THURSDAY, OCT. 11
OBAKE TALES – In the spirit of Halloween, local playwright, slam poet and musician Pat Masumoto will present “Obake Tales” this coming Thursday. The Japanese folklore follows ghost stories that are enhanced by Masumoto’s performance and vocal effects. Come experience true chicken skin for a time of great storytelling. Free. 6:30pm. Wailuku Public Library (251 High St., Wailuku); 808-243-5766.
POKE & SAUVIGNON BLANC TASTING – Makena Beach and Golf Resort’s Poke & Sauvignon Blanc event is happening this Thursday. It will highlight one of Hawaii’s staple foods: poke. The evening will feature Patrick Okubo, one of the world’s youngest master sommeliers and Executive Chef Marc McDowell. As the second youngest sommelier in the nation, Okubo is a Master Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS). With formal education from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, McDowell specializes in a fusion of exotic herbs and spices with fresh Hawaiian ingredients to create unique dishes. Together, they will create pairings complementary to the palette. Be sure to reserve your spot. $35. 6pm-7pm. Makena Beach & Golf Resort (5400 Makena Alanui); 808-874-1111; makenaresortmaui.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 12
SECOND FRIDAY LAHAINA TOWN PARTY – Lahaina’s going pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for Second Friday. Join in for a night packed with Lahaina Life. The Harley Owners Group’s annual state rally will begin at Second Friday and conclude at Fleetwood’s on Front St. for a BBQ. Catch Ulalena’s opening blessing performance (6pm) across from Hard Rock, live Hawaiian music and Awa Bar (5pm-9pm), live jazz at Longhi’s (7pm-10pm) and live music at Cool Cat Café with Johnny Ringo (7:30-10pm). Want to take in Lahaina’s History? Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Ha`ina Hou! (Let the Story be Told!) will be held at the Baldwin Home and Wo Hing Museum on Front Street. Are you artsy? The Peter Lik Gallery will feature DJ Scotty D playing, special promotions on art and wine and light pupus. Also, Maui Hands will serve refreshments (4:30pm-7:30pm) and Lahaina Galleries will serve wine (5pm-10pm.) 6-9pm. Front Street, Lahaina (between Lahainaluna Road and Dickenson Street); MauiFridays.com.
PIANIST HAOCHEN ZHANG – With roots in Shanghai, Haochen Zhang’s childhood involved many piano competitions and recitals, and more than a few wins. He moved to the U.S. in 2005 to attend Curtis Institute of Music and to study under Gary Graffman. Recipient of the prestigious Nance Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Competition, Zhang was the youngest and first Chinese competitor to receive such an award. At the age of 22, Zhang is still serenading audiences internationally at places like Carnegie Hall and with the Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the New York Youth Symphony. $12, $30, $40. 7:30pm. Castle Theater, MACC (1 Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org.
HUI HOLOMUA BUSINESS FEST – Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce presents the sixth annual Hui Holomua Business Fest. It’s a day of workshops and networking with Hawaii’s top industrial, scientific, commercial and political leaders all while practicing/preserving Hawaiian culture in business. The day will begin with a ceremonial arrival of the Ko’i, a symbol of commerce and work ethic. The Ko’i was once used to hollow canoes, build homes and make weapons. The day will include breakfast, lunch and pupus. Organizers ask that you reserve a spot online. $30. 6am-5:45pm. Grand Wailea Resort & Spa. (3850 Wailea Alanui Dr.)
DOC TITANIUM HOUSE OF HORRORS COMEDY SHOW – The outrageous and adult humor of Doc Titanium will be making a call on Stella Blues. The good doctor headlines Power Up Comedy’s House of Horror Halloween comedy show. During Power Up Comedy’s 4/20 show, Doc opened for Chino LaForge, Don Barnhart and Greg Wilson. Known for his twisted and often taboo topics, he often leaves the crowd gasping. No appointment needed, but please remember that Doc does not make house calls. $7 Online, $10 at the door, $5 if you come in costume. 10pm. Stella Blues (1279 S Kihei Rd # 201); 808-874-3779; powerupcomedy.com; stellablues.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13
FREE MAUI NUI BOTANICAL GARDENS TOUR – Come out for a free guided tour of the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. Partnering with County of Maui Department of Water Supply, Office of Economic Development and the Parks and Recreation Department, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is dedicated to the preservation of our island’s native plants. Local cultural practitioners are available to teach visitors about MNBG’s efforts and tools to carry the practice outside of MNBG’s walls. The tour will begin at noon sharp so be sure to arrive early. It will conclude with a social time where visitors can find out about future conservation efforts. Donations are welcomed. Free. 12pm. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului); 808-249-2798; mnbg.org.
