Maui Insider

SPRING 2013   Brought to you by the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau

IN THIS ISSUE

Guide to Maui Food Trucks

Stories from the Past: Maui’s Historical Museums

Maui Nui Special Events

Q & A About Visiting Maui

Chef’s Corner

My Favorite Maui Moment

Events Calendar

Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
Indulge your spirit of exploration this spring

Indulge your spirit of exploration this spring

Maui Nui (Maui County) rewards explorers from all over the world with hidden waterfalls, underwater panoramas and gorgeous stretches of sandy beaches. But as we show you in this issue, there is much more to discover here. Sample the the delicious cuisine from our food trucks combining eastern and western flavors while using locally grown produce. Experience Maui Nui's fascinating history and enjoy our local festivals. We’ll even share a recipe that will let you take the taste and flavors of the Islands home with you. Enjoy.

 

Guide to Maui Food Trucks

   

Guide to Maui Food TrucksHunt for your next meal by tracking down any number of the island’s licensed food trucks. From fish tacos to Korean tacos to tako poke, Maui street food is turning into a vibrant dining scene all it’s own. Here are a few tips on what’s out there and how to find the Maui trucks.

The food truck craze boomed with the help of social media. While some find the scavenger hunt part of the fun, no one wants to travel a long way only to discover the reward they’re seeking is not there. Stay in touch using social media like Facebook and Twitter. Most established mobile food trucks, like Da Puerto Rican Food Truck and Gogi Korean Taco post their locations and menus specials daily, and even keep folks updated as items get 86’d (run out) for the day.

No need to second guess where some food trucks will be, they have a fixed location. Where there’s hungry people in need of some good grab and go meals on Maui, you’ll most likely now find a food truck, sometimes more than one! Whether tucked in and industrial complex like My Office or out near the end of the road like Big Beach BBQ at Makena State Beach Park, or at the harbor behind the University of Maui these trucks have found their niche.

Often many food trucks gather to participate in community events like Maui’s Friday night town parties or the Maui Swap Meet. Take the opportunity to graze food new and different food trucks like Sumo Dogs or Kona Ice without having to canvas the island.

And lastly, thanks to a devoted team with big hearts for small business (and undoubtedly big appetites), the Maui street food scene is being tracked in one spot: Food Trucks On Maui. They’re on Facebook and Twitter (@FoodTrucksMaui).

Happy Eating!

   

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Stories from the Past: Maui’s Historical Museums

   
Maui’s Historical Museums

Anyone who loves Maui will appreciate scratching the surface of history to reveal the stories that have shaped the island. A leisurely history lesson at any of these museums reveals fascinating tales and practical insights alike. Through their exhibits, the island’s rich heritage is interpreted era by era, from pre-contact Hawaii through to the height of the plantation days.

The Bailey House Museum, a historic missionary home built in 1833, features the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts on display in Maui. Also in residence is a collection of missionary artifacts and paintings by Edward Bailey, the museum’s namesake who was a teacher, historian, and accomplished artist. Among the prized possessions at the Bailey House are a beautiful 100 year-old canoe and a surfboard that belonged to legendary waterman Duke Kahanamoku. Perhaps equally as impressive is the quiet power felt on the museum’s storied grounds. Charming and beautifully maintained, the area was once the royal compound of Kahekili, Maui’s last ruling chief. In missionary times, before becoming the private home of the Bailey family, it was a seminary for young girls. The house reopened as a museum in 1957 and is operated by the Maui Historic Society. It is open to the public for exploration six days a week. Admission charged.
Bailey House Museum, phone: (808) 244-3326, 2375A Main Street, Wailuku, HI 96793

