THURSDAY, FEB. 28
AFROLICIOUS SOUNDSYSTEM – Back for another night of Afro rhythms and electronic beats is Afrolicious Soundsystem with bandleader Joe “Pleasuremaker” McGuire. The heavy percussion and bass drops with explosive horn hooks and vocals belt out the tunes of contemporary issues. Afrolicious has shared the stage with Jimmy Cliff, Fishbone and Ozomatli. Two EPs, a few remixes and a full-length album later, the group is now taking the party on the road. Joining Afrolicious will be AfroQBen. Drawing from a wide palate of Afro-Cuban rhythms with funk, Reggae and hip-hop, his debut album Liquid Gold has taken off. $5. Threes Bar & Grill (1945 S Kihei Rd.); 808-879-3133, Origins-BeatsBazaar.com.
CARLOS SANTANA – The time has come for the return of Carlos Santana to Maui. As the first performer to christen the Maui Arts and Cultural Center stage 19 years ago, Santana returns with his groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock tunes. He’s won 10 Grammy awards, a spot in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ 2009 Lifetime Achievement Honor. Take a stroll down memory lane as Santana takes the wheel. $65-$129. 7:30pm (Gates Open at 5:30pm) Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion/A&B Amphitheater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, MauiArts.org.
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FRIDAY, MAR. 1
LANAI JAZZ FESTIVAL – It’s time for the Lanai Jazz Festival 2013. There are two ways to get there: ferry or flight. Then you have to book a place to crash–Four Season’s Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay are offering kama’aina deals, based on availability. It also wouldn’t hurt to educate yourself on the Jazz musicians that will be attending: Delfeayo Marsalis, Eric Marienthal, the Jazz Duo (Damon Parillo and Ron Hetteen) and Paula Fuga. Most importantly, remember to kick back and enjoy the Grammy-winning Jazz, ono food and community. Free. For more information and a list of events visit Lanaijazzfestival.com.
WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY – Wailuku opens its heart once again to welcome the entire island for another blast-off party on historic Market Street. As usual, it’s FREE. Catch live music acts at Wailuku Coffee Company, the Maui Thing stage and the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park. Other must-visit spots include the beer garden benefiting Hula Halau: Na Hanona Kulike `O Pi`ilani, Body Alive Yoga and Native Intelligence on Main Street. Free. 6pm-9pm. Wailuku (Market Street), Mauifridays.com.
METAMORPHOSIS – During Wailuku First Friday, Wailuku Coffee Co. will host Metamorphosis. It’s an illuminated art gallery tour and live music event showcasing the photography of Don Lane. They will also introduce “Creative,” a glimpse inside Lane’s experience with mental illness. Originally misdiagnosed with clinical depression, Lane eventually received a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis. After years of minimal interaction and the removal of medication, Lane rediscovered his passion for creative work. 4pm. Wailuku Coffee Company (26 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-495-0259, Wailukucoffeeco.com.
LOS LONELY BOYS – They’ve been called the “Texican Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Known as Los Lonely Boys, the band’s three brothers (Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza) blend Texas blues, Tejano, country, soul and elements of rock and roll. In 2004, their debut single hit #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. After releasing three studio albums and two live albums, they’re ready to serenade Maui. $35-$65. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org
SHOUT! – Dust off your neon leggings and stretch those headbands because it’s time to throw your head back and SHOUT! MauiOnStage invites everyone to return to the 1960s and follow five girls coming of age. Take a ride on the infectious, soulful, pop-filled anthems and ballads of Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield. The production uses letters to an advice columnist and true confessions as a frame for new arrangements of “Georgie Girl,” “These Boots are Made for Walkin’,” “Son of A Preacher Man” and “Goldfinger.” Dinner packages are available for purchase. $17-$28. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays 3pm. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-242-6969, mauionstage.com.
