Spring has almost sprung here on The Valley Isle, and there is plenty to keep you busy this March. Whether you’re headed to Maui for a romantic honeymoon getaway, on a family trip to the tropics or an adventurous solo mission, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself on one of the island’s top travel destinations.
For more information or to see the best weekly, monthly and yearly celebrations, check out our calendar of Upcoming Maui Events.
Maui Events March 2020
Maui Film Festival – Tickets on Sale Now!
Now in its 21st year, the Maui Film Festival celebrates filmmakers and films through five days and nights of special screenings, panels, award ceremonies, and premiers. Running June 17-21, 2020, the Maui Film Festival will feature a variety of original films under starry Hawaiian skies at several open-air locations around Maui. The Maui Film Festival also hosts several culinary arts celebrations, featuring world-renowned chefs and innovative farm to table displays. Tickets for a variety of festival packages are on sale here.
9th Annual Maui 5k: Maui Ocean Center presents the 9th annual Maui 5k and 1-mile fun run/walk. 100% of the profits from the event will be distributed back to the participating schools to be used to enhance or improve the school’s physical fitness, play, and athletic programs. The event relies on donations from local businesses and organizations and support from volunteers to make this a success! Event begins at 7:00 at the Ma’alaea Triangle.
HAPA – The Original: Meaning ‘half’ in Hawaiian, the name HAPA is inspired by the band’s two members – Keli’i Kaneali’i of South Pacific ancestry, and Barry Flanagan from New Jersey. Recognized as one of the most groundbreaking artists in Hawaiian music, the HAPA duo will reunite after 17 years for a special performance at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Pick up a paintbrush and get creative with the whole family at Maui’s most family-friendly art class. Learn how to paint a rooster and take home your own artwork. Ages 8 and up are welcome, class runs from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Wailuku First Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family fun entertainment on Wailuku’s historic Market Street.
Toby Walker: Blending the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, old-time jazz, and rock, Toby Walker is an award-winning guitarist and songwriter known for his roots music, finger-style guitar playing, and engaging spirit. He has toured the U.S., UK, and Europe, and has been inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. Catch him at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 pm.
Mrs. Krishnan’s Party: Enjoy a night of laughter, tears, good music, great food, and new friendships at this hilarious interactive comedy at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Guests are seated onstage, set around the dining table and kitchen in the backroom of an Indian-run convenience store as Mrs. Krishnan throws the party of her life. Seating is limited to the stage of the Castle Theater, so get your tickets early!
Theo Von: Dark Arts Tour: Best known for his comedy podcast, This Past Weekend, Theo Von is bringing his comedic talents to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center stage. Von has also been featured on Comedy Central, The Joe Rogan Experience, and his own Netflix special titled No Offense from 2015.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Pick up a paintbrush and get creative with the whole family at Maui’s most family-friendly art class. Learn how to paint an underwater dolphin scene and take home your own artwork. Ages 8 and up are welcome, class runs from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Maui Pops Orchestra Spring Pops Concert: Capathia Jenkins returns to the Maui Pops Orchestra stage alongside vocalist/pianist, Tony DeSare. Along with the 50+ member Maui Pops Orchestra, these two talents will explore The Great American Songbook, featuring music of George & Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, and so much more!
Art Maui 2020: Returning for its 42nd year, this exhibit features an array of vibrant Maui artists from mediums such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ﬁber, jewelry, sculpture, and mixed media. Presented by the Art Maui organization, this exhibit is open every day and runs from March 8 to April 3 at the Schaefer International Gallery at the MACC.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Pick up a paintbrush and get creative with the whole family at Maui’s most family-friendly art class. Learn how to paint an underwater turtle scene and take home your own artwork. Ages 8 and up are welcome, class runs 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Calder Quartet: Compromised of Benjamin Jacobson, violin; Tereza Stanislav, violin; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; and Eric Byers, cello, the Calder Quartet are known for their captivating repertoire and spectrum of sound. The New York Times has called the Calder Quartet “superb” and “imaginative, skillful creators”. Their set will feature Mozart G Major K. 387, Anders Hillborg ‘Kongsgaard Variations’, and Beethoven Quartet Op. 127.
Retrospective: Deybra Fair – Trinkets, Tokens and Treasures of a Charmed Life: Enacted to acknowledge the people who have influenced local art and share their work with the community, the Retrospective series at the Hui Noeau is proud to feature Deybra Fair. Fair’s show is a collection of mixed medium works celebrating her 40-year art career on Maui.
Artist2Artist: Henry Kapono and Paula Fuga: Hawaii music legends Henry Kapono and Paula Fuga join each other on stage for a special installment of Artist2Artist. Each having taken home multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, both Fuga and Kapono are some of Hawaii’s top artists. Join them as they talk story with the audience and share their soulful sounds at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
Lahaina Second Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment on Lahaina’s famous Front Street.
