THURSDAY, APRIL 11
BODY & SOIL CONFERENCE – Ma’a Body and Soil Conference is returning for its 11th year. This years it follows the mantra, “As Above So Below.” The three-day festival delves into topics regarding agricultural, holistic practices and its correlation to well-being. Keynote speaker Jerry Brunetti will bring his wealth of knowledge that has helped him through his personal battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and his journey to recovery through holistic practices. Other presenters include Big Island green tea propagator/farmer Eva Lee, Dr. Christopher W. Shade, psychic/healer Dr. Patrick MacManaway, Whispering Winds Bamboo owner/manager Seth Raabe and doctor of acupuncture/ Chinese medicine and Makawao resident Dr. Malik Cotter. $115-$260. VIP passes are available for purchase and children 12 and under are free with an accompanied adult. 7am-5pm. Maui Tropical Plantation (1670 Honoapi’ilani Hwy.,Wailuku); 808-242-7870, Mauialohaaina.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
KIMIE MINER – Local girl and Big Island native Kimie Miner will stop by the Stella Blues Supper Club stage this Friday with the debut of her newly released EP, To The Sea. Drawing inspiration from her roots and travel, Miner takes the audience on her “journey thus far.” Inspired by Barrington Levy, Miner is building her musical career through a Kickstarter platform, which produced the album independently. Now you can listen to her mix of roots, R&B, soul and funk on the Maui leg of her Hawaii tour. $60 Dinner and Show. $30 Show. $15 pre-sale for 2nd show. $20 at door for second show. 6pm (supper club,) 10pm (second show.) Stella Blues (1279 S Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779, Stellablues.com.
LAHAINA SECOND FRIDAY TOWN PARTY – This month Lahaina Second Friday Town Party will teleport Maui back to the 1950s. Everyone’s invited to don your best ’50s duds and stroll Front Street–especially for the first annual Lahaina Classic Car Show. After the traditional opening by ‘Ulalena, Maui OnStage dancers will perform snippets from Grease (7pm Campbell Park). The Lahaina Town Action Committee will also host the Soroptimist International of West Maui silent auction, with proceeds helping Maui students. Over at Cool Cat, they’ll celebrate their 10th anniversary with raffles and their “808 Burger Challenge.” And as always, there will be Art Night along Front Street, foodie and merchant specials, live music and Ha’ina Hou Fridays at the Baldwin House Museum. 6pm-9pm. Front Street (Lahainaluna to Dickenson), Mauifridays.com.
COCONUT ISLAND – Escape to Coconut Island with Maui’s Kit Kat Club Cabaret. Fleetwood’s on Front Street will host the sassy bunch every Friday night during April. Buckle up because this isn’t your average Gilligan’s Island episode: tales of the Bermuda Triangle, saucy twists on flight attendants and exotic jungle animals await you. The best part is you can catch the show for free! That’s right, the upper deck is now free (while spaces last). Want to catch a closer look? Theater seating and VIP packages are available for purchase ($20-$40.) Here’s your chance to snap a photo with the ladies and hang on the rooftop. 9pm. Fleetwood’s (744 Front St, Lahaina); 808-669-6425, Fleetwoodsonfrontst.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
FANTASIA BALL – And now it’s time for Imua Family Services’ Second Annual Fantasia Ball. The evening benefits the work IFS does with the children of Maui and their families. Guests can take part in a cocktail reception and carefully crafted meal while basking in the creative work of UH Maui’s Fashion Institute students. IFS Maui Teens Got Talent contestants, along with the Maui Cello Quartet and band Espresso, will serenade the audience. The dance floor will feature Acrobatic Sensations of Musical Options Entertainment, among others. And you can hear all about the work IFS is doing. Serving Maui for over six decades, IFS invites the community to rally around our keiki. $175 single ticket. $1,750 table of 10. 6pm-9pm. Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, Haleakala Ballroom (3850 Wailea Alanui Dr); 808-244-746, Imuafantasiaball.org.
FANTASIA AFTER DARK – Wanna help Imua Family Services on the dance floor? Then check out Fantasia After Dark, which starts after their Fantasia Ball. Their Making A Difference Committee invites guests to groove out to Bird of Prey, DJ Rhythmstar and DJ Sweet Beets. The Color Box by Gabe Mott will really bring out the nightclub vibe. VIP tickets holders for the Fantasia Ball have one admission to After Dark, so be sure to double check. $30 presale. $40 at door. 10pm-2am. Grand Wailea Resort and Spa (3850 Wailea Alanui Dr); 808-244-746, Imuafantasiaball.org.
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION – Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is inviting the community to celebrate Earth Day. Come consume, learn and give back in an afternoon dedicated to our island’s natural resources. The afternoon will feature KPOA’s Morning Goddess Alaka‘i Paleka, live music by George Kahumoku Jr., food for purchase along with fresh MNB’s sugar cane juice made to order. String a lei at with the Na Kamehameha Pa‘u riders, learn about the kamani nut whistle or take time with UH Maui Hawaiian Ethnobotany students to learn the art of kapa making. E komo mai for a breath of fresh air. Free. 10am-3pm. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului); 808-249-2798, Mnbg.org.
VALLEY ISLE KEIKI FEST – The Valley Isle Keiki Festival is back for another year to celebrate our keiki. Attendees can look forward to affordable food booths, jumping castles, live entertainment, bike safety demos and much more. It’s all geared around creating a safe environment for kids. The annual festival has successfully filled the UH Maui Campus venue year after year. Parents, caretakers and legal guardians can visit informational booths, ranging from nonprofit organizations to agencies offering resources for children in need. Hands-on activities help to make learning fun for both kids and adults. Free. 11am-4pm. University of Hawaii, Maui Campus (310 E. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-250-2777
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
MAYJAH RAYJAH – MAYJAH RAYJAH is returning to the MACC stage for another great island music show. Featuring the national and international sensations from New Zealand Katchafire, California’s Common Kings and Hawaii legends Kapena, it’s the biggest island concert of the summer. Dance under the stars to the Katchafire’s reggae beats, Common King’s R&B vibe and Kapena’s Hawaii classics. $35/advance, $45/on show day. 6pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Pavilion/Amphitheater (0ne Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
PUNDY YOKOUCHI GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Dunes at Maui Lani will host the 25th annual Pundy Yokouchi Memorial Golf Tournament. It’s a fitting memorial to Pundy’s love of art and golf, and will benefit the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Serving as chairman of the state Foundation on Culture and the Arts for over a decade, Yokouchi believed everyone deserved to access art. He was also a founding member of the MACC. Now you can honor him in a shotgun tournament this Saturday. A lunch award ceremony will follow at Cafe O’Lei in the Dunes Clubhouse. To register, call Kathy at 243-4225 or email [email protected] $300 per 2-person team. 7am. The Dunes at Maui Lani (1333 Mauilani Pkwy, Kahului); 808-243-4225, Mauiarts.org.
CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION – The Italian American Club of Maui wants you to attend a Chocolate Celebration at Ulupalakua Ranch. It’s a benefit for club scholarships. Guests will have a no-host lunch at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store, followed by a tour of the Tedeschi Winery, wine tasting and chocolate desserts. Guests are asked to bring their favorite chocolate dish to share. The fee covers the tour, tasting and other beverages. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. $15. 11am-3pm. Ulupalakua Ranch (HC1 Box 901, Hwy 37, Kula); 808-876-1964, Italianamericanclubofmaui.com.
2013 ‘AIPONO RESTAURANT AWARDS – Maui No Ka Oi is presenting its 2013 ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards. It’s an evening honoring distinguished restaurant and hospitality professionals. Exclusive to Maui, readers, locals and visitors alike vote for the award recipients while the Chef of the Year is decided by fellow chefs. The evening also doubles as a benefit for the Maui Culinary Academy. The gala reception will feature more than 100 wines, innovative food stations and entertainment. The event sold out in years past, so grab tickets while you can. $60 reception only. $185 reception and awards ceremony. 5:30pm to 10pm. Ritz Carlton (1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua); 808-242-8331, Mauimagazine.net/Aipono2013
MONDAY, APRIL 15
SEAN M. HOWER EXHIBIT – With 15 years behind the lens, photographer and videographer (and frequent MauiTime shooter) Sean M. Hower has set up a new photo exhibit at Wailuku Coffee Company for April. The exhibit takes from his personal photos as well as shots from sports and music. You’ve seen him shoot in the pages of MauiTime, and now you can view the rest of the world through his lens. Even cooler is that when you purchase any of his Mick Fleetwood artwork, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Maui United Way. (Hower will donate a portion of all other SMH work sold to the charity as well.) Wailuku Coffee Company (26 N. Market St., Wailuku); 877-572-1347, howerphotos.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
LADIES NIGHT – Calling all the ladies for, well, Ladies Night at Casanova in Makawao. Named the “Best Late Night in Maui” by our own, dear MauiTime readers, Wild Wahine Wednesday is inviting you to groove to DJ Kurt while taking the edge off the midweek blues. For dinner reservations, call the number below. Don’t miss Upcountry’s place to be. $5 before 11pm / $10 After. 10pm. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-0220, Casanovamaui.com.