Friday (Oct. 7), 6-9pm, Wailuku Town (Main, Market, Vineyard and S. High Streets); free
Contrary to popular belief, I’m a bit of a lightweight when it comes to intoxicants; just a wee pupa among barflies. That’s not to say I’m not working hard to wriggle into my wrings–therefore I’m totally stoked to be a bug about the beer garden at Wailuku First Friday (WFF). Just a year ago, the space was a derelict Market Street eyesore-turned-oasis of soft sod, native plants and a stunningly symbolic mural. Since then the whole to do has really been at the heart of transforming the entire WFF event into the bright and bustling block party it is today. Though five bucks for a small cup of Stella (or whatever) might seem a little steep, it’s after all always for a good cause. This week, the beer garden proceeds benefits Na Leo Kako‘o Hawaiian immersion. (Speaking of good causes, every canned good or greenback donation to the Maui Food Bank booth earns you entry into a door prize drawing. Oh, and for more intoxicating Hawaiian goodness, check out Native Intelligence’s ‘awa bar, plus ono local grinds and fresh kulolo–i.e. a kalo-based dessert that’s heaven on Earth–just one of the myriad exciting edibles available throughout the event.) Sweet as all that is, WFF’s enthralling entertainment lineup means that you can fill up on ear-and eye candy alone. Here’s a taste: If you remember the last time metalicious MOTHxp played WFF (for MauiTime’s own bar mitzvah meets quinceanera bash this past January), you already know they draw a street-thronging crowd with their each-unique-as-fingerprints act (their last WFF show boasted dark carnie chicks on stilts and stuff; and at their last few concerts, they’ve been costumed in everything from couture purple velvet cloaks to intricate neon war paint). Ooh, ooh–and two, count ‘em, two magicians–Timothy Wenk and the famed Brenton Keith–will rove the street proffering illusion. Plus, Benny Uyetake and students from the SEKIS ‘Ukulele Band (of which I’m a proud alumnus) strum and serenade at Banyan Tree Park.