The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is Maui’s premier venue for top-notch entertainment. Hosting both outdoor and indoor events, the center has welcomed big name bands like the Beach Boys and No Doubt to traveling circuses and comedians such as Wayne Brady.
If you find yourself vacationing on Maui for a week or so, I encourage you to check the events calendar at the MACC. Often times you can catch a locally produced play or comedy routine that can open your eyes to the Hawaiian culture. Various weeknights feature screenings of foreign and independent films that don’t make it to the bigger theaters on Maui. Some noteworthy upcoming August events include D.L. Hugley (8/14), the Temptations (8/15), and an improv Hawaiian comedy show (8/20).
Often times ticket holders will show up an hour early to a scheduled event just to hang out in the outdoor tree-lined courtyard. At night the courtyard glitters with a constellation of lights strung through the trees. Head to the outdoor bar and pick up a glass of wine or specially made desert as you watch the crowds start to arrive for the upcoming event.
You will also want to arrive early so you can allow time to walk through the Schaefer International Art Gallery, which consistently displays work from famous artists. Admission into the art gallery is free and exhibits change regularly. Currently a collection of famous 1950s Hawaiian artwork can be enjoyed.
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