25 FREE Things to Do in Maui
Yes, there ARE Maui activities that won’t break your budget! Here are 25 suggestions for free things to do in Maui. Many of these are long-time ongoing activities, but schedules do change so when you’re here please reconfirm the dates and times just to make sure you don’t show up for a non-event!
FREE THINGS TO DO IN MAUI
1. Maui Friday Town Parties If it’s Friday, there’s a party on Maui…and it’s free! The Friday Town Parties, sponsored by the County of Maui, take place on Friday evenings in different towns across the island. There is no admission fee, and they are great fun for both visitors and residents, with live entertainment, local food available for purchase, arts and crafts vendors, and Friday-only offers from local merchants. (Note: Maui Town Parties were temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Towns across Maui are working to bring back their town party. Currently, only 2nd Friday in Lahaina and 4th Friday in Kihei are operational.)
• 1st Friday of the Month, Wailuku (Central Maui) on Market Street – Temporarily suspended.
• 2nd Friday, Lahaina (West Maui) on Front Street – Back in action as of August 12, 2022!
• 3rd Friday, Makawao (Upcountry) — this one is every other month – Temporarily suspended.
• 4th Friday, Kihei (South Maui) at Azeka Shopping Center Mauka – Back in action as of June 24, 2022!
2. Fireworks Shows Fireworks are a big deal on Maui. There are free aerial firework shows in Lahaina on the 4th of July and in Wailea on New Years Eve. No charge. Just find a place on the beach and look up!
3. And Speaking of the Beach. . . It’s free! All beaches on Maui are open to the public, and most are free to visit. However, there are a few state parks that charge an entrance and parking fee, like Waianapanapa State Park and Makena (Big Beach) State Park.
Self Guided Walking Tours:
4. Kapalua Coastal Trail The Kapalua Coastal Trail is a spectacular oceanfront trail that winds from Kapalua Beach to D.T. Fleming Beach Park. At 2.5 miles, the trail is excellent for morning walks or sunset strolls. (Places to stay in Kapalua.)
5. Kaanapali Historical Trail This easy oceanfront stroll along the Kaanapali Resort area explores significant historical sites marked by plaques.
6. Wailea Beach Walk A lovely 1.5-mile paved walkway along the ocean fronting Wailea’s spectacular resorts.
7. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge A 2,200-foot boardwalk featuring self-guided interpretive exhibits with information about local wildlife. Located beachfront on the highway between Maalaea and Kihei. (Vacation condos in Maalaea.)
8. Lahaina Historic Trail Covering 55 acres and 62 historic sites in the town of Lahaina, some of which are National Historic Landmarks. Here’s more info on this self-guided tour. For a printed guide to this trail, visit the Lahaina Visitor Center in the Old Lahaina Courthouse at Banyan Tree Park. (Places to stay in central Lahaina.)
9. And Speaking of the Banyan Tree. . . Free cultural festivals and events sometimes take place under the famed Lahaina banyan tree, so when you’re here check local newspapers for the latest info.
10. Hiking Most hiking trails on Maui are free, and those with an admission fee (the incredible trails within Haleakala National Park and Iao Valley State Park) are well worth the price for pedestrian or vehicle entry.
11. Road Trips Free. Free. Free. There are no toll roads or toll bridges on Maui. So drive around and explore. The Road to Hana and upcountry Maui are particularly popular excursions for a road trip.
12. Keiki Hula Shows Keiki means “children,” and keiki hula shows are particularly adorable as you will see local children who are learning to perform hula. There is a free keiki hula show at the Napili Kai Foundation’s longstanding weekly keiki hula show for a $10 tax-deductible fee. Every Tuesday at 5:30 pm.
13. Hula Lessons Want to try it yourself? Enjoy a free one-hour hula lesson at Lahaina Cannery Mall on Tuesday at 2:30 pm.
14. Polynesian Dance and More The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina presents free Polynesian dance shows throughout the month, along with other free activities. Check their schedule for the latest performances. (This might be still impacts by the COVID pandemic shut down).
15. More Polynesian Dance Shows Enjoy a free one-hour performance of Polynesian dances (including Hawaiian hula) every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at The Shops at Wailea .
16. Farmers Markets and Swap Meets Local markets crop up across the island weekly. Entrance to swap meets and farmers markets are completely free, but you’ll want to bring some cash along with you. These events boast vendors selling everything from produce and flowers to soaps and handmade t-shirts. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Farmers Marekts and Fruit Stands on Maui to find a Farmers Market near your accommodation, or head to the Maui Swap Meet, held every Saturday from 7 am to 11 am.
17. Community Festivals Many of Maui’s community festivals are free, and — during normal non-COVID times — there is at least one such event every month on the island; check the local papers for dates and details or check my blogs for seasonal annual festivals. Some major Maui events have started to return in 2022. We’ll likely see the majority return in 2023.
18. Visit the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center Located just a few miles below Makawao Town, the Hui Noeau is a former sugar plantation turned visual art center. Here you can browse artworks by local artists and take a self guided tour of the stunning, historic grounds, free of charge. The Hui also boasts an excellent gift shop with works by local artisans.
19. Maui Sunsets. . . They are free. They are glorious. And they are completely different every evening.
20. Hawaiian Music Concert The last Thursday night of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. there is a free concert under the stars on the lawn of the historic Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina. You are welcome to bring a blanket, mat, or low beach chair to make yourself comfy.
21. Ukulele Lessons Royal Lahaina Resort offers free ukulele lessons (with ukuleles provided) every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Ukuleles are also available to rent after the lesson, if you’d like to keep up on your practice! Many of the shopping centers also offer free ukulele lessons, such as Whalers Village and the Shops of Wailea.
22. Kids Play Free Golf at Wailea At Wailea’s acclaimed Gold and Emerald Golf Courses, kids play free after 3 p.m. One junior player, age 7 to 17 years old, can play free when accompanied by a paying adult. Available seasonally, so contact Wailea Golf Club for details and tee times.
23. Watch the Surf Action at Ho’okipa Beach Park Ho’okipa, located on Maui’s north shore just past the town of Paia, is one of the top windsurfing sites in the world. There is no fee for parking or to enter the beach park, and watching the windsurfers is mesmerizing. Alternately, during periods of high surf, you will see big wave surfers at Ho’okipa. Watch from a safe distance, please!
24. Whale Watching Yes, it’s free. Of course, whale watching boat tours provide a great close-up experience for a fee, but the whales themselves don’t charge admission. Just stand on the shoreline, look out to sea, and you’re likely to see whale activity in Maui’s waters during “whale season” (mid-December to mid-May).
25. Sunset Cliff Diver at Black Rock Stand on Kaanapali Beach and watch the cliff diver soar off of Black Rock into the sea fronting the Sheraton Maui every evening at sunset. The resort has provided this nightly ritual for decades, and it is a beautiful sight. (Nearby condos in Kaanapali.)
Other Tips For Finding Budget-Friendly Deals On Maui:
- Check with your accommodations to see what they are offering. Many properties offer their guests free (or very inexpensive) cultural activities like lei making, hula lessons, and Hawaiian entertainment. Also check for free entertainment and events at nearby hotels and resorts.
- Free Entertainment at Maui’s Shopping Centers: Maui’s shopping centers offer a wonderful variety of free shows and activities, ranging from hula and lei-making lessons to tai chi, zumba, craft fairs, and magic shows! Some activities are mentioned above, but there are many more. Check these schedules for the current list of activities.
- SOUTH MAUI SHOPPING CENTERS
- WEST MAUI SHOPPING CENTERS
- CENTRAL MAUI SHOPPING CENTERS
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