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Kahului – Alickzander Pasalo (left, first photo) and Dexter Casem complete the Bubble Run on Saturday at Keopuolani Park; photo by Lila Fujimoto. Maalaea – Maui author/illustrator Gill McBarnet (back row, from left in second photo) and Maui Ocean Center marine naturalist Elyssa Farmer ...

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Ulupalakua – Lindsey Berset (from left), Jan Burke and Paula Hegele attend the recent blessing and celebration of the newly restored History Room of Ulupalakua at MauiWine; photo provided by Christina Yumul. Waillea – Kahului Elementary School Book Trust recipients Ty Ishikawa (left) ...

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Wailuku – Maui CrossFit Extreme co-owner Lisa Setiawati (from left in first photo), Sanoe Kipapa, Kaimana Agor and Miriam Rebolledo join Bring A Friend workout Saturday at the Wailuku gym; photo by Lila Fujimoto. Paia – Judges Kona Kuailani (from left in second photo) and Rick ...

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Kahului – Caleb, 8, Ashton, 10, and Averiana, 3, Chargualaf sing an “Over the Rainbow” and “You are so Beautiful” medley at Saturday’s Women’s March on Maui at University of Hawaii Maui College; photo by Bruce Wheeler. Kahului – Dr. Virginia “Virgie” Cantorna (left in ...

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Scotty McCreery

Winning the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011 as a 17-year-old, Scotty McCreery went on to make chart history with his debut album, “Clear as Day.” Selling 197,000 copies the first week of release, he became the first country artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with ...

Jake Shimabukuro will perform with members of the Maui Pops Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $45, $55, $65 and $85 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or by visiting www.mauiarts.org.
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Saturday in Castle Theater Jake Shimabukuro with Maui Pop Orchestra members

Since his early days, Jake Shimabukuro has been pushing boundaries and exploring the potential of the humble ukulele. With his most recent album, “Nashville Sessions,” this virtuoso takes another leap, boldly stepping into Jeff Beck-style fusion territory. The CD cover photo of blazing ...

Maui Albums highlight island's array of talent

Maui albums highlight island’s array of talent

“This Mountain” Pat Simmons Jr. Pat Simmons Jr. has been around music all his life. Ever since he can remember, he spent time on the road touring with his musician dad, Pat Simmons Sr., of the Doobie Brothers. “My mom says I took my first steps on a tour bus,” he says. ...

Judy Collins; photo courtesy MACC

Judy Collins

Nominated in December for a Best Folk Album Grammy Award for “Silver Skies Blue,” Judy Collins’ latest recording features a collaboration with Bronx-born singer-songwriter Ari Hest, who will perform with her on Maui this week. Released last summer, the acclaimed album showcases their ...

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Ailey II dancers appear in “Sketches of Flames.” Kyle Froman photo

Ailey II

“The most unique thing is you,” is what legendary dance innovator Alvin Ailey frequently told his students. Troy Powell, artistic director of Ailey II (formerly the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble), shared that quote with me in a phone interview last week. I had asked Powell why tonight’s ...

Kristi Scott (from left), Lina Aiko Krueger and Sandra Bowes appear in a scene from “The Cemetery Club.” BETH COOPER photo

‘Cemetery Club’ offers laughs, heart

Ivan Menchell’s “The Cemetery Club” is an incredibly evocative account of three widows striving for contentment amid chapter two of their middle-aged lives. The beautifully crafted script, filled with many very funny one-liners, is in many ways two sides of the same coin: a comical, ...

Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre performers will take the stage tonight in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. • Photo courtesy MACC

ProArts presents Maui production of ‘The Cemetery Club’

Ivan Menchell’s “The Cemetery Club” might make you think of “Steel Magnolias,” “Beaches” and the 2014 ProArts Inc. Maui production of “The Dixie Swim Club.” This comedy-drama about three Jewish widows who meet once a month to visit their husbands’ graves debuted on Broadway ...

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Moving Performances

With performances by Maui Aerial Arts at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku last month, last weekend’s Common Ground Dance Festival, and upcoming appearances by Maui’s Adaptations Dance Theater, Miami’s Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre and New York City’s Ailey II, dance has taken center ...

