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Puunene – Volunteer Carole Willis and Lulu pitch in at Maui Humane Society’s garage sale fundraiser Saturday; photo by Sarah Ward. Makawao – Jennifer Lawrence (left in second photo) and Kitty Walsh attend Friday’s opening of the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center annual Juried ...

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Wailuku – Jennifer Nguyen (from left in first photo), Dave  Jorgensen and Stephanie Ohigashi with party hosts Helen Nielsen and Jonathan Starr pose at a birthday bash for Carol Reimann (not pictured) on Main Street in Wailuku last week; The Maui News photo. Kahului – Christie Harth ...

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Coleton Okamoto (from left), Marvin Cortez, Jarred Espejo, Shantel Matsuda and Daniel Iwasaki compete in a Coke-drinking contest at the Carl’s Jr. employee holiday party Saturday; photo by Lila Fujimoto. Imua Family Services staff members Lynette Constantino (from ...

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Kula – Stephen “Pocket” Loney (from left in first photo) and Frank Ford, “ugly Christmas sweater party” winners, pose Saturday with party guests Donna Gomes, Steve Fulton and Rich Sato; photo by Karen Saka. Kahului – Jennilin Alcain (from left in second photo), Mitzi Toro, ...

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Young the Giant

One of America’s hottest contemporary indie rock bands, Young the Giant has developed a novel way to promote the group’s music, by creating a video series of “In the Open,” stripped-down versions of songs filmed mostly in nature. For their latest creation, they adapted ...

Chaka Khan; photo courtesy the MACC

Music stars align in 2016

It was another bumper year for entertainment on Maui in 2016 beginning with UB40 Reunited in January, drawing a massive crowd. “It’s made all the difference,” lead singer Ali Campbell explained about performing again with fellow founding vocalist Astro. “We’re enjoying a bit of a ...

Guitarists Vignola and Raniolo to team up at McCoy theater

Jazz guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater with fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo on Wednesday. A versatile musician, Vignola has played with many artists across a spectrum of genres including Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis and Les ...

Catch Steven Tyler and 
Alice Cooper at Wailea Beach Resort. 
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A new year to rock with Shep Gordon, Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper and more

It’s become an annual rite at the close of the year for a number of our famous full-time and part-time residents to rock out in Wailea at a fundraiser for the Maui Food Bank and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The stellar lineup ringing in the new year in style on Saturday at ...

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Emily Windler (from left), Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix of Wonderheads; Photo courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Coming up… Youth shows, masked performers, comedy, dance and much more

Maui’s constantly expanding performing arts scene, by virtue of larger attendance each season, has spawned a hefty schedule of events for every arts organization on the island. It wasn’t that many years ago when the Maui Arts & Cultural Center might offer 20 or 30 performances per ...

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Rita Rudner

Four years ago, I interviewed comedian Rita Rudner and upon speaking with her by phone again last week, I asked if she remembered her personal Hawaiian word, “mahuka,” that she shared with me. “Yes, I can’t believe you remembered that,” she said. “I still use it.” In 2012 she ...

Moses Goods stars in “Duke”
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OVATIONS

One of my favorite columns to write is at the end of the year, looking back on the finest performing arts showstoppers of the year. 2016 marks the sixth year that I have compiled a list of my personal favorite moments of the year, and inevitably due to our constantly growing live entertainment ...

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Lewis MacDougall appears with The Monster, voiced by Liam Neeson, in “A Monster Calls.” Focus Features photo via AP

‘A Monster Calls’ is a universal picture of grief

The Associated Press If you’re not crying by the third act of “A Monster Calls,” you may want to have your humanity checked. Anyone who’s experienced grief will be moved by Patrick Ness’ story of a lonely 12-year-old boy and the massive woody monster who befriends him. Beautifully ...

Kevin Bacon (standing), Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman star in “Patriots Day.” CBS Films and Lionsgate 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 “LIVE BY NIGHT” R, 2:08. Crime, drama. Kaahumanu 6. A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their ...

Octavia Spencer stars in “Hidden Figures.” Twentieth Century Fox photo via AP

In uplifting ‘Hidden Figures,’ three women rise

* “Hidden Figures,” three stars out of four. The Associated Press Theodore Melfi’s buoyant “Hidden Figures” is an old-fashioned feel-good movie with powerful contemporary relevance, spearheaded by a trio of unstoppable actresses playing black women who wouldn’t be stopped. Set ...

