THURSDAY, DEC. 13
ICE SKATING! – The Westin Ka’anapali adds a whimsical winter touch to Maui’s tropical landscape with “Skating by the Sea, a Westin Ka’anapali Holiday.” Transforming its outdoor Ocean Lawn into a 1,000 square foot hybrid ice skating rink with views of the Pacific Ocean, guests will be able to skate with a view. The environmentally sound synthetic polymer rink will allow for the use of ice skates while keeping our aina clean and skaters in their shorts. Whether you want to take the entire family or reserve the rink for a private party, it’s open daily until Jan. 1. $15 (includes skates and 20 minutes on the rink) The Westin Ka’anapali (6 Kai Ala Dr., Ka’anapali); westinkaanapali.com.
GABRIEL IGLESIAS – Gabriel Iglesias, aka Fluffy, sets the MACC’s stage on fire with his witty remarks and animated characters. From start to finish, his comedy act promises electrifying storytelling and sound effects that bring his personal issues to life. The winner of Comedy Central’s “Favorite Comic” and “Special of the Year,” Iglesias is spoken for. His PG material and high octane show appeals to fans of all ages. Join Iglesias on his Maui stop of the Aloha Fluffy Tour and clench your stomachs for hilarious comedy. $41. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 14
2ND FRIDAY TOWN PARTY – Lahaina will get festive for its 2nd Friday Town Party. Hele Mai and join the Festival of the Arts. Come enjoy live music, history, culture and Lahaina’s famous Art Night on Front Street. Get creative with holiday arts and crafts at the Baldwin Home Museum. Local artist Mary Ann Leigh will be demonstrating hand-built masks at Joelle C Gallery from 5-8 p.m. As part of Second Friday festivities, Kai Pua is celebrating their one-year anniversary. Come meet all of their talented artists, have a glass of wine and support locally made art. Don’t miss out on live music, ono food specials and great deals this holiday season! 6pm-9pm. Front Street (Between Lahainaluna Rd. and Dickenson St.); visitlahaina.com.
SURF NIGHT – The Maui Film Festival is presenting Surf Night at FirstLight. Doubling as a benefit for Operation Smile and Restore the Shore, the evening will feature two short films and a film honoring both causes. A Different Reason To Smile documents a group of Sanuk employees, which includes Maui’s own Matt Meola, who go to Peru to partake in a Operation Smile medical mission. Cowboy and Aerials documents board-slingers who flip, fly and spin high above the lip. This one stars Meola and music by Maui’s Lukas Nelson. And the feature film is The Isle, which will reveal a “epic trick” from surfer Albee Layer that’s the buzz of the surf community. $12. 6:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org; mauifilmfestival.com.
HOLIDAY CONCERT – Maui Choral Arts is presenting its annual winter Holiday Concert. It features the Maui Concert Chorus, Olinda Chorale and Baldwin High School’s Brass Band. Conducted by Gary Shin-Leavitt and guest conductor Bob Willis, the Concert Chorus boasts an impressive collection of local and national musicians. The distinctive program showcases classics including Monteverdi Magnificat and Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Concerto,” along with many seasonal favorites. To purchase tickets go online. $25 reserved seating. $15 general seating. $5 students w/ID and children. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Kihei Baptist Chapel (1655 S. Kihei Rd.); mauichoralarts.org.
MARTIAL ARTS EXPO AND FUNDRAISER – This weekend Cravalho Entertainment is bringing you a Mixed Martial Arts Expo & Fundraiser. Benefiting Toys for Tots, this three-day event will bring out Maui’s talented Mixed Martial Artists for a cause. Friday will see a Toy Drive and “Night of Champions” weigh ins (3:30pm-5:30pm), followed by kick boxing and a No-Gi Cage Grappling Show. On Saturday, there will be a Keiki Martial Arts Demonstration (10am-4pm) followed by another “Night of Champions” series of bouts. Then Sunday will feature the Maoli CD Release Party with performances by Inna Vision, Malino and Jah Maoli. Fight cards are subject to change and tickets are non-refundable so pick them up at YNVU Kahului, Mr. Subs in Lahaina and Just Wing It in Kihei. Friday: $15, Saturday: $25, Sunday $25. 6:30pm main events. Maui Mall (70 E. Ka’ahumanu Ave, Kahului).
