THURSDAY, NOV. 22
FIRSTLIGHT RETURNS – The Maui Film Festival returns for its 14th Annual Celebration of Cinema FirstLight: Academy Screenings and is in fact already underway. The 15 day long festival will begin November 18th through the 25th and December 14th through the 30th. The festival will host 42 films and 30 movie premieres in Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theatre. Treat family or a friend to a movie along with movie munchies, and cocktails. If you are a major film industry guild member admission with one guest is complimentary (check website for more details.) G and PG rated films are free for keiki 12 and under. Be sure to treat yourself or a loved one this holiday season by catching a film or two at the Film Festival. For times, titles, and fees. $12-$40. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theatre (One Cameron Way, Kahului); mauifilmfestival.com
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – From all of us at MauiTime, we’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. From the red meat-eaters to vegans, may you be surrounded by ohana, friends and ono food. If you’ve opted for eating out rather than slaving over the stove, be sure to check out our Nov. 15 issue for our guide to celebrating on Maui. Happy Gobbling and remember to carve out some time for a nap or two because Black Friday is just a few hours away.
SCARECROW BUILDING COMPETITION – The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas presents its third annual Scarecrow Building Competition, which also includes a pie eating contest and edible bouquet designing. If their Harvest Table Buffet at the Ocean Pool Bar & Grill or four-course Thanksgiving Harvest Dinner at Pulehu weren’t enough, then the fall festivities are sure to set the mood. Channel your creative juices and the person with the best/unique scarecrow will be awarded resort prizes. Regardless what you choose to participate in, you will fall into the holiday spirit! For more details refer to the website. The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas (6 Kai Ala Dr., Lahaina); 866-500-8313; westinkaanapali.com.
THANKSGIVING DINNER CRUISES – What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving on an island than by going aboard a boat. Pacific Whale Foundation sets sail for a Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy live music, tropical beverages and a buffet with all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings, served with an island twist. Guests 21+ can enjoy up to three alcoholic beverages and all guests can choose from unlimited soda, soft drinks and filtered water. Come enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with ono food and the Pacific ocean as a your dining table. For reservations call or visit the website below. $84.95/adult $59.95/children. 2pm or 5pm. Pacific Whale Foundation (Lahaina Harbor); 808-249-8811; pacificwhale.org.
WIZARD OF OZ – Maui OnStage presents The Wizard of Oz, which debuts Friday, Nov. 23. Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion hop over the rainbow and land on the Iao Theater’s stage. Directed by Alexis Dascoulias, the cast and special effects will dazzle the audience. The classic movie has been adapted time and again, and Maui will have a chance to watch it beginning Nov. 23 through Dec. 9. Gather your family and kick off the holiday season with this timeless classic. Fridays & Saturdays @7:30 p.m. and Sundays @3 p.m. $15-$28. Maui OnStage (68 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-242-6969; mauionstage.com.
KATHY COLLINS – The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is presenting Kathy Collins: Sharing Mana’o and More. A storyteller, radio/TV personality, news columnist and comedienne, “Tita” Kathy Collins gives us lots to laugh about. She’s been doing her one-woman show since 2008. This time around Kathy will share her mana’o on life, death and everything in between. Be prepared for the unexpected. For mature audiences only. $25. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org.
MOVEMBER MELTDOWN – Beats Bazaar presents Movember Meltdown this Friday. Get down for a “burner style fun funky party” all about vibrations through music, dance and art. In honor of Movember–men’s health awareness month–all are challenged to don their best ‘staches. Best mustache gets two free entries to The Funk Hunters in early December. The night will feature Boogiemeister, Deviant and Fuzz on the 1’s & 2’s spinning global funk, Go-Go dancers showcasing Maui No Ka Oi Swimwear, Rachel Deboer doing mustache painting, Larry Fitzpatrick on Latin Percussion and Melissa Bruck live painting! Oh, and the first 30 entries get free fake mustaches. $10 at Door, $5 before 11pm. 9:30pm- close. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-0220.
GAUDI – Maui welcomes dub alchemist Gaudi for two nights of his “big basslines and spacious soundscapes of dub.” The international phenom is in the electronica forefront. His music spans punk, new wave, dub and reggae, world and experimental electronica. Don’t miss out on his innovative sound that will all but force you to tear up the dance floor. Catch him on Friday at Longhi’s or Saturday at Charley’s. That night will also feature Danny Ladwa and DJ Trip. 9pm. $15-$25. Longhi’s (888 Front St., Lahaina) and Charley’s (142 Hana Hwy, Paia); gaudi2012.eventbrite.com.
