If you’re looking for reasons to come to Maui why not choose this island destination to celebrate an event, milestone, share a special occasion or go to one of these top attractions. Maui is one of the world’s most well known places to explore the sights, sounds and flavors that make up this Aloha State.
With Maui’s natural beauty and backdrop this tropical paradise is among the top reasons travelers who are interested in film, music, art, culture and food will be pleased to find several annual events that cater to their interests, beyond the, picturesque beaches, cascading waterfalls, abundant hiking, endless surfing, and array of outdoor activities available.
Celebrate one of Maui’s favorite attractions and make one of these events a must do on your next vacation!
1) WORLD WHALE DAY
Whale Day has been one of Maui’s most popular events for 35 years. Voted “Best Community Festival” by the readers of Maui Time Week this all-day celebration honors the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter and raises awareness to protect these majestic animals and their vital ocean habitat. A must do during peak whale season!
2) MAUI’S AGRICULTURAL FESTIVAL
On the first Saturday in April, Maui County Farm Bureau along with the farmers, ranchers and agricultural allies present the annual Maui County Agricultural Festival to share agriculture’s vital role in the economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui. Held on the lū‘au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū, this is Maui’s prime event to raise awareness about local agriculture on Maui.
Taste local fresh flavors and have fun. Hosted by Maui County Farm Bureau in partnership with Office of Economic Development, and supported by generous sponsors, the festival provides the one-stop experience of the wondrous impact of agriculture in the day-to-day life.
3) EAST MAUI TARO FESTIVAL
An annual event held in Hana, Maui, Hawaii each spring, focusing on kalo or taro, Hawaii’s traditional staple food that celebrates the restoration of Hawaiian culture. All‑day festival features local musicians, hula halau, 20 food booths, each featuring a kalo dish, Arts & Crafts, Info Tent and the Ag Tent with a popular Farmers Market; hands‑on poi‑pounding is a highlight for visitors and locals alike.
4) MAUI FILM FESTIVAL
A multi day event filled of incredible films underneath the stars in Wailea and indoors at Maui’s Community Cultural Center. True to it’s intent, the Maui Film Festival stands out like no other film festival in the world. While Cannes, Sundance and Berlin bring extravagance, the Maui Film Festival delivers purity of the art in a casual setting with an understated elegance and an Aloha charisma unique to Maui.
5) KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY
Kamehameha Day was established by royal decree on December 22, 1871 by King Kamehameha V as a national holiday. Kamehameha Day was created to honor the memory of Kamehameha, the king’s great grandfather, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king. Today the Festival continues to pay tribute to Kamehameha and acts to protect, preserve, and perpetuate, the Hawaiian culture. The Festival features traditional Hawaiian dance, music, chant, practices, arts, and crafts that are enjoyed by thousands of island residents and visitors from around the world.
6) MAUI OBON FESTIVAL
This centuries-old Buddhist tradition finds new life every summer here in the islands. June marks the opening of Maui’s obon season, when typically quiet Buddhist temples welcome a flurry of revelers.
At its core, obon is a time to honor the deceased. Graves are cleaned and prayers are said — but it is not a somber occasion. The Technicolor festival is marked by vibrant kimono, bright lanterns, and booming taiko drums that awaken and welcome ancestors back to this world. Bring the whole family for an evening of culture and fun!
7) KAPALUA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
The longest running food and wine event in the USA, this celebration of epicurean excellence combines the finest in food and wine while embracing all things Hawaiian – notably – the fabulous culinary bounty on Maui, and here at the world-renowned Kapalua Resort. This celebration of epicurean excellence will convene the finest in food and wine and embrace all things Hawaiian – notably – the fabulous culinary bounty on Maui.
8) FESTIVAL OF ALOHA
Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style honors and celebrates the pageantry, parades, street parties, concerts and family activities that span the islands of Maui Nui, including special festivities in Hana. Maui Nui hosts various events throughout September and October, all of which are open to the public. Enjoy another fantastic event that represents the islands!
9) LAHAINA HALLOWEEN
Lahaina is famous for having the biggest Halloween celebration in Hawaii. Each year Lahaina’s Front Street festivities become bigger and bigger and much more involved. Costumes become more creative and parties from restaurants to boat adventures all chime in on the fun! Come see why Lahaina Halloween is so popular for all ages.
10) MADE IN MAUI
Each year, amazing businesses showcase the wide variety of products available and the breadth of talent in Maui County. Join us for the 2nd Annual Made In Maui County Festival showcasing a wide variety of Hawaii valued-added products, including foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashions, gifts, and collectibles – ALL in one location. Enjoy a full day of shopping along with entertainment, food trucks and more! Come see why Maui County is no ka oi (the best)!
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