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Onions and running and music, oh my

April 30, 2013 - Leah Sherman

I haven't had a chance to do anything fun since my return last week from the Mainland — unless you consider laundry fun (which I do not). My new month's resolution (that's a thing, right?) is to do a better job updating the blog. I've got some actual activities in the works but, until I actually do them, here are some ideas for weekend entertainment.

Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5

Wo Hing Museum's Chinese Kite Festival, 858 Front St., Lahaina, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Wo Hing Museum was built in 1912 by the Wo Hing Society and served as a fraternal and social meeting hall, according to the website for the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, which restored the building in the 1980s and now operates it as a museum.

The museum will host a kite festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The ad I spotted in Sunday's The Maui News says the festival will include silk and bamboo kites, displays and demonstrations, educational presentations, music, martial arts (demonstrations, I'm guessing), food and kite making.

Call 661-3262 for more information.

Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4

I (Heart) Lahaina, Lahaina Cannery Mall, 3:55 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

This is fundraiser for the six (public and private) schools located in West Maui. According to The Maui News' Sunday ad and a press release I found on the shopping center's website, there will be tons of musical entertainment on both days, including performances by numerous West Maui school bands. The family-friendly event will also feature games, face painting, food booths, pony rides, a bouncy castle and silent and live auctions.

Side note: Lahaina Cannery Mall offers free hula performances every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Always a good bet if you have visitors and want to treat them to air-conditioned & free entertainment. I've taken my family and friends and they've loved it.

Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5

St. Joseph Feast, 1294 Makawao Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

This annual event benefiting St. Joseph Church of Makawao will offer entertainment, food, a live auction, crafts, games, keiki bouncers, a country store, classic cars and a livestock auction.

Admission is free.

Friday, May 3

Wailuku First Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Market Street between Main and Vineyard streets.

The theme for May is “Wailuku Tonight!” The free street fair features entertainment, vendors, food and a beer garden, as well as special offers at Market Street businesses.

The event's website recommends parking in the Maui Medical Group employee lot on Vineyard Street, the municipal lot between Market and Church streets, Wells Park or parallel parking on Main, High, Vineyard and Church streets.

Friday, May 3

“Italian Serenade,” 7 p.m., Makawao Union Church.

According to the Maui Classical Music Festival website, “The Maui Classical Music Festival's mission is to enrich and educate Maui's community by bringing renowned musicians to perform the highest quality chamber music, building a growing audience of local multi-cultural citizens of Maui and the other Hawaiian islands, and developing outreach educational programs for families, children and seniors.”

The upcoming series of four concerts features The Ying Quartet — Ayano Ninomiya and Janet Ying (violin), Phillip Ying (viola) and David Ying (cello) — as well as Benjamin Kamins (bassoon), Yizhak Schotten (viola) and Elinor Freer and Katherine Collier (piano).

Also in the series:

• “French Connection,” 7 p.m., May 6, Keawala‘i Congregational Church, Makena.

• Hana Community Concert, 7 p.m., May 8, Wananalua Congregational Church.

• “Rags to Riches with Three Hawaii Premieres,” 7 p.m., May 10, Keawala‘i Congregational Church, Makena.

All performances will include pre-concert conversations with Hawaii Public Radio's Joan Canfield at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 878-2312. Tickets cost $25 ($10 for students) and are available on the Maui Classical Music Festival website (see link at right).

Saturday, May 4

The Na Holo Wahine 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Keopuolani Park, registration begins at 7 a.m.

This women-only race takes participants on a figure 8 course through Keopuolani Park, according the sponsor Valley Isle Road Runners' website. Awards will be given for age group and special category mother-daughter winners.

There is a $30 race fee. A discount is available to active VIRR members. Register online at Applications are also available at Maui Family YMCA, Sports Authority or South Maui Bicycles, according to a notice published in Sunday's The Maui News.

Saturday, May 4

Maui Onion Festival, 9:45 a.m to 9 p.m., Whalers Village, Kaanapali

Is it my imagination or did this use to be a two-day event in August?

Whether or not my memory serves me correctly, it is a day devoted to the celebration of the Maui onion. The last time I attended, booths were spread throughout the Whalers Village property offering hot and fresh onion rings (of course) and other onion-focused delicacies, T-shirts, cooking demonstrations, onion-eating contests (my husband placed third one year — ha, ha, I could not have been more proud), face painting and tons of other family-friendly activities as well as a beer garden, in case you don't have the family in tow.

If you love onions (and I do), do not miss this.

Admission and parking are free. See the Maui Onion Festival website (link at right) for the day's schedule and special offers at Whalers Village shops.


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