Island Events

“Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center”; photo courtesy Sesame Workshop.

‘Sesame Street LIVE! Elmo makes music’ | Friday to Sunday

Elmo and his “Sesame Street” pals have to help Jenny the Music Teacher when her instruments go missing. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets ...

‘DISNEY’S MULAN JR.’ |  FRIDAY TO SUNDAY – Jena Mukai is Mulan (left) and Shandon Obregon is Mushu in the Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” at the ‘A‘ali‘ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus in Makawao; Peter Swanzy photo.

Island Events • July 20 – 26, 2017

TODAY, JULY 20 AKAKU UPSTAIRS SALON SERIES SCREENS FILM Hannah Barnard, executive director and co-founder of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, will present the film “Red Turtle Rising” at 6 p.m. This film was produced by The Honu Project and was the winner of the 1999 Hawaii International Film ...

Andy McKee, acoustic guitarist performs Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater; Bill Ellison photo via MACC.

Island Events • July 13, 2017

TODAY, JULY 13 AKAKU UPSTAIRS SALON SERIES SCREENS FILM Meet director Bob Stone and producer John Wehrheim at a prescreening of their documentary film, “Paradise Found: Taylor Camp, Kauai 1969-1977,” at 6 p.m. followed by Q&A session. RSVP at 871-5554 or email info@akaku.org. This ...

Watch the 19th annual Keiki Hula Festival Saturday and Sunday at Lahaina Cannery Mall; The Maui News file photo.

Keiki Hula Festival: Saturday & Sunday

MAUI’S KEIKI HALAU CELEBRATE HULA. The Lahaina Cannery Mall will host the 19th annual Keiki Hula Festival from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This cultural event will feature kahiko (ancient) and auana (modern) hula. There will be Hawaiian artisans and crafters demonstrating ...

Take part in the two-day Obon Festival at Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission of Paia • Friday; The Maui News file photo.

Island Events • July 6, 2017

TODAY, JULY 6 FULL MOON FIRE BASH ENCORE EVENT IN KAHULUI Maui Mall and Maui Food Bank present the “Full Moon Fire Bash” encore event at center stage from 7 to 8 p.m. at Maui Mall. Cupcake Ladies Catering Co. will be selling mini-cupcakes for $1 each to benefit the Maui Food Bank. ...

Catch Jimmy Mac & The Kool Kats at RAM’s “Big Deal” fundraiser; The Maui News file photo.

Ram’s ‘Big Deal’ • Saturday

‘BIG DEAL’ FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Join the The Realtors Association of Maui’s “Big Deal” fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Tickets are $150 per person and include entertainment by Jimmy Mac & The Kool Kats and the Kit Kat Club ...

Makawao Rodeo bull riding • Thursday through Sunday; The Maui News file photo

Island Events • June 29, 2017

TODAY, JUNE 29 UNCLE WAYNE AND THE HOWLING DOG BAND Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band will perform at 10:30 a.m. Today at Lahaina Public Library; at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Kihei Public Library. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. AKAKU UPSTAIRS SALON SERIES ...

20th Anniversary Maui Taiko Festival; Leon Matsui photo

Maui Taiko Anniversary Concert • Sunday

MAUI TAIKO CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY. One of Maui’s favorite groups, Maui Taiko, performs at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Maui Taiko was formed by the descendents of Japanese immigrants in the hopes of perpetuating a centuries old drumming ...

See the Kaina Kountry band at Kihei fourth Friday Town Party; photo provided by artists

Island Events • June 22, 2017

TODAY, JUNE 22 MAUI FILM FESTIVAL WEEK OF EVENTS Celebrate the films and filmmakers from around the world at the 18th annual Maui Film Festival through Sunday. For more information, visit www.mauifilmfestival.com. A SPIRITUAL EVENING WITH JAMES VAN PRAAGH Join James Van Praagh, renowned ...

26th annual Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival; Aubrey Hord photo

Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival • Sunday

SEE SOME OF HAWAII’S BEST SLACK KEY GUITAR PLAYERS, FREE. Join one of Maui’s favorite family events Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival from 1 to 7 p.m. at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. The lineup of performers includes Kevin and Ikaika Brown, Stephen ...

MAKAWAO | FRIDAY – Haiku Hillbillys will perform at the Makawao Third Friday Town Party; The Maui News file photo.

