THURSDAY, SEPT. 12
DANCING BEYOND THE VEIL – This Thursday, join Kumu Hula Dr. Taupouri Tangaro in a unique presentation, workshop and discussion centered on Pele, Hawaii’s volcano deity, and the hula art form. Taupouri Tangaro of Halau O Kekuhi is also an associate professor at Hawaii Community College and the Humanities Chairperson. Her lecture, titled “UNUKUPUKUPU/Dancing Beyond the Veil,” discusses rites of passage, Pele’s tale and how hula embodies spiritual transformation. The following Friday, Tangaro invites master hula dancers, kumu hula, alaka‘i, advance ‘olapa and ho’opa’ to learn ‘Aiha’a dance and ho’opa’a traditions. Reservations required. Call 808-243-4227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday-$13. 7:30pm. Friday- $10. 6:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7467, Mauiarts.org.
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 13
LAHAINA SECOND FRIDAY TOWN PARTY – Head over to the Westside for another Friday Town Party. You can start by celebrating historic Waiola Church’s birthday at Campbell Park (4pm-8pm) with live music by Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i. There you can look back at the history of Waiola with Ron Williams or participate in lei making and crafts with Na Kia‘i O Waine‘e. You can also bid on items at the Lahaina Town Action Committee with proceeds benefiting various non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Maui and the Hawaiian Civic Club. On Front Street you also have Art Night, where you can talk story with artists and shop the town’s extensive art scene. Free. 6pm-9pm. Lahaina. Mauifridays.com.
RETRO ‘80S DANCE PARTY – Continue the Friday Town Party at Hard Rock Cafe with a retro ’80s dance party! Stretch those tights and comb that fro because it’s time to get down. Your ’80s inspired threads could win you $100 bucks so be sure to go all out. Enjoy happy hour specials all night while DJ Ron is in the mix. No cover. 9:30pm-1:30am. Hard Rock Cafe (900 Front St., Lahaina); 808-667-7400, Hardrock.com.
ERIC MCFADDEN – They say Friday the 13th is bad but this might actually be your lucky night. That’s because Eric McFadden is playing Charley’s this Friday. The former mandolinist/guitarist for George Clinton & The P Funk All Stars is something of an underground music master. His sound blends rock with gypsy-voodoo blues. He’s also has shared the stage with an endless number of musicians while his Bluebird on Fire album received a five-star review by Crossroads Magazine. Joining McFadden will be Hutch Hutchinson and Paul Marchetti. Kanekoa will open the show. 21+. $15-$20. Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon (142 Hana Hwy, Paia), Ericmcfadden.com. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
FARMING BEST PRACTICES – Living on a tropical island has many perks, and one of the nicest is that our lush surroundings offer in terms of nutrition. That’s why the UH Maui College Agriculture Department and the C3T Job Training program are presenting “Farming Best Practices” this Friday. Ted Radovich, the associate specialist and lab trainer for UH Manoa Sustainable & Organic Farming Systems, will conduct two courses. The first deals with worm composting (9am-12pm) and the second covers building through cover cropping (1pm-4pm). Guests can get credit if applicable and will receive a certificate of completion. Registration is required. $25 (per session). UH Maui College (310 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-984-3420, email@example.com.
BUILD-A-THON – In conjunction with a statewide Build-a-thon, Habitat for Humanity Maui will be hosting its own two-day event in Kahului this Friday and Saturday. This year a family with two disabled occupants will benefit from bathroom renovations, ceiling repairs and new floors, among other improvements. A site manager will be on hand to guide volunteers through the various renovation tasks. Not much of builder? You can still donate to the cause at their website. Funds raised will stay on Maui to further Habitat’s local mission. Volunteers will receive a shirt, lunch and beverages. To sign up call or visit HFHM online. 808-242-1140, Habitat-maui.org.
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SATURDAY, SEPT. 14
WORK & LEARN DAY – Whole Foods and Grow Some Good Maui is inviting the public for a day of service at Kihei Elementary School’s garden. Every Second Saturday of the month, the “work and learn” project gathers students, teachers and volunteers for a time of general maintenance and caretaking. Everyone is also encouraged to bring gardening questions and share with the garden community. Volunteers are also urged to wear sun-protective clothing and bring your lunch. 8:30am-11:30am. Kihei Elementary School, Garden (200 E. Lipoa St., Kihei), Growsomegood.org.
