The Maui Jim Maui Invitational college basketball tournament has been held every year on Maui since 1984.  Over the years it has attracted some of the best college basketball programs to the tournament as well as ESPN camera crews.  It has grown to be one of the most prestigious pre-season college basketball tournaments in the nation.

On March 27, 2018 the field of college teams for the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational was announced!  The teams are:





Michigan State


Virginia Tech


The tournament games are hosted at the Lahaina Civic Center, which is a very small basketball arena when compared to some of the home courts of these nationally ranked programs.  The smaller setting creates an awesome viewing experience, as there is no bad seat in the house and the noise echoes throughout.   ESPN personalities sit literally feet from the fans as they broadcast the games.

Alumni associations of each school attending the tournament tend to sell out their allotted tickets very quickly, so it is advised to try and secure your tickets early.  Hotels on the west side of Maui (Lahaina and Ka’anapali) also tend to book up as well, as fans from across the U.S. fly in to support their teams at this legendary college basketball tournament. Tickets are normally sold in a pack to insure admission to all games a certain team. For example, you would purchase a BYU ticket packet and that would guarantee you got to see all BYU games played during the tournament.  Individual game tickets usually do not go on sale until very close to the tournament date.

If thinking of attending, you may want to check out some of Condominium Rentals Hawaii’s condo options.  Usually priced much more affordably compared to hotel rooms, condos are also a great option for families or traveling groups because they offer full kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and just more overall space.


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