Slip off the hustle of Front Street and step back into the missionary era of the early 1800s by strolling through the beautifully restored Baldwin Home at the corner of Dickenson Street. Built for the Reverend Dwight Baldwin and his wife Charlotte in 1834, the building’s sturdy hand-hewn logs and thick coral and stone walls are a metaphor for Baldwin’s stature and importance within the community as a reverend, physician, and committed educator. Baldwin was a pastor at old Wainee Church and helped establish Lahainaluna High School. The museum appears as a snapshot in time complete with period photos, a fully set dining room table, and books propped by reading chairs. Exhibits from the era help the imagination envision a Lahaina of long ago. Maintained by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the Baldwin House is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission charged, candlelight tours on Friday nights.
Baldwin House, phone:(808) 661-5992, 120 Dickenson Street, Lahaina, HI 96761

A-whaling we will go. In the mid-1800s Lahaina was a bustling and raucous whaling town, for seaman it must have been a dream—a beautiful island port with access to whale-laden waters. While our relationship with these gentle leviathans has evolved, the historical thumbprint of the era has left its mark in the islands. The Whalers Village Museum in Kaanapali captures the essence of the era with exhibits demonstrating the cramped quarters of ship life, the treacherous hunts, and one of the world’s largest scale models of a whaling ship. Also on exhibit is a prized collection of scrimshaw, an art form that etches intricate scenes into whale teeth and bone. The whales as we see them today, our much-anticipated annual winter visitors from Alaska, are given their own exhibit with an onsite NOAA volunteer to answer questions. Whalers Village Museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, admission is charged. Humpback Whale Talks are available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 am and 2 pm free of charge.
Whalers Village Museum, phone: (808) 661-3262, 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761

By the late 1800s, Maui was undergoing a booming plantation era fueled by the thriving sugar crop. Industry leaders Alexander & Baldwin Inc. lead the charge, revolutionizing farming practices, bringing in waves of immigrant field workers and constructing a multitude of new plantation towns around the island. The affects of this era are reflected in the cultural melting pot of modern Hawaii. The history of sugar is told in detail at Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum located directly across from the company’s last remaining sugar mill in the State. The museum’s historic house dates back to 1902, a time when now quiet Puunene was a thriving town center. The old plantation manager’s home has been transformed into six exhibit rooms with a charming gift shop in the kitchen. Exhibits explore themes of geography and weather patterns, water, which was arduously brought in from across the island, multi-ethnic plantation camp life, fieldwork, and the mechanical workings of the mill. Outside, retired heavy machinery and specialty equipment is on display. The Sugar Museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Admission charged.
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, phone: (808) 871-8058, 3957 Hansen Road, Puunene, HI 96732

   
 

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Maui Nui Special Events: August-December

   

August Events

Kaanapali Fresh – Maui
Kaanapali Fresh Kaanapali Beach Resort
The entire resort comes together to host this new three-day culinary fete, including a signature food and wine event, a progressive dinner, agricultural tours, farmers markets, beach activities, rock concerts and more—beachfront and under the sun in true Kaanapali fashion. For more information, please go to www.kaanapalifresh.com


September Events

Festivals of Aloha – Maui & Lanai
This statewide celebration of Hawaiian culture is a two-month long occasion in Maui County. Multiple events on multiple islands encompass parades and hoolaulea, cultural demonstrations and a falsetto contest on Maui. Each year the Festivals of Aloha adopt a different theme in celebration of Hawaii’s rich and vibrant cultural traditions. For more information, please go to www.festivalsofaloha.com

October Events

Festivals of Aloha
Molokai
The Molokai community comes together in celebration of the Festivals of Aloha and their Royal Court. Delicious Hawaiian-style food, games, dance and memorable entertainment top off the festivities. Highlights include the kupuna show, parade through Kaunakakai town. For more information, please go to www.festivalsofaloha.com

Lahaina Plantation Days – Maui
Pioneer Mill Smokestack
A nod to Lahaina’s sugar cane plantation past, this three day festival hosted by Lahaina Restoration Society brings the community together for food tastings from renowned west side restaurants, live music and entertainment, family activities, and historical displays and exhibits. For more information, please go to www.lahainarestoration.org/plantationdays

