FRIDAY, APRIL 19
THIRD FRIDAY – Just in time for spring is the Makawao Third Friday fling. Hey, that rhymes! Anyway, Pink By Nature will host a fashion show on the main stage while Kamehameha High School’s cheer team will get the audience hyped for the weekend. You can roam over to Maui Hands for an evening with bead artist Rona Smith and oil painter Claire Blahnik (5pm-8pm). Or take advantage of all the merchant specials. There will also be ono food from vendors and local restaurants Aloha Juice Hut, Da Local Banana, Da Puerto Rican Food Truck and more. Oh, and Soul Kitchen will jam on the Makai Stage. 6pm. Makawao Town, Mauifridays.com.
ART OF TRASH – In conjunction with island-wide Earth Day festivities, The Art of Trash Exhibit returns for three weeks to Maui Mall. Kicking off the showcase, Whole Foods will host an opening reception featuring the annual Trashion Fashion show and live music by the Junkyard Band. The exhibit challenges artists to reuse items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Opening night will also feature artwork made of debris by Pomaika‘i Elementary’s educational beach clean-up. Sponsors SharingAloha, Community Work Day, and the County of Maui invite you to reuse, recycle and even wear your latest in trash fashion. 6pm. Maui Mall (70 E. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); Facebook.com/artoftrash.
SOJA – Finding a common ground in hip-hop, rock, Reggae and folk, the members of Soldier of Jah Army (SOJA) are four albums deep and have toured in 15 countries. Spreading the message of love and unity, SOJA’s latest album Strength to Survive echoes the philosophy of Bob Marley. Originating in Virginia, SOJA has adjusted to life on the road by shining light on global disparities. Opening the show will be hip-hop band Atmosphere. Hailing from Minnesota, the alternative rap band has been making music since the late 1990s. $39.50 general admission/ $80 VIP ($5 increase on show day). 6pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Pavilion/Amphitheater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
DALA – Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, who are both Canadian natives and best friends, make up the group Dala. Recipient of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, the well-traveled duo have graced the stages of The New Orleans Jazz Festival and Mariposa Folk Festival. The singer-songwriters draw inspiration from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Beatles. $25. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.
HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR FESTIVAL – The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and Art Education For Children present the fifth annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival. Over three days (April 19-21), you can enjoy free performances, workshops and presentations from the island’s best slack key musicians. Special guests include Alan Akaka, Greg Sardinha and Bobby Ingano. Friday evening, Akaka will play at 5:30pm. On Saturday, there are workshops on Hawaiian steel guitar (9am), recording tips, ukulele with Mele Fong (1pm) and hula with Leimomi Balcasco-Murray (2:30pm). Saturday evening will start with a steel guitar concert featuring Sardinha, Ross Ka’a’a and Geri Valdriz. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel (2525 Ka’anapali Pkwy);808-283-3576, Mauisteelguitarfestival.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
BANYAN TREE BIRTHDAY – The Lahaina Banyan Tree is turning 140 and the Lahaina Action Committee wants you to help celebrate during two days of merriment. Originally planted in 1873, the tree traveled from India at a mere eight feet tall. Today, the landmark is 12 trunks wide and spreads across nearly an acre. Saturday, guests can enjoy music from Uncle Louie and Upcountry Celtic. For the keiki there will be a magic show, birthday cake and a birthday card contest. Enjoy a selection of art, jewelry and crafts during the day as well. Benny Uyetake & the Kalama Kids and the Haiku Hillbillies will continue the celebration on Sunday for another afternoon of crafters and live music under the historic tree. Free. 9am-5pm daily. Banyan Tree Park (Front Street, Lahaina); Visitlahaina.com.
HAIKU HOOLAULEA & FLOWER FESTIVAL – Bring your family and friends to the 20th Annual Haiku Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival. There will be musical performances from Ekolu, Makana, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom and more. Children can enjoy the keiki zone, nibble on PTA baked goods and roam the silent auction. View the floral design entrees, make a lei, or stroll the historical booths, where you can learn more about the Haiku community. Proceeds will help the Haiku Community Association, Haiku Elementary School and Boys & Girls Club Haiku. Free (parking $2). 9am-4:30pm. Haiku community Center (Hana Highway at Pilialoha St., Haiku); Haikuhoolaulea.org.
