If you are the type of person who really likes to dive deeply into the culture of the unique places you visit, then the best time to come to Maui is September. Not only will you enjoy some of the best weather our island has to offer, but this is the month we also celebrate the Festivals of Aloha. These festivities take place across the entire island (and on Lana’I and Molokai’) and celebrate the culture and traditions of Hawaii. It is an amazing opportunity for you to observe and enjoy our music, dancing, food, folklore, and our amazing people!
It Starts with First Friday Festivals
The Festivals of Aloha kick off in Maui during the Wailuku First Friday Festivals. In 2016, this event will take place on Friday, September 2nd along Market Street in Wailuka from 6 pm – 9 pm. Get ready to see talented Hawaiian musicians, taste amazing Hawaiian food, and try your hand at making some of our traditional crafts.
Other Events During the Festivals of Aloha
If you won’t be arriving early enough in the month to help us kick off the Festivals of Aloha, don’t worry. There are plenty more festivities for you to join. For example, on September 17th and 18th, the Historic Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina will be hosting an event all day long and there will be lots of others. Many of these celebrations are free for the public and offer kid-friendly entertainment.
In the past, these events have featured beautiful hula dancers, amazing athletic performances, talent contests, town parades, fishing tournaments, outdoor movies, and even an annual falsetto singing competition, which dates back to a time when women were forbidden to sing. No matter which events you attend, you can be sure to find lots great activities for the whole family, along with food vendors selling traditional snacks, meals, and drinks that you will love
The Festivals of Aloha are perhaps the best way to learn about and celebrate Hawaiian culture with the citizens of Maui. If you are booking your Maui stay through Ali’i Resorts, we can help you find out what events are happening near your lodgings during your time on our island.