The first weekend in October sees the Maui Country Parade take place. The parade runs from the Maui Community College to the Maehara Baseball Stadium in Wailuku. The County Fair is held at the War Memorial Stadium with traditional artwork, crafts and plants and a fair.
The Molokai community celebrates Festivals of Aloha with their Royal Court in this historic three-day event in early October. After the Investiture Kupuna Show the festival continues with Youth Events, a parade and a day-long Ho’olaule’a celebration.
Not quite Cannes, but the popular Hana Bay Film Festival invites visitors to bring their lawn chairs down to Hana Bay and watch film screenings along with local food stands, live music, hula and Polynesian dance.
This world championship event of men’s long-distance outrigger canoe racing takes place on the second Sunday in October. It starts from Hale O Lono Harbor in Molokai and races 41 miles across the Kaiwa Channel to Kahanamoku Beach, in Waikiki. Those able to follow the race from a private speedboat will find this is a thrilling event to watch.
The Lahaina Front St. Halloween street party used to be an epic gathering of the Pacific. Unfortunately, it has got a little to out of hand and has since become downgraded to a more child oriented event. Paia has picked up some of the slack and is now condidered one of the places to be on this wonderful holiday.
Maui has several trick-or-treat events on October 31 but the exclusive Halloween Cruise organized by the Pacific Whale Foundation is one of the best events. Dress up in your finest Halloween fancy dress costume and take a sunset cruise along the south Maui coast from Ma’alaea Harbor. The trip includes a superb onboard buffet including cocktails such as their famous Mai Tais. The cruise lasts 4½ hours with a two hour stay in Lahaina before sailing back beneath the stars with coffee and brownies.