check out facebook.com/napilifarmersmarket for more details.
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Aloha Maui Insider,
Are there two new hotels in South Maui?
Best Regards, Sue from Seattle
Aloha Sue,
There is one new hotel and one renamed hotel in South Maui. The new hotel in South Maui is the Residence Inn Maui Wailea, and it is close to the Wailea Town Center. It has 200 contemporary and spacious one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens. A hearty breakfast is included daily. For more information, visit marriott.com/hotels. South Maui's Sunseeker hotel has been rebranded Kohea Kai Resort Maui. The name means serenity by the sea and the focus of the boutique hotel will be adults only. For more information about this Kihei property, please visit koheakai.com/about
 
Dear Maui Insider,
We heard the ferry schedule has changed for trips to Maui's sister islands of Lanai and Molokai. Can you tell us what the revised schedule is?
Sincerely, Ralph and Roger
Aloha Ralph and Roger,
The schedule for the Lanai Ferry (Expeditions) has remained the same with the addition of a special Ferry for the Fifth Friday night town parties on Lanai. For more information on the Lanai ferry schedule, visit go-lanai.com The Molokai ferry, which went from the Lahaina Harbor to the Kaunakakai Harbor, has been discontinued.
 
Dear Maui Insider,
We understand the shuttle to the Ocean Center is no longer running. Is that true?
Yours truly, Julie and Andy
Aloha Julie and Andy,
The Ocean Center is no longer running a shuttle. However, there are other island transportation options such as the Maui County bus and the Maui Outlets shuttle bus. If you need transportation from the Kaanapali to the Lahaina Harbor or points in between, you can take the Outlets of Maui Shopping Shuttle. You can find that schedule at outletsofmaui.com. If you wish to go further, the Maui County bus has several different routes. You can find them at co.maui.hi.us/609
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Get the Best Poke at Foodland
Chef's Corner
Foodland is where you should go for poke. Why? Just ask Maui Times. Winner of Maui Times' Best Poke 2016, Foodland's poke is clearly a champion. Their poke is made fresh daily in-store and with lots of aloha. Buy it by the pound or create your own poke bowl with your favorite type of poke. It's no wonder why this popular local comfort food is so delicious.
You'll be sure to satisfy your poke cravings wherever you may be because Foodland is conveniently located in Kihei, Lahaina, Wailuku, and Pukalani. One of the most popular poke varieties at Foodland is Hawaiian Style poke, which consists of raw ahi (tuna) cubes, sesame oil, green onion, onions and soy sauce. You'll be able to recreate a version of this favorite local dish with the recipe below.
Foodland Farms Lahaina
The Foodland Farms location in Lahaina is one of the most convenient to visitors. It is located at 345 Keawe Street, Lahaina, at Lahaina Gateway. They are open from 6 a.m. – 11p.m. daily. For more information, visit foodland.com or call 808-662-7088.
Poke Pan Sushi
A Hawaii local favorite, great for parties!
Ingredients:
• 3 cups cooked calrose rice, cooled
• ½ pound Foodland imitation crab salad, shredded
• 1 pound "your favorite" Foodland poke, rough chopped
• 1 teaspoon furikake (a dry Japanese seasoning that typically consists of chopped seaweed, sugar, salt and sesame seeds)
• 1 each avocado, diced ¼ inch
• 2 tablespoons masago (fish eggs)
• 2 tablespoons finely sliced green onions
• 6 packages Korean mini nori (dried seaweed) sheets
Instructions:
Lay and press the rice into the bottom of the pan.
Gently lay the crab salad over the rice.
Evenly spread the poke of your choice over the crab salad.
Sprinkle with the furikake, then avocado, masago and then green onions.
Serve with the nori on the side so guests can scoop out some of the poke pan sushi and place in their nori.

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Maui Moment
Here I am with the giant cuddly shaka. If you come to Maui you will most likely encounter the shaka hand movement as the friendly local residents use it often.
Maui Moment
The definition from Wikipedia is below:
The shaka sign, sometimes known as "hang loose", is a gesture of friendly intent often associated with Hawaii and surf culture. It consists of extending the thumb and smallest finger while holding the three middle fingers curled, and gesturing in salutation while presenting the front or back of the hand; the hand may be rotated back and forth for emphasis. Feel free to use the shaka yourself now that you know what it means.
 
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.
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Calendar of Events
November
 
November 18 • Makawao Third Friday • Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
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
November 18 • Hui Noeau Wailea Food & Wine Celebration • Hotel Wailea, Wailea
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. For more information, go to huinoeau.com/art-events
November 21-23 • 2016 Maui Jim Maui Invitational • Collegiate Basketball Tournament, Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina
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 Connecticut, Georgetown, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and host Chaminade. For complete tournament information, please visit mauiinvitational.com
November 21-December 24 • Hui Holidays • Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao
This artisan showcase returns with a winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone. There will be new items added to the gallery throughout the holidays. For more information, please go to huinoeau.com/art-events
November 24 • Turkey Trot • Rice Park, Kula
This race is a 16.2 mile two loop race that starts at 7a.m. and an 8.6 mile race that starts at 8 a.m. For more information, please go to virr.com
November 25 • Kihei Fourth Friday • Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
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
November 25 • Maui Forest Bird Recovery Charity Event • Maui Brewing Company in the Kahana Gateway Shopping Center, Lahaina
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and the Maui Brewing Company have teamed up for this charity event. Join the Maui Brewing Company in donating half of its house sales from 6 p.m.–10 p.m. in support of Maui's native forest birds. For more information, please go to mauiforestbirds.org
November 25 – December 11 • Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical • Iao Theater, Wailuku
It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure takes the stage at the Historic Iao Theater Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. and Saturday matinees December 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. For more information, please visit mauionstage.com
November 26 • "DUKE" by Moses Goods • Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
Award-winning actor, writer and storyteller, Moses Goods creates an unforgettable portrayal of the life of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku in his one-man show entitled "Duke." For more information, please go to mauiarts.org
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December
 
December 1 • Hui Holidays First Night • Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao
Celebrate the grand opening of Hui Holiday's first night holiday shopping and enjoy drinks, pupu, music and an exciting selection of new and unique items. For more information, please go to huinoeau.com/art-events
December 2 • Wailuku First Friday • Market Street, Wailuku
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
December 3 • Lanai Holiday Tree Lighting • Dole Administration Building, Lanai City
Come celebrate with a pine tree lighting ceremony in Lanai City, vendor food and craft booths, local entertainment and photos with Santa. Free admission. For more information, please go to facebook.com/visitlanai/events
December 3-4 • Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree • Lahaina Town, Front Street
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
December 9 • Lahaina Second Friday • Front Street, Lahaina Town
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
December 10-11 • MAPA's Nutcracker Sweets • Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
Enjoy a holiday ballet MAPA's Nutcracker Sweet with two performances in the Castle Theater. For more information, please go to mauiacademy.org
December 12 • Maui On Stage's ONO Series • Iao Theater, Wailuku
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
December 13 • Mokuula by Moonlight • Hale Halawai in Kamehameha Iki Park, Lahaina
Experience the Akua moon (first phase of full moon) and enjoy the premier of Mokuula by Moonlight. Friends of Mokuula, caretakers of Hawaii's cultural heritage site in Lahaina, present storytelling with Hawaiian cultural specialist and live music at the Hale Halawai in Kamehameha Iki Park on Front Street. For more information, go to mokuula.com
December 16 • Makawao Third Friday • Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
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
December 17-18 • Maui Chamber Orchestra • Iao Theater, Wailuku
The Maui Chamber Orchestra proudly presents its Christmas Holiday Concert. For more information, please visit mauionstage.com or mauichamberorchestra.org
December 18 • Christmas 5K Run & Half Mile Santa's Keiki Dash • Kaunoa Senior Center, Paia
This race starts at 8 a.m. at the Kaunoa Senior Center parking lot. For more information, please go to virr.com
December 22 • Hawaiian Music Series • Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
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
December 23 • Kihei Fourth Friday • Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
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
December 30 • Lanai Fifth Friday • Dole Park, Lanai
The Lanai Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to our Fifth Friday from 5:30 p.m. 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
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January
 
January 1 • Bill Maher's 6th Annual New Year's All-Star Evening of Comedy • Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
Bill Maher returns for his sixth annual New Year's Day show and this year he's bringing more friends – Margaret Cho and David Cross. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org
January 3 • Straight No Chaser: The New Old Fashioned Tour • Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
The Straight No Chaser (SNC) is a professional a cappella group. The New Old Fashioned Tour comes to Maui during the release of their new album "The New Old Fashioned." For more information, please go to mauiarts.org
January 4-8 • PGA Tournament of Champions • The Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort
"Where Champions Come to Play." The PGA TOUR returns to Hawaii with the Tournament of Champions. Scheduled for January 4-8, 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 4, followed by the professional completion Thursday-Sunday. For more information, please go to pgatour.com/toc
January 6 • Wailuku First Friday • Market Street, Wailuku
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
January 9 • Maui On Stage's ONO Series • Iao Theater, Wailuku
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
January 13 • Lahaina Second Friday • Front Street, Lahaina Town
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
January 15 • Maui Oceanfront Marathon • Wailea Resort to Lahaina
The marathon starts in Wailea and runs along the oceanfront to Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina. A half marathon, 15k, 10k and 5k are also taking place. For more information, go to mauioceanfrontmarathon.com
January 20 • Makawao Third Friday • Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
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
January 26 • Hawaiian Music Series • Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
Relax under the stars and enjoy a 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
January 27 • Kihei Fourth Friday • Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
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 27 • Judy Collins • Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
Lazar Bear presents singer-songwriter and folk music icon, Judy Collins with special guest, Ari Hest. For more information, please go to mauiarts.org
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February
 
