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Weekend Chock-a-Block with Food, Fundraisers, and Fuga

By Vanessa Wolf

The future is uncertain but the end is always near.
― Jim Morrison

Whoa.

Paula Fuga. Courtesy photo.

Paula Fuga, looking as though she doesn’t approve of this off-color cigar joke idea. Courtesy photo.

That’s probably too deep – not to mention depressing – for a weekend story.

Moreover, and happily, your weekend isn’t entirely uncertain as we’ve taken the trouble to identify your best entertainment options. Read ‘em and weep.

Best Excuse to Make Off-Color Cigar Jokes

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Ka’anapali has partnered with Maui Brewing Company, Southern Wine and Spirits, and General Cigar to host its first ever “Maui Craft Session” event tonight at 6 p.m.

Maui Craft Session is a celebration of all the things your mama warned you about: the craft industries of beer, whiskey, and cigars.

The evening won’t be just about stogies and spirits. “Thoughtful food pairings” will be provided as well.

The $79 ticket price will include said food pairings, a whiskey tasting, two artisan cigars and two craft brews.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and is limited to those 21 and over. Call (808)-921-4600 for reservations.

Best Opportunity to Feel Like You Just Made $30

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Stella Blues in Kihei catch Paula Fuga, Mike Love and Sam Ites.

However, rather than the usual $30 it takes to see this trio in this venue, tonight you can catch them for free.

Love has recently been nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano awards while Fuga has recorded album tracks with the likes of Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley.

The trio’s set wraps up at 9:30, and DJ Blast will be wrapping up the evening.

Best Reason to Get Up Entirely Too Early on a Saturday

visitor industry charity walkSet your alarm clocks and be ready to drive to the Maui War Memorial Park Soccer Field to register for the 35th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, a benefit for Maui’s charities.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the 3.1 mile walk commences at 7 a.m. from the War Memorial Soccer Field. All walkers must start by 7:30 a.m.

Last year, more than 2500 walkers on Maui raised $613,025, benefiting more than 70 local charities. Since its inception in 1980, the Maui Charity Walk has raised $6.7 million, with all money raised on Maui staying in Maui.

All walkers are required to collect a MINIMUM of $35 (and those under 18 years of age must collect a minimum of $25 ) in donations in order to participate.

Those who finish and present their route cards can expect a small free gift as well as food and beverages supplied by local resorts. For example, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa will be providing Fried Rice and the The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua will be serving up house-made granola and yogurt parfaits with coconut and Kula strawberries.

Please leave Fido at home: pets are not allowed on the charity walk.

Last Chance to Get Mom a Cool, Crafty Gift

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and Maui-based procrastinators know that Seabury Hall has their back.

The school will celebrate its 40th annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, May 11 at the Seabury Hall Campus.

The craft fair features food, entertainment, fresh produce, flower arrangements, games for the kids, silent and live auctions, and the island’s largest rummage sale.

Most importantly, it features items for sale from more than 100 of Hawaii’s best artists and craftspeople. Years past have seen the participants include woodworkers, traditional Hawaiian artists, jewelers, ceramists and weavers.

All proceeds from the craft fair support Seabury Hall’s financial aid program. Admission is $5 for adults, and there is no charge for children 12 and under. Free parking is available, as well as premium parking for $10.

Best Reason to Roll Up Hungry

stella blues mothers dayOn Saturday, the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is holding its 13th annual Maui Matsuri.

Events start at 2 p.m. with taiko drumming, ancient court music, taiko drumming, hyottoko dancing, and more taiko drumming on the event stages.

In addition, there will be a cosplay costume contest, but don’t wear anything too form-fitting if you’re also planning to enter one of the eating contests.

Competitors can expect to choke down on Sam Soto’s saimin and Iwamoto Natto. Winners of the latter receive…more natto!

The festival runs until 9 p.m. on the UH Maui campus, is family-friendly and is free to the public.

Best Mother’s Day Event That Isn’t a Buffet

On Sunday, the third annual Mother’s Day Concert sponsored by Stella Blues and Play It Forward will benefit Maui Farm.

An optional dinner begins at 6 p.m. and includes a poke tower on wonton chips, salad, choice of chicken or fish, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

The concert itself – featuring  Gail Swanson, Cheryl Rae, Sebrina Barron, Elaine Ryan, Lily Meola, and WenLu Duffy – starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the meal and show combo are $60, or if you’ve been hitting the buffet hard, catch just the show for $30.

Aware of something cool or amazing or incredible or jaw-dropping or WTF that’s happening or going to be happening on Maui? Why are you still sitting there reading these words!? LET US KNOW ABOUT IT: events@mauinow.com

 

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