Upcoming Maui Events for an April 2024 Hawaii Vacation

by VM Maui

Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian islands, is renowned for its lush landscapes, diverse culture, and a calendar brimming with exciting events year-round. For travelers seeking a unique and memorable experience, planning a vacation to coincide with Maui's event season is a surefire way to immerse in the island's rich heritage and contemporary vibrancy.

In particular, the months of March and April in Maui are flush with festivities that cater to a variety of interests, from sports enthusiasts to music lovers, and everyone in between. Whether you're captivated by the majestic humpback whales that frolic off the shores of Maui's beaches, an art aficionado keen to explore local craftsmanship, or a foodie enticed by the aromas of a flower workshop, Maui has something for you.

In this extensive guide, we'll highlight the most anticipated events taking place in the idyllic island paradise of Maui from March to April 2024. Interspersed with practical travel tips and local insights, this post is designed to help you curate an unforgettable Maui itinerary that's as rich in adventure as it is in relaxation.

March Events in Maui

J Boog with Collie Budz

Where: MACC - Alexander & Baldwin Amphitheater

When: March 29, 2024 | 6:00 PM

Ticket Information: J Boog & Collie Buddz

Special Guest: Collie Buddz

J Boog, a key figure in modern reggae and Fiji's mentee has made his mark with a unique sound that breaks traditional boundaries. His journey to fame started in 2007 with "Hear Me Roar," and he gained major recognition with "Backyard Boogie," which featured hits like "Let's Do It Again" and "Sunshine Girl." This success led him to win the Best Entertainer award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards in Chicago.

His 2016 album "Wash House Ting," with tracks featuring Morgan Heritage and Buju Banton, hit the top of the Billboard Reggae Charts and was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. His EP "Rose Petals" received critical acclaim, earning a Grammy nomination in 2017 and topping the U.S. Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. In 2021, he was also nominated for Male Artist of the Year at the Island 98.5 Island Music Awards in Honolulu. J Boog's work with artists like Soja, Iration, Tarrus Riley, The Green, and others showcases his significant influence and lasting presence in the reggae scene.

"Ke Kani Hone O Wailea" - The Sweet Music of Wailea Amy Hanaialii

Where: The Shops at Wailea, Lower Valley Performance Area

When: March 29, 2024 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Ticket Information: Ke Kani Hone O Wailea (The Sweet Music of Wailea) with Amy Hanaiali'i

Immerse yourself in a captivating musical journey with the remarkable Amy Hanaiali'i at the enchanting Lower Valley Performance Area, presented by Concerts at The Shops. This complimentary event welcomes music enthusiasts of all kinds, providing a unique opportunity to connect with fellow attendees—from tourists exploring local culture to residents embracing hometown talent, and fellow artists sharing the stage. Amidst the scenic backdrop, participants can indulge in the musical brilliance of acclaimed musicians from Hawaii and beyond, making it an evening to remember.

Amy Hānaiali'i, an icon in the realm of music, epitomizes a harmonious blend of rigorous classical training and innate vocal prowess. Her performances transcend mere concerts, serving as heartfelt tributes to her family's cultural heritage and ancestral legacy. Holding the title of Hawai'i's best-selling female vocalist, Amy's illustrious career is adorned with 5 Grammy nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album and an impressive 25 Na Hoku Hanohano awards, solidifying her status as a music luminary. Beyond her musical achievements, Amy's unwavering commitment to preserving her cultural roots resonates deeply within Hawaii's music community and beyond, ensuring her enduring influence on the global stage.

32nd Annual Celebration of the Arts

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

When: March 29-30, 2024

Ticket Information: Kapalua Celebration of the Arts

Dive deep into the essence of Hawaiian culture at the 32nd Annual Celebration of the Arts, a truly immersive event that brings together workshops, demonstrations, and performances showcasing the vibrant heart of Hawaii. This event is a unique opportunity to engage with local artisans who proudly share their traditional crafts and deep knowledge. Witness the art of lei-making, wood carving, and more, as each artisan tells a story through their work.

Watch as hula masters and music legends grace the stage, offering breathtaking performances that honor the spirit of aloha. Their talent and passion embody the rich cultural heritage of Hawaii, inviting you to experience the rhythm and harmony that define Hawaiian identity.

The event's carefully curated program promises to provide attendees with a profound sense of connection to Hawaii's past and present, weaving a tapestry of cultural experiences that celebrate the islands' history, values, and community spirit. Whether you're a longtime resident or a visitor eager to learn, the 32nd Annual Celebration of the Arts offers a gateway to understanding and appreciating the depth and beauty of Hawaiian culture.

April Events in Maui

Wanda Sykes

Where: MACC/Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater

When: Friday, Apr 5, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Ticket Information: Wanda Sykes

Emmy-winning comedian, writer, actress, and producer Wanda Sykes is a dynamic presence in entertainment. She currently stars in and produces Netflix's "The Upshaws," now in its fourth season. Known for her unique comedic style, Wanda has earned widespread acclaim and multiple Emmy nominations. Her memorable roles include 'Moms Mabley' in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and voice work in "Crank Yankers." Her stand-up special "Wanda Sykes: Not Normal" won Emmy praise, solidifying her status as a comedy trailblazer. With her 2024 "Please & Thank You" tour, she continues to captivate audiences with sharp humor and exceptional talent.

