THURSDAY, JUNE 28
THIRSTY THURSDAY – Start your weekend a little early. This Thursday, head over to Botero Bar at the Grand Wailea for some live entertainment, pupus and drinks. They’re featuring drink specials on TY KU Premium Sake & Spirits for the month of June. Twenty bucks will get you a souvenir Botero Man glass, TY KU keepsake, 20 percent off food and half off Happy Hour pricing all evening on well drinks, house wine by the glass and domestic beers. It’s always important to stay hydrated. $20. 5:30-7pm. Botero Bar, Grand Wailea Resort (3850 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-875-1234 ext. 4900; wailearesortdining.com
FRIDAY, JUNE 29
NIGHT FOR THE BIRDS – Drink for a cause at Maui Brewing Co.’s Benefit Night for the Birds. In 2009, Maui Brewing Co. began hosting benefit nights for the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) and now they do it four times a year. The MFBRP’s mission is to recover Hawaii’s endangered bird species and restore their habitat. Their research is focused on the rare Maui Parrotbill (or Kiwikiu) that’s only found in Haleakala forests. At the benefit nights, half of Maui Brewing Co.’s pint sales go to the MFBRP. Cheers to that! 6pm-12am. Maui Brewing Co., Kahana Gateway Shopping Center (4405 Honoapiilani Hwy., Kahana); mauiforestbirds.org, mauibrewingco.com.
HOLLYWOOD SWING CANTEEN – Let your American flag fly and head back to the 1940s with a night of song and dance in the styles of USO, Swing, Big Band and Hollywood Glam. Maui’s own Sirens of Song (Casey Murphy, Lia Krieg, Jonna Ahn and Nara Boone) present the Hollywood Swing Canteen at the Maui Tropical Plantation, featuring the Kit Kat Club Cabaret, Trevor Arnholt and Jason Wulf and his Swing Maui dancers. Come at 6:30pm for some pre-show cocktails and classic American cuisine. Doug DeBoer will bring vintage visuals and Scott Provonsha will provide the sounds to create an All-American atmosphere. Also, enjoy a Pin-Up Parade fashion show. Stick around after the show for dancing until 11pm. Ages 21+. $15 general, VIP tables available. June 29, 7:30-9:30pm. Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku (1670 Honoapiilani Hwy.); hollywoodswing.eventbrite.com
NARNIA – Lions and witches and wardrobes, oh my! No? Wrong musical? My bad. MAPA presents Narnia, a musical based on the classic novel by C.S. Lewis. It’s that story with the courageous and spunky siblings who get transported to a fantasy land where they encounter an evil witch, a lion and various woodland/mythical creatures. A cast of 51 performers aged 12 to 20 was put to work in MAPA’s Teen Musical Theater Camp, and they covered more than 200 hours of training in acting, dancing and singing. $14 adult, $10 student 18 & under. June 29-July 8: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Steppingstone Playhouse, Queen Kaahumanu Center (275 West Kaahumanu Ave.); 808-244-8760; www.mauiacademy.org
MAUI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – The Maui Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual luncheon at which they will induct their new leaders and reflect on their accomplishments of the past year. Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of KHNL and KGMB9, will be the keynote speaker, sponsored by Central Pacific Bank and… Monsanto? I guess they took a quick break from bankrupting American farmers. Anyway, Blangiardi has about 35 years of experience as a TV executive: before he returned to Hawaii, he was president of Telemundo Holdings Inc. and helped lead Telemundo’s sale to NBC for $2.7 billion, the largest deal in NBC’s history. Before his TV career, Blangiardi was head coach for the UH football team. His talk, “Some Thoughts On Leading… Believing And Getting the Job Done,” will inspire and motivate business leaders. $45 for Chamber members, $60 for non-member guests. 11am-2pm. Westin Maui Resort (2365 Kaanapali Pkwy); 808-244-0081; mauichamber.com
BROTHER NOLAND – Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and legend Brother Noland is playing at Duke’s this Friday at the release party for his latest CD, Greatest Hits 2. Brother Noland is well known throughout the islands and beyond for his innovative spirit and passion for music. He’s widely credited with popularizing the Jawaiian genre of music with his hit song “Coconut Girl,” but his talent also extends to traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, slack key and Hawaiian swing. Noland has worked with at-risk youth on Oahu, where he was born and raised, teaching them how to play the guitar and ukulele and setting up arts programs in public parks. Clearly, the guy knows aloha. Free. 5-7pm. Duke’s Beach House, Kaanapali (130 Kai Malina Pkwy); 808-662-2900; dukesmaui.com
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
