THURSDAY, OCT. 24
NNENNA FREELON – The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is welcoming Jazz singer, composer, arranger and education advocate Nnenna Freelon this Thursday. The five-time Grammy nominated vocalist has shared the stage with Anita Baker, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. But that’s apparently not enough for her: Freelon’s passion for music and education has also won her accolades like the YWCA of North Carolina’s 2011 inaugural Legend Award for outstanding artistry and dedication to education and the 2010 Woman of Substance Award by Bennett College for Women. Whether she’s headlining a performance at the White House or a television soundtrack, Freelon is someone to see. $12-$42. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
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FRIDAY, OCT. 25
KIHEI FOURTH FRIDAY – Kihei Fourth Friday invites you to dress up (in costume) for an evening of Halloween festivities. The Saturday Saints, haunted houses and keiki costume contests are just a few highlights you can look forward to at this week’s Friday Town Party. Lily Meola, Tom Conway and Flat Jackson will provide live entertainment. Also, the Event Center and Entertainment Booth will be collecting non-perishable food donations to benefit the Maui Food Bank. Entertain your palette with the variety of foodie options and walk it off via the various local vendors. Free. 6pm-9pm. Azeka Shopping Center, Mauka (1279 S. Kihei Rd.), kiheifridays.com.
KA LIMA O MAUI JOB FAIR – Ka Lima O Maui commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month with their second annual job fair for persons with disabilities. This Friday, the organization invites the public to explore employment resources and learn about disability work issues. They chose this year’s theme, “Because We Are Equal to the Task,” in hopes of getting people to realize that regardless of any disability, everyone deserve the same training, education and chance to excel in the workplace. Free. 10am-1pm. MEO (99 Mahalani St., Wailuku); 808-244-5502, kalimaomaui.org.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE – Imua Family Services presents the third annual Early Childhood Development Conference this Friday and Saturday. Guest Speaker and Apraxia of Speech Specialist Margaret A. Fish MS. CCC-SLP will focus on motor speech evaluation, childhood Apraxia of Speech warning signs, diagnosis and treatment. On Saturday, Maui-based Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician Gabrielle Galler-Rimm, M.D., F.A.A.P will lead a discussion on raising children with Autism. Galler-Rimm will cover support groups, coping strategies and various other therapies. $75-$155. Friday’s workshop will take place from 9am-4:30pm at UH Maui (UH Maui ‘Ike Lea 144) Saturday’s workshop will take place from 9am-12:30pm at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium (95 Mahalani St., Wailuku); 808-244-7467, imuafamilyservices.org.
BRIGIT & BERNARDS’ OKTOBERFEST – Want to celebrate an intimate Oktoberfest and eat your kraut, too? You’re in luck! Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe invites you to cheers with beers, don your dirndl and indulge in their all-you-can-eat buffet complete with lentils, wurst soup, Bavarian meatloaf, braised red cabbage and more! Leave some room to groove to the chicken dance, then cool off with your choice of German beer. It isn’t Oktoberfest without traditional music provided by an Oompah band, so the Dorfmusikanten will take the stage. $38. 6pm. Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe (335 Ho’ohana St.,Kahului); 808-877-6000, facebook.com/pages/Brigit-Bernards-Garden-Cafe. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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SATURDAY, OCT. 26
MAUI COUNTY SENIOR FAIR – This Saturday you can learn better ways to care for our kupuna at the 40th Annual Maui County Senior Citizens Fair. There will be more than 70 vendors dedicated to the well-being of our kupuna, as well as health screenings and more. This year’s theme, “Unleash the Power of Aging,” will be weaved throughout the morning’s events, as will live music performances by Kahuaka‘i with Wilmont Kahaialii. 8am-noon. War Memorial Gymnasium. (700 Halia Nakoa St., Wailuku) 808-249-2990, meoinc.charityfinders.org.
MAUI OKTOBERFEST CANCER BENEFIT – Maui Brewing Co. and the Pacific Cancer Foundation are presenting the fourth annual Maui Oktoberfest this Saturday. It will feature specialty microbrews from Maui Brewing Co., Kauai Brewing Co. and Big Island Brewhaus. There will also be live entertainment from the Zenshin Daiko Drummers, Paula Fuga, Sonny Lim, Benny Uyetake and The House Shakers. Turn the weekend into a staycation with special event rates at the Hyatt Ka’anapali. All proceeds will benefit the Pacific Cancer Foundation. $30 pre-sale. $35 at door. VIP available. 3pm-8pm. The Hyatt Regency, Napili Gardens (200 Nohea Kai Dr., Ka’anapali);808-242-7661, mauibrewingco.com, pacificcancerfoundation.org.
