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May in Maui Nui

May 1, 2013

Sweet smelling yellow plumeria flowersMay in Maui Nui includes many different and exciting events. Floral festivities start the month off with a sweet scent; a crafts faire and a brew festival are in the middle of the month. We end with the soothing sound of Hawaiian music in Lahaina.

May Day
Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
May 1
Celebrate May Day at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea. Flower displays, Hawaiian crafts and a hula performances will highlight this special day. For more information please go to

Ka Hula Piko Hula Festival Celebration of Hula
Mitchell Pauole Community Center, Kaunakakai, Moloka’i
May 2-4
A celebration of the birth of hula, this cultural festival offers a variety of traditional dances and musical entertainment, lectures, Hawaiian food and hand made crafts by the people of Moloka’i. For more information, go to

Wailuku First FridayWailuku First Friday
Market Street, Wailuku
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 up-to-date details, please visit
May 3

I Love Lahaina
Lahaina Cannery Mall, Lahaina
May 3-4
A benefit for six Lahaina based schools, come to the Lahaina Cannery Mall to enjoy live free Hawaiian music, art displays by the students and silent auction. The event is May 3rd from 4pm to 9pm and May 4th from 11am to 9pm. More information at

Hollywood Arms
Iao Theatre, Wailuku
May 3-5
Maui Onstage presents Carol Burnett’s story in “Hollywood Arms” at the historic Iao Theatre. More information at

Chinese Kite Festival
Ho Hing Museum, Lahaina
May 3-5
Learn about Chinese kites through display and try your hand at Chinese knot. More information at

Maui Classic Music Festival
Makawao, Makena, Hana, Maui
May 3, 6, 8, &10
The Maui Classic Music Festival presents four classic concerts in May. Venues are in Makawao, Makena, Hana, and Maui. For details go to

Maui Onion Festival
Whalers Village, Kaanapali Resort
May 4
24th annual festival is an event promoting the world-famous Maui Kula Onion. This event features chef demonstrations, recipe contest, beer garden, live entertainment, food booths and special retailer offers. For more information, go to

 The Lahaina Town Party is the second friday of every monthLahaina Second Friday
Front Street, Lahaina Town
May 10
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 Matsuri – A Japanese Festival
University of Hawaii Maui, Kahului
May 10-11
This annual festival celebrates Japanese culture on Maui. This two-day event features a movie night, contests, food and craft booths, cultural exhibits, keiki activities, live entertainment and demonstrations on the Great Lawn. For more information, go to

Kaanapali Golf Classic
Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, Lahaina
May 11
This annual Golf Tournament is a benefit for the Lahaina Town Action Committee. Lunch catered by Cool Cats. Details available at

Seabury Hall Craft Fair
Seabury Hall Campus, Makawao
May 11
40th annual Seabury Hall craft fair will feature over 100 crafter booths. Enjoy delicious food, island entertainment, fresh produce, cut flowers, children’s games, a huge rummage sale, and special items at the silent auction table. For more information, go to

OluKai Hoolaulea “The Maliko Downwind Run”
Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului
May 11-12
5th annual OluKai Hoolaulea Ocean Festival is a celebration of the ocean and the culture that surrounds it. The event blends elite competition with family-friendly cultural activities and gathers some of the world’s best SUP and OC1 paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run, winner will receive a $15,000 prize purse. For more information, go to

Makawao Third Friday
Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
May 17
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

North South East West Festival
Wailuku and Makawao
May 17 & 18
Ebb and Flow presents two unique and interesting programs of modern music. For up-to-date details, please visit

Maui Brewers FestivalMaui Brewers Festival
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului
May 18
This year’s annual fundraiser showcases the best in craft beers made in Hawaii and beyond. Enjoy a leisurely day of tasting beers from two-dozen craft breweries, sampling appetizers from Maui’s popular restaurants and live entertainment with local bands. For tickets and more information, please call (808) 242-7469 or visit

Kihei Fourth Friday
Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei Town
May 24
Enjoy many local treats from food vendors and food trucks. There will be great food choices for everyone. For up-to-date details, please visit

Hawaiian Music Series
Baldwin Home Museum Lawn, Lahaina
May 30
Relax under the stars and enjoy the free concert with great live Hawaiian music. This concert is part of The Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program. For more information, go to

by Lynn on May 1, 2013