THURSDAY, AUG. 2
SWISS INDEPENDENCE PARTY – If you’re like me (not Swiss), Switzerland brings two things to mind: cheese with holes in it and international neutrality. Of course, this is a very narrow view of a country rich in cultural traditions and history (I’m assuming). For example, I just learned that Switzerland gained independence from German rule way back in 1291. This is important because you can celebrate Switzerland’s freedom at Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe this week! Brigit & Bernard’s is often considered a German restaurant, but chef/owner Bernard Weber actually hails from the land of great skiing, cuckoo clocks and secret bank accounts. Enjoy live music (“dorfmusikanten”), Swiss trivia games and a Jodel contest, along with tasty traditional Swiss cuisine (raclette, bratwurst and aargauer ruebli suppe) in an all-you-can-eat buffet. $38 all-you-can-eat buffet, $17.50 raclette only, $17.50 bratwurst platter only. Aug 1-3, 6pm-close. Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe, Kahului (335 Hoohana St.); 808-877-6000.
MAPA HOLDS MACBETH AUDITIONS – “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Yep, just quoted Shakespeare (shout out to my friend Google). If you enjoy the Bard, wearing tights and speaking in Olde English, why not auditioneth for a part in MAPA’s production of Macbeth (or, to you superstitious theater types, “The Scottish Play”)? It’s my personal favorite of Willy’s plays–there’s Lady Macbeth, the ultimate diva, and her trip to Crazytown with the whole “Out damn spot!” episode. Simply prepareth a Shakespearean sonnet or monologue that runs a minute or two and audition away. Call ahead for a 10-minute audition slot. Free. Aug. 2, 6-8pm; Aug. 4, 1-3pm. Maui Academy of Performing Arts (2027 Main St., Wailuku); 808-244-8760 x224; mauiacademy.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, AUG. 3
UHMC COMMUNITY GARDEN – Green-thumb or not, everyone’s welcome to learn and share gardening know-how at the new community garden opening at University of Hawaii Maui College this summer. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the community, get your hands dirty and wear overalls with no fear or shame. The garden is a project of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and, with your help, will be up and running by Aug. 22. Starting Aug. 3, you can join volunteers for Friday garden workdays from 10am-2pm and help plant and organize the garden. All workdays will include a tasty lunch provided by Flatbread Pizza Co. Garden plots are still available for rent. Garden Workdays: Free. August 3-22 (Fridays), 10am-2pm. UHMC (310 Ka’ahumanu Ave); contact Tracy Tarlow: 415-717-2217, email@example.com.
FREE ENCHANTED SCREENING AT THE MACC – Bring the whole family to enjoy a free screening of Enchanted, the Disney movie starring Amy Adams as naive, animated princess Giselle who turns live-action when she’s thrown into the hustle and bustle of NYC. Also starring McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) as an unlikely Prince Charming, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon as the evil queen. It’ll be on the big screen at Yokouchi Pavilion, so bring blankets and beach chairs. There will also be music, dining and drink specials. Free. 7:30-10pm. Maui Arts & Cultural Center (One Cameron Way); 808-242-7469; mauiarts.org.
MUSIC FRIDAYS AT THE KEA LANI – Here’s a nice pau hana option: the Fairmont Kea Lani has partnered with the Institute of Hawaiian Music at UH Maui College to bring you free live music every Friday. The Institute of Hawaiian Music works to preserve traditional Hawaiian music and pass it on to future generations. Relax in the lobby and treat your ears to authentic Hawaiian tunes. Free. 5-6pm. Fairmont Kea Lani Lobby (4100 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-840-8402; fairmont.com/kealani.
WAILUKU FIRST FRIDAY – Pop, lock & drop it on Market Street: Requests Music is hosting a breakdancing competition during First Friday! There’s no entry fee and all ages are welcome to show off their moves in this two-on-two competition. First Friday will also have plenty of musical entertainment, including Derick Sebastian and his band at the Banyan Tree Park from 7:15pm on (The Project is opening for them at 6pm), Visibly Shaken at Giannotto’s Pizza, Gene Argel and Ohana at Cafe O’ Lei and Joel Katz on Market Street. There will be, as always, lots of tasty street food and other goods vendors. Party like it’s the first Friday of the rest of your life (which it is). Free. 6-9pm. Market Street, Wailuku; mauifridays.com/wailuku.
