Maui Entertainment, Arts, Community, April 28 – May 4
The weekly highlights are separated into regions of Maui, such as Wailuku, Kahului, Kīhei, Lahaina, Honokowai, Māʻalaea, Pāʻia, Makawao, and Wailea.
Kapono, Makaha Sons in “Artist 2 Artist”
Grammy nominated, multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner Henry Kapono hosts The Makaha Sons trio in a night of Hawaiian entertainment at the Yokouchi Pavilion & Courtyard at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. In the popular monthly “Artist 2 Artist” series, Kapono performs some of his songs, followed by a performance by Sons’ front-man Jerome Koko on vocals and his 12-string guitar, Kimo Artis on vocals and electric bass, and Hanale Ka’anapu on vocals with his 6-string guitar. There’s conversation among the performers and sometimes combined performances of songs. The legendary Makaha Sons, known for their harmonies, have been inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall Of Fame.
The MACC Box Office is not open for window transactions but is open night of show for will call pick up. Online orders utilize print-at-home ticketing to facilitate touchless transactions. Tickets may also be downloaded to electronic devices for scanning upon entry into the venue. The Box Office is available for inquiries by email or phone 808-242-7649, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Color Festival, Saturday
The Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band will be joining a number of popular Hawaiʻi musical groups in The Color Festival on the lawn of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Saturday, April 30, from 12 to 5:30 p.m. Entertainers include the group Kanekoa, Marty Dread & Gretchen Rhodes and The House Shakers, Eric Gilliom & Vince Esquire, Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo, and Anthony Pfluke – with DJ Boomshot weaving it all together.
The Color Festival Hawai‘i , a nonprofit Imua Family Services’ signature event celebrating Hawaiʻi’s diversity, is a modern American version of a traditional Indian Holi Festival, a thousand-year-old ritual of throwing and applying of colored powders on friends and family, which gives the holiday its common name, “Festival of Colors.” Imua Family Services provides a number of activities, such as a pre-school approach to education that includes gifted and talented children and those who are developmentally delayed. Food trucks will be on site to provide “ono grindz and sweet treats.” A variety of beverages will also be available for purchase.
Ticket purchases can only be made online at www.MauiArts.org . The MACC Box Office windows are currently closed for window sales but open for pre-show, will-call tickets pick up only. But use of the print-at-home ticketing is recommended. The MACC Box Office is accessible for inquiries only via email at [email protected] or phone at 808-242-7649, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Youth Poet Laureate, slam
More than a dozen young poets statewide are scheduled to compete to become Hawaiʻi’s Youth Poet Laureate in a spoken word competition with free streaming sponsored by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. The 13 finalists in the competition range in ages from 11 to 19. It’s the second annual event and the winner will move on to compete with other state winners in a regional and then national competition. The national event was founded by the Urban Word.
Guests include Hawaiʻi Youth Poet Laureate Lua Bowman, former U.S. Youth Poet Laureate Meera Dasgupta; Sara Tekula, director of programs and communications of The Merwin Conservancy; award-winning poet Terisa Siagatonu; and Michael Cirelli, executive director of Urban Word and founder of the National Youth Poet Laureate Program.
The event hosts are Travis Kaulula’au Thompson, a nationally ranked slam poet raised in Kalihi on Oahu; and Ittai Wong, a two-time international grand slam champion featured in the HBO documentary series “Brave New Voices.” For more information including links to the event, go to MauiArts.org
Swap Meet, Saturday
Maui Swap Meet, with 200 vendors and thousands of customers, takes place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, off Kahului Beach Road, across Wahinepiʻo Road from the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Vendors sell produce and a variety of goods and crafts. It often serves as an incubator for new businesses. For more information, call 808-244-3100.
Hawaiian artists exhibit
The Schaeffer International Gallery continues exhibiting the art touring show “O Kalani,” featuring Hawaiian artists Sean Browne and Imaikalani Kalahele. The exhibit is open to the public through June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The works are a traveling exhibition through the partnership of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and the Honolulu Museum of Art presented by textile and fashion curator E. Tory Laitila. It exhibits paintings and sculptures, including the portrayal of legendary figures, using Hawaiian iconography in contemporary ways. Admission is free. For more information, call 808-242-2787.
