THURSDAY, AUG. 16
DENNY TILLMAN LECTURE – Ever wonder what it’s like to be a professional photographer in the Big Apple? Find out this Thursday at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center when New York-based photographer Denny Tillman will share his stories from behind the lens. Tillman has more than 20 years of photography experience, and has shot at least 3,000 assignments since opening his studio. Bonafide camera slingers and amateur Instagrammers alike will leave this lecture feeling inspired. Free. 5:30-6:30pm. Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center Solarium (2841 Baldwin Ave.); 808-572-6560; huinoeau.com; dennytillman.com.
PICNIC FOR POKI – Celebrate the aloha spirit in loving memory of Allen “Braddah Poki” Pokipala this Thursday, picnic style! Picnic for Poki happens every third Thursday of the month, and features live Hawaiian music, fresh baked cookies and coffee for sale. Bring something to sit on and your lunch and enjoy a picnic in the sunshine with friends and neighbors. I never met Braddah Poki, but his nickname alone is pretty endearing. Free. 11am-12:30pm. Ka’ahumanu Church (103 S. High St., Wailuku); 808-871-7720.
BIOMIMICRY – Biomimicry “studies Nature and attempts to imitate its designs and processes to solve human problems,” states a press release I’ve just received. You can learn all about it at a conversation at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center featuring Bryony Schwan, Executive Director of the Biomimicry Institute in Montana, and Sam Gon, Director of Science of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. Their topics will include “conscious emulation of life’s genius as a survival strategy for humans and a path to a sustainable future.” That’s a mouthful. This talk is part three of the “Man/Woman and Nature: Restoring the Balance” public conversation series presented by the Ala Kukui/Hana Retreat and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. $10. 7pm. McCoy Studio Theater, MACC (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; alakukui.org.
FRIDAY, AUG. 17
MALAMA WAO AKUA OPENING – The eighth annual Mālama Wao Akua (MWA) juried art exhibit opens this Friday in conjunction with Makawao’s Third Friday Town Party. Mālama Wao Akua is the island’s only native species juried art exhibit. Before the exhibit, participating artists will go out on hikes and tours to learn about native flora and fauna, then put their inspiration on paper (or canvas). It’s a great way to preserve Hawaii’s native species through art, and bring attention to conservation efforts. The blessing and awards ceremony will begin at 5pm on Friday, after the jurors’ walk-through. The exhibit will be up until Sept. 16, and gallery hours are 10am-6pm daily. Free. 4pm. Viewpoints Gallery (3620 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-572-5979; www.eastmauiwatershed.org.
DIAMONDS LOCAL MUSIC – They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and Diamonds Icebar & Grill in Kihei will be your best friend this Friday. They’re bringing you local musicians Joon Bug, Big John and Daniel Hunkin as well as drink specials and food (served ’til midnight), all with no cover charge! After all, what are friends for? Free. 9pm. Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-9299; facebook.com/pages/Diamonds-Ice-Bar-and-Grill.
STORY OF HAWAII MUSEUM – Until scientists figure out time travel, the best way to revisit Hawaii’s past is by checking out The Story of Hawaii Museum. Located in the Ma’alaea Shops, the museum tells the story of Hawaii with artifacts, maps and other historical documents arranged chronologically. Hop in your DeLorean and check out their Grand Opening, where you’ll enjoy live music, refreshments and presentations. The Opening will also kick off “Hawaiian History Evenings” with Mele Fong. Free. 5-7:30pm. Story of Hawaii Museum, Ma’alaea Harbor Village (300 Ma’alaea Rd.); storyofhawaiimuseum.com.
MAKAWAO 3RD FRIDAY TOWN PARTY – The monthly upcountry block party returns to Makawao this Friday, with lots of music, food, art and all that paniolo town charm. Highlights include the annual “Malama Wao Akua” exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery, George Kahumoku & Friends playing at 6:30pm on Main Stage, and an interactive performance by Maui Taiko. Don’t miss the Pink By Nature fashion show at 7:30pm, which will feature looks from local designers Acacia Swimwear, Indah and Hula Hoops, with music by DJ Sweet Beets. Also check out the Iki Nui Side Show at the Shops at Makawao. Participating merchants will donate part of their evening’s sales to the East Maui Watershed Partnership to support their ongoing conservation efforts. Free. 6-9pm. Makawao Town; mauifridays.com/makawao.
