Maui’s Weekend: Reggae in the Valley, Makawao Friday, Stand-Up
By Sonia Isotov
7th Annual Reggae in the Valley. Saturday, July 21, 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Pavilion/Amphitheater.
Maui’s hottest summer concert, the 7th annual Reggae in the Valley, is jam-packed with old school and new school island music, featuring Ekolu, Kalama, Positive Motions, Mana‘o Company, Common Kings, Maoli, Siaosi/Kiwini, Vaitai/Laga Savea, J Boog and FIJI with special guests. This year’s concert will celebrate FIJI’s 20th anniversary. Presented by Cravalho Entertainment. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $25 in advance ; $35on event day (plus applicable fees). Tickets are available for purchase by calling the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW or online at MauiArts.org.
The He & She Show – Live Stand Up Comedy Date Night. Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m. (PG-13 Family Friendly Show) and 10 p.m. (Rated-R Naughty Show) at the Stella Blues Café.
“The He & She Show – a Live Stand-Up Comedy Date Night” takes advantage of the funny that exists in all relationships and is co-headlined by Doug Wyckoff and Teresa Sickels who just returned to Maui from the success of “The He & She Show” on the mainland. The show is presented by PowerUpComedy.com and hosted by Maui’s Sunny Dennis. Also featured: King Martin, Jose Solorazno, Corky Gardner and Oahu’s Erika Swartzkopf. The He & She Show is presented by Power Up Comedy!
The Producers. July 6 to July 29 at the Historic Iao Theatre in Wailuku.
Presented by Maui OnStage, The Producers, a musical by Mel Brooks, is based on Mel Brooks’ 1968 film The Producers about Max Bialystock, a once great Broadway Producer grabs Leo Bloom, his accountant, and attempts to produce the biggest flop in history! “Springtime for Hitler,” their masterpiece, turns out to be a smash hit, ruining all the plans they had for their success with a failure.
The production runs Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets: $17 to $28 available from the Maui OnStage box office at (808) 242-6969. The Historic Iao Theatre is located at 68 North Market Street in Wailuku.
July’s Makawao Third Friday Town Party. Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m in Makawao.
July’s Makawao Friday Town Party has the theme of “Red, White and Blues” and builds on July’s Independence Day celebrations with a colorful “Americana” palette and great live entertainment on three stages, a wide variety of food vendors, and more. Baldwin Avenue will be closed between Brewer Road and Makawao Avenue from 5:15-9:30 p.m.
Entertainment on the Main Stage will feature the Haiku Hillbillys starting at 6 p.m. and on the Mauka Stage at Casanova’s see DJ Sweet Beets, Visuals by Douglas DeBoer, and fire dancers starting at 7 p.m. On the Makai Stage listen to Benny Uyetake at 6 p.m.
Food will be provided by Star Anise Indian Food, Badua Catering, Outrigger Pizza, Iron Imu BBQ, Organo Gold Coffee, Maui Kombucha, Kontiki Maui, Da Local Banana, and more.
In addition to these performances, partygoers will – as usual – enjoy a host of special discounts and mini-parties in the shops around town, activities for the whole family, and informational booths from local nonprofits. Maui Hands gallery will be demonstrating the work of local jewelers Bobbie Rucker and Shauna Morrison.
Tickets: Entry is free and a street festival atmosphere is enjoyed.
Systemic Abstractions: Paintings by S.A. Jones. Wednesday through Sunday, June 2 to July 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
This is the last weekend to enjoy this retrospective of 40 years of painting from North Fork, Idaho artist S.A. (Sharon) Jones. Jones will introduce you to a visual language of abstraction and pure information about color, shape and form. Her sources of inspiration, including music, geology, the cosmos and a past life in veterinary medicine. Her work brings you into an artistic world of systems and illusion – free from the demands of realism.
Tickets: Adminission is free. The gallery is also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission.
Coral Spawning Spectacle at Maui Ocean Center. Friday, July 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea.
Witness live coral spawning and discover the wonders of coral reproduction at this highly anticipated summer event. Mingle with the Aquarium’s divers and aquarists or join one of the naturalist-led tours on topics such as “Coral 101” and “How to Protect Coral” offered throughout the evening.
Tours begin every 15 minutes, Join a tour at any time or tour park exhibits at leisure; all exhibits open for viewing.
Complimentary light pupu, coffee, desserts and cash bar offered. Portion of proceeds will benefit Project S.E.A.-Link.
Tickets: $35 adults, $30 children ages 3-12. Kama‘aina and member discounts available. Reservations required by calling (808) 270-7088. Website: www.mauioceancenter.com
Niu (Coconut) Festival. Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa.
The inaugural Niu Festival comes to Wailea the Grand Wailea’s Luau Lawn to celebrate the cultural and culinary traditions of niu (coconut). This year’s theme “Canoes & Coconuts” explores the deep ties between niu and the Polynesian people.
Residents and visitors will enjoy non-stop entertainment, presentations and workshops, canoe rides, keiki coconut games, coconut-themed food booths and Maui artisans selling coconut crafts and products. Highlights include a coconut recipe contest and an area dedicated to teaching the cultural uses and many by-products of coconut. A free showing of “Papa Mau, The Wayfinder” will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Na‘alehu Anthony.
Niu Festival proceeds will support Hui O Wa’a Kaulua, the only Maui organization in possession of a traditional double hull voyaging canoe.
Tickets: Admission is free. For more information contact, Kainoa Horcajo at [email protected] or by calling (808) 2883-9419.