Behind the sun-drenched beaches and the majestic waves off the coast of the island, Maui is home to a thriving art community. The beauty of Maui lends itself to all types of art and artists. Lahaina is known for the high concentration of galleries featuring artists from all over the world. Paia and Makawao have several galleries that focus more on local artists.
Maui Arts and Cultural Center, www.mauiarts.org, is the premier venue for art exhibits, concerts, cultural events, movies and all types of entertainment. The historic Iao Theater in Wailuku is home to Maui Onstage, www.mauionstage.com. This old mission style theater is treasured gem on Maui and a must do. There is a full schedule of events and performances that are sure to appeal to every interest. Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, www.huinoeau.com, is located in Upcountry Maui in the historical Baldwin House. The Hui has several exhibits throughout the year while serving as an interactive learning center for various art forms.
The performing arts are alive and well on Maui. Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), www.mauiacademy.org, MAPA is a non profit organization that produces community theatre and provides education to keikis (children) and adults alike. ProArts, Inc., www.proartspacific.com, is the newest theatre company located in Kihei offering a full schedule of productions.
A top Maui attraction is the Maui Ocean Center, www.mauioceancenter.com, and aquarium and educational center. Interactive exhibits and "shark dives" make this a unique and unforgettable experience for locals and tourists alike.