THURSDAY, NOV. 15
FOOD SECURITY – Despite the abundant land and natural resources, Hawaii still imports 85 percent of its food and only has a seven-day supply of food on store shelves at any given time. Scared? You should be. But here’s your chance to explore the issues of food security and access to food that’s affordable, safe, healthy and culturally acceptable and food that is produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially just. This Thursday, Ala Kukui will present “Food Security,” the fourth part in the Man, Woman and Nature Series. The evening will discuss the relationship of humans to the natural world. Guest speakers Karen Washington, a New York City community gardener and activist, and John Lind, a Kipahulu taro farmer, will moderate. $10. 6pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-2787; www.mauiarts.org.
ON ENSEMBLE – Infusing the powerful rhythms of Japanese drumming with hip-hop, rock and electronica, On Ensemble puts together an incredibly unique sound. On Ensemble drums their way onto the MACC’s stage for a “world fusion mix” with the ancient taiko as the foundation. On Ensemble draws inspiration from Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, instrument maker to the emperor. Join the drum circle in an evening where tradition meets innovation. $12, $28, $35. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-2787; mauiarts.org.
KULA SCHOOL HARVEST FESTIVAL – Kula School’s 25th Harvest Festival is back! All are invited to enjoy great music, children’s games, and a silent auction. Get started early on your holiday shopping at the craft sale or indulge in yummy homemade treats at the country store. Bring your ohana for a fun day in the sun. All proceeds will benefit the school’s phys ed, art and music programs. Free. 9am-4pm. Kula School (5000 Kula Hwy.); 808-357-8960.
LADIES NIGHT – Captain Jack’s has ordered that henceforth, EVERY Thursday night is now Ladies Night. So grab your girlfriends and cruise to the popular Lahaina establishment for specials all evening. You can dance to the beats of DJ Illz (voted Best DJ in 2012) and choose between the $3 Vodka Martinis, $3 wine, $2 Bud Light and half price pupus specials. Free. 8pm-close. Captain Jack’s (672 Front St., Lahaina); 808-667-0988.
FRIDAY, NOV. 16
PIZZA PORT BEER DINNER – This Friday, Maui Brewing Company is presenting a Beer Dinner with Yiga Miyashiro, the head brewer of San Diego’s Pizza Port. Hailing from San Diego, Miyshiro has been in the industry less than a decade but has made splashes with his two-year-old brewpub. The 2011 Great American Beer Festival named his pub the best and awarded medals for his various brews. He was also named one of San Diego Magazine’s 50 people to watch in 2012. So don’t miss Miyashiro as he pairs craft Pizza Port beer with five MBC courses. $69. 6pm. Maui Brewing Company (4405 Honoapi’ilani Hwy., Lahaina); 808-669-3474; mauibrewingco.com.
MAKAHIKI FESTIVAL– The Hawaiian Makahiki season is a time of feast, game, athletic contest and tributes to chiefs and gods. In the old days, all warfare was taboo. We don’t have to worry about fighting now, but the festival still goes on–specifically, at The Fairmont Kea Lani. The Opening Ceremony will take place in the lobby on Friday, Nov 16 (6pm-7pm). The ceremony will feature UH Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music students. The second half of the festival takes place on Monday, Nov. 19 (11am-2pm). There you can participate in bracelet weaving, hula lessons, games and poi pounding. Guests are asked to meet on the resort’s Polo Lawn on Monday at 11am. Free. Fairmont Kea Lani Resort (4100 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808 875-4100; fairmont.com/kea-lanmaui.
POINT PANIC FESTIVAL – Hip-hop meets Hawaiian soul as The Point Panic Music Festival lands on the MACC. It’s headlined by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony with performances by Groundation, Paula Fuga and Mike Love. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony has enjoyed a career spanning two decades with eight albums and hits like “1st of tha Month” and “Tha Crossroads.” Consisting of members from Jamaica, Groundation’s mission goes beyond music and into preservation of the culture of roots, Reggae and Rastafari. Rounding out the lineup is Hawaii’s own Paula Fuga, backed by Mike Love. $35/in advance, $40/on event day & $55/ in advance VIP, $60/on event day VIP. 6pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Pavillion/Amphitheatre. (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
ART EXTRAVAGANZA – To help make sure every child has access to books, an art auction benefiting Book Trust Hawaii will take place this Saturday at Mala Wailea. Guests can bid on local artwork by George Allen, Arabella Ark, Mike Carroll and more. The evening will host both a silent & live auction, ono pupus, wine and cocktails. Swirl, savor and enjoy the Wailea sunset for a great cause. $100. 5:30pm. Mala at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (3700 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-879-0531; booktrust.org/events.