LEILANI FARM SANCTUARY YARD SALE – Add the Leilani Farm Sanctuary yard sale to your list of stops this Saturday. Home to a slew of animals, the farm covers more than eight acres and serves as a refuge for abandoned and abused animals. Stop by the first annual charity yard sale at the address below (not the Leilani Farm Sanctuary location). All proceeds benefit LFS and its rescue and outreach programs. Encouraging positive interaction between human and animals, the nonprofit organization hosts at-risk youth, elderly and special-needs children to teach relationship-building between humans and animals. 8am-4pm. Private Residence (3052 Kekaulike Ave, Kula); 808-298-8544, Leilanifarmsanctuary.org.
CANNERY MALL GOES GREEN – The Lahaina Cannery Mall is inviting you to go green. As a prelude to Earth Day, the afternoon will host informational booths and displays that encourage reduction, reuse and recycling. Learn about green initiatives, Hawaiian plants and organic vegetable starter plants. Community recycling stations will be in the parking lot as Hammerhead Metals Recycling and Community Work Day Program collect scrap metal, green waste, household goods, cardboard, batteries, paint, books and more. (NOTE: The stations NOT accept hazardous fluids, car oil or tires.) A non-perishable can food drive will also take place. 10am-3pm. Lahaina Cannery Mall (1221 Honoapi’ilani Hwy, Lahaina) 808-877-2524, Cwdhawaii.org.
OCEAN VODKA COMMUNITY WORK DAY – Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery wants you to commemorate Earth Day with a roadside cleanup. The cleanup will begin at the Ocean Vodka farm and continue along Omaopio Road. A complimentary BBQ lunch will be provided to volunteers after the cleanup. Gloves, bags and water will be provided, so be sure to grab a friend and lend a hand in keeping our island clean. 7:30am. Ocean Vodka Farm and Distillery (4051 Omaopio Rd, Lower Kula); 808-877-0009 Oceanvodka.com.
KAHULUI HARBOR CLEANUP – Need another opportunity to participate in Earth Day? Surfrider Foundation, +H20 and Community Work Day Project are doing a big cleanup of Kahului Harbor. These efforts are crucial at keeping the North shore viable for future generations. In return for your hard work, volunteers can enjoy raffles and a free lunch from Flatbread Pizza. Volunteers should bring a water bottle (water provided), bucket, reusable bag and gloves. Be sure to look for the +H20 and Surfrider Foundation banners at the harbor. 9am-12pm. Kahului Harbor (Hana Hwy past FHB), Positiveh2o.com, Surfrider.org.
RECORD STORE DAY – Here’s your chance to celebrate independent record stores around the world: attend Record Store Day at Request Music. Wailuku’s only record store wants you to snoop their expansive collection. You can also catch live performances by Flashdrive, MauiTime Best Of Maui DJ Blast and Jay P, among others. Don’t miss out on the load of giveaway and in store specials. Whether you’re into roots, Reggae or rock, take advantage of Request’s stock. 10am-6pm. Request Music (10 N. Market St., Wailuku); 808-244-9315, Requestshawaii.com.
DIVERSITE – University of Hawaii Maui’s Fashion Tech Program is presenting Diversite (pronounced Diver-Sa-tay.) It showcases the work of 15 students, all varying in levels and experience, who are part of the six-decade old program. Pupu will be served prior to show, which will be divided into four segments. Proceeds will go toward show costs and current students. Tickets must be purchased prior to event (Tuesday-Friday between 1:30pm and 4pm) at the Fashion Tech Classroom (Ho’okipa Building). Doors open at 5pm/ Show 7pm. $20. University of Hawaii Maui Campus, Pa’ina Building (310 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), maui.hawaii.edu.
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
THE LORAX – The MACC is presenting another Starry Night Cinema, this time featuring Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. In honor of Earth Day, guests can enjoy pre-show dining, themed activities and live music by Dave Elberg. The 3D animation takes the audience on the adventure of Ted (Zac Efron) to meet the Once-ler (Ed Helms), who stumble upon the story of the Lorax (Danny DeVito). Free. Gates Open at 5:30pm/ Show 7:00pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, Mauiarts.org.