Halloween on Front Street – Maui
Lahaina Town
Ghouls and gawkers have flocked to Front Street for decades to celebrate Halloween. Crowds come in the thousands for the annual keiki parade and costume contests presented by Lahaina Town Action Committee. Most often vehicular traffic is blocked and a street festival ensues with live music on multiple stages and, arguably, the best people watching of the year. For more information, please go to www.visitlahaina.com/events_calendar.html

Maui County Fair - Maui
War Memorial Complex, Wailuku
Maui County Fair kicks-off with an old-fashion parade and follows with a weekend-worth of rides, entertainment, food and craft vendors, agricultural displays and much more! Paid admission. For more information, please go to www.mauifair.com

November Events

Hula O Na Keiki – Maui
Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Lahaina
This long-running children’s hula competition celebrated it’s 20th anniversary last year. Kids, ages 5 to 17, are judged on their dance, chant, and interview capabilities over the course of the weekend, which is filled with traditional Hawaiian arts, crafts and music. Contact Info: 1-800-262-8450, www.kbhmaui.com. For more information, please go to www.hawaiiculture.com

December Events

Na Mele O Maui - Maui
From kindergarten to 12th grade, hundreds compete in this student song competition. A festival that continues to perpetuate Hawaii's unique culture and heritage, there is no better showcase for the impressive talent of Maui’s youth voices. Hosted by Kaanapali Beach Resort, Na Mele O Maui is held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. For more information, please go to www.kaanapaliresort.com/2013/03/14/40th-annual-na-mele-o-maui-song-art-competition/

Christmas Parade of Lights & Ho‘olaule‘a – Molokai
Kaunakakai Town
This truly Hawaiian-style Christmas celebration includes a visit from Santa and an “only on Molokai” parade of quirky floats (you may never see a fishing boat adorned with so many Christmas lights again!) and marching units. Family-friendly festivities follow with live entertainment and contests for the best tree decoration, holiday dessert, homemade ornament, and more. For more information, please go to www.molokaiislandfoundation.org/calendar.html

Wailea Wine and Food Festival –Maui
The second annual Wailea Wine and Food Festival will showcase Wailea’s Resort chefs and their award winning cuisine. It will also feature Maui’s rich bounty of ranch, ocean and farm fresh products, along with exceptional wines, and educational culinary and wine encounters led by world renowned Master Sommeliers and more. For a event schedule and more details go www.waileawineandfoodfestival.com

   

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Insider Q&A

   

Aloha Maui Insider,

After reading the information on the official Maui website: VisitMaui.com, we have some questions about Maui special events. Is possible to talk to someone from the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau?
Best Regards, Ralph and Sally, Seattle

Aloha Ralph and Sally,
We will be at the shows listed below, please feel free to come by our booth and ask whatever you want about Maui.

• June 1-2, Sunset Celebration, held on the Menlo Park campus of Sunset Magazine in California
• September 8, Aloha Festival, Space Needle, Seattle
• November 1-2 Dallas Travel and Adventure show, Dallas Convention Center

If you cannot come to any of these shows you can always contact our Call Center staff at 800 525 MAUI (6284). They are available 24/7 to answer your any of your questions about Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Best Regards,
The Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau

Dear Maui Insider,

When is whale watching season?
Sincerely, Kirk and Laura, Portland

Aloha Kirk and Laura, The official whale-watching season is December 15th through May 15th. During that time no motorized boats are allowed off Kaanapali Beach area as they might disturb the whales. However, the whales often start to arrive in Maui’s warm waters as early as November and the peak of the season is generally thought to be January through March. If you are not able to visit during whale watching season you can learn about our largest visit at the Maui Ocean Center and the Hawaiian aquarium details at www.mauioceancenter.com.

Aloha Maui Insider,

Do you know of any new mysteries written about the island of Maui?
Yours truly, Sherlock, Fresno, CA

Aloha Sherlock,
Lahaina resident and mystery writer, Barbara Sharp has just come out with the 8th title in her series of mysteries about Lahaina and, its called “The Seawall’. Her first book is called The Last Smythe and you might want to start the series by reading it. She is a history researcher who will take you from Lahaina all around the island in the course of her mystery series.

