Weekend Full of Cultural Events (+ Beer)
By Vanessa Wolf
Bad news, Friggatriskaidekaphobics.
Pull the blankets back over your heads, and we’ll see you on Saturday.
Those of you who aren’t afraid of Friday the 13th, however, are free to read on.
Best Way to Celebrate Wai‘ola Church’s Birthday
Tonight from 4 to 8 p.m. on Front Street and Campbell Park is Lahaina’s 2nd Friday party.
Ron Williams will be sharing the history of Wai’loa and celebratory events last through Sunday.
Also featured tonight will be Maui Jam, food by ‘Ohana Kukahiko, entertainment by Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘I and Heli & Friends, and a silent auction by the Lahaina Town Action Committee with offerings from Maui paintbal, Ono Gelato, Emerald City Trapeze, ‘Ulalena, Koa’s Seaside Grill, Thai Chef among others.
Fleetwood’s on Front St. kicks off the evening at 5 p.m. with dollar oysters, followed by a Hawaiian Story and Bag Piper presentation at 6 p.m.
Willie K will be playing at Kimo’s from 9-11 p.m. and the Hard Rock Café will keep things going late with a no-cover Retro 80s Dance Party featuring DJ Ron from 9:30 p.m to 1:30 a.m.
Best Chance to Take in Some Hula
Kū Mai Ka Hula (“Hula Appears) is returning for its eighth year of presenting the professional, prestigious hula competition on Maui.
Hālau winners from Japan compete in solo and group performances with hālau from Hawai‘i, Washington and California in a full afternoon of performances.
The show starts at 1 p.m. and the MACC noted that the competition includes adult male and female categories as well as solo performances in kahiko (traditional) and ‘auana (modern) hula.
To date, there are 34 performances planned, with group and solo performances from eight different hālau. The judges for the competition will be Leimomi Ho, Maka Herrod and Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō.
Saturday’s Kū Mai Ka Hula is presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center in association with Kauahea Inc., a non-profit organization founded by Hōkūlani Holt to support Hawaiian arts and culture.
In addition to the performances, made in Hawai’i arts and crafts as well as food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets for Kū Mai Ka Hula are $25 adults and half that for keiki 12 and younger.
Best Way to Learn a Traditional Hawaiian Skill
Not into watching so much as doing?
The early Hawaiians extracted dyes from a number of native plants to dye tapa cloth. ‘Uki’uki was one of those berries.
This Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., you can learn how to use it by attending a workshop at Hali’imaile Community Garden.
Make a dye from fresh ‘uki’uki berries and then use it to make wall decorations by dying cloth, and using stamps, paint brushes and black paint to creating your own art pieces.
Registration is required and attendees are asked to bring bring cheese cloth and a plastic bowl to smash the berries. Black paint, stamps, and muslin cloth would also be helpful.
Call 415-480-GROW to sign up.
Best Excuse to Binge on Beer
This Saturday, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea presents its 3rd Annual Brewhaha.
This year’s theme is “Blondes vs. Brunettes” as light beers compete with dark beers on the Resort’s Ocean Front Lawn.
The resort claims to have “tirelessly scanned the globe to find the best of the best so critics can put an end to this classic debate once and for all: summery pale ales and citrus-kissed lager or hand-crafted chocolate brews and robust hazelnut stouts?”
Tell your liver to look away, because featured beers include:
- Coronado Orange Avenue Wit
- Don de Dieu
- Ballast Point IPA
- Deschutes Chainbreaker
- Maui Brewing Co. Bangerang Imperial Wheat
- Maui Brewing Co. Hula Honey Golden Ale
- Maui Brewing Co. Pau Hana Pilsner
- Clown Shoes Sombreo Chocolate Ale
- Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon Ale
- Rouge Chip Ale
- La Fine Du Monde
- Tres Pistoles
- Rouge Morimoto Hazelnut Stout
- Rouge Oatmeal Stout
The cost of the 3rd Annual Brewhaha: Blondes vs Brunettes is $89 plus tax and gratuity.
Contact the concierge for reservations by calling (808) 874-2201.
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