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Maui After Dark: All the Best Things to Do in Maui at Night

With its picturesque beaches, lush mountains, and clear waters, the island of Maui in Hawaii is truly paradise. While the day time hours enable guests to explore the parks and waterfront areas, there are still plenty of fun and relaxing activities available during the evening. Explore our helpful guide below to see the best things to do in Maui at night.

Things to Do in Maui at Night
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1) Sunset Cruises

Lahaina Sunset Dinner Cruise Maui

Lahaina Sunset Dinner Cruise Maui takes guests along Maui’s panoramic coast. Optimal for guests of all ages, this sunset cruise provides indoor and outdoor seating on the catamaran Ocean Discovery as well as a complete four-course dining experience. Also, three cocktails are included per guest. Departing from Lahaina Harbor, the cruise offers stunning views of the West Maui mountains and adjacent islands. Furthermore, you can upgrade your ticket to experience first-rate seating on the bow or upper deck of the boat.

Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Sea Maui’s Sunset Sail offers spectacular views of Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Kahoolawe as guests watch the sun sink into the horizon. Rest and relax in open waters with handcrafted cocktails, local brews, and fresh lupus. This two-hour cruise will surely be a vacation highlight. Further, during the winter months, you can spot humpback whales in the distance. Make sure to book in advance online.

Other Notable Sunset Cruises:

2) Barhopping

The lively bar scene in Kihei, Maui brings music and cheer to the local night life. Whether you desire a relaxing evening with cocktails or to watch sports games with a rowdy crowd, Maui’s scene definitely delivers a good time.

Kahale’s

Located in the central bar area in Kihei, the “BARmuda Triangle”, Kahale’s is considered Maui’s oldest dive bar. Featuring live bands, DJ’s, game watching, and the island’s longest happy hour, patrons can expect a laidback atmosphere and local vibes. To note, the happy hour lasts from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and the bar remains open daily from 10 am to 2 am.

South Shore Tiki Lounge

The South Shore Tiki Lounge merges eclectic and kitschy with its island bar vibes. The lounge offers a full bar and a comfort food menu of burgers, pizza, wings, and more. Moreover, guests can enjoy the outdoor lanai, live music, surf videos playing in the background, and beyond.

Monkeypod Kitchen

Monkeypod Kitchen specializes in crafting unique cocktails and serving creative dishes with locally grown ingredients. Named after the monkeypod tree, the restaurant and bar reflects the aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands by nurturing its visitors. With two Maui locations (and one Oahu location), the menus represent seasonal and local ingredients, so therefore the dishes change often. One of their original cocktails includes the Monkeypod Mai Tai, which combines kula organic silver and dark rums, lime, house-made macadamia nut orgeat, bols orange curacao, and honey-lilkoi foam. In addition, guests can sample meals such as fish and lobster pasta or grilled ahi tuna.

Other Top Bars Include:

Things to Do in Maui at Night
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3) Stargazing

Observe the beauty of the stars from a unique perspective. If you live in a bigger city, you likely do not have such an opportunity and should therefore take advantage. Whether you care to do your own stargazing or join a group, you have options. For instance, Maui Stargazing offers detailed, expert-led tours at Haleakala Summit. Watch the sun set and then listen to a 60-minute guided telescope tour where you can clearly see the details of the Milky Way through a 12-inch Dobsonian telescope. Because you are 10,000 feet above sea level with little to no light population, the views will blow you away. We suggest bringing jackets and pants to remain warm.

On the other hand, you can also head into Haleakala National Park or park by the Blow Hole, just north of Kapalua, without a guided tour for tranquility and reflection while gazing at the night sky. Whichever tour you decide to take, stargazing is surely one of the best things to do in Maui at night.

4) Maui Arts & Cultural Center

The MACC, as it’s known, operates an expansive facility for performing artists and instructors. As a nonprofit, the MACC’s mission is to bring the local community together to celebrate the influence of the arts. Visitors can watch live performances, walk through artists’ galleries and exhibits, participate in festivals, and more. Admission is free to view exhibits, but ticket prices vary by event.

5) Art Nights in Lahaina

Old Town Lahaina presents several acclaimed art galleries for art enthusiasts to stroll through and purchase local work from day to day. In fact, guests can visit Front Street’s art galleries on Friday’s Art Nights from 7 to 10 pm. Galleries in “The Art Capital of the Pacific” welcome the public to converse with artists, listen to live music, and enjoy refreshments. Additionally, admission is free. For more information, contact the Lahaina Visitor Center at (808) 667-9193.

Things to Do in Maui at Night
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6) Attend A Traditional Luau

A visit to Hawaii would not be complete without attending a traditional luau performance. On Maui, guests can attend numerous luau performances such as the Drums of the Pacific Luau! Performed at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on Ka’anapali Beach, the luau includes eighteen dancers and musicians performing traditional songs, a torch lighting ceremony, an authentic imu ceremony, and more. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the gorgeous sunset backdrop and authentic dishes such as the unveiling of the Kalua Pua’a (fresh roasted pig). The ceremony concludes with a breathtaking Fire Knife Dance.

Things to Do in Maui at Night
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7) Sampling Delicacies 

Along with Kalua Pua’a and freshly caught fish dishes, visitors should try other local favorites such as shaved ice, spam musubi, and coconut candy. Numerous institutions offer such delicacies, so don’t leave without sampling! 

Where Should You Go?

Shave Ice

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice serves traditional Japanese-originated Hawaiian shave ice at seven different locations. Shave ice was originally brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants who came to the islands to work at the sugar cane plantations and pineapple fields. Using the popular beverage as a cold treat during the hot, tropical days, they eventually opened family grocery stores that sold shave ice. Ululani’s carries the tradition forward by presenting over forty flavors and flavor combinations.

Spam Musubi

A popular Hawaiian dish, spam musubi combines grilled spam with traditional Japanese omusubi. A slice of grilled spam is placed on top of rice and wrapped together with nori. You can find it all over Hawaii, and a popular destination to obtain it is Da Kitchen. First established in 1998, Da Kitchen now has two locations: Kihei and Kahului. Dine in style and experience local flavor here and at other popular Maui restaurants.

Coconut Candy

Traditional coconut candy is made from freshly sliced coconuts, raw cane sugar, and vanilla beans. Lightly sweetened and oven roasted, this dessert hits the spot after a day of adventures. You can find coconut candy at various grocery stores and marketplaces such as the Maui County Marketplace.

What Are Your Top Things to Do in Maui at Night?

Now that you know the best things to do in Maui at night, which activity will you try first? From attending an authentic luau to stargazing, each night brings you closer to the aloha spirit.

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