Top 10 things to do
on Maui after dark

Aloha and welcome to our Top 10 Things to do on Maui After Dark Blog. 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.

For those who want to keep exploring into the evening, check out a variety of nightlife options for Maui after dark. There is surely something for everyone; whether 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 really 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 brought 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 whiskey from all over the world. Happy hour is offered from 3-6pm daily, and the best part is that it is 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, here you’ll 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 islands 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 Friday’s- Wailuku
2nd Friday’s- Lahaina
4th Friday’s- Kihei
5th Friday’s- 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.


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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 hand full of Paia Town’s restaurants and bars offer happy hour from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm 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’s served here, and you can pair it with the Mediterranean Plate for tasty perfection. Roll into Rock & Brews before 6 pm and try a happy hour beer on tap. They have the most extensive selection of international and craft beers in town. The restaurant also sports a full bar and large-table seating for big gatherings.

After happy hour, head on over to Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon. Charley’s is intricately correlated with local legend Willie Nelson, and its history goes all the way back to 1969. Charley’s is undoubtedly the North Shore’s staple for live music. In fact, you will find live music here almost every single night of the year.
They offer weekly events like Monday night’s Live Band Open Mic & Jam and Thursday’s Bluesy night with Mark Johnstone & Friends. On Fridays and Saturdays, you will find concerts with music genres ranging from Reggae, Rock ‘n Roll, Bluegrass, electronic DJ´s as well as some amazing cover bands. This is the perfect place to dance the night away in Paia Town.


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04

Hop Aboard a Sunset Cruise

Pride of Maui offers the most spacious and stable catamaran on Maui. Relax and enjoy a Maui sunset cruise like no other. This is hands down one of the most enjoyable after-dark activities one can enjoy on Maui.

Imagine breathing in the calm ocean breezes, sipping on premium cocktails, and enjoying fresh and tasty pupus (appetizers) while watching the most gorgeous Maui sunset from the best viewpoint around. This experience is also accompanied by a live mix of acoustic music.
Aboard the Pride of Maui, guests don’t have to bother with wristbands or being limited with drink tickets. All drinks are inclusive, featuring locally brewed beer from Maui Brewing Company, regional red and white wines, and a full premium bar with delicious cocktails and mixed drinks. You won’t find any warmer plates with pre-cooked food aboard Pride, only top quality chef-inspired, and freshly prepared dishes. Savor items like chilled shrimp with a delicious variety of dipping sauces, mouthwatering onion tartlets, baby back ribs, and ginger glazed chicken. There’s also a beautiful selection of roasted vegetables, dips and an island fruit displayed. Make sure you save room for dessert!

You can’t beat the view from the expansive observation deck with 360-degree unobstructed views of Maui’s unsurpassed coastline. Offering plenty of space to roam around deck, Pride of Maui’s Catamaran boasts over 2500 ft. open deck.
Discover the perfect way to experience Maui after dark with the one and only Pride of Maui sunset dinner & cocktail cruise. This will be one of your most cherished memories of your vacation on Maui, we promise. If you’re visiting during the Winter months, you will also have a chance to see Maui’s Humpback Whales!


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05

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, offering 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 very unique and private group tours that are 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; an amazing and rare perspective. Before the dark descends, you’ll be moved to an observing 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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06

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). Opening its doors in 1994, the MACC is Maui’s top-notch performing arts complex located in the heart of Kahului.

This amazing center has been offering an array of Hawaiian cultural programs, performing arts, live music, theater, and dance performances for years. 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 kid-friendly movie night under the stars. For a more mature crowd, ArT=Mix is one of Maui’s most popular events. This is an amazing 21 and over interactive event, for artists and guests to 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 engages 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 luau’s offer an open bar featuring many 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 and/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. Guest 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 costume from all of the chief Polynesian cultures.

When on the Valley Isle, you don’t want to miss out on the most unique and interactive experience that a luau offers. This is the most authentic after dark experience that will leave you with the most memorable impression of the true aloha that Maui embraces 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! Friday’s are specifically designated as “Art Night” in Lahaina Town. What better way 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 of every week from 6:00 pm to around 10:00 pm.
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, rock and roll memorabilia, photography, fine art, and contemporary paintings. Many galleries will hold special events on Art Night including exclusive releases of an artist’s work, limited additions, 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 9 am to 5 pm) in Banyan Tree Park offers a complimentary walking map to participating galleries.


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09

Sing Karaoke

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

The Dirty Monkey
As the newest karaoke player on Maui’s scene, The Dirty Monkey is surely 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 LOL moments and delicious libations. With top-shelf liquors, a huge assortment of draft beers and the best sound and lighting system on Maui, here’s your go-to spot for one of the best karaoke nights on Maui.

For more information, please visit The Dirty Monkey.

Sansei
Offering two locations. One is in Kihei on Maui’s South Shore and the other is located in Kapalua, West Maui. This is hands down, one of our 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. Head Upcountry for a night of karaoke on Thursday and Saturday nights. Entertainment begins at 9:00 pm. 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 take 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 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.

You’ll find a wide variety of stage shows to choose from on Maui 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 equals the quality of many of the urbane cities on the mainland.

Voted 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 being 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. All guest must be 21 or older.

For more information please see Warren & Annabelle’s.

Mahalo Nui Loa for reading Pride of Maui’s Top 10 Things To Do On Maui After Dark blog. 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? Please take a moment comment below. Until next time, A Hui Hou!

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While Maui’s nightlife certainly doesn’t offer the same kind of variety as New York City or Los Angeles, we’re pretty sure you can’t stargaze on the side of a volcano there, so we’ll take what we can get.