Maui Events December 2016

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From a special eight course Chef’s Table NYE Dinner to live music performances, William Shatner at Iao Theater, Maui Film Festival’s FirstLight Series, holiday shopping fairs and more, there’s plenty in store for residents and visitors seeking fun, family-friendly activities for the 2016 holiday season. Where better to celebrate than in paradise, after all?!

For more information or to see the best weekly, monthly and yearly celebrations, check out our calendar of Upcoming Maui Events.

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Maui Events December 2016

Select Friday & Saturday Evenings (December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 30th):

Maui Chef’s Table – Come experience the Maui Chef’s Table culinary adventure on the grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation! Enjoy 7 courses of unique, farm-fresh cuisine and craft cocktails, all prepared in a gorgeous island setting. Please check their calendar for dates and tickets. $150 per person, including tax and gratuity.

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Every Third Tuesday (December 13th):

Brushstrokes & Brews – On the third Tuesday of each month, Island Art Party brings its fun painting classes to The Maui Brewing Co. in Kihei. Come create a beautiful painting of ‘Tranquil Cove’ this month, and enjoy happy hour pricing in the tasting room all night! Only $59 (kama’aina discount available with ID) and it sells out quick, so book early. Ages 16+ only.

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December 1st

Atmosphere: Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour: Playing outdoors at the MACC’s Yokouchi Pavilion, Atmosphere presents hits from their 20+ year career, including songs from their 1997 album, Overcast, 2014 album, Southsiders, and more.

December 2nd

Wailuku First Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family fun entertainment on Wailuku’s historic Market Street.

Eric Church & Friends: Widely successful country music star Eric Church performs at the MACC, along with friends Lee Ann Womack, Lukas Nelson, Robert Earl Keen, Shawn Camp, Liz Rose, and Charlie Worsham, for a night of live music as part of the 2nd annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival.

December 3rd

Family Class at Island Art Party: Celebrate the weekend with a family class at Kihei’s Island Art Party. Ages 8 and up are welcome to join in on a painting of ‘Baked.’ Kama’aina discount available with a local ID.

William Finnegan in the Green Room: Presented by the Merwin Conservancy, guests are invited to join award-winning author and journalist, William Finnegan, at the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater. A recent Pulitzer Prize winner for his best-selling surf memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, this event includes a live musical performance, intimate Q&A and reception.

Willie Wonderland: Willie K returns to his popular holiday concert at the MACC, sure to be filled with old favorites and new surprises,  all for the benefit of his many fans, friends, and family.

4th Annual Friends & Family Craft Fair: Head to Pukalani to shop craft booths for framed quilts, decorated dish towel sets, table runners, handmade jewelry, baby items, Hawaiian print boxer shorts, Hawaiian Fusion bed coverings, quilts, dog collars, Portugese soup, and other specialty items.

31st Annual Haleakala Waldorf Holiday Faire: Located at Haleakala Waldorf School, this longstanding tradition is Maui’s most festive holiday season event with crafts, silent auction, food, keiki activities, live entertainment and more.

December 4th

Holiday Pops: Holiday Pops is all about tradition. The Maui Pops Orchestra and guest vocalist, Nicole Parker, will present favorite holiday classics at the MACC, plus a little something different added by conductor Jim Durham.

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December 6th

Konomi Dance Works – The MIX 2016: Konomi Dance Works, Maui’s first and only all-out hip hop dance studio, makes a triumphant return to the MACC for a fantastic evening of the latest urban hip hop, KPop, breakin’, poppin’, Jazz funk, tap, and contemporary dance moves.

December 9th

Lahaina Second Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment on Lahaina’s famous Front Street.

Jo Koy: Appearing on over 100 episodes of “Chelsea Lately,” Jo Koy heads to the MACC to share his infectious, explosive energy on stage, insightful jokes, and family‐inspired humor that crosses all boundaries.

December 10th

Breakfast with Santa, Island Style: Located at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from 8am to 10am, come enjoy a holiday breakfast buffet, festive keiki holiday music, keiki goodie bag and Santa visit!

MAPA’s Nutcracker Sweets: Maui audiences are in for a sweet treat this holiday season when Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Nutcracker Sweets, a delightful family-friendly production of the treasured classic featuring 150 MAPA students.

