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Things to Do!


HUI NOEAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER

2841 Baldwin Avenue

Makawao (Upcountry) Good Day Trip!

Nice setting on an historic upcountry estate with art exhibits, a gift shop and art classes for adults and children. We enjoy visitng the pottery artists out side the rear of the building. Fun to watch them at work!

808-572-6560 or visit their website.

http://www.huinoeau.com

 
KIDS: SURFING GOAT DIARY & FARM (UPCOUNTRY)

3651 Omaopio Road

Kula, Hawaii 96790 (Lower Kula) Good Day Trip!

Best to get there around 3PM as they bring in the Goats to milk them- although anytime is fine! Nice cheese- see it made and feed the Goats. Kids love it and I did as well! Tie it in to your UpCountry day-trip!

808-878-2870 or visit their website www.surfinggoatdiary.com.

 

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK

Open Daily

Take Ranger/Naturalist guided walks, hikes, as well as programs on geology and natural and cultural history and 15 to 20 minute presentations. Go to Summit area. Also special evening star watching programs are conducted periodically. Occasionally special all day, half day hikes, 3 day trips, or full moon hikes are offered. This year they will start limiting visitor access via their own cars.

808-572-4400

Horseback: Contact Haleakala On Horseback and reserve your guided tour. Very limited so make reservations early. 888-349-7888

 

ASTRONOMY TOUR OF THE STARS

Nightly at 8,9 and 10 PM at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali (West Maui)

Fascinating Cosmic one-hour tour of the stars on the rooftop. About $25 bucks-limit 10 persons.

800-245-9229.

 

SUNSET CLIFF-DIVE

Every evening at sunset Sheraton Maui, Kaanapali (West Maui) Watch it from our condo lanai or while having a Pina Colada at the Hula Grill or LeiLani’s. It is also nice to walk down to Sheraton early and watch the entire celebration as they tell the story of the Tiki torch lighting ceremony.

Sheraton Maui rests atop the famed black rock, Puu Kekaa, site of many Hawaiian legends.

800-245-9229.

WHALERS VILLAGE ENTERTAINMENT

Kaanapali Resort (West Maui) Next store to The Whaler

Whalers Village shopping complex features live entertainment most nights on its center stage. The Whalers Village Museum, on the mezzanine level, interactively brings to life LaHaina's golden era of whaling; open daily.

800-245-9229.

FRIDAY NIGHT IS ART NIGHT

Every Friday Evening, Year-round from 7-10 PM

LaHaina Town (West Maui)

Stroll through dozens of art galleries in Old LaHaina Town for special exhibitions, featured artists in person, refreshments and all free!

888-310-1117 or 808-667-9194.

 

KIPAHULU OHANA CULTURAL TOURS

First Tuesday of each month

Haleakala National Park - Kipahulu Section (East Maui)

National Park Service, Kipahulu Ohana offers one-hour tours of taro patches with light hikes into neighboring forest. Tour restored loi (taro fields) with close-up look into Hawaiian life. Meet outside the Pools at the Park's Oheo Visitors Center at 1 PM. Group tours by arrangement.

808-572-4433

HE UI CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL

1st & 3rd Weekends of Every Month 9 AM-5 PM. Sat/ Sun

Old LaHaina Town (under the Banyan Tree)

Hawaiian artists and crafters display, sell, and demonstrate cultural arts and crafts. Live Hawaiian music and community members give talks on their culture.

888-310-1117 or 808-667-9194.

 

HULA - ARTS AND CRAFTS

LaHaina Cannery Mall, Lahaina

Keiki (children) hula: 1 PM Sat/Sun.