Janelle Monae (from left) Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in “Hidden Figures.” Twentieth 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 “HIDDEN FIGURES” PG, 2:07. Drama. Kaahumanu 6. Based on a true story of a team of African-American women who provide NASA with important ...

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“Her Bodies of Stories” by Lyz Soto • Friday; photo provided by MACC.

Island Events: January 12, 2017

TODAY, JAN. 12 LEI‘OHU RYDER AND MAYDEEN ‘IAO CONCERT Lei‘ohu Ryder and Maydeen ‘Iao will perform at 7 p.m. at the Makawao Union Church. Tickets are $35 cash only at the door. All proceeds will benefit Aloha in Action. NA MO‘OLELO: HAWAIIAN CULTURAL PROGRAM Learn about the ...

New Shanghai Circus will perform Monday and Tuesday; photo provided by MACC.

New Shanghai Circus • Monday and Tuesday

SEE CHINA’S MOST DARING ACROBATS, JUGGLERS AND MORE. Catch the New Shanghai Circus at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Monday and at 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. Tickets range from $12 to $35 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box ...

Comedian Rita Rudner, photo courtesy the performer.

Rita Rudner • Saturday

LAUGH WITH LAS VEGAS QUEEN OF COMEDY Rita Rudner, whose act has become the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $40 and $65 (plus applicable fees) and are ...

Guitarists Frank Vignola (left) and Vinny Raniolo • Wednesday, photo courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Island Events: January 5, 2017

TODAY, JAN. 5 VISIT MIS EXHIBIT AT THE VETERANS CENTER A visual exhibit titled “MIS: America’s Secret Weapon – Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service in World War II” will be on display at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center in Kahului from noon to 4 p.m. today, ...

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HAPA performs Wednesday at The Shops of Wailea.

Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Today: Hula lessons, 5 to 6 p.m. Friday: Aloha Friday free live entertainment, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 1 p.m.; Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday: Te Tiare Patitifa, 1 p.m. Tuesday: ...

Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Today: Hula lessons, 5 to 6 p.m. Friday: Aloha Friday free live entertainment, 5:30 to 7 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: Na Kamali‘i Nani O Lahaina, 1 p.m. ...

Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Today: Hula lessons, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 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. ...

Hear Rock Hendricks at 6 p.m. Friday at Maui Mall. Photo provided by Autumn Wigley

Shopping Center Activities

• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Today: Hula lessons, 5 to 6 p.m.; Holiday jazz with Fulton Tashombe, 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday: Family magic by Holden Mowat, noon to 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday: Ukulele lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. • MAUI MALL. Friday: Holiday jazz Tuba Christmas, ...

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Catch Henry Kapono from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Duke’s Beach House in Kaanapali. The Maui News file photo

Maui Music

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

Catch Pat Simmons Jr. at Mulligans on the Blue tonight. Photo courtesy the musician

Music Maui

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

Catch George Kahumoku Jr.’s CD Release Party at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Aloha Pavilion at Napili Kai Beach Resort. SHANE TEGARDEN photo

Maui Music

WEST MAUI AUNTIE’S KITCHEN Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Kaanapali, 667-3254 Monday thru Friday: Live music, 4 to 7 p.m. CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, One Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. Saturday: Daniel Querubin. ...

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Nachos Grande Chef Miguel Reyes makes everything from scratch including his enchiladas and salsas and guacamoles from fresh Kula-grown tomatoes and avocados. CARLA TRACY photo

Nachos Grande

If you want to have “death by salsa” and then come back more alive than you’ve ever felt before with clear mental faculties and sinuses and sweat on your brow, raring to go like a bull about to chase a matador, then dine at Nachos Grande Cantina in West Maui. Situated in its own ...

Chef Craig Erickson of Ka‘anapali Beach Club will present a Christmas Day buffet from 4 to 8 p.m. at the poolside Ohana Bar & Grill at the resort. Savor all you can eat of local and holiday cuisine. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

WARM WISHES!

Getting visions of fresh fish, prime rib and coconut-cream pie dancing in your heads? No worries. ’Tis the season and isle chefs are ready. Just pick up the phone to make your dining reservations at Maui’s hotels and restaurants, and to order pies and other holiday items at awaiting ...

