Maui’s West Side Annual Events

Maui’s West Side Annual Events

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Whether visiting Maui in winter or summer, the West Side of the island including Kaanapali, Lahaina, and Kapalua always has something to do. For the golf fans, whale lovers, foodies, and more here are the annual events on Maui’s West Side. Whether visiting Maui in winter or summer, the island’s West Side, including Kaanapali, Lahaina, and Kapalua, always has something to do. For golf fans, whale lovers, foodies, and more, these are the must-check out annual events on Maui’s West Side. 

Feature Image Courtesy of Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Please note all activities that include the Lahaina Banyan Tree may not occur in the year of 2024. Check each events website for most updated information. 

Sentry Tournament of Champions PGA event
Photo Credit: Golf Week USA Today

JANUARY

Kick off the year with Sentry Tournament of Champions, an illustrious PGA tour event held at Kapalua Resort on the northwest side of the island. This tournament sets the stage for a thrilling golfing season as it showcases skill, precision, and the pursuit of excellence in the world of golf.

Whale, Maui
Photo Courtesy of Joe West and the HTA

FEBRUARY

Celebrate the return of the Pacific Humpback Whales to the Hawaiian islands with the Great Maui Whale Festival. February 15th is World Whale Day and festivities launch with the beloved Whale Parade. These majestic whales visit our beautiful islands in order to mate and birth their calves. The festival began as a means to raise awareness about marine conservation and protection. Over the years, the Great Maui Whale Festival has grown into a cherished tradition, bringing together locals and visitors alike in joyous celebrations at locations all over the island of Maui.

Maui, Whale Tours

MARCH

The celebration of the annual Pacific Humpback migration continues with the Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival in Banyan Tree Park. This event features educational seminars with marine biologists, booths with marine-themed art, and local music and dancing.

Maui Lahaina Banyan Tree
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APRIL

Celebrate the deep-rooted history of Lahaina and the beloved Banyan Tree with the Banyan Tree birthday party. The Banyan Tree was planted April 24, 1873, making her just over 150 years old. Marvel at the beauty and resilience of the tree that has kept the community grounded for decades. The Banyan Tree survived the Lahaina Wildfires, however, it is not-confirmed the birthday celebration will occur in 2024. Check news outlet, Hawaii News Now for latest update. 

Maui Onion Festival
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MAY

Indulge in what are believed to be the sweetest onions in the world: Maui Onions. They are cherished and celebrated during the Whalers Village’s annual Maui Onion Festival, a signature event since 1990. Topped with chef demonstrations, onion eating contests, and dancing, there is plenty of sweetness for everyone.

Kapalua Food & Wine Festival
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JUNE

Experience the pinnacle of culinary excellence at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival: a prestigious gathering of globally acclaimed winemakers, sommeliers, and chiefs. This enchanting weekend, set against the backdrop of the renowned Kapalua Resort, explores culinary offerings from across the globe. This event was conceived to foster a deeper appreciation for culinary exploration and showcase Maui’s natural beauty. 

June 11 marks King Kamehameha Day, honoring Hawaii’s beloved King Kamehameha and celebrating the union of the Hawaiian Island. The dazzling King Kamehameha Day Parade, held in Lahaina on Front Street, features grand floats, hula dancers, and live music. 

Maui Obon Festival
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AUGUST

Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Maui during the months of May through August with the enchanting. The cultural meaning of Obon is rooted in Buddhist traditions and is a time to honor one’s ancestors. Steeped in tradition, these vibrant celebrations honor ancestors through traditional Buddhist dances, drumming, and captivating music. Maui’s Obon festivals pay homage to heritage and invite everyone to share in the spirit of togetherness.

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival
Photo Courtesy of Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

OCTOBER

Embark on a culinary journey at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, commencing with Maui’s dazzling debut in October. The event celebrates culinary excellence while promising an unforgettable showcase of the industry’s best chefs and restaurants. 

Banyan Tree Lighting Lahaina
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DECEMBER

Step into the enchanting holiday spirit with Lahaina’s Banyan Tree Lighting Ceremony. Against the canvas of a Hawaiian night sky, witness the iconic tree aglow in a celebration of community. The neighborhood comes alive with warmth, charm, and joy, and even a visit from the famous Lahaina Snowman.

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