THURSDAY, NOV. 7
‘FAT BOY’ – This Thursday, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is presenting Fat Boy by Teo Castellanos. In this unique example of performance art, Castellanos marries theater with social issues. Drawing inspiration from various places around the world, Castellanos explores poverty, consumerism and equality. Fat Boy also fuses contemporary elements like B-boy break dance with Jamaican dub, immersing the audience in a rich cultural experience. $28. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
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FRIDAY, NOV. 8
CHALA – Stella Blues is inviting you to a twilight performance featuring CHALA, a collective of musicians from Maui led by Ben Cerda. So pau hana your week with a little roots, rock and Reggae this Friday. Guest appearances will include Kokoman and DJ Salvo. This summer, CHALA released their EP New Beginnings. 9pm. $5. Stella Blues (279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779, stellablues.com.
HAMLET – Here’s a chance to see a modern twist on William Shakespeare’s most famous play. This Friday and Saturday, Seabury Hall Performing Arts is putting on Hamlet in the A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center. Director Todd Van Amburgh brings years of experience with Shakespearean literature to the stage in this contemporary translation of the classic. Called back home from college because of his father’s death, Hamlet (Zeb Mehring) finds his mother the queen (Celina Bekins) has quickly remarried Hamlet’s uncle (Taka Tsutsui). Modern dress combined with Shakespeare’s original blank verse should keep you interested. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $5. 7:00pm. A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center (480 Olinda Rd., Makawao), seaburyhall.org. Photo: Eric Rolph
KAM SCHOOL MAUI GETS DRAMATIC – The high school theater season continues with the Kamehameha High School Maui Drama Club’s two one-act plays this Friday and Saturday. The first play, The Seussifiction of Romeo Juliet, blends Dr. Seuss’ classic humor with Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Following is the drama club’s Note to Self by Bradley Hayward. Note to Self follows one’s journey navigating life as a teenager with themes of cyber-stalking, texting and driving. Free. 7pm-9pm. Kamehameha High School, Keolani Hale (270 A’apueo Pkwy., Pukalani), maui.ksbe.edu.
MODERN AMERICAN CIRCUS – The circus is coming to town this Friday, and stays through Sunday. The Modern American Circus will present a troupe of 15 aerialists and stand-up acts sure to dazzle you. Complete with the traditional circus ring and a Big Top center, all ages are welcome to enjoy a variety of performances. Watch out for Flying Trapeze, clown jugglers, aerial ballet, whirling hoops, magic tricks, daredevils and harrowing, death-defying acts! VIP and family packages available. $16-$84. Friday Shows: 7:30pm. Saturday Shows: 1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm. Sunday Show: 1pm. Maui Tropical Plantation (1670 Honoapi’ilani Hwy., Wailuku); 808-781-4773, modernamericancircus.com.
HULA O NA KEIKI – Maui’s keiki-only hula competition, the Hula O Na Keiki, returns for its 23nd year. Keiki between five and 17 compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Participants are judged on Hawaiian language proficiency and costume authenticity in both auana (modern) and kahiko (ancient) categories. The two-day competition is one of many during the resort’s Hawaiian culture and preservation program. Take part in hula workshops, canoe rides and shop during the Hawaiian Festival of Arts & Crafts prior to the competition. $15-$25, $6 (12 yrs younger) Friday 8am-2pm (Hula Show @3:30pm), Saturday 10am-6pm (Hula Show @1:30pm). Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (2525 Ka’anapali Pkwy.); 808-667-0129, kbhmaui.com.
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SATURDAY, NOV. 9
ENDURO CROSS – Calling all motocross machines: the Maui Motocross Association’s annual Enduro Cross Competition runs this Saturday. Riders will compete on a special enduro course over tractor tires, boulders and through the mud. Onlookers can enjoy live music throughout the evening and food will be available for purchase. The family-friendly event invites competitors of all ages. Adult registration is $30; keiki registration is $20. General Admission Adults $10, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 and under free. Gates open at 3:30pm, practice laps at 5:30pm. Maui Motorsports Park (behind the Armory), mauimotox.com.
