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Outstanding October

October 1, 2012
October Events
Festivals of AlohaOutstanding October events in Maui Nui include long distance Outrigger canoes racing from Molokai to Oahu, cultural events on Lanai, Festivals of Aloha events on lush Molokai and in lovely Hana, a free Ukulele Festival and concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, the 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and Spooktacular Halloween celebrated in Lahaina with keiki parade and in Wailuku with a special showing of the Rocky Horror picture show, the month will end with fantastic windsurfing competition at Hookipa Beach Park.

First Friday in Wailuku events, Maui
Wailuku First Friday 

Market Street, Wailuku
October 5
Historic Wailuku is the county seat and site of fun 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


Run for Your Wife
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
October 5-14
Maui OnStage 2012-2012 season begins with “Run for Your Wife” a hilarious battle of sexes at the Historic Iao Theater. For tickets and a detailed show description visit or call Maui OnStage at 808 244-8680

Hookupu Hula No Lanai Cultural Festival
Dole Park & Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, Lanai
October 5-6
This annual hula cultural festival will join together hula halau (schools) from Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii, Lanai, Japan, Okinawa, Mexico and France. There will be hula, music, food, ethnic dance, demonstrations and cultural practitioners. For more information, please go to

Molokai HoeMolokai Hoe Canoe Race
Hale O Lono Harbor, Molokai
October 7
OHCRA is the organizer of the Molokai Hoe a Men’s outrigger canoe race from Molokai to Oahu. Paddlers from around the globe are expected to compete in it. This year marks the Molokai Hoe’s 59th crossing of the Kaiwi Channel. For more information, please go to


ONO at Maui OnStage
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
October 8
Maui OnStage continues its free theater series, ONO! The free ONO show is at the Historic Iao Theater, at 6:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month. For titles and show descriptions visit or call Maui OnStage at 808 244-8680

Virgin Kite Jam Maui
Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului
October 9-12
Maui’s famous windy shoreline will host the Virgin Kite Jam kite surfing event which lasts four days, the event takes place daily from 11am to 5:30 pm. For details visit

Festivals of Aloha
Kaunakakai, Molokai
October 11-13
Molokai, celebrates with three days of festivities at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center. The celebration will include a Kapuna Show, Youth Night, a parade through Kaunakakai Town and Bed Race with the annual Hoolaulea to follow. For more information, please go to

Lahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
October 12
The shops of this historic whaling village have been transformed into more than 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. For complete list of the free live entertainment and special offers, please go to

Maui Ukulele Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
October 14
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of island music, food and crafts on the lawn. Renowned ukulele advocate and teacher Roy Sakuma will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Popular ukulele musicians will perform including Ohta-San with Nando Suan, Uncle Richard Hoopii and the Hula Honeys. Student and senior ukulele bands will also take the stage. Admission is free. For more information, go to


Ritz-Carlton Anniversary Celebration  
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
October 18-21
Maui Ritz Carlton Kapalua 20th AnniversaryThe Ritz-Carlton celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a series of events.  There will be a Celebration “Hoolaulea” meet local radio favorites Billy V and Bruddah Wade for an intimate “aloha” and kick-off to the weekend events. Experience a live radio broadcast with KINE radio with Billy V and Hawaiian 105 KINE radio featuring interviews with special guests Keali’i Reichel and our Hawaiian Cultural Advisor Clifford Naeole. Free and open to the public. During the Aloha Friday Luncheon Show dine on local-style Hawaiian cuisine while enjoying entertainment by award-winning musicians: Willie K and Napua Makua. Reservations needed. On Saturday morning experience the E Ala E Ceremony with Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Clifford Naeole. This traditional sunrise ceremony greets the dawn and rejuvenates the spirit.  The 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament is a friendly competition on the scenic Bay Course by reservation.  Maunalei Magic Hike trained hike leaders share their knowledge of Hawaii’s natural and cultural history. Reservations needed. The Legacy Finale event features live entertainment by award-winning band Nuff. For details of the events and additional information on this special weekend please call 808-665-7089 or go to the listing

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao Town
October 19
The combination of its pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage along with a thriving arts community makes Makawao a uniquely enjoyable place to 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


Lahaina Plantation DaysLahaina Plantation Days
Smokestack in Lahaina
October 18,19 & 20
Enjoy great grinds, historical displays and entertainment each evening at the Plantation Days. For more information go to

Soaring Voices: Ceramics Exhibit
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
October 20 – January 6
This touring exhibition makes its final stop in Hawai`i when Schaefer Gallery presents 86 exceptional ceramic works by 25 female contemporary Japanese artists inspired by the natural world.  There are special activities planned for October 19 – 23 which include a Gala Preview, Symposium with guest museum curators and collectors, Artist Lectures and demonstrations. For more information please call: (808)242-7469 or go to

Hana Royal Court Aloha FestivalsFestivals of Aloha
Hana, Maui
October 20 – 27
On Maui, “Heavenly Hana” celebrates a weeklong festivities kicking off with a parade through Hana town, presentation of Hana Royal Court and an all day Hoolaulea at the Hana Ball Park. For a day-by-day detailed schedule of events, go to


Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
October 24
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 Makani Classic
Hookipa Beach Park, Paia
October 25 – November 3
The American Windsurfing Tour is hosting the Maui Makani Classic windsurfing competition at Hookipa Beach Park this fall. This beach is famous for its massive North swells; it is not uncommon to see waves over 30 feet. The Classic is scheduled for October 25-November 3 (competition dates are depending on the weather). It will be the final stop on the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) for 2012. For more information, please go to

Annual Lanai Film Festival
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, Lanai
October 26-28
The Lanai film festival celebrates Hawaiian films, art, culture and music throughout the weekend. For more information, please go to


Xterra MauiXTERRA Maui 5km & 10km Trail Runs
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
October 27
The off road adventurous spirit of Xterra reaches out to the community with the XTERRA Maui 5km and 10km Trail Runs. Both races are open to one-and-all (the 5km is open for walkers too!) and benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui County. The race starts at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua at 9am and quickly ascends to the base of the West Maui Mountains. For more information, please go to

XTERRA World Championship
Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
October 28
The XTERRA Championship off road triathlon will be held on Sunday, October 28th it’s hosted by the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua. For more information, please go to 


Iao Theater Halloween on MauiRocktober at Iao
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
October 28-31
Get spooked at Maui’s historic Iao Theater, where you’ll find an encore evening screening of the “Haunted Collector” filmed on location, ghost stories, zombie dancers, and cult classic the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” For more information call: (808) 242-6969 or go to

Halloween on Front Street
Front Street, Lahaina
October 31
The festivities will begin on Front Street with annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade at 4:30pm. For more information, please go to

by Lynn on October 2, 2012