Christmas & New Year's Eve in Maui

Published on:
December 1, 2023

Celebrating Christmas and New Year's in Maui offers a unique and enchanting experience, blending traditional holiday cheer with the island's vibrant Hawaiian customs. The festive season transforms this beautiful island into a magical destination, where the spirit of aloha merges with holiday festivities.  

Let's dive into the activities and events that make Maui a special place during this time of year, highlighting the various services provided by destination Maui vacations and activity providers, the holiday movies that capture the essence of the season, and the unique Hawaiian traditions that give a tropical twist to the holidays.

Christmas in Maui

Christmas in Maui
The hula dance, a traditional Hawaiian dance characterized by fluid movements and storytelling gestures. The dancer is adorned with lei flowers and a red hula skirt, and is likely performing at sunset, judging by the vibrant colors in the sky and the beachside setting.

Maui is an excellent destination for Christmas, celebrated with a unique blend of traditional holiday spirit and Hawaiian customs. Generally, there are many various Maui activities during the festive season, including cultural events at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and whale-watching as the whale season begins.

The holiday season in South Maui, especially around Wailea Beach and Polo Beach, is vibrant with holiday events like Santa's arrival by outrigger canoe, creating a special time for visitors and locals alike. From the dazzling street of holiday lights to the serene services at Trinity Episcopal Church and Lanakila Catholic Church, Maui becomes a canvas of cultural and festive celebrations. However, it is also a busy period, with many seeking the beautiful island's warm weather and holiday cheer.

How Do You Celebrate Christmas in Maui?

The weather in Maui during Christmas is typically warm and inviting, perfect for beach activities and outdoor dining. Celebrations include traditional elements like luaus and church services in various congregations, including at Wailea Beach and Ka'anapali Beach, as well as unique Hawaiian traditions. Luaus for Christmas blends traditional luau elements with holiday festivities during Christmas and New Year's. Festive season dining experiences, like those offered by the Pacific Whale Foundation's dinner cruise departing from Ma'alaea Harbor, add richness to the holiday charm.  

How Busy is Maui at Christmas?

Visiting Maui for Christmas can be a bustling busy environment, as it is a popular holiday destination. However, the range of holiday activity suggestions, from holiday shopping at Whalers Village to enjoying a special night of music, makes it a worthwhile experience.

Maui offers something for everyone, whether it's spending Christmas Eve dinner at a private table overlooking the ocean or joining a celebratory dinner buffet. For those wondering about the best place to spend Christmas in the Hawaiian Islands, Maui certainly stands out for its combination of festive activities, beautiful scenery, and warm, welcoming holiday spirit.


Meeting Santa on Christmas & Events in Maui

Santa can often be seen in several locations on Maui on December 24th. The most popular Santa arrival on Maui is when Santa comes sailing through the sea on an outrigger canoe onto Polo Beach. See: Santa's Arrival 2014.

Other events in Maui can be difficult to find due to being locally hosted events throughout the island. These include luaus, singing, dancing, and many Christmas-related workshops for kids and families to enjoy. To stay updated on these events, searching through online guides and event calendars is the most efficient method. These resources provide navigational information, often categorized by type of event, location, and dates, making it easy for visitors and locals alike to find activities that match their preferences.

For the most up-to-date information on Christmas events on Maui, here are some frequently updated resources:


New Year's Eve in Maui

New Year's Eve in Maui
Amidst the serene blues and lush greens of Maui's coast, the festive season brings a sparkle to the island, inviting both locals and visitors to celebrate Christmas and New Year's with the spirit of aloha.

New Year’s Even in Maui like for Christmas holidays, becomes a hub of festive activities and local events. The Grand Wailea Resort traditionally hosts firework shows, visible from various locations in Wailea. For those seeking a unique experience, New Year's Eve cruises are available, offering a splendid view of the fireworks from the sea. These cruises, like those from Pacific Whale Foundation or Pride of Maui, depart from Ma’alaea Harbor and provide a festive atmosphere with food, drinks, and music.

Where Can You Watch Fireworks in Maui on New Year's Eve?

For those that aren't staying at the Grand Wailea, here are a few good options for watching the Grand Wailea's New Year's Eve fireworks:

  • Po'olenalena Beach Park, located just south of the Grand Wailea, offers great views of the fireworks over the water. The park has open lawns where you can set up blankets and chairs.
  • Wailea Beach is another public beach north of the Grand Wailea that has parking available and good lines of sight to watch the fireworks display from the shore.
  • If you don't mind a slightly more obstructed view, you could also watch from the parking lots of the nearby Shops at Wailea, which have been used as viewing spots in the past according to Grand Wailea's website.
  • Another option would be Polo Beach which allows you to see the fireworks from the shoreline there.


