Maui Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Round-Up: CAKE, Mardi Gras, Grease

February 24, 2012, 3:43 PM HST
* Updated February 25, 8:47 AM
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By Madeline Ziecker

CAKE, “fat” festivities, and Grease are all promised on the Maui venue menu this weekend. It’s as if the separate venues collaborated to make sure this weekend will be full of themes celebrating shameless overindulgence and fun.

CAKE. BAMP Project courtesy photo.

CAKE (Finally) In Concert Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the MACC. Tickets are $39, $49, and $89.

Tickets are still on sale and are quickly disappearing for CAKE’s highly anticipated Maui show.

Maui has been promised a show from alternative rock band CAKE since last year, when the group announced and then promptly cancelled their November show at the MACC.


Though this was upsetting news at first, the band quickly restored hope in Maui fans and re-scheduled their concert for this Saturday.


CAKE is well known for their unique and experimental compositions which incorporate styles of country, rock, funk, mariachi, Iranian folk, and hip-hop in their sound.

CAKE will be one of the biggest alternative rock acts to play on Maui in 2012, and many look forward to a night with the  fun-loving, dynamic band.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the MACC Box Office at (808)242-SHOW or online at


‘Mardi Gras’ Paia Style For Paia Fourth Friday Town Party Friday, February 24 from 6-9 p.m. in and around Paia Town.

Maui’s favorite little plantation town will throw a blowout bash on Friday night to celebrate the season of “Mardi Gras,” an age-old festival held all over the world which translates from French to “Fat Tuesday” in English.

The festivities of Mardi Gras today barely resemble those of the original “holiday” created by  the French Catholic Church.

The day was originally intended as a last chance to pig-out on fatty foods and flowing booze before beginning the strict and pious season of “Lent,” which calls for fasting and atonement in the Catholic tradition.

Most of the world no longer views Mardi Gras as a religious holiday, instead adopting it as an excuse for a huge party complete with masks, costumes, dancing, parades, and societal rebellion.

Paia will begin its Fourth Friday Mardi Gras celebration with a small parade and brass band marching through the town at 6 p.m.

Thee Salon on upper Baldwin Ave. will celebrate both Mardi Gras and the end of Black History Month with a fashion show, “Heart of Africa.”

The fashion show will include designs by Everything’s Rozy and authentic Tanzanian jewelry, music by DJ’s Sweetbeats and Kidd, and African dance performances throughout the night. The show will benefit The Masaai Women’s Art Project of Tanzania.

Paia’s global boutique, Indigo, will host a wild Mardi Gras party both indoors and out with live music from DJ Kyle, Helmet Conspiracy, and Karen Be.

When activity on Paia’s streets simmers down, two Paia venues will turn up the volume at 9 p.m. with Marty Dread live at Charley’s and a “Boo Boo Zoo” benefit party at Moana Cafe, featuring live music from The Human Experience, Maesyn, and Alyra Rose.

Screen shot of the original cast of Grease, the film production that made the musical famous. Courtesy photo.

Maui OnStage Production of Grease: Opening Night Friday, February 24 at 7:3o p.m. at the Iao Theater in Wailuku. 

Maui OnStage will perform the opening night of their stage production of the popular American musical, Grease.

In addition to having a consistently talented cast, Maui OnStage brought in New York guest director Brian Swasey to direct and choreograph this all-American favorite.

The show will open this Friday night and will run until March 11 on weekends. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at If the Shoe Fits in Wailuku, Lava Java in Kihei, and at the Iao Theater Box Office by calling 242-6969 or online at

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