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Kahului – Enjoying the MACC’s “Eric Church & Friends” concert that concluded the third annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival earlier this month are Nathan (from left, first photo), Gennasee, Amanda and Arlee Milliron; J. Anthony Martinez photo. Kahului – Police traffic officers ...

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Makawao – Inger Tully (from left, first photo), Sarah Bredhoff and Sarah Porter enjoy the Hui Holiday’s First Night festivites last week; Catherine Kenar photo. Second photo: Kahului – Czhara Jan Saclayan, Cortney Tabujara and Rose Anne Rafael from Maui High School National Honor Society ...

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Kahului – Melissa (from left, first photo) and Shane Victorino and Malika Dudley backstage at the Shane Victorino Foundation’s Mahalo Maui free concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center earlier this month; Darren McDaniel/Shane Victorino Foundation photo. Lahaina – Jordan (from ...

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Kahului – Jason (left, first photo) and Ashley Torricer joined the pre- Thanksgiving craziness shopping last weekend; Catherine Kenar photo Kula – Liloa Eomai (left, second photo) of Ulupono Wellness and Mehana Horner of Mehana Healing share a booth at the Harvest Festival at Kula School ...

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Aaron Lewis presents his “Sinner Tour” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. Tickets are $39, $49, $69, and $89, with a limited number of $129 seats (plus applicable fees). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 242-7469, visit the box office or www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Aaron Lewis

Aaron Lewis loves country music — classic country music. On the debut single from his most recent album, “That Ain’t Country,” Lewis longs for the authentic sound of his honky-tonk heroes. “So I’ll keep listenin’ to the old songs that my grandad used to play,” he sings. “Full ...

Katie Thiroux and her Trio perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Preshow entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. in the McCoy Courtyard and features Jazz Metropolis DJ Lee Norris and Latin American duo Tanama Colibri and Rick Brayner. Tickets are $35 and $45 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or by visiting www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Katie Thiroux

When music legend Quincy Jones was looking for artists to perform at his first jazz club, Q’s Bar and Lounge located in Dubai, he booked bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux for a three-month summer residence. “I couldn’t be happier to have such a talented young bassist and singer,” Jones ...

Headliner Eric Church (above) and Lily Meola (second photo) are two of the featured artists at this year’s BMI Maui Songwriters Festival. Tickets for the 6 p.m. Saturday concert in the A&B Amphitheater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului are $39, $69, $89 and $129 premium seating (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org.  Gates open at 5 p.m. A portion of proceeds from the festival will benefit the Dorvin and Betty Leis Charities, Inc., the BMI Foundation and the MACC. For more information about the other Maui venues, visit www.mauisongwritersfestival.com. Anthony D’Angio photo

Friends make good music together…

Country star Eric Church is about to release a massive 15-album-vinyl box set, “61 Days in Church,” which captures his 2017 record-breaking “Holdin’ My Own Tour.” During the tour, the hugely popular artist attempted an epic feat of performing and recording 30 songs per night at 61 ...

Shawna (left) and Kiefer Thompson, better known as Thompson Square, play the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Slack key artist Makana will open the show. Tickets are $45, $65, $85, and $125 (plus applicable fees). For more information or to purchase tickets, go to the box office, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the MACC

Thompson Square … unplugs

Most Wednesday evenings you can find husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson on Facebook hosting “WinoWednesday,” where fans are encouraged to join them in sipping some wine and sending in requests, which the duo perform live. “We sit around and have some wine and talk to everybody ...

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Howie Mandel starts off Maui’s New Year’s weekend celebration with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Tickets range from $39 to $129 (plus applicable fees). To purchase tickets for any MACC event, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or order online at www.mauiarts.org. This performance contains adult content and is not appropriate for children. Photo courtesy the artist

Howie Mandel

“I’m constantly amazed that what I used to get expelled and punished for is what I do for a living,” said Howie Mandel. Mandel will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. It was never his intention to become a comedian. I asked ...