MOHALA MAI – You might want to get to Mohala Mai 2013 this Saturday at the MACC. There you will enjoy an evening of contemporary and traditional hula, special musical guests and chant. The annual event serves as a fundraiser for Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, which is directed by Na Kumu Hula Napua Greig and Kahulu Maluo. The evening will host Mark Keali‘i Hov‘omalu, Na Hoa and the Lim Ohana. Oh, and if you come early you can stroll the silent auction for some early holiday shopping ideas. $37. 4pm Silent Auction. 5:30pm Show. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-244-7467, mauiarts.org.
NOBLE CHEF – Let your palette travel the world during the 17th annual Noble Chef benefit this Saturday at the Fairmont Kea Lani. The resort, as well as The Maui Culinary Academy, University of Hawaii Maui College and Youngs Market Company of Hawaii will join forces for the culinary experience. Local celebrity chefs (“noble chefs”) will be paired with MCA students to prepare a colorful menu representative of flavors from Japan, Vietnam, Morocco, Spain, Great Britain, India, Greece, New Zealand and Mexico. A French gourmet dinner will follow, complete with dessert and cocktails. Noble Chef Table Sponsorships directly benefit the Maui Culinary Academy, and are available for a limited time. $185 General. $225 Preferred. 5pm VIP. 6pm Full Reception. 7pm. Gourmet Dinner. Fairmont Kea Lani (4100 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-984-3261, noblechef.maui.hawaii.edu.
TASTE OF SONOMA – Celebrate the fruit of Sonoma County’s labor at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s Taste of Sonoma. The resort’s Food and & Wine Education series continues this Thursday with Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo. He’ll present Alexander Valley’s Roth Estate 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Red Car’s 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Mantanzas Creek Bennett Valley 2010 Merlot. Executive Chef Marc McDowell will polish off the experience with three complimentary dishes to accompany the wine. Seating is limited and reservations required. $40. 6:30pm. The Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s Molokini Bar & Grille (5400 Makena Alanui); 808-875-5888, makenaresortmaui.com/dining.
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SUNDAY, OCT. 27
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY – Malama Maui Nui would like the community to participate in their “Make A Difference Day” that’s happening this Sunday. It’s very simple: you choose a project that will impact the community for the better and Malama Maui Nui (which used to be known as Community Work Day) will provide supplies and assistance (trash bags, gloves, etc.) that it has to help accomplish your goal. Interested parties should contact Malama Maui Nui for more information. 808-877-2524, malamamauinui.org.
MANA FOODS 30TH ANNIVERSARY – The beloved Northshore grocery store Mana Foods is celebrating its 30th birthday and is commemorating it with a week long celebration. Anyone who spends $200 or more gets a bag full of Mana goodies. Customers can also enjoy samples, demos, discounts and daily raffles. The store boasts approximately 80 percent of its produce to be certified organic and pesticide-free. Mana Foods sources from over 400 local vendors offering healthy options at friendly prices. Mana Foods Maui (49 Baldwin Ave., Paia); 808-579-8078, manafoodsmaui.com.
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TUESDAY, OCT. 29
ALLEN TOUSSAINT – For the first time on Maui, Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame member Allen Toussaint. Usually accompanied by a piano, Toussaint’s career spans more than 50 years. His songs include “Working in the Coalmine,” “Ruler of My Heart” and “Fortune Teller,” which have been covered by many, including the Rolling Stones and Otis Redding. Then there’s his legendary album collaboration with Elvis Costello to his recent release of a live album/DVD titled Songbook. This guy’s someone to see. 21+. $20-$40. 7:30pm Doors. 8:30pm Show. Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon (142 Hana Hwy., Paia), manamusic.eventbrite.com.
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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30
‘IN THE ARMY NOW’ – Rounding out October’s “Military Humor” theme at Ambrosia’s Red Carpet Movie Night is the 1994 comedy In The Army Now. Starring Pauley Shore, it tells the tale of a misinformed youth who joins the reserves to make money. Of course, as soon as he finishes basic training he’s sent off to save the world. As usual, free popcorn and Happy Hour prices until 9pm await your libation needs. No cover. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, ambrosiamaui.com.