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SATURDAY, MAR. 2
GROW SOME GOOD – Six Maui chefs will host stations featuring ingredients and recipes inspired by school gardens. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of fine wine, live music and food as part of the first annual school garden benefit series, which unites Maui’s premiere chefs to support school gardens and inspire future farmers, chefs, teachers and scientists. Marty Dread will serenade guests while the silent auction will offer hotel packages, opportunities to sponsor a student garden and more. $99. 5pm-8:30pm. Hotel Wailea, Sunset Lawn (555 Kaukahi St., Wailea); 808-269-6300, GrowSomeGood.org.
STUART NICHOLLS BOOK SIGNING – Looking for a new read? Check out Maui author Stuart Nicholls’s new novel, Thunder Road: The Journey Home. It’s based on the true story of a soldier who fought in Vietnam. Later he returned to what he calls “the land of the dragon” and found adventure, love and, eventually, peace. Here’s your chance to get a signed copy and meet Nicholls. 3pm-5pm. Maui Friends of the Library Store, Ka’ahumanu Center (275 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-877-2509, Mfol.org.
BLOOD ON THE ROCKS – Want to enjoy a brisk jog on the beach? Then this trail run isn’t for you. The Lahaina Pali trail boasts a steep and challenging terrain with a 1,500-foot elevation gain. Up for the challenge? Join the Valley Isle Road Runners as they embark on a run up from Ma’alaea side of Pali Trail. You can turn around at the windmills for a five-mile run or continue on to the Lahaina side trailhead for a 10-mile run. Participants MUST register with VIRR and are advised to bring trail shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle/hydration pack and energy gel/food. Meet at the Kapoli Street parking lot across from Carl’s Jr. in Ma’alaea to carpool to the trailhead. Free. 8am. For more information call or email 808-214-2119, email@example.com.
ALLURE NIGHT CLUB – This Saturday night “ALLURE” will once again redefine your Saturday nightlife experience. Next Level Entertainment is presenting DJ LX, DJC and Jay P in the mix. Guests can enjoy the sexy drink specials at the bar all night long. This is Maui’s Saturday night party destination, where party people “come to play.” For Table or VIP Room Reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org. $10. 10pm-close. LuLu’s (1221 Honoapi’ilani Hwy., Lahaina); 808-661-0808, Luluslahaina.com.
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SUNDAY, MAR. 3
SPRING SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC FOR CATS – “Beat the Heat” with SPCA Maui’s pet and feral cat Spring Spay/Neuter Clinic. The high volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats is another effort towards controlling Maui’s exploding feline population. SPCA asks you “pay what they can.” Drop-offs will be organized between 8-10am and cats will be ready to go home by 4pm. All cats must be in hard-sided carriers with the owner’s name and contact information clearly visible. To reserve a space, get info on humane traps and trapping, volunteer or help fund this clinic or information on SPCA Maui’s Spay/Neuter Assistance program for dogs and cats contact SPCA Maui at 808-280-0783, Spcamaui.org.
GENERATIONS: LINDSEY OHANA – True to fashion, you’re all invited for a time of reflection and tradition during Generations: Lindsey Ohana. Embracing a time of matrilineal tradition along with Hawaiian music in all forms, the ladies will share each of their musical talents. Whether it’s the striking falsetto of mom Hulu Lindsey, Kahulu Maluo’s leadership as kumu hula of award-winning Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka or Na Hoku Hanohano winner Napua Mauka, these women are a force to be reckoned with. $30. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahuli); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
GIRLS DAY BRUNCH – Girls Day, which has been celebrated in the Japanese culture since ancient times, falls on the third day of the third month of the year. Treat your special girls with Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s Brunch. View the Hinamatsuri dolls, enjoy a menu of traditional and local favorites and participate in cultural activities such as origami and mini Ikebana.Throughout the day, the Japanese Cultural Society will present demonstrations and hands-on activities. Keiki kimono photographs, taiko drum performances by Maui Taiko and miniature Ikebana flower arranging are a few things guests can look forward to. Adults/ $39.95, Kodomo (children) 6-12/$22, and children five years and younger eat free (one per paid adult). 8:30am-1pm. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (2525 Ka’anapali Pkwy.); 808-667-0124, Hawaiiansundaybrunch.com.