Welcome back to your monthly Maui Calendar of Events, where we hand pick a handful of events and activities that you’re sure to enjoy! November 2023 promises a vibrant array of events on Maui that celebrate culture, talent, and community spirit. Kick off the month with the eagerly anticipated Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival, where over 140 vendors showcase their locally crafted products. Next up, golf enthusiasts can join the Maui Adult Baseball League’s charity tournament at The Dunes. Then, delight in the musical genius of Mahani Teave and the heartfelt performances of Makana, paying tribute to Maui Nui’s rich history. Following that, take a dive deep into traditional Hawaiian practices with Kekai Kahokukaalani’s immersive dye-making workshop. And finally, as the festive spirit sets in, indulge in unique artisan gifts at Hui Holidays. Without further delay, let’s get to your November 2023 Maui Calendar Events!
Celebrate Maui’s creative spirit with the in person grand return of the Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival. Now in its illustrious ninth year, this event stands as Maui County’s premier showcase of locally crafted products. Spanning a vast range of items, from mouthwatering food and handcrafted jewelry to artistic masterpieces and unique furniture, the festival brings together over 140 vendors under one roof. Want an early bird experience? Mark your calendar for November 3, to enjoy a relaxed shopping spree during the “Exclusive Shopping Day”. Grab your tickets and be part of this once-a-year extravaganza!
Festivities only on Friday include the Opening Ceremony and complimentary pupu at 5 pm. Food will also be available for purchase from food trucks. Exclusive Shopping Day attendees will also receive a free festival tote bag! “The Big Festival Day” Saturday’s festivities will include live entertainment, fashion shows, food trucks, and prize drawings. The first 2,000 attendees will also receive a free festival tote bag.
When: “Exclusive Shopping Day” is Friday, November 3, 2023; 1:30pm-6pm. “Big Festival Day” is Saturday, November 4; 8am-4:30pm Where: A & B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului 96732. Friday tickets: $45 (plus applicable fees); available in advance online here or for remaining tickets, day of the event at the MACC Box Office. Saturday tickets: $7 (plus applicable fees); available in advance online here or day of the event at the MACC Box Office.
Dive into the spirit of community and sportsmanship with the Maui Adult Baseball League’s charity golf tournament. Teeing off at the scenic Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course, this four-man scramble promises both competition and camaraderie. But it’s not just about the game—proceeds from this event bolster the league’s philanthropic projects, including the MABL Youth and Umpire Clinics. Additional funds are channeled towards sustaining the league’s operations. With your registration fee, participants not only get to play but also receive a lunch ticket for the post-tournament award ceremony and banquet.
Swing for a cause and support the heart of Maui’s baseball community! Advanced registration is encouraged, and will ensure your choice of team. Breakfast and day of registration will open at 6am (subject to availability), with a 7am shotgun start. The tournament will include a $25,000 hole in one prize, as well as long drive and closest to the pin contests. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, and for the best team name and best dressed teams!
When: Saturday November 4, 2023; 6am-4pm (breakfast starts at 6am, shotgun start at 7am). Where: The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course, 1333 Maui Lani Pkwy, Kahului, HI 96732. Registration fees are $125 per person, or $500 per foursome. Please click here for more information and to register for the tournament!
Dive into the world of Mahani Teave, an illustrious pianist and humanitarian, whose artistry seamlessly merges creativity with activism and education. As Easter Island’s sole professional classical musician, her debut masterpiece, “Rapa Nui Odyssey,” soared to the top of the Billboard charts, earning acclaim from global critics, including BBC Music Magazine’s praise for her “natural pianism” and “superlative artistry.” Twice recognized among her country’s top 100 Women Leaders, Mahani has graced stages from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to Chile’s Palacio de La Moneda, performing for an array of dignitaries including five Chilean presidents.
Yet, her commitment transcends these grand venues. Driven by a profound belief in music’s healing essence, Mahani has played in hospitals, schools, prisons, and underserved communities, spreading solace and joy. For the evening’s recital, anticipate soul-stirring renditions of works by luminaries like J.S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, among others.
When: Friday November 10, 2023; gates open 6pm, show is 7:30pm. Where: Castle Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului 96732. Ticket tiers are $15, $35, and $50 (plus applicable fees), available only online here.
Makana celebrates Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe with songs and stories – both personal and historical – of each island. Maui Nui collectively refers to these four moku, as they once long ago comprised a single island. Performed in his signature style of kī hōʻalu (Hawaiian slack key guitar) with his broad range and traditional-style vocal vibrato, Makana and special guest Miss Aloha Hula 1980 Kaʻula Kamahele weave a musical and visual tapestry honoring Maui Nui, honoring those haku mele (composers) famous for their legacy works. Makana also debuts his yet unrecorded tribute to Lahaina: Lahainalalo.
When: Saturday November 12, 2023; gates open 6pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Where: McCoy Studio Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului 96732. Ticket tiers are $35, $45, and $65 (plus applicable fees), available only online here.
Traditional Hawaiian Dye Making Workshop
Journey into the heart of ancient Hawaiian traditions with Kekai Kahokukaalani, an esteemed local Kapa & Cultural Practitioner. Immerse yourself in the hands-on workshop, delving deep into the art of Traditional Hawaiian Dye Making. Participants will craft up to eight distinct dyes, seven derived from indigenous Hawaiian flora and one from a non-native species. Selected based on seasonality and preservation, the plants come alive as attendees witness their 2″x2″ muslin fabric swatches, pre-treated with soy and alum, transform with vibrant hues.
As each plant is explored, Kekai will enlighten about its historical significance and contemporary uses. To enhance the learning journey, each participant will receive specially crafted Kapa Curious dye cards for note-taking. Attendees are also invited to bring a personal fabric item, be it a shirt or tea towel, to dye during the session. The workshop weaves in discussions on sustainability, safe foraging techniques, and cultivation tips, aiming to inspire and deepen one’s appreciation for the realm of natural dyes.
As the holiday season dawns, the Hui No‘eau gift shop transforms into a treasure trove of handcrafted delights. Experience the magic of Hui Holidays, where over 70 local artisans display their masterpieces, from intricate ceramics and textiles to one-of-a-kind jewelry and curated keiki items. Discover the perfect holiday ornaments, home goods, and locally-crafted bath and body indulgences. By choosing to shop here, you’re not just gifting a unique piece, but also championing local artists and supporting the Hui No‘eau community. Dive into the joy of giving, and embrace the spirit of Maui’s artistic heart this festive season.
While Hui Holidays lasts over a month long, you’re invited to officially kick off the holiday season with the Hui’s highly anticipated “First Night” Celebration! Hire a babysitter, grab some friends, and do your holiday shopping in style as you sip, sample, and shop to spirited music while surrounded by the dramatically decorated Kaluanui Estate. Exclusive First Night pop-up vendors will glitter the Hui’s Courtyard in a winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone on your list. The Hui’s elves are always happy to help check items off of your shopping list. First Night Vendors include: Maggie Costigan, Jasmine Honey Designs, Hats by Emi, & Vintage Kantha Maui
When: November 17, 2023 – December 23, 2023; 9:00am – 4:00pm. “First Night” is Thursday November 30; 5pm-8pm. Tickets are $45 and available only here. Where: Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, 2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
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