THURSDAY, SEPT. 19
CAFE MAMBO’S 10TH BIRTHDAY – Cafe Mambo is celebrating its 10th year anniversary but you can enter a chance to win a gift. During September and October, when you dine at Mambo for breakfast, lunch or dinner, submit your email address for a chance to enjoy a three-day stay at the Makena Beach Resort. The family-owned cafe is nestled in Maui’s North Shore and serves up European flavors infused with local influences. Cafe Mambo has also supported many local efforts and non-profit organizations throughout its history. 8am-9pm daily. Cafe Mambo (30 Baldwin Ave., Paia); 808-579-8021, Cafemambomaui.com.
SHUBHENDRA RAO & SASKIA RAO-DEHAAS – Sitar maestro Shubhendra Rao and cello virtuoso Saskia Rao-de Haas will grace the Maui Arts and Cultural stage for a night of great music. The husband-wife duo is made up of an Indian child prodigy whose talent has placed him on stages at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, National Arts Festival, Sydney Opera House and more. His wife, a pioneer in the Indian cello, is a talent in her own right. The duo blends Indian and Western classical music and folk traditions from different parts of the world with original composition and real chemistry. $22/ $11 (12 & under) 7:30pm. MACC, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-244-7469, Mauiarts.org.
MAYOR ARAKAWA’S B-DAY – The Friends of Alan Arakawa want you to celebrate Mayor Alan Arakawa’s birthday this Thursday. The evening will feature live entertainment from HAPA, John Stephan and Na Hoa. Seats are limited so guests are invited to bring lawn chairs. The annual birthday bash gathers community supporters and friends alike. You can get tickets at the following locations: Milagros, Da Kitchen, Casanova’s Deli, Lahaina Pizza Company, Araki-Regan & Associates and Blackburn’s Corner. Keiki under 12 are free. $25. 5:30-8:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-244-6042, Arakawa2014.com.
MOON DAY FESTIVAL – The Wo Hing Museum invites you to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival this Thursday, (10am-4pm), Friday (1pm-8pm) and Saturday (10am-4pm). The Chinese Holiday celebrates a full moon indicating abundance and satisfaction. Enjoy a traditional Chinese food like moon cakes, dim sum and a specially crafted “Poly-Asian noodle bowl” by Chef Gregory “Bonz.” Cultural exhibits and demonstrations will feature crafts for all ages. Learn how to tie knots, enjoy a live performance of the Erhu, a Chinese musical instrument, and stroll through the “Mandarin Market.” Don’t forget to pick up fresh produce from the farmers’ corner. The Wo Hing Museum (858 Front St., Lahaina); 808-661-3262, Lahainarestoration.org.
MAUI MARATHON EXPO – Not quite ready for the Maui Marathon? Well, the Maui Marathon Health & Fitness Expo may be the right fit for you. Enjoy live entertainment from Richard Dancil, Mele Pono, Rising Strong and more. There will also be product demonstrations from Whole Foods. If you’re interested in being a vendor, email [email protected] Free. Friday (noon-6pm.) Saturday (9am-5pm). Westin Maui Hotel, Valley Isle Ballroom (2365 Ka’anapali Pkwy.), Mauimarathonhawaii.com.
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SATURDAY, SEPT. 21
MAUI OKINAWAN FESTIVAL – The Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai are inviting you to the Maui Okinawan Festival this Saturday. This year’s festival theme is “Celebrating our Unchinanchu Spirit.” They’ll do that through Okinawan music, dance and cultural displays. Food will include pig’s feet soup and andagi. There will also be a display of 10 women and their experiences living in Okinawa through World War II. Stop by the Country Store and snap a photo in traditional Okinawan wear. Proceeds will help MOKK and their continued efforts to promote the culture. Free Admission. 10am-3pm. Maui Mall (70 E Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), Mauimall.com.
