Top 10 Things to Do
on Maui After Dark

Aloha and welcome to our Top 10 Things to do on Maui After Dark! Maui is an active island full of gorgeous beaches, excellent snorkeling, and amazing hiking. With so many incredible options for daytime exploration, sometimes visitors don’t realize that we also have a pretty great selection of things to do at night.

Best Maui Nightlife After Dark Activities

For those who want to keep exploring into the evening, there is a wide variety of nightlife options on Maui after dark. There is surely something for everyone; whether you’re looking for something relaxing or adrenaline-pumping, we’ve got you covered!

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Experience Nightlife at The Dirty Monkey in Lahaina

Voted “Best New Bar on Maui,” in MauiTime Weekly, The Dirty Monkey is just what the Island of Maui needed! You can tell that the owners truly put their heart and soul into this Front Street remodel. Located in Lahaina (where the old Moose McGillycuddy’s used to be), Dirty Monkey has really breathed some life back into Front Street.

You will love the fresh new look, fantastic food and exceptional cocktails here. The tasty food is shareable, served family-style.

Whiskey enthusiasts will be in heaven with Dirty Monkey’s extensive whiskey menu that is comprised of whiskeys from all over the world. They offer happy hour from 3pm to 6pm daily, and they are one of the only places on Maui that stays open until 2 am! Finally, there is a place for real nightlife on Maui again. Featuring a full professional stage, lighting, and the top sound system on Maui, this is the place to find a host of local and world-famous DJs, live bands, karaoke, comedy shows and more for your entertainment pleasure. The Dirty Monkey is the perfect place to dance the night away during your visit to Maui.


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Explore Maui Friday Town Parties

Every “Aloha Friday” on Maui, the Maui County Office of Economic Development hosts a free town party in a different location throughout the island. This is definitely one of the best ways to celebrate Maui’s culture, community, art, and music. These family-fun events are also a great way for visitors to check out Maui’s historical small towns, taste delicious locally made foods, enjoy some of the island’s best talent, and shop for local art, crafts, and goods. These parties offer fun for both visitors and residents of all ages.

“Five Towns, Five Fridays, Five Parties!”

1st Fridays – Wailuku
2nd Fridays – Lahaina
3rd Fridays – Makawao
4th Fridays – Kihei
5th Fridays – Lana’i

No matter which town party you attend, they are all family-friendly and community-minded with a hometown feel full of good vibes. This is an awesome way to spend a night on Maui after the sun goes down.

1st, 3rd and 5th Maui Friday Town Parties are temporarily on hold until further notice.


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Go Bar Hopping & Dancing in Paia Town

The historical town of Paia is a great spot for a night of bar hopping, live music, and dancing. After a day in the sun, take a break and enjoy everything Maui’s North Shore has to offer visitors after dark. A handful of Paia Town’s restaurants and bars offer happy hour from 3pm to 6pm daily.

We suggest starting your happy hour at Milagros for a tasty signature margarita or an ice-cold Maui Brewing Company beer. Pair this with the daily happy hour food special before wandering across the street to Café Des Amis where happy hour continues. Here, visitors can enjoy half-priced drinks and yummy snacks to nosh in a charming courtyard with nightly live music. We love the refreshing Lilikoi Margarita served here, and you can pair it with the Mediterranean Plate for tasty perfection.

You can’t go wrong with any of the happy hour offerings in Paia Town. Make sure to check out some of the live music while you’re there!


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Hop Aboard a Sunset Dinner
Cruise and Luau

The catamaran Pride of Maui is the place to enjoy a sunset dinner cruise like no other. Relax with aloha in a casual luau atmosphere and enjoy spectacular views of the Hawaiian sunset. This is one of the most enjoyable after-dark activities you can do on Maui.

Imagine the calm ocean breezes, sipping on premium cocktails, savoring fresh and tasty foods, and enjoying a luau-style dinner show while watching the gorgeous Maui sunset. Polynesian dancers perform traditional hulas, and will even encourage you to try it out for yourself. You won’t want to miss out on the incredible experience to be had on our sunset dinner cruise.

Aboard the Pride of Maui, drinks are included! Our drink menu features locally brewed beer, regional red and white wines, and a full bar with delicious cocktails and mixed drinks.

