FRIDAY, DEC. 13
RETRO ‘80S DANCE PARTY – Lahaina’s Second Friday Town Party means Retro ’80s Night at Hard Rock Cafe. Don your best ’80s gear and enter for a chance at winning a $100 Visa gift card for the best costume. DJ Ron will keep the beats coming while Happy Hour drink specials will help to keep you footloose and fancy free! No cover. 21+. 9:30pm-1:30am. Hard Rock Cafe (900 Front St., Lahaina); 808- 667-7400, hardrock.com. Photo: ShinesFresh/Wikimedia Commons
GROUNDATION & THE ABYSSINIANS – Here’s your chance to see Groundation and The Abyssinians with Father Psalms & Rootz Revealerz. Hailing from Northern California, the roots Reggae band Groundation has released more than half a dozen studio albums. Named after a Rastafari holiday, Groundation’s sound fuses hints of dub and Jazz. Sharing the stage with the likes of Don Carlos, Steel Pulse and Rebelution, Groundation continues to forge a path authentic to their roots. Joining them will be The Abyssinians, another prolific Rastafari band. Known best for their album Satta Massagana, they’re notable for incorporating Rastafari doctrine in their music. Special guests Father Psalms & Roots Revealerz will open the show. $35-$75. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’ – ProArts in Kihei is proud to present the Tony-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, produced and directed by Jonathan Lehman. Six adolescent outsiders, overseen by grown-ups who barely seem to be adults themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Audience members will be recruited to try their hand at spelling against the “experts.” $25. 7:30pm. ProArts, Azeka Makai Shopping Center (1280 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-463-6550.
NATURAL VIBRATIONS – Polynesian Underground presents Natural Vibrations, otherwise known as Natty Vibes, this Friday at Stella Blues in Kihei. Catch the twilight performance of “Hawaii’s original live party band” whose unique fusion of Reggae and dance party vibes keep fans on their feet. Natty Vibes has shared the stage with Prince, 311, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley, UB40, Jack Johnson, Pepper and SOJA. They’ve also won Best Reggae Album at the Hawaii Music Awards, along with a few Na Hoku Hanohano awards. 9pm. 21+. $15 presale. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.), nattyvibes.weebly.com, stellablues.com.
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SATURDAY, DEC. 14
MAUI TOY RUN – Street Bikers United Hawaii, Maui Chapter is presenting their 12th annual Maui Toy Run Motorcycle Parade and Classic Car Show. Take a ride on the wild side with SBU as they parade from Ma’alaea Harbor to Lahaina Cannery Mall (through Front Street) and end at VFW Park in Kihei by 2pm. Following the parade, live music, a keiki zone and food will be available for purchase. Benefiting Toys for Tots, all guests are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy or monetary donation. The next day, the Trike Run to Kula Hospital will meet at 9am at Cycle City Maui Harley Davidson. There will be classic cars, bikes and Christmas carols for the patients. For post-event festivities, make your way to Lulu’s Lahaina for SBU Trike Run food specials and live music. (1pm-6pm.), sbumaui.org/toy-run-2013.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Women Helping Women is inviting you to do at least part of your holiday shopping at their annual Holiday Bazaar. They’ll have handmade crafts, jewelry, plants, spa products and edibles. If you work up an appetite, you can grind on some island favorites like lau lau, dry mein and bento. Shop for the entire ohana because there’s bound to be something for everyone. Proceeds will benefit Women Helping Women, Maui’s domestic violence shelter. Free entry. 9am-2pm. (1935 Main St., Wailuku), womenhelpingwomenmaui.com.
GINGERBREAD FAMILY FESTIVAL – Easter Seals Hawaii is kicking off a longstanding tradition this Saturday for the first time on Maui. ESH’s Maui Na Hulu Campus will host its first annual Gingerbread Family Festival. Families can order gingerbread kits to either decorate that day or take home. Each kit includes two gingerbread houses, candies, gingerbread men and icing in three colors (red, white and green). Decoration sessions will be split into two groups: a morning session that runs 9:30-11:30am and an afternoon session that runs 12:30-2:30pm. The public is welcome to enjoy games for the keiki, photos with Santa and his sleigh, food and robotics from Baldwin and King Kekaulike high schools. $29 per kit. Easter Seals Na Hulu Campus (155 S. Wakea Ave., Kahului), gingerbreadhawaii.com.
