Annual Events and Festivals
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There’s always something happening on Maui. Attending one of the Magic Isle’s lively festivals is a great way to experience its diverse cultural heritage, sample its local cuisine and take in some rousing musical performances.
Maui’s cultural past, present and future are celebrated through a wide variety of events, like 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”; if you thought taro stopped at poi, wait til you try fluffy pancakes and more goodies made with Hawaii’s most traditional food staple.
Foodies will also love the Maui Onion Festival (May) and the long-running Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (June), a prestigious culinary event replete with internationally renowned winemakers, legendary sommeliers and top chefs. The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (October) takes place on three islands including Maui, and features wine tastings, cooking demos and more.
The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival (June) in Central Maui honors an art form that originated in Hawaii nearly two centuries ago. Watch performances by more than a dozen masters of this musical style that has given Hawaiian 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. Film fans will enjoy the annual Maui Film Festival (June), which has drawn national acclaim for its premieres and screenings, many of which take place outdoors under a starry sky (talk about movie magic).