Editor’s note: Please take note of the risk of severe weather over Maui this weekend.
By Vanessa Wolf
Once again it’s Friday; the end of the workweek (in some cases) and everyone’s second-favorite F-word.
(“Fun” being the first one, of course.)
This last weekend in March brings a variety of entertainment options and live music ranging from ska punk to folk rock to that guy from Men at Work, but without any of the other Men.
Wallow in Some Wholesome Family Fun
Tonight is Kihei’s monthly town party and offers the theme “Kihei Celebrates March with LiA LiVE”
The Fourth Friday event starts at 6 p.m. and offers the usual Keiki/Youth Zone, arts, crafts, and food trucks.
In addition, from 6:05 t0 6:35 p.m., the Maui High School Sabers Marching Band is raising funds for their participation in the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena. Raising awareness = performing. (We expect.)
Following that, from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., students from the Institute of Hawaiian Maui at UH Maui College will be doing the same.
Then, at 7:40 p.m., DJ LiA LiVE will take to the stage, and in her case we are 100% confident there will be music.
The events are free and open to the public.
Fund Raise for the Performing Arts at a Theatrical Dinner
“Join James Bond, 008 at the party of the year. As you mix and mingle with wealthy dilettantes, media superstars and criminal masterminds, secrets will be revealed and a murder will take place. Use your best secret agent skills to solve the mystery … Or just sit back, sip your martini and watch the intrigue unfold around you.”
This is the premise of tonight’s 3rd annual Murder Mystery Party at the King Kamehameha Golf Club benefiting the Maui Academy of Performing Art.
The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and benefits MAPA’s Performing Arts Programs.
Tickets are $150 per person, $80 of which is tax-deductible.
Folk Rock Duo Play the MACC
While you’re waiting for Bob Dylan to get here, give some love to the lesser-known Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, who will perform selections from their newest album tonight in the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater.
Promoters note that the musical duo and husband/wife team have pushed beyond the folky sound they established when they released their first album together a decade ago.
The American folk tradition is firmly rooted in the family (she is the daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody Guthrie) but the duo promises that these newer songs showcase the many facets of what they can do as performers and recording artists.
Irion and Guthrie are performing on Maui with special guest Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $33.
Oahu’s Black Squares Rock Maui
They will be joined by Order of the White Rose and The Minorities as well as “a few surprises you won’t want to miss.”
The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10 at the door.
If you can’t make it tonight, the same lineup appears tomorrow at 10 p.m. at Stella Blues.
Celebrate Quilts Like It’s 1899
Then, on Saturday, March 29,the Maui Historical Society Presents the 5th Annual Celebration of Quilts and Exhibition.
It’s a family-friendly event featuring food and drink concessions, public tours of the historic Bailey House Museum, live quilting demonstrations and – the unquestionable highlight – a special exhibition by The Maui Historical Society of Hawaiian Quilts dating from the mid 1800s.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets are $10 or $8 for Maui Historical Society Members. Children 12 and under are free.
Then Go Check Out Some Iconic Classic Cars
The 6th Annual Marvelous March Classic Car Cruise Event takes place on Saturday, March 29 at the Lahaina Gateway shopping center.
Featuring the fancy schmancy rides of the Maui Classic Cruisers Club, non-club members are also invited to bring their classic cars. Please note that classic cars are those from 1971 or earlier.
This is a fund-raising event, so plan to buy raffle tickets for merchant products, Easter gifts, dining certificates and gift cards. Raffle ticket sales benefit Lahainaluna High School’s sports teams and Concert Band & Choir.
The event is from 4 to 9 p.m. and is free to the public, but event organizers note that monetary donations are gladly accepted.
Fund Raise for the Performing Arts Yet Again
On Saturday it’s Maui Onstage’s annual fundraiser and Sneak Peek Dinner Event.
The Iao Theater is the oldest theater in the State of Hawaii and many renovations have happened over the last several years including air conditioning, new seating, new sound system and brand new PV panels on the roof.
All that stuff costs dough, and this is (presumably) part of how it’s paid for.
The event promises a “full evening of sneak peeks” as well as cocktails as you enter – a “Peeping Tom” drink, specifically – catering by Soup to Nuts, wine from local providers and special libations made with Pau Vodka and Maui Beach Bar Rum by Sammy Hagar.
The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Aloha Aku Estate in Kihei.
Tickets are $125 per person, $65 of which is tax-deductible.
Who Can It Be Now?
Also on Saturday is Colin Hay – best known as the lead singer of Men at Work – performing his Solo Sessions.
Should you need a refresher, that was the platinum-selling Australian band who topped worldwide charts in the 80s with “Down Under,” “Overkill,” and “Who Can It Be Now?”
Hay turned his back on the land of Oz in 1989 and moved to Los Angeles. Since then he’s made 11 solo albums.
Promoters note that Hays has said, “I started off playing acoustic; it’s my natural game. It’s the point I started from and may well be the point I end with. It’s always what I return to.”
That stated, expect this show to be acoustic.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $45 for standard and $65 for premium.
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