Free Things To Do In Maui Hawaii
Things to Do on Maui at No Cost: Free Activities, Sights, Beaches,
Shows, Gardens, Walks, Museums, Art Galleries, Nature, and Lots More Recommendations from
HULA SHOWS AT SHOPPING CENTERS
Several shopping centers have free hula shows a couple times per week.
Call for days and times:
Whalers Village 808-661-4567
Lahaina Cannery Mall
Queen Kaahumanu Center
Wharf Cinema Center 661-8748
HULA SHOW AT KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL
Most evenings at 6:30 PM. Call 808-661-0011 for information. You can watch this show
free from some seats around the edges of the audience, or you can sit at
the tables in the center of the audience. There is no charge to sit at
the tables, but the waitress will expect you to order drinks or snacks
if you sit there.
SINGERS SUNDAY AT KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL
Sunday mornings behind the buffet brunch room, outside and in back of
the Kaanapali Beach hotel, sit at the round tables and listen to live
Walk along this boardwalk with the ocean on one side and the wetlands on the
other side. On Route 31 in Maalaea.
WHALE CENTER OF THE PACIFIC 808-661-5992
Museum about whales and whaling in the
Whalers Village Shopping Center
on Kaanapali Beach.
PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION info
A volunteer from the Pacific Whale Foundation will answer your
questions, give you brochures, and lend you binoculars to watch the
whales (winter only) at Papawai
(McGregor) Point Lookout on the Pali portion of Honoapiilani Highway (Route
30) on the west side of Maalaea Bay, from 8 AM to 2 PM.
SIT UNDER THE BANYAN TREE
In Lahaina, relax and watch the tourists and the locals any day. See art
and meet artists
there weekends from 9 AM to 5 PM.
OLD COURTHOUSE BUILDING
In Lahaina, behind Banyan Tree. Includes Lahaina Visitors Center (open
every day 9-5), art gallery, and old jail.
Friday night is art night in Lahaina. That evening, or any day, walk
through the numerous galleries there. The Lahaina Visitors Center (in
the Old Courthouse behind the Banyan Tree) has a flyer with a map of
Lahaina’s art galleries with names of the artists featured in each.
WOW = Wailea On Wednesdays. Wednesday evening, or any day, see the art
in galleries at the Shops at Wailea shopping center.
-- Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center
in Kahului, open 11 AM to 5 PM daily, with rotating art
You can also see beautiful art in the major hotels in the resort areas
of Wailea, Kaanapali, and Kapalua. The best is the art at the
Seasons hotel in Wailea. There's a free art tour twice per
week at the Grand Wailea.
A few of Maui’s museums are free: Whalers Village
Museum in Kaanapali, Printing Museum at Lahainaluna High School in Lahaina, Hale Paahao (Irons House at
Old Lahaina Prison) on Prison
Street in Lahaina, Lahaina Heritage Museum in the Old Lahaina
Courthouse, Plantation Museum in the
Wharf Cinema Center.
OUTDOOR CONCERT IN LAHAINA
Call Lahaina Restoration Foundation 808-661-3262 or see their online
Lahaina Restoration Events to get the latest schedule for their monthly
free concert on the lawn in front of the Baldwin Home on Front Street in
Lahaina (usually at 6 PM on the last Thursday of the month).
LIVE MUSIC IN WAILEA
At the courtyard in the Wailea
Gateway shopping center every Wednesday 6:30 to 8 PM.
In the Lahaina Cannery Mall
every Tuesday at 5:45 PM.
The Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
just outside of Makawao has art and artists' studios in and around a
beautiful old mansion.
LAST LAVA FLOW & LaPEROUSE BAY
Drive across the wide lava field created 200 years ago by Maui's last
volcano eruption, to get to the black beach at LaPerouse Bay.
HAWAIIAN CULTURAL TALK AT RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL
Fridays at 10 AM, see a video about the Hawaiian people, with a
discussion by Hawaiian Cultural Advisor Clifford Naeole, called "Sense
of Place." Call him at the
Ritz 808-669-6200 to verify day and time.
Watch for rainbows over the ocean the first two hours after sunrise, and
in the mountains the last two hours before sunset. They are most likely
on days with some mist in the air, or days with light rain showers, when
the sun is visible in the opposite direction from where you look for the
rainbows. They are most commonly seen from West Maui (the Kaanapali side
of the island).
For a beautiful sight, watch a nearly-full moon setting into the ocean,
in a dark sky, with white moonlight reflected across the ocean towards you.
The only time you can see this, is 1-3 days before a full moon, at 1-3 hours
before sunrise. Look in the western sky, at about the same position that the
sun has been setting. Details, photo, and links to look up the dates and
times for any particular month are at Maui
Look up at Maui's clear skies any night, and see more stars and a
different perspective than at home.
If you are an amateur astronomer and belong to an astronomy club back
home, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about astronomy
clubs on Maui.
Garden, buildings, and statues, about the people who settled in Maui from other
countries, on the road
into Iao Valley.
KEALIA POND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Walk around these quiet and peaceful wetlands in the south part of
Maui’s central valley, looking at the birds and maybe some turtles.
Enter at mile marker 6 on Mokulele Highway (route 311) just north of
North Kihei Road (route 310). Daytime only; closed weekends. Call
808-875-1582 for further information.
Beautiful small forest of wide variety of trees (pine, spruce, cedar and
eucalyptus imported from all over the world). At the 7000-foot
elevation, just below the entrance to Haleakala National Park. Camping
and hiking, but can be chilly.
Tour of Maui's only winery, including free wine tasting. In Upcountry.
Call 808-878-6058 for schedule.
LOBBIES AND GROUNDS OF LUXURY
Walk around and look at the beautiful pools, lobbies, and grounds of the big
resort hotels in Kaanapali and Wailea.
