THURSDAY, DEC. 6
MAUI HANDS ARTIST KERI MEYER – Maui Hands brings you a December to remember. Enjoy a variety of featured artists island-wide for the whole month. On Dec. 6, 13 & 20, you can catch Artist in Residence Keri Meyer at the Maui Hands Gallery in the Hyatt Regency in Ka‘anapali from 5pm-9pm. Known to push the boundaries of art and jewelry design, Meyer is making her own footprint in the art world. For more information on other artist featured this month visit mauihands.com.
WAILEA WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL – Swirl, sip and savor as Wailea celebrates the vino. Wailea’s Four Seasons Resort Maui, the Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Grand Wailea join forces. This year the signature beneficiary is the Maui Culinary Academy. Hundreds of spirits from 65 wineries around the world, resort cuisine and eight Master Sommeliers will have the island buzzin’. Participating restaurants include Amasia, DUO, Capische? and Nick’s Fish Market. Guests must be 21 and over to participate in any of the festivals encounters. Free parking will be available at the participating resorts with validation or ticket stub. To purchase tickets or view a complete schedule of events please visit waileawineandfoodfestival.com.
THE KATINAS – The notion of mixing family with business has worked for The Katinas for more than two decades. Their musical influences range from praise and worship to urban gospel. Brothers Joe, James, John, Sam and Jesse make up The Katinas, and their debut album landed them on the charts. Destiny, their second album, would prove continued success on Christian radio stations, helping them earn seven Dove Award nominations. Join them as they kick off their Christmas Collage tour on the MACC stage this holiday season. $20-$35. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); mauiarts.org.
AC/DCEMBER – 97.3 K-Rock presents AC/DCember 2012. It doubles as a benefit for Layla Sheikh and tribute to hard rock and heavy metal royalty AC/DC. Hosted by Power Up Comedy’s Chino LaForge and Next Level Theatre Productions’ Rachel Deboer, it features performances by I Want Candy, Annie and The Orfinz, Simply Twisted with Jamie Gallo, Clay Mortensen, Vince Esquire, Brenton Keith, Pete Sebastian and more. There will also be a silent auction and guitar giveaway. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Mulligan’s in Wailea (7pm-10pm); Sunday, Dec. 9 at Charley’s in Paia (8pm-11pm); Thursday, Dec. 13 at Longhi’s in Lahaina (8pm-11pm). $10. For more information visit facebook.com/pages/ACDCember-2012.
A MAUI FISH-MAS – In honor of the governor’s proclamation naming Dec. 1-9, 2012 the “Week for the Animals,” Maui Ocean Center is celebrating “A Maui FISH-mas.” Throughout the month of December, children and adults can enjoy holiday crafts, special presentations and festive trinkets on sale from the center’s gift shop. Ocean naturalists will highlight our island’s unique marine life and focus on season-inspired marine life with festive names (Snowflake Eel, Angelfish, Candy Cane Shrimp, etc.). $18.50-$25.50. 9am-5pm. Maui Ocean Center (192 Ma’alaea Rd.); 808-270-7000; mauioceancenter.com.
FRIDAY, DEC. 7
REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR – On this, the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Story of Hawaii Museum will present Maui author and war historian Deborah C. Pike. Attendees can also view the museum’s recently expanded World War II display, which includes USO pamphlets, original newspaper headlines, artifacts from the Japanese military, Rising Sun flags, senninriki and printed propaganda. There is also an original photo of the admirals of the Combined Japanese Fleet that was taken weeks before the Pearl Harbor attack at Iwakimi Naval Base in Japan. The evening will include live music and light refreshments. $10. 5pm-7pm. The Story of Hawaii Museum, Ma’alaea Harbor (300 Ma’alaea Rd.); 808-283-3576; storyofhawaiimuseum.com.
TWO NIGHTS OF GHETTO FUNK – Beats Bazaar and Cultivate are presenting two nights of ghetto funk music, fashion and soul this Friday, Dec. 7th (at Casanova) and Saturday, Dec. 8 (at Longhi’s). It all features the Funk Hunters, DJ Boomshot & Jay P, DJ Boogiemeister and Matt Lane, Go-Go dancers, live painting and more! Guests are encouraged to don their retro or future funk outfits for an evening of moving and grooving. Visual projections will be provided by the Funk Hunters, so be ready for psychedelic audio-video synchronization. Friday: $12 presale. $15 at the door. Casanova’s (1188 Makawao Ave.) / Saturday: $10 at door. 9:30pm. Longhi’s (888 Front St, Lahaina).
