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Maui’s Weekend: Priests, Punk, and 90th Fair

By Vanessa Wolf

Thursday, September 27

Maui Fair, file photo by Wendy Osher.

 

The 90thMaui Fair opens today with a parade at 4:30 p.m. at the Ka’ahumanu Avenue entrance of UH Maui College. The procession then turns right onto Kanaloa Avenue, and ends at the entrance to the Maehara Baseball Stadium where the fair is held. Entertainment this evening includes musical acts the Mana’o Company and Robi Kahakalau, followed by Hypnotist James Kellogg Jr.  Simultaneously, K-Pop Dancing (Korean Pop dancing), martial arts, and Hot Hula Fitness events are available.Fill up on just about any kind of food you can imagine from squid luau to fettuccine alfredo with garlic bread. All food vendors are local non-profits, civic organizations, and churches, so chow down knowing your dollars go to a good cause.
Although born in the Bronx, Marty Dread’s mother  moved the family to Maui when he was eight years old. He began his reggae career in the early 1990s and has collaborated with Willie Nelson and Fiji along the way. His CD release party for “Sometimes It Rains In Paradise” is tonight at Longhi’s in Lahaina.10% of the proceeds will go to GMO Free Maui’s efforts to promote local and diverse ecological food and farm practices. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and music starts at 9:45 p.m.

Friday, September 28

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The 90th Maui Fair continues with gates opening at 5 p.m. Big Island radio personality and musician Pomai Longakit performs at 6 p.m. Roddy Lopez and Alden Levi of the Pandanus Club take to the stage at 7:30 p.m. followed by Josh Tatofi at 9 p.m. Josh Tatofi is the son of Tiva Tatofi, the original bass player for the group, Kapena, and is a versatile singer, even covering Credence Clearwater Revival on his album. Also on hand are “Sit Means Sit” Professional dog training, the University of Hawaii Maui Music Department, and Maui Taiko drumming. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids aged five to 11. Keiki four years and younger get in free.

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“Re-Unite” appears for the first of two nights at Seabury Hall in Makawao. More than a dozen Seabury Hall alumni, many currently living around the world, reunite and perform together at the gala opening of the A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center. The show features music, art, drama, and dance performed or created by Seabury alumni spanning almost 40 years. Current and former faculty members will perform as well. Paul Wood, who founded the Creative Arts Department, will team up with current director Todd Van Amburgh for a display Shakespeare scenes. Former students such as budding choreographer Rachel Berman (2007), singer Amelia Nelson (2002) and comic John Bendon (1996) will also perform.The show starts at 7 p.m. and is both Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and include complimentary desserts and beverages. For information and reservations, call 808-573-1257.
Augie T

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Get ready for Augie T’s “Final Fling” comedy show. Two years ago, Hawaii’s popular comedian, actor, and radio personality Augie T gathered Hawaii’s legends of comedy on stage together for the first time as da Ali’i’s of Comedy. The “royal” all-stars have been touring all summer, and the “Summer of LOL” tour will have their final fling Friday. Also featuring Frank De Lima, Mel Cabang, and Andy Bumatai, this is the last time the four will perform together on Maui for at least a year. Catch these four funnymen and enjoy some great local-style, family friendly comedy on Friday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater. Tickets are $30 or $40 with a meet-and-greet.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005, ProArts Playhouse in Kihei is presenting Doubt: A Parable. Set in a Catholic school in 1964, Doubt sets the severe and traditional principal against the more modern views of the charismatic priest. The principal feels the priest’s affinity with his students, particularly the only African American in the school, is suspicious. Sister Aloysius agrees and vows to evict Father Flynn from the parish. Directed by Kristi Scott and produced by Jonathan Lehman, the show is intended for mature audiences only. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. Additional performances are September 27th, October 4, 5, 6, and October 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. There are also two matinee shows at 3 p.m. on October 7th and 14th.

Saturday, September 29

Artist rendering of the envisioned restored Moku’ula.
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The Friends of Moku’ula (FOM) is a cultural organization working to cultivate awareness of Hawaiian culture through the restoration, preservation, education and revitalization of the Moku’ula and Mokuhinia ponds in Lahaina. The Moku’ula/Mokuhinia Complex is recognized by the state and National Register of Historic Places, and was a political and spiritual center and ancient home of Maui’s chiefly lines. Archaeology has confirmed the existence of Moku’ula – royal residences and a mausoleum – and Mokuhinia, a large spring fed natural wetland containing taro patches and fishponds. Carbon dating has revealed some of the earliest evidence of human habitation in Hawaii.On Sept. 29, 2012, volunteers will help restore the beauty and vitality of Moku’ula as part of the 19th annual National Public Lands Day. The Friends of Moku’ula will remove invasive species, spread mulch, plant native species and clean up debris to assist in this national effort. The event is open to the public. Volunteers are to meet at Malu Ulu O Lele Park (Across the street from 505 Front Street) in Lahaina at 8 a.m.

Maui Fair, photo by Wendy Osher.

 

Maui Fair gates open at 10 a.m. After filling up on a wide variety of snacks and treats from the food vendors, challenge your stomach on a host of nauseating rides. This year’s options include the Fire Ball, a circular coaster that goes both forward and backward – and eventually completely upside-down – in a continuous loop and Pharoah’s Fury, a pirate-ship style seasickness machine. 10 ride wristbands for the “Joy Zone” will be sold from 10-2:30 p.m. for $25 and can be used until 6 p.m. that evening. Queasy just thinking about it? The livestock and poultry exhibit or Orchidland may be more your cup of tea. The Valley Isle Bonsai Club exhibit will be at the west end of the War Memorial Gym as well.

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Catch Orange County California hard core punk band The Vandals at the Hard Rock Café in Lahaina. The band has been together since 1980 and trace their roots back to the earliest days of their local scene. They didn’t really make much of an impact as recording artists until the 1990s, but their snide, juvenile humor and catchy pop-punk was seminal in inspiring the later punk and ska scene in Orange County. Also performing are Josh Freese, Happy Haoles and Satterday Saints. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $18 in advance or $25 at the door.

Sunday, September 30

Chili Cook-off, file photo by Wendy Osher.

 

The final day of the Maui Fair brings the 8th Annual Chili Cook Off from 4 to 6 p.m. The Maui firefighters take on professional chefsIn three categories: Traditional (no beans or pasta), Hazmat/Freestyle (anything goes) and Wild Land (vegetarian). The teams will prepare and cook at the Maui Fair Events Arena. Bowls are available for $1 per sample and tasters are encouraged to vote for their favorite. All proceeds will go to Shriners Hospitals for child patient transportation, which gives children who sustain fire-related injuries proper medical treatment and rehabilitation. Entertainment includes a cheerleading showcase, bands Ekolu and Homestead, and musician Keali’i Reichel and ticket costs for the “JoyZone” rides are discounted all day.

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