The month of September traditionally marks the start of Maui’s slow season. The kids are back in school, the temperatures are cooling down, and the island may be quiet- but there is still a ton of fun to be had! This month on Maui, we celebrate with musicians, farm-to-table dining events, a special Breadfruit Day celebration, Starry Night Cinema, a slew of concerts, the beloved Kula Festival and more! Mark your calendars with fun local activities, and enjoy a month of relative calmness before the holiday season begins.
For more information or to see the best weekly, monthly and yearly celebrations, check out our calendar of Upcoming Maui Events.
Maui Events September 2019
Select Saturday Evenings (September 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th):
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.
Maui Gift and Craft Fair: Spend a day browsing Maui’s largest craft fair at Lahaina Gateway Center, every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. Showcasing local vendors and artists, browse through a selection of jewelry, photography, art, and souvenirs. Refreshments, food, and kid-friendly activities are available as well.
Maui Brew B-Que: Enjoy Maui’s Brewing’s afternoon Brew B-Que, featuring yummy bbq treats like beer can chicken. This weekly event features live music, games, as well as lots of locally brewed beer of course!
Family Class at Island Art Party: Secure your spot in Kihei’s most family-friendly painting class. Ages 8 and up are invited to learn how to paint a beach scene and personalize their own beach signs. Class runs 2pm to 4:30pm.
Aquari-OM: Take a yoga class among sharks, stingrays, and Ulua at Maui Ocean Center’s open ocean exhibit. Reservations are required.
Starry Night Cinema: Spend a night under the stars at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s free screening of Pokemon, Detective Pikachu! This event also includes pre-show entertainment, a Keiki art activity, and food from local vendors. Open seating is on the lawn, so be sure to bring a low beach chair or blanket. Gates open at 5:30 pm.
Wailuku First Friday Town Party: Explore charming Wailuku Town and enjoy an array of local food, vendors, activities, and multiple music stages on historic Market Street.
Breadfruit Day: Free community event at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens celebrating the ‘Ulu, or breadfruit. Includes chef demonstrations, plant and ‘Ulu sales, food booths, live music, and hula.
Banyan Tree Art Festival: Presented by the Lahaina Arts Society, the Banyan Tree Art Festival now runs every weekend on both Saturday and Sunday until the end of the year at Lahaina Cannery Mall. Browse handcrafted artworks from professional local artists beginning at 9 am until close.
Hula Ma’i: Hula Ma’i at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center features traditional procreation chants and will look at poetic chants expressed in Hula form as well. Parental discretion is advised.
Artist 2 Artist: Get up close and personal with two award-winning musicians, Henry Kapono and Blayne Asing at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Artists will talk story with the crowd, answer questions, and share their music in this concert series.
Ku Mai Ka Hula: Ku Mai Ka Hula at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center features both solo and group performances from award-winning halaus. Participants from around Hawaii, the mainland, and Japan will be showcasing both modern and traditional forms of Hula. Food, beverages, and Hawaii made products from local vendors will be available for purchase.
Chinese Moon Festival: Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina. This traditional celebration features moon cake sampling, tea for purchase, games and activities for the Keiki, and a Chinese lantern display. Festivities start at 4 pm, and admission is free to the museum beginning September 9th.
Lahaina Banyan Tree Ho’olaulea: Festival under the Lahaina Banyan Tree featuring Hawaiian music, hula, food, local crafters, exhibits, and free games for Keiki! Event runs from 9am to 5pm.
18th Annual Richard Ho‘opi‘i Leo Ki‘eki‘e Falsetto Competition: Hawaii’s best male falsetto performers come together to belt out their best songs in this 18th annual competition at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua. Tickets can be purchased here for $20. Doors open at 5:30, show begins at 6:30.
Lahaina Second Friday Town Party: Bar hop or boutique hop on Lahaina’s most exciting Friday night of the month. Browse through the many art galleries on Front Street and enjoy food, crafts, and live music from local vendors and artists.
Island Art Party Grand Re-Opening: Celebrate Island Art Party’s grand re-opening and spend a night of fun painting ‘Maui Sunset’. In place of admission, Island Art Party will have pupus and drinks from their new juice bar for sale. Party starts at 7 pm.
Concert at the Shops: Kamaka Kukona & Halau will be performing a free concert at The Shops of Wailea from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Kamaka Kukona is a Grammy award-nominated and Na Hoku winning artist from Maui.
Artist Talks: Art & Activism with Abigail Romanchak: Artist Abigail Romanchak will be walking guests through The Maui Art and Cultural Center’s current exhibit: Art and Activism: An Exhibition About Change. Walkthrough runs from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Admission is free.
Aloha Friday: A free event at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center featuring Hawaiian cultural practitioners sharing their art, hula, and music from 6 pm to 8 pm.
ZepMaui X: Maui’s best musicians come together to honor Led Zeppelin in this annual festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Enjoy performances from a handful of artists at one of Maui’s biggest rock events. Gates open at 5:30 pm.
Maui Lilikoi Festival: An all-day event honoring the many uses of lilikoi (passionfruit) featuring Hawaiian music, games for the kids, silent auction, and a lilikoi cooking contest! Festival runs from 8 am to 3 pm at Napili Farmers Market.
Kula Festival: This 37th annual event in lovely Keokea is a favorite among upcountry residents. This festival features live music all day long, ono food, flowers and plants for sale, crafts, a silent auction, games, and more! Admission is only $1 or a can of food to donate to the local food bank. All proceeds are shared with different non-profits or charities. Children under 10 enter free. 9 am to 4 pm at St. John’s Church.
Uses of Ti Leaf Workshop: Cultural practitioner Ko’i Lum teaches the many different uses of the versatile ti leaf at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 9 am to 12 pm.
4th Annual Maui Salsa Bachata Congress: Spend an evening among some of the world’s best salsa dancers at the Sheraton Maui. This annual event features salsa workshops, live music and salsa performances, and even a sunset beach party!
Republik Music Festival: Get rootsy with reggae legends Steel Pulse, Trevor Hall, and the Original Wailers at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Tickets available for purchase, gates open at 5 pm.
Republik Music Festival: Get rootsy with reggae legends Tribal Seeds, Matisyahu, and Groundation on day two of the Republik Music Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Tickets available for purchase, gates open at 5 pm.
Ukulele Workshop: Work on your ukulele skills in a fun workshop conducted by Roy Sakuma at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Students will learn a song to be performed at the Maui Ukulele Festival. All ages are welcome, however, students must know how to hold a C, F, and G7 chord, as well as bring their own ukulele, pencil, and paper.
Kihei Fourth Friday Town Party: Sample a handful of local, ono grinds when Kihei’s food trucks come together for Fourth Friday at Azeka Shopping Center. Bring the kids for face painting, crafts, and games.
Family Class at Island Art Party: Secure your spot in Kihei’s most fun, family-friendly art class and learn how to paint a llama! Ages 8 and up are welcome, class runs from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
Maui Ukulele Festival: This annual festival features a full line up of ukulele music from both kupuna and Keiki players. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a ukulele filled afternoon!
Mahalo for reading our latest September events listings for The Valley Isle! Have something to share with us? Get in touch or leave a comment with your suggestions, and we look forward to running into you this month on Maui.