THURSDAY, JUNE 20
LOCAL ARTIST’S JEWELRY SHOWING – Maui Hands Gallery is presenting local artist Robin Kaimikaua this Thursday at the Paia location. She’ll be showing off her line of sterling silver earrings. The Oahu-born artist uses the shells and glass she’s collected over the years as the focal point in her silver settings. True to its place of origin, Kaimikaua’s jewelry is described as “simple and organic.” Free. 1:30pm-4pm. Maui Hands Gallery (84 Hana Hwy., Paia,); 808-579-9245, Mauihands.com.
PICNIC FOR POKI – Picnic for Poki presents the Lee sisters (otherwise known as Makani). Hailing from the Windy City, they’ve used music to stay connected to their Hawaiian roots. It was a visit to the Big Island more than a decade ago that first sparked the ohana’s interest in Hawaiian music. Now the Lee girls make their debut on the Picnic for Poki stage. They’ll perform traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, but with a Midwest flare. Roselani Place will offer free water, coffee and cookies. Free. 11am. Historic Ka’ahumanu Church (103 S. High St., Wailuku). Photo courtesy Picnic For Poki
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FRIDAY, JUNE 21
WILLIE K – Polish off your Aloha Friday with a Stella Blues starlight performance by Hawaii’s one and only Willie K. Voted multiple times as the island’s best male vocalist and preeminent entertainer of the year, the multifaceted musician has expanded his empire beyond music. Appearing in television and movie roles (like the locally produced comedy Get a Job), Willie K continues to captivate audiences at home and abroad. Catch an intimate performance of this true Hawaii celebrity. $10. 10pm. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779, Stellablues.com.
MAKAWAO TOWN PARTY – The block party continues this Friday with the Makawao Town Party. Merchants, artists, neighbors alike will gather for an evening themed “Endless Summer.” Maui Classic Cruisers will be rolling through for your viewing pleasure, while the main stage will feature musical guest Rising Strong (6pm) and Jamie Gallo with Simply Twisted (6:30). The Makai Stage will feature John Dillon (6pm) and Conner Snow (7:30). Choose from a list of ono grinds like “Dibs on the Ribs” or “Wow wow waffle.” Keiki can look forward to more face painting fun. 6pm-9pm. Free. Makawao Town, Mauifridays.com
ART=MIXX POP FASHION – ArT=Mixx is returning to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. A combination of visual, performance and interactive art, the evening will pay homage to three local designers via a Fashion Runway Show. Celebrating wearable art, the runway will feature Jennifer Jensen, Koa Johnson and Juicy. Guests are invited to get in the action with the “Guys In Ties” and “Show Me Your Shoes” contests. The Iona Dance Company will make an appearance as well. Dance to the beats of a crafted music mix, get lost in the video displays or simply soak in all things art. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 21+ Free. 7pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion/A&B Amphitheater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
BENGALI’S ‘GONE TOMORROW’ EP RELEASE PARTY – Here’s your chance to celebrate the release of Bengali’s new EP Gone Tomorrow. Big Hawaiian will host the evening while a DJ will be dropping the beat. Support local musician and Maui native Benjamin Arcangel (Bengali–left in the photo, standing next to Jason Arcangel) as he continues on his journey as a solo artist. The EP is available in select locations so don’t miss your opportunity to grab your copy! $10. 9:30pm. LuLu’s (1221 Honoapi’ilani Hwy, Lahaina), Reverbnation.com/bengali.
