Special Events Week of May 9
FRIDAY, MAY 10
TWO-DAY MAUI MATSURI CELEBRATION AT UH-MC
The 13th annual Maui Matsuri event will celebrate and perpetuate Japanese culture on Maui through two days of activities. Enjoy Matsuri Movie Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at University of Hawaii Maui College’s Pilina Building Student Lounge. Admission is free. Films include “Life on Four Strings” about ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, and “Light Up Nippon,” a documentary film about disaster’s toll and various efforts toward material and emotional recovery. For more information, visit “http://www.mauimatsuri.com”>www.mauimatsuri.com.
PROARTS’ ‘THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE’
ProArts presents “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” at 7:30 p.m. in the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. The show also runs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (kamaaina night) and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20; $17.50 on kamaaina night. For tickets or more information, call 463-6550 or visit www.proartspacific.com. For more information, see Backstage.
‘BALDWIN’S GOT THE BEAT’ VARIETY SHOW
Baldwin High International Thespian Troupe #3135 and the Baldwin Theatre Guild closes its season with “Baldwin’s Got the Beat,” directed by Linda Carnevale. This three-day variety show extravaganza will take place at the Baldwin High School Loudon Mini-Theatre, in back of the high school campus. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door only; the box office opens 45 minutes before showtime. For more information, see Backstage.
‘HA’INA HOU – LET THE STORY BE TOLD’ EVENT
Explore Lahaina’s unique history with Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s “Ha’ina Hou Let the Story be Told,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Home Museum lawn. Participate in an interactive demonstration of “haku and huli” lei making with Malihini Keahi-Heath, who will teach participants how to create their own hair piece and/or lei in the “braided (haku) or turn (huli)” style of lei making. Polynesian arts and crafts will also be available for purchase. In addition, the popular candlelit tour of the Baldwin Home Museum will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The museum is located on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets. The $7 fee includes admission to the Wo Hing Museum at 858 Front Street. Children 12 and younger accompanied by a paying adult are free. For more information, call 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
KIHEI CHARTER SCHOOL SPRING DANCE CONCERT
Kihei Charter School’s Dance Company will present its fourth annual Spring Dance Concert at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Students will show off their musical and dance talents during this free event. Donations will be accepted.
MAUI CRAFT SESSION AT SHERATON IN KAANAPALI
A smokin’ hot celebration of craft beer, whiskey and cigars will be held oceanfront at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, featuring select Maui Brewing Co. beers, General Cigar’s Macanudos and Partagas, and Southern Wine & Spirits’ fine whiskeys and Scotches from around the world. Tickets are $79 per person. Call (808) 921-4600.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
TWO-DAY MAUI MATSURI CELEBRATION AT UH-MC
Maui Matsuri festivities continue with a host of activities from 2 to 9 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College Courtyard. The campus will be transformed into a Japanese village dotted with stalls selling food, plus crafters, entertainment stages, cultural demonstrations, contests and more. The festival will conclude with a community obon dance at 7:30 p.m. For details, visit www.mauimatsuri.com.
35TH ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK
Under the theme, “Put Your Best Slippah Forward,” the Charity Walk will take place at 7 a.m., with registration from 6:30 to 7 a.m. The 3.1-mile walk will begin and end at War Memorial Soccer Field. Last year more than 12,000 walkers statewide raised a record-breaking $1,455,614. Event participation is open to all, not just lodging industry employees. For more information and walker applications, visit www.charitywalkhawaii.org and www.hawaiilodging.org.
SEABURY HALL CRAFT FAIR UPCOUNTRY
Enjoy a day of shopping, entertainment and food during Seabury Hall’s 40th annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Upcountry campus. Peruse the works of more than 100 artists and crafters from throughout Hawaii, plus music by Nuffsedd, Dr. Nat & Rio Ritmo, Country Herb and more. Restaurant Row will feature dishes from top Maui chefs, plus specialties from around the world. General admission is $5; children 12 and younger are free. Free parking is available, as well as premium parking for $10. For details, visit www.seaburyhall.org.
DEJA VU WITH LIVE MUSIC AND DANCING
Slip on your dancing shoes and enjoy Deja Vu from 8 to 11:45 p.m. at King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. The night will feature music by The Merzy Beats, Sakuras, Shamrocks and others, plus DJ music. Desiree Echalas-Toda, a former Hawaii Stars finalist, will be fronting the Asian Blend band, who will share its hit single, “Maui Magic.” Tickets are $50 per person, available by calling 385-6006.
MAUI PORTUGUESE CLUB CULTURAL CELEBRATION
The Maui Portuguese Cultural Club will celebrate its culture and heritage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning with a Coronation of Our Lady of Fatima ceremony, plus dance, food, music, cultural demonstrations and more. The event will be held at the Iao Valley Portuguese Garden in Kepaniwai Park. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the event. Proceeds from the event will fund club cultural activities, educational/scholarship programs and maintenance of the Portuguese Heritage Garden. For more information, call 385-2410 or visit www.mauiportugueseculturalclub.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 12
MOTHER’S DAY BENEFIT CONCERT IN KIHEI
Make it a Mother’s Day to remember at the third annual Mother’s Day Benefit Concert at Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei. Maui songbirds Gail Swanson, Cheryl Rae, Elaine Ryan and Sebrina Barron will share their soulful sounds, along with violinist WenLu Duffy. Special guest Lily Meola will open the show. Dinner seating is at 6 p.m., and music starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 for dinner and the show or $30 for the show only. This benefit concert for The Maui Farm is presented by Stella Blues Cafe and Play it Forward Concerts. For more information, call 874-3779 or visit www.stellablues.com.
MONDAY, MAY 13
MAUI ONSTAGE’S ONO! SERIES: ‘OLEANNA’
Maui OnStage continues its free theater series, ONO!, with David Mamet’s “Oleanna,” a play described by The New York Times as “likely to provoke arguments.” A female college student drops by her professor’s office in an effort to gain his help in class. Mamet dissects the possibilities of misconception, leaving its audience with more questions than answers. “Oleanna” stars Alexis Dascoulias and Don Carlson. The free ONO! performances are at 6:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku.