As if a vacation in Maui wasn’t fun enough, the Island has festivals and fairs throughout the year that showcase indigenous foods, music and culture. On different parts of Maui, particularly Lahaina and Kaanapali, there are also free block parties and concerts in the park that entertain tourists and locals alike. The monthly Hawaiian Music Series is held in Lahaina Town on the lawn of the Baldwin Home Museum the last Thursday of every month. Second Fridays takes place on Front Street and is a block party that includes local artisans and musicians as well as special offers from retailers.
One of the most well-known festivals on the Island is the Maui Onion Festival. The Maui Onion differs from other onions because of its sweet aromatic taste. Everywhere you go, from the fanciest of restaurants to the neighborhood joint, you will find dishes made with the infamous Maui Onion. Summertime in Maui, means the Maui Onion Festival; thousands of people attend and the day is filled with music, recipe contest with participating local chefs and an onion eating contest. The festival started in 1990 and is held at Whalers Village in Lahaina. This year however, the mall is undergoing renovations and the festival will be put on hold until 2016.
2015 Celebration of the Arts will run from Friday, May 8th until Sunday, May 10th. Held at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, enjoy an entire weekend of Hawaiian traditional visual art, jewelry, food, film, and lectures on sustainable Island living. Some highlights will include an exercise class based on the cross fit of a Hawaiian warrior, the Celebration luau and concert and the culmination of the festival with a Mother’s Day Brunch.
The 34th Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is a 4-day event taking place from Thursday, June 11th through Sunday, June 14th at the Kapalua Resort, 15 minutes north of Kaanapali. The festival began in 1981 as a homage to fine wine and local culinary products. This year’s program will include wine seminars and tastings for the local wine industry, Willamette Valley, women in wine, Zinfindel and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as West Coast Game Changing wines and wines made by Pro-athletes. Join celebrity chefs Charlie Palmer and Michael Mina in cooking demonstrations as they pair with noted wine makers and sommeliers for an interactive lunch experience. The festival begins with a welcome reception and commences with a Seafood Festival and also includes a Grand Tasting event.
Maui festivals are sure to please the music, art or food lover and will no doubt include an enjoyable lesson on the history of culture of the Islands. As laid back as Maui is, the Island is also vibrant and there is always something fun to do. Visit our events calendar and destination guide before your holiday to Kaanapali Alii; our onsite concierge can assist you in your vacation itinerary before and during your stay.