PAULA FUGA – Paula Fuga, Mike Love and Same Ites will once again serenade us, Hawaiian style, at the Stella Supper Club. Fuga has toured with Jack Johnson and attributes her initial dive into a solo act to Johnson’s encouragement. Fuga’s rough Oahu upbringing has inspired and encouraged many to simply “be good” and keep the faith, and her undying talent continues to charm and wow audiences. Don’t miss out on this acoustic awe. Dinner and show: 6pm, $60. Show only: 7:30pm, $30. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779; stellablues.com.
KEPANIWAI GARDENS CLEAN-UP – Established in the mid 1950s, the Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens showcases Maui’s diverse heritage with ethnic houses and representing the Hawaiian, Portuguese, Japanese, Caucasian and Filipino cultures. In 1994, a community of volunteers completely restored the gardens to its original beauty and to this day keep it up with annual clean-ups. Now you can join the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui in an annual clean-up of the Japanese Gardens. Volunteers are asked to bring garden tools, trash bags and portable chairs. Lunch and water will be served concluding the clean up. Please RSVP if you are interested. Free. 9:30am-11:30am. Japanese Gardens at the Kepaniwai Park & Heritage Gardens (Highway 32, Iao Valley); 808-250-9714.
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – Calling all to come out and Walk to End Alzheimers this Saturday. The walk is one of hundreds organized across the nation to recognize and one day cure the devastating disease. The event also allows participants to unite and further shed light on how the disease affects their own communities. Join fellow Mauians on Saturday and walk to win. Registration starts at 6:30am and the walk starts at 7am. Free. Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (275 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-242-8636; [email protected]
SUNDAY, OCT. 14
MAUI ‘UKULELE FESTIVAL – Better start tightening those strings, because it’s time for the Maui ‘Ukulele Festival. Enjoy an afternoon of island music celebrating Hawaii’s beloved instrument. Renowned ‘ukulele teacher and advocate Roy Sakuma will host the evening, which will display some of Hawaii’s popular “’uke” musicians. The line up includes Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble, Kalama School Intermediate ‘Ukulele Band, Kamakakehau Fernandez, Ohta-san with Nando Suan, The Hula Honeys, The Coconuts, J Town Hui and more. Food and crafts will be available for purchase. Free. 1pm-6pm. Pavillion/Amphitheater, MACC. (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-2787; mauiarts.org.
PINEAPPLE GRILL OKTOBERFEST – October is the only month of the year when drinking beer takes on the status of cultural celebration. Pineapple Grill will be kicking off their first annual Oktoberfest party along with the literal kick-off of the Packers vs. Texans game. Following the German tradition of Oktoberfest, there will be lots of beer and meat and a really big television. For $25, there will be an all-you-can-eat sausage station featuring kielbasa, weiss-wurst (veal and herbs), chicken-apple sausage, Portugese wurst and, of course, bratwurst. There will also be pineapple coleslaw, Caraway potato salad, fries and onion rings. Maui Brewing Company’s Beer Garden will feature their specialty Oktoberfest Beer Hana Hou Helles Bock, which is sadly not included in the price of the buffet. $25. 3pm. Pineapple Grill (200 Kapalua Dr.); pineapplekapalua.com. -Oliver de Silva (@odesilva)
TUESDAY, OCT. 16
TITA TELLS SPOOKY STORIES – Kathy Collins, aka “Tita,” comes to the Kihei Public Library for an evening of spooky storytelling on Tuesday. In the spirit of Halloween, Tita will share stories inspired by Hawaiian legends and other cultural backgrounds. So gather the keiki and come over for an hour of suspense and intrigue. 12+. Free. 6:30-7:30pm. Kihei Public Library (35 Waimahaihai St., Kihei); 808-875-6833, www.librarieshawaii.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17
MASTERS OF HAWAIIAN MUSIC ANNIVERSARY SHOW – The Masters of Hawaiian Music slack key show is turning nine. In the spirit of celebration, hele mai (come down) for a special expanded show on Wednesday, Oct. 17. There will be Hawaii legend Martin Pahinui, George Kahumanu & his regulars (Da Ukulele Boyz and Sterling Seaton), Richard Hoopi’i, Derick Sebastian and hula by Wainani Kealoha. The show has had four Grammy Awards for compilation CDs all recorded there live, two additional Grammy nominations (Spirit, Wao Akua) and a Hawaii Music Award (Masters 3). Enjoy cake and refreshments while relaxing in an evening of sweet sounds. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve a spot. $37.99 -$78.35. Doors: 6:45. Show: 7:30-9:45pm. Napili Kai Beach Resort (5900 L. Honoapiilani Rd., Napili); 808-669-3858; SlackKeyShow.com.