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Special September Events in Maui Nui

September 1, 2012


Aloha Festivals Hawaii

The special September events in Maui Nui include the colorful Aloha Festival parades and Hawaiian musical performances. The Aloha Festival events in September include programs in West Maui, Central Maui and Lanai. Molokai and East Maui in Hana will host Aloha Festival events in October. Festival ribbons are available at Native Intelligence in Wailuku, the Lahaina Visitors Center and other locations. For fitness fans September offers several special running events, the Maui Tacos 5k, the Hard Rock Café 10k, the Front Street Mile, and the JTB Maui Marathon to name a few. Take your pick or do them all and participate in the Warrior Challenge. The Marathon Fitness Expo at the Westin Resort and Spa is free and open to all during the Maui Marathon weekend.

Ongoing Events:
A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future

Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului
August 19-September 30
The portraits of Kalaupapa residents and their families by Wayne Levin and archival documents tell the story of this remote peninsula on the island of Molokai. The free exhibition is presented in collaboration with Ka Ohana O Kalaupapa, with the support of HTA. For more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit:

Kaanapali Fresh
Kaanapali Beach Resort, Lahaina
August 31-September 3

This summer the Kaanapali Beach Resort will present the first annual Kaanapali Fresh festival, a new three-day culinary experience that will highlight grown on Maui products. There will be a Progressive dinner on the 31st, Food and wine event on the 1st and live musical concert on the 2nd.  For a complete list of festival events and tickets a go to:

Get A Job, the movie
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
August 31-September 8
Friday begins a 5-day, 17 screening run of the final cut of “Get A Job” at the Iao Theater. Tickets are $10 and available at the box office for all-shows. Yummy snacks, popcorn, and drinks, will be on sale too. More information is available at

Hakukole: Sayings and Chants
Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului
September 6
First Friday in Wailuku events, MauiWorld-renowned recording artist and kumu hula Kealii Reichel will present Hakukole, sayings, chants and songs of ridicule, in the McCoy Studio Theater. This event is part of the Ku Mai Ka Hula cultural program. Call 808-242-SHOW or visit:

Festivals of Aloha

First Friday Festivals of Aloha Kickoff
Market Street, Wailuku
September 7
Historic Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun for the first Friday of each month. Come for this special night, when Market Street is traffic free so everyone can enjoy the complimentary entertainment, delicious dishes, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from local merchants. For more information call: (808) 878-1888 or go to:

Ku Mai Hula Appears Competition MauiKu Mai Ka Hula
Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului
September 8
The Ku Mai Ka Hula International Competition is Maui’s only adult hula competition, “Ku Mai Ka Hula,” returns to Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Featuring award-winning halau from Japan California and Hawaii, this inspiring day of hula celebrates the longstanding friendship between Hawaii and Japan. Men and women compete in adult solo and group performances. Dancers perform both kahiko (traditional) and auana (modern-day) styles. Call 808-242-SHOW or visit:

Hana Relays
Kahului Airport to Hana Ball Park
September 8
This relay is an incredible fifty-two mile race along 617 curves and over 56 bridges through some of Maui’s most breathtaking scenery. The relay will begin at 5:30am. For more information, please go to

Mark Twain at Iao Theater MauiSam Clemens and the Real Mark Twain
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
September 10
Maui OnStage continues its free theater series, ONO! Monday, with Sam Clemens and the Real Mark Twain,” adapted by Cliff Jewel and starring Rick Scheideman. The free ONO! show is at the Historic Iao Theater, at 6:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month. ONO! For titles and show descriptions visit or call Maui OnStage at 244-8680.

Maui Jazz Blues FestivalMaui Jazz & Blues Festival
Grand Wailea, Wailea
September 13-16
Award winning music performed by Jazz and Blues legends, Grammy Award winners, and Na Hoku Hanohao award winners. Enjoy the entertainment at Capische and at the Grand Wailea in various venues. For a complete schedule and tickets go to:

Maui Jazz Blues 2012

Maui Marathon Fitness Expo
Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali
September 14-15
This event is part of the Maui Marathon event program. The Fitness Expo free and open to the public from 12 noon to 6pm on the 14 and from 9am to 5pm on the 15th. For more info, please visit

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina
September 14
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more the 40 art galleries and unique restaurants. Many historical and cultural treasures still exist in Lahaina for you to discover. We invite you to celebrate on Front Street and in the charming side streets of Lahaina every second Friday. You can also enjoy special discounts from Lahaina’s merchants and restaurants. A Chinese Moon festival will take place at the Wo Hing Museum from 6-8:30 pm. For compete list of the free live entertainment and special offers please go to

Festivals of Aloha Celebration
Queen Kaahumanu Center, Kahului
September 14
The Queen Kaahumanu Center’s 40th Anniversary celebration will honor its famous namesake, Queen Kaahumanu.  Homegrown activities feature keiki (kids) entertainment, cultural projects, and educational demonstrations.  It is free and open to public, from 7 pm – 9 pm. Contact Tina Thompson for more info, 808 268-9285 or go to

Hard Rock Cafe 10K           
Whalers Village, Kaanapali Resort
September 15
The inaugural Hard Rock Cafe 10K has been added to the Annual Maui Marathon weekend. The race begins at Whalers Village at the Kaanapali Beach Parkway at 6:30am. For more information, go to