Polynesian dancers: 7 PM Tues/Thurs

PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION EVENTS & TOURS

Maui's oldest and largest marine conservation organization, the Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving whales, dolphins, coral reefs and our planet's oceans. See their Calendar of Events. They also have the best whale watching cruises! Plus off whale season snotkel trips to Lanai are the best! Usually yousee Turtles and Spinner Dolphins (do the 8AM-1PM trip)

http://pacificwhale.org/calendar/event_calendar.html

THE MAUI PANIOLO DANCE ASSOCIATION

Weekly at Tavares (Pukalani) Community Center (Upcountry Maui)

The Maui Paniolo Dance Association is dedicated to country dancing on Maui. They meet once a week, offering free lesson(s) at the beginning hour. Open dance is from 8-10 PM. $3 donation. Clean, family, atmosphere. No partner required. 808-572-0494 or visit their site. http://www.mauipaniolodance.com/

 

HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR CONCERT SERIES

Every Wednesday – 7:30 PM    Don't Miss this show! George has now won 3 Grammy's in a row!

Place: Napili Kai resort near Kapalua (West Maui)

Experience Hawaii’s unique cultural legacy with some of the best Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Artists.

888-669-3858 or visit their site. http://www.slackkey.com

 
MAUI ONION FESTIVAL & HULA SHOW AT WHALERS VILLAGE

Date: August (check date) 11 AM- 5 PM Saturday and Sunday

Whaler's Village, Kaanapali Resort (West Maui)

Annual celebration of the Maui Onion (sweetie) with booths, entertainment, fun, food, and Maui cooking. Watch Island chefs demo special recipes or join the onion-eating contest (adult & kids). Also you can watch, participate or maybe even judge amateur and professional cooking competitions. Free admission.

808-661-4567.

 

Take in the sights of Maui

Lahaina's Famous Banyon Tree

The Banyan Tree (ficus benghalensis) has been a Lahaina landmark for more than 12 decades. The tree has spread over the area via aerial roots which; when they reach the ground, grow into thick trunks. The Lahaina Banyan Tree is the largest in the United States. It's hard to believe that this tree was planted only a little over a hundred years ago, and is so large now that it has to be supported in various places. The tree is a good landmark in Lahaina, being located directly across from the Wharf Cinema Center and right next to the Pioneer Inn near the harbor on Front Street.
 

Lahaina Harbour
 
Lahaina harbor itself is a beautiful area, just across from Front Street and right next to the LaHaina Beach. Here, one can get access to a variety of water sports, from parasailing to surfing lessons. It is also a very pleasant place to simply take some lunch and a walk, while you explore the surrounding historical landmarks of LaHaina.

 

 

 


The Carthaginian (now at sleep on ocean floor)
 

 This replica of a 19th century brig is known as the Carthaginian. It is typical of the small vessels that brought commerce and trade to these islands last century. The ship has been rebuilt to authentic specifications, and features an interesting exhibit on the whaling industry, which dominated the seas over a hundred years ago. The museum is located at LaHaina harbor, across from the Pioneer Inn, and is open daily. Not true any more you will have to take a deep dive into the ocean to see this beauty as it is now a reef at the bottom of the ocean! Nice picture tho' .......sorry you missed it!

 

The Pioneer Inn

The old Pioneer Inn, across from LaHaina harbor, has original section fronting that dates from the turn of the century. Shops were added in the mid-60's, but it was built in a way careful to match the style of the original building. The inn served as the only accommodation for visitors coming to west Maui until the 1950's. Nice breakfast spot!
 

 

 

 

Lahaina Jodo Mission - The Statue of Buddha
 
The statue of the Amida Buddha is the largest of its kind outside Japan, and was cast between 1967 and 1968. A highlight of the mission grounds, it is made of bronze and copper, stands 12 feet high and weights approximately three and a half tons. The completed statue was finished in June of 1968.

 

Sugar Cane Train - Lahaina Station

The Sugar Cane Train, or LaHaina Kaanapali & Pacific Railroad, is a locomotive that rides on one of the last used tracks of rail in the Islands. Once used for transport of agricultural goods back in the early days of the sugar cane trade, the train is now used to transport visitors back to another time, through the sugar cane fields and coconut groves of 19th century LaHaina town. Best to go one-way and have a friend pick you up rather than round trip that is a bit boring.....