THURSDAY, JUNE 14
HIRING OUR HEROES – Here’s an opportunity for job-seeking veterans of Maui County. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” Program is co-sponsoring a job fair for veterans, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military and veteran spouses on Maui. It’s free to attend, but you have to pre-register on their website first. 3-7pm. King Kamehameha Golf Club (2500 Honoapiilani Hwy.); uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events.
CULTIVATE AT CASANOVA – Nurture your need to dance with Casanova’s “Cultivate,” featuring a quad of DJ talent from Kauai to Maui: Micah Sky, Matt Lane, JMeans and Sweet Beets. Live visuals by Benjamin Christ will keep your googly eyes entertained in case scantily clad dancers aren’t enough. 10pm. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-0220; casanovamaui.com.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 15
OBON IN WAILUKU – It’s Wailuku’s turn to observe the summer Obon Festival, beginning with the Wailuku Jodo Mission tonight and the Shingon Mission on Saturday. Dance the bon odori to welcome the spirits of the dead. Of course, once those spirits are welcomed, feel free to gorge on some of Maui’s best chow fun. Ceremonies start at 7pm for Jodo and 6:30pm for Shingon. Dancing for both starts at 8pm. Wailuku Jodo Mission, 808-244-0066; Wailuku Shingon Mission, 808-244-3800.
HAPA – It’s been 20 years since they released their first album, but HAPA is still going strong. The Hawaiian music duo, Barry Flanagan and Ron Kuala’au, are internationally renowned for their take on contemporary Hawaiian music. Their sound blends traditional Hawaiian mele, oli and chanting with American acoustic/folk sounds and Hawaiian slack-key guitar. Last year, the group appeared on an episode of Hawaii 5-0 and played Flanagan’s instrumental composition “Olinda Road.”In the same year, they were also asked to perform in the Adam Sandler romantic comedy Just Go With It. Now they’re back on Maui to play some intimate dinner shows on Friday nights at Stella Blues this summer. Four-course dinner and show: $60; show only $30. Dinner at 6pm, show at 7:30pm. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779; stellablues.com, hapa.com.
MAKAWAO TOWN PARTY – There will be dancing in the streets of Makawao this Friday night. Specifically, Baldwin Avenue. That’s because Makawao’s Third Friday Town Party will close off Baldwin from Brewer Street to Makawao Avenue to make way for the festivities. Live music offerings will include The Haiku Hillbillys and Elaine Ryan. There will also be plenty of delicious food for sale provided by Star Anise, Badua Catering, Outrigger Pizza, Kinaole Grill, Relish the Dog, da Puerto Rican Food Truck, Polli’s Mexican Restaurant, Shaka Pops, Da Local Banana and more. For shoppers, Holiday & Co. will have a sale (20-40 percent off) 5-7pm and Paragon Salon will have a trunk show of Stella and Dot jewelry 7-9pm, in addition to special discounts around town. Free. 6-9pm. Baldwin Avenue, Makawao; mauifridays.com/makawao.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 16
SAVE MAKENA SKIM CONTEST – Skimboard masters have developed an incredible skill of sailing across slick wet sand in a spectacular motion that could entail a lot of twirling and flipping into the ankle breaks. Best of all, it’s all right there in front spectators. This Saturday, the Save Makena Skimboard contest goes head over heels at the perfect location: Makena State Park. Skimmers of all ages are invited. 8am. Makena State Park (third entrance). Call Erik Covarrubias at 808-265-2112 to register.
