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Maui Events

You may come to West Maui to relax, play and dine, but you’ll want to check-out the Maui special events held throughout the year which will immerse you into the local arts and culture. The events listed may change so we have included a link for you to check directly with the event on accurate dates and times.


January 4 – 7, 2024PGA Sentry Tournament of Champions

PGA Sentry Tournament of Champions on The Plantation Golf Course in Kapalua, Maui is the opening event of the 2024 PGA Tour Season.


January 27, 2024The Great Whale Count

The Great Whale Count, hosted by the Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui is an annual event to tally and document humpback whale behavior when they return to visit in the winter.



February 1 – 28, 2024Maui Whale Festival

Maui Whale Festival occurs throughout the entire month of February, including a Race for the Whales event, the Great Whale Count, weekly beach cleanups, Whale Tales and the Whale Fest


February 24, 2024The Great Whale Count

The Great Whale Count, hosted by the Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui is an annual event to tally and document humpback whale behavior when the return to visit in the winter.



March 29 – 30, 2024Celebration of the Arts

Celebration of the Arts features native Hawaiian artisans, educators, cultural practitioners and entertainment which culminate in a grand, traditional lu‘au.


March 30, 2024The Great Whale Count

The Great Whale Count, hosted by the Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui is an annual event to tally and document humpback whale behavior when the return to visit in the winter. 



April 20, 2024The East Maui Taro Festival

The East Maui Taro Festival celebrates the towns of Hāna, Kīpahulu, Wailua, Ke‘anae as they share their knowledge and celebrate the significance of kalo through food, farmer’s market, art, culture and entertainment.


April 21, 2024Maui Marathon

The annual Maui Marathon held in Kā‘anapali, are 5 races consisting of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon Relay. Walkers and runners of all ages and abilities can join. 



2024 TBAMaui Brewers Fest

The annual Maui Brewers Fest usually held in May is a fundraising event for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, affectionally called The MACC by the locals.  Multiple food and beer vendors with festive live music


2024 TBAOlukai Ho‘olaulea

While this annual event hasn’t returned since 2019, we’re keeping it on our list that the Olukai Ho‘olaulea will occur in 2024. It’s a race for the world’s elite SUP, OC1 & OC2 paddlers and a day to celebrate with canoe sailing and surfing, Hawaiian games, hula and music.



2024 TBAMaui Ag Fest & 4-H Lifestock Fair

Maui AgFest & 4-H Lifestock Fair highlights Grown on Maui events including a Farmers Market, Grand Taste & Desserts by Maui’s renown chefs and food vendors offering localicious island favorites.



2024 TBAMakawao Rodeo and Stampede

Held the 4th of July weekend, the Makawao Rodeo and Stampede celebrates Maui’s Upcountry cowboy culture with a weekend rodeo, parade, entertainment and chow. Here’s a sample schedule from 2023. 



August 12, 2023Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival

Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival honors “Aunty Emma” who desired to perpetuate hula and the Hawaiian culture. Workshops to learn hula and ukulele will be held along with ‘auana (modern) and kahiko (ancient) hula performances.


August 11 – 12, 2023Lāhainā Hongwanji Mission Obon Festival

The Lāhainā Hongwanji Mission Obon Festival is a much anticipated event in West Maui, honoring deceased ancestors. It’s a Japanese custom that descendants celebrate in Hawaii with food, games and bon dancing


September 16, 2023The Pailolo Challenge

The Pailolo Challenge is a canoe race from the island of Maui to the island of Moloka‘i.  It’s thrilling to see the crews line up and take off from Kapalua’s DT Fleming Beach, and then perhaps stay and enjoy a day at the beach picnicking once they leave.



PostponedMaui Fair

For almost a century the Maui Fair has been the most popular event on Maui.  It’s postponed for 2023, but we’re keeping it on our list for a potential return in 2024.


October 13 – 15, 2023Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is celebrated in Kā‘anapali with a special “Ocean’s 13 Dinner” featuring a 10-course seafood menu and “Livin’ La Vita Vino” featuring a five-course wine-paired, Italian inspired menu.


October 14 – 15, 2023Maui Steel Guitar Festival

Maui Steel Guitar Festival will be held at the Shops at Wailea & Queen Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center with music, workshops and exhibits.


October 31, 2023Halloween on Front Street

Halloween on Front Streets starts under the Lāhainā Banyan Tree in the afternoon with activities and parade for the keiki.  After dark, the adults come out with raucous and outrageous costumes and behavior. 



November 9 – 11, 2023Hula O Na Keiki Competition

Hula O Nā Keiki Hula Competition highlights group and individual hula by children 5 – 17 years old, vying for coveted awards and titles. The 3-day event delves into the kanaka maoli culture including Hawaiian values, language, culture and the art of hula, oli and mele.


November 20 – 22, 2023Maui Jim Maui Invitational NCAA Basketball tournament

The Maui Jim Maui Invitational NCAA Basketball Tournament invites the nation’s top NCAA college basketball teams to Maui.  It’s a thrill to see these teams in action in the intimate setting of the historic Lāhainā Civic Center.



2023 TBALāhainā Banyan Tree lights

Lāhainā Banyan Tree lights up with over 6,000 lights for the holiday season.

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