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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.

(UPDATE: This blog was updated in February 2022, but due to the constantly evolving impacts of COVID-19, status of some of the spring 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 SPRING

MARCH EVENTS IN MAUI

Whale Watching Maui, 2 whale tails
©RobOwenPhotography

 

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

 

Annual Whale Tales Event: Typically held in person in Kapalua, the Whale Tales annual program features international scientists, photographers, and conservationists sharing about the latest whale research and ocean conservation. Whale Tales is presented by Whale Trust, a Maui-based research and education organization dedicated to studying humpback whale behavior and communication.

2022 Dates: February 18-21 Maui whale watches, open-air events at Kohola Brewery and Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate. March 26-27 Virtual live-stream featuring marine researchers and photographers from around the world. April 23 Whale Tales Closing panel on Earth Day weekend 

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Stay in one of these book-direct Kapalua condos

 

Kula Farms Maui Strawberries

Kula Country Farms U-pick Strawberries: You’ve never had a real strawberry until you’ve tried Kula strawberries! Enjoy a gorgeous drive upcountry to Kula Country Farms, where you get to hand pick your own basket of strawberries amidst spectacular views of Central Maui and the West Maui Mountains. This is a great activity for the kids to learn about farming and strawberries, pose in the cute photo ops, and run around in the fun keiki (kids) zone.

2022 Dates: Only available from February through June. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm. Kula (Upcountry)

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Stay in a North Shore and Upcountry B&B or Inn

 

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.

2022 Dates: Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival might be cancelled due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic.   Lahaina (West Maui) 

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Stay nearby in one of these book-direct Lahaina condos

 

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. 

2022 Dates:  Festival dates were not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival might be cancelled due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic.  Lahaina (West Maui) 

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Stay in a Lahaina B&B

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. 

2022 Dates: This has been changed to a virtual event due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. You can enjoy the open showcase on March 12 through the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase’s Facebook page. Typically in Wailea (South Maui) and Kahului (Central Maui) 

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Maui 5k: The 11th annual Maui 5k was created out of the desire to help our children live a happier, more active and healthy lifestyle. Held in Kahului, the 5k is timed, while the 1 mile is untimed and for keiki (children) or adults of all ages. Funds raised will go toward physical education, fitness, play and athletic programs in our Maui County schools and youth clubs.

2022 Date: March 6, sponsored by Maui Ocean Center and begins at Maui Adventure Sports in Kahului. Kahului (Central Maui)

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

 

APRIL EVENTS IN MAUI

things to do on Maui in spring: two runners along the ocean.Marathon runner
©Polinahe Photography

Maui Marathon: The Annual Maui Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifier event, follows a 26.2-mile course across the island from Kahului to Kaanapali and is considered one of the 10 most scenic marathons in the U.S. If you are on Maui that day and aren’t running in the marathon, you can still join in the fun by cheering on the participants along the route. Stay in Kaanapali at one of these hotels/resorts!

2022 Date:  The Maui Marathon is usually scheduled for fall but the 50th annual event was postponed from 2021 to April 24, 2022 due to the COVID pandemic (Ends in Kaanapali, West Maui)

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

 

Auntie with keiki
Photo by Hawaii Tourism Authority – Tor Johnson

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. 

2022 Dates: The 30th Annual event is taking place April 15 & 16. The schedule of events will be posted as information becomes available. Kapalua (West Maui) 

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Stay nearby in one of these book-direct Kapalua condos

 

 

 

Lahaina Banyan Tree
©Polinahe Photography

Lahaina Banyan Tree Birthday Celebration: Happy Birthday to Lahaina’s famous Banyan Tree–149 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. 

2022 Date: Not yet announced at the time of this writing; this festival might be cancelled due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic.  

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Stay in nearby Kaanapali

East 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. 

2022 Date: The 28th Annual Festival date is April 23. Hana (East Maui) 

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Stay in Hana at these book-direct Hana condos and Hana vacation rentals

 

 

MAY EVENTS IN MAUI

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. 

2022 Date: May 1. This has been changed to a virtual event due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. A Lei competition will be virtually judged, and likely Hawaiian music and hula performed on site streaming via Facebook.  Wailuku (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. 

2022 Date: This has been cancelled indefinitely due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. Wailuku (Central Maui) 

Tickets, Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

 

Monkeypod 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! 

2022 Dates: Restaurant Week Wailea has been temporarily suspended due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. It will be reinstated as soon as possible! Typically Wailea (South Maui)

Details & Future Dates (as they become available)

Stay in beautiful Wailea

 

MORE TIPS FOR SPRING ACTIVITIES ON MAUI

Year-round Activities

Front Street Town Party.Polinahe
©Polinahe Photography

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 Market Napili

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 still 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.

 

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
Happy Lei Day on Maui!

 

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