Island Events

Okinawan lion and dragon await Maui Okinawan Festival to begin; photo by Nagamine Studio.

Maui Okinawan Festival • Saturday

EXPERIENCE THE OKINAWAN SPIRIT! Join the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai at its annual Maui Okinawan Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maui Mall in Kahului. There will be lots of food, entertainment, a country store, cultural display, professional photo sessions in traditional Okinawan wear, a mini ...

Picnic for Poki with The Hula Honeys • Today; photo provided by Roselani Place.

Island Events • September 21, 2017

TODAY, SEPT. 21 AKAKU UPSTAIRS SALON SERIES CONTINUES Akaku Upstairs presents Kaimana Brummel, the community engagement lead for the Central Maui Blue Zones Project, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 333 Dairy Road, Suite 204 in Kahului. This is a free event. RSVP at 871-5554 or email ...

2016 Falsetto contest winner Gregory Kahikina Maxwell Juan with Richard Ho‘opi‘i • Saturday. Photo priovided by Smythe Fujiwara Design

Island Events • September 14, 2017

TODAY, SEPT. 14 FREE SCREENING OF ‘CHASING CORAL’ AT UH-MC Organizing for Action is partnering with the Chasing Coral team and University of Hawaii Maui College Sustainable Science Management to present the award-winning documentary “Chasing Coral” free at 5:30 p.m. in room 144 of ...

Lahaina Banyan Tree Ho‘olaule‘a two-day celebration. Photo priovided by Smythe Fujiwara Design

Lahaina Banyan Tree Ho‘olaule‘a • Saturday and Sunday

FESTIVALS OF ALOHA CELEBRATION CONTINUES. Join the Lahaina Banyan Tree Ho‘olaule‘a, a part of the Festivals of Aloha celebration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy live entertainment, crafters, keiki activities and local eats. For more information about Festivals of Aloha, visit ...

Grammy Award winner and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee Jo-El Sonnier • Four Seasons ~ Friday; photo provided by Maui Jazz and Blues Festival.

Island Events • September 7, 2017

TODAY, SEPT. 7 MAUI JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL KICKOFF EVENTS The seventh annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival will kickoff at Duke’s Beach House and Hula Grill in Kaanapali. Hear Jimmy D. Lane, Bobby Watson, Jo-El Sonnier, Benny Uyetake and Rock Hendricks at Duke’s from 5 to 7 p.m. ...

Halau I Ka Wekiu, Na Kumu Hula Kark Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang in their Wahine ‘Auana presentation last year (the halau will not be participating this year); Marsha Aguon photo.

Ku Mai Ka Hula • Today thru Saturday

SEE AWARD-WINNING HALAU COMPETING. Ku Mai Ka Hula features award-winning halau competing in kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern) styles of hula in solo and group performances from Japan, the Mainland, as well as Maui and Oahu. Tonight: Kakua Ka Pa‘u, A Discussion on ‘A‘ahu Hula ...

Ahiwela’s Zacc Kekona (left) and Jacob de la Nux • Today; Karee Carlucci photo

Island Events • August 31, 2017

TODAY, AUG. 31 SEE PORTRAITS OF MARINE INVERTEBRATES “Spineless” by Susan Middleton brings a new body of work exploring the mysterious world of marine invertebrates at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery in Kahului. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 ...

Opening scene from MAPA Live!’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”; Jack Grace photo

‘Hunchback’ • Friday through Sunday

SEE THE ‘THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME’ AT THE MACC. MAPA Live! concludes its presentation of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Tickets range from $20 to $60 (plus applicable ...

Judy’s Gang Supertappers from left Dominique Turner, Jayda Cortez, Macie Nakahashi, Haylee Miyagawa, Alyssa Otsubo, Tawny Kiyota, Analea Media and Kara Nakahashi • Saturday; photo by Frank Krau.

Island Events • August 24, 2017

TODAY, AUG. 24 NISEI VETERANS’ ‘ONE PUKA-PUKA’ EXHIBIT ENDS The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Kahului showcases its exhibit “One Puka-Puka: The Purple Heart Battalion.” Open from noon to 4 p.m. today through Saturday. Call 244-6862 or visit www.nvmc.org. SEE PORTRAITS OF ...

La ‘Ulu: Breadfruit Day at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens; photo provided by MNBG.

