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Weekend Offers Animal-Focused Fun

April 5, 2013, 7:59 AM HST
* Updated April 7, 10:38 AM
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By Vanessa Wolf

Buckley, the Dog of the Week at the Maui Humane Society. He's also known as "#27," which makes me sad, but I already have a dog: arguably one dog too many. Courtesy photo.

Buckley, the Dog of the Week at the Maui Humane Society. He’s also known as “#27,” which makes me sad. Courtesy photo.

It’s kind of a slow weekend entertainment-wise, but a little breathing room might do you some good.

There are some bucolic pleasures to be had, however, so if you are interested in bonding with some barnyard animals or acquiring a domesticated version of your own, there is no time like the present.

Best Thing to Do Tonight When There’s Pretty Much Nothing Else to Do Tonight

Standing outside the 24 Hour Fitness staring in the windows used to be considered creepy.

We’re not sure when watching people work out became synonymous with entertainment, but hey, who says we’re all that hip?

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That stated, tonight Wailuku First Friday (WFF) is partnering with HMSA to present Zumba for Your Health.

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As a result, there will be a Zumba demonstration at the Wailuku Banyan Tree park from 6 to 9 p.m.

You don’t even need to know what Zumba is to presume that’s a lot of Zumba.

If Zumba isn’t quite your speed, there will also be food and crafts and Soul Kitchen on the Maui Thing stage at 6:15 p.m.

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Saxophonist David Fague hits the Maui Thing stage from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Best Late Night

Gretchen Rhodes will be playing from her upcoming (June 2013) album “Hold It Like That” recorded with DJ Marasco tonight at 9:30 p.m. at Casanova’s in Makawao.

Billed as “Eden Club,” the PR information available on Facebook was lengthy, yet stunningly difficult to decipher, but presumably both parties will be present, there will be live music, and the album will be featured.

You can purchase tickets online in advance or for $10 at the door.

Best Reason to Get Out on the Water

Kihei Canoe Club. Courtesy photo

Kihei Canoe Club. Courtesy photo

All water enthusiasts are invited to attend the daylong 31st annual Paddlers Open Regatta, an event to help fund Kihei Canoe Club youth and seasonal programs.

It’s an opportunity for both novice and experienced paddlers and will be taking place at the Kihei Canoe Club (Ka Lae Pohaku Beach across from the ABC Store).

Registration starts at 7 a.m. and racing commences at 8:30 a.m.

The divisions include experienced and novice and include women, men, and mixed crews. There is also a one-man pull race division.

The fees are $150 per six-person crew or $10 for each one-man pull race.

The club will provide canoes, paddles, and opportunities to practice, and an experienced steersperson, if needed. For general questions, contact Angie at 808-265-2818.

Most Appetizing Event of the Weekend

: Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez of The Plantation House re-unites with Farmer Sylvestre Tumbaga of Sylʻs Produce in Kula. In 2011 they joined forces to win the Judgesʻ Choice Award featuring Kula Sweet Corn. This year they plan to serve a Cauliflower curtido. Photo by Steve Brinkman Photography, courtesy of Kaʻuhane Inc.

: Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez of The Plantation House re-unites with Farmer Sylvestre Tumbaga of Sylʻs Produce in Kula. In 2011 they joined forces to win the Judgesʻ Choice Award featuring Kula Sweet Corn. This year they plan to serve a Cauliflower curtido. Photo by Steve Brinkman Photography, courtesy of Kaʻuhane Inc.

The 6th annual Maui County Agricultural Festival is tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku.

The event offers many exhibits, demonstrations, panels, guest speakers, special events, animals, food and fun, and is free to the public.

Grand Taste Education – a ticketed event – starts at 11 a.m. Twelve chefs have been asked to take an item that might usually be served as a side dish and re-invent it as an entrée. Some of the featured products include escargot, carrots, breadfruit (ulu), peas, beets, papayas, cauliflower and taro. Considering that almost every item on the list is local, we’re hoping by “escargot” they do not mean “Africanized Giant snail.”

Winners will be announced and awards given at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets to the Grand Taste event are limited and admission is $30 per person.

Parking for the event is also limited. Those attending are urged to park at Baldwin High School and catch the shuttle. The service starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs both ways throughout the day. The ride takes seven minutes.

Best Reason to Simultaneously Enrich and Complicate Your Life

This Sunday is the Maui Humane Society’s 60th anniversary and you can get in on the joy by adopting a dog or cat for 60% off between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Your kids can enjoy shave ice and play in the “fun zone” while you pick out a new furry kid to join the party.

If commitment isn’t for you, learn how you can help by becoming a foster human for a dog or cat in need, also known as a sneaky way to get you to fall in love with an animal and end up keeping it.

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