Events

When planning your next Maui vacation, be sure to check out the exciting events that take place on the island every year. From The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival to World Whale Day, there is a galaxy of opportunities for those wishing to take part in the fun!

PGA Opening

PGA Opening

January

Every January, the PGA kicks the year off with its first tournament at the Plantation Course in Kapalua®. The Tournament of Champions offers daily tickets to watch golfers compete. There are also upgraded packages for weekly tickets, hospitality packages and a "Champagne Package."

The event is always in need of volunteers. If you are a fan of golf and have some extra time on your hands, it is truly a lot of fun to help out and be apart of the action.

If you have served in the military and are a vet, active duty or retired, free tickets are available. Simply go on the PGA website and fill out the necessary forms.

 

Location: Kapalua
World Whale Day

World Whale Day

February

World Whale Day is held annually in Kihei, and aims to promote awareness of our humpback whales and their environment. This fun-filled event is great for the whole family. Enjoy the "Parade of Whales," live music, the keiki carnival, local food and more.

The event is held every February, the first Saturday before Presidents Day.

Location: Kihei
Celebration of the Arts

Celebration of the Arts

March

Experience the Hawaiian culture through music and dance, and through art, speaker panels, film, and so much more! Celebration of the Arts takes place in Kapalua® each March, and is a "must do" while staying on Maui. This event was rated the "number one cultural event," by Modern Luxury Hawaii Magazine.

Location: Kapalua

Maui Obon Season & Festivals

May-August

During the months of May through August, the Buddhist temples on Maui host a number of Obon Festivals. These festivals are welcome to the public, and honor those that are deceased.

Traditional Buddhist dancing, drumming, gorgeous flickering lanterns, kimonos and fabulous food, are all part of this traditional and spiritual event.

Location: Various Locations
Kapalua® Wine and Food Festival

Kapalua® Wine and Food Festival

June

As the longest running wine and food festival event in the US, The Kapalua® Wine and Food Festival showcases world-class treasures from the island of Maui, and some of the most exquisite wine found from all over the world. Do not miss out on this opportunity to enjoy fabulous food and wine, cooking demonstrations, seminars and incredible live music! Event takes place every June.

Location: Kapalua

King Kamehameha Day

June 11

King Kamehameha Day honors one of Hawaii`s greatest and most beloved kings, King Kamehameha. King Kamehameha is celebrated in Hawaii for uniting the Hawaiian Islands.

Do not miss the King Kamehameha Day Parade, held in Lahaina on Front Street. This beautiful parade honors all the islands and features beautiful floats, hula dancers, live music and more.

We highly recommend attending the parade. It is a wonderful way to learn more about our state`s history and traditions.

Location: Front Street, Lahaina
Maui Film Festival

Maui Film Festival

June

The Maui Film Festival is hailed as one of the top film festivals in the world. Held every year at The Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and outside in the Wailea Resort, the Maui Film Festival features five days and nights of movie premiers, award ceremonies, director panels, galas and some of the top names in cinema.

Those that attend look forward to their screenings under the stars, where you can sit on the grass or on lawn chairs and watch movie premiers on a 50-foot screen.

The Maui Film Festival is an exciting event, held in a relaxed and casual environment that only Maui can provide.

Location: Wailea

Makawao Rodeo and Parade

July

The Makawao Rodeo and Parade is held every year in the early days of July. The event kicks off with an exciting parade that threads its way through historic Makawao Town. Parade watchers can see Maui`s Paniolos (cowboys) on horseback, as they make their way to the rodeo. The parade also features some of Maui`s beautiful hula dancers, the Mayor of Maui and more.

Once the parade is over, the rodeo begins! Over 350 cowboys and Poniolos from all over the world come out to take a shot in the arena. Watch as they rope and ride their way to the top!

During the evening, enjoy live country music and some wonderful food.

Location: Makawao
Festivals of Aloha

Festivals of Aloha

September-October

The Festivals of Aloha are a beautiful showcase of traditional Hawaiian culture, music and dance. During the weeks of September and early October, you will find different events on the island. Check their website for an updated schedule of when and where to find the Festivals of Aloha.

Lahaina Town Halloween, Front Street

Lahaina Town Halloween, Front Street

October 31, Halloween

There is no other Halloween Party in the world like Halloween on Front Street. Also known as "The Mardi Gras of the Pacific," this fun filled evening is the place to be on Halloween!

Front Street closes down on Halloween, as visitors and locals come out to show off their costumes, to enter costume contests and the keiki parade, or, simply sit and watch the party goers. This Halloween event is not to be missed. It is family friendly in the earlier hours, but later on in the evening some of the more "risque" costumes come out.

We recommend taking a taxi or an Uber, as parking can be difficult.

Location: Front Street, Lahaina
XTERRA World Championships

XTERRA World Championships

October

The XTERRA World Championships brings out some of the best athletes in the world! Held every October at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, this grueling off road triathlon begins with a 1-mile swim from Flemings Beach, a 20-mile mountain bike ride up the West Maui Mountains and a 6.5-mile trail run.

Enter to compete in this premier race, or watch from the side lines as the participants cross the finish line in Kapalua!

Location: Kapalua
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Ritz Carlton

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Ritz Carlton

Late November

There is no other tree lighting ceremony on earth like the one held at The Ritz Carlton in Kapalua®. This dazzling event is a "must do" if you happen to be on the island. The event kicks off with Christmas songs performed live by some of Hawaii`s famous artists, hula dancing, free cookies and hot chocolate and more. Once it gets dark, the star of the night arrives as Santa makes his grand entrance. Each year Santa discovers a new way to mark his arrival. One year he even sky-dived in!

Once Santa has arrived, the countdown begins and the Christmas tree is lit, along with thousands of sparkling white lights on the palm trees and the grounds. It is a splendid holiday sight!

If you cannot make it to the tree lighting ceremony, come down to The Ritz Carlton at night, grab a hot drink and relax on the balcony of the lobby. It is truly magical!

Location: Kapalua
Sugar Cane Train Holiday Express

Sugar Cane Train Holiday Express

Late November- December

Start a new holiday tradition and ride The Holiday Express for a magical event you will not forget! During the months of November to December, the Sugar Cane Train transforms into a festive holiday train of twinkling lights. Join Santa for a ride along the rails as you sing Christmas carols, enjoy cookies and milk and even get a chance to experience Maui "snow"! Kids get a free toy from Santa himself! The ride lasts 45 minutes and departs from the Pu`ukolii Station.

Location: Lahaina
Phone: 1-808-667-6851

Lighting of the Banyan Tree

Early December

There is no better way to kick off the holidays then by attending the annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree in Lahaina Town. Join the community as our island`s historic tree is illuminated by thousands of twinkling colorful lights. The event also features live music, entertainment, artists and more.

Location: Lahaina