Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December 2016 Maui Events At A Glance

There are so many events and concerts in December that a selection of one-time only events are listed first, followed by a list of links to venues with multiple holiday shows and programs, then a list of ongoing monthly events. Also, the monster surfing waves at Jaws may be happening, when there are high north shore swells.

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.

Thursday, December 1, 5pm – 8 pm. Hui Holidays: First Night Celebration. The grand opening of holiday shopping at the Hui No’eau, replete with music, drinks, and pupus. $30. Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao. 

Thursday, December 1, 5pm – 8 pm. Maui Ocean Center Holiday Shopping & Charity Event. Admission includes access to aquarium exhibits and dive presentations, live music, shopping from local vendors, door prizes, and photos with Santa. Maui Ocean Center, Maalaea. $5 + donation of 2 food items to the Maui Food Bank, or $7 full price.

Thursday, December 1 - December 3. BMI Maui Songwriters Festival. Intimate shows and energizing concerts by songwriters sharing songs and the stories behind them. Locations and admission prices vary.

Friday, December 2, 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Holiday Appetizers That Wow. New ideas and twists on holiday appetizers. A cooking class with Chef Lee. Sugar Beach Events. $95. 

Saturday, December 3, 9 am – 3 pm. Project Gift. The goal of this event is to give every child on Maui a gift for Christmas, especially those who are homeless or hospitalized. Celebrate the day with a holiday fair, silent auction, entertainment, and keiki zone at the Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. No admission fee - please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child, age 0 to 17.

Saturday, December 3, 10 am – noon. Cooking with Ulu with John Cadman of Pono Pies. Learn how to cook ulu (breadfruit) including how to select fruit, handle, and use various methods. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Kahului. $25/members, $50 nonmembers (includes one year membership). 

Saturday, December 3, 1 pm – 4 pm. Lei of Aloha 10. Open house and benefit for Pau O Hiiaka, with music, hula performances, historic tour, poetry reading, and light refreshments. $30. Wailuku Inn, Wailuku.
Saturday, December 3, 9 am – 4 pm. Haleakala Waldorf School Holiday Faire. The premiere holiday craft show on Maui with keiki activities, wreath booths, crafters, food booths, and entertainment. Free prize to children dressed as elves for the 10 am elf parade. Haleakala Waldorf School, Kula.
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. 8 am – 3 pm. Maui Bird Conservation Center’s Open House.  Once a year, the MBCC offers public, guided tours of their facility to breed and release endangered Hawaiian birds. Reserve your tour in advance by calling 808-572-0690. Makawao. FREE!

Saturday, December 3, 2 pm – 5 pm. Winter Roots, Herbs, and Medicine Making. Learn about herbal medicine for the winter season. All supplies included. Haiku.  $44

Saturday, December 3, 7 am – 2 pm. Makawao Hongwanji Winter Garage Sale.
Makawao Hongwanji, 1074 Makawao Avenue, Makawao.

Saturday, December 3, 9 am – 7 pm and Sunday, December 4, 9 am – 5 pm. Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree. Craft fair with holiday activities: cookie decorating, face painting, music, Banyan snowman, and holiday lighting of the banyan tree at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina. FREE! 

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Saturday, December 3, 7 pm. The Merwin Conservancy Presents William Finnegan in the Green Room. MACC, Wailuku. $25. $10/students.

Sunday, December 4, 1 pm – 6 pm. Yuletide MarketFair supporting Imua Family Services. A hip craft fair that includes locally made beer. Maui Brewing Co., Kihei. Donation requested (amount unknown).

Sunday, December 4, 5 pm – 8 pm. Tree Lighting Ceremony. 8 miles of white lights will be strung along the resort and on a live Christmas tree, with a concert to follow. Grand Wailea Resort.

Tuesday, December 6 – December 8. Maui Barbershop Festival. Immersion program for barbershop singers. Wailea Beach Marriott. $50+
Saturday, December 10, 5:30 pm – 8 pm. Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Ulupalakua. Enjoy the lighting of a holiday tree, craft booths, food booths, activities for the kids, and an outdoor movie after sunset. Maui Winery, Ulupalakua. Admission is free, but please bring a food donation to the Maui Food Bank

Saturday, December 10, 12 noon – 9 pm. Maui Music Tech Day. Network with musicians, capitalists, and techies. Royal Lahaina Resort. $30.

Saturday, December 10, 9 pm – 1 am. Jimi Hendrix Birthday Bash. 60s costume party with 30 of Maui’s blues rock musicians. Three’s Bar and Grill, Kihei. $20-$25. 

Sunday, December 11, 12 noon – 6 pm. Pottery & Jewelry Sale. Handmade art and benefit for Maui Food Bank. Lumeria Lobby, Makawao. 

Sunday, December 11, 9 am – 2 pm. Maui Mompreneur Winter Craft Fair. Support Maui mom-owned businesses. Maui Beach Hotel, Elleair Ballroom, Kahului. Free.

Sunday, December 11, 10 am – evening. 10 Year Anniversary of the Sacred Garden. Open house all day and an evening labyrinth walk. Kaluanui Road, Makawao.

Tuesday, December 15, 6 pm – 8 pm. Mokuula by Moonlight. As the full moon rises, enjoy live music, storytelling and sharing. Kamehameha Iki Park, 525 Front Street, Lahaina. Free.

Thursday, December 15, 7 pm – 8 pm. Sugarcane Days. Maui writer Jill Engledow shares some of her research gleaned at Hawaii Commercial & Sugar Plantation. Wailuku Public Library. Free.

Saturday, December 17, time TBA. Paia Gives. Special shopping night in Paia with giveaways and festivities, during which participating merchants give a portion of sales to charity. Details are still being planned. More info to be posted at

Saturday, December 17, 9 am – 11 am. Santa Arrival By Outrigger Canoe. Grand Wailea. Open to the public. Free! 

Saturday, December 17, 4 pm. Maui Santa Rampage. First annual Santa bomb Maui (like a photo bomb) beach bar crawl. Dress in a Santa outfit. Charlie Young Beach, Kihei, then will move to various locations.

Wednesday, December 28, 5:30 pm. Japanese New Year Traditions and Dinner, by the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui. Try your hand at pounding rice mochi, sample different mochi sweets, and enjoy a bento dinner. Wailuku Hongwanji. $10/members, $15/nonmembers.


FirstLight Film Screenings – Maui Film Festival – A handpicked selection of films will be shown in December, dates and times various. Visit

Holiday Events at the Maui Mall:

Holiday Concerts at the MACC:

Holiday Events at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, Kahului. (New this year: an inside snow show called “Let It Snow.”)
Whalers Village Holiday Events, West Side:

Holiday Concerts and Entertainment at The Shops of Wailea, South Maui:

The Outlets of Maui, West Side:

Holiday Entertainment at Lahaina Cannery Mall:

Holiday theme Maui Friday parties, held in a different town each week on Friday nights. More info at

Also, check out Merry Maui Christmas on Facebook for more holiday updates. 


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!

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.

There are many other events on Maui:
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