THURSDAY, SEPT. 26
DIJERIDU WORKSHOP – This Thursday, a fun and popular topic comes up for discussion at the newly reopened Wailuku Public Library. Join Wes Hada, Maui’s foremost dijeridu performer, for two hours of educational fun as he instructs people how to play the exotic musical instrument. Hada will demonstrate and explain the use of the Australian aboriginal instrument, invite keiki to play and share stories from his years of experience. Keiki five and older are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. For a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations, please contact the library. Free. 2:30pm. Wailuku Public Library (251 S High St, Wailuku); 808-243-5766.
‘REMEMBER ME THURSDAY’– Here’s a chance to join the Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF) along with local pet adoption agencies and remember the millions of euthanized animals who never enjoyed a proper home. The hope is that people understand the critical need for animal adoption. Whether it’s by pledging a monetary gift, lighting a candle virtually by telling your friends about the cause via social media or providing a home for an animal, every effort counts. For those who would like to pledge, arrive early and take part in a ceremonial “tree of life” memorial. 7pm. Whole Foods, (70 E Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), Hawaiianimalrescue.org.
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 27
HULAVILLE FESTIVILLE – Jazz guitarist, live show personality and bandleader John Pizzarelli takes to the MACC stage this Friday. Son of famed musician Bucky Pizzarelli, John has strummed to the beat of his own guitar. Often compared to the likes of Harry Connick Jr., the young musician has had his hands in more than 40 albums. One of his biggest claims to fame is his Dear Mr. Cole album, which is filled with his renditions of Nat King Cole’s popular hits. Pizzarelli will be accompanied by his band and the Hot Club of Hulaville. $35, $45, $55. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului);808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
‘LOVE, SEX & THE IRS’ – Maui OnStage presents the popular comedy Love, Sex & The IRS this Friday. Watch jobless musicians John and Leslie when their scheme to evade taxes comes into question. Pretending to be a married couple on paper, Leslie must quickly act and ends up disguising himself as a woman. Watch as the chaos unravels in a classic farce. Show runs Sept. 27-Oct. 6. $17-$28. 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays; 3pm Sundays. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-242-6969, Mauionstage.com.
KIHEI FOURTH FRIDAY – Kihei Fourth Friday this month will commemorate fall with yet another Maui Friday Town Party. Gail Swanson will lead the live entertainment followed by Hot Apple Pie and Maui 8 Track Players. If you work up an appetite, head over to the food court area which offers something for everyone. The Keiki/Youth Zone returns with games, bubbles, face painting, DJ Dan Weisman and NE Kine Entertainment Karaoke. Emerald City Trapeze joins the lineup with proceeds benefiting Malama Maui Nui. Free. 6pm. Azeka Shopping Center (South Kihei Road and Pi’ikea Avenue), Mauifridays.com/kihei.
FESTIVALS OF ALOHA – Hele Mai to Maui’s annual cultural showcase, the Festivals of Aloha. Celebrate the rich history and culture of Hawaii’s native people through dance, song and ono kau kau. On Friday, you can enjoy family friendly activities at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from 7pm-9pm. Keiki will get cultural projects, entertainment and “homegrown” activities. Then on Saturday, hele over to the Ritz Carlton Kapalua for the 12th Annual Richard Ho’opi’i Falsetto Contest. Between 6pm-10pm, listen to some of Maui’s most talented song birds compete for a prestigious title ($5 donations). Then pau hana the weekend on Sunday from 9am-5pm with crafters, live entertainment and more at the Festival of Aloha Ho‘olaulea at the Banyan Tree Park. Festivalsofaloha.com.