Kaya Greene (left) and Nicole Fatheree star in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and  Saturdays through Dec. 16 with a special 3 p.m. matinee Dec. 17 in the cafetorium at the King Kekaulike High School campus in Pukalani. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and are available at the door 30 minutes before the show. Jack Grace photo

King Kekaulike Dramaaticans sparkle like perfect diamonds

“In looking for a high school show, you’re looking for a number of things — literary merit, reputation, popularity, range in the number and variety of roles, and a challenging yet entertaining script for teenagers,” says Chris Kepler, King Kekaulike drama instructor and director of ...

Orion Milligan (from left), Jim Oxborrow and Marc Levine charm as   convicts with hearts of gold in ProArts Playhouse’s holiday feature, “My Three Angels.” Jack Grace photo

ProArts Playhouse ‘My Three Angels’ spreads classic Christmas good tidings

Director Francis Tau‘a shares this observation of people in his letter in the program for “My Three Angels,” the holiday show presented by ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. “The premise of convicts with hearts of gold is perhaps an outdated one, but the message of ‘people are not always ...

Ricky Jones (from left), Dakota Welch, Sara Jelley and Kanoa Gorring soar in Maui OnStage’s presentation of Ian Fleming’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Jack Grace photos

A fantasmagorical ride

Stage Review Early into “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” currently at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku, Ricky Jones as Caractacus Potts sings, “Teamwork, can make a dream work — can make the greatest dreams come true.” The Maui OnStage production, which opened last weekend, bills itself ...

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Saoirse Ronan faces the challenges of adolescence in first-time director Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed coming-of-age film “Lady Bird.” Photo courtesy A24

Maui Film Festival FirstLight looms large at MACC

Maui Film Festival’s 19th annual FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui returns to Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului to loom larger than life for four evenings. Opening night is Wednesday, followed by centerpiece screenings Dec. 23 and 26 and closing night films ...

“The Meshuga Nutcracker!” debuts in theaters nationwide Dec. 19, putting a unique spin on the classic “Nutcracker” ballet. Photo courtesy Fathom Events

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TODAY “STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI” PG-13, 2:32. Action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema. Rian Johnson ...

Gal Gadot stars in “Justice League.” Ratpac-Dune Entertainment photo via AP

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS FRIDAY “UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS” NR, 2:00. (Philippines) Comedy, romance. Kaahumanu 6. Two former high school friends Patty and Cocoy find each other 30 ...

The quirky Hector (left), as voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, star in Disney-Pixar’s “Coco.” Disney-Pixar photo via AP

* “Coco” four stars out of four. The Associated Press At first, Disney-Pixar’s latest, “Coco,” sounds a lot like the 2014 Fox film “The Book of Life.” Both are animated features steeped in the aesthetics and customs of Day of the Dead: the Mexican tradition of creating ...

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Whale photography by National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin; courtesy Whale Trust.

A Whale of a Tale • Friday

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER SHARES STORIES, DISCOVERIES. Famed NatGeo photographer Flip Nicklin relates experiences and unexpected discoveries along his photographic journey in “Searching for Unicorns” from 5 to 7 p.m. at National Geographic | Fine Art Galleries Maui, located in The ...

Maui Chamber Orchestra performing last year. Maui Chamber Orchestra, Holiday Concert • Saturday & Sunday; courtesy Maui Chamber Orchestra.

Island Events • December 14, 2017

TODAY, DEC. 14 THE ANGELIC SOUND OF HARPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Harpists Lily Swan and Crissy Palmieri perform holiday music from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wailuku Public Library. Admission is free. Call 243-5766 for more information. ENJOY DINNER, DANCING AND A ROCKIN’ WILLIE K Willie K and ...

Deedra Fabella, from The Back Door Bake Shop at UHMC • Shop Monday-Wednesday. Photo courtesy The Back Door Bake Shop

Island Events • December 7, 2017

TODAY, DEC. 7 LOCAL WRITER SHARES HIS TIPS ON THE SHORT STORY Wayne Moniz, award-winning writer and playwright, offers a workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at Akaku Upstairs (333 Dairy Rd., Ste. 204 in Kahului) on the elements of writing a successful short story. Admission is free, but reservations ...

