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Kahului – Toni Rojas (left), QKC director of marketing, and Jeanne Skog, former president and CEO of Maui Economic Development Board, attend Saturday’s electrical vehicle showcase at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center; photo courtesy of QKC. Wailea - Coralie Willett (from left), Candy Aluli, ...

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Kahului – Roselle Bailey (clockwise from lower left), Kamalani Kanekoa, Elna Lindsey and Sharon Balidoy celebrate Swiss National Day on Aug. 1 at Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe; photo by Catherine Kenar. Kahului – Nohea Johnson (from left), Judy Romero, Mary Vickers, Michelle ...

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Kihei – Cadets Matangi Fakava (left) and Justin Pagaduan flank school resource officer Nichole Comilang at the second annual Maui Police Department Teen Academy graduation July 21 at the Kihei Police Station; photo by Lila Fujimoto. Wailuku – Friends Randol Leach (left) and Dan ...

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Wailuku – Byron Rodrigues (clockwise from back), Michele Vida, Morgan Bean, Julie Hoover and Kalena Kenui excitedly wait to see “Willy Wonka Kids” at the Iao Theater on Sunday; photo by Catherine Kenar. Kahului – Daniel Chun, regional sales and marketing director of Alaska ...

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Keola Beamer (left) and his wife, Moana, treking through the Himalayas in Kathmandu.
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Visit to city of temples

In late 2015, Keola Beamer journeyed to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to record the soundtrack to “Tibetan Illusion Destroyer,” the latest documentary by Maui filmmaker Tom Vendetti. Premiered at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in May, Vendetti’s film will be presented by PBS ...

Ottmar Liebert (above) and his band Luna Negra perform at 7:30 tonight in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $45 and $65 (plus applicable fees). For tickets or more information, call 242-7469, visit the box office or www.mauiarts.org. Greg Gorman photo

’Nouveau flamenco’ fusion

Known for his Spanish-influenced instrumental music that he termed “nouveau flamenco,” Grammy-nominated guitarist Ottmar Liebert took a surprising direction on his 2015 “Waiting n Swan” album by delving into reggae. Taking its title from Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” and the ...

America’s founders Dewey Bunnell (left) and Gerry Beckley return with their band at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. John Cruz will open the show with Benny Uyetake performing in the courtyard before and after the show. Tickets are $39, $49, $69 and $129 (plus applicable fees). For tickets or more information, visit the box office, www.mauiarts.org or call 242-7469. Photo courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center

The air is full of America’s sound

When America’s co-founders Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley decided to release their first album of covers a few years ago, they recorded a number of iconic songs including Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “America,” and a stunning version of the Beach Boys’ ...

Kalani Pe‘a, along with his six-piece band, performs in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater in Kahului at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Kason Gomes will open the show. Tickets are $30 general admission (plus applicable fees). For tickets or more information, visit the box office, www.mauiarts.org or call 242-7469.
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Kalani Pe‘a’s big leap

Winning both a Grammy and a Na Hoku Hanohano award for his debut album, and with touring offers pouring in, Kalani Pe‘a had to make a difficult decision. It was time to give up his day job as a Hawaiian resource coordinator at Kamehameha Schools and devote his energy full-time to a music ...

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David Tuttle (left) is Quasimodo and Danielle Mealani Delaunay is Esmeralda in the MAPA Live! Hawaii premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame A New Musical.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 25 through Sept. 3 in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Due to mature language and themes, this show is recommended for ages 12 and older. Tickets range from $15 to $75 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the MACC box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at  www.mauiarts.org.
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Classic tale of love and acceptance

In classic literature very few works have had as many liberties taken in adaptation as Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.” Since its first recognizable film, the 1923 silent version starring Lon Chaney, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” has been continually watered-down in an ...

The Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku dramatically lit at night as it currently looks. Photo courtesy Maui Historical Society

Happy 89th birthday to a ‘Grand Old Dame’

“Three guys went into a bar . . .” That may sound like the setup of a joke, but that is exactly how the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku, which celebrates its 89th birthday this month, got started. Manuel G. Paschoal, H. B. “Sam” Weller and T. B. Lyons were all members of the Knights ...

