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July’s Top Picks of Things to Do
Recipe of the Month
Pork Lau Lau
Fourth of July on Maui
Front Street Fireworks Show
If you’re looking for Fourth of July festivities, Lahaina is the place to be. With an estimated 20,000 people, the town’s afternoon/evening block party is one of the biggest of the year. A grand fireworks display takes place around 8pm. Launched from a barge located just offshore, this is one fireworks show you won’t want to miss. If you’re looking for the action, head straight to Front Street. A few restaurants – notably Fleetwoods on Front Street, Kimo’s, and Lahaina Fish Co. – have oceanfront dining that’s great for grabbing a drink and watching the show. For a truly memorable evening, opt for a special boat cruise. Sunset cruises leave out of Lahaina and Maalaea Harbors and give you a front row seat to the fireworks. On a budget? Bust out your lawn chair and enjoy the show from one of West Maui’s gorgeous, white sand beaches. Fireworks can be seen for miles – from beaches just south of Lahaina all the way to Kaanapali.
Dinner & Fireworks
Specialty Fireworks Cruises
July 4th Festivals
Arts & Cultural Events
Every year during the summer months, Maui’s Buddhist temples come alive with the colors, music, and dance of Obon Festivals. An annual Japanese cultural tradition, Obon Festivals are a time to honor one’s ancestors. It is during this time that ancestral spirits are believed to journey back to this world and visit their relatives. Ancestors are celebrated with traditional obon dances (bon odori), taiko drumming, and ceremonies. Offerings are placed at grave sites and temples, and many festivals end with a floating lantern ceremony. Obon Festivals are a unique opportunity to experience Maui’s Japanese heritage and striking temples. Festivals are scheduled across Maui throughout the month of July.
Service at 6:30 PM
Dance at 8 PM
12 Ala Moana St.
Service at 6:00 PM
Dance at 7 PM
5636 Hana Hwy
Service at 6 PM
Dance at 7:30 PM
291 S Puunene Ave
Friday and Saturday: Dance at 7PM
Sunday: Service at 10AM
1074 Makawao Ave.
Ongoing Events In July
|Event||When||Where||Why You Should Go|
|Maui Friday Town Parties||Every Friday 6 PM – 9 PM||July 6 Wailuku|
July 13 Lahaina
July 20 Makawao
July 27 Kihei
|FREE Family-friendly community block parties with live music, food, and fun|
|Maui Made Festival||First Sunday of every month 10 AM – 5 PM||Queen Kaahumanu Center, Kahului||Local vendors showcase their Hawaii wares and crafts. Includes live music.|
|Friday Night is Art Night||Every Friday|
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Lahaina||Gallery shows, artists demonstrations, music, food|
Volunteer Events in July
|Event||When||Where||Why You Should Go|
|Monthly Beach Cleanup (Surfrider Foundation Maui)||3rd Saturday of the month 9 AM – Noon||Various locations, check website||Community beach and coastal cleanup|
|Weekly Environmental Volunteer Days (Hawaiian Islands Land Trust)||1st Saturday of the month 9 AM – Noon||Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge|
Wailuku, HI 96793
|Habitat restoration of native coastal wetlands|
|Malama Honokowai Restoration (Maui Cultural Lands)||Every Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM||Meet at the Pu’ukoli’i “Sugar Cane Train” Station Lahaina||Restoration and maintenance of historic Honokowai Valley|
|O‘o Farm Volunteer Days||Every Wednesday 8:45 AM – 11:30 AM||O’o Farm 651 Waipoli Rd, Kula||Support sustainable farming practices|
|Community Garden Work Day||Every Wednesday 9 AM – 11:30 AM||The Maui Farm 100 Ike Drive, Makawao||Learn sustainable farm practices and work in the garden|
The weather is beautiful and not too hot for a tropical destination at this time of year. There are plenty of community events and fireworks over the Pacific on the 4th of July is always special.
Maui in July is busier as more family groups are able to visit the island. Booking ahead for important or must do “bucket list” activities is required or you will miss out completely.