WILLIE KALIKIMAKA – Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day and who better than Maui’s own Willie K should welcome us all to the holiday season. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is presents Willie Kalikimaka this Saturday–a festive holiday twist on a traditional phrase. A multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winner and one of Hawaii’s most versatile entertainers, Willie K will welcome in the holidays local style. Get in the spirit with pre-show Hawaiian craft, vendors, lei stands and island grinds. $12-$45. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
HULA COOKIES’ 15TH BIRTHDAY – Hula Cookies in Ma’alaea is now 15 years old and you’re welcome to help them celebrate this Saturday. The party will begin with a blessing by Laki Ka’ahumanu followed by live music by 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano award winner and slack key master Benny Uyetake. Also joining him on stage will be Damon Parillo and a few hula performances. Snag some free Hula Cookies samples, ice cream and shave ice. In honor of its 15th year, customers will also receive 15 percent off on their purchase. 12pm-2:30pm. Hula Cookies (300 Ma’alaea Rd.), hulacookies.com.
VIRR CHRISTMAS RUNS – Valley Isle Road Runners is inviting everyone, members and non-members alike, for a Christmas Mile course or 10K beginning and ending at Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot. For those who prefer a brisk walk or easy run, The Vineyard Street mile course takes you uphill on Vineyard to the cemetery and then back down. The 10K takes you uphill Vineyard to Iao Valley Road, winds uphill, then heads back down to the Municipal Parking Lot (two hour time limit). Participants are invited to bring beach chairs, towels and a dish to share at the potluck following the race. VIRR will accept monetary donations and canned goods for the Maui Food Bank. Free (VIRR Members) $20 Day-Of Registration. 7:30am. Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot, firstname.lastname@example.org, virr.com.
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SUNDAY, DEC. 15
The JOHN GROVER BAND – Nestled way out in Kanaio, Bully’s Burgers will host a rare treat: the John Grover Band. Here you can catch sneak peeks of their 2014 anticipated new album, Be The Change. Pull over and refuel at Music Sunday while the sun sinks into the ocean. Made from free-range cattle, seasoned with a secret family recipe and grilled with precision, Bully’s Burgers is the result of the late Louis “Bully” DePointe’s dream. The result is a wholesome burger that boasts locally sourced ingredients from beef to lettuce. Free music. 3pm-6pm. Bully’s Burgers, Triple L Ranch (15900 Pi’ilani Hwy., Kanaio), triplelranchmaui.com.
MAUI IMPROVISES – ProArts Playhouse presents “Maui Improvises” this Sunday. Are you an ensemble actor? Natural born improviser? Or just curious about the art of improvisation? ProArts invites you for a time of exploration and intuition. Vulnerability, impression and invention are a few themes covered in the drop-in workshops. Instructors Mike Burton and Mark Beltzman have more than a decade experience between them. No pre-registration necessary, ages 16 and up. $15 per session. 6:15pm-8:15pm. ProArts Playhouse, Azeka Shopping (1280 S. Kihei Rd.), 808-463-6550, email@example.com.
THE MAUI YOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (MYPO) invites you to its annual Winter Concert on Sunday in the H.P. Baldwin Auditorium at Baldwin High School. There will be student musicians aged 9-17 on strings, percussion and woodwind instruments and the MYPO Brass Ensemble. This year’s Winter Concert will also include the following selections: “Fidelio Overture, Opus 72” by Ludwig van Beethoven; Tschaikowsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and “Sleigh Ride;” “A Christmas Festival,” by Leroy Anderson and more. The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (MYPO) is a nonprofit designed to expand and enhance music education on Maui by providing opportunities for students to develop their musical talents. Free. 3pm. Baldwin High School (1650 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), mauiyouthphilharmonic.org.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18
FIRST LIGHT FILM FESTIVAL – Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 18 and running through Jan. 5, Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater revives the Maui Film Festival FirstLight: Academy Screenings. FirstLight will feature both Hawaii premieres and official submissions for Best Foreign Language Film. The films will feature work from Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams. Days and times vary with a few holidays excepted. Admission: $15 single tickets, $48 4-Admission VIP Fast Pass, $500 VIP reserved front row seats in theater. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, MauiFilmFestival.com.