THURSDAY, DEC. 5
RANDALL ROSPOND – Catch Randall Rospond at Fleetwood’s on Front Street this Thursday (and every first Thursday of the month). A staple in Maui’s local music scene, Maui’s hillbilly often sings songs about freedom and acceptance. The “gently spiritual” musician has also recently released a CD titled Trio Live. It’s a product of the collaboration between him and his band, The Haiku Hillbillys. The CD features live performances on local radio station Mana’o Radio (91.7 FM). 6:30pm-9:30pm. Fleetwoods (744 Front St., Lahaina), randallrospond.com.
HUI NO‘EAU FIRST NIGHT – You’re invited to Hui No‘eau “First Night,” an evening commemorating Hui Holidays 2013 (it runs through Dec. 24). Hui Holidays is one of eight annual exhibitions featuring a range of whimsical artwork and gift ideas. “First Night” serves as the Hui Holidays 2013 grand opening and features the center’s full inventory. The evening doubles as the reveal of Hui’s holiday window by designer/ choreographer André Morissette. Don’t miss the Adaptations Dance Theater live performance as well. Local artists will create pieces unique to this evening with proceeds benefiting the art center. $30. 5pm-8pm. Hui No’eau (2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao); 808-572-6560, huinoeau.com.
NA MELE O MAUI SONG & ART COMPETITION – The Ka’anapali Beach Resort is presenting the 41st Annual Na Mele O Maui Song and Art Competition. This year the theme is “Na Wahi Pana Aloha I Hawaiʻi,” and the show will feature songs and artwork of beloved places of Hawaii. The K-12th grade competition requires each class to perform two songs. The first is a song assigned by the Na Mele O Maui (NMOM) committee and the second will be a song chosen by each class. Winners will be chosen for each grade division and there will also be an overall winner. Judges will critique the students on musical competence, language proficiency and interpretation, stage presence and all-around enthusiasm. Twenty-three classes representing 16 schools will participate this year. Free. 9am-2:00pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului), mauiarts.org, kaanapaliresort.com.
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FRIDAY, DEC. 6
WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY – The Wailuku First Friday town party returns with tasty treats from Four Sisters Kitchen, Gianotto’s Pizza, Main Street Bistro, Saeng Thai, Wailuku Coffee Co. and more. The beer and wine garden will also feature music for the 21+ crowd while live music can be found along Market Street. Kama’aina Loan and Exotic Eye Tattoo return for their First Friday specials while Body Alive offers yoga prior to the festivities. Free and family friendly. 6pm-9pm. Wailuku (Historic Market St.), mauifridays.com.
SHAMANIC DUB HIP HOP – This Friday, Origins Music and Beats Bazaar presents Heavyweight Dub Champion. Rooted in electronic music, Heavyweight Dub Champion is a music and art collective unique by using real and acoustic instruments fused with synthetic and electronic elements. DJ Sasha Rose will open the show, followed by Vir McCoy on acoustics. Rachel Deboer will continue the Shamanic Dub Hip Hop theme with festive face painting. The evening serves as a benefit for GMO Free Maui. $15. 9:30-1pm. Casanova. (1188 Makawao Ave.), themauiwowie.com.
TOWER OF POWER & WAR – Get ready for Tower of Power (TOP) and War at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this Friday. Best known for their funk and soul sound, TOP’s powerful horn section and precisely syncopated bass-guitar lines have been entertaining audiences since 1968. Joining them on stage is War, a California funk group that has long crossed racial barriers. Their familiar harmonica and saxophone solos accompany themes of social and political lyrics. Catch Maui’s Soul Kitchen before and after the show. 6pm. $45-$125. Maui Arts and Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
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SATURDAY, DEC. 7
SHARE THE LOVE – Island Subaru invites the community to “share the love” this Saturday. Partnering with SPCA Maui and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, the public will have opportunities to donate to both causes and adopt a furry friend. Every adoption will receive a $25 Petco gift card and bag of dog treats. Enter for a chance to win free dog and cat spay/neuter treatments or adoption gift certificates. SPCA Maui also plans to offer pet nail trims, canine dental exams, skin, coat and behavioral consultations from Maui’s pet experts and pet photos. Big Brothers Big Sisters will be collecting household supplies and clothing as well. 11am-2pm. Island Subaru (110 Hana Hwy., Kahului), subaruhawaii.com.