SATURDAY, DEC. 15
CHRISTMAS CABARET – Naughty or nice, Mick Fleetwood and the Kit Kat Club Cabaret invites you for some holiday spice. What better than a Kit Kat Club Christmas at Fleetwood’s on Front Street with Jolly Old St. Mick. Enjoy being served fresh local ahi sliders, Filet Mignon skewers, chocolate truffles and an exquisite cocktail. But the evening also promises sultry Miss Santas and North Pole Cuties. Have your choice of the early show which takes place in Fleetwood’s intimate dining room or the second show on Fleetwood’s open-air rooftop with a chance to dance the night away. $99 general admission, $75 (Facebook friend special). 6pm early show, 8:30pm second show. Fleetwood’s on Front St. (744 Front St., Lahaina); 808-669-MICK (6425).
PUMPKIN PIE BAKE-OFF – Still craving pie after Thanksgiving? Wailuku Coffee Company is hosting its second annual Pumpkin Pie Bake Off and Ornament Art Show. All are invited to bring their best in pie, a hand-crafted ornament or toy to donate, all benefiting the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, Inc. Entrees for the pie bake off can be dropped off at WCC from 11am to noon. From noon-3pm, the public will judge. The winner will be announced via Facebook and will be awarded a $50 gift card to Maui Thing. Local artists are welcomed to drop off donated ornaments to WCC Dec. 12-14. If you’re interested in participating in the pie bake off be sure to call 808-280-5786. Free. noon-3pm Wailuku Coffee Company (26. N Market St., Wailuku); 808-495-0259; wailukucoffeeco.com.
THE BELLS RING OUT – Na Leo Lani O Maui invites you and your family to share the joy of the holiday season at their fourth annual holiday concert “The Bells Ring Out.” There will be two performances this year: an evening performance on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30pm and an afternoon matinee on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3pm. Under the direction of Mr. Gale Wisehart and Uluwehi Guerrero, the 80-member choir has been applauded for their authenticity and dedication to the Hawaiian culture, as well as their musical talent. A portion of the proceeds will support the St. Anthony Junior-Senior Symphonic Band in their quest to appear at Carnegie Hall in the spring. $20. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-281-6547.
RITA RUDNER – A Broadway dancer turned comedian, Rita Rudner’s laugh-out-loud routines are undeniable. Voted “Best Comedian in Las Vegas” for the past decade by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Rita’s repertoire only gets better. The star of her own HBO specials, author and producer, Rita’s long stint at the Venetian is proof she’s got what it takes. Come see what all the rave is about as you hang with Rita. $35-$65. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.com.
SHALANDRA ABBEY BOOK SIGNING – Barnes & Noble in Lahaina hosts Maui author and Reiki Master Shalandra Abbey as she signs her book Living a Life of Reiki. With more than 20 years as a practicing Reiki, Abbey documents her experience and explains how it was first practiced in Hawaii on Kauai in the 1930s. Abbey’s students will demonstrate this ancient art of healing at her book signing. “I still get more from it each time I pick it up” says Australian Reiki Master Robyn Mckechine. 1pm. Barnes & Noble (325 Keawe St., Lahaina); 808-280-7704; ReikiHawaii.com.
SUNDAY, DEC. 16
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Who says Santa only eats cookies? Maui Pride presents Breakfast with Santa at Mala in Wailea. The all-you-can-eat buffet will include a made-to-order omelet station, Maui’s anahola granola and assorted cereals, pancakes or waffles with tropical syrups and more. Proceeds will go to Maui Pride’s Scholarship fund. To get tickets visit the website. $15 ages 11 & under. $35 adults. 9:30am. Mala at Wailea Beach Mariott (3700 Wailea Alanui Dr.); MauiPride.org.
LED ZEPPLICA – Street Bikers United Hawaii, Maui Chapter is presenting their 11th Annual Maui Toy Run Motorcycle Parade. The “Parade of Motorists” will begin at Walmart in Kahului, make their way to Lahaina Cannery Mall in Lahaina (down Front Street) and end at VFW Park in Kihei around 2pm. Following the parade will be a dinner and special performance by the Led Zeppelin tribute band Led Zepplica. It all benefits Toys for Tots, so guests are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy or monetary donation. You can also win a chance to take home a 2012 Harley Davidson Sportster Custom. Dinner will be served between 3pm and 6pm. Guests may pre-purchase tickets at Walmart, Lahaina Cannery Mall or online on Dec. 15 for $30. Parade 9am-2pm. Dinner and Show 3pm. $35. VFW (1136 Uluniu Rd., Kihei), sbumaui.org/toy-run-2012.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19
PAPA LOPAKA READS ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ – All keiki eight-12 are invited to discover the classics with Papa Lopaka at the Kihei Public Library. Join Papa Lopaka as he presents a animated reading of his Classics Illustrated comic book of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. As an English literature scholar, writer and a fan of classics, Papa Lopaka’s reading style is unique in it’s own right. Feel free to 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.