For dinner, choose from top-quality, chef-inspired, freshly prepared dishes. We offer delectable fare like island-style baby back ribs, coconut-roasted sweet potatoes, and shoyu chicken. After dinner, enjoy a Hawaiian-style dessert. We have vegan and vegetarian options too!

The Pride of Maui boasts a 3000-sq ft. open deck. You can’t beat the sights from the expansive observation deck with unobstructed views of Maui’s unsurpassed coastline. While visiting during the winter (December through March), you may also see Maui’s famous Humpback Whales!

Discover the perfect way to experience Maui after dark with the one and only Pride of Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Luau. We promise this will be one of the most cherished memories of your Maui vacation.


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Go Stargazing at Haleakala

Haleakala is the largest dormant volcano in the world and reaches a height of 10,023 feet. This is one of the best places in the universe to stargaze, as it offers excellent visibility. It’s easy to understand why this spot is such a popular destination for serious astronomers from around the globe.

Maui Stargazing offers private group tours that are very unique and perfect for all ages. The tour starts with a magnificent sunset from the summit of Haleakala. The view from here is simply breathtaking. You’ll have time to watch as the sky changes colors over the cloud line; it’s such an amazing and rare perspective.

Before the dark descends, you’ll be moved to an observation site for a captivating laser-guided tour of the constellations. This family-friendly adventure also includes the use of a telescope for viewing star clusters, galaxies, and visible planets. Temperatures do drop quite a bit at this elevation—but no worries—all the necessary warm clothing you and your family will need to keep you comfortable and cozy throughout your stargazing session is provided.

If you are looking for something totally different and awe-inspiring to do while visiting Maui, then stargazing at one of the most beautiful locations on the planet is the perfect after-dark option!


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Visit Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC)

When planning your upcoming vacation on Maui, check out the event schedule at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). Since opening its doors in 1994, the MACC continues to be Maui’s top-notch performing arts complex located in the heart of Kahului.

This amazing center offers a wide array of Hawaiian cultural programs, performing arts, live music, theater, and dance performances. Guests will also enjoy movie screenings inside or—if you’re lucky—outside under the stars.

Check out one of Maui’s special music events in the MACC’s Castle Theater or at one of the ongoing cultural events, like the Ku Mai Ka Hula competition. One of our favorite events held here is the family-friendly movie screening night, “Starry Night Cinema.” This is a free movie night under the stars that your kids will love! For a more mature crowd (21 and up), ArT=Mix is one of Maui’s most popular events. This is an amazing interactive event for artists and guests, where they will have the space to work together and connect on an artistic level.

There is always something fun and interesting going on at the MACC, making this spot another perfect place to head to when the sun goes down on Maui.


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Attend a Luau

Nothing immerses you in Hawaiian Culture like experiencing a luau on Maui. This fun Hawaiian tradition is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Traditionally, Hawaiian luaus begin with a lei greeting and a refreshing Mai Tai or tropical fruit punch. Most luaus offer an open bar featuring several deliciously iconic tropical drinks.

Prior to seating, Hawaiian arts and crafts are typically set up for purchase. Guest can participate in demonstrations of Hawaiian practices, such as husking a coconut or playing traditional games.

Of course, there will be an offering of everyone’s favorite, Kalua Pig, cooked the traditional way in an imu (Hawaiian underground oven). It’s unearthed just before dinner and served at a customary Imu Ceremony. Guests will also enjoy an array of other Hawaiian dishes commonly served at luaus, such as poi, a native Hawaiian staple that is made from Toro root, and of course fresh island fish. After dinner, the Polynesian dancing show begins with dances, music and featured costumes from all of the chief Polynesian cultures.

While visiting the Valley Isle, you won’t want to miss out on the unique and interactive phenomenon that is the luau. This is the most authentic after-dark experience that you will experience here and it will leave you with a lasting impression of the true aloha spirit that Maui embraces long after the sun goes down.


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Peruse Friday Night Art Night in Lahaina

“Aloha Friday” on Front Street is always known for being tons of fun! Fridays are specifically designated as “Art Nights” in Lahaina Town. What better way is there to spend time after dark on Maui than strolling through this historical beachfront town, exploring world-renowned art galleries and meeting local and visiting artists?

