Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 2016 Maui Events At A Glance

October 2016 Maui Events At A Glance 

Please visit the websites to make sure the event dates, locations and times are still correct. Abbreviations: MACC stands for Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
For a list of ongoing Maui events, which are held monthly, scroll to the bottom.

Saturday, October 1, 10 am. Ukulele Workshop for children and adults. MACC. Free! 

Saturday, October 1. 9 am – 4 pm. St. John’s KulaFestival. This popular upcountry festival includes entertainment, food, plant sale, craft sale, quilt show, silent auction, and fun for the kids. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kula. $1 entry. 

Saturday, October 1. 11am to 3 pm. Sierra Club Maui 40th Anniversary Picnic.
Come celebrate with food, music, environmental heroes award.
canoe hale. Bring potluck deserts or side dishes (main dishes provided), chairs and the whole family. FREE! Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului. 

Saturday, October 1, 7 am – 2 pm. Maui Paddle For A Cure. Non competitive, fun open paddle to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Hyatt Regency, Kaanapali.  

Saturday, October 1, 9:30 am – 12 noon. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes. Women Helping Women’s Annual Men’s March Against Domestic Violence. Men will walk a couple of laps in high heels in protest of domestic violence. $10 entry, fabulous prizes. Whaler’s Village, Ka’anapali.

Sunday, October 2, 1 -6 pm. Maui Ukulele Festival. Enjoy listening to some of Hawaii’s finest ukulele players at this annual festival. MACC, Kahului.  FREE!

Sunday, October 2, 1 -5 pm. Garden Party. Enjoy fine wine and cuisine, live entertainment, artwork and auction. Proceeds benefit Maui Academy of Performing Arts. Yokouchi Estate, Wailuku. $75+

Tuesday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm. Boot Camp with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Have you ever wondered if you should protect your business’s intellectual property, and if so, how? Free all day workshop and one-on-one sessions. Must preregister.  Maui Research and Technology Center, Kihei. FREE!

Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 9. 94th Annual Maui Fair. The premier family and cultural event of September with rides, first-rate entertainment, games, competitions, art and photo exhibits, horticulture and livestock shows, plant sale, chili cook-off, and opening parade. War Memorial Complex, Wailuku.  Tickets: $3 for children 5 – 11, $5 - $7 for 12 and older. Prices subject to change.

Friday, October 7 – Friday, October 14. Fall Sufi Camp. Annual fall gathering of meditation, yoga, seat lodge, dances of universal peace.  Camp Keanae, towards Hana.

Saturday, October 8. 10 am – 2 pm. Help Pull Fireweed out of the Park. Volunteer with Friends of Haleakala National Park to remove invasive fireweed and enjoy a short guided hike afterwards. Entry fee is waived for volunteers. Haleakala.

Saturday, October 8. 10 am – 2 pm. Big Ink Celebration. Volunteer for a community printmaking extravaganza using a large steamroller. Contact the Hui ahead of time to bring your unique carved linoleum or MDF block to make sure it meets the requirements for being printed. Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao.  FREE!

Saturday, October 8. 6 pm – 10 pm. Taste of Upcountry. Delicious “tastes” prepared by local chefs and farmers, drinks, silent and live auctions, contest and music. Benefit for Montessori School of Maui. Makawao. 

Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9. Paddle for Life – Voyage to Lanai 2016 to raise funds for Pacific Cancer Foundation. Paddle with a team to Lanai, enjoy Hawaiian culture, and celebrate the voyage. Lahaina to Lanai.

Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. These dates are for the Maui portion of the festival which takes place on multiple islands. The festival features celebrity chefs, golf events, wine tastings, cooking demos, excursions and special dinners.  Ka’anapali. 

Saturday, October 15. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. La'au Lapa'au. Plant Healing Workshop with a native Hawaiian cultural practitioner. Learn the uses of Hawaiian plants and water for healing. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Kahului.  $25/members, $50/guests (includes 1 year membership).

Saturday, October 15. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival. Celebrate Filipino culture in America and Hawaii with special cooking contests, fashion show, historical exhibits, the infamous speedy balut eating contest, and fun activities for the family. Maui Mall, Kahului.

Saturday, October 15. 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Big Waves, Big Dreams. Private unveiling of art inspired by the “Big Waves, Big Dreams” theme at the epic “Jaws” House, formerly owned by waterman Laird Hamilton. Live music, cuisine, and lush ocean views. Winners of the art contest will be announced. Fundraiser for the Malama Family Recovery Center. Private estate, Haiku.  $125 to attend the gala, $25 to enter the art contest.

