THURSDAY, JULY 26
AKAKU STORYTELLING WORKSHOP – Do you have a story to tell? Take part in this free community workshop that’s led by filmmaker Catherine Bauknight and learn about using film and video to document cultural perspectives. Bauknight produced, co-directed and shot the award-winning film Hawaiʻi–A Voice for Sovereignty. She has worked as a photojournalist and professional photographer for the last 20 years, and her work has been featured in international publications including Time, Newsweek, People, the New York Times, USA Today and Rolling Stone. This workshop will explore the role of a filmmaker in documenting a community, as well as camera techniques, audio and shot composition. Open to the public. Free. 6-7:30pm. Akaku Center (333 Dairy Rd., Kahului); 808-871-5554; akaku.org.
‘JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE’ – Apparently, Albert Einstein once said, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Guess not everyone’s born a genius. But I digress… here’s a chance to learn about our mysterious universe at a screening of the Emmy-winning documentary Journey of the Universe. The film covers topics ranging from the Big Bang, the human genome and humanity’s relationship to the Earth. The film will be followed by a discussion with the film’s writer/producer Mary Evelyn Tucker and Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele. Kanahele is a Hawaiian cultural practitioner, leading Hawaiian creation myth scholar and award-winning author. This event is Part Two of the “Man/Woman and Nature Series: Four public conversations on the relationship of humans to the natural world,” presented by the MACC and Ala Kukui. $10. 6pm. McCoy Studio, Maui Arts & Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-SHOW; mauiarts.org.
HANA RECYCLING – If you have junk in the trunk, why not recycle it this weekend in Hana? The Community Work Day Program, with support from the County of Maui, has organized a three-day recycling event at the Hana landfill for items that the facility doesn’t accept. You can bring stuff like scrap metal, appliances, car batteries and tires (there’s a $5 fee for each tire you recycle) to their staging area at the landfill. Then CWD takes your stuff to the proper recycling facilities. But they won’t take cars, furniture, propane tanks, computers, TVs or electronics. Elderly and disabled residents can call CWD for help transporting items to the staging area. Call or email CWD for more info. Free. July 26-28, 8am-2:30pm. Hana Landfill (35 Hana Hwy.); 808-877-2524; firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAJAMA JAM – Poetry, pizza and pajamas. I can’t think of a better combination. Come over to Casanova in your finest nighties for an evening of slam poetry brought to you by Maui Slam. Poets need to sign up by 9:45pm for this no-rules slam, and the winner will take home $100. After the slam, get ready for an old-school turntable dance party by BOOMSHOT & JayP as well as a lip sync contest led by the Kit Kat Club Cabaret. Also enjoy a 2-for-1 pizza special from 10-11pm. Vintage visuals provided by Douglas DeBoer. $10 ($5 if you’re in PJs). 9:30pm. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); facebook.com/mauislam.
POLY GIRLS ROCK – Rough week? De-stress with a night of reggae/pop and good vibes delivered by female vocalists with Polynesian ties in Lahaina this Thursday. Chisa Dizon of NATIVE 92.5 FM will host, and the event will feature performances from local artists Irie Love, Reece Purcell and Leylani as well DJ mixes and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Enari Tuala. $10 pre-sale, $15 at door. 10pm-2am. Timba Maui (505 Front St., Lahaina); 808-264-5591; timbamaui.com.
KANIKAPILA THURSDAYS PRESENTS WOLF – What better way to end a Thursday than at Buzz’s Wharf Kanikapila Thursdays? For those who don’t know, Kanikapila Thursdays at Buzz’s entail live Hawaiian music, 30 percent off select pupu menu items and their usual Happy Hour drink specials. This week’s Kanikapila will feature solo artist Wolf. It’s like Thursday is the new Friday, except you still have to go to work the next day. Free. 4-7:30pm. Buzz’s Wharf (Ma‘alaea Harbor); 808-661-4600; buzzswharf.com; facebook.com/MauiWolf.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
MEET MONICA MORAKIS – Come check out local mosaic artist Monica Morakis and her latest works at the Maui Crafts Guild. Surfers, waves and sea life are the subjects of her collection, “The Art of the Ocean.” Morakis hopes that by using the ocean as her theme she will bring awareness to the problems that our delicate ocean ecosystem faces: pollution, over-fishing and dying coral reefs. The opening reception will feature live music from Upcountry Celtic, live art demonstrations and free refreshments. “The Art of the Ocean” will be on display until Aug. 23. Free. 6:30-9pm. Maui Crafts Guild (69 Hana Hwy., Paia); 808-579-9697; mauicraftsguild.com.
