So Cal Sounds

Wednesday (Apr. 16) 10 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café, Lahaina

[MUSIC] Matt Costa was a professional skateboarder until a broken leg and 18 months of recovery ended his brief-but-gifted career. He spent all that free time dedicating himself to his acoustic guitar and writing songs. Today he’s the kinda-sorta celebrity from Huntington Beach who caught Jack Johnson’s attention and got signed to his Brushfire record label. He got to tour around with Jack (lucky!) in 2005 and he’s also played with Donavon Frankenreiter, G. Love and super talented No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont. His newest album, Unfamiliar Faces, has a bunch of fun, polished alternative pop songs with catchy, straightforward lyrics that get totally stuck in my head, but in a good way. Tickets: $25. 667-7400 [JESSICA ARMSTRONG]

Easy Lei

Friday, (Apr. 11) 10 p.m. at Life’s a Beach, Kihei

[MUSIC] Do you shop at Hilo Hattie’s, think that tiki-art is the epitome of cool and have Joe vs. the Volcano playing on your iPhone? If you answered yes to any of these questions then boy, do we have a party for you. The Easy (back from the mainland) will be playing a Rockin’ Maui Luau party at Life’s a Beach. Anyone wearing Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts or other luau apparel will get $2 off the cover price. As usual, The Easy will be pleasing the crowd with their Road House Jazz/Revolutionary Hawaiian Rock sound. Cover: $5. For more information call Life’s a Beach 891-8010.

Keiki Invasion!

Saturday (Apr. 12) 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the Great Lawn, Maui Community College

[EVENT] I am uber-excited about the 2008 Valley Isle Keiki Fest happening this Saturday. April is the month of the young child, and thank God for that because it means we get to celebrate with taiko drummers, keiki performances, bouncing castles, a FREE keiki zone and booths promoting the safety and wellbeing of Maui’s rugrats. There will even be a car show going on in the hopes of enticing dads to come down, too. This is also your chance to donate non-perishables to the Food Bank of Maui. Those that give will get a free bag of French fries. This is an annual event of The Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle in partnership with the Hawai`i Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC), Maui Chapter, 4-H Clubs of Maui and Neighborhood Place of Wailuku. Admission: Free. For more info call 250-2540.

Soup for the Multi-Ethnic Soul

Saturday (Apr. 12) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Maui Mall, Kahului

[EVENT] I’m torn. You see, the Maui Culture and Arts Day celebration is taking place on the same day as Keiki Fest. Both are great opportunities for quality family time. Since I can’t choose, I’ll go to both. The kids can play at Keiki Fest, then absorb some awesome cultural experiences during the culture and arts celebration. There will be music, drama and dance performances as well as booths hosted by members of our multiple ethnic groups of Hawai`i. This year’s celebration is sponsored by MOA Hawai`i, the Maui County Commission on Culture and the Arts, Maui County Office of Economic Development, Hawai`i Tourism Authority, Maui Land & Pineapple Company, the Maui Marriott and the Maui Mall. Free. For more information call Norman Oshiro at 281-2331 or email at [email protected].

True Tragedy

Saturday (Apr. 12) 7 p.m. Steppingstone Playhouse, Queen Ka`ahumanu Center, Kahului

[STAGE] It’s more than a little ironic that the first stages of Project Ka`iulani, the Island Rose, are coinciding with the filming of a motion picture on the same topic that’s currently drawing substantial protests. But unlike its big budget and over dramatized look-alike, this organic production—written and extensively researched by Maui residents C. Harvie-Yamaguchi and J.J. Fahrni— focuses on the historical details and people surrounding the short life of Princess Victoria Ka`iulani Cleghorn, heir to the Hawaiian throne at the time of annexation. Now that was a wahine with seriously large kahones! Ka`iulani was well-educated, passionate about the Hawaiian people and culture and she stood up for her country in its time of need. This public performance reading will ultimately lead to a large musical stage production. Admission is free, donations accepted. 244-8760. [JA]

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