Pau Hana

Clifford Nae‘ole (with lei), the longtime cultural advisor of the Ritz, is surrounded by his St. Anthony school mates Charleen Parker (from left), Stacey Eaton, Esta Miller, Cindy Nobriga, April Santos and Cindy Collins. -- Photo courtesy April Santos

Surprise, surprise!

When Clifford Nae‘ole walked into the Anuenue Room on his birthday, his jaw dropped to the floor and his eyes lit up like Las Vegas slot machines. That’s because he saw a sea of familiar faces and heard a roar of voices all shouting — “Surprise!” They included many members of his ...

See the giant Gingerbread Pineapple House handcrafted by the Ritz pastry team now through Jan. 1.  -- The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

In the Loop

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will be puttin’ on holiday happenings now until the start of 2018. Every year, its pastry team spends weeks preparing the holiday display in the main lobby area. Everyone is invited to admire the giant Gingerbread Pineapple House and take photos. The resort ...

Lloyd Kumula‘au Sing Jr. (far right holding  tiki) and May Haunani Balino-Sing (kneeling front in black top) with participants in a Hawaiian basketry class. -- Photo courtesy Hui No‘eau

Hui classes teach Hawaiian culture

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao created its new Art with Aloha program to address the need to continue preserving, honoring and perpetuating Hawaiian arts and culture for future generations. This program brings skilled practitioners to Hui No‘eau from around the state to teach one- ...

HP Baldwin High School band entertained the         audience with holiday favorites at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center last year. -- Photo courtesy HP Baldwin Band

HP Baldwin band and chorus presents ‘Winter Concerts’

Need help getting in the holiday spirit? Perhaps listening to a free concert of holiday music will work some yuletide magic. The HP Baldwin High School music program, led by Band Director Stephen Rodrigues, will present its ‘Winter Concerts’ series during three evenings in the ...

Ahead of the Class

To have your class, workshop or presentation included in this free listing, email its title, instructor, location, dates, start/end times, cost and brief description to currents@mauinews.com. Due to the volume of submissions, items will be listed as close as possible to their start date; if a ...

Brynn is ready to be the big, beautiful cuddle buddy for you. - RUBY HERNANDEZ photo

Pet of the Week

Do you have a lap that could use a little warming this winter? Then you should come and meet me, Brynn, cat No. 81. I’m an outgoing and affectionate 7-year-old spayed 10-pound lady that is looking for someone to love. I was pretty bashful when I first came in as a stray from Kula in ...

Yosemite Falls flows in Yosemite National Park in California in winter. The park is less crowded in winter and offers solitude, scenery and activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and ice skating. -- AP photo

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park might not seem like an ideal winter destination, particularly if you’re from a part of the country where you’d like to trade in road salt for rim salt on your margarita and leave the words “wind chill” behind. But Yosemite in winter is magical, as I discovered ...

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Book Review: Chris Matthews paints loving portrait of RKF in new book

• “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit” (Simon & Schuster), by Chris Matthews How many books about the Kennedys are enough books about the Kennedys? If public response is any indication, we have yet to reach a saturation point. Television and print journalist Chris Matthews’ ...

Looking Back Through The Maui News

100 Years Ago 1917 — Three men came up on the Claudine to make the necessary surveys and soundings for the proposed wharf at Hana. For the Hana construction, $75,000 is now available and plans will be completed and the contract let very shortly. 75 Years Ago 1942 — The nation’s new ...

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. ...

Donavon Frankenreiter began his professional life as a surfer and now integrates his surf-rock sounds into his performances. He’ll play Dec. 18 to 20 at Blue Note Hawaii in the famous Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort on Oahu. -- Photo courtesy Blue Note Hawaii

Celebrate the holiday season with Blue Note Hawaii

The holidays are officially at Blue Note Hawaii in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort on Oahu. December kicked off the epic series of concerts with local legend Henry Kapono with “Back in the Day; The Songs of C&K” shows. Next were local favorites Manoa DNA; Danny and Nicholas ...

Pua Park showcases how Lei Aloha Events captures the essence of Hawaii with spectacular costumes, venues and cultural practices. -- MARCUS RODRIGUES MEDIA photo

Book a cultural wedding, ‘Hawaiian style’

Lei Aloha Events of Maui uses Hawaiian “mana‘o,” or “thoughts,” and “ike kuuna,” or “ancestral knowledge,” to provide authentic experiences of the Hawaiian way of life to make the most out of special occasions such as weddings, which is the weaving together of two lives. ...

A display of glass-blown ornaments at the manufacturing plant in Jozefow, near Warsaw, Poland -- AP photo

Sand and fire … makes the holiday sparkle

From the White House and the Eiffel Tower to butterflies and wedding cakes, a Polish company can make any kind of blown-glass Christmas tree decorations that clients fancy. The fragile ornaments, called “bombki,” are a fixture of Christmas in Poland, where they are made in many forms and ...

A fresh handmade wreath (above) is a highly coveted item available for purchase at the Hui No‘eau gift shop. -- Photo courtesy Hui No‘eau

In the Loop

There’s nothing like seeing a grand dame putting on her finery and the centenarian Kaluanui, home to the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center at 2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, has done just that. Hui Holidays, the highly anticipated annual event continues at the historic estate through Dec. 24. ...

Bring      nature into the dining room with creative   table- scaping. -- AP photo

Tablescaping adds garden beauty to the dining room

Tablescaping is an art form that brings nature into the dining room, providing a feast for the eyes. You can cut your own garden flowers and greenery to make a centerpiece for your table —î and then keep on getting creative. “Adding nature to your table will enliven your guests’ ...

“Koi Gathering” by George Allan is one of the artist’s pieces available at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao. -- Photo courtesy Viewpoints Gallery

‘George & Friends’ exhibit returns to Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao celebrates a longtime Maui arts fixture — the one and only George Allan. Since making Maui his home in 1973, Allan’s paintings have touched countless visitors and residents alike who share in his appreciation for our beautiful island. In homage to his ...

Ahead of the Class

To have your class, workshop or presentation included in this free listing, email its title, instructor, location, dates, start/end times, cost and brief description to currents@mauinews.com. Due to the volume of submissions, items will be listed as close as possible to their start date; if a ...

Mary Poppins is as sweet as a spoonful of sugar and ready to blow into your life today. - RUBY HERNANDEZ photo

Pet of the Week

Are you a sucker for a pair of big brown eyes? Then you’ve got to meet me, Mary Poppins, dog No. 56B. I’m a tender and loving 4-year-old spayed lady that is ready to hop into your arms for cuddles and kisses today. I was found making my way around Makawao last month and, sadly, no one ...

A guest luxuriates in an outdoor treatment cabana (above). In addition to the 10 Days promo, the Be Well This Holiday Season complimentary spa event will be held  Friday with an outdoor boot camp led by a lululemon ambassador, mini eye-rescue treatments, makeovers and a pop-up trunk show.
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Ahh: Spa Montage entices with 10 days of relaxation

The award-winning Spa Montage Kapalua Bay will feature the 10 Days of Holiday Relaxation with a variety of specials and offerings. The most avid spa-goers and those just seeking a respite from the holiday hassles may opt to be pampered to the nines. So mark your calendars now. The 10 Days ...