Guests will also enjoy complimentary refreshments, pupus (appetizers) and live music. Art Night is a popular ongoing event that occurs every Friday from 6pm to around 10pm.

It’s easy to see how Lahaina has earned its nickname “The Art Capital of the Pacific.” It actually boasts more art galleries per capita than any other town in America. Lahaina gallery treasures range from local handmade arts and crafts, beautiful blown glass pieces, hand-carved Koa wood bowls, vintage posters and rock and roll memorabilia to photography, fine art, and contemporary paintings. Many galleries will hold special events on Art Night including exclusive releases of an artist’s work, limited edition pieces, live art demonstrations, and special promotions. In addition, visitors will enjoy many merchant, restaurant and foodie specials.

The Lahaina Visitor Center at the old Lahaina Courthouse (open daily from 9am to 5pm) in Banyan Tree Park offers guests a complimentary walking map at participating galleries.


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Sing Karaoke

What better place is there to sing karaoke than in a tropical island paradise where nobody knows your name? Maui assuredly offers a wide variety of karaoke bars for your after-dark entertainment. Here are a few of our top recommendations:

The Dirty Monkey
As the newest player on Maui’s karaoke scene, The Dirty Monkey is certainly delivering! Head to Lahaina’s Front Street for “Karaoke with Casey” every Tuesday night. Here, you’ll find a lively late-night scene full of hilarious moments and delicious libations. With top-shelf liquors, a huge assortment of draft beers, and the best sound and lighting system on the island, this is your go-to spot for one of the best karaoke nights on Maui.

For more information, please visit The Dirty Monkey.

Sansei
Sansei offers two locations: one in Kihei on Maui’s South Shore and the other in Kapalua, West Maui. This is one of our absolute favorite spots for karaoke in Maui. With its fun and upbeat atmosphere, it is easy to see why Sansei is so popular with residents and visitors alike. Plus, you can enjoy ono (delicious) sushi, sake, and specialty cocktails while belting out your favorite tunes!

For more information, please visit Sansei.

Stopwatch
Stopwatch is Upcountry Maui’s karaoke hot-spot on Thursday and Saturday nights. Entertainment begins at 9:00 pm but keep in mind that it can get busy here, so show up early (by 8:30) to get a table and pick out your songs. If you are looking for a late dinner or pupus (appetizers) beforehand, please note that the kitchen does close at 9:30 pm here. Some of our favorites menu items are the patty melt, Maui onion rings, and the crispy fried pickles!

For more information, please visit Stopwatch.

Haui’s Life’s a Beach
Located in Kihei, Haui’s Life’s a Beach is a local karaoke spot on Maui’s South Shore. This is the perfect place for straight-off-the-beach happy hour drinks and great karaoke. It’s a lively and friendly bar with delicious cocktails and food, plus indoor and outdoor seating.

The karaoke nights can change here, so make sure to check out their entertainment schedule at Life’s a Beach.

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See a Show

At any given time of the year, Maui offers its fair share of excellent shows for visitors to enjoy after dark. In addition to booking your luau, you’ll want to make sure you have the opportunity to schedule one or more of Maui’s excellent stage shows.

On Maui, you’ll find a wide variety of stage shows from which to choose, including a spontaneous night of theatrical comedy, a highly acclaimed magic show, and spectacular theatrical and dance productions. If you and your family enjoy the theater, you will love experiencing a full-blown theatrical show that rivals those of many of the cities on the mainland.

Voted the Best Live Theater on Maui, Maui on Stage’s Historic Iao Theater offers amazing shows with top talent in a gorgeous and intimate historical theater.

For a calendar of upcoming events, please visit Maui On Stage.

Known for being one of Maui’s most elegant settings, as well as having been voted one of the most fun shows on the island, Warren & Annabelle’s Magic show is definitely on our list of things to do after dark on Maui. You will enjoy 4 hours of drinks, food, and amazing magic. Guest must be 21 or older to attend.


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Mahalo nui loa for reading Pride of Maui’s Top 10 Things to Do on Maui After Dark. Maui offers a variety of fun and exciting activities to enjoy after the sun goes down. What was your favorite after-dark experience while visiting Maui? Until next time, a hui hou!