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SATURDAY, SEPT. 28
ISLAND SUMMER JAM – Here’s your chance to hear Pato Banton’s epic 1987 anthem “I do not sniff the coke I only smoke the sinsemilla.” It’ll be at the Lahaina Civic Center, but just for one skanking night only. It’s the Island Summer Jam, and it includes Leylani & Kalisi, Malino, An Den featuring Damien Mykal, Josh Tatofi and Bengali & Kmanu. Big Mike will DJ, too. You can get tickets at all Minit Stop locations, Island hobby locations and 808 Paradise Grill in Lahaina. $35 pre-sale, $40 at the door. 4:30pm Lahaina Civic Center, (1840 Honoapi‘ilani Hwy., Lahaina); 808-661-4685; 808forlife.com
KOKUA FOR KUPUNA – Here’s your chance to Kokua for Kupuna with Hale Makua Health Services this Saturday. Sit down to a luau dinner and drinks under the moon while enjoying live luau entertainment and a silent auction. Hale Makua’s signature event marks its 25th year and is themed “Living Legacies.” Proceeds from the evening will benefit Hale Makua’s commitment to providing services to residents who otherwise could not afford it. Hale Makua also boasts one of the island’s largest non-governmental employers. $100 per person/ $1,200 table of 10 with premium seating. 5:30pm. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (3700 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-871-9283, Halemakua.org.
ST. JOHN’S KULA FESTIVAL – Fall is upon us and that means the 31st Annual St. John’s Kula Festival has arrived. Gather your family this Saturday for an Upcountry tradition. Be sure to taste the Portuguese Bean Soup, Maui Cattle Company burgers (made to order), fresh Kula produce, iced coffee and more. Shop local crafters, admire fresh flowers and check out the annual quilt showcase. There will be live music by George Kahumoku, Jr., Joel Katz and Na Leo Lani O Maui Choir, among others. This year, Malama Family Recovery Center and A Cup of Cold Water will be the festival’s recipients. $1 (Under 10 Free) 9am-3pm. St. John’s (8992 Kula Hwy); Stjohnsmaui.org.
ZEPTEMBER IV – This annual tribute to Led Zeppelin and their fans is a hard rock hard-on for Maui. Emcee Trish Smith will do the introductions and Shawn Michael is the musical director. Highlighted artists included Nils Rosenblad, Halemanu Villiarimo, Chad Kaya, Byron Townsend, Jack Gist, Murray Thorne, Pete Sebastian, Deborah Vial, Caron Barrett, Josh Greenbaum, James Bowersox, Kai Katchadourian and Clive Tucker. The complete lineup includes more than 40 names. Up your end of summer festival game by bringing lawn chairs and blankets and sit under the stars. Mulligan’s has added special food tents and libations to the bash. Get your tickets early for $25 or $30 at the door. 6-10pm. Mulligan’s (100 Kaukahi St., Wailea); 808-874-1131; Facebook.com/zepmaui
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY – On Saturday, museum-goers across the country are invited to take advantage of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Here on Maui, that means you and a friend can get go online to the website below and download a free ticket to the historic Bailey House in Wailuku. Built in 1833, the Bailey House is built on a royal compound. Once a home to a seminary for women, the museum today features Hawaiian artifacts dating back centuries. Smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive.
WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES – Women Helping Women and the West Maui Domestic Violence Task Force invite the island’s men to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. This Saturday, the second annual West Maui march returns in the struggle against domestic violence. Enjoy discounted breakfast and lunch at select locations when you participate. Receive a free T-shirt and get entered for a chance to win various prizes. Join the cause and end violence one step at a time. $10. 10am-2pm. Whalers Village, (2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy), Whwmaui.net.
‘BROADWAY’S NEXT HIT MUSICAL’ – Buckle your seat belts and enjoy the ride! Broadway’s Next H!T Musical arrives on the MACC’s Castle Theater stage this Saturday. The variety show takes audience participation to another level. The show blends improv, creativity and award winning talent resulting in completely unique performances. Then the audience nominates song titles for the first act. From there the show is derived from the audience’s favorite song. Experience a show catered to its audience. $12, $28, $35. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2
‘HOT SHOTS’ – October kicks off a new theme at Ambrosia’s Red Carpet Movie Night. This month it’s “military humor” so it’s only natural that the Zucker Brothers’ 1991 comedy Hot Shots will start things off. The parody of Top Gun follows a fighter pilot (a very young Charlie Sheen) and his quest to save a potentially sabotaged mission. Grab free popcorn and take advantage of the Happy Hour prices until 9pm. No cover. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia’s Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, Ambrosiamaui.com.