PIINAAU ROAD HIKE – Back in the day, lava flowed from Haleakala through this valley (the Koolau Gap) to the sea. Luckily for you, it’s now safe for hiking. Join the Maui Sierra Club for a six-mile hike that involves visiting and learning about archaeological sites and identifying some of the local flora. Bring a bathing suit, water, lunch and sunscreen. There’s an 18-hiker limit, so call hike leader Miranda Camp (808-264-5640) to reserve your spot ASAP. You also need an EMI (East Maui Irrigation) waiver to go on this hike, and you can visit the Maui Sierra Club website for details. Meet at the Haiku Community Center at 8:30am to carpool. $5 donation requested for hikers over 14 ($3 for Sierra Club members). 8:30am. Haiku Community Center (Hana Highway at Pilialoha St); 808-264-5640; mauisierraclub.org
HALFWAY TO NEW YEAR’S EVE – Make a mid-year resolution to attend the Halfway to New Year’s Eve Party at Diamonds Ice Bar! They’re pulling out all the stops with a countdown, balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. You know, if that Mayan calendar gossip is true, we won’t even have another New Year’s Eve to celebrate! So party now to be on the safe side. DJ Illz will be spinning as you dance the night away with your friends in your sequined-out New Years attire. Of course, if the world doesn’t end, you can do this all again in six months. Free. 9pm. Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-9299
HALE MAHAOLU – This year marks Hale Mahaolu’s 45th anniversary, and the theme is “Through the years… Remember, Live, Dream.” Hale Mahaolu provides low- and moderate-income housing for seniors, families and people with disabilities in Maui County. Help them keep serving the community by stopping by their annual fundraiser this Saturday and buying a Chicken Hekka plate lunch from Rhonda’s Kitchen. A tasty good cause. $7/plate. 9:30-11:30am. Hale Mahaolu Akahi Parking Lot (300 W. Wakea Ave.); 808-872-4170; halemahaolu.org
MIKE EPPS – Standup comic, actor, writer, rapper and knee-slapper Mike Epps is coming to Maui. Perhaps best known for his role as Day-Day Jones in Ice Cube’s Next Friday and Friday After Next, Epps has also had roles in Resident Evil, The Hangover, Sparkle and The Honeymooners. His TV career began in 1995 on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam series. Epps stars in his own standup special called Mike Epps Presents and in 2010 released a comedy rap album Bidness: Da Album. Now he’s on a sold-out stand-up tour. It’s sure to be a lot of laughs, but you shouldn’t bring the kids unless you want to yell “EARMUFFS” every two seconds. $25, $45, $55, $65 (plus fees). 7:30pm. Castle Theater, MACC (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org; mikeepps.com
808 UNITED MC SHOWCASE – Check out Maui’s premier MC’s at Stella Blues this Saturday at the 808 United MC Showcase. Prepare for a night of underground rap and hip hop from Maui MC’s TNT and Supreme Beings along with others TBA. DJ Kurt, the winner of Ambrosia’s Best New DJ contest, will spin classic hip hop with a special tribute to the late MCA of the Beastie Boys. $10. 9:30pm. Stella Blues Cafe (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779; stellablues.com
SUNDAY, JULY 1
FEED MY SHEEP – Here’s a chance to help feed the hungry while feeding yourself. Duke’s is partnering with the non-profit Feed My Sheep this summer (July through September) to provide meals to families in need (not sheep). They distribute 100,000 meals to Maui families every month. All you have to do is order off the Duke’s tasting menu (available daily between 4:45 and 5:45pm), and part of the proceeds will go to Feed My Sheep. $25.95. July-September, 4:45-5:45pm. Duke’s Beach House, Lahaina (130 Kai Malina Pkwy); 808-662-2900; dukesmaui.com, feedmysheepmaui.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 3
VALENTINE INDEPENDENCE PARTY – What’s not to like? The party’s entertainment includes performances by the Ultraviolets, the Victory Girls, VJ & BBOYS and the Girly Show. The Ultraviolets are a dark light burlesque/comedy/social commentary performance group. The Victory Girls are cheerleaders for Maui’s Pro baseball team, Na Koa Ikaika, and are known for their high-energy, pep and dance routines. It’s sure to start your Independence Day off right! $20 pre-sale, $25 at door. 10pm-1:30am. Lulu’s Lahaina (1221 Honoapiilani Hwy); hotlist.com; 808-661-0808.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
HAPPY FOURTH! – Nothing says freedom like a fireworks show, karaoke and excessive quantities of apple pie. Head over to Front Street in Lahaina this Independence Day for all of the above and so much more. Live music will abound, as will food, shopping and fun. If you feel like you could just about burst with patriotism, let it out karaoke-style at Wharf Cinema Center. They’re hosting their fourth annual Fourth of July Karaoke contest. Registration begins at 4pm, then at 5pm contestants 18 and under will perform. At 6pm, adult songbirds will take the stage. It’s free and you might win prizes/realize your American Idol dreams. For more info call 808-661-8748. After you’ve sung your heart out, check out the fireworks brought to you by the Maui Chamber of Commerce and many local businesses. They’re scheduled to start at 8pm. Free. All day. Front Street, Lahaina; visitlahaina.com