HAPA – HAPA’s 20 year run has proven music to our ears while being termed the “The most successful group from Hawaii in recent history” by The New York times. The duo has proven that the proof is in the pudding. Named after the Hawaiian slang for “half” or “mixed,” Hapa’s sound is a blend of traditional Hawaiian song, chant and hula. With experience on the small and big screen, HAPA has made appearances on Hawaii 5-0 and appeared on Sandler’s “Just go with it.” Barry Flanagan and Keli’i Kaneali’i were original members and later Nathan Aweau and the late Charles Ka’upu joined. Come celebrate 20 years of oli (chant), mele (song) and hula with Hawaii’s beloved duo. Dinner & Show $60, 6pm. Show Only $30, 7:30pm. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779; stellablues.com
SATURDAY, NOV. 24
E KOMO MAI HUMPBACKS – In honor of the return of the humpback whale. Pacific Whale Foundation presents its annual “Welcome Home the Whales” celebration cruises starting Saturday, November 24th. The two hour whale watch will be narrated by members of PWF’s research team. Also a team of PWF’s certified marine naturalists will be on hand to answer questions guests may have concerning whales. Proceeds will benefit PWF and their continued efforts in whale research and ocean safety. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you get a free ticket for a whalewatch the next day (or any day you choose through May 15, 2013). Guests can also enjoy a lunch or dinner discount at Porto Grill and Flame-Fired Pizzeria at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops when they present their “Welcome Home the Whales” ticket. Become “whale aware” while enjoying one of Maui’s natural beauties. $24.95/adults $17.95/children 7 to 12, Kids ages 6 and under go free (one child per paying adult.) Ma’alaea Harbor at 9:00am & 11:30am, and Lahaina Harbor at 9:00am & 11:30am (808) 249-8811 ext. 1; pacificwhale.org
PAIA NORTH SHORE ‘UKULELE FESTIVAL – Make way for the first annual Paia North Shore Ukulele Festival. This Saturday, enjoy all things ‘Ukulele. The afternoon will feature free ‘ukulele workshops, music throughout Paia all week, food booths and Hawaiian style craft booths. There will also be performances by Paula Fuga, Brother Noland, CJ Helekahi, Benny Uyetake, Wilson Kamakole, Kalama School, Zenshin Taiko drummers, Robbie Ray Lopaka and the Hula Honeys. There will also be free Hawaiian films at night at the Paia Oceanfront Movie theater after the festival. Free. Noon to 5pm. Paia Bay Behind Johnny B’s Burger (65 Hana Hwy, Paia); hawaiiontv.com.
E HO‘OULU ALOHA – The Maui Historical Society (MHS) is hosting their 11th annual fundraiser this Saturday. E Ho’oulu Aloha, meaning “to grow in love,” will feature live music from MHS supporters Uluwehi Guerrero, Lei`ohu Ryder and Richard Ho`opi`i. Get started on your holiday shopping at the Hawaiian arts and crafts vendors, museum gift shop and silent auction. Enjoy ono Hawaiian plate lunches. Free museum admission will be included that day in your ticket price so be sure and take advantage of the Bailey Museum’s historic grounds. For tickets, call or visit the Bailey House Museum. $10/advanced $15/day of. 9am-3pm. Bailey House Museum (2375 A Main St., Wailuku); 808-244-3326; mauimuseum.org.
MONDAY, NOV. 26
GOMEGA – EVERY Monday night is Gomega night at Diamonds Ice Bar. Join “Maui’s most versatile” band for $3 coronas and $2 taco specials. Pupus til midnight and live music from one of Maui’s own is just the medicine to cure those Monday blues. Gomega’s sound is a fusion of funk and reggae beats while experimenting with a myriad of genres. One thing is sure you will get flavor. No Cover. 10pm-1am. Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-9299; diamondsicebar.com
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28
WILLIE K – Mulligans on the Blue presents Hawaii’s favorite Uncle, Willie K. Voted multiple times as the Best Male Vocalist and #1 Entertainer of the Year in Hawaii while still garnering awards is the awe-inspiring Willie K. Join him and see why this dinner and show package is still number #1 after 4 years. Whether it’s dinner for two or a party of two hundred choose from Mulligans delectable and savory menu or Willie K’s 4-course dinner. Can’t get enough of Uncle Willie? Be sure to pick up merchandise available for purchase throughout the evening. The holidays are approaching and what better way than an authentic Hawaiian musician while dining delicious. $65 (dinner and show) $30 (show only). 7pm-9pm. Mulligans on the Blue (100 Kaukahi St., Kihei); 808-874-1131; mulligansontheblue.com