things to do on Maui in spring: orchid lei for Lei Day

Things To Do on Maui in Spring (March-April-May)

May Day (May 1) is Lei Day in Hawaii, just one of many reasons to visit Maui in spring. The winter crowds are gone, the spring weather is lovely, and prices are generally lower than during the busy winter and summer seasons. Here are some popular things to do on Maui in spring.

NOTE: Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on Maui’s tourism, some of the businesses, events, or activities mentioned in this blog may have changed their operations temporarily or permanently. As things change constantly through this transition, please check directly with businesses or event organizers to verify the latest status. Mahalo!




things to do on Maui in spring: whale tail in ocean


Whale Watching: Maui’s winter whale watching season extends well into March. Humpback whales migrate to Hawaii’s warm waters for the winter months, and the official Maui whale-watching season is from mid-December to mid-May with the peak months for whale sightings being January, February, and March. Whale watching cruises are a wonderful way to see these magnificent creatures. (Note: most whale watching excursions stop operating in April, as the number of whales declines.) More Whale Watching Tips





Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival: Two days of festivities including live entertainment, children’s activities, information from various participating whale research organizations, and booths displaying ocean-themed art for sale.

2020 Date: Tbd (2020 festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing)  Lahaina (West Maui) 

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

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things to do on Maui in spring: hula dancer

Prince Kuhio Festival: The Hawaiian Islands were previously ruled under a monarchy, and Hawaii still honors its great royalty from the past. Prince Kuhio Day on March 26 is a State holiday remembering Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1922). This annual festival in Lahaina honors Prince Kuhio with Hawaiian music, hula, and locally-made arts and crafts. One of the most popular things to do on Maui in spring. 

2020 Dates: March 28-29   Lahaina (West Maui) ; 2020 dates might possibly be changed to April 4-5

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Stay in a Lahaina B&B





Celebration of the Arts: For those interested in delving deeper into Hawaiian ways, this wonderful annual event in Kapalua provides an opportunity for locals and visitors to experience authentic Hawaiian culture through demonstrations of hula and chant, hands-on workshops in Hawaiian arts, and genuine one-on-one interaction with local cultural leaders and artists. 

2020 Date: April 10-11 Kapalua (West Maui) 

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things to do on Maui in spring: Banyan Tree
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Lahaina Banyan Tree Birthday Celebration: Happy Birthday to Lahaina’s famous Banyan Tree–147 years old this year! Maui residents and visitors gather each year under its shady boughs to celebrate this landmark tree. Located oceanfront in central Lahaina, the tree was eight feet tall when planted in 1873 and is now a truly astounding sight–dozens of massive trunks are spread over nearly an acre of land under a canopy of green leaves! Celebrated each year on the third weekend in April, the festivities include a birthday cake, live music, Maui arts and crafts, and more. 

2020 Date: April 18-19 

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Stay in nearby Kaanapali




Things to do on Maui in spring: taro plantEast Maui Taro Festival: A celebration of the taro plant, a staple of the Hawaiian diet (poi is made from taro). This fun event takes place at the Hana Ballpark and features a farmers market, poi pounding, food booths, arts and crafts, live music, hula, and a taro pancake breakfast. 

2020 Date: April 25 Hana (East Maui) 

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May Day is Lei Day: The first of May (traditionally May Day) is things to do on Maui in spring: woman holding a variety of leicelebrated as “Lei Day” in the islands, honoring Hawaii’s treasured tradition of making, giving, and wearing lei. If you’re in Maui on May 1, stop by the Lei Day Heritage Festival at the Bailey House Museum (Hale Ho’ike’ike) in Wailuku. This free community festival includes a lei contest and displays, Hawaiian craft demonstrations and exhibits, and Hawaiian song and dance. 

2020 Date: May 1 Wailuku (Central Maui)

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Maui Steel Guitar Festival: A wonderful celebration of traditional steel guitar music! Cultural activities and steel guitar lessons, workshops, performances, jam sessions. A lot of great music! Events take place at The Shops at Wailea in South Maui and Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului. 

2020 Dates: May 15-17  Wailea (South Maui) and Kahului (Central Maui) 

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Maui Brewers Festival: Featuring more than 40 breweries–craft beers from the mainland and Hawaii—food booths, door prizes, a home brew competition, and live music. This event takes place on the lawn at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. 

2020 Date: May 16 Wailuku (Central Maui) 

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things to do on Maui in spring: menu and mai tai


Restaurant Week Wailea: Foodie alert! Twice a year, in spring and fall, Wailea’s fabulous, world-renowned restaurants celebrate Restaurant Week Wailea with three course, pre-fixe menus for just $29, $39, $49 or $59 per person. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience these acclaimed restaurants at a great value and support a worthwhile cause while you’re munching–a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Maui Food Bank. One of the yummiest things to do on Maui in spring! 

2020 Date: May 24-30 

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Stay in beautiful Wailea



Year-round Activities

Front Street Town Party.PolinaheFriday 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.

• 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.

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!

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.

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!


things to do on Maui in spring: hula girl presenting a lei
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