FOUR FATHERS, FOUR SONS – When Hawaiian slack-key masters compete, you win! This Saturday, talented father and son duos will engage in a little good-natured competition onstage at the MACC in celebration of Father’s Day. The Hawaiian music duos will be Dennis & David Kamakahi, Richard & Kai Ho‘opi‘i, Kevin & Ikaika Brown and George & Keoki Kahumoku. Musical stylings will include Hawaiian slack-key guitar, ukulele and leo ki‘e ki‘e (falsetto). First, each pair will perform together, and then the four fathers will go head-to-head with their sons. Competition never sounded so sweet. $25 GA, $45 VIP (w/meet and greet). 7:30pm. McCoy Studio Theater, MACC (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org
BLUE LAGOON AIRS – Maui goes Hollywood (or network television, at least), this Saturday when Lifetime Network airs Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, a remake of the 1980 movie (referred to in a County of Maui press release as a “classic,” amazingly enough). A lot of the movie was filmed at various scenic locations on Maui, including Paia, Makena and Twin Falls. More than 30 island residents were employed as crew members during filming. For those who missed the original, the movie is about two young hotties (played by Australians Brenton Thwaites and Indiana Evans) who get stranded on a tropical island, grow up together and fall in love. Lifetime, 8/7c. mylifetime.com
BOWLING FOR THE KIDS – Hit the bowling alley this Saturday for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 25th annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Hollywood Silver Screen,” and participants will get star-studded treatment with a lunch prepared by Chef Conrad Aquino from the Sheraton Maui Resort, two games of bowling, an event T-shirt, goodie bag and chances to win prizes. If the idea of used bowling shoes makes you cringe, you can participate as an event sponsor or volunteer. Event proceeds will support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs in which children facing adversity are matched with screened volunteer mentors. These programs are beneficial to the at-risk youth and improve their chances of graduating high school and avoiding juvenile delinquency. 9am-5pm. Maui Bowling Center (1976 E. Vineyard St., Wailuku); 808-242-9754; bigsofmaui.org
NA KAMEHAMEHA PARADE & HO‘OLAULE‘A – Celebrate Hawaii’s ali’i and cultural traditions with a pā‘ū parade and ho’olaule’a on Front Street this Saturday. The pā‘ū parade will showcase Hawaiian equestrian styling and honors the Kamehameha lineage. The ho’olaule’a will feature cultural tours and exhibits of traditional voyaging canoes and Moku’ula, an ancient political and spiritual center that has remained undisturbed for a century and contains royal residences and a mausoleum. There will be live music, hula and polynesian dance. Browse Maui-made crafts and food booths throughout the day. Kids can enjoy Makahiki games with Kula Kaiapuni O Maui ma Nahi’ena’ena (Hawaiian immersion school). A documentary on the Art of Pā‘ū will be shown and you can meet the parade’s princesses and riders. Free. 9am-5pm. Kamehameha ‘Iki Park (505 Front St., Lahaina); 808-264-8779
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SUNDAY, JUNE 17
FATHER’S DAY – Show Dad you love him with an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Enjoy omelets made to order, lots of fresh seafood, carving stations with kiawe roasted rack of lamb, prime rib and much more. To complement your beer-braised short ribs, Maui Brewing Co. beers will be on tap. There will be a kid-friendly buffet as well, along with plenty of tasty desserts. And you can enjoy live music by Melveen Leed. If you’re lucky, Dad will leave brunch with a full stomach and one of these awesome prizes: a one night stay at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, rounds of golf, a fishing trip, a 24-hour Harley Davidson rental or a nice dinner at one of several island restaurants. $46.95 adults/$25 keiki 12 & under/free for kids 5 & under (one child per paid adult). June 17, 8am-1pm. Kaanapali Beach Hotel (2525 Kaanapali Parkway); 808-667-0124; www.HawaiianSundayBrunch.com
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MONDAY, JUNE 18
PIZZA PARTY! – Lahaina Pizza Co. is celebrating 19 years at their gorgeous second story Westside restaurant that probably offers the best views of the harbor and sea wall on Front Street. Kama‘aina get a whopping half price off any of their delectable deep dish chicago style pizzas the entire month of June. If you haven’t visited yet, I’m letting you know there are only 13 days left! So get moving! (730 Front St., Lahaina); 808-661-0700
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 –
ARTIST CASEY NEUMANN SPEAKS– Casey Neumann, visiting artist at the Hui No Eau Visual Arts Center will be hosting a free lecture on the topic “A Reason Rewoven: An Exploration of Process and Product in Visual Art.” Neumann has been teaching classes in printmaking since 2006. Her mediums include wood block printing, fiber arts, aquatint etching and a few more difficult-to-pronounce art processes. Free. 5:30-6:30pm. Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, (2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-572-6560; huinoeau.com
TOGA PARTY! – Here’s your chance to raise your chalice to loose robes and fashion of the first century BC. Ambrosia honors the conquests and traditions of Rome’s most celebrated dictator with debauchery, Triangle-style. Of course, DJ Del Sol and CIA must be involved. Wear your toga to get in free (extra points for olive branches). 10pm. Ambrosia (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011