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Matt Damon stars as William Garin in “The Great Wall.” Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures 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 “A CURE FOR WELLNESS” R, 2:26. Mystery, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex. An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO ...

This image released by Lionsgate shows Keanu Reeves in a scene from, "John Wick: Chapter 2." • (Niko Tavernise/Lionsgate 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 “JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2” R, 2:02. Action, crime, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema. After returning to the ...

Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield star in “The Space Between Us”
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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 “RINGS” PG-13, 1:42. Drama, horror. Kaahumanu 6. A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that ...

James McAvoy stars in “Split.”
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Fun performances can’t save ‘Split’

* “Split” two stars out of four. The Associated Press – “Split” is a movie in which James McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities. Some of them are kind. Some are strange. Some are talented. Some are deranged. One is a woman. One is a child. And one of them likes to kidnap ...

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Maui AIDS Foundation’s sixth Mardi Gras benefit; photo by Adi Ell-Ad of Adiwood Studios.

Mardi Gras Maui • Saturday

AN ECCENTRIC EVENING OF FUN, FOOD AND LAUGHS. Maui AIDS Foundation will host its sixth annual Mardi Gras fundraiser at Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea to benefit HIV services for Maui County. It features entertainment by Shea Derrick and Full Flavor Band, live and silent auctions and ...

Uluwehi Guerrero • Today; The Maui News file photo.

Island Events: February 16, 2017

TODAY, FEB. 16 PICNIC FOR POKI WITH ULUWEHI GUERRERO Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite you to a Picnic for Poki featuring Uluwehi Guerrero and Halau Hula Kauluokala at 11 a.m. at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. DANCE PERFORMANCE BY AILEY II AND MORE Critically ...

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, photo courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Jake Shimabukuro • Saturday

UKULELE MEETS ORCHESTRA. Ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro will perform with members of the Maui Pops Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Tickets range from $45 to $85 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or by ...

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, photo courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Island Events: February 9, 2017

TODAY, FEB. 9 ‘THE WAY OF NATURAL TEXTILES’ BY IZUKURA See the works of textile artist Akihiko Izukura at Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului through March 19. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, as well as prior ...

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See TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz • Moday at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center

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. • MAUI MALL. Friday ...

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 O Keola Ali‘iokeka, 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 ...

Celebrate Chinese New Year, 4p.m.
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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.; Hula show, 1 p.m.; Chinese New Year celebration, 2 to 4 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday: Na Kamali‘i Nani ...

Celebrate Chinese New Year at The Wharf Cinema Center. The Wharf Cinema Center photo

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.; Hui! Lanakila, 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 ...

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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: Daniel Querubin. Sunday: Joseph Chee. Monday: Kincaid Kipahu. Tuesday: Brian Haia. Wednesday: Kalani Smythe. Music from 5:30 to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Attendees don masks to get in the Mardi Gras mood as they pose with former Miss Hawaii Flecha Tovar at last year’s gala. Adi Ell-Ad of Adiwood Studios photo

Good times to roll at Mardi Gras AIDS benefit

The Maui AIDS Foundation will host its sixth annual Mardi Gras fundraiser Saturday at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea and the good times are sure to roll throughout. An eccentric evening of fun, food and laughs all to raise money for HIV services for Maui County, Mardi Gras will feature ...

Maui’s Sheldon Simeon (right) was blindfolded in a previous episode in a test of palates. At left is Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio with host Padma Lakshmi. Tonight, Sheldon will appear in the “Top Chef” finals as the show heads south of the border to Mexico. “Top Chef” photo

‘Top Chef’

In last week’s episode in Charleston, S.C., Maui’s Sheldon Simeon was among the four final chefs to cook impromptu dishes while instructing a mystery partner hidden behind a screen how to make the exact same creation. He was the only one who recognized his partner, who was his wife, ...

Max’s Restaurant branch manager Judith Tomas (seated) is presented with lunch by Chef Erick Buono (left) and chicken processor Edwin Cadungog. Max’s Restaurant photo

Manila style

Filipino cuisine is known as “Southeast Asian soul food,” and these days it’s growing by leaps and lumpias in the islands and on the Mainland. Max’s Restaurant at the Maui Mall in Kahului takes its cue from the landmark Max’s of Manila restaurant that goes back more than 70 ...