Gilliom, Esquire at Coffee Attic
Nā Hōkū Hanohano winners Eric Gilliom and Vince Esquire combine their entertainment talents on stage at the Maui Coffee Attic Friday. April 29, at 6 p.m. Singer/guitarist Gilliom is a member of Mick Fleetwood’s House of Rumours Band. Esquire, a master at the ukulele, has played with the Almond Brothers Band. For more information, go to mauicoffeeattic.com or call John, 808-250-9555.
May Day with Maui leis festival, Sunday
A statewide telecast from Oahu as well as live festivities on Maui will take place to celebrate the annual Hawaii “May Day” with leis celebration Sunday, May 1.
The special event at Bishop Museum in Honolulu featuring Robert Cazimero and other artists will be broadcast Sunday at 7 p.m. on KFVE and also via Facebook live by Kahuli Leo Le’a and partnering organizations.
On Maui, the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku will be a “Lei Day Heritage Festival” Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be entertainment and cultural activities. Activities outside the museum are admission free. Kama’aina admission will be charged for entry into the museum.
The performers include Grammy winner George Kahumoku, the group Kuikawa, singer Jordan Soon with his band, and Adaptation Dance Theatre, also know as “ADT,” presenting a dance rooted in Wailuku.
ADT developed the dance in collaboration with a Wailuku Public Art Program
called “Small Town Big Art.”
She Kills Monsters at ʻĪao
The award-winning play “She Kills Monsters” continues at the ʻĪao Theatre through Sunday, May 1. It’s produced by Maui Onstage.
The play, written by Qui Nyuyen, is a comedy fantasy that received the 2013 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award. The story is about Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s “Dungeons & Dragons” notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. There is some adult content and language. Play dates include April 29, 30, and May 1. For more information, send queries to [email protected] go to MauiOnstage.com or call 808-633-5165.
Tepora, Valdriz at the Attic
Jason Tepora plays jazzy tunes at the Maui Coffee Attic Monday, May 2, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., then the band Kikakila with lap steel guitarist Geri Valdriz performs at 11 a.m. Valdriz plays traditional Hawaiian music. For more information, go to mauicoffeeattic.com or call John, 808-250-9555.
Keyboards/singer David Fraser with sometimes surprise guests performs the blues at the Maui Coffee Attic Wednesday, May 4, at 8:30 a.m. The show is free. Fraser sings some covers and original music. For more information, go to mauicoffeeattic.com or call John, 808-250-9555.
Onstage camp, workshop
Applications are being accepted to participate in Maui Onstage’s youth camp and separate workshops. The Camp Onstage, available to children ages 6 to 12, takes place at the IMUA Discovery Garden from June 13 through July 1. Maui Onstage is also offering a Teen Summer Ensemble Workshop, ages 13 to 18, at its studio at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. For more information, go to mauionstage.com/camp-onstage or mauionstage.com/teen-summer-ensemble-workshop or call 808-633-5165.
Maui Earth Day, Sunday
An Earth Day festival is being held at the Maui Tropical Plantation Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The festivities include three stages for music in addition to a yoga pavilion, a sound healing tent, and activities for children, including face painting.
Music performers include Eric Gilliom, Pat Simmons Jr., George Kahumoku, Lei’ohu Ryder, Anthony Pfluke, and the Sierra Carrerre Band.
For more information including ticket information, email [email protected] or call 808-268-1211.
Steve Craig sings at the South Shore Tiki Lounge Thursday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. From 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. DJ Kamikaze hosts dancing. For more information, go to SouthShoreTiki.com or call 808-875-6444.
Gilliom, Esquire at Nalu’s
Guitarists and singers Vince Esquire and Eric Gilliom entertain at Nalu’s Thursday, April 28, 7 to 9 p.m. Gilliom is a member of Mick Fleetwood’s House of Rumours Band, and Esquire is the lead ukulele player for the group Kanekoa and has played with the Allman’s Brothers Band. Both are Nā Hōkū Hanohano winners. To check on Nalu’s schedule, call 808-891-8650 or go to naluskihei.com.