Pailolo Challenge: Maui to Molokai Canoe Race
DT Fleming Beach Park, Kapalua
September 15
This 26-mile race leaves from D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua, Maui at 7am and it finishes in Kaunakakai, Molokai with the canoes arriving about 10am. It is organized by Hawaiian Canoe club and sponsored by Coffee’s of Hawaii. The race is outrigger canoe warm up and pre-race for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Molokai Hoe that follow later in the month and in early September. Details at

Maui Tacos 5K Run/Walk 
Whalers Village, Kaanapali Resort
September 15
The course heads south along Kaanapali Drive to Honoapiilani Highway where you do a u-turn and come back past the starting line. The race will start at 8am sharp! For more information, go to

Run Forrest Run
Front Street, Lahaina
September 15
This Run Forrest Run is sponsored by Bubba Gumps. The course is a one-mile race down Front Street in Lahaina (half mile down and a half mile back). The start time is 3pm in front of Bubba Gumps. For more information, go to

Festivals of Aloha
Ritz-Carlton Center, Kapalua
September 15
The Annual Richard Hoopii Falsetto Contest offers a rich showcase of Hawaiian music tradition and Hawaiian language learning for falsetto contestants across the islands. Evening also features cultural demonstrations, craft booths and kids’ activities.  Festivals of Aloha ribbon required for entry, the ribbons can be purchased at the door or in advance.  The event will be at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Salon Ballroom, from 6 pm – 10 pm. For more info go to

Maui Marathon
 JTB Maui MarathonKahului to Lahaina
September 16
One of Maui’s premier sporting events, the Maui Marathon returns for its 42nd year. Considered one of the most scenic routes in the United States, the marathon begins in Kahului and ventures along the island’s scenic coastline ending in Kaanapali Resort. For more info, please visit

Festivals of Aloha: Maui
Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina
September 16
Join the Festivals of Aloha for a Hoolaulea at the Lahaina Banyan Tree Park.  Entertainment includes 2012 Richard Hoopii Falsetto singer winners, crafters and artisans. The event will be held at the Historic Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina, 9 am – 5 pm. For more information please go to

Festivals of Aloha: Lanai
Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, Lanai
September 20
The US Air Force Hana Hou Band will be featured with other live entertainment, at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele; the event is free and open to the public, 7:00pm – 8:30 pm. For more info go to

Makawao Third Friday Town Party

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
September 21
Makawao Town FridayThe combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community make Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place spend the third Friday of each month. You will be delighted with a host of special discounts and mini-parties in the shops around town and unique activities for the whole family. Come join us on the third Friday of every month to celebrate. For up-to-date details, please visit

Festivals of Aloha: Lanai
Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, Lanai
September 21
Hawaiiana Night:  Entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, artisans and crafters, Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, free and open to the public, 10am – 3pm For more info go to

Festivals of Aloha: Lanai
Lanai City, Lanai
September 22
Lisa Villiarimo Aloha Festivals LanaiThe “True Hawaiian Spirit Celebration Parade” through Lanai City starts off the festivities honoring Kupuna Ambassadors of Lanai, with Pa’u riders at 9 am. A Hoolaulea will follow the live entertainment includes the United States Air Force, Hana Hou Band, Hawaiian Time, and Uhane. Hands-on demonstrations, artisans and crafters with onolicious food at the Old Dole Administration Building, Lanai City, the festivities end at 2 pm. For more information go to

Festivals of Aloha: Lanai
Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, Lanai
September 22
Kanikapila Night features live entertainment in the true Hawaiian spirit, at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, 6 pm. The event Saturday night is free and open to the public. For more info go to

Na Wahine O Ke Kai Canoe Race
September 23
 Na WahineThis women’s 41-mile outrigger canoe paddling competition departs at 7am from Hale O Lono Kaunakakai Molokai and crosses the Kaiwi Channel as paddlers head to the shores fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Fort DeRussy Beach Park, on the island of 0ahu arriving about 2pm. More information at

Festivals of Aloha: Lanai
Four Seasons Resort, Manele, Lanai
September 23
The “True Hawaiian Spririt Celebration” continues with music, hands on artisans and crafters at the Four Seasons Resort, Manele on the Kailani Terrace with music and selected artisans from 10am – 1:00 pm. More information: call Lana’i Manager, Nani Watanabe, 870-7546 or go to

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
September 27
Relax under the stars and enjoy the free evening concert with great live Hawaiian music the last Thursday of each month. This concert is part of The Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program. For more information, go to

Maui County Fair
War Memorial Complex, Kahului
September 27-30
The annual Maui County Fair opens with a traditional parade on Thursday. The fair will feature arts and crafts, hobbies, concerts, musical entertainment, ethnic foods, amusement rides, livestock events and a grand orchid exhibition. For more information, please go to

Paia Fourth Friday
Hana Highway, Paia
September 28
The picturesque plantation-era storefronts of Paia are home to many ethnic eateries and dozens of colorful boutiques offering unique gifts, surf gear and a variety of locally produced art, jewelry and clothing. Celebrate on Maui’s north shore every fourth Friday as musicians, performers, dancers, artists, and chefs put forth their best efforts for you and your family to enjoy. For a complete list of free performances, activities and discount details go to:


By Lynn on September 2, 2012