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Kahului – Waiting to enter the Maui Brewers Festival on Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, Kimo Pihana (left, first photo), Kahikolu Pihana and Kanani Akana-Kealoha look forward to a fun afternoon; photo by Catherine Kenar. Makawao – Carey Judson (left, ...

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Wailuku – Enjoying a First Friday in Wailuku are Lani, Vincent and Job Jarrett; photo by Catherine Kenar. Wailuku – Ellen Raiser (from left, second photo), Sandra McGuinness and Iris Mountcastle, members of Na Hanona Kulike O Pi‘ilani halau, performed for the Maui Historical Society’s ...

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First photo: Kahului – Lisa Davis of the YMCA mans a Kula Country Store wagon that popped up at the family fitness facility in Kahului on Saturday with farm-fresh foods as a donation; photo by Carla Tracy. Second photo: Kahului – Dane Patao, Corey Rosa and Rand Okemura at this year’s ...

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First photo: Lahaina – At the “Out of This World” space-themed ‘Aipono Awards on Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Star Trek was the dress of choice for Carol Reimann (from left) Jennifer Nguyen, Joyce Harris and Jason Chao, photo by Carla Tracy. Second photo: Paia ...

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Molokai’s gifted Ra‘iatea Helm. Photo courtesy the artist

Maui’s 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Nominees

With the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards ceremony taking place on Saturday evening on Oahu, expectations are high for many of our Maui County musicians who released memorable albums in 2016, and have been nominated in all major categories. As a Grammy winner this year for his wonderful debut ...

Michael Franti and Spearhead’s “Love Out Loud Tour” will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Events Lawn in Kahului. Tickets are $37.50, and $75 for a limited number of VIP tickets, which include private side-stage viewing area and a dedicated bar (plus applicable fees). Ticket price increases $5 day-of-show. For more information, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Tough subjects inspire hope

“I read the news of the day, just as it’s coming down/ I do my best not to let it get me down/ I try to keep my head up, but this is Babylon/ This world’s in crisis, we try to fight it, this changing climate/ The scientists and the politicians divided by it/ So many ways we could solve ...

Prize-winning cellist David Hardy and violinist Catherine Cho (second photo) are two of the featured performers at the Maui Classical Music Festival this week. Concerts are 7 p.m. Friday at the Makawao Union Church; and 7 p.m. Monday at the Keawala‘i Congregational Church in Makena; and 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wananalua Congregational Church in Hana; with the finale at 7 p.m. May 12 in Makena. Tickets for each concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For information and reservations, call 878-2312. Photo courtesy the Maui Classical Music Festival

Need a classical music fix?

The annual Maui Classical Music Festival returns to our island on Friday with a series of concerts presented in historic churches in Makawao, Makena and Hana. Nine leading classical musicians will be featured including Chad Burrow (clarinet), Catherine Cho (violin), Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano), ...

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Carlos Santana

“You have to have a supreme karma to live on Maui, or even to visit it,” says Carlos Santana. “There are people who may never even see Maui in this lifetime.” The legendary, multi-Grammy-winning guitarist and former Maui resident will return to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on ...

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The Maui Chamber Orchestra presents “West Side Story in Concert.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets range from $27 to $55 and are available by calling 242-6969 or online at www.mauionstage.com. ALLY SHORE photo

A fresh take on ‘West Side Story’

Just after World War II, choreographer-director Jerome Robbins approached composer Leonard Bernstein and writer Arthur Laurents about collaborating on a contemporary musical based on “Romeo and Juliet.” Robbins suggested changing the classic love tragedy to focus upon an Irish-Catholic ...

Trevor Noah entertains Maui audiences with two shows in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului on May 25. Seats still remain for Noah’s 10 p.m. performance, but are sold out for his 8 p.m. show. Tickets range from $79.50 to $99.50 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Trevor Noah

One of the biggest cliches in stand-up is “timing is everything,” a quote originally attributed to William Shakespeare. In the case of South African-born comedian Trevor Noah, a different type of timing has led to his immense success. Noah has hosted Comedy Central’s Emmy and Peabody ...

Ella Direnfeld (left) and Maia Taketa perform in last year’s Maui Academy for Performing Art’s “MOVES.” The 2017 Spring Extravaganza showcase returns Saturday and Sunday to the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets range from $17 to $22 (plus applicable fees). To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the MACC box office, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org. Peter Liu photo

Dance blooms this spring

Just as Seabury Hall hosts “Dance Showcase” annually, Maui Academy of Performing Arts showcases more than 400 dancers each May in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului with its “Spring Extravaganza.” Three shows to be performed this weekend will star ...

Robert E. Wills (from left) Ricky Jones, Cameron Keys, David Tuttle, Rueben Carrion, Megan Caccamo and Neil Sullivan bring the drama of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” to Maui. Jack Grace photo

Marine Corps honor and military mentality on trial

Although rarely as well attended as musicals, when done right, a great drama is considerably more intimate, affective and touchable. Director Rick Scheideman’s minimalist staging of “A Few Good Men” leaves little option other than investing in the dramatic work of this strong local ...

