Things to Do on Maui in Summer (June-July-August)
Everyone loves summer vacation on Maui! June, July, and August are very popular months for a visit to Maui–particularly for families, as most children have school break during this time. There are loads of things to do on Maui in summer, including some of the island’s most popular annual events and festivals. If you are planning a summer visit, here are a few of the many Maui events you can enjoy.
(UPDATE: This blog was updated in April 2021, but due to the constantly evolving impacts of COVID-19, status of some of the events or activities mentioned in this blog might change. Please check directly with them to verify access, operating status and hours. Mahalo!)
THINGS TO DO ON MAUI IN SUMMER
MAUI EVENTS IN JUNE
Maui County AgFest: This annual day-long event helps raise awareness about Maui’s agricultural products and includes the island’s largest farmer’s market, children’s activities, farm animal exhibit, food booths, pancake breakfast, and Grand Taste event.
2021 Date: Saturday, June 5 War Memorial Complex, Wailuku (Central Maui). Details & Future Dates (as they become available)
Waʻa Kiakahi Canoe Festival: Each year, the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association hosts Waʻa Kiakahi on Kaanapali Beach, an event celebrating the traditional Hawaiian skills related to sailing outrigger canoes. Festivities include canoe races, demonstrations, and sailing-canoe rides. Beautiful to watch!
2021 Date: Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival could be cancelled in 2021 due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. Kaanapali (West Maui). Details & Future Dates (as they become available). Places to stay in Kaanapali
40th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival: This longstanding Maui festival features wine tasting seminars, cooking demos, the Kapalua Seafood Festival and fabulous Grand Tasting event. Join renowned winemakers and celebrity chefs for this delicious weekend. One of the most popular things to do on Maui in summer!
2021 Dates: June 10-13 – Due to ongoing restrictions against large gatherings, this year will feature smaller events at individual properties. Kapalua (West Maui). Details & Future Dates (as they become available). Places to stay in Kapalua!
Kamehameha Day Celebration: June 11 is Kamehameha Day, a Hawaii state holiday honoring Kamehameha, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king. The annual Kamehameha Day celebration includes a colorful parade and a weekend festival (ho’olaulea) in Lahaina with food and craft booths, Hawaiian music, and hula. The Kamehameha Day parade is known for its elegant pa’u riders (pictured)–women traditionally garbed in long skirts riding on horses draped in elaborate fresh flower lei
Maui Film Festival: This popular annual film fest features The Taste of Wailea and Taste of Chocolate culinary events, gala parties galore, and film screenings at the “Celestial Cinema”– a 50-foot movie screen set outdoors under the stars on the Wailea Gold golf course. But those aren’t the only stars you’ll see at this event. This is a great place for celebrity sightings!
2021 Dates: Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival could be cancelled or postponed due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. Wailea (South Maui), Details & Future Dates (as they become available). Where to stay in Wailea
30th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key (Ki Hoalu) Guitar Festival: This annual outdoor concert festival is free and features some of Hawaii’s top slack key guitar musicians, along with food and craft booths. A fun afternoon with great Hawaiian music! 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului.
2021 Date: Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; it will likely be a virtual event this year. Kahului (Central Maui) Details & Future Dates (as they become available)
Cycle To The Sun: Attention serious cyclists…are you up for one of the most difficult bike rides in the world? The annual Cycle To The Sun starts at sea level in Paia and climbs 10,000 feet (and 36 miles) on the longest, steepest paved road on the planet to the top of Haleakala. Yeah, that’s right…this is not your grandma’s bike ride! (Well, not most grandmas, anyway.)
2021 Date: June 26 North Shore/Upcountry. Details & Future Dates (as they become available)
MAUI EVENTS IN JULY
4th of July Fireworks: The annual Independence Day celebration in Lahaina is always great fun with live bands, lots of festivities, and food and drink specials at many of Lahaina’s eateries. At 8 pm, there is a spectacular aerial fireworks show over the ocean fronting Lahaina –- the only public 4th of July fireworks display on the island. So grab a place to sit along the shoreline and look to the sky
MAUI EVENTS IN AUGUST
14th Annual Seed To Cup Coffee Festival: Hosted by the Maui Coffee Association, this event is all about great coffee! Meet local coffee farmers and roasters, watch coffee processing demos, and enjoy plenty of opportunities to taste various coffees (pictured) and coffee-inspired foods. Live entertainment all day.
2021 Date: Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival could be cancelled in 2021 due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. Maui Tropical Plantation, Waikapu (Central Maui). Details & Future Dates (as they become available)
Hana Cultural Center & Museum Ho’olaulea: A ho’olaulea is a festival, and this annual event is a wonderful celebration of the people, culture and history of Hana. It’s an authentic slice of Hawaii, featuring Hawaiian music, food, farmers market, craft booths, and more.
2021 Date: Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival could be cancelled in 2021 due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. Hana (East Maui). Details & Future Dates (as they become available). Stay in a Hana vacation home or condo
MORE TIPS FOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES ON MAUI
Friday Night Town Parties: If it’s Friday, there’s a party on Maui! The Town Parties (sponsored by Maui County) take place on Friday evenings 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. NOTE: The Maui Town Parties have been temporarily suspended due to COVID.
• First Friday of the month — Wailuku Town Party (Central Maui)
• Second Friday — Lahaina Town Party (West Maui)
• Third Friday — Makawao Town Party (Upcountry); this one takes place every other month, rather than monthly
• Fourth Friday – Kihei Town Party (South Maui)
Free Entertainment: When you are here, make sure you check for entertainment and events at nearby hotels and resorts, as well as island shopping centers, which often offer free hula shows, activities like lei making and ukulele lessons, and live Hawaiian entertainment. And check out my list of 25 Free Things To Do on Maui for other suggestions.
Mana’o Radio: Tune in to a truly local radio station! Mana’o Radio (KMNO 91.7 FM) is Maui’s non-commercial all-volunteer radio station. Instead of a canned, pre-programmed song list, you’ll hear local people (volunteer djs) playing an eclectic selection of the music they love best. Listen while you’re here on Maui, or live stream from their website. The first Sunday of every month, enjoy a great lineup of live local entertainment from 2 to 5 p.m. at Casanova Italian Restaurant in Makawao (upcountry Maui). $10 donation at the door is a fundraiser for Mana’o Radio. (COVID UPDATE: The Sunday event has been temporarily suspended.) Follow Mana’o Radio on Facebook for more on their latest shows and events.
Grassroots Festivals and Fundraisers: Don’t be shy to buy a ticket and attend local school, church, and charity fundraisers, bazaars, and festivals. These events are a great way for visitors to experience an authentic local gathering, and the organizers will love to have you there. There is always plenty of local food (eating is a priority here on Maui!) and entertainment, and often there are fundraising auctions (silent and live) where you can snag great deals on visitor activities like boat tours, golf, dining, and helicopter tours.
Live Webcams: When you are here planning your day on Maui, check out these webcams to view current weather conditions around the island. It’s not unusual for it to be overcast or rainy in one area but clear and sunny just a few minutes away!
Maui Arts & Cultural Center: This is another excellent resource you should check for upcoming events and performances on Maui, from world-famous celebrities and musicians to symphonies and ballet to local Hawaiian cultural programs and festivals. The Maui Arts & Cultural Center is located in Kahului.
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