We’re so excited to see the return of some of our favorite island activities on both Maui and Kauai. And we guarantee that you’ll love these too. They’ve been gone for what seems like forever, but now the wait is over. Check out the details, enjoy your time, and please check in and let us know how you liked it!
Maui Friday Town Parties.
When you find yourself looking for things to do in Maui, here’s a tip for a free Friday night that’s sure to please. Two of the five locations have immediate return dates and the rest will also be back soon.
When we visited the Kihei market a few years ago, we were very pleasantly surprised. The main stage entertainment featured a variety of artists and Hawaiian music. Some shops were in the back of trucks, while others had covered tables. We found some locally designed and hand-painted Maui t-shirts that were a big hit from Paradise Now Hawaii. Totally unique too.
There was a great mix of locals and visitors. These Maui markets are popular so get there early to grab a place to park, and arrive hungry.
Here’s where to find the Maui town parties:
- 4th Friday Kihei Town Party will return starting June 24, 2022. Hours TBA.
- 2nd Friday Lahaina Friday Town Party will return starting July 8, 2022. Hours TBA.
The following markets will also be back soon, and we’ll let you know when that’s announced.
- 1st Friday Wailuku Town Party.
- 3rd Friday Makawao Town Party.
- 5th Friday Lanai Town Party in Lanai City.
Hanapepe Art Night Kauai.
Another much loved weekly event took place for years in Hanapepe art town. Due to Covid and other reasons, it has been off for several years. We’ve been attending this event for close to a quarter century and it’s always been a great time for both residents and visitors alike. We’ve always enjoyed running into people who we otherwise might only see at Costco.
- Hanapepe Art Night will return starting July 8, 2022. New hours are from 5pm – 8pm (previously 6pm – 9pm).
In addition to food trucks and street vendors, you can also browse through art galleries and stores. See Hanapepe Art Night for a full list. Our favorites include:
Talk Story Bookstore – Winner of 19 business awards and the western most bookstore in the USA.
Banana Patch Studio – Hand painted tiles made right on site.
Midnight Bear Breads – Featuring take-out and dine-in artisan breads, croissants, pizza and more.
Japanese Grandma Cafe – Fresh organic food.
Just one side note. The county has never managed to close the narrow street on which Art Night is held. Exercise caution and please watch out for cars.
While you’re at Hanapepe Art Night, head behind the Banana Patch Studio to enjoy the Hanapepe swinging bridge. One of the most fun things to do in Hanapepe, the bridge originated in the early 1900’s.
The Princeville Night Market.
While not just returning, we couldn’t help but mention this very fun monthly street party featuring food trucks, shopping, and live entertainment. It’s big and wide-ranging with a plethora of vendors. It takes place on the second Sunday of each month.
The Princeville night market takes place this year on July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11.
Note: This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list of markets on Maui and Kauai. If you’d like to mention other favorites you have, please do so in the comments.
Diversity of vendors Some shops are in back of trucks and others have covered tables. We found some locally designed and hand-painted Maui t-shirts that were a big hit from Paradise Now Hawaii. Unique too.
Great mix of locals and visitors. These Maui markets are popular so get there early and arrive hungry.