Maui Family Weekend Guide December 14-16

Alexander Academy of Performing Arts 878-8970
870 Hali’imaile Road

Holiday of Dance
Sunday, December 16th
4 shows: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:00PM
All ages are performing, and all are welcome to attend!
Dancers of all ages will perform classical pieces from the Nutcracker ballet along with winter and holiday inspired choreography in contemporary, jazz, tap and break dance styles. An Upcountry holiday tradition! Learn More.

Maui Family YMCA 242-9007

Itty Bitty Christmas
Dec 18
11:00am – Noon
5 years and under
Santa is coming to town and the Maui Family YMCA invites you to help prepare for his arrival. Join us as we embrace the spirit of Christmas through creative and joyous activities. RSVP required.

Story Time and Book Signing

Maui-based writer Rukhsanna Guidroz launches her debut picture book just in time for the holidays. Guidroz will be reading Mina. vs. The Monsoon on Saturday, December 15 at Barnes and Noble, Maui Market Place, Kahului. The hour-long event kicks off with Story Time at 11am and will be followed by a Meet-The-Author and Book Signing.

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center presents NEW Lei Po‘o Workshop


Born and raised on her grandparent’s Kula farm, Rose Pi‘ilani Bailey is a hula dancer and Hawaiian arts practitioner. She has learned family traditions that have been passed down for many generations and takes pride in using many native Hawaiian plants and materials in her lei making and other hana no‘eau (arts). She uses local flowers grown at her own home, fresh from the farm, to make lei and floral arrangements. In addition, Rose collaborates on special events such as weddings and graduations, teaches the art of lei making and hula, tends to her family’s fruit and flower farms, and styles photoshoots. / @KulaRoses

  • Lei Po‘o Workshop

Session 1: Saturday, December 15 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Everyone loves a flower lei! Spend the morning playing with flowers and learning to make a beautiful lei po‘o for your head. After this workshop, you’ll wear your crown proudly! Register online at Tuition: $15 • Supply Fee: $18 • A supply list is posted online at under the class description.

Santa’s Workshop Pops Up at Maui Mall

Maui Mall is thrilled to announce that you and your keiki can get a free picture taken with Santa Claus right in his workshop at Maui Mall in unit B-12, across from IHOP, throughout the month of December. All your ohana has to do is make a canned food donation to the Maui Food Bank! Santa and his elves are very busy this month, so he is only available for pictures on these select dates:

  • Saturday December 15, 2018 from 12PM-5PM
  • Wednesday December 19, 2018 from 5PM-7:30PM
  • Saturday December 22, 2018 from 12PM-5PM

The Maui Food Bank will have a table set up with donation bins to receive your donation. Maui High School will be there with their photo booth for instant pictures to take home.  Maui Mall and Santa Claus are excited to visit with you and your ohana!

Sugar Cane Train 808-281-4804
Pu’ukoli’i Station in Ka’anapali

Holiday Express
Nightly from November 23rd to December 31st
6:30 pm and 8:00 pm
This magical event is great for all kids, even the kids in all of us! Enjoy milk and cookies while on board our festively decorated train and the keiki will be thrilled with their free gift! Learn More.

Toy Run Parade

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center

877-4325 •
275 E. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului

Saturday, November 24– SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2018
Monday through Saturday | 10am – 8pm
Sundays | 10am – 5pm

‘Ohana Holiday Movie Night
December 16th | 5:30 – 8:00pm
December 16 – Elf Movie with Ugly Sweater Contest

December 15: Holiday Ornament
December 22: Holiday Cookie Decorating
11am – 1pm
Keiki ages 12 & under are invited to join Mrs Claus for fun holiday craft making. Reservations not required. Space is limited.

Da Maui Sleigh
5:30 – 8:30pm
Bring the keiki for our annual holiday tradition, Da Maui Sleigh ride. With festive holiday music, lights, bubbles and Santa’s elves, this complimentary ride is for all ages! No reservations required. Seating is limited.

