THURSDAY, NOV. 29
FIRST NIGHT – Hele mai for the Hui No‘eau’s “First Night,” an evening commemorating Hui Holidays 2012 (which runs through Dec 24). Hui Holidays is one of eight annual exhibitions featuring a range of whimsical artwork and gifts (sold at affordable prices). Artists will be creating jewelry, ceramics, prints, fiber, photography, glass, paintings, handmade ornaments and more. “First Night” serves as Hui Holidays 2012 grand opening featuring the center’s full inventory. Veterans and newbies to the event will also be treated to a new re-envisioned gallery by designer/choreographer André Morissette. Enjoy a festive cocktail, dine on ono pupus, enjoy locally made tea/coffee and indulge in some holiday shopping. $30. 5pm-8pm. Hui No‘eau (2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-572-6560; huinoeau.com.
NA KUPUNA OHANA SERENADERS – The Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Hawaiian Music Series will be featuring the Lahaina natives Na Kupuna Ohana Serenaders this Thursday. The group (the oldest of which is 92) will grace the Baldwin Home with their Hawaiian classics and adorned dancers. Bring your blankets and low laying chairs for a relaxing evening under the stars and moon. Located in the heart of Lahaina, the Baldwin Home Museum is within walking distance of many fine restaurants. So after grabbing a bite come kick back and get serenaded, Hawaiian style. Free. 6-7:30pm. Baldwin Home Museum (120 Dickenson St., Lahaina);808-661-3262; lahainarestoration.org.
‘CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST’ – Like Whale Wars, the Animal Planet docu-series on the radical anti-whaling organization Sea Shepherd? Then you’re going to love Confessions of An Eco-Terrorist, Peter Jay Brown’s new realistic and humorous take on the movement. The documentary focuses on “positive activism” and Brown’s 30-plus years of behind the scenes and below the decks action of Sea Shepherd. In association with Sea Shepherd Hawaii, this revealing film turns a negative accusation (Sea Shepherd has been derided as a group of terrorists, pirates and worse) into a positive confession of influential activism. From 6pm-7pm catch a courtyard reception with Brown and crew members along with a silent auction, poster signing and musical performance by True Story. Proceeds will help fund a new Sea Shepherd chapter on Maui. $25. 6pm-10pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); confessionsfilm.com.
FRIDAY, NOV. 30
‘GUYS WITH ISSUES’ – Let’s all welcome Jonny Sparkles and James Mane, who will be performing their hit Oahu show “Guys With Issues” this Friday. Sparkles has performed with Andy Bumatai and Paul Ogata, among others. His partner Mane has worked with Bumatai and Ahmed Ahmed. As the founder of Mars Comedy, a single father and former collegiate football player, Mane experiences and outlook makes for pure comedy. Don’t miss the duo unleash their issues like grown men. The evening will be hosted by Power Up Comedy’s own Sunny Dennis and will include performances by PUC crew members Jason Strahn and Becky Doughty. $10 online, $15 at door. 10pm. Stella Blues (1279 South Kihei Rd.); 808- 874-3779; PowerUpComedy.com.
OZOMATLI – Ozomatli’s early days were spent at community outreach events, political protests and inner city schools. Today they epitomize Los Angeles. Going from hometown heroes to getting named U.S. Cultural Ambassadors, Ozomatli has entertained for over a decade. The group has a wide array of musical style: an urban-Latino collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East L.A. rhythm and blues, Jamaican reggae and Indian raga. From Japan to Myanmar, Jordan to India, Ozo is an international phenom. Don’t miss a taste of the unfiltered mash up of eclectic bliss. $30-$55. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-2787; mauiarts.org.
THIRD ANNUAL SHARED HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – The Grand Wailea invites you to dine for a cause at the Third Annual Shared Holiday Celebration. Guests will enjoy a lavish array of food and desserts, Blackjack, Texas Hold-em, Wheel of Fortune, Roulette and Craps tables, music by Maui DJs and resort giveaways. Overnight room specials are available to guests as well for $199 per night, based on availability. Door prizes include a trip for two to Las Vegas. A portion of proceeds will benefit the 2013 Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk. 21+. $100. 7pm-midnight. Grand Wailea, Haleakala Ballroom (3850 Wailea Alanui); 808-875-1234; grandwailea.com.
