THURSDAY, SEPT. 5
MAUI JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL – This week, the Maui Jazz and Blues Festival continues with three nights of great music. On Thursday, Charley’s will feature The Wave Train with a special appearance by The Iguanas. On Friday, cruise at sunset aboard the Kai Kanani. You can expect great Jazz and blues, cocktails and pupu (5-7pm). Later you can head over to Botero Bar in Wailea for a special Jazz & Blues pre-show (7-9pm). The main event takes place Saturday at the Grand Wailea’s Molokini Garden. There you’ll hear Paula Fuga, Brother Noland, The Jazz Alley TV Trio, Benny Uyetake, the Kalama School Ukulele Band and more. Lenny Castro, Joe Louis Walker and Delfeayo Marsalis are a few of the many guest musicians (4pm). Get your tickets soon. Mauijazzandbluesfestival.com. Photo of Joe Louis Walker: Maciej Rynarzewski/Wikimedia Commons
HELP KINGS OF SPADE – Help Kings of Spades get rowdy on their next album by partnering with them through Kickstarter. The Hawaii-based independent (of any label, that is) blues/rock band are at the tail end of their second album and are asking for financial assistance. “Backers” can pledge anywhere from $1 to thousands of dollars. In return, they get various perks and/or swag–for instance, $5 will get you a “personal thank you” via Facebook (boring) while $1,000 will get you a private concert (sweet!). Facebook.com/kingsofspade.
MEET KANIELA ING AND SPEAKER JOE SOUKI – Do you have lots to say about the state of South Maui (or anything else of relevance to state officials)? Well, Representative Kaniela Ing wants to listen. This Thursday, the 11th district State House member will host a talk story session with the public. Called “Lawmakers Listen,” this is South Maui residents’ chance to voice their concerns face-to-face with officials who might be able to help. Also there will be House Speaker Joe Souki, Vice Speaker John Mizuno, Majority Leader Scott Saiki and Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask key legislative members your questions. Free. 6:30pm-8pm. Kihei Charter High School (41 E. Lipoa St., Kihei), Kanielaing.com.
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY – Wailuku Town gets free Wi-Fi and First Friday is celebrating! Get connected to #WailukuFirst via “Kokua Wireless” and enjoy the web-roaming capabilities. Or you can pau hana your week with free yoga at Body Alive (4:45pm). Continue the celebration with a musical dose of aloha as HAPA takes the Maui Thing Stage (7:30pm). And the Derrick Sebastian Band kicks-off the Festivals of Aloha with an opening performance. Or you can walk over to the Iao Theater, which gets spooky with ghost tales for it 85th anniversary ($5) while Kama’aina Loan asks “What’s it worth?”–giving away jewelry if you guess the correct price. Can’t make it down? Hop on to WailukuCam.com to get the latest and watch live interviews. Free. 6pm-9pm. Wailuku (Main St.) MauiFridays.com.
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SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
‘WRECK IT RALPH’ – Wreck-it Ralph lands again on the big screen at the MACC lawn this Saturday. Starry Night Cinema invites you and your ohana to bring blankets, mats or low laying chairs for a movie under the stars. Tired of being labeled the bad guy and living in the shadow of Fix-it Felix, Wreck-it Ralph journeys to prove he’s a hero. Will he succeed? Watch the movie! Pre-show festivities include arts and crafts, music and food will be available for purchase. Free. 6pm Pre-show Activity. 7:30pm Film. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
E HOLOMUA KAKOU – Meet Hello Kitty and play with Uncle Dean at the second annual E Holomua Kakou this Saturday. Imua Family Services is holding it’s keiki screening, where parents are invited to talk story with Imua’s therapists about any questions concerning their child’s (birth to 6) growth and development. The event allows for parents to get answers to difficult questions in a casual setting. What’s more, keiki who get screened will win a free ride on the coveted Cubby Caboose! Maui Taiko will also perform. Free. 9:30am-2pm. Queen Kaahumanu Center, Center Stage (275 W Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-244-7467, Meetimua.eventbrite.com.
MAUI AIDS FOUNDATION GARAGE SALE – Get thrifty at Maui AIDS Foundation garage sale, this Saturday. Enjoy baked goods and entertainment as you shop. If you need to get rid of stuff, MAF will be accepting donations leading up to Sept. 6. All unsold items will be donated to Women Helping Women. Proceeds from the garage sale will benefit MAF case management, education and housing programs. Maui Aids Foundation continues its outreach raising awareness, providing advocacy and education in prevention. 8am-4pm. Private residence (807 Kupulau Dr., Kihei), Mauiaids.org.
AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH MISHKA – Escape to the lush green grounds of Lumeria for an evening with Bermuda native and musician Mishka. Travel through Mishka’s journey during an acoustic set with talk story sessions along the way. Enjoy a three-course “farm-to-table” dinner in the courtyard. Guests are welcome to bring a blanket or chair and their favorite bottle of wine. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Paia Youth and Cultural Center, which uses core Hawaiian values to serve youth in the North shore community. $80 Dinner & Show. $30 Music. 5pm Dinner. 6:30pm Music. Lumeria (1813 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-579-8877, Lumeriamaui.com.
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SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
25TH ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY – You’re all cordially invited to Maui Academy of Performing Art’s 25th annual Silver-ersary. Celebrate their annual Garden Party this Saturday with cast members from the latest local hit, Les Miserables along with samplings from hundreds of past MAPA productions. Culinary masters will gather to offer gourmet treats, fine wine and locally brewed beer (as well as non-alcoholic beverages by Maui Coffee Roasters and Blue Sky Beverage). You can also bid on hotel stays, jewelry and more. Each purchased ticket includes specials on spa services courtesy of Kapalua Spa. 21+. $75 pre-sale $85 day-of. 1pm-5pm. Yokouchi Family Estate (2471 W. Main St., Wailuku); 808-244-8760, Mauiacademy.org.
FREE TRAPEZE SHOW – Emerald City Trapeze Maui in Lahaina will start running free shows this Sunday. Be prepared to be dazzled by the high flying, death-defying aerials. Okay, maybe not so much death defiance–but you still won’t be able to look away. Originally based in Seattle, ECT offers aerial and trapeze classes to anyone over the age of six. The weekly free show will boast ECT personnel’s skills while inspiring those interested in trying it for themselves (with ECT supervision, of course). In fact, swing by before the show between 2pm and 5:30pm and try the trapeze yourself for just $10. Free. 6pm. Emerald City Trapeze (111 Ulupono St., Lahaina); 808-268-9597, Emeraldcitytrapeze.com.
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TUESDAY, SEPT. 10
MAUI MIXER – Get in the mix with fellow Maui business owners and entrepreneurs this Wednesday. Maui Mixer will gather young and seasoned entrepreneurs at Wailea’s Mulligan’s on the Blue. You can network in a casual setting, enjoy cocktails and enter a chance to win door prizes. A purchased ticket covers two drinks and pupu. Reserve online and avoid the line at the door. $20. 5pm-7pm. Mulligan’s (100 Kaukahi St., Wailea), Mulligansontheblue.com.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11
TALKING TRASH – Sierra Club Maui Group and the Sustainable Living Institute is inviting Maui residents to talk trash. It’s a two-part series, and Part One will discuss “Solid Waste Solutions for Maui’s Future.” The panel will include Jennifer Chirico, ED of SLIM, Kyle Ginoza, County of Maui Environmental Management Director, a representative of the EPA and Jeff Stark of the Maui Recycling Group. Join the conversation on how we can better reduce and dispose of Maui’s solid waste. Part Two will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the same location. There will be free coffee before the presentation. Free. 5:30pm. University of Hawaii Maui College, ‘Ike Le’a Building (310 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), Mauisierraclub.org.
MAUI NATIVE FOREST BIRD TALK – This Wednesday the Makawao Public Library will host Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project ornithologist Laura Berthold. Here’s your chance to get an in-depth look at the unique attributes of the island’s native birds and their adaptation to the island. Berthold will present MNFB’s conservation efforts that includes a variety of Maui’s flora and fauna. The program is appropriate for ages five and older. Berthold will also share photos along with her presentation. Learn how you can assist in conservation efforts. All keiki must be accompanied by an adult. For special accommodations, contact the library. Free. 6:30pm. Makawao Library (1159 Makawao Ave.); 808-573-8785.
‘THE KARATE KID’ – During September, Ambrosia’s movie night will screen films that are “So Bad It’s Good–80s edition.” This week, that translates into The Karate Kid, a 1984 flick starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elizabeth Shue. It spawned a bunch of sequels and a remake, but there’s nothing quite like watching Arnold from Happy Days teach Macchio how to fight by waxing cars. And you can munch on free popcorn and take advantage of the Happy Hour prices until 9pm. Free. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia’s Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, Ambrosiamaui.com.