Sleigh Bells Lip Sync Battle
Friday, December 14, 2018 from 6 – 8pm.
Calling all lip-syncers! QKC is hosting the first holiday lip sync battle where contestants 6 years & older
compete for a chance to win a QKC Grand Prize valued at $250. Contestants must perform one song of
their choice, which will be judged on lip sync ability, appearance and stage presence, overall creativity,
crowd appeal and audience response. Dancing is encouraged, however optional.
Judges include Maui’s own Na Hoku Hanohano multi award winner, Nāpua Greig. Nāpua is a Kumu
Hula, teacher, recording artist, mommy and most recently DJ for KPOA93.5. Jim McLemore of Jimmy
Mac & The Kool Kats, known for keeping a dance floor packed all night with tunes from today’s hits, funk and Motown, Buffet to Beach Boys, disco to swing, and just a lot of good rock and roll.
Interested Lip Sync contestants should contact Amanda at 856.8109 or

Inaugural US Kids Golf Maui Championship

Saturday, December 15 young Maui golfers will compete in the first ever U.S. Kids Maui Championship at Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville with a non-shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. The competitors range in age from 5-14 years, boys and girls who have qualified for the season finale by competing in at least four events (having met the scoring requirement two or more times). Read More

The Keiki Playhouse

268-7267 •
275 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului

Holiday Fun
The whole month of December will feature holiday events, crafts, and activities! Visit their social media pages (Facebook/Instagram) for specific updates coming soon!

Maui Ocean Center 270-7000

Story Time & Craft
Every Saturday – November, December, and January
Enjoy the perfect keiki activity at Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii! Join a marine naturalist for a weekly story time and craft session in the Hawaiians and the Sea exhibit. Complimentary with Aquarium admission. Appropriate for all ages.

Explore Station
Sundays and Tuesdays • 11:30am-2:30pm
November, December, and January
Dive deeper into the wonders of Hawaii’s marine world at Maui Ocean Center’s Explore Station! Join a marine naturalist to learn about sea jellies in November, coral reefs in December, and humpback whales in December. Complimentary with Aquarium admission. Appropriate for all ages.

Free Ukulele Lessons
Monday through Friday • 11am-1pm
Learn how to play one of Hawaii’s most iconic musical instruments with Jason Macapulay. Five guests per class, appropriate for ages 12 and up at the Retail Plaza. Schedule subject to change. Complimentary with Aquarium admission.

Ti Leaf Lei Demonstration
Fridays and Sundays – November, December, and January
Learn the art, history, and cultural significance of lei making with Cultural Practitioner Ko‘i. Includes hands-on demonstration and a free lei for each participant. Complimentary with Aquarium admission. Appropriate for all ages.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui 442-7898

Open Enrollment for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui School-Based Mentoring Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui is located at Kahului Elementary, Wailuku Elementary, Princess Nahienaena Elementary, and Kamehameha Schools. Offering elementary school students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a caring and responsible mentor (typically a high school student) in a supervised group setting for one hour after school. If you are interested in enrolling as a Little or Big please call (808)442-7898 or e-mail us at

Public Libraries








Santa Storytime

December 19 @ 3:00 pm – December 19 @ 3:45 pm

Makawao Public Library

Santa Claus is coming . . . to the library! Children of all ages are invited to Makawao Library to hear holiday stories read by Kris Kringle himself. Santa will also be available for wish-whispering and picture-taking. This free, 45-minute program is sponsored by Maui Friends of the Library.

Kahului Library: Keiki Story Time

90 School St., Kahului

Nurture your child with the love of reading by attending a storytime session!
Saturdays, 10:30 am
Preschool age

Kihei Library: Teen Literature Group

35 Waimahaihai St., Kihei, HI

Discuss literature, share thoughts and opinions. For ages 12-19. Ongoing Event occurring on the 1st Friday of every month. Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Cost: free.

Call Kathleen at 875-6833 to register.

Surfing Goat Dairy 878-2870
3651 Omaopio Rd., Kula

Evening Chore Tour

Monday–Saturday • 3:15 – 4:15 PM
All age levels are appropriate

Assist in our evening chores. Learn to hand milk a goat, then help with the evening feedings and learn more about our award winning cheeses and how they are made. $12 for kids $15 for adult

Grand Dairy Tour

Saturdays at 9:00 AM
All age levels are appropriate

A two-hour hands-on visit and tasting experience you will love. Bring your family and friends! Be a goat herder for the day, even try to milk a goat. Includes a tasting of the many different varieties of our cheeses. $25 Reservations required.

Check here for more events and holiday fun! Also check out our roundup of Holiday Craft Fairs happening on Maui, here!