KEALI‘I REICHEL – Maui’s award-winning recording artist and kumu hula Keali‘i Reichel is serving up some intimate storytelling, chant and song. Join him for a solo session, an evening of his mana‘o (knowledge) and life through his lenses. Born and raised on Maui, he would later produce traditional and contemporary hits, including “Kawaipunahele” and “Lei Hali‘a.” His passion for Hawaii and culture would expand to education when he founded the Hawaiian immersion program, Punana Leo O Maui. Keali‘is innate musical talents would also spill in the hula realm as he led (and still does) Halau Ke‘alaokamaile through two decades of award-winning hula. $35-$65. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-244-7469; mauiarts.org.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1
JIMI HENDRIX TRIBUTE – Here’s a benefit for Mana‘o Radio, tribute to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and 60’s Costume Party! Hendrix would have turned 70 this year, and this celebration will feature some of Maui’s hottest musicians: Vince Esquire, Don Lopez, Maui Underground, Nils Rosenblad, Chris Sendrey, Avi Ronen, Kenny Geist, Benny Uyetake, Danyel Alana, James Somera, Josh Greenbaum, Shawn Michael, Tim Hackbarth, Barney Cortinez, Marty Dread, Gina Martinelli, Lenny Francis, Debra Vial, and Paul Marchetti. The evening will benefit Mana’o radio, a low-power station with eclectic music as well as local news and culture. $15 presale. 8:30-Midnight. Three’s Bar & Grill (1945-G S. Kihei Rd.);808-572-1000; threesbarandgrill.com.
‘THE DEAD SEASON’ BOOK SIGNING – Don’t miss out on another opportunity to meet the author behind The Dead Season, MauiTime Editor Anthony Pignataro. The sequel to his first novel Small Island, The Dead Season continues to chronicle the life of ex-soldier turned island bartender Charley Ridgway as he fights to hold onto the memory of his dear friend. Paradise comes with a price as his path crosses with dangerous adversaries. 2pm-4pm. Barnes & Noble, Lahaina (325 Keawe St., Lahaina); 808-662-1300; anthonypignataro.blogspot.com.
60TH ANNUAL CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL – Maui’s Sons and Daughters of Nisei present the 60th Annual Chrysanthemum Festival, which honors American Japanese ancestry and heritage. Proceeds support historical preservation projects, the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center and scholarships awarded to 10 island high school grads. A formal coronation of the festival queen will occur along with a full court presentation. Dinner is available for purchase. Free. 4:30pm. Wailuku Community Center (395 Waena Pl., Wailuku); 808-249-2163 or 808-385-7670.
PAIA SCHOOL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE – Paia School’s PTA is selling Christmas Trees with all proceeds benefiting the school’s keiki. This Saturday will include free photographs with Santa Claus (9-11am), a silent auction, live music, a bake sale and craft booths. There will also be plenty of five- to six-foot Douglas, Noble and Grande Fir trees available for purchase for $55 (pre-sale until Nov. 30) or that day for $65. To pre-purchase a tree visit the site below or order through a Paia School student. Table-top trees are just $30, if they’re available on event day. Trees can be picked up on event day only. 9am-2pm. Paia School Campus (955 Baldwin Ave, Paia); 808-281-2515; paiaschoolpta.com.
WORLD AIDS DAY – The Maui Aids Foundation invites you to Gannon’s in Wailea to show your support in the fight against HIV/Aids and for a night of commemoration and remembrance. Enjoy free pupus, a no-host bar, ti leaf circle and special performances by Merika Hunter, Jessica Rabbitt and Kanoa. Invite your friends and family to help support continued research efforts. All ages. Free. 5pm-8pm. Gannon’s (100 Wailea Golf Course Dr.); 808-242-4900; MauiAids.org.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2
SPAY/NEUTER CAT CLINIC – The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Maui will hold a one-day, low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats in Central Maui. Household pets, community cats or feral animals are welcome. Licensed veterinarian Dr. Celina Hatt, an expert in mass spay/neuter clinics, will conduct procedures with the help of SPCA Maui’s volunteer vet techs. Cats may be dropped off 8-10am and picked up by 4pm. All cats must be brought in hard-sided carriers with the owner’s name and contact information clearly visible. All cats will receive a tattoo for identification. Additionally, feral cats will receive a small identifying notch in the ear. Call or go online to make reservations. 808-280-0738; spcamaui.org.
HOLIDAY CONCERT – ‘Tis the season to be jolly and Maui Pops Orchestra’s annual holiday concert will ensure that. There will be guest violinist Ignace “Iggy” Jang, Hawaii Symphony concertmaster Jerry Eting, Jimmy Mac and more. A portion of ticket sales will go towards gifts for clients of Friends of the Children’s Justice center. Can’t get enough? Receive a 10 percent discount for purchasing tickets to all three Maui Pops concerts. $25-$45. 3pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-42-7469; mauiarts.org.