Pfluke at Nalu’s
Singer/song Anthony Pfluke, sometimes with guest performers, entertains at Nalu’s Friday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. Pfluke’s album “We Will Rise” has been reviewed well and was a finalist in the Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards. His music at mauianthony.com is regularly played on KPOA and Q103 radio stations and he was also featured at the first “Drive In Concert ” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center that included a livestream from Castle Theatre. He has also partnered with Grammy slack key artist George Kahumoku in songs. Pfluke’s website is MauiAnthony.com. To check on Nalu’s schedule, call 808-891-8650 or go to naluskihei.com
Country music, Friday
Tyler Lewis performs country music at the South Shore Tiki Lounge Friday, April 29, during happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Catch his performance “Tyler Lewis Maui” on YouTube. Later, there’s DJ and dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 .m. For more information, go to SouthShoreTiki.com or call 874-6444.
Jazz concert, Saturday
Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Rock Hendricks will be performing with keyboardist George Tavey and guitarist/vocalist Mitch Kepa Saturday, April 30, as part of the Maui Music series observing International Jazz Month. A pre-show starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Altitude at 650 Lipoa Parkway. Internationally-acclaimed bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux and band members Justin Kauflin and Matt Witek will also be performing straight-ahead jazz. The concert supported by a number of groups including the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau. Concert tickets may be purchased at www.jazzmaui.org or by emailing [email protected] or calling Bryant, 808-283-3576.
Conway, dancing at Tiki
Singer and gifted guitarist Tom Conway who has toured with Willie Nelson performs a variety of songs, including rock, blues and jazz at the South Shore Tiki Lounge Saturday, April 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. Later, DJ and dancing takes place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, go to SouthShoreTiki.com or call 808-874-6444.
Jazz trio at Diamonds
The Gordon S jazz trio performs at Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, during brunch from 10 a.m. to noon. The trio includes Gordon S at saxophone, with a keyboardist and drummer. For more information, call 808-874-9299.
Anthony Pfluke whose album “We Will Rise” was reviewed well performs at Nalu’s at the Azeka Place Shopping Center Sunday, May 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Pfluke’s website is MauiAnthony.com. To check on Nalu’s schedule, call 808-891-8650 or go to naluskihei.com
Dayan Kai at ProArts
Versatile musician, composer and vocalist Dayan Kai entertains at Pro Arts Playhouse Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. Kai, born on Maui, who studied under composer Lou Harrison, will perform originals and old favorites that weave across blues, soul, roots, Americana and Hawaiian. Kai performed music for Ulalena and later served as the musical director and multi-instrumentalist for “Burnin’ Love,” a tribute to Elvis Presley and a popular visitor attraction at the Maui Theater in Lahaina. For more information about Kai, go to Dayankai.com and listen to the song, “Losing Our Way.” For more ticket information, go to proartsmaui.com or call 808-463-6550.
Aaron Boothe performs at the South Shore Tiki Lounge Sunday, May 1, during happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, go to SouthShoreTiki.com or call 808-874-6444.
Kuala’au at Nalus
Hawaiian entertainer Ron Kuala’au performs at Nalu’s Monday, May 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. He’s performed with Brother Noland and Amy Hanai’alii and was a member of the duo Hapa. For more information, call 808-891-8650 or go to naluskihei.com.
Rospond, poetic folk
Songwriter Randall Rospond delivers “funky, groovin’ poetic folk” Monday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the South Shore Tiki Louge. He has opened concerts for Leon Russell, John Prine, and Jackson Brown. For more information, go to SouthShoreTiki.com or call 808-874-6444.
