Maui’s Weekend: Hula, Wailuku Friday, Eric McFadden

September 6, 2012, 5:51 PM HST · Updated September 7, 3:53 PM
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By Sonia Isotov and Vanessa Wolf

Fukushima Hula Girls Film. Photo courtesy of MACC.

Fukushima Hula Girls Film. Friday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center As part of the festivities for Kū Mai Ka Hula International Hula Competition, the documentary film Fukushima Hula Girls (2011) is being presented. The story revolves around the efforts of the hula performers from Spa Resort Hawaiians in Fukushima as they tour the country to persuade their fellow citizens to visit the resort, even as the region struggles towards recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Established in 1966 to revitalize the economy of the waning coal mining town of Iwaki, Spa Resort Hawaiians became the inspiration for the 2006 box office hit, Hula Girls, a Japan Academy Award winner. In 2011, 45 years later, much of the Hawaiians resort facilities were damaged in the earthquake and for months served as an evacuation shelter for disaster refugees. But on February 8, 2012, the spa resort reopened and the Hula Girls were dancing on their home stage once again.Tickets: Free – ticketed for seating. A donation to Japan disaster relief will be appreciated. Pre-show dinner by Kalama’s Local Grinds. Maui Taiko will perform at 6:30 p.m. in the Courtyard.

Ku Mai Ka Hula International Hula Competition. Photo courtesy of MACC.

Kū Mai Ka Hula 2012 International Hula Competition. Saturday, September 8 at 1 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Castle Theater at the MACC This 7th annual international hula competition features hālau winners from Japan’s competition and hālau from Hawai‘i and California in adult solo and group performances. The dancers compete in kahiko (traditional hula) and ‘auana (modern-day hula stylings) in both male and female categories and a kūpuna category. Nine hālau will be competing on stage this year: Hālau I Ka Wekiu, Hālau Hi‘iakaināmakalehua, Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, Hālau I Kona Mau Lima, Kekaiulu Hula Studio Hawai‘i, Hālau Hula Kauluokalā, Hālau O Lilinoe, Ke Ānuenue Hula Studio and Hula Hālau Kahula O Hawai‘i.Tickets: $25/adult, $12.50/keiki 12 years and under (plus applicable fees). Preshow dinner by Cafe Central Catering. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to http://www.mauiarts.org/tickets/ or call the box office at 808-242-7469.

Hookena will perform at Wailuku First Friday Town Party this month. Photo courtesy of Wailuku First Friday.

Wailuku First Friday Town Party. Friday, September 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rich melodies of one of Hawaii’s premier music groups will fill the air in historic Wailuku town as Ho’okena officially kicks off the 2012 Festivals of Aloha on the island of Maui. First Friday festivities have filled Market Street since 2008. The street will close to traffic at 5 p.m. and open with music, magicians, food, art, jewelry and fashion from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is also a beer garden. Several stages along Market Street feature local musicians such as Eric Gilliom at Banyan Tree Park, Wes Furomoto at the Wailuku Coffee Company, Gene Argel ‘Ohana at Cafe O Lei, and Joel Katz on steel guitar at 33 North Market Street. The Iao Theater is also offering a special screening of “Maui’s Move” Get a Job starring Willie K, Eric Gilliom and Augie T at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Ticket sold at the door, $10. Tickets: Entry is free and a street festival atmosphere is enjoyed. Market Street is closed from 5:30 p.m.

The ladies all have fun wearing their big fun hats to the annual MAPA garden party. Photo courtesy of MAPA.

MAPA’s 24th Annual Garden Party. Sunday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Yokouchi Family Estate in Wailuku The Maui Academy of Performing Art’s (MAPA) Garden Party is one of Maui’s signature events highlighting the culinary, fine and performing arts. The event takes place on the beautiful grounds surrounding the Yokouchi Fmaily Estate in Wailuku. Attendees will indulge in fine cuisine, see “fresh art” created live by renowned local artists and enjoy live musical performances, a silent and live auction, with all proceeds benefitting MAPA’s educational performing arts programs.A chef’s festival includes some of the finest restaurants on Maui: 100 Wines Maui, A Saigon Café, Bentos & Banquets by Bernard, Bistro Casanova, Café O’Lei Restaurants, Duke’s Beach House, Flatbread Company, Lahaina Coolers Restaurant & Bar, Maui Chocolate Fountain, Maui Tacos Mexican Surf Grill, Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Three’s Bar & Grill, Vineyard Food Company by Catering from Soup to Nuts, Waterfront Restaurant.
Eric McFadden

Eric McFadden. Courtesy photo.

Eric McFadden Plays Maui Guitar virtuoso Eric McFadden toured the world as mandolinist/guitarist with Funk legend George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic. His command of a wide variety of genres has landed him on the stage or in the studio with such greats as Bo Diddley, Keb Mo’, Living Colour, Dave Lovering of The Pixies, Widespread Panic, Jackson Browne and Fishbone. You can catch the man Guitar Player Magazine calls a “modern-day Hendrix” this weekend on Maui. He’ll be playing at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia on Friday, September 7th. Doors open at 9 p.m. McFadden is also playing at Three’s Bar and Grill in Kihei on Saturday, September 8th at 10 p.m. Tickets are available online for $7. They can also be purchased for $10 in advance at Charley’s, Threes, or at Request Music in Wailuku. The night of the shows they will be available at the door for $15.

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