LIFE IS SWEET – The Wailea Beach Marriott and The Shops at Wailea are bringing you the fourth annual Life is Sweet event. It’s a fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawaii, and guests are welcome to indulge in sinful sweets while supporting the cause. Best Buddies is a nonprofit that creates programs for keiki and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They use peer mentoring, integrated employment and leadership development. The evening’s samplings are the masterpieces belonging to some of South Maui’s best chefs. And don’t miss the silent auction and VIP wine reception hosted by Maureen McCormick (TV’s Marcia Brady) and Andy Bumatai! Be sure to join for an evening of stars, sweets and support. $50. 2pm-5pm. The Shops at Wailea (3750 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-242-6962, BestBuddiesHawaii.org.
HULIAU FOOD & FILM FESTIVAL – Organic Ocean Vodka and the Huliau Environmental Education Program are requesting your presence at The Huliau Food & Film Festival this Saturday. This farm-to-table dinner will feature a four-course meal utilizing local farm produce and will be executed by chef and Hulia student teams. Chef Mark McDowell, Kumu Farms, Life Foods and Pono Pies will craft a fresh four-course meal for guests. Vegetarian pupus will be crafted by Chef Lane with ingredients from Greenleaf Farm. What’s more, Chef Simpliciano will use ingredients from Simpli Fresh Westside Farms; Chef Teton will use ingredients from Sailing Windward Farm and ʻOkoʻa Farm; and Chef Burtell will use ingredients from Maui Nui Farm of Kula. You can also enjoy Huliau student films, a silent auction and live music. All proceeds to benefit Huliau’s environmental education programs for Maui youth. 21+.$75. 5:30pm-9:30pm. Ocean Vodka (4051 Omaopio Rd., Kula), mauihuliaufoundation.org/huliau-food-film-festival.
THE LEGEND OF KO‘OLAU – This Saturday, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center will present The Legend of Ko’olau by Gary Kubota. The one-man show tells the ancient tale of Kaluaiko’olau’s (Ko’olau) journey as an outcast, the loss of Hawaii’s sovereignty in 1893, enforcement of leprosy laws and the unwavering determination of his wife, Pi’ilani. Set in Kauai’s Kalalau Valley, this tale of survival and love has become an integral part of Hawaii’s history. $25. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; legendofkoolau.com, mauiarts.org.
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SUNDAY, NOV. 10
‘KULEANA ‘– The Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Heritage Film series is showing the two-part Kuleana. In an effort to promote, educate, protect and perpetuate Hawaii’s resources, these films will take the audience on a huakaʻi throughout the paeʻāina. The filmmakers attempt to shine a light on the good work being done by many in the community to ensure that laws are being followed to protect iwi kupuna, precious resources, sacred sites and traditional rights. Stick around for a talk session after the films. $10. 3pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, MauiArts.org.
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TUESDAY, NOV. 12
PAWS FOR READING – The Wailuku Public Library will be hosting “Paws for Reading,” this Tuesday for keiki in grades one through five. The program will pair a child and a dog from Assistance Dogs of Hawaii through the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. It’s all to build confidence and literacy skills. Parents need to contact the library to sign their children up for 15-minute reading sessions (pre-registration is required). All children must be on time for their session and accompanied by a parent or caregiver. If a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed, contact the library directly. Free. 3 pm- 4:30pm. Wailuku Public Library (251 High St., Wailuku); 808-243-5766.
DINE OUT FOR HOSPICE – Dine Out For Hospice Maui returns for the fourth year this Tuesday with a participating restaurants island-wide. Designed to be convenient for participants with locations in each region and during each meal-time, last year’s event drew more than 5,000 residents island-wide. Each participating restaurant will donate a portion of the day’s meal proceeds to Hospice Maui. Hospicemaui.org/dineout.html.
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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13
‘WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?’ – Tis the season for Ambrosia’s classics-themed movie month. This week, the Red Carpet Feature is Whatever happened to Baby Jane? The 1963 psychological thriller follows the lives of sisters Jane and Blanche Hudson from being child actors to adulthood. Rivalry and jealousy are met with Jane’s determination to be center of attention, often trying to one-up her wheelchair-bound sister. Who will have the the last word? Free popcorn and Happy Hour prices until 9pm. No cover. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, ambrosiamaui.com.