What is there to do in Maui during spring?
Welcome to the Valley Isle! Below are some things you can do (or should do!) during springtime in Maui
THINGS TO DO – MAUI SPRINGTIME
What happens on Maui in March?
Whale Watching: Humpback whale watching is one of those ‘bucket list’ items no one should skip. Seeing a 90,000lb whale effortlessly leap from the water is not only humbling, but an awesome experience to witness in person. While you can see whales leaping and splashing from the shore (it helps to have binoculars) Whale watching cruises are a wonderful way to see these magnificent creatures up close. (Note: most whale watching excursions stop operating in late April, as the number of whales declines.) More Whale Watching Tips
Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival: Two days of live entertainment, children’s activities, information from various participating whale research organizations, and several booths that have ocean-themed art for sale. 2018 Date: March 10-11 Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina (West Maui) Details & Future Dates.
A celebration of the Arts: For those interested in learning more about Hawaiian culture, this annual Maui springtime event in Kapalua gives the opportunity for both locals and visitors to experience authentic Hawaiian culture through demonstrations of hula and chant, hands-on workshops in Hawaiian arts, and genuine one-on-one interaction with local cultural leaders and artists. 2018 Date: Mar 30-31 Kapalua (West Maui) Details & Future Dates
Maui Chef’s Table – Come experience the Maui Chef’s Table culinary adventure on the grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation! Enjoy 9 courses of unique, farm-fresh cuisine and craft cocktails, all prepared in a gorgeous island setting. Please check their calendar for dates and tickets. $150 per person, including tax and gratuity; 6 pm – 9:30 pm.
Prince Kuhio Festival: The Hawaiian Islands were once ruled by a monarchy and Maui still honors royalty from their past. Prince Kuhio Day on March 26 is a State holiday remembering Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1922). This annual festival in Lahaina honors Prince Kuhio with Hawaiian music, hula, and locally-made arts and crafts. One of the most popular things to do on Maui in spring.2018 Date: Mar 31-April 1 Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina (West Maui) Details & Future Dates (as they become available)
What’s happening in Maui in April?
April 7 – Maui County Agricultural Festival: Would you like to learn more about Maui-grown food? Maui’s farmers take great care in what they grow and often you will find certified organic and GMO-free farm-grown food. There are several elements to this festival which include the “Grown on Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner“, the “Grand Taste“, and the “Pancake Breakfast“.
April 13,15 Steel Guitar Festival: Hawaiian music has been around for a long time and often features such instruments as Ukulele, Guitar, drums and the unforgettable sound of the slide steel guitar. This is a festival that celebrates the steel guitar specifically. It takes place at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel and Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului. Check it out at Kaanapali (West Maui) and Kahului (Central Maui) Click here for Details & Future Dates – best of all, it’s FREE!
April 21-22 Lahaina Banyan Tree Celebration: Lahaina’s Banyan Tree– is 145 years old this year and Maui residents and visitors gather each year under this huge tree to observe the landmark. Located in Lahaina, the tree was eight feet tall when planted in 1873 and has grown into a huge tree that spans over an acre and can home over one hundred thousand birds at one time! This is some tree, folks. Definitely, something you will never forget. Click here for Details & Future Dates
April 21-22 East Maui Taro Festival: A Maui springtime celebration of the taro plant, a staple of the Hawaiian diet (poi is made from taro). This fun event takes place at the Hana Ballpark and features a farmers market, poi pounding, food booths, arts and crafts, live music, hula, and a taro pancake breakfast. Click here for Details & Future Dates
What can I do in Maui in May?
May 1st – Lei Day: The Lei has traditionally represented the spirit of Aloha in the Hawaiian Islands and the first of May is celebrated as “Lei Day”, honoring Hawaii’s treasured tradition of making, giving, and wearing lei. Each Island has a different Lei and Maui’s Lei is called the lokilani rose, which is pink. Lei day activities vary throughout the islands from year to year so it’s best to call and ask what’s happening.
May 19th – Maui Brewers Festival: Featuring more than 40 breweries–craft beers from the mainland and Hawaii—food booths, door prizes, a homebrew competition, and live music. This event takes place on the lawn at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
The MACC’s annual fundraiser—the Maui Brewers Festival—is one of Maui’s top festivals!
The event features tasty food from local restaurants and caterers at no additional charge, beer tastings from local and national craft breweries, live music featuring Riddum Station, Yum Yum Beast, Shea Butter and the Cream, door prizes, a homebrew competition, and lots of fun!
May 20 – 26th Restaurant Week Wailea: In support of Maui Food Bank, Wailea Resort is known for its award-winning culinary talent and delectable restaurants and celebrity chefs. Once again, they will create some remarkable three course, prix fixe menus for just $29*, $39*, $49* or $59* per person, so if you’re a foodie plan to do this! (*Depends on the restaurant – beverages, tax and gratuity not included.) Some restaurants enhance this promotion, by creating wine pairings to enjoy with your meal.
What else can I do in Maui springtime?
Of course, nearly all activities, like snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, just laying out on the beach, flying in a helicopter, taking the road to Hana tour, Luaus, Horseback riding, Glass bottom boats, even submarine tours are all available during springtime. Just call us and ask! We’re more than happy to put together a complete itinerary for your vacation.
Friday Night Town Parties: If it’s Friday, there’s a party on Maui! The Town Parties (sponsored by Maui County) take place four Friday evenings a month in different towns across the island. The town parties are great fun for both visitors and residents, with local food, entertainment, and vendors. More Details.
First Friday of the month — Wailuku Town Party (Central Maui)
Second Friday — Lahaina Town Party (West Maui)
Third Friday — Makawao Town Party (Upcountry)
Fourth Friday – Kihei Town Party (South Maui)
Fifth Friday – (when there is one) Lanai Town Party (Lāna’i City near Dole Park)
Watch for our next blog entry about Maui Summertime!