THURSDAY, FEB. 14
FREE TAX PREP – Tis the season to file your taxes and AARP Foundation’s Tax Aid Program is here to help! The program will offer free tax preparation assistance and e-filing of returns for low and moderate income wage earners. Help will be available through April 13 in Kahului, Lahaina, Kihei and Paia. Taxpayers must not have rental income, 10 or fewer stock sales and business expenses of $5,000 or lower and show a profit. Other restrictions may apply. Visit Aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide for info on times and locations.
ZIP FOR YOUR HEART – In honor of American Heart Association’s Heart Month and to create awareness, Flyin Hawaiian Zipline is offering custom T-shirts with all the proceeds going to the AHA. Pick up a shirt at any of the tours throughout February as your contribution to a great cause. Boasting that no heavy machinery was used to craft the courses–among the longest in Hawaii–Flyin Hawaiian prides itself on non-disruptive runs that allow for incredible natural views. So get your heart pumping while giving back to a heart disease research and treatment. Maui Tropical Plantation (1670 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku); 808-463-5786, flyinhawaiianzipline.com.
WOMEN HELPING WOMEN BENEFIT – There’s a horrifying statistic that says in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. V-Day Maui invites all to walk-out, dance, rise up and demand an end to the violence. This will assist Maui’s Women helping Women, which aids victims of domestic violence. Come for an evening of Afro-Brazilian Dance and Drumming with Rada, Sufi Dancing with Leilah and Bodhi, Mabanzi Marimba, Heartbeat Express and Five Rhythms Dance with Sara. For more information and help spread the word visit the site below. 6pm-11pm. $10-$15. Makawao Union Church (1445 Baldwin Ave, Makawao), Vdaymaui.org.
VALENTINES DAY DINING – Don’t know where to take your valentine for a delicious meal? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. On the Southside, Gannon’s will serve up a five-Course Valentine’s Aphrodisiac Tasting Menu. Kono’s on the Green celebrates with a romantic dinner while Royal Thai Cuisine offers sweet prawns for your sweetheart. On the Westside, catch the saucy Kit Kat Club Cabaret at Fleetwoods on Front St. The Plantation House in Kapalua will present a Valentine Weekend Sweetheart Special, Pineapple Grill will have a prix fixe Valentine’s Day Sweetheart menu and The Melting Pot will give Cupid a run for his money with a Fondue Fork. In Ma’alaea, Buzz’s Warf will host a special four-course dinner menu with live music by Ron Kuala’au and Ryan Robinson. And Kahili Restaurant will host a Valentine’s Day dinner buffet.
ROMANTIC VALENTINES DAY SOIREE – In honor of an eight-year old Will Smith, whose life was taken by an tragic car accident, the first annual Will’s Hearts in Haiku Valentines Day Soiree will take place on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. The Will Smith Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides positive life experiences for underprivileged children. The foundation honors Will’s memory by continuing the heartfelt kindness and generosity he showed to other children during his brief life. The evening will headline Henry Kapono, along with Ekolu Kalama (Dare to Dream). $100-$125. 5:30-10pm. Haiku Mill (250 Haiku Rd.), Thewillsmithfoundation.org.
PUBLIC RENEWAL OF WEDDING VOWS – Want to re-live your happiest day of your life? The Holy Innocents Episcopal Church will be hosting an open invitation to those married in a religious or civil ceremony/civil union and those of all faith for a chance to do it all over again! The church and Rev. Bill Albinger invite all to bring family and friends to witness the joyous occasion. The event will include music, prayers, a renewal ceremony and exchange of new (or original) rings. Each couple will be presented with a signed Marriage Vow Renewal certificate concluding the ceremony, and cake will follow. The ceremony will take place on the rear oceanfront lawn of the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. Free. Holy Innocents Episcopal Church (561 Front St., Lahaina); 808-661-4202, Holyimaui.org.
SCREW CUPID – Calling all the single and ready to mingle: Diamonds Ice Bar in Kihei has carved a special evening for you! The theme Screw Cupid and Celebrate the Single Life means there will be drink specials flowing with $5 Kinky shots and $6 Kinky Ultra and serving food ’til midnight. Rampage will play live music so get your groove on single or not. Embrace the case and come out for a night of love. No cover. 9pm. Diamonds Bar & Grill (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-9299, Diamondsicebar.com.
