Weekend Has Brews, Renaissance Fair, and Chocolate Baths
By Vanessa Wolf
February is a short one, and thus it is already pretty much over.
Starting tomorrow is good ol’ “in like a lion, out a lamb” March, although that kind of weather prognostication is all but useless in this part of the world.
At any rate, make the most of your last hours of February and first of March with some of the events we’ve listed for you here.
Down Some Pints and Toast to Monk Seals
Should you find yourself on the west side of the island and in need of a tall, cold one, consider heading to the Maui Brewing Company.
Tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. they will host a benefit night for the Monk Seal Foundation with 50% of all house beer pint sales going to the foundation.
The money is used to assist in efforts in saving the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal.
Super Relieved Valentines Day is Behind You?
Errrrr… maybe stay away from Kihei Fourth Friday, which has decided to declare the entirety of February “the Month of Love.”
From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, the whole of Azeka is “celebrating the Month of Love with Entertainment by Kihei girl, Amy Hanaiali’i.”
Also on hand will be HI Ground with special guest LiA LiVE, Sunny Kalama, and The Maui High School Sabers Marching Band who are getting a jump start on raising funds to participate in the 2015 Rose Parade.
Per usual, anticipate food, arts, crafts and the “Keiki/Youth Zone.”
The event is free to the public.
Show Your Support for Local Youth Theater
Seabury Hall Performing Arts staging of The Diviners opens tonight.
This “theatrical and poetic small town tale” is set in 1930s Indiana.
Kaimana Neil plays the disturbed boy who can find water with a divining rod, while Zeb Mehring, as a lapsed preacher, tries to help him get over his fear of, well, water. Mehring is assisted in this task by the boy’s sister (Zoe Harrelson-Louie) and father (Kalan Birnie).
The show starts at 7 p.m. and will also be performed Mar. 1, 7, and 8 at the same time and on Sunday, Mar. 9 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.
Calling All Divas, Devos and Little Diva/Devo Sidekicks
It’s another of the Grand Wailea’s Spa Grande’s “Diva’s Night Out” events tonight.
Get exclusive access to their Hydrotherapy Termé Circuit, including – what sounds weird, but they promise it’s hygienic – chocolate baths.
The spa event features hot and cold whirlpool and jet baths, five chocolate baths, flowing waterfalls, dry and steam saunas, tropical showers, full-body exfoliation, and a gift bag to take home.
This time it’s a co-ed event, so dudes are welcome too (and bathing suits are – obviously – mandatory).
Check-in begins at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 8 p.m.
Another Weekend, Another Whale Celebration
The Lahaina Town Action Committees Whale and Ocean Arts Festival starts on Saturday at 9 a.m.
For eight glorious house, enjoy live Hawaiian music as well as tunes from Upcountry Celtic, the Haiku Hillbilly, Maui Jam, among others.
There will also be plenty of artists and crafters on hand selling their wares under the banyan tree.
Can’t make it before it winds down at 5 p.m. on Saturday?
The whole thing happens all over again on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is held at the Lahaina Banyan Tree Park and is free to the public.
A Good Excuse to Wear Funny Clothes and Run Amok
Not that you need one.
Regardless, on Saturday, March 1, the ROOTS school is proud to present their 2nd Annual Renaissance Faire. This year’s theme presents a “madcap jaunt through The Secret Garden.” Organizers promise that you can look forward to
- Joking with jesters
- Trying your hand at archery
- Marching on stilts
- Decorating cupcakes
- Creating a work of art or a unique costume.
There will also be opportunities to win prizes, sing songs, enjoy good food and a bid on a silent auction.
Enjoy Hawaiian Music By Moonlight
On Saturday night in the MACC’s Pavilion/Courtyard, enjoy the performance of talented musicians Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson, playing under the duo name of MAMO.
The MACC reports that they “celebrate their heritage through music with a repertoire that spans a wide range, reaching as far back as the Hawaiian Monarchy and forward to new compositions and cutting edge arrangements in contemporary Hawaiian music.”
Aweau has won 14 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards,and Peterson is a two-time Grammy winner, four-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner and his music was featured in the hit film “The Descendents.”
Anticipate fresh interpretations on hula standards with the influence of jazz, slack key and Hawaiian falsetto.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30, $45 and $65 for premium table seating.
Catch a Play in Kihei Before it’s Gone
“The Play’s the Thing” has its final showing on Sunday at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei.
The romantic farce is set in the mid 1920s and the plot is a bit of a humdinger to comprehend:
“Playwrights Turai and Mansky and their young protégé, composer Albert Adam, have arrived unannounced at a castle on the Italian Riviera to surprise their diva and Albert’s fiancé, Ilona Szabo. However, unbeknownst to them, Ilona’s former lover and mentor, a pompous actor named Almady, has intruded on her stay there. The trio overhear Ilona and Almady in a compromising moment. Their operetta may be lost as the distraught Albert is ready to tear up his music. In order to save their operetta, Turai will induce Ilona and Almady to pretend that when they were overheard they were actually rehearsing a play. However, in order to accomplish his goal, Turai must first write a play which includes the foolish words of their own creation.”
Sound like your cup of tea?
Catch it at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $22.