HOSPICE MAUI OPEN HOUSE – Hospice Maui is inviting the family to a festive open house designed to help people remember and heal from the loss of a loved one. Activities will be available to encourage families to express their grief through creative outlets. Grief counselors will be in attendance for additional support. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one and enjoy holiday crafts. RSVP is required. Free. 10am-1pm. Hospice Maui (400 Mahalani St., Wailuku); 808-244-5555, HospiceMaui.org.
CHRISTMAS WITH NAPUA GREIG – Join Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, esteemed Kumu Hula and Maui native Napua Greig as she releases her holiday album Lei Kulaia. Finding her voice during her freshman year at Kamehameha High School, there is no denying that music is in Napua’s blood. The audience can enjoy a festive holiday concert, island style. Accompanied by Merrie Monarch finalist Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, the evening promises a unique and wonderful cultural experience for all. $25. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio (One Cameron Center, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy Napua Greig’s Facebook page
HALEAKALA WALDORF SCHOOL’S HOLIDAY FAIRE – This Saturday, Haleakala Waldorf School is presenting their 28th Annual Holiday Faire. Shop at more than 75 vendors, indulge in fresh baked goods and take part in hands-on activities like ornament decoration or beeswax candle dipping. Stroll the silent auction while your keiki watch puppet theater or take on the obstacle course. Dress your keiki in an elf or Santa’s helper costume and win a prize. Don’t forget to pick up your holiday wreaths complete with local flowers. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, festivity and community with your ohana. $3 Adults. Free-Keiki under 12. 9am-4pm. Waldorf School (4160 L. Kula Rd.); 808-878-2511, waldorfmaui.org.
DINING FOR LIFE – This Saturday, you have a chance to dine and benefit those stricken with HIV/AIDS. Grab breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop and 15 percent of all sales will benefit the Maui AIDS Foundation. The money will go towards programs like housing, client care, nutrition and prevention. Leoda’s is a family-style restaurant that offers fresh sandwich, salads, sweet and savory pies. Local ingredients and innovative technique continue to set the eatery apart. Make it a date or a family affair. 7am-8pm. Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop (820 Olowalu Village Rd.), MauiAIDS.org.
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SUNDAY, DEC. 8
HOLIDAY POPS – ‘Tis the season to be jolly and the Maui Pops Orchestra is helping to make that happen. Come one, come all for an afternoon of holiday favorites during Holiday Pops: “Peace On Earth.” Pops will be joined onstage by guest special guest pianist Hyperion Knight performing Grieg’s “First Piano Concerto,” Na Leo Lani O Maui and Kumu Hula Uluwehi Guerrero. Keiki 18 and under are half price. $15-$50. 3pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theatre (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
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MONDAY, DEC. 9
‘EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)’ – Maui OnStage invites you to the One Night Only (ONO!) performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) this Monday. It’s a production comprised of elements from holiday classics like Rankin Bass Puppetoons, the Grinch, Scrooge and It’s a Wonderful Life. The holiday production is one of many in Maui OnStage’s ONO! series. Free. 6:30pm. Maui OnStage (68 N. Market St, Wailuku); 808-244-8680, mauionstage.com.
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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’ – Ambrosia’s Red Carpet Movie Night continues with A Christmas Story this Wednesday. The 1983 comedy is based on Jean Shepherd’s In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. Starring Peter Billingsley and Melinda Dillon, the movie is about Ralphie, who has to convince his parents that a Red Ryder B.B. gun is a fit gift. Will he succeed? Free popcorn and Happy Hour prices until 9pm await your libation needs. No cover. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia’s Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, ambrosiamaui.com.