February 4 • Whale Run and Walk • Maalaea Harbor, Maalaea
Runners and walkers are invited to take part in one of Maui's largest fun runs and walking events. Choose from the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K running courses or a 4K walk and 1K-keiki run. This racecourse begins and ends at the Maalaea Harbor Shops. For more information, go to mauiwhalefestival.org
February 4 • Open Studio Maui • University of Hawaii Maui College, Wailuku
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 Guidebook, please go to mauiopenstudios.com
February 5 • Wailuku First Friday • Market Street, Wailuku
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
February 10 • Lahaina Second Friday • Front Street, Lahaina Town
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
February 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 • Maui Open Studios • Various locations on Maui
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 Kihei and Wailea from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend 2: Lahaina, Central, North Shore and Hana from 11am to 6pm. Weekend 3: Upcountry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To review the schedule for the self-guided tours, artwork samples, and driving directions and/or an interactive map, please go to mauiopenstudios.com
February 13 • Maui On Stage's ONO Series • Iao Theater, Wailuku
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
February 17 • Makawao Third Friday • Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
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
February 18 • World Whale Day Celebration and Maui's Parade of Whales • Kalama Park, Kihei
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, and activities for kids, huge "Made on Maui" artisan's fair, environmental displays and more. For more information, go to mauiwhalefestival.org
February 23 • Hawaiian Music Series • Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
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
February 24 • Kihei Fourth Friday • Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei
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
February 25 • The Great Maui Whale Count • North, South & West Maui Shores
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. 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
February 25 • Art Affair 2016 • Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao
Celebrate 100 years of the historic Kaluanui estate. The evening 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/art-events
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March
 
March 3 • Wailuku First Friday • Market Street, Wailuku
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
March 3-19 • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels • Iao Theater, Wailuku
Nominated for a staggering 11 Tony Awards. Come and enjoy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels performance on stage Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 3 p.m. For more information, please visit mauionstage.com
March 4 • Maui 5K • Maalaea Triangle, Maalaea
Maui 5K will hold its 6th annual Maui 5K run/walk at the Maalaea Triangle. For more information, please go to maui5k.org
March 10 • Lahaina Second Friday • Front Street, Lahaina Town
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
March 13 • Maui On Stage's ONO Series • Iao Theater, Wailuku
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
March 23 • Hawaiian Music Series • Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
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
March 24 • Makawao Third Friday • Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
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
March 31 • Kihei Fourth Friday • Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei
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 31 • Lanai Fifth Friday • Dole Park, Lanai
The Lanai Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to our Fifth Friday from 5:30 p.m. 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
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April
 
April 1 • Maui County Agricultural Festival • Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku
The annual Maui County Agricultural Festival is an event designed to raise awareness about Maui's agriculture and it's vital role in the economy, environment and lifestyle of Maui. For more information, please go to mauicountyfarmbureau.org
April 7 • Wailuku First Friday • Market Street, Wailuku
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
April 8 • Hoomau Concert • Lanikeha Center in Hoolehua, Molokai
This is a Hawaiian Educational Hoolaulea (Festival) to benefit Punana Leo O Molokai. The festival is free to the public and includes Hawaiian music, crafts, food booths and keiki games. For more information, please go to molokaievents.com or facebook.com/molokaivisitorsassociation/events
April 10 • Maui On Stage's ONO Series • Iao Theater, Wailuku
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
April 14 • Lahaina Second Friday • Front Street, Lahaina Town
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
April 14-16 • Celebration of the Arts • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The annual Celebration of the Arts will feature hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance that will allow both visitors and residents the opportunity to interact with each other and enjoy the Hawaiian culture. Please go to, celebrationofthearts.org
April 20 • Makawao Third Friday • Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
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
April 21 • The Molokai Earth Day Celebration • Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai, Molokai
Since 1995 the Nature Conservancy has sponsored the Annual Earth Day celebration on Molokai. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, food and Hawaiian games from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, go to facebook.com/molokaivisitorsassociation/events
April 22 • Haiku Hoolaulea & Flower Festival • Haiku Elementary School, Haiku
The annual Haiku Hoolaulea and Flower Festival will highlight local agriculture, arts, crafts, historical displays, silent auction, activities for the kids, and the Haiku School will set up a huge bake sale and sweet shop. For more information, please go to haikuhoolaulea.org
April 22-23 • Banyan Tree Birthday Party • Lahaina Town
This special celebration honors the birthday of Lahaina's famous landmark, the Banyan Tree. It was planted on April 24, 1873. For more information, go to visitlahaina.com
April 27 • Kihei Fourth Friday • Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei
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
April 28-30 • OluKai Hoolaulea SUP Race • Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului
The annual OluKai Hoolaulea Ocean Festival is a celebration of the ocean and the culture that surrounds it. The event blends elite competition with family-friendly cultural activities and gathers some of the world's best SUP paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run. For more information, go to olukai.com/hoolaulea
April 29 • East Maui Taro Festival • Hana Baseball Park, Hana
Celebrate Hawaiian culture with taro as the staple and symbol, at this year's 24th annual cultural event. Saturday features an all-day celebration at Hana Ballpark with hula, cultural demonstrations, Hawaiian music, arts and crafts, a farmers market and food booths with taro dishes. For more information, go to tarofestival.org
The special events listed are subject to change at any time and at the sole discretion of the provider.
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