Tina Kailiponi (from left), Ally Shore and Karli Rose volunteer their time and skills to make community theater on Maui a treat for audiences. Jack Grace photo

Masters of their trade

Community theater on Maui simply could not exist if not for the army of carpenters, costumers, hair and makeup designers and the jack-of-all-trade artists behind the scenes. Theatergoers might be surprised to learn that nearly all of these individuals are volunteers and may wonder why anyone ...

Jena Mukai as Mulan (front) gets a visit from her ancestors Caitlyn Campbell (from left), Taylor-Ann Takitani, Sophia Preiser, Kealani Warner and Rylee Hubin in Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of “Mulan, Jr.,” 
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Maui youth theater shines

Three Maui youth theater camps presented musical productions last weekend and each company enjoyed its own distinct style. The Maui Academy of Performing Arts can pride itself on presenting the most professional and luxurious production with “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” at Seabury Hall ...

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Samuel L. Jackson (left) and Ryan Reynolds  star in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”
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Latest Movies

These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD” R, 1:58. Action, comedy. Lahaina Wharf Cinema. The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must ...

Jeannette Walls stars in “The Glass Castle.” AP photo

Latest Movies

These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “ANNABELLE: CREATION” R, 1:49. Horror, mystery, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex. Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a ...

Idris Elba stars in “The Dark Tower.” Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP photo

Latest Movies

These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TODAY “DETROIT” R, 2:23. Crime, drama, history. Kaahumanu 6. Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan ...

Dane DeHaan stars in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”
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Latest Movies

These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. NEW MOVIES “ATOMIC BLONDE” R, 1:55. Action, mystery, mystery. Visit Fandango.com for more details. An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the ...

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Saturday – Obon Festival at Rinzai Zen Mission in Paia, photo provided by the mission.

Island Events • August 17, 2017

TODAY, AUG. 17 PICNIC FOR POKI WITH UNCLE RICHARD HO‘OPI‘I Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invites guests to a Picnic for Poki at 11 a.m. at the Historic Kaahumanu Church on S. High St. Featured guest is Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i. Fresh baked cookies and coffee from the ...

Maui Calls at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Aubrey Hord photo.

Maui Calls • Friday

MAUI’S PREMIER WINE AND FOOD TASTING. Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature gala event, Maui Calls, will flow from 6 to 10 p.m. at Yokouchi Pavilion and A&B Amphitheater. Mix, mingle, enjoy premium wines and pupu, bid at auction and dance under the glowing roof. For adults 21 ...

Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival under the Lahaina banyan tree, photo by Hideharu Yoshikawa.

Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival • Friday through Sunday

CELEBRATING HULA, LAHAINA STYLE. Enjoy the three-day Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival. Friday: Second Friday Town Party with Maui Jam and Meheu from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Campbell Park. Saturday: Hula Festival under the banyan tree from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free ukulele workshop with Jason Jerome of ...

Huliau Food & Film Festival benefit • Saturday, photo by Bryan Berkowitz

Island Events • August 10, 2017

TODAY, AUG. 10 HEAR OTTMAR LIEBERT AND LUNA NEGRA Hear five-time Grammy nominee Ottmar Liebert with Luna Negra at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater in Kahului. Tickets are $45 and $65 (plus applicable fees). For more details, visit ...

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Paula Fuga
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Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Family Magic, noon; Te Tiare Patitifa, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Te Tiare Patitifa, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Free ukulele lessons, 5:45 p.m.; Halua Hula O Keola ...

Concert at The Shops with Kamaka Kukona 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dennis Oda photo

Shopping Center Activities

• THE SHOPS AT WAILEA. Thursday (today): Coconut frond weaving, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Polynesian show, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday: Ukulele lessons, 3 to 4 p.m.; Pau Hana with Kristine Snyder and Deason Baybayan, 4 to 6 p.m. Monday: Lei po‘o making, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Ukulele lessons, 5:30 to ...

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Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Family Magic, noon; Maui Model Search, 1 to 4 p.m.; Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Te Tiare Patitifa, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Free ukulele ...