Nicole, Tuesday at Tiki
Singer Natalie Nicole and her band perform at South Shore Tiki Lounge Tuesday, May 3, 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, go to SouthShoreTiki.com or call 808-874-6444
John Cruz at ProArts
Grammy Award-Winning singer John Cruz appears at ProArts Playhouse Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. Cruz is known for his popular “Island Style” song and also “All Along The Watchtower” on youtube.com for Playing For Change. Best to check with [email protected] or by calling 808-463-6550.
Marty Dread, Wednesday
Reggae rocker Marty Dread performs at the South Maui Gardens Wednesday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Marty at [email protected]
Gallo at Tiki
Rock ’n roll and blues singer and guitarist Jamie Gallo entertains at the South Shore Tiki Lounge Wednesday, May 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, go to SouthShoreTiki.com or call 808-875-6444.
Pohai, Shakers at Fleetwood’s
Kumu Keli’i performs a sunset ceremony at Fleetwood’s rooftop Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. He’s followed by entertainment from the Pohai Duo Trio from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The House Shakers perform on the main stage from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information go to fleetwoodsonfrontst.com or call 808-669-MICK.
Uyetake at Kimo’s Thursdays
Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner Benny Uyetake performs at Kimo’s Maui Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. He also plays at Kimo’s Tuesdays, May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Uyetake has played in shows that featured Boz Scaggs, Diana Ross, Judy Collins, Kealiʻi Reichel, and Henry Kapono. For more information, call Kimo’s, 808-661-4811.
Lei making at Cannery
A free ei-making workshop takes place at the stage at the Lahaina Cannery Mall Thursday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. An instructor guides participants step by step to make a maile lei out of ti leaf during the free weekly cultural crafts-making. Parking is free to the public. For more information, call 808-661-0111.
McLaughlin & Friends, Thursday
Shawn McLaughlin & Friends sing a variety of contemporary rock ’n roll songs at Down The Hatch Thursday, April 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to dthmaui.com or call 808-661-4900.
Damien Awai entertains Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Koholā Brewery. Awai plays “organic island music,” including his latest song “Pineapple Wine.” For more information, go to damienawai.com, koholabrewery.com or call 808-796-5633.
Down The Hatch, dancing
Dancing takes place late night on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 28, 29, 30 from 10 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. at Down The Hatch. For more information, call 808-661-4900.
West at Fleetwood’s, Friday & Saturday
Paul West performs during happy hour at Fleetwood’s rooftop stage Friday, April 29, at 3:30 p.m. He’ll also be performing Saturday. April 30, at 7:30 p.m. In a classic acoustic style, West performs a variety of rock ’n roll, country and blues and some original songs. For more information go to fleetwoodsonfrontst.com or call 808-669-MICK.
Newhouse at Kohola
Will Newhouse plays jazzy tunes at Kohola Brewery Friday, April 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, go to koholabrewery.com or call 808-796-5633.
Lahaina Arts Society fair
Lahaina Arts Society members display their artistic works ranging from gift items such a jewelry, to original paintings. The event takes place outdoors at the Lahaina Cannery Mall lawn near Starbucks Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair includes jewelry, glass art, ceramics, wood carving, and photography by professional artists. The Society uses some of the funds to conduct educational art classes for children. For more information, call 808-661-0111.
Craft fair, Sunday
*Lahaina Gateway Center hosts a Maui Gift & Craft Fair Sunday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission and parking is free to the public. For more information, call 425-418-4310.
Free hula, Sunday & Tuesday
A free hula show takes place on the stage at the Lahaina Cannery Mall Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. and . Admission and parking is free to the public. For more information, call 808-661-5304.
Quick at Down The Hatch
Brandt Quick performs a variety of songs including folk rock and country at Down The Hatch Monday, May 2, during happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to dthmaui.com or call 661-4900.
Gilliom, Esquire at Frida’s
Nā Hōkū Hanohano winners Eric Gilliom and Vince Esquire entertain at Frida’s Beach House Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Gilliom performs with Mick Fleetwood’s House of Rumours Band and, and Esquire is the lead ukulele player with the group Kanekoa and has performed with the Allman Brothers Band. For more information, go to fridasmaui.com or call 808-661-1287.
