Maui Family Weekend Guide December 7-9

Annual SEA-son of Giving Holiday Shopping & Charity Event

Share the love and fun of the season at Maui Ocean Center’s after-hours Holiday Party! Join us on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 6pm-9pm for our annual SEA-son of Giving Holiday Shopping & Charity event to benefit local non-profit organizations.
Admission:$9.95 when booked online or with a donation of one unwrapped, new toy or 5-pound bag of rice per person. General Admission is $14.95
Evening Highlights:
Aquarium exhibits are open
Live Music featuring Maui Community Band, Maui Madrigals & Chop Suey Jazz
Maui Art & Craft Fair
Dive Presentations with SCUBA Claus
30% off select holiday items at Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop
Holiday menu at Reef Cafe
Free drawings & prizes
Benefiting Non-Profit Organizations
Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawai‘i
192 Ma‘alaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793 808.270.7098

Montessori School of Maui 573-0374
2933 Baldwin Ave. Makawao
Montessori School of Maui

Holiday Fair
Friday, December 7th, 2018
All are welcome!
The Montessori School of Maui PTO is hosting their annual Holiday Fair on the school campus. Come and celebrate the wonder and joy of the Holiday Season featuring made in Maui crafts, gifts and more! Learn More.

Carden Academy of Maui 573-6651
55 Maka’ena Place, Pukalani

Scholastic Book Fair Open To Public
Friday, December 7, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us for our one-day Scholastic book fair, open to the public. A great place to do your holiday shopping for books, gifts, and more. Choose from hundreds of titles, authors, and genres for every level and interest. Proceeds benefit Carden Academy. Learn More.

Sacred Hearts School 661-4720
Sacred Hearts School Hall, Lahaina

Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
8:30-10:30 am
All ages welcome
Please join us for our annual Breakfast with Santa holiday event! Tickets for breakfast are available in our school office or on our website. There will also be a book fair, crafts, performances and a complimentary photo with Santa! Learn More.

Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA)

244-8760 •

MAPA’s Nutcracker Sweets 2016. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater. Photography by Peter Liu.

Nutcracker Sweets: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Nutcracker Sweets
December 8 at 7:00 PM
December 9 at 3:00 PM
Maui Arts and Cultural Center Castle Theater

Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Nutcracker Sweets, a delightful, family-friendly adaptation of the treasured holiday classic featuring 140 MAPA dancers and alumni. Learn More.


Fun filled day with local craft vendors, ono food, live music, a silent auction, country store, Keiki Snow Zone, face painting, balloon artists and make-and-take crafts.
Sat., Dec. 8, 9am–3pm • Hale Ho’ike’ike grounds (formerly Bailey House Museum), Wailuku
Admission: Free, bring unwrapped gift to benefit Maui keiki.
Contact: Aubrey Anana, (808) 870-2606,

Handmade Holidays at Hui Noeau, Gifts to Make & Give!

December 7th from 5 – 7pm

‘Tis the season for creativity at Hui No’eau! Hui No’eau invites families with children 3+ to create their own holiday mugs on November 30th or December 7th from 5 – 7pm in Family Fridays: Make Your Own Holiday Mug! Families will learn handbuilding techniques while creating a ceramic holiday mug and will use colorful glazes to add personalized touches.

Interested holiday gift givers can learn more and register today for any of these exciting Handmade Holiday offerings at or by calling 808-572-6560!

Maui Friends of the Library BOOK SALE!  

Saturday, December 8, 2018  

9:30 am – 3:00 pm MAKAWAO LIBRARY
Also: Holiday Crafts in the library 12n – 3 pm
Shop at the Used Book Sale conducted by Maui Friends of the Library, with books starting at just $1 (and up). Featuring pre-loved books of all kinds: fiction & non-fiction, kids & adult.
ALL proceeds benefit Maui’s public libraries. 
PLUS: Every youngster (0-18) gets to select a book to take home for FREE!  from designated supply

Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra 808-283-6723

Winter Concert
H.P. Baldwin Auditorium
Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
Join the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra to get into the Christmas spirit by attending their Winter Concert. Groups performing: Violin classes, cello classes, and Philharmonic Orchestra. FREE Admission.

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.

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 9 & 16th | 5:30 – 8:00pm
December 9 – Polar Express Movie with Pajama Contest
December 16 – Elf Movie with Ugly Sweater Contest

December 8: Holiday Gift Card
11am – 1pm
Keiki ages 12 & under are invited to join Mrs Claus for fun holiday craft making. Reservations not required. Space is limited.

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 OnStage: Elf The Musical

The Historic ‘Iao Theatre
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @7:30 PM
Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 9, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Buy Tickets

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.  Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Maui Ocean Center 270-7000

SEA-son of Giving: Shopping for Charity
Thursday, December 6th
Kick off the holiday season with a family-fun night at the Aquarium of Hawai‘i. Photos with Santa, Maui Arts & Craft Fair, Dive Presentations, Live Entertainment, Door Prizes and more. Evening proceeds to benefit Maui Non-Profits. $15 or $10 with donation of unwrapped toy.

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


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!