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December 11th

MAPA’s Nutcracker Sweets: Maui audiences are in for a sweet treat this holiday season when Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Nutcracker Sweets, a delightful family-friendly production of the treasured classic featuring 150 MAPA students.

December 13th

Maui Film Festival FirstLight: Maui Film Festival presents FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui. Celebrate the season and great cinema at the MACC. Single tickets & VIP FastPass tickets available.

December 16th

Makawao Third Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment on Makawao’s Baldwin Avenue.

Streetlight Cadence: A 4 piece alternative folk-pop band that started on the streets of historic Waikiki, Streetlight Cadence offers unconventional instrumentation served with warm, engaging ambiance at the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater.

December 17th

Maui Chamber Orchestra Christmas Holiday ConcertThe Maui Chamber Orchestra proudly presents its Christmas Holiday Concert at Iao Theater, featuring Telemann: Concerto in B-flat Major for 2 flutes, 2 oboes and strings, and more. 

Trevor Hall: Performing at the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater, Trevor Hall performs an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae, and Sanskrit chanting.

Don’t Crack Under Pressure Season 2: Chronicling the adventures of men and women who are fueled by a zest for life which springs forth from a passion for their art, this film showcases a mix of different thrilling action sports, from surfing to wingsuiting, freediving, skiing, kitesurfing and more.

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December 18th

Maui Chamber Orchestra Christmas Holiday ConcertThe Maui Chamber Orchestra proudly presents its Christmas Holiday Concert at Iao Theater, featuring Telemann: Concerto in B-flat Major for 2 flutes, 2 oboes and strings, and more. 

Rebelution: This all-ages concert, held at the MACC’s Yokouchi Pavilion, features music from reggae artist Rebelution as well as special performances by Pepper and New Kingston.

December 20th

Maui Film Festival FirstLight: Maui Film Festival presents FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui. Celebrate the season and great cinema at the MACC. Single tickets & VIP FastPass tickets available.

December 21st

Jim Gaffigan – Fully Dressed: Actor, writer, producer, Grammy nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five, Jim Gaffigan won’t be donning his birthday suit as he packs up the tour bus and hits the ‘road’ with his family for his live “Fully Dressed” stop at the MACC.

December 22nd

Maui Film Festival FirstLight: Maui Film Festival presents FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui. Celebrate the season and great cinema at the MACC. Single tickets & VIP FastPass tickets available.

December 23rd

Kihei Fourth Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment at Kihei’s Azeka Shopping Center.

Maui Film Festival FirstLight: Maui Film Festival presents FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui. Celebrate the season and great cinema at the MACC. Single tickets & VIP FastPass tickets available.

December 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

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December 27th

Maui Film Festival FirstLight: Maui Film Festival presents FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui. Celebrate the season and great cinema at the MACC. Single tickets & VIP FastPass tickets available.

December 28th

Maui Film Festival FirstLight: Maui Film Festival presents FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui. Celebrate the season and great cinema at the MACC. Single tickets & VIP FastPass tickets available.

December 29th

Phil Lesh & Friends: Performing at the MACC’s Castle Theater, Phil Lesh has kept his musical journey fresh by constantly and consistently putting together bands featuring dynamic, exciting musicians and singers working together toward keeping the music of the Grateful Dead moving forward into the future.

December 30th

William Shatner Pre-NYE Celebration: For one night only, head to Wailuku’s Iao Theater for William Shatner, the Negotiator himself, beams into Maui with his long time special guest, Brian Evans, performing several of the classic standards that have earned him acclaim.

Lanai Fifth Friday: The 5th Friday Lana‘i Package includes a round-trip ferry ride between Lahaina Harbor and Manele Harbor, round-trip ground transportation between Manele Harbor and Lana‘i City, and an event passport.

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December 31st

The Mill House NYE Dinner: Spend New Year’s Eve under the stars at the gorgeous Mill House Restaurant at Maui Tropical Plantation! This special dinner event includes 8 courses of innovate, farm-to-table cuisine, as well as a preceding cocktail hour with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. $250 per person, and available for up to 56 guests. Book quickly, as this will definitely fill up.

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Thank you for reading our list of December 2016 events on Maui. We’re wishing you a lovely holiday season, and feel free to add any recommended events we may have missed in the comment section below!