Hawaiʻi is all about Ohana (family) and there are few holidays that mean more to this culture than Mother’s Day. All the traditional appreciation that most people do for mom, like flowers and cards and brunch, still happen here but with a flare towards the culture of Hawaiian family life. Of course it’s easy to pull off a bouquet of cut flowers, they’re everywhere! Florists, flower farms, and of course the road to Hana roadside stands are loaded to the gills with fresh tropical flowers for Mother’s Day.
Also many people, especially the keiki (children) will be stringing up lei for mom, and grandma, and auntie… with all the Plumeria trees in full bloom there is plenty for everyone in the ohana! When Sunday morning comes it’s time to load everyone up for breakfast/brunch at one of many Maui brunches happening around the island after which many local families head out to what is usually mom’s favorite place to go…the beach!
Most people who live in Maui work hard and any holiday, especially Mother’s Day, is a major beach day. What mom wouldn’t want to play in the ocean with their kids and family on Mother’s Day? Not many on Maui…
Hawaiʻi’s flower lei is an international symbol of love and respect and is already in everyone’s thoughts on Mother’s Day because of the many Lei Day celebrations on May 1st from the week before, so there are plenty flowers and lei around to share with family and friends.
Here are a few places to find fresh Mother’s Day flowers and lei around Maui:
Great selection and probably the best prices on the island. Bouquets run from $9 to $50 and lei are between $9 and $24. Of course you can also get other goodies for mom like boxes of chocolates and a bottle of fine wine! Costco’s got it all!
Located in Kahului this Saturday market has an eclectic array of handmade crafts, farmers market fruits and veggies plus lots of flower vendors. Get there early though because the flowers sell out fast the saturday before Mother’s Day!
Local Flower Stands
All over Maui you will find fresh local produce stands and flower stands scattered around the major towns of Kihei, Lahaina and Kahului. Not all are created equal of course but for sure it’s worth a stop at a few if just to look around and try a few samples. The locals know that the best fruit and flower stands are out along the road to Hana so take Mom on this amazing scenic drive before Sunday or better yet book her a Hana tour. Mom doesn’t need the stress of this winding road so let the pros take care of her. Either way this is a Maui must do and the fruits and flowers of Hana are incredible!
There are also some fantastic events happening on Mother’s Day in Maui this year that any mom would love to enjoy with the ohana.
Seabury Hall Craft Fair
This annual festival is a big deal for upcountry folks and the rodeo grounds across the street become a giant parking lot for the hundreds of people and vendors! Live music and great food make this a fantastic place for mom’s to do some shopping while you sneak the flowers and lei into the car! Seabury Hall Craft fair is Saturday May 9th from 9am to 4pm.
Concerts at the MACC
Maui Arts and Cultural Center is an amazing venue that showcases many world class music and events. Any Mom would be thrilled to take in a show here. From Hawaiian music to dance performances to plays and operas, there is always something wonderful happening here. The calendar for this May has a great line up including Micheal Franti & Spearhead! Michael Franti is a wonderful upbeat musician and his shows are always fun and engaging. This promises to be, as we say in Maui, an “off the hook” show to take Mom to!
Kula Lavender Farm
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located on the slopes of upper Kula is a busy place on Mother’s Day. that’s because they hold their annual “Mom’s Day Out” event. Farm tours, lavender scones and flower/lavender bouquet making are sure to get mom’s creative juices flowing!
Mom’s and Mimosas – Island Art Party
This new activity in Maui is becoming quite popular and is getting rave reviews. Based on the idea of a pop up paint party with the added fun of wine and beer, Island Art Party is a great way to enjoy some time with Mom and create something you’ll both treasure for years to come! No artistic experience required and the Mom’s and Mimosa’s event should be a blast!
Send Mom to the spa!
Maui is loaded with outstanding spas. No matter where you’re staying chances are there is a world class spa nearby. If you live on Maui though we all know the best of the best may be on the south shore in Wailea. The Four Seasons Maui is consistently rated as one of the best luxury resorts in Hawaii. You may not be staying here but sending mom to the spa for the day is one Mother’s Day she will not soon forget!
Another world class spa is right next door at the Grand Wailea Spa. With 40 treatment rooms and a hydro circuit of pools, saunas and baths, this is another amazing place for mom to relax and get some well deserved pampering!
Mother’s Day Brunches
Hali’imaile General Store Brunch
This is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Maui and Mother’s Day Brunch will be total worth the drive to the tiny plantation hamlet of Hili’imaile located just below the upcountry town of Pukalani. Chef Bev Gannon is world renown and the food will be an extravagant treat for any mom!
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Known as the most “Hawaiian” resort in Kaanapali the Sunday Champagne Brunch here is great year around with more selections than you’ll ever be able to try, but still it’s worth giving it a shot! Be sure to try the fern salad…
Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
Another beautiful place in Kaanapali to indulge Mom is the Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show at the Sheraton Maui. This resort’s stunning grounds are the backdrop to a wonderful meal that all mom’s are sure to enjoy, plus a fashion show from some of the westside top boutique island designs! Great food and shopping… sounds like Mom’s paradise!
Located at the far end (South) of Kihei the resort area of Wailea is world class and so it’s no surprise that one of the most extravagant hotels, the Grand Wailea, would put together a fantastic brunch for Mom. The menu includes items like fresh shrimp, snow crab and oysters with a cognac cocktail sauce! Yum!
Well there you have it. So many things to do this Mother’s Day weekend on Maui but that’s how it goes with most things here. If you ever find yourself on the island during Mother’s Day one thing is for sure – Mom’s will love being in Hawaiʻi!
Aloha Nui Loa