New Year's in Maui Events

Celebrating New Year's in Maui offers a variety of vibrant events to welcome the new year. As the clock strikes midnight, you can witness the spectacular fireworks display at Grand Wailea Resort, which is visible from multiple locations around Wailea. For a unique experience, consider joining one of the New Year's Eve cruises. These cocktail cruises, operated by the Pacific Whale Foundation, Pride of Maui, and Alii Nui, offer a remarkable opportunity to view the fireworks from the ocean.

In addition to the fireworks and cruises, Maui presents an array of dining and entertainment options. Several renowned restaurants, such as Cane & Canoe and The Pour House, feature special dinner menus for New Year’s Eve, ensuring a memorable culinary experience.

For those interested in cultural experiences, luaus like Te Au Moana and Feast at Mokapu host special seatings on New Year's Eve, complete with Polynesian dances and excellent views of the fireworks. To top off the celebration, lively New Year’s Eve parties are hosted at various venues, including Taverna, Mulligans on the Blue, and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, where you can dance your way into the new year.

For the most up-to-date information on New Year’s Events on Maui see:  

Generally, you can expect:

  • Fireworks at Grand Wailea Resort: Midnight New Year’s Eve fireworks visible from various locations around Wailea.
  • New Year’s Eve Cruises: Celebrate on the ocean with cocktail cruises offering fireworks viewing from Pacific Whale Foundation, Pride of Maui, and Alii Nui.
  • Dining Options: Many restaurants, including The Pour House, offer special New Year’s Eve menus.
  • Luaus on New Year's Eve: Te Au Moana and Feast at Mokapu offer special seatings with Polynesian dances and a chance to view the fireworks.


The Hale Pau Hana for a Beachfront Condominium Hotel Holiday

The Hale Pau Hana beachfront condominium hotel resort in Kihei is ideally located for exploring Christmas festivities in nearby towns. Just twenty minutes north along the scenic South Maui coastline is Kahului, home to numerous Christmas celebrations and activities.

Kahului puts on a Christmas parade, tree lighting, live music performances, and craft fairs downtown to get guests into the holiday spirit. After a day of enjoying Kahului's Christmas cheer, visitors can relax back at The Hale Pau Hana with its ocean views and nearby convenience of groceries and cafes. The short drive makes it convenient to venture out for the day's events yet still retreat to the comfort and convenience of a beachfront condo each night.

In addition to proximity to Kahului, The Hale Pau Hana's location in central Kihei puts it near some of the best spots to ring in the New Year. Ten minutes down the coast is the luxurious Grand Wailea Resort, where an epic fireworks show lights up the beach on New Year's Eve. Guests can celebrate at nearby resorts or even watch from public beaches north or south of the display.

After the late-night fireworks, Hale Pau Hana visitors are a quick drive back "home" to their oceanfront condo to rest and unwind after the celebrations. With beach access right outside and central positioning along Maui's southern coast, The Hale Pau Hana proves an excellent beach home base for exploring Christmas festivities in Kahului and New Year's fireworks in Wailea.

Wishing You a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year on Maui

All of us at the Hale Pau Hana wish you a very merry Christmas and happy new year filled with joy, laughter and loved ones. We hope the new year brings health, hope, and healing to you and yours. May Maui's enduring warmth and natural beauty be a source of continual inspiration and solace.

As we celebrate Christmas and New Year's in Maui amidst the joyous festivities and breathtaking surroundings, it's important to keep in mind those affected by the devastating fires that occurred on the island in recent months. As visitors and residents alike enjoy the holiday season, we encourage considering those still recovering. In the spirit of the holidays, we find strength in unity and compassion, supporting the journey toward recovery. Me ke aloha pumehana.

Experience the magic of Christmas and New Year's in Kihei, Maui, with a stay at The Hale Pau Hana. Located on South Maui's beachfront, our condominium hotel resort is your gateway to seasonal wonder, from majestic whale sightings to enchanting local festivities. Revel in premier whale watching, explore the local festivities, and then return to the solace of your ocean-view room. Secure your unforgettable Maui holiday experience by booking your stay today!

Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram @theHalePauHana and join a vibrant community of holidaymakers. Celebrate the season where aloha spirit and holiday cheer unite! 🎄✨🌺

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