5 Things to do on Maui This Summer

Posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 at 7:26am

It’s summer in Maui, but there’s lots to do on island besides just the usual beach days.

From island’s Friday night town parties to cultural festivals, we’ve got you covered. Here are five activities that are a must do in the summer of 2018:

Waʻa Kiakahi Canoe Festival

From June 1 through June 3, Ka’anapali will be home to the 14th annual Waa Kiakahi, an event celebrating the history and proficiency of crews who sail traditional Hawaiian canoes. Stop by for canoe races, demonstrations and to ride in one yourself.

Friday Night Town Parties

If you’re on Maui and it’s Friday night, that means there’s a party somewhere. Sponsored by Maui County, the island’s town parties are held on four Friday evenings every month in different communities across the island. Enjoy food, vendors and live music at events that are fun for both residents and visitors alike.

The First Friday party is held in Wailuku, and the second week travels to Lahaina. Makawao is home to the third party of the month, and fourth Friday is held in Kihei.

37th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

This is a must-see for Maui’s foodies and winos, which is held this year from June 7 to 10 in Kapalua. The long-time festival features wine tasting seminars, cooking demos and incredible testing events. Mingle among celebrity chefs and famous winemakers at one of the most popular events on Maui.

Maui Film Festival

This year the famed Maui Film Festival falls from June 13 through 17 in Wailea. Along with film screenings at the “Celestial Cinema” – a massive movie screen under the stars on the Wailea Gold golf course – the event features multiple gala parties and The Taste of Wailea and Taste of Chocolate culinary events. You’ll most likely spot several celebrities, too!

Hana Cultural Center & Museum Ho’olaulea

Hana is full of magic, and so is this festival. On Aug. 18, make the trek out east to celebrate the culture and history of Hana, one of Maui’s last undeveloped paradises. Enjoy Hawaiian music, food, a farmer’s market and craft booths at this day of fun.

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