The Visitor Center Gift Shop - in the Old Lahaina Courthouse
The Baldwin House Museum - on Front Street
Village Gallery Gifts - in the Master's Reading Room on Front Street

They are also available online at www.lahainamysteries.com

Best Regards,
The Maui Visitors Bureau

P.S., A reliable source let us know that the 9th book in series will be out in about two months.

   

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Chef's Corner

   
Pineapple Grill Brussels sprouts

The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival in June will give all of us chance to try the wonderful cuisine of the Kapalua resort chefs as well as visiting chefs such as Celebrity Chef Michele Mazza of Il Mulino/NYC . If you are not able to attend or you cannot wait for June to taste some amazing dishes from the Kapalua resort chefs, you can try the recipe below now. Graciously provided by Chef Isaac Bancaco from Kapalua Resort’s Pineapple Grill who will be featured at the festival. Please note you can substitute pancetta for the Pipi Kaula (which is locally produced dried beef). If you cannot find the Eel sauce we have provided a recipe so that you can make your own substitute sauce, no eels involved! You may be able to find the sweet and salty Japanese Eel sauce at a market that specializes in Asian ingredients.

Pineapple Grill Brussels sprouts

Serves: 4, Prep time: 20 minutes
Brussels sprouts, quartered 1lb
Pipi Kaula, 4oz, diced
Red bell peppers, diced, 1C
Chopped Parsley, 1T
Kabayaki (eel sauce), .5C
Rice wine vinegar, 2T
Truffle oil, 1T

Pre-heat your deep fat fryer to 375 degrees. In a small mixing bowl combine kabayaki, rice wine vinegar, truffle oil. Deep fry quartered Brussels sprouts and pipi kaula simultaneously until crispy (about 30 seconds), remove from fryer and place on dry paper towels to drain excess oil. While hot, place in a mixing bowl, drizzle vinaigrette, add bell peppers, parsley and toss. Serve as desired.

Homemade “Eel” Sauce

1 ½ cups Sake (dry rice wine)
1 ½ cups Mirin (sweet rice wine)
1 ½ cups Soy Sauce
1 ½ cups Sugar

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring the ingredients to a boil, and then reduce the sauce to a simmer. Simmer the sauce until reduced to ½ cup or syrupy.

   

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My Favorite Maui Moment

   
My Favorite Maui Moment

I had the good fortune to visit the Maui Ocean Center and Aquarium in December. I arrived just in time to hear the staff Ocean Naturalist talk about the Sharks, Rays and the other sea creatures in the Hawaiian Aquarium’s 750,000-gallon salt-water tank. Santa and his elf were busy the feeding fish and Rays, when the Spotted Eagle Ray decided to come in close for a look a those of us near the glass window of the tank!

Share your favorite Maui moment or memory with Maui Insider E-newsletter readers. Please email us with your written description and photo (optional) to lynn@mauivb.com and include your name, address and phone number. (Only your initials will be printed, not your full name, in order to protect your privacy). If we reprint your story, you'll receive a gift of thanks from the Magic Isles.

   

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Calendar of Events

   

March Events

Hoomau 2013
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Wailuku
March 23
Hoomau is an annual fundraiser that supports Punana Leo o Maui Hawaiian Immersion preschool. This is the 26th annual event featuring local entertainment, wonderful crafters and demonstrations, live & silent auction, keiki zone, food booths, activities, and fun for the entire family. For more information and to purchase an entrance ticket, please go to www.hoomau.com or www.mnbg.org

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina March 28
March 28
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 www.lahainarestoration.org

Celebration Of The Arts Festival
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
March 28 - 30
The 21th annual Celebration of the Arts this year event 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 www.celebrationofthearts.org or www.kapalua.com

April Events

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
April 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

Maui County Agricultural Festival
Maui Tropical Plantation, Waikapu
April 6
6th annual Maui County Agricultural Festival is an event to raise awareness about Maui’s agriculture and it’s vital role in the economy, environment and lifestyle of Maui. For festival highlights visit www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
April 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