OBSERVE AND PLAY – The public is invited to take part in a unique experience at MACC’s Schaefer International Gallery. On Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and interact with Artist-in-residence Wes Bruce’s “Taken by Wonder” exhibit. Known for his forts, Bruce has transformed the 4,000-square-foot space. Aimed at involving the entire community, Bruce’s installation includes artifacts, maps, remnants of world civilizations, field samples, illustrations and more. Visitors will share in their experience through interpretive art and will have the opportunity to create a mini fort. Free. 10am-2pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Schaefer Gallery (One Cameron Way), Mauiarts.org.
LAHAINA CLEAN UP – This Saturday, head over to the Westside for the ninth annual Lahaina Town Clean Up. This year’s Goal is to have over 100 Volunteers stretching from Puamana to Mala Wharf. Past events have gathered thousands of pounds of garbage. Malama Maui Nui (the old Community Work Day Program) will dispose of the waste. This is a green event, which means volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle and gloves. Every volunteer counts so grab a friend for an afternoon of clean fun. 10am. Kamehameha Iki Park, next to the 505 Shopping Center (525 Front St., Lahaina); 808- 357-0920.
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – The Walk to End Alzheimer’s Maui returns this Saturday. Join hundreds of communities nationwide in the fight against a disease devastating many futures. Join fellow Maui residents in this event to raise awareness and money towards the cause. Family members, friends, co-workers and the community are invited to join the fight. 7am Check-In. 7:45am Walk Start. 8:45 Awards & Prizes. Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (275 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), [email protected]
PEACE DAY MAUI – In conjunction with United Nations Peace Day, Imua Family Services, the Will Smith Foundation, MauiTime, Akaku, Mana‘o Radio, Toni Ong Graphics and Joy Fields invite you to Peace Day Maui. Join the global cause on a local level this Saturday at the MACC. Opening the event will be a “Teens Sing for Peace” vocal competition lead by Joy Fields in the Yokouchi Family Courtyard (6:30pm). Later guests will be invited into the Castle Theater for a free screening of the 2001 film The Journey (7:30pm). Filmmaker Eric Saperston will take part in a Q&A as well. Special guests include Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. Free. 6:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-244-7467, Imuafamilyservices.org.
RAMPAGE – Rampage returns for a night in South Maui since their relocation to the Big Island. Catch them this Saturday, at their usual spot as they make an appearance for old time’s sake. Their last performance was Aug. 8 so be sure to make your way over for this special show. $3 Rolling Rock Draft. No cover. 10pm. Diamonds Ice Bar (1279 S Kihei Rd.); 808-874-9299, Diamondsicebar.com.
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SUNDAY, SEPT. 22
MAUI SPECIAL RODEO – Saddle up cowgirls and cowboys because the Maui Special Rodeo has arrived. Join in the fun this Sunday at the Pi‘iholo Ranch as some of our special keiki take on horseback riding, stick horse barrel racing, the horseshoe toss and more. Keiki can also participate in roping lessons, a petting zoo and get their faces painted. The main event happens at high noon. Be sure to catch some of Hawaii’s best during the Pi’iholo Ranch’s Cowboy Classic. 11am-2pm. Pi’iholo Ranch (325 Waiahiwi Rd., Makawao), Facebook.com/MauiSpecialRodeo.
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TUESDAY, SEPT. 24
TONY BENNETT – With hits like “I left my heart in San Francisco” and “Because of you,” the 16-time Grammy winner and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient has six decades of performances under his belt. Still, Tony Bennett has remained fresh and even crosses generational boundaries. The founder of the Frank Sinatra School of Arts, Bennett’s traditional pop and Jazz tunes have become household names. Bennett has sold more than 60 million records worldwide and continues to win over audiences with his sultry voice. Catch the legendary star this Tuesday. $55, $65, $85, $125, $150. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-244-7469, Mauiarts.org. Photo: Tom Beetz/Wikimedia Commons
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25
‘HOWARD THE DUCK’ – This month’s “So bad it’s good-80’s” movie theme for Ambrosia’s Red Carpet Night is finally at an end, with the legendary Howard the Duck. Starring Lea Thompson! Directed by Willard Huyck! Executive produced by George Lucas! Greeted by bad reviews and poor performance in the box office, the name Howard the Duck has since become synonymous with rotten movies. 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.