Jake Shimabukuro: Jake Shimabukuro’s 2011 release, Peace, Love, and ‘Ukulele catapulted him into worldwide stardom. Now at the forefront of the reinvention of the ‘ukulele, Shimabukuro returns to his home state for a performance on Maui. Preshow festivities, including local craft vendors and live entertainment, start at 5:30 pm in the courtyard at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Pick up a paintbrush and get creative at Maui’s most family-friendly art class. Learn how to paint an owl scene and take home your own artwork. Ages 8 and up welcome, class runs 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Pick up a paintbrush and get creative with the whole family at Island Art Party. Learn how to paint a sunset scene at Maui’s most family-friendly art class, and leave with your own artwork and great memories! Ages 8 and up welcome, class runs 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Concert at the Shops: Join internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer Makana for a night of free music at the Shops of Wailea. The show runs from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.
The Merwin Conservancy Presents Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Naomi Shihab Nye, & Kevin Young in the Green Room: Four renowned poets will read their own works, and will also read and reflect on W.S. Merwin’s career as a poet. The evening will celebrate the life of W.S. Merwin, a strong environmental advocate, and 42 year Maui resident.
Traditional Coconut Weaving with Maui Grown 808: Join Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and cultural practitioners Ui Kahue and Mario Siatris and learn how to work with lau niu (coconut leaves). Guests will learn how to weave, pattern, and how to shape and form lau niu. Participants will weave a lei po’o (head lei), peahi (fan), and a hanging umeke (basket).
Starr Kalahiki: Hailing from Oahu, Starr Kalahiki is one of Hawaii’s favorite artists. Join her as she shares her healing vocal vibrations and soulful sound at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater at 7:30 pm.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Learn how to paint a jellyfish at Maui’s most family-friendly art class. Get creative with the whole family and even take home your own artwork! Ages 8 and up are welcome, class runs 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Simrit – Live on Maui: Centered around the band’s lead singer, Simrit Kauer, the Simrit experience transcends musical genres with their unique blend of instruments and sounds. The Grateful Dead, Led Zepplin, and Mazzy Star were all influential in Simrit creating their own sound, which now features electric cello, synthesizer, bass, and percussion.
Joan Osborne: Multiplatinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, Joan Osborne is bringing her soulful vocals to the Historic Iao Theater. Joan is known best for her solo works, as well as her part in joining forces with remaining members of ‘The Grateful Dead’ and touring as ‘The Dead’.
Kihei Fourth Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment at Kihei’s Azeka Shopping Center.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Make lasting memories as you get creative with the whole family at Island Art Party. Paint a baby turtle beach scene and even take home your own artwork. Ages 8 and up are welcome, class runs 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Devising Dance Theater Workshop: This unique workshop provides a look into the creative process for Lucky Plush Productions’ nationally acclaimed work, “Rink Life,” which will be featured at the MACC on March 26. This event is $10 and open to dancers and actors of all skill levels ages 16 and up. Participants of this playful dance workshop will receive $5 off their admission to the Lucky Plush Productions show on March 26.
Lucky Plush Productions: Rink Life: Combining theater, comedy, dance, and social commentary, “Rink Life” pays homage to the aesthetic and social dynamics of 1970’s roller rink culture. In 2016, Lucky Plush became the first and only dance company to receive the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, in recognition of their creativity.
John Prine: Two time Grammy award winner John Prine is bringing his singing and songwriting talents to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. 50 years into his career, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy. John Prine has written songs for Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Norah Jones, and many others.
Kihei Fourth Friday: Live music, ono grinds, shopping and family-fun entertainment at Kihei’s Azeka Shopping Center.
“Proof of Loyalty”: In this 2017 film, Kazuo Yamane, a Nisei Japanese American from Hawai‘i, played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. “Proof of Loyalty” will be screening at the MACC at 6:00 pm.
Great Whale Count: Serving as one of the world’s longest-running citizen scientist projects, the Great Whale Count brings volunteers together to count whales from 12 Maui survey sites. Explore a new part of the island and help scientists catalog humpback whale trends and abundance.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Paint an ‘Aloha’ beach scene and get creative with the whole family at Maui’s most family-friendly art class. Create lasting memories and works of art! Ages 8 and up are welcome, class runs 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Daryl Hall and John Oates: Hall of fame rockers and #1 selling duo in music history are coming to the MACC, joined by special guest and local favorite Henry Kapono. The duo has released six #1 singles, classics such as “Rich Girl”, and “Maneater”. Gates open at 5 pm.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Pick up a paintbrush and paint a twilight palm tree scene at Island Art Party. Spend an afternoon getting creative with the whole family and even take home your own artwork. Ages 8 and up are welcome, class runs 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
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