Wanda Sykes's career is marked by numerous awards, showcasing her versatility and talent. Celebrated with Emmy nominations and a Broadcast Critic Award nomination, her impact on comedy is undeniable. As she gears up for her nationwide tour, Wanda promises to deliver unforgettable live performances with her energy and comedic brilliance.

East Maui Taro Festival

Where: Hana, Maui

When: April 20, 2024

Ticket Information: East Maui Taro Festival

The East Maui Taro Festival is a cherished cultural event that honors the significance of kalo (taro) in traditional Hawaiian life. It showcases an agricultural fair, live entertainment, and educational workshops, providing an authentic experience that underscores the ties between Hawaiian spirituality and the land. Immerse yourself in a day of learning and celebration, and don't miss the opportunity to savor the island's unique taro-based cuisine.

Maui Marathon and Half Marathon

Where: Hana, Maui

When: April 21, 2024

Ticket Information: Maui Marathon

For runners looking to combine the thrill of competition with the stunning Maui scenery, the Maui Marathon and Half Marathon offer an exhilarating challenge. Participants can choose from the full marathon, half marathon, 10k, or 5k events, each route promising ocean views and the company of fellow enthusiasts. The marathon is renowned for its supportive atmosphere and is an excellent way to experience the island's beauty from a unique vantage point.

Color Festival Hawaii 2024 (April 28)

Where: Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Events Lawn

When: April 28, 2024 | 12:00 PM

Ticket Information: COLOR FESTIVAL HAWAI‘I 2024

The Color Festival Hawaiʻi is more than an event; it's a vibrant fundraiser and friend-raiser, embodying the spirit of moving forward together with unity and joy. Picture a day packed with top-notch music, delicious food from Maui's best food trucks, and the joy of color explosions lighting up the sky. It's a chance for the community to celebrate uniqueness and promote inclusivity with every color toss.

Featuring an exciting lineup of musical talent, including DJ Sweet Beats and bands like Silky Sister, Rabbit, and Little Monarch, the festival is a feast for the senses. The highlight is the color throw, a beautiful spectacle symbolizing diversity and unity. Color packets are available for purchase, allowing everyone to join in the fun. Maui’s finest food trucks will be on-site, offering a variety of delicious options.

The Color Festival Hawaiʻi is a memorable celebration of life, diversity, and community. Don't miss this day of color, music, and fun, all for a good cause. Come join us, throw colors, dance, and enjoy the beauty of togetherness.

Travel Tips for Attendees

Maui's enchanting event season calls for meticulous planning to ensure you get the most out of your vacation. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your  April adventure.

  • Accommodations: Book your accommodations well in advance, especially for popular events, to secure the best rates and availability. Consider staying in a central location to facilitate easy access to multiple venues.
  • Transportation: Renting a car allows for flexibility in exploring the island, but don't underestimate the convenience of public transportation, especially for events with limited parking. Ride-sharing apps and local taxi services are also reliable options.
  • Local Insights: Reach out to Maui's visitor centers or connect with online forums to gather current, local information about the events and the island. Locals can provide invaluable tips on the best viewpoints, less crowded spots, and any changes to the event schedule.
  • Show Up Early: Arrive at events promptly or even a little early to secure ideal seating and make the most of your time. Many Maui venues are open-air, and the early bird often gets the best vantage points.
  • What to Pack: Alongside your beachwear and sunscreen, pack layers for cooler evenings or high-altitude venues. Bring a reusable water bottle and a waterproof bag for electronics to stay hydrated and protect your valuables.
  • What to Wear: Check the dress codes and cultural sensitivities for each event. Hawaii's casual dress is generally accepted, but some events may recommend specific sartorial choices or etiquette.
  • Caring About Valuables: Keep important documents and valuables in a safe place and consider the support of a money belt or pocket. Be mindful of your surroundings and use discretion when handling expensive equipment.
  • After-Party Care: Respect your body's need for rest and hydration, especially after events that are physically or emotionally demanding. Enjoy Maui's culinary delights in moderation and aim for a good night's sleep to prepare for the next day's festivities.

Wrapping Up

Get ready for an adventure that goes beyond the beach! Dive into the heart of the island with a lineup of events that's as vibrant and diverse as Maui itself. From hands-on wildlife conservation efforts to laughter-filled comedy nights, from rich cultural exposés to heart-pumping marathons – there's something to light up every kind of traveler. Maui is calling, and you don't want to miss it!

This is your chance to not just make memories that last a lifetime, but also to give back to the island's community and cherish its natural wonders. Whether it's your first visit or you're coming back for more, these events promise to add unforgettable layers to your Maui vacation. So, pack your bags and your spirit of adventure and immerse yourself in the magic of Aloha.