Savor a different creation each day during the 12 Days of Poke at the new Auntie’s Kitchen poolside at the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas now through Dec. 25. These fun poke dishes are add-ons to the regular menu. Westin KOR photo

‘12 Days of Poke’ at Auntie’s Kitchen

The countdown has already begun at the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas’ new restaurant, Auntie’s Kitchen. Starting yesterday and running through Dec. 25, Auntie’s Kitchen is presenting the 12 Days of Poke with a different featured dish each day in addition to its regular ...

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Longhi’s Wailea General Manager Michael Rose (left) has been with the company for a long time and lead daytime server Noel Ellis has made a few years at the popular restaurant. In the month of January, enjoy $40 dinners of four courses of famous ’70s fare at Longhi’s Wailea and the original Longhi’s Lahaina location. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • January 12, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . Several Maui  restaurants across the island support Grow Some Good through special dinner promos, where a portion of the proceeds go to fund school garden programs. Ongoing promotions are happening this month at DUO in the Four Seasons Resort Maui during its Friday Night ...

The family table is at the center of the new Wailea Kitchen & Tap and boasts 14 seats. The new eatery in the old Joe’s is fast becoming a hot spot for diners and sippers as well as tennis players as it’s above the Wailea Tennis Courts. Wailea Kitchen & Tap  photo

Side Orders • January 5, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . With prime rib, turkey and mashed potatoes all threatening to hang like saddlebags on our hips, it’s time to buck off the old with healthful resolutions in the New Year. “Diabetes, Pain and Cancer: Get Your Health Back in 10 Days” will be the talk by Terry Shintani, ...

Plantation House morning manager Andreas Berry (from left) Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez, and chefs Gemsley Balagso and Sonny Balisco gear up to cook foods for tournament pass holders Jan. 5 to 8 daytime and for the public each night of the popular pro golf championship. 
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Side Orders • December 29, 2016

KAPALUA TEES OFF . . . What can possibly top all of the New Year’s Eve bashes on Maui? The annual Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, of course, in which pro golfers and celebrities alike descend on Maui to compete. But fans and participants get hungry on the links when it tees off from ...

Chef restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi (from left) with Sunstone Hotel Investors COO Marc Hoffman and restaurant partner Shep Gordon at the new Humble Market Kitchin that opened Monday to the public at the newly named and renovated Wailea Beach Resort. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • December 22, 2016

TRANSFORMED . . .  On Saturday, I saw the results of a $100 million renovation  at the former Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa by owner Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. Now called Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott Maui, the stunning hotel property boasts 547 redesigned rooms and suites, ...

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Crowd favorite picked for Malama Wao Akua

The Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center has announced the winner of the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Malama Wao Akua exhibit. Maui artist Wendy Romanchak was recognized for her piece titled “ ‘Ohelo” in the exhibit that concluded Nov. 10 at the Makawao arts center. “I love ...

“Hale Honu” by Todd Kawasaki; Photo courtesy Lahaina Printsellers

Photographer featured at Lahaina Printsellers

A Maui photographer was recently awarded second place in the International Photography Awards with his photo “Hale Honu,” taken on the upper west side of the island and offering a unique glimpse into the mysterious world of Hawaii’s beloved green sea turtles. Todd Kawasaki’s photo ...

A panoramic photograph of a wharf in Mexico from a previous work by Peter Lik

PETER LIK

Peter Lik, whose work can be seen in 13 galleries across the United States bearing his name, began capturing the wonders of nature as a young boy in his native Australia and never stopped. In 1984, Lik migrated to the United States and discovered his passion for panoramic ...

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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 — If the coming legislature does no more towards fighting the great white plague than to provide for the employing of an adequate number of district nurses, it will have accomplished much. An efficient system of district nursing is probably more efficient in checking and ...

Thank-You Letters

The Maui Farm thanks those thoughtful individuals and organizations who contributed to a very Merry Christmas for the families we serve. We thank our good friends at Old Lahaina Lu‘au and Boeing Company for again donating gifts for all of our keiki.  We are most grateful to Richelle ...

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Pet of the Week

Do you want an outgoing and approachable new friend? Well I’m the “purrfect” feline for you, then! My name is Meeka, No. 65, and I’m a friendly 5-year-old, spayed, 10-pound female who really wants a family to shower with all my love. Sadly, my last one gave me to Maui Humane Society on ...

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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.