KU MAI KA HULA – The art of hula is celebrated globally and is an integral part of Hawaii’s culture and tradition. The eighth annual Ku Mai Ka Hula celebrates this art and is Maui’s only local hula competition. Watch as soloists and groups from as far away as Japan gather on the Maui Arts and Cultural Center stage this Saturday to compete for top honors. Dancers will perform kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern) styles in both male and female categories. Keiki under 12 are can get in for half price. $25. 1-7pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
HAWAIIAN MOONLIGHT CONCERT – Grammy winner George Kahumoku Jr. and ukulele/slack key virtuoso Gabe Goebbert will be the featured performers at Maui Historical Society’s Hawaiian Moonlight Concert this Saturday. Gather your ohana and pack your cooler for a great evening on the Bailey House Museum lawn. Guests are welcome to bring blankets or lay lowing chairs. Lounge while you listen to two of Hawaii’s finest slack key performers. Water and soda will be available for purchase. Keiki 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. $20 (Maui Historical Society Members) $25 General Admission. 7pm. Bailey House Museum (2375A Main St., Wailuku); 808-244-3326, Mauimuseum.org.
BREWHAHA – This Saturday the Four Seasons Resort Maui is presenting their third annual Brewhaha. This year’s theme raises the ancient quandary–blondes or brunettes? Searching high and low, the Four Seasons team leaves it to guests to decide who has more fun (or tastes better). Will it be the artisan pale ale and summer lager or the full body fall stout? Chef Sam Fagetti will also serve up a specialty menu crafted around the featured brews. $89. 6pm-9pm. Four Seasons Maui, Ocean Front Lawn (3900 Wailea Alanui); 808-874-8000, Fourseasons.com/Maui.
HANA RELAY – Brace yourself for a 52-mile journey along 617 curves and over 56 bridges that span some of Maui’s best scenery. The (in)famous Hana Relay will take teams of six, each running three legs, from Kahului Airport to the finish line at the Hana Ball Park. Divisions include Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed (two or more team members of opposite sex), Men’s Masters, Women’s Masters, Mixed Masters and Open Hotel/Restaurants (Masters are team members 40 years or older). So bring your A-game and leave any poor sportsmanship at home! Post celebration will include free refreshments, music and awards. Food will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting local charities. Hanarelayhawaii.com.
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TUESDAY, SEPT. 17
ART OF JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY – Back by popular demand, the State of Hawaii Library brings you “The Art of Japanese Calligraphy” at the Kihei Public Library. Keiki 12 years and up will get instruction and a hands-on demonstration from Mitsuyo St. Klair, an internationally-educated artist on Japanese calligraphy. The Maui local will walk them through the history of the art form and the traditional methods and tools used to create it. She’ll also demonstrate how to write the Japanese word for “love.” Then participants will get to create their own calligraphy keepsake. All materials will be provided. Registration is required via telephone. If a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed contact the library. Free. 6pm. Kihei Public Library, Children’s section. (35 Waimahaihai St., Kihei); 808-875-6833.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18
LEIS FAMILY CLASS ACT – Fall classes have begun at UH Maui College and schedules are on the brink of overflowing. Let Leis Family Class Act ease some of that burden. That’s right: here you can treat yourself to a four-course prix-fixe meal crafted by Maui Culinary Academy students. The globally inspired menu varies depending on the week. This Wednesday, Class Act will serve a Moroccan influenced meal complete with Chicken Bastilla Strudel, Carrot and Cardamom soup and Braised Lamb Shank, just to name a few of the items. The lunch specials are on a reservation basis so call ahead or make a reservation online. $29-$36. 11am-12:30pm. The Class Act (310 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-984-3280, Mauiculinary.com.
‘PURPLE RAIN’ – This month Ambrosia’s Wednesday movie nights recall films that are “So Bad it’s Good-80’s edition.” For this Wednesday, that means we get to see Prince’s Purple Rain. From his exuberant wardrobe to the film’s two Razzie Awards for “Worst New Star” and “Worst Original Song,” the flick is not to be missed. 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.