May 2015 Events for Visitors to Maui!
By Bonnie Carpenter
While the allure of warm sand and crystal clear blue water may have drawn you to this beautiful Hawaiian island, your trip will remain unforgettable after attending any of these one-of-a-kind events this locale has to offer this May, 2015.
May 1-3, 2015 – OluKai’s 7th Annual Ho’olaule’a Festival
OluKai isn’t simply known for their high quality and stylish slippers (pronounced “Slippahs” – or better known to visitors as flip flops, or thong sandals!). Each year they host their annual festival to celebrate Hawaiian culture and its tradition-rich community! Olukai strives to help share the Hawaiian meaning and culture surrounding the Aloha spirit. This event hosts the “world’s best” SUP (stand up paddleboard!) races, canoe sailing, surfing, traditional luau, and so much more! It is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the Hawaiian spirit, and is great for adults and families alike.
May 1, 2015 – Brothers Cazimero Lei Day Concert
Established as a holiday in 1929, Lei Day continues to be an annual day of celebration in Hawaii. It is an event that recognized Hawaiian Culture and the Aloha Spirit. Also an annual tradition on this day is the concert held by renowned musicians, the Brothers Cazimero. Attend this event held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and experience contemporary Hawaiian music, traditional hula, a local arts display, and a large selection of beautiful and heavenly scented flower leis to make your Lei Day a truly memorable one!
May 8, 2015 – Chaka Kahn at the MACC
Dubbed the “Queen of Funk”, Chaka Khan will be performing live at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Ready for a night of Grammy winning jazz, funk, soul, and disco? Head over for a fun night out!
May 9-10 – Maui Choral Arts Presents “A Night at the Opera”
A one of a kind event, this fun concert will play host to Gary Shin-Leavitt and his Opera chorus! Held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, this event will be quite the spectacle, with singing and a dab of humor and surprises!
May 16, 2015 – Annual Maui Brewers Festival
Bring your appetite for food and fun, this annual event is a “must do”! Featuring the best craft brews of Hawaii and the mainland, and culinary delights from 25 of the Maui’s favorite restaurants, you can’t go wrong at this incredibly popular festival! Always sure to please, this event often sells out in advance! Don’t forget to pre-order your tickets! This event is perfect for couples and adult groups, children and young adults under 21 are not permitted entry.
May 16, 2015 Annual Maui Matsuri Festival
Looking for a great family event this weekend in May? Stop by the admission-free Maui Matsuri Festival. The event features Japanese and Okinawan cultural entertainment, not to mention crafts and games, a plethora of food, art and much, much more!
May 23, 2015 Intro to Canyoneering Hosted by Rappel Maui
Ready for adventure? Spend a day learning the basics of canyoneering with Rappel Maui’s skilled team at the unsurpassed Garden of Eden Arboretum. Learn all about the sport on Maui’s waterfalls in a private valley, and leave the island ready to explore more!
Don’t forget that every Friday, during every month of the year, Maui hosts one of its famous ‘Friday Parties’ – taking place in a different town each week. Pop in to experience some of Maui’s best artisans, entertainers, and culinary experts all in one place for a one of a kind Maui cultural and community experience!
Where will it be this Friday?
First Friday – Wailuku
Second Friday – Lahaina
Third Friday – Makawao
Fourth Friday – Kihei