Happy New Year, people! Time to rinse off that champagne hangover in the Pacific and order up some loco moco to really get your 2019 diet kickstarted. This year, we’re set to celebrate the New Year in style with plenty of activities around the island, from weekly multi-course dining events at The Mill House to concerts, local town parties, painting events and more.
For more information or to see the best weekly, monthly and yearly celebrations, check out our calendar of Upcoming Maui Events.
Maui Events January 2019
Saturday Evenings (January 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th):
Maui Chef’s Table – Come experience the Maui Chef’s Table culinary adventure on the grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation! Enjoy 9 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; 6pm – 9:30pm.
Straight No Chaser: Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. Come see them at the MACC’s Castle Theater.
Wailuku First Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family fun entertainment on Wailuku’s historic Market Street.
An Evening with Judy Collins: Blues Bear Hawaii presents singer/songwriter and folk music icon, Judy Collins. Judy is on tour in support of her most recent release, “Strangers Again,” a collection of duets with some of her favorite male artists, including Don Mclean, Michael McDonald, Jeff Bridges, Willie Nelson, & Jackson Browne.
Willie K & Friends BluesFest: Join Willie K and his Warehouse Blues Band as he hosts special guests for an evening of blues, rock, and whatevahs. Guest artists include Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Tavana, John Akapo, and more TBA!
Songs of the Pacific: Join the Whale Trust research team and special guests for an evening celebrating the enchanting humpback whale song that captured our hearts and helped save a species. This memorable evening will feature outrigger canoe trips from shore hosted by Whale Trust researchers, a sunset dinner at the beach by Chef Lee, and a private concert by John Cruz. Attire for the event is beach casual. $175 per person.
“The Essence” Film Screening: Filmed by the father of the surf film genre, Bud Browne, The Essence evocatively shares the beauty of surfing while pondering the reason why we surf. This event is held in conjunction with the Surfing Hawaii gallery exhibit at the MACC.
Lahaina Second Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment on Lahaina’s famous Front Street.
Starry Night Cinema – SmallFoot: Bring a low-back beach chair and/or a blanket and spread out on the lawn for a special screening of the animated film, “SMALLFOOT.” Come early and enjoy live pre-show musical entertainment with Brad Kahikinaand a free art activity for the kids prior to the film. Gates open at 5pm.
Family Class at Island Art Party: From 2pm to 4:30pm, reserve a spot in Kihei’s family-friendly painting class. Painting ‘Red Jellyfish,’ this class is open for ages 8 and up.
Observe & Play Family Day – Surfing Hawaii: Families are invited to view the exhibit together and engage in some hands-on art-making fun. All ages are welcome. 10am-12pm.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s music is a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. Get ready for a dance-filled evening of fun and tunes!
Blayne Asing: In addition to his expertise in playing a variety of instruments, Asing is a prolific songwriter. His original songs range from country/folk to Hawaiian and island music, but he also loves performing the music of his favorite Hawaiian legends. He received the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for “Most Promising Artist.” Come see him perform live at the MACC.
Broadway Pops featuring Scarlett Strallen & Hugh Panaro: Maui Pops Orchestra’s annual sell-out Broadway Pops concert features the vocal talents of Scarlett Strallen & Hugh Panaro. “Hollywood to Broadway” will include songs from My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, Ice Castles, Phantom of the Opera, and so much more.
Makawao Third Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment on Makawao’s Baldwin Avenue.
Slightly Stoopid: Coming off their sold out U.S. amphitheater tour, San Diego’s reggae rock fusion band Slightly Stoopid returns to Maui for their largest show yet, with special guests, Hawaii’s own Rebel Souljahz and Fortunate Youth.
Anjelah Johnson – More of Me Tour: Anjelah became an internet sensation with her viral video, “Nail Salon.” That same year she joined the cast of “MADtv” as a series regular, which spawned another internet sensation, “Bon Qui Qui.” This original character, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been viewed and replicated by over 75 million people worldwide. Come see her live at the MACC.
Family Class at Island Art Party: From 2pm to 4:30pm, reserve a spot in Kihei’s family-friendly painting class. Painting ‘Dragonflies,’ this class is open for ages 8 and up.
An Evening with David Sedaris: With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Come see him live at the MACC.
Kihei Fourth Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment at Kihei’s Azeka Shopping Center.
Family Class at Island Art Party: From 2pm to 4:30pm, reserve a spot in Kihei’s family-friendly painting class. Painting ‘Homeward Bound,’ this class is open for ages 8 and up.
Judy’s Gang in “Shmoovies!”: Shmoovies? That’s a combination of “shows” and “movies.” Choreographed by Judy Ridolfino, the tap and jazz dancers of Judy’s Gang will take you on a trip through some of the best movies, from “Hairspray” to “Rio” to “Grease” to “Burlesque,” “Coco,” and more!
Surfing Hawaii – Exhibit-Related Lectures: Well-known Hawaiian emersion educator, Pulama Collier, born on the northeast shores of Maui, will share her knowledge about spirituality and sport and the legends of Hawaiian women in surfing. Surfing is one of Hawaii’s most iconic symbols, even more so in the past than today. See how Hawaiian surfing appeared in a century’s worth of advertising and other parts of pop culture in rare historic illustrations, described and explained by author and historian DeSoto Brown.
Derek Gripper: Derek Gripper is a classical guitarist from South Africa who has taken a unique path. He arranges and interprets complex songs usually played on two koras – a 21-stringed West African lute – and plays them on one classical guitar. See him live at the MACC.
Mahalo for reading our list of Maui’s coolest events for this month! We hope you have a memorable experience exploring the beauty of the Aloha State, and be sure to let us know your favorite activities in the comments below. Aloha!