KINGS OF SPADE TRIBUTE TO GUNS N’ ROSES – Head to the North Shore for a special tribute to American rock legends Guns ‘n Roses. Kings of Spade and The Freeradicals Projekt will set fire to Charley’s stage with a live tribute to the national musical icons. Maui welcomes back KOS for an evening of lead singer Kasi’s vocal reach and the band’s unique rock-dance-pop-blues fusion. Joining the stage will be Hawaii-based Freeradicals Projekt. Blending funk, hip-hop and soul, that seven-piece band will change your mood for the better. 21+. $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door. Doors 9pm/ Show 10pm. Charley’s Saloon (142 Hana Hwy., Paia), Gnrmaui.eventbrite.com.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 22
DOWN TO EARTH GRAND RE-OPENING – A staple on Dairy Road in Kahului for the last three decades, Down to Earth is inviting the public to celebrate its grand re-opening. Following an extensive renovation that tripled the 3,000-square-foot location to 9,000 square feet, Down to Earth is now better poised than ever to serve Maui’s wellness needs. The improved energy efficient and environmentally friendly store boasts a larger variety of products. And on Saturday, you can enjoy 35 percent off (10am-9pm) 100-plus products, live performances by Paula Fuga, Mike Love and Sam Gonsalves (noon), health and nutrition info sessions (11am & 2pm) and cooking classes (10:30am & 4pm). Free. 9am. Down to Earth (305 Dairy Rd., Kahului); 808-877-2661, Downtoearth.org.
OBON FESTIVAL – As part of an island-wide celebration, the Obon Festival stops in central Maui at the Pu’unene Nichiren Mission. The Buddhist event honors ancestors with dances and rituals. The time of year generally calls for food offerings, lantern lighting and traditional Obon dance. The event has evolved into a social and cultural event preserving Buddhist customs in the Japanese culture. The festival continues throughout the summer, visiting missions around the island. Free. 7pm service. 8pm dance. Pu’unene Nichiren Mission (9 Ani St., Kahului).
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SUNDAY, JUNE 23
KI HO‘ALU GUITAR FESTIVAL – Gather your ohana for the annual Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival, which will take place on the grounds of Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Literally translated as “loosen the key,” the festival has been attracting the elite in slack key guitar for the past two decades. Look forward to an afternoon of song, locally made merchandise and food available for purchase. The impressive lineup includes Hapa, John Cruz, George Kahumoku Jr. and many more. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or low laying beach chair to watch the show. Free. 1pm-7pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
SOLO AUTOCROSS – This Sunday, the Maui Sports Car Club of America is inviting fans and drivers alike to their monthly Solo Autocross event. Sports car enthusiasts will get the chance to show off their driving skill while maneuvering through the specially crafted obstacle course. May the best driver and car win! Drivers are required to wear Snell 95 or later helmets and covered shoes when racing. Go to drive or just watch the fun. $25 for members; $35 for visitors plus $15 weekend pass. 8am-2pm. Maui Motor Sports Park (Mokulele Hwy/ Directly behind Armory), Mauiscca.net.
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MONDAY, JUNE 24
LES MISERABLES TICKETS GO ON SALE – Maui, the time has arrived to purchase your tickets for the much anticipated Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of Les Miserables. On Monday, June 24, tickets go on sale at the MACC box office or online for the Aug. 16-24 run. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel and set during the French Revolution, the production follows Jean Valjean and his pursuit of restoration following a life of imprisonment. The Tony Award-winning production will feature 80 cast members accompanied by a 25-piece live orchestra performing iconic ballads like “I Dreamed a Dream.” Don’t miss out on this larger than life production. $15-$65. Maui Arts and Cultural Center Box Office (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL – Need a midweek vent sesh? Or just an escape from reality? This Wednesday, Ambrosia features another break-up flick–the theme for the month of June! This week it’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel and Kristen Bell. Peter (Segal) escapes a recent breakup via a trip to Hawaii. Much to his dismay, ex-girlfriend (Bell) has similar plans and both find themselves on Oahu. Munch on free popcorn and take advantage of the Happy Hour prices until 9pm. No cover. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia’s Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, Ambrosiamaui.com.
VOLUNTEERING ON VACATION – Got a couple hours to spare? Or are you on vacation and interested in local community efforts? The Pacific Whale Foundation invites you to join the Volunteering on Vacation program this Wednesday at O’o Farm. Nestled in the slopes of Kula, the farm grows coffee, fruit trees, garden vegetables and more for the local restaurateurs who own it. Volunteers are invited to help with a variety of farm chores. Wear shoes and a light jacket and call ahead of time to sign up. 8:45am-11:30am. O’o Farm (651 Waipoli Rd., Kula.); 808-249-8811, Volunteersonvacation.org.
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