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Maui’s Weekend: Nutcracker Sweets, Wailea Food/Wine

By Vanessa Wolf

Friday, December 7

Just so you know what they mean by “Cheer Babes.” Photo by Lois Whitney.

Tonight’s First Friday theme is a Twinkle in Wailuku. Santa Claus will be there, and he’ll be accompanied by a host of happy ‘elves’: members of the Hawaii All-Star Cheer Babes, Maui High School Band, and Councilmember Mike Victorino. The annual Wailuku Town Christmas Parade begins at Main Street at 6 p.m., and ends at Vineyard Street. Clay Mortensen & Band is on the Maui Thing stage at 6 p.m., and the Big Island Swing Band Kahulanui performs at 7:30 p.m. at Wailuku Banyan Tree Park.
  The Story of Hawaii Museum, located in the Maalaea Harbor Shops, is presenting a Hawaiian History Evening with Maui historian and author Deborah C. Pike. She will speak about the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The evening also includes live music and light refreshments. The talk is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. A $10 donation is requested.

Makana. Courtesy image.

Makana plays the MACC tonight at 7:30 p.m. Having both opened for Santana in Germany and playing the main stage at Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK, Makana has toured with world with his slack key guitar. Regarded mostly as an innovative solo artist, he adds a new dimension to his music, teaming with acclaimed percussionist Lopaka Colon and Lono on bass and vocals for a moonlight concert.Tickets are $30, $45 for premium, and $55 for VIP.

Saturday, December 8

  You’ll have two chances to catch MAPA’s Nutcracker Sweets on Saturday. Nutcracker Sweets, a family-friendly production of the treasured classic, featuring 150 MAPA students and alumni, including special guest dancer, Taylor Soma. Set to the timeless Tchaikovsky score, Nutcracker Sweets is a classic all-ages holiday event. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for kids 12 and under.Shows are at 2 and 7 p.m.
  Another beloved holiday event, the Festival of Harps, returns to the McCoy Studio Theater stage to share the sounds of the holiday season. Featuring harps from different eras played by Maui’s finest harpists and the Festival Harp Ensemble, this year’s program creates the sound of the winter holidays. It is intended to be a “journey through time” from the Middle Ages to the present. The show is a benefit for Hospice Maui. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors and students with ID.
  ProArts Playhouse in Kihei presents Smokey’s Joe Café. Smokey Joe’s Café tells the story of Leiber and Stoller, the “inventors” of rock and roll. Their songs provide the basis for a show that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized ’50′s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with slice-of-life emotions. The show features nearly 40 well-known songs, including “On Broadway,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Stand By Me.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25.

Sunday, December 9

  Proving it’s always 5 p.m. somewhere, the final day of the Wailea Food and Wine Festival kicks off with a Wine and Cheese encounter from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The pairing is held at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and is followed by the Grillin’ and Chillin’ Barbecue from 1-4 p.m. The day ends with Winemaker Dinners held at Nick’s Fishmarket in the Kea Lani, Capische? at the Hotel Wailea at 7 p.m. Events are various prices and kama’aina discounts are available. Tickets are available online.

Willie K. Courtesy photo.

Willie Kahaiali‘i, better known as Willie K, presents Willie Kalikimaka at the Castle Theater. Those who have seen him perform before know to expect the unexpected. Willie’s holiday concert will be filled with Christmas songs ranging from old favorites to new arrangements. Tickets are $12, $28, and $37. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

 

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