Maui Botanical Gardens’ Earth Day Celebration
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Wailuku
April 13
This annual event is free to the public highlights the preservation of native Hawaiian resources and culture. There will be earth friendly booths, games, cultural demonstrations, food and entertainment. Some native Hawaiian plants will be on sale. From 10am to 3pm, for more information, go to www.mnbg.org

Hoomau Concert
Lanikeha Center in Hoolehua, Molokai
April 13
This is a Hawaiian Educational Hoolaulea (Festival) to benefit Punana le 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 www.molokaievents.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
April 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

The Molokai Earth Day Celebration
Mitchell Pauole Center, Kaunakakai, Molokai
April 19
Since 1995 the Nature Conservancy has sponsored the Annual Earth Day celebration on Molokai. Enjoy entertainment, demonstrations, food and Hawaiian games from 5pm to 9pm. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/MolokaiVisitorsAssociation/events

East-Maui Taro Festival
Hana Baseball Park, Hana
April 20
Celebrate Hawaiian culture with taro as the staple and symbol, at this year’s 21st annual cultural event. Saturday features an all-day celebration at Hana Ballpark with hula, and cultural demonstrations, Hawaiian music, arts and crafts, a farmers’ market and food booths with taro dishes. On Sunday, enjoy a taro pancake breakfast and guided excursions to Kahanu Gardens and Heiau and Kapahu Living Taro Farm. For more information, go to www.tarofestival.org

Haiku Hoolaulea & Flower Festival
Haiku Community Center, Haiku
April 20-21
20th 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 www.haikuhoolaulea.org or www.calendarmaui.com

Banyan Tree Birthday Party
Lahaina Town
April 20-21
Honoring the 140th birthday of Lahaina’s famous landmark, The Banyan Tree was planted on April 24, 1873. For more information, go to www.visitlahaina.com

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
April 26
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great food choices for everyone. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

The Brothers Cazimero Lei Day Celebration
Maui Arts & Cultural Center Kahului
April 27
The Brothers Cazimero annual tradition of performing a “May Day-Lei Day” concert lives on. At the Castle Theater. For more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org

May Events

Ka Hula Piko Hula Festival Celebration of Hula
Mitchell Pauole Community Center, Kaunakakai, Moloka’i
May 2-4
A celebration of the birth of hula, this cultural festival offers a variety of traditional dances and musical entertainment, lectures, Hawaiian food and hand made crafts by the people of Moloka’i. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/MolokaiVisitorsAssociation/events

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
May 3
Historic Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun the first Friday of each month. Come for this special night, when Market Street is traffic free so everyone can enjoy the complimentary entertainment, delicious dishes, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from local merchants. For up-to-date details, please visit http://mauifridays.com/wailuku

Maui Onion Festival
Whalers Village, Kaanapali Resort
May 4
24th annual festival is an event promoting the world-famous Maui Kula Onion. This event features chef demonstrations, recipe contest, beer garden, live entertainment, food booths and special retailer offers. For more information, go to www.whalersvillage.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
May 10
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more than 40 art galleries and unique restaurants. Many historical and cultural treasures still exist in Lahaina for you to discover. We invite you to celebrate on Front Street and in the charming side streets of Lahaina every second Friday. You can also enjoy special discounts from Lahaina’s merchants and restaurants. For complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to mauifridays.com/lahaina

Maui Matsuri – A Japanese Festival
University of Hawaii Maui, Kahului
May 11
This annual festival celebrates Japanese culture on Maui. This two-day event features a movie night, contests, food and craft booths, cultural exhibits, keiki activities, live entertainment and demonstrations on the Great Lawn. For more information, go to www.mauimatsuri.com

Seabury Hall Craft Fair
Seabury Hall Campus, Makawao
May 11
40th annual Seabury Hall craft fair will feature over 100 crafter booths. Enjoy delicious food, island entertainment, fresh produce, cut flowers, children’s games, a huge rummage sale, and special items at the silent auction table. For more information, go to www.seaburyhall.org

