THURSDAY, JULY 12
THE END OF FACTORY FARMING – Ignorance is bliss. The opposite of ignorance, awareness, can be rough. For example, you’re not going to scarf down a Big Mac with your usual enthusiasm if you’ve just watched Food, Inc. So how about expanding your awareness this Thursday by hearing Erik Marcus, agribusiness expert, talk about the recent popularity boost in plant-based diets and the declines in the dairy and meat industries. It’s presented by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Here’s a chance to trade in that chicken wing for some chard. Free. 7pm. Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville (401 Alakapa Pl.); 808-572-8371.
FRIDAY, JULY 13
YOGA RETREAT ON LANAI – Calm your mind and body with yoga at one of the most beautiful hotels, uh, ever. Maui yoga instructor Kathy Williams and yoga therapist Deborah Scarborough will lead this three-day yoga retreat at The Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Can’t touch your toes? No problem; this retreat is geared towards yogis of all skill levels. The price includes “a two night stay at Manele Bay; a 15 percent treatment discount at The Spa at Manele Bay; discounted golf at Challenge at Manele or Greg Norman masterpiece The Experience at Koele for $100 (regularly $210); and complimentary Kids For All Seasons program for children 5-12 daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.” $610 single participant, $770 double participant. July 13-15. The Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay (One Manele Bay Road); 800-321-4666; 808-565-2000; fourseasons.com/manelebay; yoga4backpain.com/workshops.
FRESH CATCH IN LAHAINA – When you order the “Catch of the Day” at a Maui restaurant, there’s a good chance your fish was recently swimming in the waters off of Lahaina. This Friday, celebrate Lahaina’s fishermen at Second Friday. You can join Gemini Charters for a two-hour sunset sail featuring live music and Hawaiian storytelling by Wilmont Kamaunu Kahaialii Jr. while enjoying complimentary brews from Maui Brewing Co. as well as pupus catered by the Westin. The sail is $80/person, and you can reserve your spot online at geminicharters.com, or call 808-669-0508. Of course, there will be live music up and down Front Street: Nuff Sedd at Kimo’s, Visibly Shaken at Moose McGillycuddy’s, Evan Shulman at Hard Rock Café, The Haiku Hillbillys at Campbell Park and Bob Jones and The Drive at Captain Jack’s Island Grill, just to name a few. Free. 6-9pm. Front St., Lahaina; mauifridays.com/lahaina.
VINEYARD FOOD CO. POP-UP DINNERS – Vineyard Food Company is trying out a series of Pop-Up Dinners at their Wailuku restaurant. If they’re successful, Vineyard will continue the dinners throughout the summer. Their Family Fridays feature affordable comfort food that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. For the more refined palette, Vineyard Food Company is also hosting Sophisticated Saturdays, where you can enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner. Fridays: $15 adults, $8 kids. July 13, 20, 27 – seatings at 5:30-7:30pm; Saturdays: $50-60/person. July 14, 21, 28 – seatings at 6:30, 7 and 7:30pm. Vineyard Food Co. (1951 E. Vineyard St); 808-243-3663; vineyardfoodcompany.com
MAKE MY DAY HAWAII – On Front Street in Lahaina you can make sure to help angels build up their wings as you hop from pub to art gallery to pub. Angels from the Make My Day Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to save the arts and music in Hawaii, will be collecting donations and handing out feathers and special event cups at Lahaina’s Second Friday Town Party. Free. July 13. Front St., Lahaina; 808-936-9358; hawaiicityguide.com
SATURDAY, JULY 14
PIANO SYNERGY – Four pianos playing at once don’t usually produce an appealing sound. But when a master composer creates a piece for four pianos, it works. The North South East West Festival of New Music continues with a showcase of works for four pianos composed by Cage, Debussy, Faure, Feldman, Busby, Milhaud, Ravel and Osbourne. They will be performed by Beatrice Scorby, Peiling Lin, Lotus Dancer, Anne Ku, Ruth Marata and Robert Pollock. The festival is presented by Ebb and Flow Arts, a Maui-based non-profit. Free. 7:30pm. Maui Music Conservatory, Queen Kaahumanu Center (275 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-877-3369; ebbandflowarts.org
SUMMER BEACH FASHION SHOW – Need some beach wear inspiration? Check out the latest summertime fashions by Maui designers at Stella Blues this Saturday. The fashion show will feature styles by HayHay Couture, Pakaloha Bikinis and Bikinis by Katya. Vendors of various clothing lines will be there, too, for your shopping pleasure. DJ Kurt will be playing jams all night from dubstep to Top 40. Enjoy drink specials and raffle prizes. $10 (includes raffle tickets). Doors open 9:30pm, show starts 11pm. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779; stellablues.com
