Festivals of Maui
Experiencing a Maui Festival is a unique and exciting way to better appreciate the island’s diverse cultural heritage.
The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival (June) in Central Maui, for example, honors an art form that originated in Hawaii almost two centuries ago, with performances by more than a dozen masters of a musical style that has given Hawaii culture a distinctive voice.
Likewise, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival (April) showcases its own “living treasures of Hawaiian Music” in a series of free concerts, jam sessions, and workshops.
Art and film fans will enjoy the annual Maui Film Festival (June) held in Kahului and Wailea, which has drawn national acclaim for its film premieres and screenings.
Maui’s cultural past, present, and future are celebrated in a wide variety of events including Olukai Hoolaulea (May) – a tribute to the ocean and the cultures that surround it, and the East Maui Taro Festival (April) in Hana which honors Hawaii’s “staff of life.”
And, for fans of food and wine, the Maui Onion Festival (May) is a must; as is the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (June) – Hawaii’s most notable culinary event, replete with internationally-renowned winemakers, legendary sommeliers, and top chefs. Come as you are but be sure to bring (1) your thirst and (2) your appetite. With a multitude of festivals occurring throughout the year, for more see Maui Events.