THURSDAY, JUNE 21
JAZZ AND BLUES FEST – Jazz it up around Maui this weekend at the Jazz & Blues Fest presented by the Maui Invitational Music Festival. The four-day lineup includes global talents along with some of our favorite Maui musicians. The fest kicks off tonight with Hawaii Island blues artist Colin John playing at the Royal Lahaina Resort at 5:30pm. John has performed around the world and is renowned for his acoustic, resonator and electric guitar skills. The Shiro Mori Trio (with special guest Henry Allen) will also play on Thursday at Whaler’s Village from 6:30-9pm. Shiro Mori is a jazz guitarist originally from Japan and Henry Allen is a master of Hawaiian steel guitar. Free. 5:30-9pm. Royal Lahaina Resort (2780 Kekaa Dr., Kaanapali); Whaler’s Village (2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy). 808-283-3576; www.aecg.org
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
SAVOR THE SUNSET – Here’s an easy way to be philanthropic while dancing the night away on the beach: come to Rotary Club of Lahaina’s Savor the Sunset event at the Royal Lahaina. Popular local group JD on the Rocks Band play, and there will also be free wine tasting and gourmet pupus. This will be Rotary Club of Lahaina’s third annual fundraiser for the Lahaina Public Library’s interior facelift and modernization. Rotary hopes to raise enough money to finish the interior facelift and move on to the next project, which is re-landscaping the library’s front lawn. $50 in advance/$60 at the door/$450 table for 10. Royal Lahaina Resort (2780 Kekaa Dr., Kaanapali); 808-661-3611, ext.2291.
DOLL-AVERSARY – The NLE Doll One Year Anniversary Party features DJ LX, DJ Iggz, DJ Droc, Jay J and Mychael. There’s also live in-club photography by Genevieve Derego, a Boudoir session shoot giveaway, custom bra giveaways and more by Dollz for Days. No cover. 10pm. Ocean’s Bar & Grill, (1819 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-2414
PADDLE FOR FOOD – Grab that canned food out of your pantry that you haven’t touched since the last tsunami warning and head over to the Maui Canoe Club. In exchange for one or more non-perishable food items, you can jump into one of the club’s outrigger canoes and paddle with them for half an hour. All food donations will go to the Maui Food Bank. There will be four paddle sessions scheduled for 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9am. The club asks that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the session. Free. 7:30-9am. Maui Canoe Club (Kale’ia Beach on S. Kihei Rd.); mauicanoeclub.org
FIVE-COURSE RUM DINNER – If you often find yourself asking “Why is all the rum gone”? then you A) might be Captain Jack Sparrow, and B) need to get yourself over to the Grand Wailea this Friday. Next up in the Grand Wailea’s Signature Toast Series: Rums, Rums, Rums! Let your taste buds be tantalized by Chef Michael Lofaro’s five-course menu pairing that features things like Oolong Tea Smoked King Salmon and Apple Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches. Oh, and a lot of rum: The Sammy’s Waikoloa Daiquiri (made with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum), Zaya 12 Year Gran Reserva, Rhum J.M. VSOP, Dos Maderas P.X. Aged Rum 5+5 and Rhum Ecstasy. The event is hosted by Young’s Market Representative and part of the proceeds go to the Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk. $100. 5:30pm. Humuhumunukunukuapua’a at Grand Wailea Resort (3850 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-875-1234 ext. 4900; waileadining.com
PAIA FOURTH FRIDAY – Like the summer of 1967, Paia’s “Summer of Love” Fourth Friday Town Party will have plenty of hippies, live music, art and dancing. They’ll have their first town-sponsored fashion show at Johnny B’s, featuring fashions from Nuage Bleu, Biasa Rose and Imrie and hairstyles by Vanity Salon. The show starts at 7:30pm with DJ Cosmic from PYCC (Paia Youth & Cultural Center) laying down beats. Matt Lane & Co. will take over the turntables for dancing from 8-9pm. Tropical bass-heavy dance music group Sandwich Island Bass (Rudy Castorina, Joti Mangat and Darren Quinsaat) is hosting a release party for their EP, SIB VOL 1, in Indigo’s parking lot and will give out t-shirts and music all night. From 6-8pm, Simmer Street (Klaus Simmer, Bob Street and Jeff Ellison) will play rock and soul grooves at Paia Bay Café. Flatbread will also host a special fundraiser night for Maui County’s Junior Lifeguards and Milagros will offer drink specials. Free. 6-9pm. Paia; www.paiamaui.com; www.facebook.com/paiatown
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
THE GROUCH & ELIGH SHOW – The Grouch and Eligh, members of California’s underground hip hop group Living Legends, are playing a show at Casanova this Saturday. Maui’s own Maesyn (violin playing, whistling female vocalist) and her band will also be performing, as well as Los Angeles-based hip hop/rap artist Pigeon John. Ages 21+. $15 advance, $20 at door. 10pm. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); grouchelighmaui.eventbrite.com
KULA FOOD SLAM – Upcountry’s favorite general store is hosting a little get-together with ono grinds and live music. Check out the Kula Food Slam at Morihara’s with treats from Pulehu Pizza, Da Puerto Rican Food Truck and Maui Preserved. Hang out on the lawn and enjoy live tunes. Oh, and if you can’t find anything to satisfy your hunger outside, Morihara’s makes some seriously good chili. Free. 3-8pm. Morihara Store Lawn (4581 Lower Kula Rd.); 808-463-6810.
