THURSDAY, MAY 9
PUKANA SHOWCASE – The community is invited to the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Institute of Hawaiian Music for the UHMC Chorus showcase Pukana. The second annual concert will serve as the program completion and release of the group’s compilation CD. Prior to the evening, students enrolled in IHM’s program are taught the music process through instruction, mentorships and practice. The mentor emphasis focuses on better preparing aspiring musicians for success in Hawaiian music while emphasizing language and history. Come enjoy the fruits of their labor as they sing and play instruments of Hawaii. A meet and greet will follow the show. $12. 6:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
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FRIDAY, MAY 10
AWESOME FREE PAULA FUGA SHOW – A host of seasoned Stella Blues performers will grace the stage this Friday thanks to the folks at the OLUKAI HOOLAULEA. Paula Fuga, Mike Love and Sam Ites will serenade the establishment, Hawaiian style in this once in a lifetime Free show. Mike Love has recently been nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano awards while Fuga and Ites continue to create lasting, gorgeous music of their own. Although successful independently, the bond the trio share is something to experience. DJ Blast finishes the evening. Free. 7:30pm. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779, Stellablues.com.
LAHAINA SECOND FRIDAY – Lahaina Second Friday is back for another evening of community and conversation. Following the traditional opening by Ulalena, Lahaina Town Action committee invites residents and visitors alike to stroll historic Front Street. Enjoy art night, foodie and merchant specials, live music and Ha‘ina Hou Fridays at the Baldwin House Museum. This month, Ha‘ina Hou invites all for “May Day is Lei Day for Mothers Day” (7:30pm-8pm). Haku and lei making demonstrations will also take place. Don’t miss this for Mother’s Day! Free. 6pm-9pm. Front Street (Lahainaluna to Dickenson), Mauifridays.com.
FAGBUG DOCUMENTARY – To raise awareness about bullying and hate crimes against the LGBTQ community, the documentary Fagbug makes its premiere this Friday. It chronicles Erin Davies’ journey across the U.S. and Canada in her VW bug, recording the positive and negative reactions the she encountered. Now you can meet the lady behind the movement after the screening. Prior to the show, the Fagbug itself will be parked in front of the Maui Sunseeker resort in Kihei May 10-14 for photo-ops. Proceeds from the screening will benefit Maui Pride Organization. $10 adults/ $2 youth. 6:30pm. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-243-3663, Mauipride.org, Fagbug.com. Photo courtesy Maui Sunseeker
SPRING DANCE CONCERT – Kihei Charter High School’s Dance Company is presenting their fourth annual Dance Exhibition this Friday and Saturday. Featuring live musicians, dancing and singing, the dance company includes Kihei Charter middle and high school students. With the help of South Maui Learning Ohana, the program allows students to join free of charge. Donations will be accepted and benefit the program. Free. 6:30pm. Kihei Charter High School (300 Ohukai Rd., Suite #209, Kihei); 808-875-0700, Kiheidance@gmail.com.
MCA OPEN KITCHEN – Maui Culinary Academy invites you into their kitchen for an evening behind the scenes. The Open Kitchen event allows prospective students a glance at UHMC’s MCA Program. Boasting an alumni fit for TV, MCA’s curriculum covers a range of food preparation and culinary techniques. Guests will get the opportunity to tour the Pa’ina Culinary Arts Center, meet faculty and alumni of the program and partake in interactive food tastings. Guest speakers include Tylun Pang (Fairmont Kea Lani Chef) and Hubert Des Marais (Kohala Coast Hawaii Chef). Free. University of Hawaii Maui Campus, Pa’ina Culinary Arts Center (310 W Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); RSVP to 808-984-3690 or 808-984-3272, Mauiculinary-campusdining.com
MAUI CRAFT SESSION – As a precursor to American Craft Beer Week, Maui Craft Session invites everyone to celebrate craft beer, whisky and cigars. Highlighting the production, ingredients and methods of craft, the evening pairs Maui Brewing Co. beer, Southern Wine & Spirits and General Cigar. Maui Brewco boasts a 100 percent Maui brewery using local ingredients as often as possible in creating its beer. The Sheraton will host the evening while DJ Scotty D will provide tunes. The admission price includes a whisky tasting, two artisan cigars and two craft brews. There will also be food pairings. 21+.$79. 6pm-10pm. Sheraton, Ocean Lawn (2605 Ka’anapali Pkwy);808.921.4600, Sheraton-maui.com
MAUI MATSURI – The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is holding its 13th annual Maui Matsuri. The family-friendly festival attracts thousands from the community and is filled with cultural demonstrations, entertainment and film. Friday, May 10 (6:30pm-9pm) will consist of the movies Life on Four Strings and Light Up Nippon, which will play at the UH Maui College-Pilina Building Student Lounge. Saturday, May 11 (2pm-9pm) will offer an afternoon of food booths, a saimin eating contest, costume cosplay, traditional martial arts and more. The Kodomo “child” Corner will be filled with origami and fish printing crafts. The evening will include a community Obon dance (7:30pm), and attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional attire. Free. UH Maui Campus (310 W Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), Mauimatsuri.com.