BROKE DA MOUTH FOOD FESTIVAL – “Broke da mouth” is a pidgin expression used when referring to seriously tasty food (not fracturing your jawbone). This weekend, the two-day Broke Da Mouth Food Festival will live up to its name by offering lots of delicious food booths, cooking competitions, a wine tent and a beer garden. Not only will there be ono grinds galore, you’ll also enjoy live music from Willie K, Ekolu Kalama, Clay Mortensen, Jorden T and others. There will even be a fashion show put on by Pure Talent USA with a guest DJ. In this case, breaking your mouth is a very good thing. $8. Aug.17-18. 5pm-7pm. Lahaina Gateway (305 Keawe St.); gobigproductionshawaii.com; facebook.com/gobighawaii.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18
10-DAY VEGAN RETREAT – Vegan chef and published author Mark Reinfeld will lead you on a journey to delicious, animal-product-free enlightenment. Join him at the Ho’omana Retreat Center for a 10-day vegan cuisine immersion filled with gourmet vegan meals and the tools you need to cook them yourself. Reinfeld opened the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, winner of the 2006 Ilima Award for “Best Restaurant on Kauai,” and is an award-winning leader in creative vegan cuisine. He won Vegan.com’s Recipe of the Year award in 2011, was Executive Chef for the North American Vegetarian Society’s 2012 Summerfest and has a Masters degree in Holistic Nutrition. Aug. 18-22 & 25-29. $1,500/student includes a manual and daily gourmet vegan feasts. Accommodations available at the center for an additional fee. Ho’omana Retreat Center, (1550 Piiholo Rd., Makawao); veganfusion.com; halehoomana.com.
KAMA‘AINA AT KO’S BAR – Kama’aina deals are flowing out like Maui Brewing Co. beer from the taps at the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Ko Bar. Kama’aina get 50 percent off all food and 25 percent off drinks all day everyday when seated at the bar. The bar is freshly renovated and features specialty cocktails and over 200 bottles of wine. You can also enjoy Maui plantation-inspired cuisine from Chef Tylun Pang and live music every night from 6-9pm. And there’s free valet parking! Ko, Fairmont Kea Lani (Wailea Ala Nui Dr.); 808-875-2210; korestaurant.com/bar.
SUNDAY, AUG. 19
REFLECTIONS OF KALAUPAPA – Photographer Wayne Levin’s exhibit at the Schaefer Gallery explores the past and present of Kalaupapa, Molokai, where Hansen’s Disease patients lived in mandatory isolation until the law was repealed in 1969. The exhibit includes archival images and documents, as well as Levin’s portraits of Kalaupapa residents and their families. From 2-4pm on Sunday, Aug. 19, sit in on a talk story discussion of Kalaupapa with eight panelists, including Boogie Kahilhiwa, a Kalaupapa resident for more than 50 years. Other panelists include people whose relatives were sent to Kalaupapa. The discussion is free and open to the public. Free. Exhibit runs Aug. 19-Sept. 30. Schaefer International Gallery, MACC (One Cameron Way, Kahului); pitchengine.com/mauiartsculturalcenter.
‘THE CREATION’ BY MUSICAL VOICES MAUI – On Maui, it’s not often that you get to experience a 130-member performance of a great composer’s master work. Don’t miss the chance to hear Musical Voices Maui perform “The Creation.” Considered by many to be Franz Joseph Haydn’s musical masterpiece, “The Creation” is an oratorio that covers the creation of the world in three parts (based on depictions from The Book of Genesis and Dante’s Paradise Lost). Bob Willis will be conducting the 130 orchestra and choral members in a one-time, unforgettable performance. Come at 2:30pm for a discussion about the piece led by Wills and pianist Beth Fobbe-Wills. $25 (25 percent off for students with ID). 3:30pm. Castle Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-SHOW; mauiarts.org.
TUESDAY, AUG. 21
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT – Grab the girls and head over to the Melting Pot in Lahaina for a four-course fondue-filled fun-fest. Dipping stuff in melted cheese has never been more fashionable. The Melting Pot pulls out all the stops for the ladies, including a martini bar, trunk shows, prize giveaways and more. You might even see Justin Bieber there; we know he likes “chillin’ by the fire while we eatin’ fondue.” $35 per person. 5-9pm. The Melting Pot (325 Keawe St., Ste. A202, Lahaina); 808-661-6181; meltingpot.com