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The xenomorph returns in “Alien: Covenant.” Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation photo via AP

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 “ALIEN: COVENANT” R, 2:02. Horror, sci-fi, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex, Kaahumanu 6. The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, ...

Amy Schumer stars in “Snatched”. 20th Century Fox photo via AP

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 “SNATCHED” R, 1:31. Action, comedy. Kaahumanu 6. When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ...

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* “HALEAKALA: A SENSE OF PLACE” 49 minutes The Akaku Upstairs Salon Series will present a special screening of “Halealaka: A Sense of Place” at 6 tonight at the studio in Kahului. President and CEO of Akaku Jay April will be the guest speaker. Call 871-5554.

Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista star in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”. Disney-Marvel photo via AP

‘Guardians’ returns and it’s better than the first time

The Associated Press In James Gunn’s sequel to his swashbuckling space Western, the Guardians of the Galaxy do their version of “The Empire Strikes Back,” complete with daddy issues but with a considerably more anarchic spirit and enough acerbic interplay among its interstellar gang to ...

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Comedian Nick Swardson • Tonight; photo provided by MACC.

Island Events • May 18, 2017

TODAY, MAY 18 PICNIC FOR POKI WITH PAMELA POLLAND Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite you to a Picnic for Poki featuring Pamela Polland at 11 a.m. at the Historic Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku. Bring a lawn chair or mat. Fresh-baked cookies, coffee and water will be provided by ...

Pianist Sarah Cahill; photo provided by Robert Pollock.

Sarah Cahill: ‘Tibetan illusion destroyer’ • Saturday

MUSIC AND FILM. Ebb & Flow Arts presents an evening of music and film at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Renowned pianist Sarah Cahill will be featured followed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Tom Vendetti’s “Tibetan Illusion ...

Husband and wife duo, Kupaoa will perform at the Mele Mei Ma Maui festival under the Lahaina Banyan Tree; photo provided by Daryl Fujiwara

Second Friday • Mele Mai • Friday to Sunday

LAHAINA FRIDAY TOWN PARTY TO KICKOFF MELE MEI MA MAUI. Lahaina’s Second Friday Town Party will kickoff Mele Mei “May Hawaiian Music Month” at 5 p.m. with Maui Jam followed by award-winning recording artist Nathan Aweau. Visit Maui Writers Ink at the local authors table along with local ...

Friends having fun at Maui Brewers Festival at the MACC • Saturday; Aubrey Hord photo

Island Events • May 11, 2017

TODAY, MAY 11 ‘MOTHERHOOD TO THE MAX!’ AT AKAKU The Akaku Upstairs Salon Series continues tonight at 6 p.m. with guest speaker Alison Barren, (aka Ali B), with “Motherhood to the Max!” Barren is a mother of five, a reporter for TMZ and has a weekly radio show on “The Voice of ...

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Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 1 p.m.; Te Tiare Patitifa, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday: Te Tiare Patitifa, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Ukulele lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Ongoing: SING IT! Teen ...

Paula Fuga at The Shops At Wailea. The Maui News file photo

Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 1 p.m.; Halau Hula Keola Ali‘iokekai, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday: Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Ukulele lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. ...

Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 1 p.m.; Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday: Te Tiare Patitifa, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Ukulele lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. • MAUI ...

Maui Matsuri kick-off Friday • Queen Kaahumanu Center. The Maui News file photo

Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 1 p.m.; Hui! Lanakila, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday: Na Kamali‘i Nani, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Ukulele lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. • MAUI MALL. Daily: Art of ...

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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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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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WEST MAUI DOWN THE HATCH, 658 Front St., Lahaina, 661-4900. Thursday (today): Noa Zeb. Friday: Corey Rezner. Saturday: Kendall and Armadillo. Sunday: Alexa Calma. Monday: Ian Galleisky. Tuesday: Jason Macapulay. Wednesday: Corey Rezner. Live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 ...

Maui Music

WEST MAUI CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, 1 Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. Saturday: Kalani Smythe. Sunday: Joseph Chee. At the Bar Saturday: Dayan Kai (pianist), 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday brunch: Gary Larson Duo, 9 a.m. to noon. DOWN ...

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Maui’s famous drummer Mick Fleetwood (at left) and singer songwriter Dave Mason celebrate the 71st birthday of Mason last week in Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi in Wailea. The old pals were “Feelin’ Alright.” CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • May 18, 2017

‘TIS THE SEASON . . . Now that many of us have imbibed in Maui Brewers Festival and our lust for beer has been more than quenched, it’s time to focus on other festivals coming up on Maui’s horizon as it heats up for summer. For starters, you may book a seat at the Maui Tastemakers ...

