Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016 Maui Events At A Glance

One of my favorite flowers blooms only in the summer months:
 the night blooming cereus. You'll see it along Paia, the West Side, the far south of Makena, and in other hidden spots.
It's a great symbol for the sultry days and nights of August.

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.

Obon Festivals on Maui take place at different missions and temples: Maui 2016 Obon Schedule

Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 14. Varying times. Jekyll & Hyde The Musical. MAPA LIVE presents the thrilling tale of a passionate love triangle and the transformation of a man's soul. This evocative musical takes us on a chilling journey deep into the repressing mores of Victorian England and its underbelly of unleashed passions and sensuality. MACC.  $15+

Saturday, August 6, 9 am. Working Equitation Schooling Horse Show. Competitions include dressage, ease of handling, and speed. Free for spectators. Haku Baldwin Center, Makawao. 


Saturday, August 6, 10 am – 2 pm. Family Day at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. Scavenger Hunt, Face Painting, Bake Sale, Hands-On Art Workshops, and more! Makawao. FREE! 

Sunday, August 7, 7 am – 10 am. Kraig M.K. Vickers Honor Run (5K and 3K). In honor of Maui’s own Kraig M.K. Vickers, killed in action in Afghanistan. Keopuolani Park, Kahului.  $20+

Sunday, August 7, 5 pm – 6:30 pm. Maui’s Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance. Lahaina Jodo Mission. FREE.

Sunday, August 7, 5:30 pm – 8 pm. The Traveling Plate: A Culinary Festival. A grazing style event featuring Maui’s top chefs, locally sourced eats, and hosted beer, wine, and cocktails at the beautiful Sugar Beach Events, Kihei. $75+ 

Monday, August 8, 9 am – noon or 1 pm – 4 pm. Learn How to Use Census Mapping Tools.  Sessions on census mapping at Maui County Business Resource Center, Kahului. 

Thursday, August 11, 7 pm. “The Restoration of Family Ties,” a slide show by Valerie Monson of modern-day and historical photos telling the stories of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa. The ‘Ohana works to reconnect descendants with their ancestors at Kalaupapa, the place of exile of Hawaii’s Hansen’s disease patients for over 100 years. Pukalani Tavares Community Center’s pool-side meeting room, Pukalani. Free.

Saturday, August 13, 9 am – 3 pm. Seed to Cup Coffee Festival. For the coffee lover, coffee grower, and coffee enthusiast. Great coffee, food, a coffee themed fashion show. Learn about coffee processing, roasting and alternative brewing. Maui Tropical Plantation. Free!

Saturday, August 13, 6 pm – 9 pm. First Annual Surfrider Maui “Ocean Heroes” Awards Party.  A special benefit evening featuring garden to table reception, environmental awards ceremony, eco-inspired silent auction and epic musical performance by local favorite, Kanekoa. Chef Ben Diamond will serve an array of tasty organic treats with ingredients sourced from Lumeria and neighboring farms. Lumeria, Makawao. $100. 

Friday, August 19. 6 pm – 10 pm. Maui Calls: Celebrating Vintage Hawaiian Fashion. The MACC’s annual signature gala, with live music, dinner, dancing under the stars, and silent and live auction. Must be 21 and older. $175+  

Saturday, August 20, 9 am – 4 pm. Hana Cultural Center Hoolaulea. This annual festival features the people and culture of Hana with Hawaiian food, music, history, farmers market, games, and crafts. Hana Fair Grounds. Free.  

Saturday, August 20, 8 am. XTerra Adventure Fest Maui. A 2K run for keikis, 5K, and 10K race. Off-road trail races for all ages and athletic levels. Kapalua. $20+ 

Saturday, August 20, 6 pm – 9 pm. Wooden Crate Cabaret at Lumeria with Yum Yum Beast. An evening of music and story telling with Yum Yum Beast, an original rock band described by fans as “Hillbilly Funk.” Wooden Crate’s Chef, Ben Diamond, will serve a three course organic garden to table meal with ingredients foraged from the Lumeria garden and neighboring farms.  Makawao. $75 Per Person, BYOB 

Saturday, August 20, 6 pm – 9 pm. Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner and Auction. This gala event raises money for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)  programs in Maui County. Featuring live and silent auctions, gourmet dinner, and a game of Family Feud – STEM style. Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea. $175.

Saturday, August 20 or August 27?, TBA. Sweet Paradise Chocolatier Birthday Celebration? Will there be a birthday celebration this year? Last year, it was held in late August with special prizes. Check out their FB page to find out if they are doing it again:


Wednesday, August 24 – Tuesday, August 30. International Crop Biodiversity Festival. A week of events bringing cultural practitioners from around the world to Maui County and showcasing local food traditions. Events include site visits to Kahoolawe, Molokai, and rare parts of Maui County.


Thursday, August 25, 7 pm. Papa Aina. This evening event is part of the International Crop Biodiversity Festival that will be held on Maui from August 24-30. Maui’s cultural practitioners and hula hālau will perform ‘oli (chants) in honor of the Hawaiian gods and their connections to our beloved food and use plants. Maui Nui Botanical Garden, Kahului. Tickets are $35 ($55 for two) advance purchase.

Friday, August 26, 7:30 pm. Starry Night Cinema: Zootopia – Free film screening for the family on the lawn. MACC. Free! Gates open at 6 pm.

Saturday, August 27, 10 am – 3 pm. Maui Wedding Expo. Maui’s top wedding coordinators, entertainment, photographers, caterers, florists, and more showcase their talents and skills. Open to the public. Sheraton Maui, Kapalua. Free.

Saturday, August 27, 9 am -  4 pm. Indigenous Crop Biodiversity Festival Day. A day of celebration and fun for the whole family. All the Hawaiian food and use plants gathered in one place with cultural practitioners, farmers and conservation crews, food, and entertainment. Admission: $5 at door; $3 if you bring your own reusable plate, utensils, and water container. Maui Tropical Plantation, Waikapu. and

Saturday, August 27, 7pm. Gary Paul Nabhan in the Green Room by the Merwin Conservancy. This celebrated nature writer and pioneer of the local food movement will be presenting his work. MACC, McCoy Theater. $25/regular, $10/students.


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

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:
Live Music on Hooplays

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