Island Events • June 15, 2017

TODAY, JUNE 15 PICNIC FOR POKI WITH AH-TIM ELENEKI Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite you to a Picnic for Poki featuring Ah Tim Eleneki at 11 a.m. at the Historic Ka‘ahumanu Church in Wailuku. Bring a lawn chair or mat. Fresh-baked cookies, coffee and water will be provided ...

LAHAINA | SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – NA KAMEHAMEHA TWO-DAY CELEBRATION. Visit the 2017 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade & Ho‘olaule‘a in Lahaina. Saturday hoolaulea hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the Banyan Tree with the Pa‘u Parade starting at 9:45 a.m. on Front Street from Shaw to Kenui streets. Sunday hoolaulea hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy music, dance, local crafts, keiki activities and more. For more details, visit Facebook.com or www.visitlahaina.com/event; photo by Red Ring Studio.

Island Events: Must See

NA KAMEHAMEHA TWO-DAY CELEBRATION. Visit the 2017 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade & Ho‘olaule‘a in Lahaina. Saturday hoolaulea hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the Banyan Tree with the Pa‘u Parade starting at 9:45 a.m. on Front Street from Shaw to Kenui streets. ...

Mccoy Studio |  Friday • Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole-Kanahele; photo provided by the MACC.

Island Events • June 8, 2017

TODAY, JUNE 8 36TH ANNUAL KAPALUA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL This four-day celebration of epicurean excellence kicks off tonight and features the Grand Tasting at Montage Kapalua Bay on Friday; and the Seafood Festival at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Sunday. See Page 14 for more details. SEE ...

18TH ANNUAL TAIKO FESTIVAL  | Saturday • photo courtesy the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Island Events: Must See

18TH ANNUAL TAIKO FESTIVAL WITH ZENSHIN DAIKO. The 50-member Maui taiko group will perform some of its favorite pieces and premiere original new works, followed by a performance by On Ensemble from Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in ...

Maui Huliau Foundation photos from 2016-17; photos provided by the foundation

Island Events Must See

YOUTH EXPLORE MAUI THROUGH THE ART OF FILMAKING. Maui Huliau Foundation, an environmental education nonprofit for youths, presents its seventh annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival showcasing nine student films at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets are ...

Wa‘a Kiakahi Sailing Canoe Legacy
Kaanapali | Friday to Sunday
photo provided by Ka‘anapali Beach Resort Association

Island Events • June 1, 2017

TODAY, JUNE 1 MOLOKAI KA HULA PIKO THREE-DAY HULA FESTIVAL Enjoy a homegrown three-day festival on Molokai to celebrate the birth of hula, where it originated. Festivities will kickoff with excursions at 8:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. today. Join the Kumu Hula Talk Story session from 6 to 8:30 ...

Na Wai Eha group members Kamalei Kawa‘a, Kason Gomes and Kamaehu Kawa‘a • Tonight; photo courtesy artists.

Island Events • May 25, 2017

TODAY, MAY 25 FREE LAHAINA HAWAIIAN MUSIC SERIES CONCERT Join Na Wai Eha at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Baldwin Home Museum lawn. The trio comprises brothers Kamalei and Kamaehu Kawa‘a and Kason Gomes, who were ...

Dance artist Billy Chang will join East Meets West Festival; photo by How Chan.

East Meets West Festival • Friday & Saturday

CROSS-CULTURAL DANCE AND MUSIC COLLABORATIONS. Jazz Maui presents the East Meets West Festival 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. The festival will feature a lineup of jazz fusion and multi-cultural dance artists. Tickets are $25 for orchestra level ...

Comedian Nick Swardson • Tonight; photo provided by MACC.

Island Events • May 18, 2017

TODAY, MAY 18 PICNIC FOR POKI WITH PAMELA POLLAND Roselani Place and Ola Na Mele Productions invite you to a Picnic for Poki featuring Pamela Polland at 11 a.m. at the Historic Kaahumanu Church in Wailuku. Bring a lawn chair or mat. Fresh-baked cookies, coffee and water will be provided by ...

Pianist Sarah Cahill; photo provided by Robert Pollock.

Sarah Cahill: ‘Tibetan illusion destroyer’ • Saturday

MUSIC AND FILM. Ebb & Flow Arts presents an evening of music and film at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Renowned pianist Sarah Cahill will be featured followed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Tom Vendetti’s “Tibetan Illusion ...