Maui Popular Events

Here on Maui we are blessed with rich and varied cultures that bring with them their traditional celebrations. And as is also typical of Maui, new traditions are being formed all the time as cultures blend, and the creative genius expresses itself. So much so that it's hard to keep up with all the happenings these days.... so much going on there's hardly any time for the beach!

Here is a list of my faves, and ones that I think would be of special interest to visitors... for a full spectrum see this comprehensive list.

JANUARY
First Light screenings continue (see November's listings)

FEBRUARY
Chinese New Year celebrations all over Maui - See what Wikipedia has to say about the Lunar new Year - Chinese style

This spectacular event happens every day at the top of Haleakala Crater - 10,023 feet up - Rise early and bring WARM clothes!

"Lei Pikake" by Hapa

MARCH
Art Maui - A prestigious juried show - see a selection from the 2010 entries
Haiku Ho'olaulea Flower Festival - some pics from the 2008 festival

APRIL
Art of Trash - Usually held close to Earth Day
East Maui Taro Festival legend of the logo - Celebrating taro and the Hawai'ian culture in the last Hawai'ian place... Hana, Maui

MAY
May Day is Lei Day in Hawai'i - Jason Mraz sings it in Maui concert
My Mama Monologues has taken off in Maui, now includes Colorado and Canada, and includes Mamas anywhere!

JUNE
Maui Film Festival - Maui is being put on the international cinematic map with this fabulous event, featuring big stars and neophytes alike. Enter your film!
Paia Fest - Check out the happenings of the First Annual Paia Fest in 2009... an all-day-into-the-night funtravaganza!
Obon Festival and Dances

JULY
Fourth of July Parade in Makawao - Watch a video of the 2007 parade
King Kamehameha Day Parade

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER
Maui County Fair
Halloween in Paia - THE place to be on Halloween. (Editor's note: Please keep the vibe positive and clean... if ya know what I mean, Jelly-bean ;)

NOVEMBER
First Light - Academy screenings on Maui at Maui's Movie Palace (Maui Arts and Cultural Center's Castle Theatre) with live music, wining, dining, and flirting at the Candlelight Cafe.

DECEMBER
First Light screenings continue (see November's listings)
Upcountry Christmas Fair
Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele

Ongoing Events
Farmers Markets
Movies at the Mac
Cafe Attitude in Kipahulu
First Fridays in Wailuku
Maui Slam at Casanova's Restaurant - last Thursday