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Enjoy ‘Off Beat’ • Saturday

Katie Thiroux’s ‘split-brain virtuosity’ comes to Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Bob Doerschuk of ‘DownBeat’ magazine gives Katie Thiroux’s sophomore album “Off Beat” four gleaming stars and likens her finesse at singing while playing the acoustic bass to a form of cerebral ...

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LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Today (Thursday): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Hui Lanakila, 6:30 p.m. Friday: Lokelani Intermediate School Band, 11 a.m. Saturday: Holiday Jazz with Rock Hendricks, 11 a.m.; Family Magic, noon; Te Tiare Patitifa 1 p.m. Holiday island music by Mondokane Duo, 2 p.m. Yu-Gi-Oh Te ...

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LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Thursday (today): Hula lessons, 5 p.m.; Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 6:30 p.m. Friday: Lahainaluna High School Choir, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Maui Music Mission, 11 a.m.; Family Magic, noon;,Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 1 p.m. Holiday island music with Mitch Kepa, 2 ...

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LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Saturday: Family Magic, noon; Hula show, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Hula show 1 p.m. Tuesday: Free ukulele lessons, 5:45 p.m.; Hula show, 6:30 p.m. LAHAINA GATEWAY CENTER. Sunday: Maui Gift & Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MAUI MALL. Daily ...

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• LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. Saturday: Family Magic, noon; Hui Lanakila, 1 p.m.; Yu-Gi-Oh card session, 3 p.m. Sunday: Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Free ukulele lessons, 5:45 p.m.; Halau Hula O Keola Ali‘iokekai, 6:30 p.m. • LAHAINA GATEWAY CENTER. Sunday: Black Friday ...

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Multi Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Kawika Kahiapo is the featured guest at George Kahumoku Jr.’s Slack Key Show at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. The Maui News file photos

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WEST MAUI CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, 1 Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. DUKE’S BEACH HOUSE, 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Kaanapali, 662-2900 Thursday (today): Tim Osbourne, 3 p.m.; Garrett Probst and Keali‘i Lum, 6 p.m. ...

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WEST MAUI DUKE’S BEACH HOUSE, 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Kaanapali, 662-2900 Thursday (today): Tim Osbourne, 3 p.m.; Garrett Probst and Keali‘i Lum, 6 p.m. Friday: Garrett Probst, 3 p.m.; Damon Parrillo and Tim Osbourne, 6 p.m. Saturday: Keali‘i Lum, 3 p.m.; Damon Parrillo and Ron ...

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WEST MAUI CANE & CANOE, Montage Kapalua Bay, 1 Bay Drive, Kapalua, 662-6681 Thursday (tonight): Piilani Arias. Friday: Kapali Keahi. DUKE’S BEACH HOUSE, 130 Kai Malina Parkway, Kaanapali, 662-2900 Thursday (today): Ben Deleon, 3 p.m.; Garrett Probst and Keali‘i Lum, 6 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 ...

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Four-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners  and Maui boys Lukela Keala, Akoni Dellomes and Makapu Hoopii of Ekolu will headline the  dinner show on Monday at 5 Palms in Kihei. Book a company holiday party on that evening or on another night. Photo courtesy Ekolu

Side Orders • December 14, 2017

PAR-TAY TIME! . . . Are you looking for a last-minute spot to host your company or family holiday party? 5 Palms has an expansive dining room with views of Keawakapu Beach and the Neighbor Islands at its prime location at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei. On Monday, it will present a dinner and a ...

Kamaaina with valid Hawaii ID get 25 percent off of food and beverage at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Teppan-yaki Dan, Black Rock Kitchen, Cliff Dive Bar and Mai Tai Bar with the exception of holidays and special events. Sheraton Maui photo

Side Orders • December 7, 2017

MY BUCKET LIST . . . On Friday, I planned to dash home to console the dog. I knew that Pua would have her head thrown back, wailing in ear-piercing tones to match the monthly tsunami siren test, and yowling even higher with the double whammy of an added nuclear siren test. But a mountain of ...