The Cupcake Ladies Catering Co.’s Pop-Up Shop will be at the former Tea Box in the Maui Mall in Kahului from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday with chocolate to vanilla to creamy caramel flavors and coffee, too. Cupcake Ladies photo

Side Orders • May 11, 2017

BITS AND PIECES . . . On Friday, the new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will celebrate the grand opening of its signature restaurant, Mauka Makai. The party in north Kaanapali begins at 5:30 p.m. and features chef action stations, specialty cocktails, cold local beer and live music. Priced right ...

The Hibiscus Hua cocktail poured at Hula Grill Ka‘anapali will be featured on “The Booze Traveler, Best Bars, Tropical Episode” on Monday. says the restaurant  management team about the Travel Channel hit show. HULA GRILL photo

Side Orders • May 4, 2017

HOT AS A TAMALE . . . Right after I finished writing a Cinco de Mayo piece for the inside pages, a few stragglers contacted me to promote fun on this Mexican holiday that is more about eating and drinking than an obscure battle. But I don’t wanna taco ‘bout it anymore, because after ...

Choice Health Bar in Lahaina won “Best Healthy Fare” on Sunday at the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards. The owner is Emily Kunz (from left) with Astro Girl Amy Erickson, Kellie O’Rourke and May Lee. A satellite kiosk will be opening in Kaanapali. CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • April 27, 2017

JIN-GO-LO-BA! . . . Maui is at full tilt boogie these days with Carlos Santana and band returning to Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday among many other fun isle happenings. The MACC’s food and beverage Events Lawn opens at 4 p.m., so get into the conga line for Niihau lamb chili and ...

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“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 ...

“Hawaiiana” by  The Twins; Bill Wyland Gallery photo

Visual Arts

Art extravaganza Friday at Bill Wyland Galleries Bill Wyland Galleries on Front Street in Lahaina will be presenting an art extravaganza from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. According to gallery director Michael Murray, featured artists include Maui’s own visionary painters from Florence, Italy, ...

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House hostesses Mary Lynn Johannes (left) and Makena Hogan; CARLA TRACY photo

Restaurant Week: Wailea

It’ll cost you way more than a Happy Meal. But if you are craving a gourmet multi-course feast served in one of Wailea’s top restaurants at a discounted cost with Maui Food Bank as the beneficiary, then it’s time to pick up the iPhone and make reservations or jump online to ...

Executive Chef Ikaika Manaku of the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas flames a garlic beef dish on the grill to sear in the juices. Westin Nanea Ocean Villas photo

Mauka Makai

From the mountains to the ocean is the menu concept at the new Mauka Makai, which celebrated its grand opening Friday at the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, the newest resort on island. In fact, the Hawaiian word mauka means “toward the mountains” and makai refers to the vicinity of the ocean, ...

Grand Wailea Executive Chef Ryan Urig and wife Jennifer with sons Ryder, 6, and Cruise, 3. The hotel will pull out all of the stops for Mother’s Day brunch. You may also treat Mom to an annual Spa Grande membership with monthly massage or facial for $115 per month. Grand Wailea photo

Mother’s Day: OMG! She does know BEST!

OMG! —as it turns out, Mom was right about everything — including not to text during a family feast, especially on Mother’s Day. Mom is also right in wanting to be treated to a meal out and you will do her an honor by giving your full attention. Just remember Mother’s Day Sunday is ...

Fred’s Mexican Cafe’s food runner Mariano Vasquez (at left) and Restaurant Manager Tessa Caskey get in the Cinco de Mayo mood. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Cinco de Mayo

On Friday, the fifth of May, Maui eateries will be swinging like pinatas from Fred’s Mexican Cafe in South Kihei to little Nachos Grande in Honokowai. Manana, Cinco de Mayo will be smokin’ hot as a chipotle at restaurants and you may savor the whole enchilada, from authentic Mexican foods ...

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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 — People must demand homegrown produce. The only way the consuming public can be absolutely sure of having enough to eat during this war is to grow the food in the islands, and the only way to get the food grown is to guarantee the producer a market. Every consumer must ...

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Book Review: Crime thriller by Jo Nesbo keeps readers guessing

• “The Thirst” (Alfred A. Knopf, by Jo Nesbo) It all starts with a Tinder date in a bar appropriately called Jealousy and ends with death on an ice-covered fjord. In between, “The Thirst,” the latest Harry Hole crime thriller by Jo Nesbo, is filled with horrific murder scenes ...

“Purple Passion” by Hermine Harman. -- Photo courtesy artist

Enchantress Gallery by Bootzie launches new location in Wailea

The Shops at Wailea is pleased to welcome Enchantress Gallery by Bootzie, a gallery which features an exclusive collection of soulful and contemporary original artworks, sculpture, designer jewelry, fashion and more, personally curated by Bootzie Alexandra and James Freeborne Welch. “We ...

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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.