THURSDAY, NOV. 28
KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL THANKSGIVING – The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel invites you to a Thanksgiving Holiday feast featuring a rotisserie roasted turkey complete with all the traditional trimmings. There will also be island-inspired treats like Kiawe roasted prime rib, crab legs, poke and more. The feast continues with live music (5pm-8pm) and hula show (6pm-7pm). Early bird seating is from 11am-1:30pm with pricing of $43.95 for adults and $24 for children (ages 6-12). The Dinner Feast is from 3:30-7pm with pricing of $48.95 for adults and $24 for children (ages 6-12). Children five years and younger dine free (one child per paid adult). Reservations required. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (2525 Ka’anapali Pkwy.); 808-667-0124, TikiTerraceRestaurant.com.
WESTIN KA‘ANAPALI THANKSGIVING – The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas invites visitors and locals alike to dine on a traditional holiday meal. Pulehu will serve a four-course prix fixe meal complete with Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Duck Dumplings, Persimmon Flat Bread with House-Cured Bacon, Orange Thyme-Scented Roast Turkey and Mini Pumpkin Pecan Pie for $56 (add $30 for additional for wine pairings). The children’s menu (4 to 12) is $15, and it’s available from 5-8:30pm. Over at the resort’s Ocean Pool Bar & Grill, the buffet will include Herb Roasted Prime Rib, a seafood bar with Chilled Snow Crab and Tiger Shrimp, a cold station with Cheese Platters and Salads and hot selections with Alae‘a Salt Cured Ham, Herb Roasted Turkey, Island Catch. That’s $52, with children (4 to 12) $26. Children three and under eat free. That runs 3-8pm. The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort (6 Kai Ala Dr., Ka’anapali), westinkaanapali.com.
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FRIDAY, NOV. 29
GABRIEL IGLESIAS – Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy) is returning to the Maui Arts and Culture Center this Friday. He’s the recipient of Comedy Central’s “Favorite Comic” and “Special of the Year” awards and is an ALMA nominee for Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act. His PG material and high octane show has won him a diverse fan base. His latest projects included two DVDs as well as shows on Comedy Central like Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution and Aloha Fluffy 2012. Back and ready to make you laugh, Iglesias breathes new life into his “Stand Up Revolution” routine. $41. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy MACC
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SATURDAY, NOV. 20
E PULAMA MAU O MAUI – The Maui Historical Society (which oversees the Bailey House Museum) will host its 12th annual fundraising concert E Pulama Mau O Maui, which benefits the museum. Enjoy entertainment by Halau Na Hanohano Kulike o Pi‘ilani, Kumu Kapono‘ai Molitu & Kumu Sissy Lake-Farm, George Kahumoku, Halau Hula o Keola Ali‘I o Ke Kai, Kumu Iola Balubar, The Hawaiian Serenaders and ‘Ahahui ‘O Ka‘ahumanu. Kathy Collins will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Begin your holiday shopping at the evening’s various local vendors and let your keiki enjoy traditional games and crafts. $10 presale. $15 at door. 9am-3pm. Bailey House Museum (2375-A Main St., Wailuku); 808-244-3326, email@example.com.
GANNON’S WINTER WONDERLAND – Gannon’s After Dark goes white for its premiere holiday “Winter Wonderland” event this Saturday. Dress to impress in your best white threads and dance the night away to beats by DJ Joe Cortez. MC Jay J will make sure the party doesn’t stop. You can also make it a date night and grab dinner before the music starts. Dance the night away in style at the hottest spot on Maui’s south shore. $15. 9pm-1am. Gannon’s (100 Wailea Golf Club Dr.); 808-875-8080, gannonsrestaurant.com.
SING NOEL – What better way to get in the spirit than with Maui Choral Arts Association’s Sing Noel at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center? The holiday concert features holiday favorites, traditional carols and a hallelujah chorus. The 60-voice chorus will engage the audience in a sing-along with offerings from around the globe. Maui Choral Arts Association is made up of various skill levels and genres. Don’t miss the festive concert sure to set the tone for this year’s holiday season. $25 adults. $10 for students with ID and children. Seats are limited. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
CHARLIE IWATA JR. MEMORIAL BASKETBALL CAMP – Keiki fifth grades and up are welcome to attend the Charlie Iwata Jr. Memorial Basketball Camp this Saturday. The senior project will allow the kids to participate in a day-long basketball clinic with coaches like Bill Naylor of King Kekaulike, Jonathan Furtado of Upcountry Elite, Fred Crowell of NBC Camps and Ben Pragnell from Basketball Maui. Keiki are welcome to bring a ball, packed lunch and a willingness to learn. Donations can be made to King Kekaulike Basketball. Free. 9am-3pm. King Kekaulike Gym (121 Kula Hwy., Pukalani), Chaseiwatabartelme@gmail.com.
CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL – Maui’s Sons and Daughters of Nisei Veterans are presenting the 61st Annual Chrysanthemum Festival. Rich with culture and history, the Chrysanthemum Festival has traditionally honored the American-Japanese ancestry (Maui AJA Veterans Inc.) and heritage. Proceeds benefit their historical preservation projects, the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center and scholarships for 10 graduates of high schools on Maui. Contestants are responsible for representing the Sons and Daughters and the NVMC at various events throughout the year. A formal coronation of the queen will occur along with a full court presentation. Enjoy exhibits and entertainment centered around American-Japanese heritage. Dinner is available for purchase. Free Admission. 4:30pm. Wailuku Community Center (395 Waena Pl, Wailuku), nvmc.org.
CELEBRATE LOCAL ART AND MUSIC – Diamonds Ice Bar and Grill in Kihei is highlighting local artists and musicians this Saturday and you’re invited. The evening will feature Enjoy-ology, The Glass Hole, Mercy Palmer Designs and Painted Seahorse Studio. There will also be music by Little Sister and the Black Sheep Nephews along with TOLO. Celebrate local talent unique to our island and all in one location. Free. 8pm. Diamonds Ice Bar and Grill (1279 S Kihei Rd.); 808-874-9299, diamondsicebar.com.
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SUNDAY, DEC. 1
WORLD AIDS DAY – Join the Maui Aids Foundation as they commemorate World Aids Day 2013 this Sunday at Stella Blues in Kihei. Show your support in the fight against HIV/Aids and pay homage to those who lost their battle with the devastating disease. Enjoy complimentary pupus, a no-host bar and special performances by Louis and Lewis. The afternoon provides a time for community and sharing. All ages. Free. 3pm-6pm. Stella Blues (1279 S Kihei Rd.), MauiAids.org.
HARPS AND HORNS – The holiday season continues with the sound of harps and horns this Sunday at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Harps and Horns–also known as The Festival of Harps–boasts one of the island’s most festive events. Journey through time, from the middle ages to the present, as this year’s program spans the history of holiday music. A benefit for the band’s student scholarship fund, the program continues to invest in its young talent. An early dinner by Star Anise Indian Cuisine will be available for purchase prior to the show. $8-$25. 3:00pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio (One Cameron Way, Kahului); mauiarts.org.
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MONDAY, DEC. 2
FARMERS MARKET – This Monday, UH Maui’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites you to shop their locally grown and fresh produce. The weekly farmers market boasts a colorful variety of sustainably grown goodies including tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, squash, kale, beets, radish, herbs, Asian greens, daikon, chard, flowers and more. The UH Maui student garden practices organic methods. Proceeds from the market benefit the school’s agriculture department. Support local farming and invest in our island’s future. 12pm-1:30pm. University of Hawaii Maui Campus, Pa’ina Building (310 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUESDAY, DEC. 3
DANCE FOR TOTS ZUMBATHON – Rayo’s Latin Fitness presents the fifth annual Dance for Tots ZumbaThon this Saturday. Sweat out the holiday stress by giving back. The event has collected over a thousand toys for Maui’s less fortunate during its previous years. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and the event’s beneficiary, Toys for Tots, will distribute it to our keiki. Enjoy prize giveaways throughout the evening. Can’t make it to the event? Prize and ticket donations are always welcome. $5 Pre-sale; $10 Door. 5:30pm-7:30pm. Wailuku Community Center (395 Waena St., Wailuku), Rayozumba@yahoo.com.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4
HOLIDAY MOVIE – Ambrosia Martini Lounge’s Red Carpet Movie Night officially kicks off the festivities by dedicating December to “Holiday” themed flicks. Enjoy a festive movie all month long to distract from your mid-week woes. Visit their website for more information on the film of the week! Free popcorn and Happy Hour prices until 9pm await your libation needs. No cover. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia’s Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, ambrosiamaui.com.