The Leis Family Class Act is winding down for the semester at the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Paina Building. Behind the counter in the kitchen are Kainalu Marquez (left, the son of former instructor Ben Marquez), and graduate A.J. Arellano. The Class Act’s final dinner of the semester will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 30, 2017

AROUND THE TOWN . . . In-the-know diners luxuriate over the multi-course luncheons at the Leis Family Class Act restaurant upstairs in the Pa‘ina Building at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College in Kahului. The last luncheon of the semester will be served Friday and a grand-finale wine ...

Tri-Isle Broker  Donna Ting (left) and Sotheby’s Broker Cathy Paxton-Haines enjoy the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center’s annual First Night with food, drink and rare and original art and crafts that are perfect for gift giving over the holidays. This year’s First Night is coming up Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 23, 2017

FOR ART SAKE . . . One of the things I’ve always liked about art receptions is the pupu and drink aspect. You may laugh, but the heightened experience does get you in the mood to appreciate art. Food is certainly one reason to attend the Showcase Under the Stars art auction from 5 to 10 ...

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Original oil by Jan Shaner who will be the artist in residence every Friday during December at the Maui Hands gallery in Lahaina. Photo courtesy Maui Hands

Art makes a great holiday gift idea

Looking for a unique present for someone special (or yourself)? Luckily, Maui offers an abundance of art venues one can visit to find a holiday gift during the month of December. Village Galleries Village Galleries is pleased to announce the 2018 Lahaina Poster Contest winner, David ...

Land- and seascape artist D. Howard Hitchcock’s  “Hawaiian Boy in Canoe” (left), is one of his few pieces which included a human figure. Photo courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center

‘He Makana’ opens at Schaefer International Gallery

It is often said, without the presence of art there would be no society, no civilization. Throughout time, people have produced art (be it paintings, drawings, sculpture, music, poetry, prose, drama or various other forms) as a way of creative expression and social commentary. The newest ...

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 ...

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Longtime server Kiet Tran (from left) with chefs Taingu Yen, Ann Carpenter and Khanh Chau  and Carpenter’s Oahu sister Sandy Nguyen. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photos

EXOTIC TASTES

Those still stuffed from turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving may want to venture into light and exotic foods for the holidays. Vietnamese Cuisine at Azeka Makai in Kihei is just the ticket. For 18 years now, owner and Vietnam native Ann Carpenter has dished up quality-driven and ...

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Champagne Hale at Cliff House bubbles again

Montage Kapalua Bay, set atop the bluffs on the northwest coast of Maui, announces its slate of holiday season activities. Champagne Hale at Cliff House will be bubbling once again as a popular pop-up bar and lounge that returns for select dates during the holiday season. Resort guests ...

The new Tiki Terrace poke bowl is among the seasonal menu additions at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel created by its Executive Chef Tom Muromoto and his expert culinary staff. KBH photo

Tiki Terrace rolls out new menu items

One of West Maui’s favorite open-air restaurants, the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s Tiki Terrace, recently introduced a new dinner menu under the leadership of award-winning Executive Chef Tom Muromoto, named “The Best Chef on Maui” in the 2017 Best of Maui contest in The Maui News. ...

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Drums of the Pacific Luau will add a special late-night show from 9 p.m. to midnight to ring in the new year at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. -- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa photo

Isle resorts celebrate holidays, unveil upgrades, activities

The festive season is upon us, and island resorts and Maui Visitors Bureau say it’s the perfect time to introduce happenings. The following tidbits have been provided from the above Valley Isle sources. For instance, Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali is lighting up the holiday ...

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 — The most important thing done here by the visiting assistant superintendent of public works was to approve and accept the swamp fill at Lahaina. This fill is opposite the armory and covers seven and a half acres. It will be the site of a new public park and is ideal for ...

Thank-You Letters

Kudos to Kahului Elementary School Much kudos with admiration to Principal Keoni Wilhelm and his tireless and efficient administrative staff, faculty, teachers, counselors and all who make up Kahului Elementary School. You are amazing, compassionate, energetic, positive and have a can-do ...

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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.