Island Events • January 25, 2018

Featured events this week

Maisey Rika of Maori collaborative group Aotearoa’s Finest • Castle Theater at MACC ~ Tonight; courtesy MACC

TODAY, JAN. 25

DISCOVER MAORI MUSIC, TRADITION, DEEP ROOTS

The Maori musical collaboration, “Aotearoa’s Finest” with Maisey Rika, performs at 7:30 p.m. in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. The distinctive group fuses cultural roots, memorable tunes and gripping lyrics that reflect Maori traditions through contemporary Maori music. (See article on page 3 of this issue.) Tickets are $40 (plus applicable fees). Call 242-7469, go to www.mauiarts.org or visit the MACC box office for tickets and information.

CONCERT CELEBRATES A DECADE OF FREE MUSIC

Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s first 2018 Hawaiian Music Series concert features duo Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of Baldwin Home Museum (corner Dickenson and Front streets). The outdoor concert marks the concert series’ tenth year of providing the public with free Hawaiian music concerts. Call 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org/events for more information.

Lenny Castellanos • Town Party Kihei ~ Friday; courtesy www.kiheifridays.com.

LIFE BEYOND EARTH, HOT TOPIC AT AKAKU SALON

Jeff Kuhn, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, joins Kevin Lewis (PLANETS Foundation) and Svetlana Berdyugina (director of Kiepenheuer Institute) in a spirited discussion from 6 to 8 p.m at Akaku Upstairs Salon (333 Dairy Road) in Kahului about the creation of a telescope (ExoLife Finder) that might determine whether there are Earth-like planets within a few dozen light years from the sun. RSVP at 871-5554 or email info@akaku.org.

FRIDAY, JAN. 26

TOWN PARTY LIGHTS UP KIHEI WITH MUSIC, FUN

Fourth Friday Town Party features arts, crafts, shopping, food booths, trucks and more from 6 to 9 p.m. at Azeka Shopping Center Mauka in Kihei. Free entertainment includes Nevah Too Late, Kalama Intermediate Ukulele Band of Makawao, and Benny Uyetake Band with Lenny Castellanos and Marty Fera. Free parking at Azeka Makai, Kihei Plaza and St. Theresa Church. Visit www.kiheifridays.com for more information.

FINAL WEEKEND TO SEE ‘MAKIN’ IT’ UPCOUNTRY

The King Kekaulike Dramaaticans production of “Makin’ It,” by Cynthia Mercatti, wraps this weekend with 7 p.m. performances today and tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday in the cafetorium at the King Kekaulike High School campus in Pukalani. The comedy-drama of daily high school interactions features the jocks, nerds and popular girls, but not portrayed as stereotypes. (See article on page 5 of this issue.) Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and are available at the door 30 minutes before the show. Visit www.kingkekaulike.com for more information.

TAKE A STAY-CATION WITH ‘THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL’

“The Trip To Bountiful” opens with a performance at 7:30 p.m. at ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. Additional performances will be 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through February 11. Directed by Lina Aiko Krueger and written by Horton Foote, this is the story of an elderly woman longing to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas one last time before she dies. (See article on page 5 of this issue.) Tickets are $26. Call 463-6550 or visit www.proartsmaui.com for tickets and information.

SATURDAY, JAN. 27

STORYTIME WITH A TWIST AT KIHEI PUBIC LIBRARY

Learn about a free resource and experience a BookFlix story beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Kihei Public Library. This family-friendly reading tool helps create meaningful, high-quality interactions among families. Visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events/bookflix-storytime.

HONORING SLACK-KEY’S SONNY CHILLINGWORTH

Guitar virtuoso Makana presents a tribute to slack-key legend Sonny Chillingworth at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the MACC’s McCoy Studio Theater. Yoza, Lopaka Colon and Lono Kaumeheiwa join Makena in the performance. (See Maui Beat article.) Tickets are $30, $45 and $65 (plus applicable fees). Call 242-7469, go to www.mauiarts.org or visit the MACC box ofice for tickets and information.

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

‘CHANTRESS’ GINA SALA SHARES MUSIC OF INDIA

Chanting since her childhood ashram years, Gina Sala presents the sacred music of India, with special guest Daniel Paul on tabla, in the “Some enCHANTing Evening” concert at 7 p.m. at Makawao Union Church. (See Maui Beat article.) Admission is $20 cash only. Purchase advance tickets at Maui Kombucha in Haiku and at MacNet in Kahului. Call 579-9261 for more information.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31

HEAR THE ‘POLYNESIAN LUTHER VANDROSS’ SING

Maui artist Josh Tatofi, Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner for Best Male Vocalist of the Year and Best Island Album of the Year, performs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Fountain Courtyard of The Shops at Wailea. Tatofi fuses rhythm and blues with Polynesian culture delivered with smooth vocals and soulful expression, earning him the moniker of “Polynesian Luther Vandross.” Call 891-6770 or visit www.the shopsatwailea.com.

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