Ohana Bingo Bash
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Shopping Center Activities

LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Hui! Lanakila, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Family Magic, noon; Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Free ukulele lessons, 5:45 p.m.; Keiki hula, 6:30 p.m. ...

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West Maui CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, 1 Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. Saturday: Gary Larson. Sunday: Joseph Chee. Monday: Kincaid Kipahu. Tuesday: Brian Haia. Wednesday: Kalani Smythe. Music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the ...

Catch Wake Self at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia. Photo provided by Charley’s

Maui Music

WEST MAUI CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, 1 Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. Saturday: Gary Larson. Sunday: Joseph Chee. Monday: Kincaid Kipahu. Tuesday: Brian Haia. Wednesday: Kalani Smythe. Music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the ...

Catch Henry Kapono at 5 p.m. Friday at Duke’s Beach House in Kaanapali. The Maui News file photo

Maui Music

WEST MAUI CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, 1 Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. Saturday: Gary Larson. Sunday: Joseph Chee. Monday: Kincaid Kipahu. Tuesday: Brian Haia. Wednesday: Kalani Smythe. Music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the ...

Maui Music

WEST MAUI CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, 1 Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. Saturday: Gary Larson. Sunday: Joseph Chee. Monday: Kincaid Kipahu. Tuesday: Brian Haia. Wednesday: Kalani Smythe. Music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the ...

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Maka by Mana’s creative raw-bar team includes Ashley Cutler (from left), Tiare Ventura and Alohilani Iwankew serving fresh fruits, smoothies and other healthful fare since January.
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Side Orders • August 17, 2017

MAUI JUMPING . . . Mana Foods’ raw juice bar keeps bowling people over in its current location in the health-food store on Baldwin Avenue in Paia. The little niche at the front left of the store is called Maka by Mana. “There is a lot of creativity going on in there,” says Mana Foods’ ...

Owner Mark Nigbur of Hali‘imaile Distilling Co. will be all over Maui’s map this month with fun cocktail drinks and promotions. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • August 3, 2017

SUNSETS IN SPOTLIGHT . . . From 5:30 to 6:30 tonight and Aug. 24, you may chill down as bartenders shake things up in Black Rock Lounge at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Master distiller and owner Mark Nigbur of Hali‘imaile Distilling Co. and a guest mixologist will be ...

Beach Bums BBQ & Grill servers Kim Berry (from left), Maile Cote and Abby Hatfield serve daily happy hour libations from 3 to 6 p.m. and through live music from 5 to 8 p.m. nightly in Maalaea. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • August 3, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . Sometimes, I feel as if I’m churning out copy as fast as a Land O’Lakes factory worker agitates cream into butter. But I do know that readers are looking for deals and tasty events during summer and I’ve got some in my pocket, on my email or in my recent memory. If ...

Creative cocktails will quench your thirst at the  Luana lobby lounge at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea in August.
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Side Orders • July 28, 2017

LIQUID WAILEA HAPPENINGS . . . Summer is sizzling in South Maui with all manner of food and drink events. Indulge in just one, several or all. Here are some fun picks for the near future. Luana, the lobby lounge at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, will tempt the sippers among us starting next ...

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All photos on this page were taken at February’s ArT=Mixx: Metamorphosis and reflect the thematic elements of transformation in costumes and acts. J. Anthony Martinez photo

ArT=Mixx: GODDESS

American author Susan Vreeland noted “ . . . art begets art. Painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say both feed the soul.” On Maui, the artistic soul is encouraged not just in the beauty of everyday life, but twice a year in conjunction with the exhibits featured ...

“View of West Maui from Thompson Ranch” by Michael Clements. Photo courtesy Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery 2017 Spring Show

If spring feels like it slipped right by, people can still get a sense of its beauty by visiting the Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao for its 2017 Spring Show. This show will feature the work of Maui artists Michael Clements, Betty Hay Freeland, Carleton Kinkade and Casey McLain. Michael ...

“Cane Fire” by artist Karen Scarborough. Photo courtesy the artist

Lahaina Arts Society features plein air artist

Lahaina Arts Society’s featured artist this month is plein air painter Karen Scarborough. Her vibrant, original oil painting exhibition reflects the unchanging beauty of Maui and the end of the sugarcane era in Hawaii. An opening reception is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during the ...