5 Palms at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei will heat things up with a romantic repast Tuesday on Valentine’s Day. Hostess Raquel Tosaya (left) and server Lisa Levang get ready for the occasion.
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Some like it RED HOT on Valentine’s Day

Champagne and oysters and caviar — oh,  my! This year, isle chefs will ignite your passion for Valentine’s Day with all manner of romantic menus and so it will be love at first bite. Do make reservations right after you read this as many top Maui restaurants will sell out for the famed ...

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Makawao is buzzing about the new Middle Eastern eatery called Habibi that opened Monday near the Rodeo General Store with the cuisine of Saudi Arabia. Come and savor it at Third Friday Town Party this week. Habibi photo

Side Orders • February 16, 2017

NEW UPCOUNTRY. . . A Middle Eastern fusion cafe opened on Monday in the courtyard between Rodeo General Store and Master Jewelers in the heart of paniolo land in Makawao. Habibi serves shawarma, falafels and different hashes with lamb, chicken, fish or spiced chick peas; and desserts of ...

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi (left) faces Maui’s own Sheldon Simeon on the set of Bravo channel’s famous food show that will air tonight. Sheldon will be one of four remaining cheftestants. • “Top Chef” photo

Side Orders • February 9, 2017

UP IN SMOKE. . . These smoldering words were not initially in the header that I wrote for this week’s Side Orders column the first time around. But my computer sparked, went black and I smelled smoke so now I’m “in the weeds,” so to speak, trying to put out last-minute fires by ...

University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program’s second-year student Mya Carter serves an appetizer at the Leis Family Class Act, just named the No. 1 restaurant in Hawaii on Open Table.
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Side Orders • February 2, 2017

RISING TO THE TOP . . . I just wrote about the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program in Sunday’s paper. Then I got to work on Monday, and got a heads-up from the college that its Leis Family Class Act was just voted the No. 1 Best Overall Restaurant in Hawaii by ...

Plan ahead for the Super Bowl by ordering fresh ahi sashimi at TJ’s Warehouse in the Wailuku Industrial Area. Platters can come in 12-, 16- or 18-inch sizes and you may choose from ahi, salmon or a special option of fresh hamachi. TJ’s Warehouse photo

Side Orders • January 26, 2017

FOR FOOTBALL FANS . . .  I’m  gearing up for next week’s Scene, in which I’ll write about where to dine on Super Bowl Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons battle the New England Patriots. But many of us want to watch the game at home or at a friend’s house and that means advance planning ...

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Crowd-pleaser Greg LaRock is returning to Maui for this year’s invitational. Photo courtesy event organizers

Plein air painting event starts Saturday

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational begins Saturday and will feature 21 artists from the Mainland and Australia along with five Hawaii artists who will spend a week painting island scenes in oil and pastels. Invitations to the “en plein air,” or in full air, event were extended to ...

MACC announces dates for ’18 portrait challenge

Maui Arts & Cultural Center has announced application and jurying dates for its signature triennial exhibition, Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2018. Entry dates and locations are 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School on Oahu; 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 1 at the Wailoa ...

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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 ...

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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 — Maui Agricultural Company’s Grove Ranch will offer at public auction 34 head of brood mares and colts at the Paia Stables on Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m. W. O. Aiken, auctioneer. 75 Years Ago 1942 — Air raid warning: series of short blasts. All clear: one ...

Thank-You Letters

The Pa‘ia Youth & Cultural Center would like to thank our ohana for making the 20th Pa‘ia Bay Body Board Beach Festival our best ever. First to Marlon Tumacder and Kai Lenny (Positively Kai); the Foam Company for the overall organization of the event; the judges: Blaze Anderson, Rick ...

Son’z restaurant at Hyatt uncorks new ‘Off Da Vine’ wine series

For 10 years in a row, Son’z Steakhouse Maui has been honored with an “Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator and “Best Steak” by a local magazine. In celebration it will launch its first “Off Da Vine” dinner series at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Executive Chef Geno Sarmiento is still ...

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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.