Just because you’re on an island vacation doesn’t mean you have to give up CONCERTS, EVENTS or FESTIVALS. Here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to on the Valley Isle.
• KIHEI FRIDAY TOWN PARTY – DECEMBER: Kehi’s Fourth Friday, a pau hana-style community street party with food trucks, entertainment, crafts and kids’ games, brings visitors and locals together for a post-holiday celebration. December 26, 6-9 p.m., Azeka Shopping Center, kiheifridays.com.
• 25TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS: From April 14-16, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua hosts Hawaii’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners and entertainers for the 25th Annual Celebration of the Arts. The theme is “Wahi Mahalo…A Universal Thank You.” Most events are free. Visit celebrationofthearts.org for details.
• EAST MAUI TARO FESTIVAL: The 25th annual East Maui Taro Festival takes place on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hana Ballpark (on the corner of Hau‘oli Rd. and Uakea Rd.) in Hana. The festival features hula, music, arts and crafts, taro pounding, food booths and a farmers market with varieties of taro for sale. This is a free event. Visit tarofestival.org.
• WOMEN’S 5K RUN “NA HOLO WAHINE” AND 1 MILE WALK: The 38th annual Na Holo Wahine run and walk takes place on May 6 from 8-10 a.m. at Keopuolani Park in Wailuku. The race/walk starts and finishes at Keopuolani Park and starts promptly at 8 a.m. Visit virr.com for registration info.
• KAPALUA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: The 36th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival the longest-running food and wine event in the U.S., continues its epicurean tradition June 8-11 at Kapalua Resort. Attendees celebrate the best in food, wine and Maui’s culinary bounty in a series of seminars, dining experiences and more. For more information, go to kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.
NOTE: All events listed are subject to change.