THURSDAY, AUG. 15
KULEANA INDIEGOGO – Writer/director Brian Kohne of the award-winning local comedy Get A Job is back with a new grassroots project. Using the sourcing cite Indiegogo, Kohne wants to bring his new cultural feature Kuleana to the big screen by the end of the month. The Hawaiian term often refers to the responsibility a person has to his or herself and others. The movie follows two friends and their struggles to fulfill their own kuleana. When faced with adversity, the two learn that kuleana is a privilege, not a burden. Kuleanamovie.com.
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FRIDAY, AUG. 16
MAKAWAO THIRD FRIDAY – This month you can enjoy a live art demo at Maui Hands Gallery at Makawao Third Friday. Maui Hands features more than 300 artists, artisans, jewelers, woodworkers, glassblowers, potters and sculptors. At the party, pastelist Kathleen O’Bryan will be featured for her work in fine art and detailed technique. Of course, you can also take time to savor the flavors at Outrigger Pizza, Monsoon Restaurant, Star Anise Catering, Wow Wow Waffle, Al’s BBQ Pit and more. Don’t forget your sweet tooth with choices from Cotton Candy Maui, Shaka Pops and Da Local Banana. Free. 6pm-9pm. Makawao Town ( Between Brewer Road and Makawao Avenue), Mauifridays.com
‘LES MISERABLES’ – For the first time ever on the island, Maui Academy of Performing Arts is presenting Boublil & Schonberg’s Les Miserables for two weekends. It starts this Friday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. The larger-than-life spectacle will feature 80 actors accompanied by the Maui Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. MAPA’s rendition of Victor Hugo’s timeless tale comes alive with young local talent and a seasoned production team. What’s more, this Sunday’s show will also feature an “Afterwards” session where the audience will have the opportunity to talk story with the director and cast. $15-$65. Maui Arts and Cultural Center Box Office (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
ANGKOR WAT FILM FESTIVAL – Mental Health Kokua and Angkor Wat International is presenting their Happy Day film festival. Enjoy a day full of celebratory films in both 2D and 3D that promote Cambodian cultural awareness and environmental preservation. Featured will be Wild Africa 3D (10am), Cirque Du Soleil – Worlds Away 3D (12pm), Bhutan – The Height of Happiness 2D and Papua 3D (2pm) and Chasing Ice 2D (4pm). The main event will begin with a presentation by Dr. Gary Greenberg and concluding with Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D at 7pm. Keiki 12 years and younger are free at the 10am and noon showings. 3D glasses will be provided and collected after the films. $7 per film. $27 main event. MACC, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7567, Mauiarts.org.
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SATURDAY, AUG. 17
KIMIE MINER – Stella Blues is welcoming back Big Island native Kimie Miner for an evening of acoustic soul mixed with R&B, funk and Reggae. Miner’s passion for music sent her on a whirlwind adventure touring all over the US and beyond. Now Miner is back in her home state. Rooted in her Hawaiian and Portuguese heritage, she continues to create music rooted in love, life and relationships. Ekolu Kalama will open the show. Pre-sale tickets available online. $15 Pre-sale/$20 door. Doors 9pm. Stella Blues Cafe (1279 S Kihei Rd.), Iplaykimie.com.
‘SEED TO CUP’ – I like my coffee tall, iced and regular with soy. You? This Saturday you can celebrate all things coffee as the Maui Coffee Association and University of Hawaii Maui College present the sixth annual “Seed to Cup” Coffee Festival. With about 40 farms on the island producing coffee beans, Maui agriculture has included coffee cultivation for about two centuries. Indulge yourself in coffee-infused and inspired food, coffee granitas, samples, recipe contests and more. Taiko drummers, guest speakers and growing demonstrations will be ongoing. Or you can just sip your fave java while listening to live music. Free. UH Maui College, Paina Building (310 W Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), Mauicoffeeassociation.blogspot.com.
FLORA COUTURE – Take some time to smell the roses–and every other flower in the room–at Maui Youth & Family Services annual fundraiser. This year’s theme, “Flora Couture,” features American Institute of Floral Designers’ Ron Mulray. He hails from the Philadelphia Flower Company and will be participating in live demos throughout the event. Lunch will feature a silent/live auction, flower market and fashion show featuring floral-adorned headpieces and fashions. The bi-annual event will benefit the continued efforts of MYFS in their mission to assist families and youth dealing with behavioral health issues. $165 VIP/ $140 GA. 9am-1pm. Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Haleakala Ballroom (3850 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-579-8414, Ext. 8102, Myfs.org.