In Olowalu (west Maui, Honoapiilani Highway south of Lahaina). Ask directions
to petroglyphs at the General Store. About a mile walk back
into the fields, to see ancient rock carvings on a cliff.
WATCH THE WHALES
About 5000 humpback whales come to Maui every winter. Watch them from
the beach or from your lanai. January through March are the peak months,
when you can see whales every day.
FRIDAY NIGHT TOWN PARTIES
Each Friday evening a different fun Maui town has a street party with live
music, shows and exhibits, and food vendors. The first Friday of the
month it's in Wailuku, the second Friday in Lahaina, the third Friday in
Makawao, and the fourth Friday of each month in Kihei. Details at
WHALE LECTURES AND FILMS
The Ocean Science Discovery Center is run by the Pacific Whale
Foundation in the Maalaea Harbor Village, the shopping center adjacent to
the aquarium. Call 1-800-942-5311 for the current schedule of free lectures.
Also talks about whales in Kihei at
Hawaiian Islands Humpback
Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
See live exotic birds, pigs, and other animals and plants, upstairs at 626
Front Street in Lahaina.
CIRQUE du SUNDAY
Emerald City Trapeze shows at 6 PM Sundays in Lahaina. Call them at
808-268-9597 to verify time and place.
WATCH THE MAUI VISITORS CHANNEL
Cable TV channel 7 has constant information about things to see, places
to go, restaurants, etc.
PICK UP BROCHURES
This Week in Maui, Maui Gold, 101 Things to Do, and others available on
racks in the airport baggage claim area, hotels, and shopping centers.
SEE DIFFERENT BEACHES & TAKE A WALK ON THE BEACH
Use the book of maps from your car rental company to drive around and
see beaches on different parts of the island. All Maui beaches are
open to the public.
PLAYGROUNDS FOR KIDS
Kamaole and Kalama Parks have free swings, slides, and jungle gyms. In
GIANT BUDDHA STATUE
Lahaina Jodo Mission has the largest Buddha statue outside of Japan. In
the north part of Lahaina, (near the “Jesus coming soon” sign) turn off
of Front street (toward the ocean) onto Ala Moana street, and
immediately bear left, and look for the sign “Lahaina Jodo Mission.”
Watch divers jump from Black Rock into the ocean at sunset in front of the
Sheraton Hotel 808-661-0031.
TOURS IN THE HYATT
Sign up at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Kaanapali Beach, for their free
Art & Garden Tour and Wildlife Tour and Lei-Making class. Call 808-661-1234 for
tour times and days. Or just stop in at the Hyatt in the daytime
any day to see their live parrots, swans, flamingos, and African Crowned
SEE THE FARMERS' MARKETS
Mornings (7-11 AM) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Honokowai, a couple
miles north of Kaanapali.
All day (8 AM - 4 PM) Monday - Friday in Kihei (at 61 Kihei Road)
Fruits, vegetables, flowers, bread, jam, all often fresher and cheaper
than at the grocery store. And they have free taste samples too!
WATCH THE SUNSET
It looks different each night, and it looks different from each vantage
point. Watch sunset from a different place each evening: from your hotel
or condo, from a sunset-view restaurant, from the corner of Front Street
and Papalaua in Lahaina, from S-turns park in Kahana, from Olowalu (just
north of the Olowalu General Store), from Kaanapali Beach, from one of
the three Kamaole beach parks in Kihei, from Wailea Beach, from the
hills of Kapalua, from the top of Haleakala.
On June 21 (the longest day) the sun rises at 5:46 AM and sets at 7:11
PM. On December 21 (the shortest day) the sun rises at 6:59 AM and sets at
5:51 PM. However, depending on where you are watching from, the sun may rise
later or set earlier if it is rising or setting behind a mountain or behind
Lanai (an island about nine miles away). In addition, the sun rises earlier
and sets later when viewed from the top of Haleakala, the tallest mountain
on Maui, two miles up. For a list of sunrise and sunset times on Maui for
each month of the year, see the Weather page of
HISTORICAL SIGHTS OF LAHAINA
Take the self-guided walking tour. Pick up a free “Maui Historical
Walking Guide” booklet in the Lahaina Visitors Center in the old
courthouse behind the banyan tree.
FREE SHELL LEI
At Hilo Hattie’s store in the Lahaina Center (behind Hard Rock Café) in
Lahaina, or on Piikea street in Kihei.
See this page for where when and how:
WATCH THE SURFERS
Riding the big waves in the afternoon, off Hookipa Park on the north
shore, two miles past Paia.
DRIVE THE ROAD TO HANA
Info at Road to Hana
WATCH GLASS BLOWING
See glass blowing 10:30-4:00 most days at
Hot Island Glass at 3620
Baldwin Avenue (call 808-572-4527 to confirm) in
Makawao, or at
Kai Pua Glass in Lahaina.
STARRY NIGHT MOVIES AT THE MACC
Family-friendly movies shown outdoors on the lawn at the Maui Arts and
Cultural Center one night each month. Go to their website at
mauiarts.org and click on
Shows, or call them at 808-242-7469 for dates, times, and names of movies
for "Starry Night Cinema."
WAIANAPANAPA STATE PARK
Four miles before Hana. Includes a black sand beach and some trails to
TOUR REAL ESTATE
Look for signs announcing “Open House” at condos and homes all over
Maui. Wander in and chat with the real estate agents about condos for
sale. Dream about owning a condo on Maui some day. (Do NOT attend any
Time Share sales presentations. Do NOT even consider looking at any Time
Every Saturday from 9 to 10 AM at Lululemom in the Wailea Gatway shopping
center. Bring your own yoga mat. Details at
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