PAIA FOURTH FRIDAY – Paia will be bumping all kinds of jams at this month’s Fourth Friday party. Folk, electronica, bass, acoustic guitar and harp sounds will fill the air. The party starts at 6pm with Pakaloha Bikinis’ One Year Anniversary Event, which will feature a fashion show, fire dancing and music by DJ Sweet Beets and DJ N8Castro in the Paia Courtyard (151 Hana Hwy). Just down the street in the Indigo parking lot, there’ll be some more runway action by CMiya Swimwear at 7:30pm. From 8-9pm, Sandwich Island Bass and DJ Sabo will take over the tunes and provide tropical beats. Later, DJ Sabo plays at Charley’s from 10pm-2am. Free. 6-9pm. Paia; mauifridays.com/paia; facebook.com/paiatown.
DJ SABO WITH SANDWICH ISLAND BASS – After you’ve traipsed around the Paia Fourth Friday party, head into Charley’s for a night of dancing and DJs. DJ Sabo will be laying down funky beats along with Sandwich Island Bass. Sabo is known internationally for his Latin- and Brazilian-influenced sound that will make even the most rhythmically-challenged of us get up and dance (or try to). Sandwich Island Bass is a Maui-based DJ trio that has been rocking Paia Fourth Fridays with their eclectic, groovy jams for a while now. Featuring stage designs by Art Music Junction and visuals by Gabe Mott Colors. Check it out; a little bass never hurt anyone. $15 online presale, $20 at door. 10pm. Charley’s (142 Hana Hwy., Paia); 808-579-8085; charleysmaui.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 28
MULTIMEDIA ORIGINALS – Got creativity? No need to worry if you’re lacking in the creative juices department, because there are plenty of artists out there bursting with said juice. You can see some of them at “Multimedia Originals,” the last event of Ebb and Flow Arts’ North South East West Festival 2012. The show will feature new stage compositions by Peter Swanzy, Michael Takemoto, Bob Werhman and Tony Walholm. Other performance artists will include musicians Paul Marchetti, Danny M. and John Zangrando, dancer Lisa Buell, master puppeteer Francis Kane, and actor/set designer Todd van Amburgh. Free. 7:30pm. Seabury Hall Performing Arts Studio (480 Olinda Rd., Makawao); 808-876-1854; ebbandflowarts.org.
ART=MIXX – This Saturday, Art=Mixx pays homage to the days of early artistic media: Film Noir, OP art (i.e. optical illusions) and performance art. Think back to the days before color TV, when life was in black and white. The event will feature five DJs, six VJs, interactive and performance art. The dress code is black and white, and the best costume will win a prize. The Art=Mixx folks have a lot of surprises up their sleeves, so you’ll have to stop by and experience it for yourself. One thing we know is that Three’s Bar & Grill will cater, and it will be delicious. ArT=Mixx is presented by the MACC, and this event is being produced by Gallery Director Neida Bangerter, Trevor Arnholt and Toben Lindell. 21+. Free. 10pm. Maui Arts & Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); mauiarts.org.
IAO VALLEY 10K – Join the Valley Isle Road Runners for a 10K race this Saturday! The course begins on Vineyard Street, goes through the beautiful Iao Valley State Park and comes back downhill to finish in Wailuku. Entry fee includes a finisher shirt and a tasty breakfast from the Maui Bake Shop after the race. There will be medals awarded and door prizes! Please note that late entries (after July 18) are not guaranteed getting breakfast or a shirt. $50. 7:30am. Wailuku Municipal Parking Lot (Vineyard Street); virr.com.
HUI FAMILY DAY – Bring the whole fam to the Hui this Saturday for a day of arts and crafts. Check out the Youth Art Exhibit and maybe take a piece home from the Affordable Art Sale or one of the courtyard artist vendors. Kids can even make their own work of art, which is especially great if you’re convinced that little Johnny is the next Picasso. Tour the beautiful grounds, hang out and bask in the creative energy. Free. 10am-2pm. Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center (2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao).
CUT CHEMIST – Cut Chemist, internationally renowned electronic music artist, is bringing his sound experiments to Paia for one night only. He first entered the music scene as a founding member of rap group Jurassic 5 and Grammy-winning Latin funk outfit Ozomatli. In 2006, “What’s the Altitude,” a song off of his first solo release, became one of the most viewed videos on YouTube at the time and helped put him on the map as a solo artist. Since then, his sound has been evolving as he continues to push the boundaries of live DJing. His 2010 concept mix, Sound of the Police, showcases his passion for Ethiopian, Colombian, Sudanese and Afro-Brazilian sounds. The name Cut Chemist does well to describe this artist’s skill in putting together diverse musical styles and creating something altogether original. Not to mention that he resembles a mad scientist at work in his live performances. $25 pre-sale, $30 at door. 9pm. Charley’s (142 Hana Hwy., Paia); 808-579-8085; cutmaui.eventbrite.com; cutchemist.com.