THURSDAY, DEC. 20
LAMB & SYRAH TASTING – The third event in its Food & Wine Education series, The Makena Beach & Golf Resort is hosting a Lamb and Syrah (Shiraz) tasting. With the help of Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo, the event will focus on the dark-skinned variety grape that produces a powerful red wine. The full-bodied wine will be paired with Executive Chef Marc McDowell’s herb infused prepared lamb dishes. Guests can expect a menu that includes raised lamb, lamb meatballs and lamb skewers paired with Guigal Cote du Rhone, Penley Hyland Shiraz and Arrowwood Syrah by Sonoma wines. Don’t miss out on the last event for 2012! $40 (does not include tax or gratuity). 6pm-7pm. The Makena Beach & Golf Resort, Molokini Bar & Grille (5400 Makena Alanui); 808-875-5888, makenaresortmaui.com.
BLOOD DRIVE – Blood Bank of Hawaii is inviting locals and tourists alike to donate blood at one of its five drives this month. In Hawaii, only two percent of the eligible population donates blood. Typical uses for the donated blood include surgical procedures, treatment of accident victims, chemotherapy patients and mothers/newborns during delivery. The donation process usually takes about an hour and consists of a confidential interview, mini-physical then blood withdrawal. To donate blood you must be in good health, 18 yrs or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and bring a valid photo ID. To make an appointment and for schedule information visit BBH.org or call 800-372-9966.
IN THE FLESH – More than a year in the making, 97.3 K-ROCK, Maui Plumbing, Shaka Divers, Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse & BBQ, Java Cafe, Skyline Eco-Adventures, Epic Lighting and this paper are presenting “In the Flesh” featuring Murray Thorne. A solo two-night musical and visual experience, Thorne will perform music from Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Opening the evening will be Maui violinist Wenlu Duffy. Get lost in a night that will transport you via synchronized lighting and interactive movie created by the artist himself into musical bliss. Seats are limited so be sure to get your tickets from Stella Blues, Request Music and Just Wing It. $60 (includes dinner) $30 (show only) 6pm dinner, 7pm show. Stella Blues (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); intheflesh.eventbrite.com.
HAWAIIAN MUSIC CONCERT – Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite you to a “Picnic for Poki” at the Historic Ka’ahumanu Church in Wailuku Town. “Picnic for Poki” occurs every third Thursday and honors the late Allen “Baddah Poki” Pokipala, a Hawaiian music and culture advocate. The afternoon will feature Na Leo Lani O Maui, a community choir under the direction of Gale Wisehart and Uluwehi Guerrero along with Halau Hula Kauluokala. Enjoy a blend of Christmas and Hawaiian musical favorites. Bring your lunch and enjoy the shade under the banyan tree. Free. 11am. Historic Ka’ahumanu Church (103 S. High St., Wailuku), roselaniplace.com.
FRIDAY, DEC. 21
FUNK DA END OF DA WORLD – This two-day festival pays homage to the end of the Mayan calendar and will include more than 15 bands and entertainers from Maui, California and beyond. Headlined by George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, other acts include DJ Logic, Monophonics, Big Sam, Jug Dealers, Afromassive, Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Kanekoa, Bruddah Waltah, Afrolicious, Free Radicals Projekt, MothXP, Ultra Violets, Flash Drive and the Kit Kat Club Cabaret. The sound waves of 60’s and 70’s funk, along with jazz and blues, will resound. $185 presale $200 at door. $400 VIP. Gates open 10am. Music Starts at 12pm. Camp Keanae (13375 Hana Hwy, Keanae), mauidawg.com.
A COMEDY STORY – Hawaii welcomes Paul Ogata, one of its own, for a new comedy tour. Orgata teams up with Andy Bumatai and Jose Dynamite. Ogata’s cleverness has won him an award at the 32nd Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition and allowed him to headline shows nationwide and features on “Pacific Rim Comedy” and “Live at Gotham.” Entertaining Hawaii for over 30 years, the Andy Bumatai name speaks for itself. Jose Dynamite’s break came as the opener for Augie T. Tickets are available for $25 presale at Maui Beach Hotel. $30. 6:30 doors open. 7:30pm show starts. Maui Beach Hotel (170 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-391-5673, mauibeachhotel.net.