Saturday, October 22, 5:00 pm – 11 pm. The Noble Chef. Maui’s premier event supporting culinary education at the Maui Culinary Academy. The Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea. $195+ 

Sunday, October 23, all day, XTERRA World Championship. An elite off-road triathlon for professional and amateur athletes. Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kapalua.

Sunday, October 23, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Fall Harvest Festival. Craft fair, arts and crafts, petting zoo, food trucks, fun for the family. Haku Baldwin Center, Makawao. Free admission, $3 for parking.

Friday, October 28. 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Little Chef Big Chef, a fundraiser for The Boys and Girls Club. Silent and live auctions, cocktail reception, farm to table menu, culinary team competition, and entertainment by Willie K. Yokouchi Estate, Wailuku.  $225

Monday, October 31 – Sunday, November 13. Aloha Classic Windsurfing Competition. Watch and/or volunteer. Hookipa Beach Park, Paia.

Monday, October 31. Noon – midnight. Halloween in Lahaina aka “The Mardi Gras of the Pacific.” Keiki events start at noon at Campbell Park with children’s games, from 4 pm - food booths will be available, costume contest starts at 6:30 pm. Front Street, Lahaina.  FREE!

Monday, October 31. Boochfest. An alternative Halloween festival for the entire family with a kombucha "booch" bar, live music, dancing, and costume contest. Makawao Union Church, Makawao. $20, free for kids under 10 .


Friday, November 4 – Saturday, November 5. Madein Maui County Festival. The island’s biggest festival of products made on Maui. Friday special shopping preview, 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm,  and Saturday open to the public, 8 am – 4:30 pm. MACC, Kahului. $35/Friday, $5/Saturday (Free for children under 12) 

Sunday, November 6 – Saturday, November 12. Restaurant Week in Wailea.  Dine out in style at Wailea restaurants, which offer a 3 course prix fixe meal at different price levels. Benefits the Maui Food Bank. Wailea.

Tuesday, November 15, all day. Dine Out for Hospice Maui. Dine out at over 30 participating restaurants to help fund Hospice Maui.  
Friday, November 18, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Hui No’eau Wailea Food & Wine Celebration. Enjoy food, wine, and art at this signature fundraiser for the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. Hotel Wailea.  $150+


1st Sunday of the month, 2 pm. Upcountry Sundays Acoustic Style by Manao Radio at Casanova, Makawao $7.
Every Sunday at Queen Kaahumanu Center (FREE):
9:15 pm – 5 pm. Maui Made Craft Fair
9:15 am – Hawaiian Music and Keiki Hula
11 am – Live ukulele music
1 pm – 4pm. Jazzy Sunday - live jazz music

Last Sunday of the month, 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Maui Improv. Live, improvised theater. Tickets are first come, first serve. Pro Arts Play House, Kihei. $5.

2nd Monday of the month, 6:30 pm. Barefoot Essential Theater (BET) and One Night Only – ONO performance: play readings, comedy nights, poetry readings. Iao Theater, Wailuku. FREE.
Mondays, 12:30 pm – 2 pm. Polynesian Crafting. Learn the traditional art of Polynesian crafting, including coconut weaving. Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center, Kahului. Free!

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Fridays of the month: Maui Friday parties, held in a different town each week. More info at

Wednesdays, 4 pm – 7:30 pm. Outlets Outdoor Market. Farmers market and crafts. Outlets of Lahaina.

Third Wednesday of the month, 6:00 pm: Wailea Lea – Concert or event with festivities and art galleries. Visit their Facebook page for updates.

Last Thursday of the month: Hawaiian Music Series. Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina. 6 – 7:30 pm. FREE!

Labyrinth walks, on or near the full moon each month and on Thursday afternoons at the Sacred Garden of Maui, Makawao.

Hawaii Farmers Union public potluck meetings
1st Thursday of the month – HFUU Hana, locations vary
2nd Tuesday of the month – HFUU Mauna Kahalawai, Maui Tropical Plantation
4th Tuesday of the month – HFUU Haleakala, Haiku Community Center
More info:

There are many other events on Maui:
Calendar Maui
Maui Time
Meet Up
Go Hawaii
Hawaii Public Libraries
Edible HI
Live Music on Hooplays
Yelp Maui,,,

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