NSEW FESTIVAL – Pui Ming’s main goal is to connect and communicate with listeners through her music. She does this in her recordings as well as her live performances, which have been described as “riveting,” “mind altering” and “an inspiring journey for body, spirit and mind.” She plays with contemporary Chinese music, improvised solo piano and vocals. Since her first recording in 1991, Pui Ming has performed at folk, jazz and new music festivals throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and in China. She has played with the Hopkins Symphony, Windsor Symphony and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. And now you can catch this world-renowned talent for free in Makena! Free. 7:30pm. Keawala’i Congregational Church, (5300 Makena Rd.); 808-876-1854; ebbandflowarts.org
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
KI HO‘ALU GUITAR FESTIVAL – Nothing says “summer in paradise” like a day of sun, Hawaiian music all-stars and local food on a grassy lawn. Welcome to the Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival at the MACC, where some of Hawaii’s best slack-key guitarists are set to perform. The lineup includes Brother Noland, Dennis Kamakahi, George Kahumoku, Nathan Aweau, Maunalua featuring Bobby Moderow, Stephen Inglis, Kawika Kahiapo, George Kuo, Hi‘ikua featuring Kamuela Kimokeo, Paul Tokogoka, LT Smooth, Keale, Ola Hou featuring Kevin & Ikaika Brown and Makana. And it’s free! Local crafts and food vendors will be there. Free. 1-7pm. Pavilion/Amphitheater, MACC (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org
ROLLER DERBY – The Maui Roller Girls (MRG) are giving us a “Truly Outrageous” scrimmage in which Jem & the Holograms face off with The Misfits. Dress up in rainbow gear if you’re rooting for Jem & the Holograms, emo wear for The Misfits. MRG is Maui’s first all-women flat-track roller derby league, and they ended last season undefeated. This is a family-friendly event and it’s also smoke/drug/alcohol-free. Check out their website for more info. Free. 4pm. Central Maui Boys & Girls Club, Basketball Court (100 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului) facebook.com/MauiRollerGirls; mauirollergirls.com
UPCOUNTRY ROCK – This Sunday kicks off “Upcountry Rock Sundays,” a new weekly music event at Casanova. Country rock band Maui Drivers featuring vocalist Felicity Raugust will be playing. Casanova will offer a buy one, get one free pizza special for riders, but you must have a motorbike or horse in the parking lot to be eligible. $7. 3pm. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-0220; casanovamaui.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 25
GROWN ON MAUI – Everyone knows that fresh, local food tastes better than the packaged, processed and shipped stuff. It tastes even better when it’s whipped into some amazing dish by one of Maui’s best chefs. This Monday Brandon Shim, executive chef at Tommy Bahama’s in Wailea, will be demonstrating how to cook really tasty food using local ingredients at Whole Foods. The Grown on Maui Celebrity Chef Series is brought to you by Whole Foods Market and Maui County Farm Bureau. Free. 5:30pm. Whole Foods Market (70 Kaahumanu Ave); 808-872-3310; wholefoodsmarket.com/maui
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
HAWAII ANIMAL RESCUE COMMUNITY DAY – Help out man’s (and woman’s) best friend while grocery shopping this Wednesday at Whole Foods. Five percent of the day’s sales will benefit Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF), a no-kill shelter for abandoned, stray and neglected dogs. They provide several animal-welfare services including pet adoptions, re-homing programs and foster care programs for animals with special needs. They’re a non-profit run by animal-loving volunteers and they need your support to keep saving our furry friends! Reps will be at Whole Foods accepting donations but you can also donate via their website. 8am-9pm. Whole Foods Market (70 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-872-3310; hawaiianimalrescue.org