MISHKA AT STELLA’S – Reggae pop artist Mishka is a traveler. Born in Bermuda, raised in the Caribbean and signed to major record labels in Hollywood, he’s now residing in Hawaii and making music that’s all his own. His sound reflects his unique journey, influenced in part by Caribbean music, roots reggae and acoustic guitar. He’s released four albums, including 2009’s Guy With A Guitar which iTunes named Best Singer Songwriter Collection of the Year. This fall he’ll release his fifth album on his own label. He just wrapped up a tour of North America (with Hawaii’s own Anuhea), and you can catch him at Stella Blues this weekend. $30 show only, $60 dinner & show. Aug. 3 and 4, 7:30pm. Stella Blues Cafe (1279 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-3779; stellablues.com.
SATURDAY, AUG. 4
LIPOA STREET FARMERS MARKET ANNIVERSARY – Here’s your chance to help local farmers, win prizes and eat birthday cake this Saturday in Kihei. Lipoa Street Farmer’s Market is celebrating their Second Birthday. For the past two years, the market has provided South Maui with fresh local produce and community fun. This Saturday, in addition to the usual juicy, colorful, delicious produce they’re usually selling, there will be $500 in merchant giveaways, birthday cake from Whole Foods Market and live music. Come by and check it out. Free. 8:30-11am. South Maui Center (95 Lipoa St., Kihei); 808-357-4564; facebook.com/LipoaMarket.
VOLCOM SKATE JAM – Grind a rail, do an ollie, um, flip and celebrate the completion of Paia’s Stonewave Skatepark this Saturday. In addition to skating your heart out, you can grab some BBQ, win some prizes and enjoy live entertainment from bands Gogetem and Visibly Shaken. All ages are welcome to this drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free event. So, like, shred the gnar? Or just brush up on your sk8r lingo. Free. 2pm-sunset. Paia Stonewave Skatepark (28 Hana Hwy.); pyccmaui.org.
HANA HO‘OLAULE‘A – Celebrate two Hana milestones in one great event this Saturday: Hana School’s 100th year in operation and Hana Cultural Center’s 15th annual Ho’olaule’a. The theme of this year’s Ho’olaule’a is Hana ‘Imi Na’auao (“Pursuit of Knowledge”). Come out and enjoy a day full of live Hawaiian music, hula, local food, a silent auction, keiki activities and more. Free. 9am-4pm. Hana Store Fairgrounds; 808-248-8622; hanaculturalcenter.org.
GROWN ON MAUI COFFEE FESTIVAL – Calling all coffeeholics: this Saturday you can get your caffeine fix locally at the first-annual “Grown on Maui Coffee Festival” at The Shops at Wailea. Learn about Maui coffee from the growers themselves and sample their goods. The event will also feature on-site roasting and educational displays. Wake up and smell the coffee! Then drink two cups, head to Wailea and smell more coffee. Free. 10am-4pm. The Shops at Wailea (3750 Wailea Alanui Dr.); 808-891-6770; TheShopsAtWailea.com.
SUNDAY, AUG. 5
BREAKING ATOMS, BROKEN LIVES – It’s been 17 months since the tsunami/nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, and people are still feeling the aftermath. Kay Fukumoto, president of Maui Taiko, will share her experience of a recent trip to Eastern Japan and discuss the current situation of families displaced by the disaster at this public talk. This is also a commemoration of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This event will include a short Maui Taiko performance, koto music and dancing. Come between 5:30 and 6:30pm to learn how to make origami cranes. Free. 6:30pm. Pilina Building Multipurpose Room, UH Maui College (310 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave.); 808-878-8015.
DYLAN KEENAN ART OPENING – Young local artist Dylan Keenan will open her exhibit at the South Shore Tiki Lounge this Sunday. Her mixed-media works were inspired specifically by a recent trip to Bali and Indonesian culture in general. She graduated from Maui High School and will be attending Southern Oregon University this fall. Catch her before she goes collegiate. Free. 8-10pm. South Shore Tiki Lounge (Kihei Kalama Village, 1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-874-6444; southshoretikilounge.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8
SLACK KEY SERIES – Hawaiiian slack key masters will wow you with their skills at this concert series, hosted by George Kahumoku Jr. Enjoy traditional slack key and vocal performances by renowned artists Kevin Brown & Ikaika. Co-hosting are Da Ukulele Boyz, Sterling Seaton and Wainani Kealoha. Kick off your slippahs and enjoy the show. $37.99-78.35; Dinner/show package available with Sea House Restaurant (adjacent to the concert hall; 5:30pm seating). 7:30-9:30pm (doors at 6:45). Napili Kai Beach Resort Aloha Pavilion, (5900 L. Honoapiilani Rd.); 808-669-3858; slackkey.com, napilikai.com.