Folau Tupou with tiki. Photo courtesy Maui Hands Gallery

Resident artist at Maui Hands Gallery in May

Wood carver Folau Tupou will be present at the Makawao Maui Hands Gallery located at 1169 Makawao Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 22 and 29; and from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 19. Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Tupou learned the art of tiki carving at the age of 15 from his Uncle ...

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Chef Instructor Jake Belmonte of the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program will present an event on campus to help Bahay Kubo in Iao Valley from further deterioration.
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The FIELD and the HARVEST

Just like Kepaniwai Cultural Heritage Park in Iao Valley boasts quaint villages that represent Maui’s various ethnic cultures, The Field and the Harvest event coming up at 6 p.m. Saturday in Kahului boasts chefs from different backgrounds. The chefs will come together to benefit the Bahay ...

Food & Beverage Director James Morrison holds a dinner entree of hamachi and Kauai shrimp over corn-and-mushroom risotto.
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Seascape Ma‘alaea

Do you crave sustainable seafood that is off-the-charts in taste and affordable, too? Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center dishes it up daily for lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it’s added Fridays to its weekend happy hour and dinner lineup of Saturdays and ...

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Maui Calls

Last month, the sought-after wines of Maui Calls were written up for enthusiasts of the grape. This story will beckon to the patrons of the arts who want to attend Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s annual signature fundraising gala for its gourmet cuisine, entertainment, auction items, and, ...

Mauka Makai overlooks the pool and beyond at Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Kaanapali. Westin Nanea Ocean Villas photo

Mauka Makai

At the risk of sounding like a geezer, it’s been fun to experience the building and the evolution of Maui resorts and restaurants over several decades of writing about the isle’s culinary scene. From the first minute I stepped foot into the lobby of the new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas and ...

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Bike Vermont

Abandoned rail lines have been converted into recreation paths all over the United States. But the Island Line Trail in Vermont is unusual: It includes a causeway that runs across the open waters of Lake Champlain, from the Vermont mainland to the island community of South Hero. And that ...

Thrift Stores

The following is a listing of nonprofit organizations that sell an assortment of used and donated goods. For changes or new listings, call 242-6343. • Goodwill Retail Thrift Store, 250 Alamaha St., Ste. N-9, Kahului, 442-8989, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ...

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago 1917 — Much interest is being taken on Maui in the announcement that a National Guard company consisting of young Hawaiian-born Japanese is to be organized in Honolulu, and there is talk that an effort will be made to secure permission for a similar organization on this ...

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Book Review: ‘The Quiet Child’ by John Burley is engrossing novel

• “The Quiet Child” (William Morrow), by John Burley “The Quiet Child” is 6-year-old Danny McCray, who is indeed quiet. He doesn’t speak, though doctors have said he can but has “elective mutism.” Danny’s presence is often disconcerting to the residents of Cottonwood, Calif., ...

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McMillan / Grad

Matthew Grad and Kyra Grad (formerly Kyra McMillan) were married on April 18 in Las Vegas. Kyra Grad was raised in Kula. Matthew Grad has lived on Maui for over 10 years and is from Bismarck, N.D.The couple live in Makawao with their 1 1/2 year old daughter and are expecting a boy in October.

Sacapanio-Baisa/Lee

Jessica Nohealani Lee, daughter of Derek and Evalani Lee of Kahului, and Marshall Pomaikai Sacapanio-Baisa, son of Terrie Baisa and the late Michael Sacapanio, were married on Oct. 11, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pulehu Chapel in Kula. Bishop Mark Kaaa performed the ...

Corretjer Meader

Nina Meader and Ivan Corretjer were married Sept. 5 on a "secret" Maui beach after eight years of dating. Originally from Washington, D.C., Nina is currently living on Maui and Ivan is living in San Diego. They plan to continue the early part of their marriage together on the island sometime in ...

Heck-Long

Robert Heck and Ginny Heck (formerly Ginny Long) were married on Anini Beach, Kauai, on May 28. Robert Heck was born on Maui and raised in Kihei, where his family resides. The couple live together with their daughter, Eve, in northwest Arkansas.