‘SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE’ – ProArts presents Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a revue of novelty pop songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The award-winning musical features 39 hits, ranging from rock ‘n roll to blues and jazz. “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog” and “Stand By Me” are just a few of the classics heard during the lively Broadway production. Director Aly Cardinalli both choreographs and performs. Opening night is Dec. 7 and the show plays until Dec. 23, 2012; Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Kama’aina nights are scheduled for Dec. 8, 13 and 20 with reduced rates for Hawaii residents. $25 adults. $22.50 Kama’aina nights. ProArts (1280 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-463-6550; proartspacific.com.
MELVIN SEALS AND THE JERRY GARCIA BAND – Dancing Dog presents Melvin Seals and The Jerry Garcia Band at Mulligan’s on the Blue. Melvin’s relationship with the JGB would span 18 years, paving a path for what’s now known as “Jam Band Music.” From blues to rock, Seals has captivated audiences with his eclectic mixing of R&B and gospel. Acoustic or electric, Seals and JGB’s effortless use of guitar, mandolin, slide and lap steel is a blend of natural grooves that challenges genre boundaries. $25 in advance. $30 at the door. 6:30pm. Mulligans on the Blue (100 Kaukahi St., Kihei); 808-874-1131; mulligansontheblue.com.
NA MELE O MAUI – Committed to cultural preservation and the perpetuation of Hawaiian mele, language and arts, the Na Mele O Maui Song and Art Competition has been around four decades. Now the Ka‘anapali Beach Resort presents the 40th Annual Na Mele O Maui 2012. This year the theme is Ka Ho‘oilina Leo a Ho’opi’i Brothers (the Vocal Legacy of the Ho’opi’i Brothers) and will honor the works of the late Solomon Ho’opi’i and still living Richard Ho’opi’i. In the K-12th grade competition, students will be critiqued on musical competence, language proficiency and interpretation, stage presence and all-around enthusiasm. Art entrees will reflect the events, stories and places depicted in songs by the Ho’opi’i Brothers. There will be a special performance by Richard Ho’opi’i. Free (donations requested). 9am-1:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); mauiarts.org.
FESTIVAL OF HARPS – Maui’s finest harpists, along with the Festival Harp Ensemble, is playing the Festival of Harps 2012. Returning to the McCoy Studio Theater, they will celebrate one of Maui’s most festive holiday events. It’s a benefit for Hospice Maui, so please consider treating a loved one while giving back to our kupuna. $12-$17. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio (One Cameron Way, Kahului); mauiarts.org.
‘NUTCRACKER SWEETS’ – Treat yourself to something sweet. The Maui Academy of Performing Arts is presenting Nutcracker Sweets on Friday and Saturday. The timeless Tchaikovsky favorite, Nutcracker Sweets features 150 MAPA students and alumni. The family-friendly production is a must-see. Enjoy the familiar sounds and festive sight of Christmas. Can’t make the Friday show? There will be two shows on Saturday: 2pm and 7:30pm. $17-$20. 5pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-2787; mauiarts.org.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
MAKANA – The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is partnering with slack key guitarist Makana for a Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation fundraiser. Makana’s music will provide for a soothing backdrop while guests enjoy fish tacos, beef slider and pork quesadillas. The evening will also feature a silent auction. Contributions will help purchase medical equipment, fund community outreach, and provide training for clinical staff. VIP packages for 10 guests include champagne, an appetizer bar and a meet and greet with Makana. $45 individual, $1,500 table of 10. 6pm-9pm. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, The Grand Ballroom (200 Nohea Kai Dr., Lahaina); 808- 667-4796; maui.hyatt.com.
BOY SCOUTS CHRISTMAS GIFT & CRAFT FAIR – The family and friends of Boy Scouts of America Troop 190 invites you to the BSA Christmas Craft Fair. Bring your ohana for games, ornament making, food and prizes. It’s a fundraiser to help Troop 190 get to the National Boy Scouts of America 2013 Jamboree in West Virginia. Free. 9am-4pm. Boy Scouts of America Center (200 Liholiho St., Wailuku); 808-268-6795; mauibsa.org.