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.
Updated May 9th, 2022
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.
The Grand Taste 2022 features the creations of 12 local chefs who will vie for the newly renamed “Chef Tylun Pang Fan-Favorite” Award. Each chef has selected a locally grown ingredient and will create a dish to showcase that main ingredient. Grand Taste judges give out awards for “Best Protein,” “Best Vegetarian” and “Best Overall.” Ticket holders try all 12 dishes and then vote for their favorite, with awards announced at 4 p.m. Free Admission, but the Grand Tasting is $30
2022 Date: Saturday, June 4th 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!
Annual World Whale Film Festival: Now in its 6th year, the World Whale Film Festival is presented by Pacific Whale Foundation on World Ocean Day, June 8th. Films are showcased from around the world, raising awareness of environmental conservation and major threats impacting nature and humankind. Dinner and drinks are provided. Held this year at Maui Ocean Vodka Farm in Kula, with a virtual event from June 8-30th.
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!
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.
2022 Date: June 18th, parade at 9:45 am on Front Street in Lahaina; Kenui Street to Shaw Street. Awards ceremony to follow under the Lahaina banyan tree. Lahaina (West Maui). Details & Future Dates (as they become available). Vacation condos in Lahaina.
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 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului.
2022 Date: June 26th 1 pm-5 pm. 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.)
MAUI EVENTS IN JULY
Lanai Pineapple Festival: The Annual Pineapple Festival on the island of Lanai (Maui’s sister island and part of Maui County) started in the 1970s as the kick-off for the Lanai Community Association’s annual fund drive. The Pineapple Festival is the island’s largest annual event and features delicious food, cooking competitions, entertainment, craft and volunteer booths, fireworks, and of course plenty of pineapple.
2022 Dates: July 2nd. Dole Park on the island of Lanai. Details & Future Dates (as they become available). Ferry service is available between Lahaina and the island of Lanai.
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.
2022 Date: July 4th – Live music begins at 5pm, Front street traffic closed from 6:30pm-8:30pm, and Fireworks display over the water at 8pm. Lahaina (West Maui.) Details & Future Dates (as they become available). Stay at a Lahaina B&B!
Makawao Stampede (previously called Makawao Rodeo): The 65th Annual Makawao Stampede takes place at the Oskie Rice Arena with events lasting for 3 days! Beginning with the Bull Bash on July 1st at 5 pm, the rodeo finals take place on the 2nd and 3rd starting at 11 am each day. Admission costs $25 daily for adults (or $60 for a weekend pass), while babies and toddlers are free.
2022 Date: July 1-3rd. Makawao (Upcountry) 2020 Details & Dates.
Maui Film Festival: This popular annual film fest features The Taste of Wailea and Taste of Chocolate culinary events, gala parties galore, and evening 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! Details are still being released for the 2022 event, with most of the film screenings set to take place at The Maui Arts and Cultural Center A&B Amphitheater.
Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships: Maui County encompasses the four islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kaho’olawe. The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships is an annual event bringing together athletes from around the world. Paddleboarders cross the Ka’iwi Channel between the islands of Molokai and Oahu, a 32-mile journey across a 2,300-foot-deep channel that has challenged athletes since the first organized outrigger race in 1952.
2022 Dates: The public events on Molokai have been cancelled to protect the vulnerable population of this island amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is a Virtual Event on July 31st and an Oahu-only portion July 24th. Details & Future Dates (as they become available).
MAUI EVENTS IN AUGUST
Obon Dance & Festival: Introduced to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants, obon festivals are a traditional remembrance to honor the spirits of those who have passed on, celebrated with special services and events. Open to the public, enjoy games for the kids, food, crafts, and bon odori dancing. Held at various missions around the island on different dates, the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission Annual Obon Festival is always a must do!
Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival: Check out Maui-made arts, free keiki activities, and hula performances and workshops under the Lahaina Banyan Tree. Presented by Ohana Farden, Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club and Lahaina Town Action Committee from 9 am to 5 pm.
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.
2022 Date: Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival was 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.
2022 Date: Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival was 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.
Farmers Markets: A popular stop for locals and visitors alike, peruse the delicious local produce at a nearby farmers market. Enjoy colorful and flavorful fruits and veggies, learn about the unique produce of Maui, and support the local farmers and vendors. Often local crafters and designers are also selling their unique products like jams and jellies, clothing, jewelry, and island-themed goodies. Some of our top favorites include the Upcountry Farmers Market, Napili Farmers Market, and South Maui Farmers Market.
Live Music on Maui — Mana’o Radio: Live music is happening around the island, with local musicians jamming almost every night at some of the island’s best restaurants. To find out who’s performing where, check out Mana’o Radio’s Music2Nite site for a full lineup of live music on Maui.
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. Tune in to a truly local radio station! Follow Mana’o Radio on Facebook for the latest word on their broadcast schedule and live events on Maui.
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 luaus, golf, dining, and boat 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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