NA HOKU AWARDS CONCERT – Hawaii’s best and brightest musical acts are coming together in concert. Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners past and present will be playing at the MACC’s Yokouchi Pavilion this Saturday. The lineup includes Natalie Ai Kamauu (Female Vocalist of the Year), Waipuna (Group of the Year, Island Music Album of the Year & Single of the Year), Robert Cazimero (Hawaiian Language Performance), Starr Kalahiki (Most Promising Artist & Jazz Album of the Year), Makana (Kī Hō‘alu Foundation Legacy Award) and Willie K Blues Band (Rock Album of the Year). $25 GA, $45 reserved table, $75 VIP. 6-11pm. Yokouchi Pavilion, MACC (One Cameron Way); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org
MAUI HEALTH EXPLOSION – From psychic readings to massage, the Maui Health Explosion has a little bit of everything. With a huge variety of vendors and health practitioners, attendees can check out crystals, clothing, jewelry and other unique metaphysical accessories, Reiki energy healers, beauty products, water purification systems, chiropractic, acupuncture, lasers, vitamins, martial arts, facial rejuvenation, liposuction, counseling, hypnosis and more. There will also be live demos happening on center stage all day and food samples. The event will support the Maui Food Bank, and attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate (there will be a bin on site). Free. 10am-4pm. Maui Mall (70 East Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-281-7645; mauimall.com/events
MOCHIPET AT CASANOVA – David Y Wang, aka Mochipet, is bringing his unique beats to Maui for a one night only performance at Casanova. He was born in Taiwan, has toured internationally and has recently taken the West Coast by storm with his creative use of sound. He started his own record label (Daly City Records) which focuses on releasing up-and-coming talents into the music world (notable Daly City alumni include Glitch Mob member edIT and Daedelus). Mochipet’s style is a mix of techno and dubstep hip hop. His new album Rawr Means I Love You comes out this year. You can listen to and download his songs for free here. Ages 21+. $15 pre-sale, $20 at door. 10pm. Casanova (1188 Baldwin Ave.,Makawao); mochipet.com, eventbrite.com/event/2690710989/efblike
WALK OF HEROES – Hosted by funny guy Andy Bumatai, this event will honor three of Hawaii’s heroes: Kumu Keliʻi Taʻua, Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom and Uncle Richard Hoʻopiʻi. At 5pm, the three will put their hands and feet in wet cement in front of Akakū Maui Community Television’s office. Later, you can enjoy live performances from the honorees and ono grinds from Wowee Maui, Ren’s Sushi and Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant. At 8pm, there will be a screening of Catherine Bauknight’s feature film Hawaii: A Voice For Sovereignty in the courtyard at Akakū Center. There will also be a silent auction and live telethon. Event proceeds will support Akakū’s educational and training programs. Free. 5pm. Akakū Maui Community Television (333 Dairy Rd., Kahului); 808-871-5554; akaku.org
GOT PAINT? – Want to leave your mark on Maui, take part in beautifying the community or just play around with some paint? Join Shira Walinsky, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center’s Artist in Residence, in painting a mural and transforming a public space on Maui. Walinsky is from Philadelphia, PA, and has more than 12 years of experience leading large-scale community art projects. She’s also got an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. During her residency, Walinsky is collaborating with fellow Artist in Residence Eric Okdeh to create two large-scale public murals intended to “reflect, inspire and represent our community.” Pretty cool. $65 ($81 for non-members), supply fee $35. 10am-4pm. Location TBD; huinoeau.com/happenings/events.
MONDAY, JULY 16
MONDAY BLUES – Looks like someone’s got a case of the Mondays. To ease your transition back into the daily grind, head over to Paradise Grill in Kaanapali for a night of blues music, drinks and pupus. Lose your Monday blues with the help of Grammy-nominated Mark Johnstone and Lenny Castellano of the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. This blues night is part of the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival series. Free. Mondays, 6-9pm. Paradise Grill (2291 Kaanapali Pkwy.); 808-662-3700; paradisegrillkb.com
TUESDAY, JULY 17
GANNON’S PRIX FIXE DINNERS – Starting earlier this month, Chef Bev Gannon’s highly-acclaimed, award-winning restaurants (Hali’imaile General Store, Joe’s and Gannon’s) began offering $29 Prix Fixe dinners every day from 5:30-6:30pm. That’s three mouth-watering courses at any of the three restaurants: head to Hali’imaile for American cuisine with an Asian influence, Joe’s for some classic American comfort food gone gourmet or Gannon’s for Hawaiian flavors with a twist. Check the website for menus and details. $29 each. 5:30-6:30pm. Hali’imaile General Store (900 Hali’imaile Rd, Makawao); Joe’s (131 Wailea Ike Place, Wailea); Gannon’s (100 Wailea Golf Club Dr, Wailea); bevgannonrestaurants.com