Weekend Features Theater, Ukuleles and Balut Eating
By Vanessa Wolf
Hey, remember when that guy was looking for India but he landed in the Bahamas instead thanks in large part to his severe underestimation of the circumference of the earth?
Thanks to that bit of accidental navigation and the death and slavery that followed, the US Postal Service – along with the rest of the federal government, but you already knew that part – will be closed Monday for Columbus Day.
Wait. That’s all it takes to be considered an explorer?
Don’t be too shocked if we burst into your living room and “discover” it this weekend.
We hereby claim this La-Z-Boy and television in the name of the Queen!
In other news, here’s what’s going on this weekend besides celebrating some guy that got lost.
Not To Be Confused With the Bahamas or the Barmuda Triangle…
Catch “Bermuda Avenue Triangle,” the first show of their 2013 fall season, at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei tonight.
What’s this you say?
Well, apparently the plot concerns two widows who are set up in an upscale Las Vegas retirement condo by their career-oriented daughters.
Trapped by years of unhappiness, Fanny weeps and Tess does nothing but complain.
They sound delightful.
But that all changes when these two ladies cross paths with the charming scoundrel, Johnny Paolucci, who rocks both their worlds. Fanny and Tess undergo a grand metamorphosis from being two, unhappy, complaining biddies into a pair of glamorous golden girls.
“Bermuda Avenue Triangle” features Maui talents Barbara Sedano, Sharyn Stone, Angela Thompson, Sharleen Lagattuta, Scott Newman and Gary Shin-Leavitt.
The show runs until Oct. 27.
It plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. – but note there is no show this Sunday, Oct. 13 – and tickets are $22.
Best Reason to Count Bottle Caps
Sarah McLane, executive director of Maui Nui Resource Council, didn’t just clean up Olowalu last month.
She and her team of rainmen removed nearly 700 cigarette butts, 322 bottle caps and 105 pieces of toilet paper, not to mention batteries, clothing, car parts and even bedding materials.
The dirty stinkin’ state of Olowalu beach prompted McLane to call for a second cleanup tout de suite.
In coordination with Malama Maui Nui’s annual “Get the Drift and Bag It” campaign, Maui Nui Marine Resource Council has partnered with Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter and Pacific Whale Foundation for a special Olowalu cleanup event happening this Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at mile marker 14.
Cleanup supplies will be provided.
Get out there and remember to tally your haul.
Best Excuse to Eat Something Super Gross and Blame it on Your Competitive Nature
This Saturday, Oct. 12, the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce presents the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Maui Mall.
The Festival celebrates Filipino American History Month while it promotes local businesses and the sharing of the Filipino culture and heritage.
Watch the Master P-Noy Chef contest or participate in “Filipino Fashionista,” a Filipino attire contest sponsored by Noble Travel.
If dressing up isn’t your thing but eating feathers is, then the “Speedy Balut Eating Contest” could be where you triumph.
Balut is a popular street food in the Philippines. It is a boiled duck embryo eaten in the shell.
The contest is restricted to experienced balut eaters – please, no throwing up on the stage – and there can be 10 participants in each of the three age groups: 18-25; 26-50; and over 50.
Also that day will be the Manong Flores Yoyo Contest and participants can also sign up for a Basketball Free Throw Contest.
If all this competing wears you out, you can enjoy some snacks from Maui’s best Filipino restaurants.
The Filipino Chamber of Commerce website reports that although the menus are not yet finalized, you can expect to find pansit, adobo, chicharon, pork and peas, empanada, lumpia, bbq, pinakbet, dinardaraan, chicken papaya, and lechon, and desserts like bibingka, cascaron, tupig, and halo halo.
The event is free to the public.
Best Chance of Hearing ‘Tiny Bubbles’
We’re just kidding.
Does anyone actually perform that song anymore?
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center celebrates the musical tradition of Hawaii’s ubiquitous four-string instrument at the 8th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival.
The event is free and open to the public.
Plan to bring wide-brim hats, blankets and low-backed lawn chairs.
Then spread out on the lawn of the A&B Amphitheater from 1 to 6 p.m. and enjoy an afternoon of island music as highly-acclaimed musicians perform on the Yokouchi Pavilion stage.
Made-in-Hawaii arts and crafts, local foods, and beverages of all kinds will be available for purchase. No coolers or outside food or drink will be allowed.
The event is free and open to the public.
Best Opportunity to Dine and Help a Good Cause
After the festival, head Upcountry to Casanova’s for the Dining for Life event.
Maui AIDS Foundation will continue their Dining for Life Series at Casanova in Makawao this Sunday, Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. to closing.
15% of proceeds will be donated to Maui AIDS Foundation to support programs that enhance the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS.
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