THURSDAY, OCT. 18
ERIC OKDEH – The Hui No’eau presents muralist Eric Okdeh from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. In a collaboration between the Hui, reWailuku and the Wailuku community, Okdeh will lead a large-scale work of public art that reflects, inspires and represents the community. With a BFA in painting, Okdeh’s murals span beyond the borders of canvas and spills into the classroom. He will host an adult workshop on Mosaic Mural Making on Oct. 18 from 10am-4pm (see website for fee and supply list) and a FREE Artist Presentation about creating community engagement through public work of art on Oct. 25 from 6pm-7pm. Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center (2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao); 808-572-6560; huinoeau.com.
LAHAINA SUNRISE ROTARY CLUBS OKTOBERFEST – The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise is putting on its first annual Oktober fest celebration. It’s going down at the historic old Pioneer Inn in Lahaina and will feature an authentic German buffet, a live Oompah band, polka dancing and a silent auction. The wearing of lederhosen, dirndls (the dresses worn by German bar wenches) and other Oktoberfest attire is encouraged, but not required. Prizes will be awarded for the most aptly dressed, best hat, most outstanding yodel, chicest Chicken Dance and other talents. Silent auction items will include gift certificates for local restaurants, hotels, luau and activities along with jewelry and original artworks by Maui’s finest artists. The proceeds will benefit the Rotary of Lahaina Sunrise Clubs youth and local community service projects. $50 presale,$60 at the door. 6pm. Historic Pioneer Inn (658 Wharf St., Lahaina); 808-661-3636.
LAHAINA PLANTATION DAYS – Once again, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation is bringing us Plantation Days. Taking place at the site of the old Pioneer Mill, the event pays tribute to West Maui’s rich plantation heritage. There will be historical displays and exhibits, cultural areas, food booths, a beer tent, kid activities and entertainment by Hawaii’s popular entertainers. The event starts Thursday night (6-9pm) with the movie Picture Bride, which chronicles how immigrant laborers in Hawaii used matchmakers in their homelands to find wives. There will also be music from Nuff Sedd (Friday) and Brothers Cazimero (Saturday). And Da Braddahs will host the whole thing! $3 daily admission/ $5 three-day pass. Ages 5 & under Free. 5pm-10pm. The Old Pioneer Mill (Lahainaluna Rd.); 808-661-3262; lahainarestoration.org/plantationdays.
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
MAKAWAO THIRD FRIDAY “MAKTOBERFEST” – Makawao gears up for harvest season and goes “Maktober Fest.” Third Friday is starting to look a lot like fall. In an evening showcasing the best of Makawao, enjoy live free music by Benny C. Uyetake & Friends (6:30pm at the main stage), a pumpkin patch, festive “Maktober” beer specials, keiki friendly activities and food. Vendors range from Puerto Rican food options to Iron Imu (traditional cooking practice with a twist) BBQ. While the keiki enjoy the bounce castle or face painting by Rachel Deboer, adults can enjoy massages by Hale Ho’omana Spa and the creative fine jewelry of Chad Durgan at Maui Hands gallery. Can’t get enough? Join the after party at Casanova featuring Ekolu (9:30pm). Parking for the event can be found at the Makawao Base Yard (across from St. Joseph’s Church), Makawao Hongwanji, the two parking lots on Brewer Road and the Makawao Municipal Parking Lot near the library. Streets between Brewer and Makawao will close at 5:30pm. 6:30pm. Makawao (Baldwin & Makawao Ave.); facebook.com/makawao
WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES – October is National Domestic Awareness Month and Women Helping Women, Maui is hosting “Walk a mile in her shoes.” Also known as “The international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence,” the event encourages men (and women) to come out and “walk the walk” in their best high heels. It’s a bold, but still fun, way to take a stand against domestic violence. Plus the first 200 registrants get a free t-shirt and all participants will be entered a drawing for $100 cash prize. To register, please visit the website or register the day of the event. $10. UH Maui Campus (310 West Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-242-6600; whwmaui.net.
FIRE ANTS! – The Native Hawaiian Plant Society is sponsoring Lissa Strohecker to speak about the fire ants, the risks they pose to people and the environment and what can be done to prevent their spread. Strohecker is the Outreach and Education Specialist for the Maui Invasive Species Committee. She has worked for nine years on invasive species and has a degree in biology from Montana State University. Clearly, she knows ants so we can guarantee that you’ll be itchy all over by the time she’s through speaking. Refreshments will be served. 7pm. Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Pool Room (91 Pukalani St.); 808-214-8887.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
JOHN CRUZ – Stella Blues Supper Club presents Na Hoku Hanohano award winner John Cruz this Saturday. Exposed to a diverse blend of music at a young age, Cruz’s music career eventually took him performing on stages across the country. As a contributor to the slack key CD that won Hawaiian music’s first Grammy and was one of the first Hawaiians invited to showcase at the prestigious SXSW (South by Southwest) music festival, Cruz’s music speaks for itself. You can hear hits “Shine on,” “Sitting in Limbo” and “Island Style” in commercials, hotels and even airplanes. But that’s nothing compared to seeing him live. Dinner & Show $60, 6pm. Show Only $30, 7:30pm. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779; stellablues.com.
CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER – Las Vegas is coming to Maui. The J. Walter Cameron Center, which has been around for three decades and is home to 15 agencies that provide health and human services to the community, is hosting a Casino Night fundraiser. Guests can look forward to live music, dinner and dancing. Legal gambling tables will include Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold ’em, Let It Ride and Bingo. There will also be a silent, live auction. $125. A table of 12 is $1,500. 6pm. King Kamehameha Golf Course (2500 Honoapiilani Hwy., Wailuku); 808-244-5546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMECOMING – Diamonds Ice Bar presents Homecoming this Saturday. And NO, this is NOT some high school thing. This is an evening dedicated to all the fixins of a traditional homecoming, but for adults. Dress classy or wacky–you make the call. Sport your best smile while at the photo booth and bust a move to the beats of Maui’s favorite club Dj, DJ Illz. Free. Adults Only (21). 9pm. Diamonds (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-9299; diamondsicebar.com.
NORTH SHORE CLEAN-UP – It’s time to clean up the North Shore. Water sports enthusiasts from Positive H2O, Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter and Community Workday are hosting a large coastal cleaning effort stretching from Baldwin Beach to Ho’okipa. The third annual North Shore Clean Up is the collaborative efforts to encourage community participation in keeping our aina clean. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket/reusable bag, gloves and water bottle (water provided). Flatbread Pizza will provide a free lunch for volunteers and a free raffle will be open to volunteers as well. 9am. Baldwin Beach (look for +H20 & Surfrider banners); 760-861-8494; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAUNTED HAIKU HIKE – Ever wanted to hike the Haiku rainforest through an organic farm while hearing Halloween tales of the Hawaiian land? No? Well, here’s your chance anyway! This weekend, join the island’s bravest adventurers as they make their way through a maze of old caves and bridge trolls, all the while steering clear of night marchers and the ghosts of “Chinese Miners.” What were these unfortunate souls mining on a volcanic island? Who cares! It’s Halloween! Oh, and there’s also some sort of Gypsy living under a waterfall. Again, it’s best that you leave your questions at home, ok? Keiki-friendly activities are also available. If you book in advance you save $5 off the adult ticket and two kids are free. Drive up to the top of Awalau Road and park, then begin your hike on the dirt path with the Haunted Herdsman. What? Don’t ask… 2pm-8pm. $20 adult, $5 kids. (Haiku); 808-878-8091; jeremysafron.com/hauntedhike.
SUNDAY, OCT. 21
JAPANESE CERAMICS – Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan will make its last stop before returning to Japan at the MACC’s Schaefer International Gallery from Oct. 21 through Jan. 6. Showcasing over 80 works of Japanese clay on loan from museums and private collections, the curated exhibit opens a window into an ancient craft. Women have long been active participants in Japan’s renowned ceramic arts, but were limited to support roles. Now, works from 25 internationally recognized female artists are included in the exhibit. Please visit website for more information. 11am-5pm, Wed-Sun. Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Schaefer Gallery. (1 Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-2787; mauiarts.org.
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL – Take the whole family to Makawao to support Haku Baldwin Center’s therapeutic programs for children with special needs. Serving patients of all ages, HBC visits over 400 patients island wide and uses small animals for therapy. HBC’s Horseback riding is dedicated solely to helping children with special needs. The “Fall Harvest Festival” includes pony rides, a petting zoo, haunted house, silent auction, farmer’s market, craft fair, food trucks and booths, face painting, balloon animals, games, a bake sale, Beanie Baby adoption and a keiki costume contest that starts at 1pm. All proceeds will benefit the Haku Baldwin Center. 9am-3pm. Haku Baldwin Center. (444 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-9129, www.facebook.com/hakubaldwincenter/info.
TUESDAY, OCT. 23
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – The wait is over for the American Music Festival & Conference on Maui. Starting Tuesday, there will be six days of music festival happenings. Music Workshops will be held during the day (information below). With 40 acts, each night begins at 9:30pm and features a different category: Country-Rock (Oct. 23 at Charley’s), singer songwriters (Oct. 24 at Lulu’s), rap (Oct. 25 at Oceans) and female pop (Oct. 26 at LuLu’s.) The finale will consist of new headlining acts on the main stage at Camp Keanae (Oct. 27-28 from 10am-10pm). Saturday’s back porch campfire jam will include a swimwear runway and more music. Sunday’s main stage will include a haute couture fashion show, the Final Act and the biggest, baddest all-ages Halloween Cosplay Ball with Kawaii Kon. For more information please contact email@example.com or amfc2012hawaii.com.