La ‘Ulu • Saturday

COME LEARN, SHARE AND TRY ‘ULU (BREADFRUIT). Maui Breadfruit Company, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Ulupono Initiative and Maui Office of Economic Development present “La ‘Ulu” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. There will be cooking demonstrations, food vendors, ...

Saturday – Obon Festival at Rinzai Zen Mission in Paia, photo provided by the mission.

Island Events • August 17, 2017

TODAY, AUG. 17 PICNIC FOR POKI WITH UNCLE RICHARD HO‘OPI‘I Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invites guests to a Picnic for Poki at 11 a.m. at the Historic Kaahumanu Church on S. High St. Featured guest is Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i. Fresh baked cookies and coffee from the ...

Maui Calls at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Aubrey Hord photo.

Maui Calls • Friday

MAUI’S PREMIER WINE AND FOOD TASTING. Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature gala event, Maui Calls, will flow from 6 to 10 p.m. at Yokouchi Pavilion and A&B Amphitheater. Mix, mingle, enjoy premium wines and pupu, bid at auction and dance under the glowing roof. For adults 21 ...

Huliau Food & Film Festival benefit • Saturday, photo by Bryan Berkowitz

Island Events • August 10, 2017

TODAY, AUG. 10 HEAR OTTMAR LIEBERT AND LUNA NEGRA Hear five-time Grammy nominee Ottmar Liebert with Luna Negra at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater in Kahului. Tickets are $45 and $65 (plus applicable fees). For more details, visit ...

Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival under the Lahaina banyan tree, photo by Hideharu Yoshikawa.

Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival • Friday through Sunday

CELEBRATING HULA, LAHAINA STYLE. Enjoy the three-day Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival. Friday: Second Friday Town Party with Maui Jam and Meheu from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Campbell Park. Saturday: Hula Festival under the banyan tree from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free ukulele workshop with Jason Jerome of ...

Co-author and lyricist Laurie Rubin will sing “Higher” from the musical, “Allegiance” at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance • Sunday

Island Events • August 3, 2017

TODAY, AUG. 3 SEE MAUI PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING FILM Pacific Whale Foundation presents the premiere of “A Plastic Ocean” award-winning documentary at The Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Doors will open at 5 p.m., the film will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion with experts on ...

Master violinists Yun Chu and Melissa Kleinbart will perform Friday and Sunday around the island; photos by Robert Pollock.

Violin Synergy Festival • Friday to Sunday

FREE WORLD-CLASS MUSIC FESTIVAL. Ebb & Flow Arts presents concerts, master classes and “informances” that feature music for four violins. Friday: There will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Seabury Hall’s ‘A‘ali‘ikuhonua Creative Arts Center in Makawao. Saturday: “Informances” ...

MUST SEE: SOJA headlining at The Mayjah Rayjah Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater; photo provided by MACC.

The Mayjah Rayjah | Saturday

THE MAYJAH RAYJAH RETURNS WITH AN ALL-STAR LINEUP. Catch SOJA, Katchafire and ManaLion and more at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the fun begins at 5 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.mauiarts.org ...

TODAY (JULY 27TH) – Listen to Blayne Asing at the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series; photo courtesy the artist.

Island Events • July 27 – August 3, 2017

TODAY, JULY 27 FREE LAHAINA HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES CONCERT Join Blayne Asing at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn. Blankets and low beach chairs are welcome. For more details, call 661-3262 or ...

“Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center”; photo courtesy Sesame Workshop.

‘Sesame Street LIVE! Elmo makes music’ | Friday to Sunday

Elmo and his “Sesame Street” pals have to help Jenny the Music Teacher when her instruments go missing. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets ...

‘DISNEY’S MULAN JR.’ |  FRIDAY TO SUNDAY – Jena Mukai is Mulan (left) and Shandon Obregon is Mushu in the Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” at the ‘A‘ali‘ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus in Makawao; Peter Swanzy photo.

Island Events • July 20 – 26, 2017

TODAY, JULY 20 AKAKU UPSTAIRS SALON SERIES SCREENS FILM Hannah Barnard, executive director and co-founder of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, will present the film “Red Turtle Rising” at 6 p.m. This film was produced by The Honu Project and was the winner of the 1999 Hawaii International Film ...