Things To Do on Maui in Summer: slippers on the beach

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.




Things To Do on Maui in Summer: fresh pineapplesMaui 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, Grand Taste event, and Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner.

2019 Date: June 1 War Memorial Complex, Wailuku (Central Maui)

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Things To Do on Maui in Summer: sailing canoes at Kaanapali
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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!

2019 Dates: June 7-9  Kaanapali (West Maui)

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Places to stay in Kaanapali





Things To Do on Maui in Summer: wine glasses


38th 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!

2019 Dates: June 6-9   Kapalua (West Maui)

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Stay in Kapalua!








Things To Do on Maui in Summer: pa'u riders in parade
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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) at Banyan Tree Park 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 leis.

2019 Dates: June 15-16 (Parade on Saturday) Lahaina (West Maui)

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Vacation condos in Lahaina





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!

2019 Dates: June 12-16  Wailea (South Maui)

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Stay in Wailea




Things To Do on Maui in Summer: people seated on lawn at MACC for festival



28th 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.

2019 Date:  June 23  Kahului (Central Maui)

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Things To Do on Maui in Summer: cyclist on bike


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.)

2019 Date: June 29  North Shore/Upcountry

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Things To Do on Maui in Summer: Fireworks


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!

2019 Date:  July 4  Lahaina (West Maui)

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Stay at a Lahaina B&B!





Makawao Rodeo and Paniolo Parade: Every year on or around the 4th of July weekend, the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Makawao is home to a four-day event featuring a rodeo (the largest in Hawaii, with over 300 cowboys participating from around the world) and ending with a paniolo-style parade on the final day.  

2019 Dates: 4th of July Weekend  Makawao (Upcountry)

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Things To Do on Maui in Summer: vendor booths at Maui Coffee Festival


12th 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. 

2019 Date: Date had not been announced at the time of this writing.   Maui Tropical Plantation, Waikapu (Central Maui)

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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.

2019 Date: August 17   Hana (East Maui)

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Stay in a Hana vacation home or condo



 Things To Do on Maui in Summer: pa'u parade horse with lei



Year-round Activities

Things To Do on Maui in Summer: Front Street town party sign
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Friday Night Town Parties: If it’s Friday, there’s a party on Maui! The Town Parties (sponsored by Maui County) take place three 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)

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.

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 rides.

The Maui News: The “Maui Scene” section in the Thursday issue of the daily Maui News is a great resource for what’s happening on the island each week, as well as current special offers from activities and restaurants. Pick up a copy of the Thursday Maui News when you’re here!

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.

Things To Do on Maui in Summer: Maui Arts & Cultural Center


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Candy Aluli, Publisher

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