QUETZAL GUERRERO – What do you get when you mix roots, Reggae, samba and soul? You get Quetzal Guerrero, who for the first time in Hawaii will grace the Casanova stage (along with DJ Miss Sunny Z). Guerrero’s an American born Latin Soul singer who was just four when he picked up the violin and hasn’t put it down since. He studied violin at the famous International Academy of the Suzuki Method in Japan, and the Conservatorio Pernambucano de Musica in Recife, Brazil. Quetzal’s proficiency in violin, guitar, percussion and vocal has left him in the category of prominent artists in the Latin Soul music scene. $10. 9:30pm. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.); 808-572-0220, Qviolin.com.
FRIDAY, FEB. 15
VALENTINES BURLESQUE EXTRAVAGANZA – Honolulu’s Cherry Blossom Cabaret and Maui’s Ultraviolets and Kit Kat Club Cabaret are presenting a Kiss Kiss A Valentine Burlesque Extravaganza. The trio hook up for the first time in Hawaii to bring you a valentine-themed sizzling evening of live burlesque. Let them entertain you with song, dance, tease, flamboyance and flirtatiousness that should have everyone properly enticed.The entertainers will treat you to a variety of acts showcasing the different facets of love. The adult burlesque show is 18+ and will have concessions for purchase. $30 door (if still available) mezzanine level/ $35 orchestra level. 7:30pm. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku), kisskissburlesque.eventbrite.com.
SATURDAY, FEB. 16
MIDWINTER’S NIGHT’S DREAM – ROOTS School Maui is presenting a festival inspired by ye olde Renaissance Faire. Midwinter Night’s Dream will feature games, entertainment, performances, a silent auction and more with proceeds benefiting ROOTS and their education and learning programs. The private community-based learning school invites all to dress in costume and join the festivities. $5. 6pm-9pm. Makawao Union Church Community Hall (1445 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-250-7988, Rootsmaui.com.
WHALE DAY – As part of the Maui Whale Festival, Pacific Whale Foundation and Expedia Local Expert present the 33rd annual World Whale Day. Onlookers can enjoy the Parade of Whales beginning at 9am at Alanui Keali‘i Drive. The colorful floats and costumed sea characters will set the tone for the afternoon of family-friendly festivity. The Hawaiian band Kalapana will make a rare Maui appearance as the headline act. Willie K, Ekolu, Marty Dread and The Throwdowns will perform as well. Keiki can enjoy inflatable rides, activities, cotton candy, shave ice and games at the keiki carnival area. There’s free event parking and free shuttle service at Hope Chapel (300 East Welakahao Rd., Kihei) and at Azeka Mauka (S. Kihei Road, just north of Lipoa Street). Free. 9am-7pm Kalama Park (1900 S. Kihei Rd.), Mauiwhalefestival.org.
TIMOTHY WISDOM – He’s been dubbed the “Voice of Ghetto Funk,” and his sets are filled with spontaneous lyrical content and a charisma that literally lifts audiences off their feet. Creator of the world’s first digital force-feedback turntable, his musical productions are found in the record bags of DJs across the globe. He’s traveled to multiple countries, headlining major festivals such as Bass Coast and Burning Man. DJ Deviant and DJ Sid will be spinning as well. $10 before 11pm/ $15 after. Charley’s (142 Hana Hwy., Paia), Charleysmaui.com.
KEALI‘I REICHEL’S KUKAHI – It’s time for Keali‘i Reichel’s annual Kukahi. The fundraiser benefits Reichel’s Merrie Monarch Festival awardees Halau Ke‘alaokamaile. Renowned as one of Hawaii’s most popular recording artists, Keali‘i’s music and chants represent the best of Hawaii’s traditional and contemporary poetry today, earning multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in addition to a top spot on world music charts. $12-$55. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
JOHN CRUZ – Singer/songwriter John Cruz is the real deal. Born in Oahu’s Palolo Valley, he spent his formative musical years on the East Coast. He returned in 1995, where he sat in with his brother Ernie’s band the Ka’au Crater Boys. A year later, Cruz released his first album, Acoustic Soul. He wouldn’t produce another album for a decade (One of These Days, 2007), but his songs “Shine On” and “Island Style” became instant classics. And now he’ll be at Stella Blues in Kihei. $30 show only/ $60 dinner and show. 7:30pm. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.), 808-874-3779, Stellablues.com.