Even with a population of only 140,000 people, Maui has a remarkable amount of residents who possess some sort of artistic talent. From jewelry to clothing to hand-carved wood, you can find local artists hawking their wares at craft fairs across the island.
In West Maui, one of the best places to mingle with local artists is at the Aloha Friday craft fair in northern Kaʽanapali. Located in front of the Westin Kaʽanapali Ocean Resort Villas, dozens of artists are available to chat about their creative work.
The craft fair begins at 9 a.m. and lasts through most of the day. It's a great way to spend a Friday morning along the northern Kaʽanapali boardwalk. Even if you don't end up buying something, this is still a great beach for a leisurely stroll or a snorkeling session on the reef.
If you do plan on getting in the water after shopping, morning hours are best for taking a dip before the afternoon tradewinds blow in.