FRIDAY, JUNE 4
THE COMEDY HUI
The Comedy Hui will crack jokes and deliver laugh-out-loud fun beginning at 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater. This new improv comedy series features fast-paced games and even a few musicals. Audience members can get in on all the funny action, as the performance will be constructed byaudience suggestion similar to the show, "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" Every show is completely different because each audience is unique and co-creates the show withthe actors on stage. Tickets are $20, $12 for kids 12 and younger, plus applicable fees; available at the MACC box office, 242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org.
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Dancers circle the yagura tower during a o-bon dance held at Azeka Marketplace. This year’s season kicks off Friday at Lahaina Shingon.
TOWER OF POWER
Legendary soul and funk band "Tower of Power" will turn up the volume beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater. Since its formation in 1970, the 10-member band has churned out hits "What Is Hip?," "You're Still A Young Man," "Soul Vaccination" and others. The group continues to perform all over the world, and when not on the road, TOP's horn section guests on recordings for a range of musical superstars. In "The Great American Soulbook," the group's 20th record and first studio disc in five years, they perform for the first time old songs by lifelong favorite artists - Joss Stone, Sir Tom Jones, Sam Moore and Huey Lewis are guest vocalists. Local legend John Cruz will open the show. Tickets are $35, $45, $55, plus applicable fees; available at the MACC box office, 242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
One of Hawaii's most colorful traditions returns as the summer o-bon festival season kicks off at Lahaina Shingon with a service to honor ancestors at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m. Now through August, residents and visitors will flock to Buddhist temples from Lahaina to Kula to experience one of Japan's most celebrated traditions. The temples will come alive with glowing lanterns and booming taiko drumming, while dancers in colorful kimono circle the yagura tower through the night. Admission is free. For details, call 661-0466.
Arts Education Children Group of Maui will host a benefit concert featuring music by 1 O'clock Jazz Band, a 17-piece big band from Montana State University. Festivities get going from 5 to 10 p.m. at Ka'anapali Coffee Farm's Rainbow House, and will feature gourmet food, a game show, live art exhibitions, live auction and more. Cost is $100 per ticket, available at Maui Grown Coffee Store in Lahaina or by calling 357-0920.
'KATCHI KATCHI' DANCE
A Puerto Rican "Katchi Katchi" music and dance party featuring Angel E Sus Companeros will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at Hale Nanea Hall in Kahului.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6
Maui's Winery and Ulupalakua Ranch Store invite the public to head up the hill for "Ulupalakua Inspires" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free community event features a polo match, a glass-blowing demonstration and a photography show-all set against a musical background of live jazz on the picturesque grounds of the winery and ranch store. Uncle Benny Uyetake opens the show from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lanai of the ranch store. Japan-born musician/composer Shiro Mori performs with his jazz quartet from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; and Hawaii saxophonist David Choy takes the stage with his quartet from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Master musician Henry Kaleaialoha Allen tops off the day from 3 to 4 p.m. For details, call 878-6058.