Will Hartz entertains at Down The Hatch Tuesday, May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, go to dthmaui.com or call 808-661-4900.
Free hula lesson
A free hula lesson takes place at the Lahaina Cannery Mall Tuesday, May 3, from 2:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m. Parking is free to the public. For more information, call 808-661-5304.
A workshop in bracelet-making from lauhala fronds takes place at the Lahaina Cannery Mall Wednesday, May 4, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Parking is free to the public. For more information, call 808-661-5304.
Tepora, Down The Hatch
Jason Tepora performs solo with a variety of songs including contemporary rock ’n roll during happy hour at Down The Hatch Wednesday, May 4, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to dthmaui.com or call 808-661-4900.
*Student arts exhibit continues
A public arts exhibit of student works continues at Studio Gallery LELE at the Keawe Business Center at room 303 through April 30 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. West Maui student works from elementary through high school are on exhibit. Four high school students have been awarded $500 scholarships, presented by the Lahaina Arts Guild and partially funded by the Maui United Way. Call before going to the gallery to make sure someone is in attendance, 808-205-1389.
Andrea Walls at Java Jazz Friday
Violinist Andrea Walls plays original songs along with jazz and gypsy music, with guitarist Josh Emmanuel at Java Jazz, Friday, April 29, and with other friends on Monday, May 2, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, go to javajazzmaui.com or call 808-667-0787.
Kahn at da Playground Friday
Los Angeles DJ producer Valentino Kahn who has helped to produce hip-hop tracks for Grammy-award winning artists performs at da Playground Maui Friday, April 29, at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Adults 21 and older are welcome. Parking is free after 5 p.m. For more information including tickets, go to daplaygroundmaui.com or call 808-727-2571.
The band AKSHIN with Adrian Trevino, Jeff Hornbeck, Martin Fera, and Jerry Byers perform at da Playground Maui on Saturday, April 30. Born on Maui, Trevino spent the last 10 years in San Francisco Bay Area playing with seasoned musicians in the blues scene. He’s played lead guitar for Dylan Chambers and the Midnight Transit. Hornbeck has played with Eddy Money, and Byers with the late Wilie K. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. Adults 21 and older are welcome. Parking is free after 5 p.m. For more information including tickets, go to daplaygroundmaui.com or call 808-727-2571.
Johnstone solo, Thursday
Mark Johnstone plays jazz piano at Vana in the Paia Inn Thursday, April 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jazz trio, Sunday
The Mark Johnstone Trio performs at the Pāʻia Bay Coffee and Bar Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Johnstone is joined by a couple of Maui’s top jazz musicians. No cover charge.
A juried exhibit of photographs continues through May 13 at the Hui Noeaʻu Visual Arts Center. It’s a juried art show featuring Hawaiʻi photographers. The gallery as well as gift shop and main house are open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hui also offers art classes. For more information about the art show, “A he Mano ke Kuanaike/A Thousand Words,” go to huinoeau.com or call 808-572-6560.
Frond weaving, Thursday
A coconut frond weaving workshop is scheduled Thursday, April 28, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the performance area at The Shops at Wailea. The Hawaiians used their weaving skills to make baskets, mats, jewelry, and toys. Learn how to make your own keepsake. For more information, go to theshopsatwailea.com or call 808-891-6770.
Free hula workshop, Friday
A complimentary Hawaiian “Papa Hula” workshop takes place Friday, April 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the performance area at the lower level at The Shops at Wailea. Learn about the instruments, the traditional dress, accessories, and dance movements and their meaning.For more information, go to theshopsatwailea.com or call 808-891-6770.
Sunset dancing, Mulligans
Island Soul regularly entertains at Mulligans On The Blue on Sunset Sunday, May 1, with dancing from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The five-piece band features singer Shea Derrick with a soulful, rock, funky flair. Check by going to mulligansontheblue.com or call 808-874-1131.
Polynesian show at The Shops
A complimentary Polynesian show takes place at the performance area on the lower level valley level of The Shops at Wailea on Tuesday, May 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to theshopsatwailea.com or call ahead of going, 808-891-6770.
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