Maui Times Top 20 Picks

Sunday, September 12

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Natty Vibes Live!

One of Hawai‘i’s most popular and acclaimed bands from the Windward side of O‘ahu is on Maui! Natural Vibrations brings energy to the stage for a night filled with great vibes and even better music. 21+. $20. Doors: 7pm; Show: 8pm. Da Playground Maui, (300 Ma‘alaea Rd.); 808-727-2571;

Wednesday, September 15 

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Mālama Wao Akua 2021 Exhibit

Celebrate the native species of Maui Nui through art. In collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnerships, the Hui No‘eau presents artwork from all ages on Maui, using their creative talents to raise awareness about the importance of protecting native species in this exhibition. On view until Nov 5. Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm. Hui No‘eau Visual Arts (2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-572-6560; 

Thursday, September 16

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Kika Kila Lap Steel Music with Geri Valdriz and Friends 

Let your worries melt away while swaying to island-rhythms of Geri Valdriz and Friends on the kika kila, the iconic Hawaiian steel guitar. Free. 11am. Only 20 seats available. No reservations. Maui Coffee Attic, (59 Kanoa St., Wailuku); 808-250-9555;

Friday, September 17

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Alcohol Ink: Jellyfish Art Workshop

Learn to manipulate alcohol ink in this unique art class. Discover and create vibrant colors with the fluid medium while being mesmerized painting jellyfish and ocean bubbles. After painting two pieces, choose one to be framed in a shadow box. Beginners are welcomed and all supplies included. Ages 16 and older. $65. 11am-1pm. HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts (275 West Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-877-3337;

Saturday, September 18

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20th Annual Tommy Bahama Front Street Mile & 5k/10k

One of the most popular races on Maui is back! Run (or jog) along the shoreline in the old whalers town of Lahaina. Starting and ending at Tommy Bahamas, this is a fast and flat course, perfect for all ages. All runners will receive a medal, t-shirt and goodie-bag. $20+. 10k starts at 6am; 5k at 6:20am; mile at 8am. Tommy Bahamas (900 Front St., Lahaina); 808-500-6204; 

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15th Annual Kū Mai Ka Hula

Celebrate Maui and Hawaiian culture with award-winning  hula performances at Maui’s only adult hula competition. Presented virtually this year as a Live @ the MAAC event, enjoy beautiful hula by hālau competing in solo and group performances. 7:30am. Watch live at;; or 

Wednesday, September 22

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Taiji Terasaki’s RESET/RESHAPE

Taiji Terasaki welcomes the public to his exhibition RESET/RESHAPE at the MAAC. Transforming the gallery into a visual narrative with an impressive variety of media, including augmented reality, Terasaki captures the intense emotions and issues brought to the forefront in 2020, while also inspiring collective hope for the future. On view until Dec. 18. Free. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm. MAAC (1 Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; Photo courtesy MACC

Thursday, September 23-26

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5th Annual Maui Salsa Bachata Congress 

Explore, connect and celebrate your passion for dance! Participate in dance workshops and enjoy world-class performances. The kick-off party is Thursday, followed by concerts with a live orchestra on Friday and Saturday, and a closing party Sunday. $100+. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (2605 Ka‘anapali Pkwy, Lahaina); 

Friday, September 24

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Kanekoa returns to the Maui Coffee Attic for another entertaining night of live, Island music. For great company, reserve a table for two and enjoy Kanekoa’s performance. $70 for two guests. 6pm. Maui Coffee Attic (59A Kanoa St., Wailuku); 808-250-9555;

Saturday, September 25 & 26

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Enchanted Farm Tour 

Wander through the enchanting grounds at the Awalau Farm, a 30-acre sustainable community. Meet fabulous mythical creatures like pet unicorns and flying goats, while exploring mystical caves and streams. Free Keiki under 2; $10 Keiki 3-11; $20 Adults & Keiki 12 and up. 12-4pm. Awalau Farm (1008 Awalau Rd., Ha‘iku); 808-878-8091; 

Monday, September 27

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Lei Making Workshop: Lei Po‘o Wili Style

Spend the afternoon creating beautiful ti leaf lei with instructor Rose Bailey. You’ll finish the class with a handmade lei to wear or share. Supplies and greens will be included. $35-40. 2-4pm. Hui No‘eau Visual Arts (2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-572-6560; Photo courtesy 

Tuesday, September 28

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Maui Sound and Healing Meditation

Free yourself from anxieties —or at least try—with this healing sound meditation. Experience an auditory journey, with a variety of musical instruments and ancient sound healing practices. $75+. 10-11am. Mon, Tue and Thu until Nov. 4. Book online, location will be sent with reservation. Ask about kama‘aina rates.  Private Sound Healing Studio (Makawao);

Thursday, September 30

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Brenton Keith’s Magic Show

Be awed and amazed by Brenton Keith and his Bag O’ Tricks! With high-energy comedy and magic, lots of laughs are guaranteed. From two to 102, the show is entertaining for all ages. Kids: $5; Adults: $10. 5-8pm. Mulligan’s on the Blue (100 Kaukahi St., Kīhei); 808-874-1131;


Thursday, September 30

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Last Call to Submit Localicious Recipe Contest for Kids!

Calling all culinary superstars! Localicious is a fun cooking competition for kids to submit an original recipe incorporating a locally grown, raised or caught product. Bonus points for using fresh Dole pineapple fruit! Top six finalists will be invited to cook live in front of three celebrity chef judges. Submit original recipe by Sep 30. Go online for details.

Friday, October 1

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Cabaret & Cocktails presents Burlesque Noir

Delve into your dark desires with spies, detectives and Femme Fatals with the performers of Maui Burlesque. Join them for their first LIVE show since the pandemic. $35-$50 with VIP options. Showtimes: 7pm and 9:30pm. ProArts Playhouse (1280 S. Kīhei Rd.); 808-463-6550;


Saturday, October 2

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Lahaina Arts Society Art Festival 

Talk story while shopping through unique paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography and prints from Maui fine artist members of the LAS. Ongoing Sat-Sun, 9am-4pm. Lahaina Cannery Mall (1221 HI-30, Lāhainā); 808-661-0111; 

Wednesday, October 6

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Jump Your Heart Out

Bounce with friends and family at the Ultimate Air Trampoline Park. Available daily, contact for times. $22-$40. Kama‘aina: $17-$35. Ultimate Air Trampoline Park (21 La‘a St., Wailuku); 808-214-JUMP;

Friday, October 8

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Papa Hula at The Shops of Wailea 

Put on your hula skirt and learn the art of the Hawaiian hula! Fun for all ages, Papa Hula is a celebration of the Hawaiian way of life. Learn the meaning of the dances and an overview of the music and instruments. Free. 4pm. Shops of Wailea (3750 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-891-6770;


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2nd Friday Local Artist Showcase 

Come Down the Hatch to explore the creative endeavors of Maui’s artistic community on the 2nd Friday of every month. This week’s featured artist is Rachel Zimmerman, showcasing her photography. 5:30-10pm. Down the Hatch (658 Front St., Lāhainā); 808-661-4900;


Saturday, October 9

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Kahumoku Farm Tour

On the cliffs of Kahakuloa, join Hawai‘i’s “Renaissance Man,” Uncle George Kahumoku Jr. to learn the cultural significance of farming and ancient Polynesian canoe plants at his farm. Begin to understand how to utilize the moon calendar for optimal planting and for lunch, pick vegetables to share, while enjoying Kahumoku’s Grammy-winning songs. $250. 8am. Location provided after registration.

Shan Kekahuna