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SATURDAY, MAY 11
DISH CRAWL – Dishcrawl lands on Maui for the first annual Dishcrawl Lahaina. The event takes food lovers on an adventure, dining their way through the historic town. Participants will sample dishes reflective of the island setting. The excitement lies in the fact that participants are given only slight hints of restaurant locations. If you have diet restrictions, be sure to check with event organizers regarding participation. Beverages are not included and will be served at discretion of the participating restaurants. Spaces are limited. Participants will learn of locations when purchasing tickets. $45. 7pm, Dishcrawl.com/lahaina.
VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK – The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association invites you to walk for Hawaii non-profit charities in the 2013 Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Participants will start at War Memorial Soccer Field, walk 3.1 miles through Keopuolani down Ka’ahumanu Avenue and end up back at the starting point. Eleven stations will line the course to provide walkers with snacks, drinks and fun activities. Westin KOR massages will be on hand along with cool Meadow Gold treats. KPOA and Frank Delima are just a couple of the guests that will be on hand for your entertainment. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. $25 donation while adults $35 donation. 6:30am registration. 7am start time. War Memorial Soccer Field (700 Halia Nakoa St., Wailuku), Charitywalkhawaii.org.
KRYPTONIGHT BENEFIT – Strap on your best superhero costume and head over to KryptoNight, an evening benefiting local resident Graham Faught. After an accident that broke his c-4 vertebrate, Faught lost function in his hands and legs. The benefit concert will feature performances by Wavetrain, Erin Smith & The Throwdowns, Flashdrive and Sirens of Song. Enjoy a teppanyaki dinner by Maui Executive Catering for purchase as well. All of the evening’s proceeds will go towards Faught’s medical and recovery costs. Guests are encouraged to wear superhero costume (or cocktail attire). $35 advanced/$40 at door. 6pm-10:30pm. Maui Tropical Plantation (1670 Honoapi’ilani Hwy, Wailuku), Flyersup.com.
DEJA VU 7 – Deja Vu Maui returns for an evening lineup reminiscent of the ’70s and ’80s dance era. Maui bands The Shamroks, Purple Haze and Asian Blend and others serve as the inspiration for this event’s theme. Performing will be The Merzy Beats, The Sakuras, City and County and a finale by the Shamroks. A DJ will play dancing music from a variety of eras. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because the dancing doesn’t stop til the music ends. $50. 8pm-11:45pm. King Kamehameha Golf Club (2500 Honoapi’ilani Hwy, Wailuku); 808-856-3001, email@example.com.
FREE BASKETBALL CLINIC – Summer is just around the corner and Basketball Maui is offering a free basketball clinic this Saturday. Lawrence Wright will guide participants in the fundamentals of basketball while fostering a positive learning environment. WNBA players Tameka Johnson and Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock will be there, too. Keiki seven to 18 are welcome to participate in the skills clinic. Participants must bring signed liability waiver, basketball and a canned food item(s) to donate to the Maui Food Bank. Registration forms will be available for “Complete Players” camp as well. Free. 3-5pm. Maui High School, Outdoor Courts (660 S. Lono Ave., Kahului); 808-866-6996, Basketballmaui.com.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
STORYTIME WITH PAPA LOPAKA – Join Papa Lopaka (Robert DeVinck) as he returns to Kihei Library for another animated reading of his Classics Illustrated. This time he will read Knights of the Round Table. The literature scholar and writer’s reading style is unique in its own right. Enjoy a Q& A with Papa Lopaka after the reading, along with light snack. Bring your keiki (five and up) for a special story time. Contact the library for a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations if needed. Free. 3pm. Kihei Public Library (35 Waimahaihai St., Kihei); 808-875-6833, Friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org.