THURSDAY, NOV. 21
W.S. MERWIN FILM PREVIEW – Here’s a special glimpse into the life and work of Pulitzer winning poet and environmental activist W.S. Merwin. The documentary Even Though the Whole World is Burning follows various events in Merwin’s life that lead him from one side of the country to the other. Before the film there will be a special reception that includes pupus, wine and an opportunity to visit with the Merwins and filmmakers, as well as a poem from John Burnham Schwartz and Hector Elizondo. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Stefan Schaefer. Proceeds will benefit The Merwin Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming a wasteland into tropical palm forest. $100 (reception+film) $25-$40 (film). 6pm Reception. 7:30pm Film. Seabury Hall, ‘A‘ali‘ikūhonua Creative Arts Center (480 Olinda Rd., Makawao), merwinscreeining2013.eventbrite.com.
GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT – Join the American Cancer Society’s nationwide movement that encourages people to quit smoking. The Great American Smokeout Maui event will feature an interactive health fair (11am-1pm), campus clean-up (2:30-3:30pm) and screening of film Addiction Incorporated (4pm-5:30pm). The event aims to raise awareness and offer resources to those wanting to quit smoking. The event will also aim to introduce policies that enforce non-smoking learning environments, beaches and county parks. The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline is a free and confidential telephone service for Hawaii tobacco users that offers resources to help them quit. Free. 11am-5:30pm. UH Maui College, Paina Cafe (310 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului), clearthesmoke.org.
HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES – The Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s monthly Hawaiian Music Series returns with the Kamehameha Schools Maui Hawaiian Ensemble. The ensemble displays cultural expression through hula, mele and oli. They have performed at various venues on the islands of Maui, Oahu, New Zealand and Tahiti. Chairs are limited so blankets, mats, and low beach chairs are welcome. Free. 6:00pm-7:30pm Baldwin House Museum, Lawn (120 Dickenson St., Lahaina); 808-661-3262, lahainarestoration.org.
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FRIDAY, NOV. 22
HEALTH FAIR FOR THE HOMELESS – Designed to help Maui’s homeless community, the 14th annual Health for Homeless Fair returns this Friday. The Salvation Army, University of Hawaii Maui College ADN Nursing Students and the Ho‘omoana Foundation are this year’s sponsors. Forty agencies and events will be there to provide health education, health screening and assistance for those in need. The Salvation Army welcomes donations that can be distributed to the homeless at the fair. Additional sponsors are welcome. 9am-1pm. Salvation Army (45 W. Kamehameha Ave., Kahului); 808-877-7720, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOS LOBOS – This Friday, the Grammy winning American Chicano rock band Los Lobos will stop on Maui during their Hawaii tour. The California natives are best known for their fusion of rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, blues, cumbia, boleros and norteños. Releasing music since the 1970s, Los Lobos’ latest album Tin Can Trust came out in 2010. This year, the group joined Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s European tour. $40-$55. 7:30pm. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Castle Theater (One Cameron Center, Kahului); 808-242-7469, mauiarts.org.
CAREER & INNOVATION DAY – UH Maui College invites you to Career & Innovation Day. The event features projects in science and technology by students in the UHMC Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM), Sustainable Science Management (SSM) and Applied Business in Information Technology (ABIT) programs and community members. Other groups include student members of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UHMC branch, members of Maui Makers and the Maui Ham Radio Club. A panel of experts–including James Yenne, a former Program Manager of Microsoft–will discuss their experience and industry related topics. 8am-6pm. Ike Lea (310 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului); 808-984-3706, facebook.com/IEEEUHMC.
