In 1870, Tiffany & Co. (no doubt for marketing purposes) published passages purportedly of Gregorian tradition, poetically describing birthstones attributed to each month. September’s stanza reads, “A maiden born when autumn leaves / Are rustling in September’s breeze / A sapphire on her brow should bind / To bring her joy and peace of mind.” Sapphires—a crystalline form of aluminum oxide—are cool, but tin is cooler. Tin Can Tuesdays at Mulligans on the Blue—which includes a drive for the Maui Food Bank—have been a Tuesday mainstay for nearly a year now, with music by Murray Thorne (6:30-8:30pm) and stand-up comedy hosted by Shaggy Jenkins of Q103 (9-10pm). No Cover; 808-874-1131; mulligansontheblue.com
Mauians have another cool opportunity to help the hungry this week, with a canned food drive and special concert with Kanekoa at Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill this Friday (September 17), celebrating another ellipses around the sun for none other than Noah Francis. Who’s Noah Francis? Frankly, I don’t know. But, I’ve heard from more than a few that he’s a way-cool dude. The kind of dude who likes to give rather than receive, and who has turned his birthday into a benefit for Maui’s needy bellies—thus deserving to be showered with joy, peace of mind and, sure, sapphires if you’ve got ’em. 10pm; $5 or canned goods donation; 808-874-9299
Still feeling all warm and fuzzy from this Friday night? Keep it up by attending another benefit on Saturday (September 18), at Oceans Bar & Grill. Local bands One Inity, Pac Vibe and Manalii join forces for the Na Hoa Mele Benefit Concert, to help a gem of a little girl named Ailana Mamac-Tangaro who’s battling Leigh’s Disease, a rare neurometabolic disorder that affects the central nervous system. 10pm; $10; 808-891-2414
Oh, and (speaking of benefits for girls with “A” names and rare “L” diseases… I know, shameless*—but out of overwhelming gratitude), if you have yet to get your tickets for next Friday’s (September 24) huge ZEPTEMBER concert (also at Mulligans; $10 advance/$15 door), you can do so at Requests, Wow Wee Maui’s Kava Bar & Grill, Westside Vibes, 808 Deli or Wings Hawaii. Billed as an “epic tribute to rock and roll’s greatest band,” it’s a night that will live up to that and much more, with bass and beats by Shawn Michael and Josh Greenbaum of the Vince Esquire Band, along with an all-star cast of local guitarists and vocalists including Tom Conway, Vince Esquire, Kaulana Kanekoa, Kanoa Kukaua, Jessica Rabbit, Joette Burke, Mary Jane Babashoff, Nils Rosenblad, Phil Ellison, Chris Sendry, Erin Smith, Murray Thorne, Pete Sebastian, Kahala, Cheryl Rae, Jack Gist, Halemanu Villiarimo and more. Presented by KAOI FM 95.1, Mulligans, Wow Wee Maui, Awakeningonline.com and MauiTime—with endless aloha to Scott Johnson of Dogtowne Design—sound, stage and groovy lights will be provided by Pete Lago of Maui Wave Studios and Trish “The Dish” Smith of Maui Weekly fame will helm the night as mistress of ceremonies. And—rumor mill has it—some out-of-this-stratosphere surprises are in store, thanks to Bounty Music, Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, and maybe even Willie K and Paula Fuga.
Speaking of the latter, check out Fuga with Hutch Hutchinson and Mike Love at Stella Blue’s Supper Club this Friday and Saturday (September 17 -18). 6-9pm; $30 show / $60 with dinner; 808-874-3779; stellablues.com
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A little letter from a little girl (heartbreak warning!):
September 3, 2010
My name is Ailana Mamac-Tangaro. I have been diagnosed with “Leigh’s Disease” — a rare inherited neurometabolic disorder that affects the central nervous system. Leigh’s Disease can be caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA or by deficiencies of an enzyme called Pyruvate Dehydrogenase. Symptoms include vomiting, loss of head control and motor skills. Also includes loss of appetite, continuous crying and seizures. It eventually attacks the organs which lead to impairment of respiratory and kidney function. All of these symptoms is what I have now.
I was hospitalized in the Chock Children’s Hospital in California, where I had to undergo a Tracheotomy and am now on a ventilator breathing machine.
I need to be transferred to the Stanford University Medical Center in California to receive the treatment that I need. I am expected to be there for 3 months along with supporting family members. I am in back in Hawaii, but we are awaiting to go back to California at the end of September.
I am asking for donations to help care for the medical costs that are being incurred and for transportation cost to Stanford University Medical Center where I can receive the necessary care that has been recommended by my doctor and specialists.
I hope that all who are able can make a donation to help me in my fight in getting better.
Thank you very much for your care and concern.
Mahalo a me ka ha’a ha’a (with humility),
& The Mamac Family & Friends of Ailana