MAKAWAO THIRD FRIDAY – “Makawao Gives” is the theme for this month’s Third Friday Town Party. In the spirit of the season, the evening is all about charitable giving. The evening will be filled with festive cheer while merchants participate in storefront/window dressing contest, Christmas carolers roam the streets and the air is filled the scent of holiday treats. If holiday stress is getting to you, enjoy a free massage at ON CORE Studio provided by Makawao School of Therapeutic Massage students. Also, there will be no road closure on Baldwin Avenue, so parking should be easier. Be sure to take photo of your favorite storefront/ window holiday dressing and post it to Historic Makawao Town Facebook page or turn in a paper ballot at Maui Hands. Free. 6pm-9pm. Makawao (Between Baldwin and Makawao Avenues), mauifridays.com.
FALCON’S NEST CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY MIXER – Falcon’s Nest Home Furnishings invites you to Falcon’s Nest Christmas Holiday Mixer. Come and celebrate the holidays with other businesses in Maui at the “Meet and Greet” party. Part of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Women Helping Women. FNHF offers furniture that is new, remodeled and slightly used. $10. 5pm-7pm. Kahului Shopping Center (65 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-283-6270.
SATURDAY, DEC. 22
RANDALL ROSPOND – Here’s another opportunity to catch Randall Rospond of the Haiku Hillbillys. His newly released CD, The Legendary Unknown, has been described as “gently spiritual” with a twist of hillbilly. Catch one of Maui’s finest hillbillies for two sets this Saturday, Dec. 22. No cover. 3pm-5pm & 7pm-9pm. Monkeypod Kitchen (10 Wailea Gateway Pl.); 808-891-2322, monkeypodkitchen.com.
MAUI BRASS ENSEMBLE – The Shops at Wailea is celebrating the season with The Maui Brass Ensemble. Catch a free performance this Saturday, Dec. 22. They will showcase their talent through classic holiday tunes. Take a break from shopping to enjoy the sweet sounds of their special cheer. Free. 6:30pm-8pm. The Shops at Wailea, Lower Courtyard (3750 Wailea Alanui Dr.); theshopsatwailea.com.
FINE ART FAIR – The Lahaina Arts Society is offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to view and purchase art by local artists. Their Fine Art Fair under the historic Banyan Tree is just in time for gift giving. Members of LAS will showcase their latest ceramics, original oils, watercolors, acrylics, hand-made jewelry, fine-art giclées, photographs and more. Come support the community and celebrate Maui’s unique talent. Free. 9am-5pm. Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina (Front Street next to the Pioneer Inn, Lahaina), lahaina-arts.com.
SUNDAY, DEC. 23
SANTA CLAUS COMES TO HULA GRILL – Yes, Saint Nicholas is setting sail for his 18th annual visit to Hula Grill Ka’anapali. Santa will merrily accept Christmas requests from keiki, take photos with families and pass out candy canes to those who made the cut for his nice list. In honor of Santa’s visit, Hula Grill will also offer cookie and ornament decorating for all. So bring out your keiki for an arrival fit for the present machine! 4:45pm. Hula Grill (2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy.);808-667-6636, hulagrillkaanapali.com.
TUESDAY, DEC. 25
HOLIDAY BUFFET – Need a break from holiday cooking? Or want an alternative to the traditional holiday regimen? Why not celebrate the holidays by indulging in the Grand Wailea’s holiday buffet? There will be an Eggs Benedict station, Belgian waffles, fresh island fruits, seasonal salads, shrimp cocktail, crab and roasted corn chowder soup, carving stations of smoked Berkshire pork, slow roasted turkey, prime rib, pan seared lobster and more! Too much for your little tike? There will also be a keiki buffet filled with “children-friendly” foods and favorites treats. To make reservations and for a full menu see phone number and website below. $76 adults, $38 for keiki. 11:30am-3pm. Grand Wailea, Grand Dining Room (3850 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808.875.1234 ext. 4500, wailearesortdining.com.
MELE KALIKIMAKA! – From the team at MauiTime, to you and your loved ones, we’d like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! In the islands we bid a Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! To our Kwanzaa observers, Heri za Kwanzaa! To our Jewish brothers and sisters, Happy Hanukkah! And to everyone, please have a Happy–and safe–New Years. A Hui Hou 2012!