KIHEI FOURTH FRIDAY – Kihei’s Fourth Friday Town Party “Gives Thanks” this Friday and all are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation to benefit the Maui Food Bank. For music, GoMega and the Gina Martinelli Band will take the stage. You can also get holiday gift ideas and take advantage of town party shopping deals at the merchant booths. The popular Keiki/Youth Zone returns complete with games, activities, bubbles, face painting and Nu Bossa performing in the Food Court. Fourth Friday isn’t complete without food trucks, including Pura Vida, Three’s, Sumo Dogs, Pulehu Plates, Jawz, Kinaole Grill and Dibs on da Ribs. Free Admission. 6pm. Azeka Shopping Center (South Kihei Rd.), kiheifridays.com
DJ VADIM – On his “Don’t Be Scared” world tour, UK hip-hop DJ Vadim returns to Maui with his latest album and signature hip hop style. Blending soul, Reggae and electronica with hip-hop has proven successful for this international producer and master mixer. He’s performed shows in over 60 different countries. Sandwich Island Bass (S.I.B) and Arab-Caribbean artist KarenBe, will join the lineup as well. 21+. $10 presale. $15 door. 9pm. Charleys Restaurant and Saloon (142 Hana Hwy, Paia), charleysmaui.com/index.cfm.
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SATURDAY, NOV. 23
ALOHA KALIKIMAKA – Pacific Cancer Foundation’s annual Aloha Kalikimaka returns this Saturday with plenty of holiday cheer. This year’s holiday party theme is “A Great Gatsby Style Christmas” and the evening will feature the Aloha Kalikimaka Christmas trees, which will be auctioned off. These trees are created by local Maui artists, designers and personalities and are ready for placement in your home. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer, charity and community. $200. 5:30pm. Yokouchi Estate (2471 W Main St., Wailuku); 808-242-7661, pacificcancerfoundation.org.
ARTINI NIGHT – Sip and savor during the Turnbull Fine “ARTini” event this Saturday. Celebrating the work of two local artists, the reception and martini mixer invites art lovers to savor the work of Lori Koprowski and jewelry maker Carol Schwarz. Koprowski, known for her vibrant imagery of the female anatomy, will present new work while Schwarz will show off her hand-crafted vintage jewelry pieces. Free parking is located behind the gallery. 6pm-9pm. Turnbull Fine (137 Hana Hwy., Paia); 808-579-9385, turnbullfineart.com.
MAKANA CD RELEASE PARTY – Rooted in traditional Hawaiian slack key, Makana’s music has achieved broad appeal. So broad, in fact, that his latest album–Ripe–was completely funded through the crowd-sourcing tool Kickstarter. Now we’re all invited to celebrate this new album. The musician has been termed one of slack key guitar’s greatest players and has shared the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. He’s also opened for Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello. Helping to celebrate will be Willie K and Lily Meola. Advance purchase is highly recommended as space is limited. 21+. $25-$30. 8:30pm-10:30pm. Gannon’s (100 Wailea Golf Club Dr.); 808-875-8080, makanamusic.com. Photo: Jeff Mallin
KULA SCHOOL HARVEST FESTIVAL – The 26th Annual Kula School Harvest Festival is back and packed with family-friendly festivity. Enjoy bouncing castles, pony rides and live entertainment. Or savor treats from Serpico’s, Beach Bums, Outrigger Pizza, Porto Maui, Anthony’s Coffee, Komoda’s Bakery, Grandma’s Bakery and Dudoit’s Shave Ice & Cotton Candy. The festival will also feature a silent auction and a country store filled with fresh flowers, produce and baked goods. Proceeds from the event will benefit Kula Elementary School’s enrichment programs. Free admission. 9am-3pm. Kula Elementary School (5000 Kula Hwy., Kula), KulaHarvestFest.Blogspot.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27
THE KITTINGER JUMP – The Sports Page Grill and Bar kicks off it’s concert series this Wednesday. The evening will feature the local rock group The Kittinger Jump, Black Ocean and DJ Carone. Proceeds will benefit the Maui Food Bank. The music series will showcase local talent while proceeds benefit a community cause. 9pm. The Sports Page (2411 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-879-0602.
‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS’ –
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Ambrosia’s Red Carpet Movie Night features the classic Home for the Holidays. Directed by Jodie Foster, the film stars include Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft and Robert Downey Jr. Claudia Larson is forced to spend the Thanksgiving holiday visiting with her family. Will she survive their crazy antics? Free popcorn and Happy Hour prices until 9pm await your libation needs. Free Admission. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Ambrosia’s Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.); 808-891-1011, ambrosiamaui.com.