OluKai Hoolaulea “The Maliko Downwind Run”
Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului
May 11-12
5th 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 and OC1 paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run, winner will receive a $15,000 prize purse. For more information, go to www.olukai.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
May 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

Maui Brewers Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
May 18
This year’s annual fundraiser showcases the best in craft beers made in Hawaii and beyond. Enjoy a leisurely day of tasting beers from two-dozen craft breweries, sampling appetizers from Maui’s popular restaurants and live entertainment with local bands. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org

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

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
May 30
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 www.lahainarestoration.org

June Events

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
June 7
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

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
Kapalua Resort
June 6 - 9
This year marks the 31st anniversary for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Events include the Grand Tasting, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs and a Seafood Festival. For more information, go to www.kapalua.com

South Maui Triathlon
Wailea Resort, Wailea
June 9
This Olympic distance triathlon features a 1.5K swim course, 40K bike course and 10K run course. Registration is available online. For more information, please go to www.southmauitriathlon.com

Maui Film Festival
Wailea Resort, Wailea & Kahului
June 12-16
Hawaiian culture meets the big screen at this annual film industry event in Wailea Resort. Film premiers are set up outdoors in Wailea and indoors at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. For more information, go to www.mauifilmfestival.com

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
June 14
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

Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau Parade & Hoolaulea
Front Street, Lahaina Town, Lahaina
June 15
The Hoolaulea opens at 9:00am and a colorful pau parade will begin at 9:45am. The pau parade will commence from Kenui Street down Front Street and end at Shaw Street. Free admission. For more information, go to www.visitlahaina.com

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
June 21
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community makes Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to spend the third Friday of each month. You will be delighted with a host of special discounts and mini-parties in the shops around town and unique activities for the whole family. Come join us on the third Friday of every month to celebrate. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/makawao

The Lanai Ukulele Festival
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai
June 21
The Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, in partnership with the Lanai community, HawaiiOnTV and Jazz Alley TV presents the Lanai Ukulele Festival. Enjoy island sounds, hula and food. For more information, please go to www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsResortsLanai/events

Ki Hoalu Guitar Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Amphitheater & Pavilion, Kahului
June 23
21st annual, free Hawaiian slack key festival featuring an all-star line up of Hawaii’s best slack key guitar musicians and recording artists. For more information, please go to www.mauiarts.org

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
June 27
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 www.lahainarestoration.org

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
June 28
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great food choices for everyone. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

July Events

Wailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
July 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

Lanai’s Annual Pineapple Festival
Dole Park, Lanai City
July 6
The Pineapple Festival celebrates and commemorates Lanai’s pineapple plantation and ranch history. Everyone will enjoy local foods, crafts and kids’ game booths. A pineapple cutting demo and pineapple cooking contests are featured. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/visitlanai

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
July 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

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
July 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

TriLanai 3Hills Ultramarathon
Lanai City, Lanai
July 19
TriLanai 3Hills offers Ultramarathoners, Road Cyclists, and Running Relay Teams the opportunity to traverse nearly every paved road on Lanai – twice! 3Hills starts and ends at Hulopoe Beach Park, includes sweeping views of the Lanai’s Palawai Basin as well as Molokai and Maui on the way toward Keomoku. The final hill of the three hills provides views of the cliffs of Lanai, and ends with food and refreshments at the beach party for athletes. For more information, go to www.trilanai.com

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
July 25
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 www.lahainarestoration.org

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
July 26
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great food choices for everyone. For up-to-date details, please visit mauifridays.com/kihei

Sesame Street Live
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theatre, Kahului
July 26-28
Enjoy Sesame Street Live nonstop singing, dancing musical fun for the entire family. For more information, go to www.mauiarts.org

Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championships
Kepuhi Beach (Kaluakoi), Molokai to Maunalua Bay Beach Park, Oahu
July 28
An international field of more than 200 paddlers race to take on the 32-mile course across the rough Kaiwi Channel. This event is considered to be the world championship of long distance paddleboard racing. For more information, go to www.molokai2oahu.com or www.facebook.com/MolokaiVisitorsAssociation/events

   

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