Special Events Week of July 18
THURSDAY, JULY 18
PICNIC FOR POKI IN WAILUKU
Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions will present Picnic for Poki from 11 a.m. at the Historic Ka’ahumanu Church in Wailuku. The featured guest is 14-year-old Kaulike Pescaia of Kamahemeha Schools Maui. Pescaia will be joined by Sheldon Brown on ukulele and Joe Bommarito on bass. Bring your lunch with you and enjoy fresh-baked cookies from Roselani Place. The event is free and open to the public.
TURTLE-RRIFIC THURSDAY AT MAUI OCEAN CENTER
Join Maui Ocean Center’s aquarist team at the Turtle Lagoon for an up-close and personal encounter with green sea turtles. This activity is complimentary with aquarium admission and is appropriate for all ages. For more information, call 270-7000.
EXPERIENCE MAORI CULTURE AT THE MACC
Atamira Dance Company from New Zealand will perform from 7:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. General admission is $15, $20, $35; half price for children 12 and younger (plus applicable fees). For tickets and information, visit the MACC box office, call 242-7469, visit www.mauiarts.org or see Backstage.
FRIDAY, JULY 19
MAKAWAO THIRD FRIDAY TOWN PARTY
Makawao continues its Town Party celebration with its “Summer Bash” from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring Haiku Hillbillys, food booths and activities for the keiki. Baldwin Avenue will be closed between Brewer Road and Makawao Avenue from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
TWO-DAY O-BON FESTIVAL IN KAHULUI
The summer o-bon season continues with a festival at Kahului Hongwanji Mission on Friday and Saturday. Service starts at 6 p.m., dancing to follow at 8 p.m. on both evenings. Special dance performances at 7:30 p.m. by Kahului Honwanji preschoolers on Friday and Maui Minyo Kai on Saturday. The mission is located at 291 S. Puunene Ave. in Kahului. For more information, call 579-8051.
MAUI ON STAGE PRESENTS ‘RENT’
Maui OnStage presents “Rent” at 7:30 in the Historical Iao Theater. The show also runs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For details, see Backstage.
SATURDAY, JULY 20
SUMMER SAFETY FAIR AT MAUI MALL
Maui Memorial Medical Center and Maui Mall present Summer Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maui Mall. There will be interactive exhibits and demonstrations such as CPR training, an impaired driving simulation course and more. The event will feature entertainment by Andy Bumatai, Ikaika Blackburn, John Stephan from Australia and guest emcee Alaka’i Paleka. For details, visit Facebook.com/MauiMemorial or call 442-5663.
NEW FILM AND PAINTINGS AT PAIA GALLERY
Turnbull Fine Art in Paia invites the public to a special reception for mixed media artist Taryn Alessandro from 5 to 8 p.m. A short documentary, “Sensationism,” will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be wine, pupu and a live painting demonstration. For more information, call 579-9385.
TWO-DAY KEIKI HULA FESTIVAL IN LAHAINA
Lahaina Cannery Mall will host its 15th annual Keiki Hula Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, featuring halau from across the island presenting kahiko (ancient hula) and auana (modern hula) that express the traditional values of Hawaii. Hawaiian artisans and crafters will be on hand to share their skills.
ANUHEA LIVE AT STELLA BLUES CAFE IN KIHEI
Anuhea will have two dinner shows at Stella Blues Cafe. The first dinner seating is at 5 p.m. with a show at 6 p.m. Second dinner seating is at 8 p.m. with a show at 9 p.m. Four-course dinner and show is $60; $30 for show only. Dinner reservations are requried; seating is limited. For more information, call 874-3770 or visit www.stellablues.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 23
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR NATURE CONSERVANCY
Virtuoso guitarists Benjamin Verdery and Frederick Hand will appear in a special concert to benefit the Hawaii Nature Conservancy from 7 p.m. at Makawao Union Church. Suggested donation is $10. For ticket information, call 955-8821. The concert is the first event in a weeklong masterclass being taught by Verdery and Hand, which will culminate in free student concerts at the Lahaina Jodo Mission on July 30 and the Keawala’i Congregational Church in Makena on July 31.
‘DINOSAUR,’ FREE MOVIE AT KIHEI LIBRARY
A free movie screening of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Dinosaur” will be presented at Kihei Public Library from 6 p.m. The movie is rated PG, and popcorn and refreshments will be provided by the Kay A. Edwards Memorial Fund. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For sign language interpreter, other special needs or more information, call 875-6833.