MAUI MOMPRENEUR SHOWCASE – This Saturday moms from all over the island will unite at The Maui Mompreneur Showcase. It’s a chance for mother-owned businesses to gather for an afternoon of merchandising and networking. Maui Mompreneurs offers a platforms for mothers who juggle running a business and motherhood to offer their products or services. Covenant Clothing Company, Momma Love Baby Maternity Boutique, Lilia Designs, Organo Gold Coffee, Origami Owl Jewelry, Hand Painted Mason Jars and more will be in attendance. Guest speakers include Ed Gazmen, who will present “If my product is so great why can’t I sell it?” and Nicole Fisher who will discuss “Social media for Business.” 9am-1pm. Maui Beach Hotel, Elleair Rainbow Room (170 W Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), Mauimompreneurs.com.
NATHAN AWEAU AND JEFF PETERSON – Stella Blue’s Supper Club is presenting an evening with award-winning musical artists Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson. Peterson’s versatility on the guitar as a slack key master has earned him three Na Hoku Hanono awards and Grammy nominations. Aweau’s talents on bass and the acoustic guitar has won him recognition in the community along with Na Hoku Hanohano awards. The former Hapa member and UH Manoa professor are coming together once again for a stellar performance. Dinner and show 6pm & $60. Show Only 7:30pm & $30. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779, Stellablues.com.
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MONDAY, AUG. 19
BLOOD DRIVE – Come one, come all with blood types O, A, B and AB. The Blood Bank of Hawaii’s Summer Drive sets up shop this Monday and runs through Thursday. From registration to refreshments, the process usually takes less than an hour. Of course, those people who donate blood make up just a fraction of the need, so each pint matters! Monday: 9:45am-5pm; Tuesday: 7am-2:15pm; Wednesday: 9:45am-5pm; Thursday: 7am-2:15pm. Cameron Center Auditorium (95 Mahalani St., Wailuku), Bbh.org.
AUTISM WORKSHOP – Imua Family Services, MCH LEND Maui Academy, UH Maui College and Maui District Special Education are presenting a four-part series on Teaching Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. You can catch the second week of workshops this Monday and Wednesday. Monday’s topic will be “Facilitating Peer Interaction and Social Skills” while Wednesday will discuss “Understanding and Managing Problem Behavior in the Home, School and Community.” Free. 3pm-5:30pm. UHMC Pilina Multipurpose Rm. (310 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-244-7467, Imuafamilyservices.org.
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TUESDAY, AUG. 20
ART OF JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY – Keiki 12 years and older are invited to a unique presentation called “The Art of Japanese Calligraphy.” Mitsuyo St. Klair, an internationally-educated artist, will conduct a hands-on demonstration of Japanese calligraphy. The Maui local will walk children through the history behind the art form and its traditional methods and tools. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own calligraphy keepsake. All materials will be provided. Registration is required via telephone. If a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed contact the library. Free. 6:30pm. Kihei Public Library. (35 Waimahaihai St., Kihei); 808-875-6833.
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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21
TIM BURTON’S ‘BATMAN’ – Given that this month’s theme for Ambrosia Martini Lounge’s Red Carpet Movie Nights is “Early Tim Burton,” it’s a given that this flick would pop up on the schedule. This Wednesday, you can watch Burton’s classic take on Batman. The 1989 movie features Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader and Jack Nicholson as the homicidal Joker. As always during these showings, you can munch on free popcorn and take advantage of the Happy Hour prices until 9pm. No cover. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia’s Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, Ambrosiamaui.com. Photo: Spielbrick Films/Flickr
LADIES DAY OUT – Escape to Ali‘i Kula Lavender Gardens with the girls for a Ladies’ Day Out. Nestled in the slopes of Kula, the lavender garden offers a unique getaway. Enjoy a guided walking tour previewing the extensive lavender collection, then later sip on aromatic lavender tea while you indulge yourself with a lavender scone. Take an hour out for yourself and rejuvenate. Reservations required. The package starts in one-hour increments starting at 9:30am until 2:30pm. $10 per person. Ali’i Kula Lavender (1100 Waipoli Rd., Kula); 808-878-3004, Aliikulalavender.com.