A KAMA‘AINA CHRISTMAS – The Pacific Cancer Foundation is cordially inviting you to the eighth annual Aloha Kalikimaka Gala. Welcome the holidays by participating in an evening of giving. “A Kama‘aina Christmas” will feature Aloha Kalikimaka trees adorned with ornaments, gift certificates and “high-end” treasures for auction. Guests can also purchase other holiday decor with proceeds benefiting the PCF. Event chair Robin Ferrier promises an evening warmed with community and glee. So hele mai for an evening that will benefit those affected by cancer. Call for tickets. 5:30pm. Yokouchi Estate (2471 W Main St., Wailuku); 808-242-7661; pacificcancerfoundation.org.
PAIA PIE CONTEST – Calling all pie lovers: the second annual World Famous Paia Pie Contest & Community Harvest Celebration happens this Saturday. Gather the family for an afternoon of tractor rides, crafts, music, fresh produce and pie. If you’re more of a consumer of pies, sample and judge the entrees. This year, La’a Kea Farm will serve as the backdrop and will take donations. The farm creates an atmosphere for adults with developmental disabilities so they can learn how to work and interact with others. Those interested in submitting pie entrees should email [email protected] by Nov. 12. 1pm-4pm. $10 adults, children free. La’a Kea Farms (639 Baldwin Ave., Paia); laakea.org.
FREE REPS FITNESS CLASSES – REPS Training Center is hosting fitness classes on Saturday in exchange for donations to The Maui Food Bank: food (five cans or boxed goods) or cash (at least $10 per class). Kihei Yoga Center instructors will lead the yoga classes, and there will be door prizes from REPS Fitness and AromaStone Massage. The Maui Food Bank serves the Maui County by collecting and distributing goods through community partnerships. Advance sign-up is recommended due to limited spaces. For scheduling information call or visit the website. REPS Training Center, Wailea Town Center (161 Wailea Ike Place, Unit B-101); 808 875-1066; repsfitness.com.
KEOLA BEAMER – A descendant from a long line of talented musicians, Keola Beamer is a renowned composer, arranger, master of slack key and vocalist. Recently his work landed him on the set of the Oscar-nominated film The Descendants. His “Honolulu City Lights” has been stapled as one of Hawaii’s all time classics. The evening will feature music inspired by the nationally televised PBS Hawaii Special Keola Beamer: Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love). Beamer will be joined by his friends and Grammy nominated flutist Carlos Nakai and jazz pianist virtuoso Geoffrey Keezer. $12, $28, $37, $85. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org.
GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON AND HEALTH EXPO – The American Heart Association Goes Red for Women once again this Saturday. Heart disease is the top cause of death in women 20 and over. This year, the health expo will feature swag bags with spa treatments for the first 100 guests, cooking, health and beauty demonstrations, a survivor gallery tour, Q&A with a panel of experts, health screenings, silent auctions and more. Lunch will be a three-course heart-healthy meal by Chef Tylun Pang. During lunch, survivors will strut down Macy’s fashion runway. Hawaii received more than $300,000 for local research initiatives engaged in the fight against heart disease and stroke, and it’s our turn to give back. $100 per person. 9am-1:30pm. Fairmont Kea Lani Resort (4100 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-244-7185; mauigoredluncheon.org.
SUNDAY, NOV. 18
WORLD VISION FUNDRAISER – Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina and World Vision want you to know more about children who live in poverty throughout the world. World Vision supports children in 100 countries and has fed millions. The afternoon at Hard Rock that will benefit them includes Perry Springman from Perry and the Poor Boys and Jason Robert Taylor. There will also be a presentation on World Vision’s Child Sponsorship program. Come enjoy the food and music at Hard Rock while learning more about World Vision and its child sponsorship program. No cover. 11am-3pm. Hard Rock Cafe (900 Front St., Lahaina); 808-667-7400; worldvision.org.